Here is a trivia question. How long would it be since Berri occupied bottom position on the Division One Saturday Pennant Bowls table after five rounds of a season.
Admittedly Berri has a number of class players absent from its 2014/15 premiership team but that does not reconcile with an almost permanent hold on top spot to the bottom of the ladder.
Equally as surprising is that Berri’s grand final opponent from last season Loxton RSL is only one point above it in sixth spot. The two teams meet in next Saturday’s round of matches.
Last Saturday Loxton showed vastly improved form to defeat Berri three rinks to one 89-59. In the convincing victory Brian Bullock’s rink beat Andy Gapco 24-13, Vic Pavia defeated Graham Butt 24-12, Des Schliebs lost to Ken Stokes 17-21 and Neil Thiele won 24-13 from Andrew Hill
Renmark RSL continues to surprise and defeated Loxton RSL 81-71 with rinks shared. For the Renmark team Mal Inglis’ rink winning 24-10 against Geoff Huppatz was significant while John Van der Wyst just edged out Steve Roberts 20-19. Lew Westrook won for Loxton RSL 18-17 against Mirco DeCol and Jade Wright defeated Barry Lewan 24-20.
The game at Waikerie where Renmark visited had a thrilling finish. Down three shots when the last two match ups to finish started their final ends Renmark picked up five shots to win 78-76. For Renmark Sean Leesue lost to Andrew Fulwood 16-19, Chris Karantonis lost to Roger Davies 14-22 but Rick Stoeckel defeated Nathan Cronin 24-20 and Bill Dopson won 24-15 against Wayne Collins.
The ladder is interesting to say the least. Renmark has 110 points, Waikerie 91, Loxton 67, Renmark RSL 48, Barmera and Loxton RSL 35 and Berri 34.
In Second Division Renmark is also on top, undefeated after five outings, and on Saturday won a close contest against Waikerie, third, 59-55. R Minge won 24-17 over P Voigt, D Leedle 23-18 against D Thompson and T Schulz went down to W Haby 12-20. Second ranked Monash defeated Berri Red 57-50 with I Potts losing to J Grosser 9-23, M Voigt beating R Grosser 24-15 and P Brennan winning 24-12 against G Vandermyle. Lyrup with D Wainwright losing to W Uppington 18-25, N Leach defeating T Brown 34-10 and S Munro defeating D Button 21-20 won 73-55 against Barmera.
Moorook 59 won against Loxton Blue 51. C Pantic lost to B Schubert 14-27, C Battams defeated J Willett 22-14 and T Graetz beat R Coombs 23-10. Loxton RSL won narrowly against Berri Blue 60-58. L Walter won 24-17 against B Harrington, T Harrison lost to L Facci 19-20 and J Thiele 17 lost to L Seltitzas 17-21. Renmark RSL outplayed Loxton Yellow 72-52. R Adam defeated B Thiele 33-10, R Sutton lost to R Lee 16-23 and K Smith defeated D Thomson 23-19.
To Third Division Green ladder leader Waikerie won 72-58 from Loxton. B Wiese lost 12-35 to J Vaughan, J Mortimer won 29-10 against A Keppemick and P Fechner defeated P Thom 31-13. Berri won 61-56 over Monash. J Bradford won 22-17 from S Elsdon, LMartin 16-15 from S Voigt and S Facci lost 23-24 against R Jury. Lyrup 57 defeated Loxton RSL 51 with S Nattrass defeating K Ward 28-13, B Tankard losing to C Hampel 15-16 and N Nattrass 14=22 to M Schutz. Renmark just fell in against Barmera 63-62. J O’Loughlin lost to B Frost 19-21, S Hume lost to H Robinson 18-21 and M Lacey’s rink saved the day with a 26-20 result against I Lloyde. Renmark RSL had a 67-49 win over Moorook. W Weidenhofer beat L Tschirpig 19-12, K Brown defeated C Voigt 28-22 and C Topperwein defeated D Fieldhouse 20-15.
Top team Waikerie 67 defeated Loxton 51 in Third Division Gold. H Mortimer lost 18-19 to R Braddock, M Rolton won 21-18 from P Vaughan and R Neideck 28 defeated R Firstrook 28-14. Barmera with S Hall defeating W Ahrens 27-15, G Moate losing to K Tanner 14-19 and J Cook beating R Cooper 21-12 won against Berri 62-46 and Renmark defeated Monash 84-43. A Coates lost to A Campbell 17-25 but T Guerin defeated P Grocke 39-9 and M Weise, M Wood 28-8.