Opening round of the Great Southern Bowling Association (GSBA) 2021/2022 Women's Pennants commences this Thursday, October 14 with last year's premiers Victor Harbor out to defend their title.
Unfortunately, Victor has lost the services of Sue Wilkins and Sue's leadership will be missed, but Victor has a good depth of players to choose from to replace her.
Goolwa Black, last year's finalist, will be out to redeem their loss to Victor, after winning previous 6 premierships in a row, the loss is a blip in their momentum. Encounter Bay is up against Victor Harbor in the first round and will give the SeaEagles a run for the money.
Other Div. 1 Women's teams that should do well this season are Port Elliot and McLaren Vale. Open Gender pennants commenced Saturday, October 9, with most Div. 1 teams as predicted to win, finish in front after the 21 ends. Port Elliot home to Strathalbyn start the season with a good win over the Red and Whites.
It was a sombre start to the season with the loss of one of Port Elliot stalwarts, Ian Heron who passed away late last week. Ian was a gentle character, a past division 1 player and a great supporter of GSBA club's fixtures and tournaments. Ian will be sadly missed.
The GSBA and all players who new Ian, pass on their condolences to Ian's family and to the Port Elliot Bowling Club.
Newly promoted Myponga travelled to Victor Harbor to play their first Div. 1 game and found the going a bit tough and went down by 20 shots. Last season's premiers McLaren Vale were too strong for Encounter Bay, while Willunga out played Yankalilla at Yankalilla and came home with an easy 22 shot win.
The boilover of the first round was the win by Goolwa White over Goolwa Black by 8 shots. Goolwa Black knew the game against White was going to be tough, White had everything to play for and prove. At the mid-afternoon break Black was leading by 1 shot, but the White rinks slowly got on top of their opponents and ended the day 8 shots up.
Division 2 clubs Langhorne Creek and Clarendon started the season with strong wins and will be hard to beat.
Division 1 round 2 matches see: Strathalbyn V Yankalilla, Strathalbyn should win comfortably. Encounter Bay V Port Elliot, match of the round, Port Elliot to take game points. Myponga V Goolwa Black, Black will bounce back after their loss to White, may find it difficult at Myponga on their carpet surface, Black to take game points.
Willunga home to Victor Harbor should be too strong for the SeaEagles. Goolwa White V McLaren Vale, White will want to prove last week's win was no fluke and apply pressure to McLaren Vale, but Vale to win.
At the Victor Harbor Bowling Club, Bridgestone Super Triples managed to get through without any interruptions. Winners of the day, sponsored by Butler Butler were Craig Jacobs, Phil Munro and Greg Middleton on 57+12, closely followed by Ian Fuller, Tony Forshaw and Graham Houston on 56+15. In third place were Trevor Hunter, Geoff Dutton and Kym Kotz on 55+10. WOL went to the combination of Wally Humphrys, Jim Williamson (fresh from training at Port Douglas) and Ken Mableson.
The GSBA pennant season finally got under way on Saturday in cold blustery conditions. In Div 1, Victor were at home to Myponga and managed 12 points with wins to all rinks although the match was tight in 2 rinks. Nik Pippos' rink came from 4 shots down with 2 ends to play, Dale Speck just had his neck in front, while Len Basford had a 14 shot win.
In a hard fought match, the Div 2 'derby' was won by 7 shots with White prevailing over Blue. Lyn Thatcher and Ian Sellars had good wins for White while John Brown was the sole winner for Blue. The lower divisions struggled. Div 3 lost a close match away to Aldinga by 4 shots with a narrow win to Bronwen Mullen and a 1 shot loss to Lofty Glatz. Div 4 played EB away and were outplayed. Div 5 travelled to Willunga and were competitive, going down by 6 shots, with Pam Brown's rink having a good win. Div 6 were at home to Goolwa and tried hard against good opposition.
The bowls season really cranks up this week with Thursday Women's pennant and Crack-the-Jack on Tuesday starting up. Meanwhile, club championships continue and the Geoff Stock Skins day is on Tuesday, October 19.
Saturday social bowls offers anyone a game, especially those who miss out on a Pennant match. Friday night teas have been popular with a new chef on board and members are asked to book in early.
At Encounter Bay Bowling Club - Tuesday's South Coast Realty 1000 was well supported and the winners in Division 1 were Our Souls on 54 + 10. Runners up were Eldorado on 53 + 11 and third were the 3 Amigos on 52 + 6. Division 2 winners were the Tall Short Boys on 56 + 22. Runners on 55 +19 were the Bay Cruisers. Third on 54 + 16 were the 3 Ws.
Wednesday Men's Monthly Pairs was sponsored by Tyrepower and the winners were Frank Bayley and Leigh Philp on 53 + 19. Second on 52 + 19 were Max Davey and Damian Bourne. Third also on 52 + 13 were John Stone and Brian Eichlar.
Wednesday night saw the Night Owls registration night and the season looks good, beginning on October 13. Thursdays Bay 3s saw John Guy, Rob Reed and Dion Millard win with 30 + 6. Peter Willson, Des McNeilly and Damian Bourne were second with 30 + 5.
Saturday Social winners were Vickie Roberts, Chris Poulton and Takami Milne with 31 + 8 and Runner up were Neil Poulton, Joy Mundy and David Bell with 30 + 11.The first Saturday Open Pennants have commenced and 4 divisions out of 6 had wins, a good start for the Bays.
Div 1 lost to McLaren Vale, Div 2 def Goolwa, Div 3 lost to McLaren Vale, Div 4 def Victor, Div 5 def Pt. Elliot and Div 6 def Strathalbyn.
The club is sorry to hear of the passing of Dot Kirby, she was a long time member of the club until she moved to Meningie. Dot was the Lady President, State player, winning many Club, Association, Region and State events.