Burnie come out firing in Bowls North-West

Any doubt that Burnie was not as strong as previous seasons was well and truly debunked when they whitewashed the Devonport Eagles to the tune of 54 shots winning on all rinks 130-74.

Mark Nitz with massive support from Joe Simpson, Anthony Harris and Patrick Saltmarsh set the ball rolling with a big 22-shot win over Ian Moore. Scores being 38-16. David Gamble, Jason Morrisby, David Gewin and Jamie Pennington continued their dominance with a 34-16 defeat of Leon Webb.

Not to be out done Patrick Smith won 28-13 over Devonport’s Mr Consistency Tristan Bakes and Jeremy Turner finished one in front of Mike Higginson.

Penguin continued their steady climb up the ladder with a comfortable 30-shot defeat of Wynyard. The big difference was the Chris Dudman, Trevor Docking, Dave Thomas, Peter Thow rink who won 33-11 over Damien Symes.

Wiggles Willcox also showed a return to form with a 32-19 shot defeat of David Groenewege. Grant Crowe finished 26-20 in front of David Osborne and John Neal and Wayne Manson played a 22-shot draw.

Latrobe retained top spot on the ladder with a three-rink 19-shot margin over Ulverstone.

They can thank the Garry Courtney, Phillip Moore, Graham Hay and Frederick Sheean rink as they won 33-18 over the Robins gun rink of Rodney Horton, Josh Tyrell, Steve Aitken and Blair Fidler. In a high-scoring encounter Phillip Mundy won 32-28 over Ben Fidler and Greg Douce had three to spare over Eden Moore. It was left to Sam McLean, Colin Willcox, Geoff McLean and Ross Harman to score two points in their 21-18 defeat of Anthony Johns.

South Burnie finished 14 shots to the good of Port Sorell, moving South into third position on the ladder. Alan Carver, Nicholas Chilcott, Peter O’Donnell and Bob Mayfield set up the win with their 27-13 win over Barry Castles.

Luke Richardson held his nerve to defeat Josh Marshall 24-21 and Ricky Richardson also had three up his sleeve against Luke Marshall. As is quite often the case it was left to the Aaron Jago rink to salvage two points for the Sharks by defeating Grant Youd by six.

In Division 1 East Devonport finally showed the form they were expected to in their five-shot defeat of third placed Devonport Eagles. This was despite the big 32-12 win by the Eagles Grant Dargavel.

South Burnie defeated cross town rivals Burnie by eight after sharing the rinks and Penguin won by 11 over Turners Beach but it was not enough to get them away from the wooden spoon position. In an even display Ulverstone scored the maximum against Latrobe.

Division 2 saw Railton lose to Wynyard but still retain top spot on the ladder. Sheffield won on three rinks but still went down to the Devonport Eagles by 10 shots. Latrobe showed Smithton no mercy winning by 31 and South Burnie finished six in front of Port Sorell.

Division 3 winners were South Burnie, Ulverstone, Wynyard and Ridgley.