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Balaklava Blue survives
Finals see Hamley
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Owen, Wasleys and now
Riverton are in the mix for these
positions but which two sides will
take part in finals will crucially
hinge on results in the two rounds
still to be played.
Meanwhile, for the first time
for over a decade, Hamley Bridge
will not feature in the Division
One finals and they will be joined
on the sidelines by Mallala.
Let’s have a look at what is in
store for Division One in round 20
in what should be a very interest-
ing set of matches.
The clash between the top two
Balaklava and Port Wakefield –
will be eagerly watched.
Regardless of the result of
this match, Balaklava should still
finish minor premiers as Port
Wakefield has the bye in the final
round whereas Balaklava still has
one more match to play.
However, bragging rights
between the two sides is still up
for grabs with Port Wakefield in
prime position to make it three
wins against Balaklava for the
With earlier 76-63 and 86-
61 wins against Balaklava and
with both wins taking place after
Balaklava has come of their bye,
Port Wakefield must be firm fa-
vourites to win this clash.
The battle for third and fourth
will be impacted upon by the
results of the Wasleys versus
Hamley Bridge and the Riverton
vs Owen matches.
Wasleys defeated Hamley
Bridge by 66 shots in their first
meeting but suffered a one shot
loss despite having two rinks up in
the second match.
To remain in contention for
the finals, Wasleys must win this
weekend’s match against Hamley
Bridge. In doing so, Wasleys will
snap its three-game losing streak.
Owen travels to Riverton for
what will be a nerve racking
match for both sides.
A win for Owen will ensure the
side finals’ participation and likely
end Riverton’s chances whereas
a win for Riverton will mean the
last week of matches will then
come into play.
Should Owen lose 12-0 or 10-2
and Wasleys win 10-2 or 12-0 in
their respective matches on Satur-
day, then the likely standings go-
ing into the last round will show
Owen 103 or 105, Wasleys 101 or
103, and Riverton 99 or 101.
In this scenario, the loser of the
Owen vs Wasleys clash in that last
round of matches will be eliminat-
ed if Riverton also defeats Mallala
in that round.
So, back to the Riverton vs
Owen match. In earlier meetings,
Riverton won the first 70-58 but
lost the second 84-79. Since that
match, Riverton’s form is 4-1
compared to Owen’s 2-3, sug-
gesting that Riverton should be
favoured to win this all important
Mallala has the bye for the
Mallala 74 (7) (R. Work 25, G.
Tucker 15, P. Furst 34) def. Owen
74 (5) (T. Harkness 18, N. Hark-
ness 36, G. Bubner 20); Riverton
86 (10) (N. Rogers 24, B. Mullins
22, M. Griffiths 40) def. Hamley
Bridge 60 (2) (C. Donohue 19.
P. Fritz 26, J. Bubner 15); Port
Wakefield 100 (10) (W. McPharlin
55, G. McPharlin 30, R. Murphy
15) def. Wasleys 55 (2) (S. Nicolai
7, D. Olive 18, W. Grady 30);
M Pts +/-
16 131 +159
Port Wakefield 17 126 +159
16 103 +3
16 89 -40
Hamley Bridge 16 74 -138
17 70 -140
NEXT FIXTURES – March 2:
Balaklava vs Port Wakefield,
Wasleys vs Hamley Bridge,
Riverton vs Owen, Mallala bye.
THE closest match in Division Two last weekend,
had Balaklava Blue edge past Tarlee White by one
shot despite having only one rink up.
Graham Olsen’s (BB) 30-19 win against John
Perry (TW) was just enough to cover Des Meyers’
(TW) 29-25 win over Lindsay Day (BB) and Frank
Gorey’s (TW) 33-27 win over Colin Milton (BB).
Elsewhere, Port Wakefield Blue secured minor
premiership following their comfortable 35-shot win
over Balaklava White.
Peter Baum (PWB) accounted for Tony Jones
(BW) 25-21 in the closest rink of the match, while
Terry Cluse (PWB) defeated Jim Bastian (BW) 36-15
and Steve Reimers (PWB) won 28-18 over Colin
Stewart (BW) in the other rinks.
Mallala White edged that ever closer to the top
four with a narrow seven-shot win over fourth placed
Terry Halford (MW) defeated Chris Cowan (BR)
27-23 and Geof Donlon (MW) accounted for Steve
Guy (BR) 24-20 while John Curnow (MW) had a
narrow one shot loss, 24-25, to Peter McPharlin
The final match saw Mallala Black account for
Hamley Red by 25 shots with two rinks up.
For Mallala Black, Keith McDonald had a good
31-16 win over Bob Morris (HR) and Mick King de-
feated Colin Phillips (HR) 29-18. Hamley Red’s rink
points were gained by Les Stott with a close 22-21
win over Malcolm Dunstan (MB).
With two rounds left to play, Balaklava White and
Hamley Red are out of contention for finals at this
stage but this weekend’s round could easily eliminate
another side or two depending on results in particular
The round commences with the clash between the
top two sides – Port Wakefield Blue and Balaklava
Season form shows Port Wakefield Blue with
161⁄2-11⁄2 compared with Balaklava Blue’s 121⁄2-51⁄2
which clearly is in Port Wakefield’s favour.
However, when they met in round 7, Port
Wakefield Blue only managed to win that clash by
one shot with one rink up.
Another tight result is likely here with the end
result eventually going Port Wakefield Blue’s way.
Local derby clashes are always viewed with
interest and this weekend’s Mallala Black vs Mallala
White carries with it greater significance.
For Mallala Black, a win will guarantee the side
no worse than third spot whereas a Mallala White
win will see the side remain in contention for finals
going into the last week of matches.
In round 10, Mallala Black took the honours by
17 shots against their sister side and recent form
suggests that Mallala Black should gain another win
here at Mallala White’s expense.
Balaklava Red and Tarlee White also are involved
in an intriguing match with fourth spot still available.
Tarlee White inflicted a heavy 36 shot defeat upon
Balaklava Red way back in round four.
Neither side, though, has had a good record since
the mid season break suggesting that this match
could go either way. It may depend on which side
handles the conditions of the green better on the day.
The final clash sees Balaklava White host Hamley
Red; a match that will no impact on the rest of the
Division Two competition.
Hamley Red’s first win for the season came at
Balaklava White’s expense earlier in the season.
Can Hamley Red record another win here or will
Balaklava White gain their ninth win for the season?
Mallala Black 81 (10) (M. Dunstan 21, K. Mc-
Donald 31, M. King 29) def. Hamley Red 56 (2) (L.
Stott 22, B. Morris 16, C. Phillips 18); Mallala White
75 (10) (T. Halford 27, J. Curnow 24, G. Donlon 24)
def. Balaklava Red 68 (2) (C. Cowan 23, P. McPhar-
lin 25, S. Guy 20); Balaklava Blue 82 (8) (G. Olsen
30, L. Day 25, C. Milton 27) def. Tarlee White 81
(4) (J. Perry 19, D. Meyers 29, F. Gorey 33); Port
Wakefield Blue 89 (12) (P. Baum 25, T. Cluse 36, S.
Reimers 28) def. Balaklava White 54 (0) (T. Jones
21, J. Bastian 15, C. Stewart 18).
Port Wakefield Blue
DIVISION TWO FIXTURES – March 2:
Balaklava Blue vs Port Wakefield Blue, Mallala
Black vs Mallala White, Balaklava Red vs Tarlee
White, Balaklava White vs Hamley Red.
n MAUREEN Roberts in action during last Thursday’s
Wooroora Womens Bowling Section match, held at
n MARY-ANN Burt, Owen, rolls the kitty down during the
match against Balaklava.
n UNA Clark bowls for Balaklava Green last Thursday.
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