Bowls North | East Launceston’s star continues to rise

DETERMINED: East Launceston's Alan Ryman shows he means business in a recent game against Deloraine. Picture: Scott Gelston

DETERMINED: East Launceston's Alan Ryman shows he means business in a recent game against Deloraine. Picture: Scott Gelston

East Launceston has held their position atop the Bowls North Premier League ladder, with a dominating performance to defeat Trevallyn by 35 shots. The win puts East in a commanding top two position while denting Trevallyn’s shot at a double chance come finals. Robert McMullen and his rink were relentless over the usually-reliable Josh Appleyard, inflicting a 27-shot drubbing to set up the big win.

Kane Stewart was stellar in the two spot with Robert “Bobby” McMullen showing his class. Aaron Page continues his extraordinary undefeated season to prevail over Josh Walker-Davis by 12 shots.

Solid performances by Sam Stringer, Peter Zoon and Aaron Page were telling, but Trace Stewart was outstanding in the leads spot, showing again why the Stewart combination making the move from Launceston Bowls Club is paying dividends to the East Launceston Bowls Club.

The Friendlies salvaged two points, with the Roger Long rink fighting out a four-shot win over Adam Gurr, Lyn Quarrel putting in a supreme leads performance. 

North Launceston was challenged by Cosgrove Park, but North’s experience and fight prevailed by 33 on all rinks. North now sits 20 points clear of Trevallyn in second position on the ladder, trailing East Launceston by only three.

Tim Douce put on a show in his 19-shot win over Slater. David Minns was trailing Alan Sotheran early 2-8 but the tide turned and Minns was able to score 19 shots in seven ends, setting up the win for his rink.

Andrew Whitmore and Scott Stagg had a tight tussle all day, but it was North who scored five shots on the fifth and 24th, the difference at the end of play, and Whitmore the winner 24-21. 

Longford has swamped Invermay and put a a dampener on their finals hopes. Joey Thomas and Chris Roach won by 19 and 20 shots respectively helping the Tigers to their 40-shot overall win. Daniel Baker and Bec Van Asch had the closest game of the day with the scorer never swinging more than six shots either way.

The Invermay rink fought late but Baker held a one-shot advantage securing the two points and rounding out an all-rinks win. 

Bridport hosted Beauty Point at home and The Point got off to a flyer leading across the board up until the afternoon tea break, but it was a different story when the teams headed back out.

Bridport improved across the board to win by 27 and on all rinks overall. Mitchell Billing of Bridport said the all-rinks win consolidated their mid-table position and put them out of the relegation battle. 

Scottsdale took on Kings Meadows in a battle that could make all the difference come Round 18, Scottsdale securing 11 points and keeping them afloat.

Cosgrove Park and Kings Meadows both have hands on the wooden spoon with only 11 points separating the bottom four clubs, with Westbury knocking on the door for their second crack at Premier.