North Launceston held on to crucial points over Beauty Point in Saturday’s round of Bowls North Premier League games, sending them to the top of the table after trying conditions saw the top four tighten.
Invermay upset East, who have now lost two of their last three games after a stunning start to the season.
Trevallyn continue their push to the top with a 57-shot thumping of the travelling Scottsdale side and Bridport made the most of their home ground advantage with a two-rink win over the Longford Tigers.
Invermay showed today what they are capable of when they turn up, in their 10-2 win over former ladder leaders East Launceston.
After four close losses in recent weeks Invermay finally got the start they have needed, jumping out of the blocks early to win nine of the first 12 ends and carried this momentum to their 25-shot overall win.
Three out of the four of the all-female rink had travelled to make the game after a strong week at the Australian Championships in Merimbula and showed that fatigue was no issue, proving too good for Robert McMullen with a 16-shot win.
Gene Ayton’s rink were able to lead throughout the day with brilliant tactical leading from Chrissy Direen setting up the 11-shot win against Adam Gurr.
Mark Illingworth’s rink kept things close, going down by just two shots to Aaron Page, who remains undefeated.
Andrew Whitmore was the big winner for the day at Beauty Point in North Launceston’s 10-2, one rink overall win.
The 20-shot rink win to Whitmore allowed David Minns and Tim Douce some leeway late in the game with a tight battle against both Bruce Howard and Michael Savage respectively.
Whitmore and Summers found form, getting ditch to ditch practice in ahead of their Tasmanian representative games this week against Victoria.
Bruce Howard and Minns had a battle of defense early in the game, with only one multiple scored at the 15-end mark.
It set the scene for the remainder of the day, with Minns and Howard, and Douce and Savage squaring things up in two rink draws.
Josh Walker-Davis has turned up the heat for Trevallyn against Scottsdale, recording a 45-8 shot rink win.
Michael Sims, who played Division 2 this week for Trevallyn due to Melbourne pennant being washed out said after the game, “The young gun was set up exceptionally by Andrew Baird in the leads spot, but with a scoreboard like that it is easy to see that all four in the rink showed up to play.”
Josh Appleyard once again put his name at the forefront of the competition, showing late in the game what he is capable of with some damaging conversions that allowed the breakaway in his 13-shot rink win over Wayne Churchill.
Roger Long took out the final two points on offer in his seven-shot win.