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Wooroora competition will intensify
WITH the cancellation of the Division One
round, all sides except for Mallala – the bye
side – received six points.
Port Wakefield 109 (+57), Riverton 97 (+106),
Owen 92 (+112), Balaklava 89 (+80), Hamley
Bridge 81 (+32), Mallala 40* (-179), Wasleys
32 (-211) [* = bye].
CAN HAMLEY UPSET WAKEY?
WITH the business end of the season fast
approaching and with five sides competing for
four finals’ spots, the competition over coming
weeks will become more intense.
This weekend’s round will see the feature clash
between Port Wakefield and Hamley Bridge.
Earlier clashes have both been won by Port
Wakefield by margins of 15 and 12 shots, re-
As Balaklava has the bye, a Hamley Bridge
win here will tighten up the battle for fourth spot
over coming weeks.
However, Port Wakefield will be at full
strength once again with Will McPharlin and
Josh Studham returning. The home side should
therefore record their third win against Hamley
Bridge this season.
Mallala hosts Owen, a side seeking its seventh
win in a row. Owen currently has a 2-0 record
against Mallala this season and little suggests
that this match will go in Owen’s favour either.
The final match sees Riverton play Wasleys.
With Owen hot on their heels, Riverton must
win here to keep hold of second spot and keep
Owen at bay for a while longer.
Riverton holds a 2-0 record against Wasleys
and with Wasleys yet to win a match this sea-
son, the host side is strongly favoured to win
Balaklava has the bye for round 16.
Division One fixtures – February 8:
Mallala vs Owen, Port Wakefield vs Hamley
Bridge, Riverton vs Wasleys, Balaklava bye.
THE NEW COMPETITION
Following the cancellation of round 15,
the former Division Two competition has now
concluded with the top eight sides continuing
in the new Division Two competition while the
remaining eight sides enter the Division Three
Sides to enter the respective divisions are:
Division Two: Balaklava Blue, Balaklava Red,
Mallala Black, Mallala Gold, Mallala White,
Port Wakefield Blue, Riverton White and Tarlee
Division Three: Balaklava White, Hamley
Red, Hamley White, Owen, Port Wakefield Gold,
Riverton Black, Tarlee Red and Wasleys
Bridge bowler, Angus Hudson, has
been bowling with the state’s best
junior bowlers, and trained with the
under 18 State squad twice last year.
Angus, a Riverton & District High
School student, began his bowls career
through the Bowls SA Secondary
School Sport SA (SASSSA program
an adaptive program for all junior
bowlers, as well as schools and groups
who would like to get young people
playing and enjoying the sport of lawn
He was invited to train with the
under 18 squad after winning silver in
the SASSA Championships.
Angus very much enjoys playing
with the Under 18 side, and will surely
be hopeful of selection in the State
side to represent SA in the National
Championships, to be held during
the October school holidays in the
ANGUS is pictured at left bowling for Hamley Bridge in the Wooroora
Men’s competition on Saturday January 25. He joined the club last year.
Six rounds will be played in the
new Division Two competition with
tight matches anticipated as sides
vie for a final four spot.
The competition commences
with Port Wakefield Blue hosting
Balaklava Red. As last weekend’s
bowls was cancelled, this will be
the first meeting between these
Season form is strongly in Port
Wakefield Blue’s favour and with
their recent form they are also the
better of the two sides; a win for
Port Wakefield Blue is on the cards.
Riverton White welcomes Mal-
lala Gold for what is expected to
be another tough match. Earlier in
the season, Riverton White won
this clash by three shots with only
one rink up.
Season form shows Riverton
with an 11-3 record compared with
Mallala Gold’s 8-6 record suggest-
ing that Riverton White is better
placed to win this encounter.
An interesting tussle between
Mallala White and Mallala Black
awaits to decide which side will sit
in third spot after the conclusion of
Mallala Black took the honours
by nine shots when they last played
at the end of December. Since
then, Mallala White has had two
wins and a draw whereas Mallala
Black’s form was 1-2. Perhaps
Mallala White holds the slight edge
In the final match Tarlee White
welcome Balaklava Blue. While
Balaklava Blue won the previous
clash by 18 shots, Tarlee White is a
more difficult proposition at home
indicating that this match may go
down to the final few ends before
a winner is known.
Port Wakefield Blue 126 (+256),
Riverton White 122 (+129), Mallala
Black 111 (+63), Mallala White 105
(+19), Mallala Gold 103 (+52), Bal-
aklava Blue 94 (+63), Tarlee White
93 (+70), Balaklava Red 92 (+48).
Fixtures – February 8:
Port Wakefield Blue vs Bal-
aklava Red, Riverton White vs
Mallala Gold, Mallala White vs
Mallala Black, Tarlee White vs
The new Division Three competition features
sides from seven of the 8 Clubs with only Mallala
not represented and Hamley Bridge with both of
its sides present.
Only eight points separate the top five sides
with Owen and Hamley Red hovering in the
background should any of the leading sides lapse.
This suggests that this new competition may
be a very close one with sides changing positions
on a regular basis.
The opening match sees Hamley White host
Owen. Despite Owen winning their previous clash
by 40 shots, recent form favours a Hamley White
win here as Hamley White has won 4 of its last
5 matches compared to Owen’s record of 2-3.
Wasleys encounters Port Wakefield Gold at
Wasleys. These two sides were due to meet last
week; a match which never went ahead. On season
form, Port Wakefield Gold is likely to record their
seventh for the season here.
Tarlee Red faces Riverton Black in another
close match given that Tarlee Red only won their
previous match by three shots. Whichever side
adapts to the Tarlee green quicker is likely to gain
the match points in this clash.
To conclude the round, Balaklava White and
Hamley Red meet at Balaklava. Once again, this
will be the first meeting between the two sides
With seven wins compared to Hamley Red’s
four for the season, Balaklava White is favoured
to take the points in this match.
Tarlee Red 88 (+37), Balaklava White 84 (+24),
Port Wakefield Gold 84 (-59), Hamley White 80
(-45), Riverton Black 80 (-93), Owen 73 (-112),
Hamley Red 68 (-135), Wasleys 37 (-317).
Fixtures – February 8:
Hamley White vs Owen, Wasleys vs Port
Wakefield Gold, Tarlee Red vs Riverton Black,
Balaklava White vs Hamley Red.
JOHN Gardner, Hamley White and Craig Argent, Mallala Black, assess the bowls at the
completion of the end, during the Division Two match at Hamley Bridge on January 25.
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