Mid­week pen­nant side ce­ments top spot

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By LYN FOOTS

MANS­FIELD trav­elled to Myrtle­ford last Tues­day for Mid­week Pen­nant hop­ing to main­tain top spot on the lad­der.

Af­ter 25 ends on a tricky green, Mans­field came away with the win against sec­ond placed Myrtle­ford 71 shots to 63.

Lyn Foots, Mar­ian Ryan, Kerri Ni­col and Enid Smith had a great tus­sle all day with their op­po­nents with the score be­ing level on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions.

On the 14th end the score was 14 all and af­ter pick­ing up a count of three, Mans­field took the lead.

Myrtle­ford fought back and on the 23rd end they took the lead 20 shots to 19.

Mans­field picked up a four on the next end to re­gain the lead 23 shots to 19 and hung on for the last two ends to take the win 24 shots to 20.

Irene Fuller, Elaine Peter­son, George Peter­son and Kris Hum- phrey came up against a tough rink and a very en­er­getic skip.

By the fifth end they found them­selves down by six, one shot to seven but be­gan to find their range, lev­el­ling the score at nine all by the 11th end.

Af­ter hit­ting the front on the very next end Mans­field never looked back record­ing a great win 27 shots to 19.

The fi­nal rink of Kath­leen Bock, Tom Ni­col, Graeme Ty­ers and Colleen Leeds had a tough task af­ter their reg­u­lar skip stepped down due to ill­ness and Kath­leen stepped in to take charge.

Their game was of high stan­dard and by the 13th end they were down by just one, 12 shots to 13.

Myrtle­ford t hreat­ened t o break away get­ting out to a seven shot lead by the 18th end but with the over­all re­sult in the bal­ance Mans­field dug in and af­ter win­ning five out of the last seven ends went down by just four, 20 shots to 24 thus help­ing Mans­field to a nar­row win.

Mans­field ce­mented top spot to now have a 10 point buf­fer ahead of Club Mul­wala who they play this week in Mul­wala.

Sat­ur­day pen­nant saw the A2s travel to Corowa Ser­vices and the B2s trav­elled to St James in a re­v­ersed game.

The A2s went up to Corowa to play Ser­vices who were sit­ting in sec­ond spot on the lad­der and Mans­field sit­ting in fourth po­si­tion.

The greens were quick and the op­po­si­tion tough and af­ter the al­lot­ted 25 ends the game fin­ished in a draw 103 shots apiece.

John Foots, Noel Jack­son, Tom Ni­col and Enid Smith bat­tled hard from the start and by the 11th end it was 11 all.

Mans­field won the next four ends to take the lead 18 shots to 11 but Corowa fought back to take the lead on the 19th end 20 shots to 19.

They ex­tended their lead by the 21st end 22 shots to 19 af­ter which Mans­field won the next two ends to be down by just one shot, and with the last two ends shared with one each, they just went down by one shot 22 to 23.

Lyn Foots, Sid Rev­ell, Gunter Jar­zom­bkowsi and Kerri Ni­col got away to a slow start and were quickly down by seven, two shots to nine.

The very next end Mans­field picked up a count of seven to level the game and it was still level af­ter 10 ends at 12 all.

Corowa skipped away to a five shot lead 18 shots to 12 and with the ends be­ing shared for the rest of the game the home team took the win 25 shots to 22.

Gra­ham Smith, Don Cameron, Elaine Peter­son and Mick Walsh started slowly and were down seven zip af­ter three ends but by the sev­enth end the game was all square at 9 all.

Mans­field skipped away to an 18 shot to 10 lead and by the 15th end the lead was out to nine. Corowa scored a count of five and then a six to cut the lead to one on the 18th end and from then on it was a tus­sle with Corowa win­ning the last three ends to just go down by one, 28 shots to 29.

The fi­nal rink of George Peter­son, Mar­ian Ryan, Graeme Ty­ers and Irene Fuller be­gan well tak­ing a 10 shot to nil lead af­ter four ends and by the sev­enth end still led 16 shots to four.

Corowa ral­lied and by the 16th end were ahead 23 shots to 17 but Mans­field stepped up and by the 22nd end the game was all square 25 shots apiece.

Mans­field won two out of the last three ends to take the win 30 shots to 27.

With the draw Mans­field re­mains in fourth spot on the lad­der just ahead of Moira on per­cent­age.

The B2s’ re­verse game at St James was a good tus­sle with Mans­field win­ning the day 74 shots to 63.

Mick Quinn, Howard James, Les Wood and Kevin Nikkel­son bat­tled hard all day but their op­po­nents were just that lit­tle bet­ter and af­ter get­ting within seven shots, St James took the win 26 shots to 15.

Bob Ap­pleby, Rick Nichols, Pam Zierk-Ma­honey and Keith Mil­lott flew out of the blocks to take an 11 zip lead and even though St James got within six shots by the 17th end, Mans­field won five of the last eight ends to win com­fort­ably 29 shots to 17.

The fi­nal rink of Tom Tomic, Marco Bohren, Nick Vatoff and Jenny Walsh found them­selves down af­ter four ends two shots to seven but by the 14th end the game was all square at 14 all.

Mans­field be­gan to show their class and they pulled away from St James tak­ing the win 30 shots to 20.

The B2s are trav­el­ling nicely and sit in sec­ond po­si­tion on the lad­der just three points be­hind lead­ers YMGCR.

This Sat­ur­day there is no pen­nant due to the Vic­to­rian Open be­ing played over the com­ing week.

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