Bowls North West | Burnie claims win in nail-biting finish

FOCUSED: Devonport Eagles' Murray Bausch is the picture of concentration when taking on Ulverstone on Saturday. Picture: Brodie Weeding.
FOCUSED: Devonport Eagles' Murray Bausch is the picture of concentration when taking on Ulverstone on Saturday. Picture: Brodie Weeding.

Late rains failed to disrupt most pennant games with only three not playing the hundred ends, but all played enough to ensure results were decided.

The game of the round between Burnie and Latrobe certainly lived up to the hype with the end result showing Burnie winning by three.

The Demons were without their favourite son Greg Douce and his replacement as skip was Clinton Steers who demonstrated he was more than ready to fill the big shoes with his 33-11-shot win over Patrick Smith.

He was well-supported by Graeme Moore, Tony Maney and Murray Skirving.

Unfortunately for Steers and the Demons, his win was not enough to cover the other three rink wins by the Tigers. Mark Nitz resumed the skip position relegating Joe Simpson back to the three position.They won 26-12 over Phillip Mundy.

David Gamble had seven up his sleeve against Garry Courtney, winning 30-23, giving the Tigers their third rink win. Jeremy Turner defeated Anthony Johns 25-21. The win by the Tigers should see them safe in the minor premiership position.

Port Sorell’s late winning streak continued with a 25-shot defeat of Penguin winning on three rinks and sharing the other, extending the Two Blues’ poor season.

The win does not put the Sharks in the four, but it does put them within one point of Penguin.

Once again it was the Luke Marshall, Kraig Dann, Shane Buckley, Luke Darke rink who did the most damage defeating Wayne Willcox 34-19.

In an all-Marshall affair, Josh, Paul, Cody and Logan teamed together to defeat David Osbourne 20-17. Rod Everett made a welcome return to the winners’ list with a 22-15-shot defeat of last week’s big winner Chris Dudman 22-15. In a tight game Aaron Jago and Liam O’Brien played a 18-shot tie.

South Burnie with the Alan Carver, Grant Youd, Peter O’Donnell, Elijah Murray rink scoring as they pleased gave the Wynyard Cats a good old-fashioned thrashing, winning on three rinks by 58 shots. Carver defeated John Neal 46-12 in a sign that he is striking form at the right end of the season.

Ricky Richardson more than doubled his opponent’s score winning 33-16 over David Groenewege and Luke Richardson had plenty up his sleeve winning 28-19 over Damien Symes. The one winning rink for the Cats was the win by Grant Crowe against Cameron Griffiths 26-24.

The game between the Devonport Eagles and Ulverstone was curtailed by rain but the result stands with the Robins winning by 11 shots winning on two rinks.

The Colin Willcox, Josh Tyrell, Bob Franklin, Michael Chilcott rink made sure the result was never in doubt with their 37-11-shot margin over Tristan Bakes. Eden Moore finished 23-19 to the good of Leon Webb.

The Eagles were well served by Greg Williamson, Dean Martin, Wayne Marshall, Alan Duncan rink who won 21-9 over Sam McLean, and Ian Moore defeated Rodney Horton 18-11.

Despite the win the Robins drop from third to fourth on the ladder.