When we travelled to Murchison to play round 6 we had hopes of sneaking into the top four at last.
Although we won two rinks by 13 shots and lost on the third rink by one shot after holding game.
However Jim Tweddle had other ideas and won his game by 24 shots.
Thus we lost by 12 shots but gained four points.
The top rink of Rob Dennis, Greg Pell, Neil Gardiner and Jim Arthur played M. Harris and won by 10 shots. They got off to a solid start but their opponents drew level on end 12.
In the second half of the game Merrigum scored 10 more than their rivals. Once again a good team effort. Joe Chant, Wayne Shepherd, Graeme Hubble and Carmen Quattrocchi played Geoff Higgins and finally drew away to win by three shots.
Their effort was slightly better than last week but the inconsistency is still lurking.
Scores were even on four occasions but Merrigum managed to hold on for a hard-fought win.
The hard luck story goes to the rink of Gary Mott, Stan Coldwell, John Gilbert and Barry McMeeken who struck a worthy opponent in Derek Anderson.
This was a tight match with scores tied on six occasions.
At the start of the last end Merrigum led by two and after much movement of the kitty Derek Anderson found himself two shots down with only his last bowl to play.
His third Gordon Thomson could see a slight chance of playing into the head to gain a result.
The rest is history, Merrigum down by one shot.
In the last game Barry Parsons, Peter Hoare, David Pettifer and Barry McMeeken began well and led 5 to 1 after five ends.
Then the game changed completely with Murchison winning the next nine ends to lead 21 to 5.
Merrigum never recovered and the final deficit of 24 shots was an obvious conclusion to the match.
Last week this combination won their rink convincingly so it is just better to put it down to having ‘one of those days’ and look forward to next week.
Our mid-week had a strong win against Hill Top and are in the four.
Lee Chant defeated Betty Durston by 17 shots, Maureen Shepherd won against Dot Clement by nine shots but Donna Meola dropped her game against Chris Popple by three shots.
This week they travel south to Nagambie and will really have to be on the ball to record a win.
Thanks to all who helped run the 60 and over on Wednesday.
The day worked really well until the presentation when there was much confusion over how far down the payments were made to the runners up.
Our co-ordinator left explicit instructions that only the winners would be paid but this was overruled by a vocal majority.
Keep up the good work with completing your club games, time is running out.
Christmas break up is on December 15, cost is $25 per head. Please pay as soon as possible.
On Sunday we had a great pokie trip to Tocumwal, special thanks to those who help to make these outings possible.
Our next trip will be after school goes back.
We need all hamper tickets returned ASAP.