Last season’s NWTBA and state champions Burnie showed they are going to be the team to beat again this season with a resounding 59-shot defeat of Devonport. Mark Nitz with the ever-reliable Jason Morrisby, John Davis and Trevor Carpenter set up the win with a 38-10 win. David Gamble won 31-17 over Ben Fidler and Patrick Smith was too strong for Dean Martin winning 33-19.Tony Simpson and Leon Webb played a 26-shot tie.
Latrobe was firing on all cylinders against Penguin, winning on all rinks by 37 shots. Latrobe fielded much the same team as last season which shows stability goes a long way to ensuring success. Penguin went into the game with several changes to their line up. Bradley Gibson found skipping no easy task going down to the experienced Phillip Mundy by 23 shots 36-13. Mundy was backed up by Richard Sheehan, Callum Butler and Peter Rodgers. Evergreen Greg Douce finished six to the good against Aaron Page and Colin Griffiths won 26-19 over Penguins gun recruit Chris Dudman 26-19. Anthony Johns won by one to give the Demons four rink wins.
Ulverstone shared the rinks but won overall by eight shots over South Burnie. New recruit Ricky Richardson started his tenure with South by defeating Eden Moore 30-19 while Ulverstone’s prized signing Sam McLean also had a good start winning 33-24 over Luke Richardson. It was the Mick Oliver, Kevin Lee, Trevor Atkinson, Wayne McCoy rink who led the way for the Robins with their 33-24 shot defeat of Alan Carver. Grant Youd was the other successful skip for South winning by two.
Port Sorell and Spreyton played their usual close game with the Port coming out on top by seven shots after sharing the rinks. Luke Marshall had the biggest win with a 22-15 shot defeat of Spreyton’s promising young skip Clinton Steers.
Aaron Jago had the better of Muzza Baulch winning by six to give the Port their two rink wins. For the Eagles, it was Mike Higginson and Tony Dickson left to fly the flag with both rinks winning by three shots over Paul Marshall and Josh Marshall respectively. Both clubs who are relatively new to Premier League can look forward a very promising 2016/2017 season.