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Plains Producer, Thursday January 30, 2014
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THE final match of the round
saw Mallala host competition
leaders, Port Wakefield. Despite
Mallala winning two of the three
rinks, Port Wakefield won the
match by four shots.
Ashley Koch’s (PW) 31-19 win
over Ian Stuart (M) was sufficient
to cover for Peter Furst’s (M) 26-
21 defeat of Greg McPharlin (PW)
and Greg Tucker’s (M) 23-20 win
against Ray Murphy (PW).
Wasleys had the bye for the
round to conclude the second
cycle of round robin matches for
The main change in the stand-
ings sees Balaklava take sole
possession of fourth spot with
Hamley Bridge now sitting fifth.
Results – January 25:
Port Wakefield 72 (8) (A. Koch
31, G. McPharlin 21, R. Murphy
20) def. Mallala 68 (4) (I. Stuart
19, P. Furst 26, G. Tucker 23);
Balaklava 76 (10) (P. Thompson
23, B. Taylor 27, T. Clifford 26)
def. Hamley Bridge 68 (2) (A.
O’Brien 24, J. Bubner 25, C.
Donohue 19); Owen 64 (10) (G.
Bubner 16, T. Harkness 27, N.
Harkness 21) def. Riverton 63 (2)
(M. Griffiths 28, A. Clark 17, D.
Willmott 18); Wasleys bye.
Port Wakefield 103 (+57),
Riverton 91 (+106), Owen 86
(+112), Balaklava 83 (+80),
Hamley Bridge 75 (+32), Mallala
40 (-179), Wasleys 26 (-211) [* =
WILL THIS ROUND SORT
OUT DIVISION ONE?
The upcoming Division One
round features two matches that
may influence the standings of
some sides as they vie for a final
How good is Owen? Will their
winning streak continue another
week? These are some of the
questions that will be addressed as
Owen hosts competition leaders
Port Wakefield this weekend.
Earlier matches between these
two sides have seen Port Wake-
field win the first by three shots
while Owen comprehensively de-
feated Port Wakefield by 46 shots
in their most recent encounter.
For this match, Port Wakefield
is expected to be back to full
strength with both Will McPharlin
and Josh Studham returning to the
The recent form for both sides
is very similar suggesting that
this match may go down to the
last end or so before a winner
A Port Wakefield win may
see the side open up a larger gap
between itself and the rest of the
competition while, for Owen, a
win could see the side sitting sec-
ond depending on other results.
Another match with significant
implications is the clash between
Hamley Bridge and Riverton.
At present, Riverton sits second
while Hamley Bridge lies fifth.
Should Riverton win, it will re-
main second but a Hamley Bridge
win could see the gap in points
between second and fifth reduce
In previous matches Riverton
has won both by five and 19 shots,
respectively. Since their last meet-
ing, both sides have had virtually
identical records with Riverton
marginally ahead on shots scored.
This match will be Hamley
Bridge’s best chance to upset Riv-
erton this season but overall form
leans to a Riverton win here.
The final match will see Was-
leys host Balaklava.
While their first match was a
tie with Balaklava ahead on rinks
won, their second match saw
Balaklava win by 41 shots. With
Wasleys yet to win this season,
Balaklava is strongly favoured to
win this clash.
Mallala has the bye for round
Fixtures – February 1:
Wasleys vs Balaklava, Hamley
Bridge vs Riverton, Owen vs Port
Wakefield, Mallala bye.
AS this report was being compiled, all eyes were watching
the forecast for Saturday February 1, as the predicted
temperature for Adelaide that day was 41 degrees.
If such a temperature, or similar, is confirmed closer to the
day, Wooroora’s Heat Rule will need to be put into action –
the first time for almost two years.
The Heat Rule states, in part:
“On days when it is hot – the following will apply:
During the 2013-2014 season, earlier starting times will
apply should the maximum forecast temperature of 38C,
39C or 40C for Adelaide be reported on ABC Radio 891 at
7pm Friday before the scheduled match.
Conditions of play for these matches are:
• Matches to commence at 10 am Saturday for all Divisions;
• Each rink must play 15 ends.
If the maximum forecast temperature for Adelaide is 41C or
above, all matches are cancelled.”
So, the predicted maximum temperature for Adelaide next
Saturday may become an issue.
If it is 37 degrees or lower – play will start at the normal
For predicted temperatures between 38 and 40 degrees, a
shortened match of 15 ends per rink will be played starting
at an earlier time of 10 am. This earlier starting time may
impact upon the availability of some bowlers – some
may withdraw due to heat concerns while others may be
unavailable due to work commitments.
Please note that a temperature of 41 degrees or higher will
see all matches cancelled.
Should matches be cancelled, the present standings in
Division Two will be used to determine the composition of
the new Division Two and Three the following week. For
those sides still vying for a top eight spot, the cancellation
of these matches may end their chances.
It is important for all bowlers to keep in touch with their
respective club secretary as next weekend nears to
determine the state of play for the upcoming round.
Heat Rule may
come into play
NANCY Bubner bowls for Hamley Bridge
in Saturday’s Division One match against
Balaklava. LEFT: Hamley teammates, John
Bell and John Bubner, assess positioning
as they swap ends. RIGHT: Bruce Moffatt
lines up for Balaklava.
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