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