Midweek pennant side cements top spot
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.