It was a good day for the bookmakers with close games in trying weather conditions.
East Launceston were the sole winners in the top four, travelling to Westbury and claiming 10 points, which moves them from fourth to first in one afternoon.
There were some interesting results across the round, however the state of the competition means there will be no real impact on either end of the ladder.
Bad weather affected a few games today, with Scottsdale and Trevallyn only completing 54 of the 75 ends before rain closed the Scottsdale synthetic.
Craig Bennett got off to a great start against Dan Hollingsworth, scoring two 5’s in the first five ends and kick starting his teams overall efforts. His performance was ultimately the difference when time was called early.
Westbury had the better of East Launceston for most of the afternoon on a slow green after this weeks rain.
The home side were well up overall after Anthony Lowery scored a 7 and a 5 against Sam Springer early in the game. East showed their fighting qualities though, clawing back with a 7 not long after the break.
Will Springer held a lead against Julian Frost, once again supported well by good front end bowls by Steve Pearsall and Tony Keegan, with this rinks dynamics constantly improving throughout the afternoon.
Damien Lewis and Springer able to convert when required and put pressure on the scoreboard, while Aaron Page had a see-sawing game against Les Watts. Page’s rink piled bowls in the head late in the game, which proved decisive in East’s two shot, two rink win.
Invermay travelled to Bridport and were welcomed by a swimming pool instead of a bowls green. The overall was close at the break with Bridport holding a one shot lead. Wayne Churchill’s rink of Darrell Hawksworth, Victor Goss and Mitch Billing kicked on after the break to win 10 ends in a row against Shane Boden, eventually scoring a 20 shot win.
At the other end of the green, the Gene Ayton rink with Vicki Winley, Deb Lee and Mark Illingworth were scoring freely to also win by 20. In the final rink, Bec Van Asch and Adam Donohue kept things tight all day, with Van Asch grabbing a four on the second last end to give The Swampies a two shot 10 point overall win.
North Launceston fell victim to Cosgrove Park with Byron Slater leading Alan Gamble 21-9 at afternoon tea. Gamble was able to claw back the score line late to only go down by 5. David Minns was North’s sole winner, and was the best on his rink in a 3 shot win over John Seaton. Wayne Foster overcame Jarrod Howard by four shots.
With a view to the 2019/2020 season, it is important people attend the meeting called for Tuesday February 12 at Cosgrove Park. This meeting will allow people to provide much needed feedback on the current format of the game, which will assist with potential changes made for next season.