It’s crunch time for teams as semis loom

Devonport fell just two points short of making it into the Premier League final series despite a spirited five-shot defeat of second-placed Latrobe.

Unfortunately for the Pies, Penguin also recorded a win, albeit by four shots, over Port Sorell which kept them in the four by two points.

Leon Webb again led the way for the Pies with a 28-17-shot defeat of Anthony Johns. Dean Martin held on to win by three over Greg Douce in another close game for Douce. For the Demons Phillip Mundy won 25-18 over Tristan Bakes and Colin Griffiths had one up his sleeve against Ben Fidler.

Penguin only won on one rink, but it was enough. Penguin’s Aaron Page came out nine-shot winners against Aaron Jago 30-21 in the biggest rink win of the day. It covered the three-rink wins by the Port. Josh Marshall and Luke Marshall both won by two and Rod Everett finished one in front of Chris Dudman.

A depleted Burnie had to come from 12 shots behind at the break in their game against Ulverstone to defeat the Robins by 15 shots.

Tony Simpson led the way with a resounding 34-12-shot defeat of Eden Moore and Patrick Smith got up by two against Tony Sutton. For the Robins Robert Eudey defeated Joe Simpson 23-17 and Sam McLean won by three against Jason Morrisby.

Spreyton were no match for South Burnie going down by 25 shots.

The semi-finals will be played Sunday March 19 at Ulverstone with Burnie taking on Latrobe in the second semi-final. Penguin will go bowl for bowl in the knockout semi. It’s Burnie and Penguin to win.

The Division 1 first semi-final will be between Burnie and Penguin despite Penguin going down to Wynyard by three shots. The second semi is between Latrobe and Wynyard. Both teams finished the season with 15 wins, four losses and two washouts. The selection is for Latrobe and Burnie to win.

Sheffield put paid to Wynyard in Division 2 with the win keeping them in the four. In the knockout semi Sheffield will play South Burnie at Devonport.

South were surprisingly beaten by Turners Beach while East Devonport will front Port Sorell at Spreyton. It is hard to go past East Devonport as they finished the home and away series 57 points in front of their nearest rival. Sheffield are the chosen one to win the first semi.

Smithton finished on top of the ladder in Division 3 after defeating Devonport. They replaced Ridgley who were beaten by Penguin in a game Penguin had to win. Unfortunately Cats were not up to the challenge and fell to Ulverstone by 20 shots. The Two Blues’ win has them playing Spreyton at Port Sorell in the knockout semi, while Ridgley plays Smithton at Wynyard for a grand final spot.

In Division 4, South Burnie playing Port Sorell in the second semi while Sheffield will match it with Ridgley. Both games will be at Latrobe.

Division 5 first semi-final Penguin White v Smithton at Wynyard. Second semi-final Ulverstone Red v South Burnie Yellow at Penguin.