The heavy overnight rains cleared, the sun shone brightly, the wind blew and the bowlers took to the slow greens on time.
Premier League – The Latrobe Demons went a long way to cementing their place in the top two with a convincing 19 shot win over Port Sorell. Garry Courtney needed support from Callum Butler, Phillip Mundy and Frederick Sheehan to record a 34-19 shot win over Rohan Donahue.
Anthony Johns defeated Rod Everett and Greg Douce finished five to the good of Paul Marshall. In the battle of the two State players it was Aaron Jago who came away with a win over Tim Douce 26-22. Port Sorell’s quest for a top four finish is over, as they slip more than two games behind fourth-placed Ulverstone.
South Burnie defeated Penguin on one rink only, but still managed to win the game by 29 shots. The winning rink for South was the Cameron Griffiths, Nicholas Chilcott, Vaughan Eaves and Peter Lockhart rink who demolished their Penguin opponents 47-7. Penguin’s winning skips were Wayne Wilcox over Cameron Windram 21-16, Wayne Manson over former club mate Ricky Richardson 25-23, and Peter French defeated Luke Richardson 23-19.
Penguin can rightly feel a little aggrieved at winning on three rinks but going down by such a large margin. Despite only recording eight points it was enough to keep South a game clear on top of the ladder. The top four is – South146 points, Latrobe 132, Burnie 122 and the big movers Ulverstone 121.
The match between Ulverstone and Burnie was billed as the game of the round, and it proved to be just that with the end result a 96-96 draw, with rinks shared. The Robins’ Sam McLean, Mark Atkinson, Geoff McLean and Blair Fidler won 37-16 over Patrick Smith. The big win was negated by the Mark Nitz, Jake Wyllie, Danny Patmore, Geoff Williams foursome who defeated Rodney Horton 33-17. The Tigers David Gamble defeated Eden Moore 27-21, before Colin Willcox won 21-20 for the Robins. The Robins’ recent form proves they’ll be competitive come finals time.
The Devonport Eagles made sure Wynyard remains in the relegation position by defeating them by 15 shots. For the second week in a row the Cats pushed their opposition, but have not been able to win. The largest rink win came when Tristan Bakes, Paul Harker, David Pinner and Bruce Robinson defeated Grant Crowe 31-20. Greg Williamson had to work hard to overcome the Cats John Neal, as did Michael Higginson in defeating Tony Haneveer 24-22. Ian Moore and Damien Symes played out a 22-shot draw.
Port Sorell and Latrobe turned it on in division one with the Sharks prevailing by two shots 93-91. South Burnie defeated Penguin by 19 shots. Burnie snuck in by the solitary shot over Ulverstone, and Turners Beach defeated the Devonport Eagles by eight.
Division 2 – Sheffield def. Latrobe, South Burnie def. Penguin and Wynyard surprised East Devonport by two shots. Smithton finished 41 in front of Railton.