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Balaklava, Hamley Bridge
vying for top four spot
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WOOROORA Men's Bowling Sec-
tion Division One results -- January 18:
Owen 73 (10) (N. Harkness 29, G.
Bubner 19, T. Harkness 25) def. Balak-
lava 65 (2) (B. Taylor 20, T. Clifford 24,
P. Thompson 21); Riverton 86 (11) (M.
Griffths 25, A. Clark 35, D. Willmott
26) def. Mallala 61 (1) (P. Furst 16, R.
Work 19, I. Stuart 26); Hamley Bridge
83 (12) (A. O'Brien 36, J. Bubner 26,
C. Donohue 21) def. Wasleys 54 (0) (D.
Olive 16, S. Nicolai 18, R. Bowman 20);
Port Wakefeld Bye
Port Wakefeld 95* (+53), Riverton
89* (+107), Owen 76* (+111), Balak-
lava 73* (+72), Hamley Bridge 73*
(+40), Mallala 36* (-175), Wasleys 26
(-211) [* = bye].
Intriguing round awaits
This weekend's round is another
interesting one with two matches likely
to have a major impact on the Division
One standings as Owen, Balaklava and
Hamley Bridge are separated by only
In the frst of these clashes, Hamley
Bridge hosts Balaklava. When the two
sides last met, Hamley Bridge secured
a narrow three-shot win with two rinks.
As these two sides are vying for a top
four spot together with Owen, a win is
vital for both sides. Since that previous
match, Balaklava's form is 3-2 compared
to Hamley Bridge's 2-3.
All indications will be that this clash
will be a high stake affair with perhaps
home green advantage proving the
decisive factor here.
Elsewhere, the Owen -- Riverton
match will be keenly watched as Owen's
winning streak commenced after their
fve-shot loss to Riverton, despite hav-
ing two rinks up, earlier in the season.
Can Owen maintain their winning
streak or will Riverton gain their ninth
win for the season? Present form favours
an Owen win on its home green.
The fnal match will see Mallala play
Port Wakefeld. While Mallala’s chances
of making the four are highly unlikely, an
upset win here and there against higher
placed sides is always possible.
When the two sides last met, Port
Wakefeld had a comfortable win but
with this match being played at Mallala,
the winning margin for Port Wakefeld is
likely to be reduced signifcantly.
Wasleys has the bye to complete the
second phase of Division One matches.
Division One fxtures – January 25:
Mallala vs Port Wakefeld, Hamley
Bridge vs Balaklava, Owen vs Riverton,
THE semi-fnals and grand fnals of the
Men's and Women's State Singles for Region
8 were conducted at Auburn Bowling Club last
Sunday (January 19).
Mallala's Yvonne Howard emerged from
the competition as Women's Singles Champion
after some exciting matches, while Clare’s
Brenton Brown took out the Men's Singles
In the Women's competition, the elimination
semi-fnal featured Yvonne Howard (Mallala)
and Bev Harvey (Clare), with the winner to face
Jackie Hayes (Mundoora) in the grand fnal.
After a tight beginning, Yvonne Howard
edged away to lead 12-1 on the eighth end. Bev
gained a couple of shots on the next two ends
but still trailled 12-3. Another seven shots for
Yvonne over the next three ends saw her lead
extend out to 19-3 (13th end).
Two ends later, the score was now 19-7.
Bev won only one more end for the match with
Yvonne Howard fnally winning 25-8 in 21
ends and proceding into the Women's Singles
grand fnal against Jackie Hayes.
The Men’s semi-fnals pitted Josh Studham
(Port Wakefeld) against Peter Errey (Clare)
and Brenton Brown (Clare) against Stewart
In the frst semi-fnal, Peter Errey jumped
away to a 7-1 lead against Josh Studham (af-
ter 7 ends). By end 13, the scores were level
at 10-apiece. From that point onwards, Josh
Studham won seven of the nine ends played
to fnally win 25-13.
The second semi-fnal between Brenton
Brown and Stewart Catt was a very interesting
contest, taking 31 ends to determine the winner.
On the 12th end, scores were level at nine
each. By the 18th end, Stewart Catt held a nar-
row lead, 14-13. Two more shots for Stewart
on the following end and one shot for Brenton
on the 20th end saw the score now 16-14 in
At this point, the game changed signifcantly
with Stewart Catt scoring eight shots over the
next six ends to lead 24-14; only 1 more shot
needed to secure the match.
It is commonly acknowledged, however,
that that one last shot is often the most diffcult
one to get and, on this occasion, it proved to
be the case.
Over ends 27-30, Brenton Brown gained 10
shots to draw level 24-24; the 31st end would
defnitely be the last.
With his second bowl, Brenton had a toucher
with his bowl sitting on the jack. Stewart nar-
rowly missed the shot bowl with his next two
With his last bowl, Brenton gained a back
bowl placing it to the side and behind the jack.
This bowl proved to be a master stoke as
Stewart's last bowl made contact with the shot
bowl, forcing the jack towards Brenton's back
bowl giving Brenton Brown the win 25-24 in
what was an enthralling match.
So, the Men’s Singles fnal would feature
Brenton Brown against the 12-year old Josh
The Women’s Singles grand fnal between
Jackie Hayes and Yvonne Howard ebbed and
fowed as each opponent held the ascendancy
at various stages during the match.
After two ends, Jackie held a 5-0 lead. By
the eighth end, Yvonne had established a 10-5
advantage. Over the next seven ends, each
bowler won alternate ends with the scores be-
ing level at 15-all after the 15th end.
Two more ends to Jackie saw her lead 18-
15; two ends later, Jackie still led 19-17. The
next three ends went to Yvonne with multiple
shots on each end; Yvonne now ahead 23-19
after the 21st end.
Jackie gained a single shot on the 22nd end
butYvonne Howard fnished the match off with
three shots on the 23rd end to win the Region
8 Women's State Singles 25-20.
The Men’s Singles grand fnal featured
the clash between Josh Studham and Brenton
Brown. This match had spectators enthralled
as each bowler strived for an advantage over
Josh jumped out to an early three-shot lead.
After the seventh end though, scores were tied
4-4. Another four shots were scored over the
next two ends to give Josh the lead 8-4.
Ends 10-13 went to Brenton, to lead 9-8
only to see Josh take back the lead 10-9 on end
14. This lead extended out to 16-11 by end 19
but after the 23rd end, the scores were locked
away once again 16-16.
Five shots over the next three ends saw Josh
re-open a 21-16 lead. One shot each over the
next two ends; the score was 22-17 still in Josh’s
favour. Brenton gained four shots on ends 29
and 30 to reduce Josh's lead back to 22-21.
End 32 saw Josh holding two shots with
about a metre space into which to draw his
fnal bowl for match. The bowl unfortunately
went wide -- the score was now 24-21.
Onto the 33rd end, Josh held three shots on
a full length end with Brenton having the three
back bowls. Josh endeavoured to cover these
back bowls with his last bowl but unfortunately
it ended up in the ditch.
Brenton's last bowl, however, gathered up
the jack to convert the end from three shots
down to two shots up; the score now 24-23
but still in Josh's favour.
The match concluded on the following 32nd
end, with Josh unable to stop Brenton gaining
two shots on the end; the fnal score being 25-
24 in Brenton Brown's favour.
After a competitive match, Brenton Brown
was declared the Region 8 Men's Singles
Champion for 2013-2014.
Report: John Glistak
Region 8 secretary
Howard, Brown Region 8 State Singles Champions
Howard, of Mallala.
Brown, of Clare.
GREG Tucker sends one down for Mallala on Saturday, during the Division One match at Riverton.
lines up in
rolls the kitty
BOWLS resumed on
January 11 with the feature
Division One clash pitting
leaders Port Wakefield
against second placed Riv-
Port Wakefield were
without their lead skipper
Will McPharlin and, in his
place, Josh Studham was
named for his frst game
as a Division One skipper.
Josh Studham's rink
easily accounted for Dean
Willmott's (R) rink, 41-12.
Greg McPharlin (PW)
also recorded a 23-15 win
over Andrew Clark (R)
while Riverton's rink points
came through Mark Grif-
fths’ (R) 34-12 defeat of
Ray Murphy (PW).
Balaklava was a narrow
fve-shot winner over Mal-
lala with each side winning
one rink and sharing the
spoils in the fnal rink.
Renee McPharlin (B)
had a good 29-16 win over
Rodger Work (M), suf-
fcient to cover for Peter
Thompson's (B) 30-22 loss
to Ian Stuart (M). Barry Tay-
lor (B) and Peter Furst (M)
were 21-all in their match.
Owen completed the
round with a 16-shot win
over Wasleys. Neil Hark-
ness (O) was too good for
Dave Olive (W) 37-22
while Brian Parker (O)
had a tight 25-21 win over
Sherri Nicolai (W). Wasleys
gained rink points through
Robert Bowman's 24-22
win over Tim Harkness (O).
With Hamley Bridge
having the bye for the round,
Owen's win elevated their
side into third spot.
Results -- January 11:
Port Wakefeld 76 (10)
(G. McPharlin 23, J. Stud-
ham 41, R. Murphy 12)
def. Riverton 61 (2) (A.
Clark 15, D. Willmott 12,
M. Griffths 34); Balaklava
72 (9) (P. Thompson 22, R.
McPharlin 29, B. Taylor 21)
def. Mallala 67 (3) (I. Stuart
30, R. Work 16, P. Furst 21);
Owen 84 (10) (N. Harkness
37, B. Parker 25, T. Hark-
ness 22) def. Wasleys 67 (2)
(D. Olive 22, S. Nicolai 21,
R. Bowman 24); Hamley
Wakey opens up break
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