East Launceston’s president Sam Springer has risen to the occasion in the absence of Robert McMullen during Saturday’s round of Bowls North pennant matches.
Springer, supported by an outstanding performance by Stuart Groom and Courtney Hobbs, recorded a shattering 49-9 win against Westbury’s Julian Frost. The win helped East’s overall efforts and keeps them in top spot, although the other two rinks had much closer battles throughout the afternoon.
William Springer and Damien Lewis teamed up in East’s newest back end combination after the loss of Chris Bannon, and the move proved a winner with an eight-shot win to Springer. Aaron Page and Les Watts had more of a low-scoring battle, with Watts able to salvage two points for the visiting team in an 18-16 win.
Trevallyn are making up for their slow start to the season, with 12 points against Scottsdale seeing them just one point out of the four. Dan Hollingsworth was the big winner on the day with Patrick Oldham a standout in a solid rink performance.
Josh Walker-Davis was once again a winner, up by 20 shots against Rob Claridge after being 0-7 early in the game, with Roger Long Trevallyn’s best in the two spot. New Tasmanian representative Josh Appleyard rounded out the 12 points with a 28-17 rink win.
David Minns turned back the clock for North Launceston in a 25-shot rink win, helping his side to a 10-2 win over Cosgrove.
Andrew Whitmore returned to the side and got his job done in a six-shot win. Byron Slater got two points for Cosgrove with a win over Jarrod Howard.
Longford travelled to Beauty Point to take on a side that has always given the Tigers a challenge and today was no different for the first half of the game, with only a four-shot gap at the break.
Scott Crocker stepped up to skip after Mark Strochnetter was banished to the bench and got going after the break to score heavily and get away with a 23-shot win. All members played well with Bryce Weaver, Fred McKay on debut for the year and Scott Zueshner doing what they needed to.
Joey Thomas got over Bruce Howard on the last end by one, with Howard drawing shot with his last bowl to hold game before Thomas trailed the jack with the last bowl to win. Beauty Point’s Mick Savage got the edge over Baker by three with the game also going down to the last end.
Invermay burst out of the blocks against Bridport to lead by 22 at the break with Shane Boden's rink holding a nine-shot lead after 10 ends with a similar story on Gene Ayton’s rink. After the break, Ayton’s rink went on with the job with Bec Van Asch and Satya Springer dominating to run out winners by 32 shots.
The tide turned on the Swampies’ other leading rink, with Chris Walker dominating the scorecard to turn a deficit into a three-shot win. The third rink see-sawed all afternoon until two big shots from Mark Illingworth on his last two ends gave Invermay the 10 points.