Mans­field dom­i­nates mid­week pen­nant

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT -

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.

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