Clubs in the GSBA returned to Open Gender pennants on Saturday after a four week break.
In Division One, Strathalbyn travelled across the Fleurieu to Yankalilla and finished the day winning 2 rinks to one and by 5 shots.
Goolwa Black dropped one rink in their game against Myponga and won overall by 25 shots. Willunga moved to the top of the ladder with a 2 rinks to one win over Victor Harbor and by 14 shots. Encounter Bay outlasted Port Elliot winning by 2 shots.
In what could be said to be the surprise win of the round, Goolwa White pulled off a 2 rinks to one win and by 13 shots over McLaren Vale. In Division Two top teams Clarendon and Willunga both had comfortable wins. Three points separate the two teams.
Of the six open gender divisions, Encounter Bay playing in Division 5 is the only team that has not lost a game in the past 11 games. Women's pennants return this Thursday after a five week break. Port Elliot is on top of both Division One and Two.
GSBA section of the State Singles were played at Victor Harbor with top bowls being played by both Men and Women. Men's knockout rounds will be played this Sunday at Victor with Brenton Roberts (Strathalbyn) up against Grant Willson (Goolwa), Justin Kelly (McLaren Vale) v Garry Cooper (Yankalilla). Winners of these two games will play off against each other, the winner will move into the main State Draw in the final 16.
Women's sectional were played with Renata Callisto (Goolwa) defeating Eileen Love (Port Elliot). Renata, a former state winner, now moves into the main state draw in the final 16.
Division One Open Gender games this Saturday: Myponga home to McLaren Vale, the Crushers will be out redeem themselves with a over the Mudlarks. Strathalbyn home to Victor Harbor, the Red and Whites are expected to continue on their winning way.
Encounter Bay home to Goolwa White with the Eagles, only just. Port Elliot home to Yankalilla and the Tigers to win.
Willunga home to Goolwa Black, probably the game of the round. Although Goolwa Black won their first encounter at Goolwa, this game will be another close match. Goolwa Black must win to prove to themselves they are premiership contenders.
At Victor Harbor Night Owls resumed and most bowlers were shaking off the aftermath of Christmas and the New Year. In a close finish, 'Coasters' came in first with 31+17 followed by 'Bowls R Us' on 30+18 with 'Corona 21' just 4 shots back on 30+14.
With the full complement of 38 teams, Super Triples got underway. The winners of the day were Allan Parkyn, Danny Wreford and Mike Trow only half a point ahead of the Yankalilla trio of John Stone, Brian Eichler and Park Fogarty.
Victor 'Sea Eagles' were disappointed with the New Year start in Open pennant with just 3 teams up on the day. Div 1 played Willunga at home and only Ken Mableson's rink was successful by 4 shots.
Div 2 Blue travelled to McLaren Vale and had a 9 shot win due to a big win to Dale Speck and a narrow 1 shot win to Lyn Thatcher. Div 2 White were at home to PE and lost by 12 shots despite a good win to Max Davies' rink.
Div 4 travelled to Clarendon and struggled despite a solid win to Craig Jacobs. Div 5 headed west to play Myponga and were the stars of the day winning all 3 rinks, including a huge 25 shot win to Jan Pippos. Div 6 went east to the lake to play Milang and had an excellent 30 shot win with the rinks of both Marie Cannon and Eileen Wreford recording great wins.
Friday night teas start soon, so get your name down for a great meal.
At Encounter Bay the Men's Monthly Pairs winners were Paul Sparre and Greg Davis. Runners up - Barry Hamilton and Chris Price. Bay 3's were won by Andy Lee, Peter Cameron and Wally Humphrys. Second - Dean Lindner, Dion Millard and Randall Rabone. Saturday's Social winners were Vickie Roberts and Glenda Niven. Second - Dave Roberts, Roger Watt and Veronica Whibley. In the finals of the Championship Pairs, the Ladies winners were Pam Bakker and Helen Edwards over Kathy Clarke and Josie Hughes. In the Men's, the winners were Bob Siostrom and Leigh Philp over Warren Watkins and Barrey Niven.