Mansfield dominates midweek pennant
LAST Tuesday’s midweek pennant saw the Mansfield team up against Benalla Moira.
With the season still in its early stages all teams are an unknown quantity.
Having the home green advantage, Mansfield made the most of it and came away with a massive win 86 shots to 38.
Lyn Foots, Marian Ryan, Bob Appleby and Enid Smith got away to a confident start and never let their opponents in at all, and after the allotted 25 ends had only let Moira win six ends to record a confidence building 36 shots to 9 win.
Irene Fuller, Elaine Peterson, Kathleen Bock and Kris Humphrey started well and had their opponents down seven shots to one on the fifth end and never looked back.
After 25 ends Mansfield had won 15 of the 25 ends to win well 21 shots to 11.
The final rink of George Peterson, Tom Nicol, Graeme Tyers and Colleen Leeds raced out of the blocks and had Moira on their knees by the 21st end, ahead 29 shots to 10.
Siesta time came and Mansfield lost the last four ends to allow Moira some sanity with the home team wining 29 shots to 18.
This massive win has pushed Mansfield to the top of the ladder and full of confidence for their trip away this week to Myrtleford.
Saturday’s pennant saw the A2s travel to Benalla and the B2s away at Corowa Civic.
The A2s knew that Benalla would be a tough game on their very quick greens but after the allotted 25 ends, Mansfield just fell short by seven shots, 85 shots to 92.
Graham Smith, Don Cameron, Elaine Peterson and Mick Walsh got away to a solid start and led seven shots to one after the fourth end.
Benalla began to find their range and levelled the game by the eighth end, eight shots apiece.
The score remained close and by the 15th end the game again was all tied up 14 all after which Mansfield picked up five shots to skip away by five, 19 shots to 14.
Benalla fought back and won the next three ends to take the lead 21 shots to 19 and kept up the pressure to eventually take the win 24 shots to 21.
Lyn Foots, Sid Revell, Ray Close and Kerri Nicol found the fast pace of the greens very tough but kept hanging in, and by the seventh end the score was tied at seven all.
Benalla scored on five out of the next six ends to hold a good lead 16 shots to nine but Mansfield kept on trying and after scoring a four on the 20th end, took the lead 21 shots to 19.
Benalla again stepped up and after also scoring a count of four on the 23rd end regained the lead 24 shots to 23 and with both teams scoring a single on the final two ends, Benalla took the narrow win 25 shots to 24.
George Peterson, Marian Ryan, Graeme Tyers and Gunter Jarzombkowski couldn’t get out of the blocks and after six ends found themselves down 13 shots to nil.
Finding the pace of the green hard to gauge, Mansfield finally began to find their range and clawed their way back to be down by five, nine shots to 14.
By the 16th end, Mansfield were still hanging in and were down by just four but Benalla again took control only allowing Mansfield to score two out of the last nine ends to take an easy win 31 shots to 15.
The final rink of John Foots, Noel Jackson, Bob Bickerton and Tom Nicol had a great start and lead seven shots to one after the sixth end but Benalla kept trying and by the 18th end were down by just three.
Mansfield decided enough was enough and took control, winning six out of the last seven ends to be the only winning rink on the day 25 shots to 12.
With that narrow loss, Mansfield now sits in fourth position on the ladder and head up to Corowa this Saturday hoping for a better result.
The B2s travelled to Corowa to play Corowa Civic and after a great tussle, came home with the win by just two shots overall 75 to 73.
Irene Fuller, Mick Quinn, Howard James and Kevin Nikkelson had a slow start and were down 11 shots to 1 by the seventh end and were still well down after 17 ends six shots to 18.
All of a sudden t he t i de changed and Mansfield won the last eight ends to overrun Corowa 24 shots to 18.
Bob Appleby, Enid Smith, Pam Zierk-Mahoney and Les Wood began really well and were out to a 10 nil lead by the fourth end but after dropping a count of six on the sixth end, Corowa were only down by two shots.
Mansfield quickly picked up a count of five and by the ninth end they were out to a 16 to eight lead.
Corowa turned the tables and promptly won the next six ends to take the lead 18 shots to 16 but Mansfield squared it all up at 18 all on the 16th end.
Unfortunately Corowa took control from that moment on only allowing Mansfield to win two out of the last nine ends to win comfortably 35 shots to 25.
The final rink of Tom Tomic, Marco Bohren, Jenny Walsh and Nick Vatoff went out to an early six shot lead but by the eighth end Corowa were only down by just one, eight shots to nine.
Mansfield began to take control and by the 21st end they held a 12 shot lead 25 shots to 13 but Corowa kept up the pressure to close the gap winning three of the last four ends to go down by just 6, 20 shots to 26.
Mansfield are playing some great bowls and with this win find themselves in second spot on the ladder just three points behind leaders YMGCR.
This Saturday Mansfield head over to St James to try to keep up their good form and all players are reminded that this game has been reversed because of the Targa weekend so Mansfield will have the home game later in the year.