Mansfield weekend pennant bowlers won both grades
LAST Tuesday’s midweek bowls pennant saw Mansfield playing away against Benalla where they went down 91 shots to 58.
Marian Ryan, Kathleen Bock, Carolyn Close and Enid Smith (after 8 ends) had the lead, 12 shots to 5.
Benalla finally found their feet, winning 9 of the next 11 ends; they had a comfortable lead 27 shots to 14.
Mansfield tried to get back into the game but they were outplayed and eventually went down 32 shots to 17.
George Peterson, Elaine Peterson, Colleen Christopher and Terri Kilpatrick began very confidently and by the seventh end they held a three shot lead 9 to 6.
Benalla quickly picked up seven shots, taking a lead with 13 shots to 9, eventually taking the win 33 shots to 21.
The final rink of Irene Fuller, Lyn Foots, Kris Humphrey and Jenny Walsh found themselves behind the eight ball for the majority of the game.
After picking up a count of four on the ninth end, Mansfield were down 10 to 13, dropping a count of five, making it tough to bridge the gap.
Mansfield battled hard for the rest of the game but went down 20 shots to 26.
After three rounds, Mansfield has slipped to 7th position on the ladder and will need to pick up their game to start the upward climb when they play at home this week against YMGCR on Wednesday.
Saturday’s pennant saw both Mansfield teams having a successful day at home.
The A2s were up against Moira, and after an entertaining afternoon Mansfield took the points 105 shots to 84.
Ray Robinson, Noel Jackson, Elaine Peterson and Rick Nichols had a slow start, going down 4 shots to 11.
Mansfield began to find their feet and was down by three shots on the 12th end and were unable t o close t he gap going down 21 shots t o 24.
George Peterson, Lyn Foots, Graeme Tyers and Marian Ryan had t rouble getting going early and were down 3 shots t o 7 after eight ends.
Moira came out firing and won seven of t he l ast eight ends, l eaving Mansfield with a win of 28 shots t o 23.
Graham Smith, Don Cameron, Ray Close and Enid Smith had been struggling i n recent weeks, but came out firing, scoring 24 shots t o 2 after t he 10th end.
Moira kept t rying, but Mansfield had a point t o prove and ran away with a great win 36 shots t o 17.
John Foots, Gary Fuller, Kerri Nicol and Brian Revell began well l eading 5 nil after t hree ends - but Moira fought back, l eaving scores 9 all on t he 10th end.
The game was a close one all day, with both sides having t he l ead numerous t i mes.
After t he allotted 25 ends, t hey couldn’t be split with t he game finishing at 20 shots apiece.
The win sees Mansfield climb back up t he l adder t o t hird spot, and t hey l ook forward t o continuing t heir climb t his week against YMGCR.
The B1s hadn’t opened their account for the season, but with some great bowls they took a wonderful win against Benalla 71 shots to 59.
Tom Nicol, Gunter Jarzombkowski, Mick Walsh and Alex Clarke struggled against Benalla, who had t he l ead 10 shots t o 3 after nine ends.
Mansfield got within 4 at one stage, but Benalla was t oo strong, t aking t he win 25 shots t o 15.
Tom Tomic, Terri Kilpatrick, Keith Millott and Jenny Walsh were quick out of t he blocks, l eading 11 shots t o 3 after seven ends.
Benalla fought back t o be down by j ust 4 after 10 ends, but Mansfield kicked off t o l ead by 12 on t he 15th end.
Benalla wasn’t giving up, and got within t he 22nd end, t he score was 18 shots t o 21.
Mansfield finished t he strongest, winning 26 shots t o 21.
I r e ne Fuller, Marco Bohren, Kevin Nikkelson a nd Howard J a mes began f ul l of c onfidence a nd l e d 15 s hots t o 5 a f t e r 12 e nds.
Benalla was t r yi ng - but Mansfield r a n a way with t he game 30 s hots t o 13.
Mansfield finally has a win on t he board and sits i n 5th spot on t he l adder, and t hey l ook forward t o continuing t heir good form t his week away t o t op of t he l adder St James.