The extremely interesting Saturday Division Two Pennant competition went into meltdown this weekend with the top, second and fourth placed sides all being defeated and the third team winning by just one shot.
—Barmera,8th, defeated ladder leader Monash 64-56 with H Robinson’s rink losing to M Voigt 15-31, D Wutke 19 beating P Brennan 14 and D Uppington deciding the result with a 30-11 win against I Potts.
—Recent Giant Killer 11th ranked Loxton Yellow undid Renmark, second, 60-56 as D Thomson accounted for R Minge 28-11, R Lee went down to D Leedle 15-28 and T Hucks 17 drew with S Schulz.
—Waikerie, third, just scraped in against 12th placed Loxton RSL 52-51. P Fechner 18 lost to P Smith 21, D Kleeman 17 beat L Walker 13 and D Thompson 17 drew with H Dreschler 17 all.
—Lyrup entered the top four with its win 59-39 against Berri Blue. N Leach beat B Harrington 17-16, S Munro won 22-7 over L Facci and J Jungfer 20 beat J Cresp 16.
—Moorook made way for Lyrup and fell to fifth when it was beaten by one shot 63-62 by ninth ranked Renmark RSL. For Renmark RSL P Tucker drew with T Graetz 21 apiece, M Spano lost to C Pantic 18-28 and G Brown 24 defeated C Battams 13.
—Loxton Blue 61 (G Wachtel 19, R Hancock 17, J Willett 25) defeated Berri Red 40 (G VanderMyle 12, R Grosser 19, J Grosser 9).
There are unconfirmed reports that consideration is being given to increasing the number of players in teams in the division, a situation that would not necessarily suit the smaller clus. Seems a matter of ‘if it ain’t roke don’t fix it’.
In Division One Renmark interrupted a disappointng Loxton RSL’s late bid for a finals’ spot in resounding fashion winning four rinks to nil 92-53 at Renmark. Bill Dopson’s four won 26-15 against Steve Roberts, Rick Stoeckel 16-14 over Graeme Huppatz, Chris Karantonis 20-14 from Jade Wright and Steve Ivanovic 30-11 from Brad Semmler.
Waikerie 81 accounted for Renmark RSL 68 although rinks were shared Wayne Collins defeating John Van der Wyst 25-10 and Roger Davies, Ken Smith 24-15 for Waikerie and for Renmark RSL Malcolm Inglis and Ron Adam beating Brian Burnett 23-14 and Andrew Fulwood 20-18.
Loxton also split the rinks with Barmera but won overall 77-66. Neil Thiele went down to John Morena 13-18, Trevor Schulz lost to Phil Ashton 18-22 and Vic Pavia defeated Gerrin Jenke 25-16 and Brian Bullock, Ray Kuchel 21-10.
Looking at Division Three Green Barmera 65 ( B Frost 18, I Lloyde 12, S Hall 28) defeated Monash 52 (R Jury 11, J Fundak 20, S Elsdon 21), Renmark 70 (M Lacey 26, B Lockett 21, S Hume 23) won against Moorook 41 ( D Fieldhouse 12, C Voight 13, L Tschirpig 16) and Berri 73 ( S Facci 23, J Bradford 31, B Bland 19) against Loxton 41 (R Auricht 12, A Kapernick 11, P Thom 18). Waikerie 57 (B Wiese 14, F King 27, J Mortimer 16) won from Lyrup 44 (R Adams 14, J Letton 14, N Nattrass 16) and Renmark RSL 83 ( C Brown 33, N Dunstan 24, K Brown 26) defeated Loxton RSL 56 (K Ward 20, C Hampel 15, M Schutz 21).
In Division Three Gold Loxton 72 with R Braddock’s rink defeating R Neideck 30-6, J Vaughan beating M Schumann 18-12 and P Vaughan, H Mortimer 24-7 beat Waikerie 72-25. Berri (M Moulden 18, K Tanner 15, G Meyer 25) won 58-32 from Barmera (K Dougherty 10, G Moate 16, R Kleinig 6) and Monash ( P Grocke 20, A Campbell 25, M Wood 21) 66-47 against Renmark ( M Papandrea 14, M Weiss 16 , T Guerin 17).