Tues­day Pen­nant down to the wire

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - BOWLS By LYN FOOTS

MANS­FIELD Bowls Club’s Tues­day pen­nant re­sumed last week af­ter a two week break with both matches go­ing down to the wire.

Mans­field Open 1A side were up against the very strong Wodonga side and were ex­pect­ing a very tough match even though they had the home ground ad­van­tage.

Af­ter just over three hours and 75 ends, it came down to the very last end of the day, where Wodonga won two shots, giv­ing them the over­all win by just one shot 63 to 62.

Lyn Foots, Kath­leen Bock, Irene Fuller and Marco Bohren were out­classed early by some ex­cel­lent bowl­ing by Wodonga, but they rose to the chal­lenge, lifted their game and squared the match at eight all by the 11th end.

From then on, with the team all com­bin­ing well, they won 12 of the last 14 ends to win com­fort­ably 31 shots to 11.

Ge­orge Peter­son, Mar­ian Ryan, Graeme Ty­ers and Kris Humphrey had a tough match against fan­tas­tic bowl­ing by Wodonga and were hold­ing many shots dur­ing the game, but their op­po­si­tion swiftly took them away.

Mans­field were down by seven to nil af­ter four ends, but they bat­tled away to be only down by three by the 18th end.

From t hen on Wodonga pushed home their ad­van­tage to win 25 shots to 16.

The fi­nal rink of Julie Holl and, Elaine Peter­son, Tom Ni­col and Enid Smith started re­ally well.

Even though they won six of the first nine ends, they were re­stricted to just ones, and the score was six all.

The next 10 e nds were shared, and on the 19th end, Wodonga had a two shot lead.

From t hen on Mans­field didn’t win another end, los­ing 15 shots to 27.

The Open 3 side also played at home against Wan­garatta and af­ter another last end nail biter, Mans­field tri­umphed by five shots.

Bob Ap­pleby, Colleen Leeds, Kerri Ni­col and Colleen Christ opher had a day out, with ev­ery­one pitch­ing in.

Af­ter their first score of five shots on the third end, they never looked back and had a very com­fort­able win 29 shots to 18.

Tom Tomic, Ian Mor­ley, Pam Zierk-Ma­honey and Theo Scheltinga had a ding-dong bat­tle all day, with the game all square on the sixth, 11th and 18th ends.

They each picked up a five on the next two ends and by the 24th end the scores were again all tied up at 24 shots apiece.

Af­ter such a close tus­sle all day it was Wan­garatta who scored the vi­tal win­ning shot to win 25 to 24.

The fi­nal rink of Carolyn Close, Ch­eryl Scheltinga, Gl en d a Reve l l an d Te rr i Kilpatrick started well and were lead­ing nine shots to one by the sixth, but af­ter drop­ping 13 shots in five ends they found them­selves down by five af­ter 11 ends.

From t hen on Wan­garat- ta were never trou­bled and it looked like they may be able to win by enough shots to over-run Mans­field’s to­tal.

But t o t he l adies’ credit and some great bowl­ing, they man­aged to score a vi­tal four shots on the last end to en­sure Mans­field won the day 74 to 69.

Yes­ter­day the Open 1A side trav­elled to Wan­garatta and the Open 3s took on Swan­pool. SAT­UR­DAY PEN­NANT: Sat­ur­day pen­nant saw both Mans­field sides have wins at home in warm con­di­tions.

The A2s were up against top of the lad­der Kiewa, but Mans­field fi­nally showed what they are ca­pa­ble of win­ning the match 109 shots to 82.

Ge­orge Peter­son, Tom Tomic, Graeme Ty­ers and Mar­ian Ryan were down by one on the sixth end but turned up the pres­sure and won 13 out of the next 14 ends to lead 29 shots to 7.

Kiewa won the next four of the last five ends but were no match for Mans­field go­ing down 13 shots to 30.

Gra­ham Smith, Don Cameron, Tom Ni­col and Keith Mil­lott were i n all sorts of trou­ble early and were down 10 shots to nil on the fifth end.

They bat­tled hard the next few ends and on the last end be­fore smoko picked up a valu­able seven shots to be only down by four.

When play re­sumed Mans­field main­tained their mo­men­tum, win­ning six of the last eight ends to win 28 shots to 23.

John Foots, Gary Fuller, Elaine Peter­son and Rick Ni­chols started slowly and found them­selves down by 10 at the eighth end.

With gritty de­ter­mi­na­tion, they turned the game around, win­ning seven out of the next 11 ends to tie the game up at 19 apiece.

Kiewa re­gained the ad­vant age and t ry as t hey might, Mans­field couldn’t quite catch them fi­nally go­ing down by one shot 23 to 24.

The fi­nal rink of Lyn Foots, Gunter Jar­zom­bkowski, Sid Rev­ell and Ray Close had a blind­ing start win­ning 13 of the first 16 ends to go into the break 24 shots to 4.

Once the game re­sumed, Kiewa lifted their game and Mans­field had a nanna nap.

The visi­tors re­duced t he mar­gin quickly and by the end of the game found they were only beaten by six shots, 22 to 28.

This win fi n a l l y lifted Mans­field off the bot­tom of the lad­der into sev­enth place.

The B1s went up against Moyhu who were one place above them on the lad­der in fourth.

With the visi­tors strug­gling with the pace of the green, Mans­field came away with the win 69 shots to 54.

Bob Bick­er­ton, Kris Humphrey, Kerri Ni­col and Theo Scheltinga played solid bowls all day, never let­ting Moyhu in for a look and af­ter win­ning 19 of a pos­si­ble 25 ends, won com­fort­ably 25 shots to 16.

Irene Fuller, Pam ZierkMahon­ey, Nick Vatoff and Howard James had a slow start and were down by five on the eighth end.

With some great play they were down by just one on the 14th end, af­ter which they won eight of the last 11 ends to win 26 shots to 18.

The fi­nal rink of Mick Quin, Bob Ap­pleby, Terri Kilpatrick and Les Wood started well and were in front on the 10th end but Moyhu had other ideas, win­ning the next five ends to lead 14 shots to nine.

The game was slip­ping away from the home team and the lead was out to six at one stage, but Mans­field in true fight­ing spirit, bat­tled hard to the very end to go down by just two.

Mans­field still sits fifth by just a cou­ple of points.

This Sat­ur­day sees the A2s trav­el­ling to Corowa to take on Corowa Ser­vices and the B1s travel to Tungamah to fight it out for the first time.

PHOTO: Pam Zierk-Ma­honey

FULL HOUSE: It was a full house on Sat­ur­day with Mans­field Bowls Club play­ing host to both A1 and B1 matches at home.

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