Mixed results for Gawler

PHIL MARSDEN

GAWLER’S division one side played fixtures on Friday and Saturday, finishing the weekend in sixth place on the Metropolitan bowls table.
After losing to second-placed Salisbury on Friday night, Gawler recouped the following day to overcome fourth-placed Hawthorn by 11 shots.
Gawler is now only five points adrift of the top four – a good showing this week against lower-ranked Brighton is a must.
The division four team had a great result with a 12-shot away win against Payneham White.
Moving into the top four, it was Don Mackereth’s four that excelled, continuing its good form to post a 20-shot win.
With all rinks close, the division five team was unlucky to fall only two shots short of top team Salisbury Red.
Lorraine Cram’s crew almost carried the day with an 11-shot win, and earned the side its only points of the day.
Now sitting in fifth place, this week’s away game against fourth-placed Salisbury White could determine whether or not Gawler plays finals.
In division seven, first-time skipper Bill Anderson and his charges shone, cruising to a 17-shot rink win that secured victory against fourth-placed Prospect-Broadview.
Now 21 shots clear on top of the ladder, but with byes to come and no points for these games, the pennant is still up for grabs.
On Thursday, Gawler’s division two side was unable to secure a point against visiting side Salisbury, which sees it slip to third place on the ladder.
Meanwhile, top-placed Playford Red flexed its muscles with a 26-shot victory over Gawler’s division three side.
It wasn’t all one-way traffic though, as Diane Marsh’s four whipped its opponents 33-15.
With pride at stake, hopefully the team continues to improve.
On Wednesday, the third-placed division one side opened up a handy break over fifth-placed Tranmere when it pipped them by a solitary shot.
Coming down to the last bowl of the day, Ross Kirby’s four held its nerve to secure the win and 16 of the 20 points on offer.
Despite this the team won only one rink for the match, courtesy of a game-clinching 34-8 result to Don Mackereth’s lads.
With draws being posted by the fours of Graham Gloede and Dave Moncrieff, the team retains third spot on the ladder.
The division four side gave Para HiIls Red a real scare, with a determined effort nearly toppling the ladder leaders.
Richard Fritz and his crew were exceptional with a 20-shot win, but it wasn’t quite enough with the team falling six shots short at the end of play.

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