Scotty’s Shot: Emu Point Red continue strong form in title defence of men’s first division pennant

Tim Scott Albany Advertiser
Bowls will head for a break over Christmas and new year.
Camera IconBowls will head for a break over Christmas and new year. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Passionate Albany bowler TIM SCOTT is writing a fortnightly column for The Extra, keeping our readers up-to-date with the local bowls scene.

There is a logjam at the top of the ladder after round nine in ladies first division in the Lower Great Southern Bowling League with three teams within one point of the lead.

Emu Point Purple currently occupy the top spot after their dominant 28-shot win over Albany Green 4 (53) to 0 (25) as Albany Gold had a surprise away win over Denmark Aqua 3 (51) to 1 (39).

Mt Barker Golf’s puzzling season continued with a 3 (45) to 1 (39) loss to Emu Point Red whilst Middleton Beach Green upset local rivals Middleton Beach White 4 (54) to 0 (24).

Cranbrook opened a handy lead at the top of ladies second division after their victory over Mt Barker Golf 4 (50) to 0 (38) as Emu Point Blue completely dominated Middleton Beach Red 4 (49) to 0 (15).

Ladies’ pennants will recommence after the Christmas and new year break on January 13.

Reigning men’s first division pennant holders Emu Point Red continued their impressive home form with a massive win over Middleton Beach Black 6 (79) to 0 (34) while Albany Gold showed improved form, with a huge 58-shot win over Emu Point Purple, 6 (93) to 0 (35).

Middleton Beach Gold consolidated second position on the ladder after defeating Mt Barker 5 (79) to 1 (49) as the closest game of the round had Middleton Beach Green taking the points against Denmark 4.5 (58) to 1.5 (53).

In men’s second division the top four teams defeated the bottom four.

Ladder leaders Mt Barker Golf Red maintained their unbeaten run with a solid win over Albany Grey 5 (66) to 1 (40).

Mt Barker Golf White easily took care of Cranbrook 6 (65) to 0 (37) while Albany Brown travelled to bottom placed Walpole and came away with a vital win, despite losing one rink by 25 shots, 5 (60) to 1 (56).

In the final game, second placed Albany Green were too good for Emu Point White 5 (72) to 1 (44).

In men’s third division ladder leaders Middleton Beach White had a strong 30-shot win over Mt Barker 5 (76) to 1 (46) while Green Range defeated Albany White 5 (72) to 1 (64).

Mt Barker Golf Blue won by forfeit over Denmark as Emu Point Blue travelled to Frankland and lost a thriller 4.5 (56) to 1.5 (54).

The Lower Great Southern Bowling League has named its men’s team to contest the annual round-robin tournament to be held in Williams in January.

The team is Matt Mitchell (skip), Len Brown, Richard Plant and Paul Garbellini, Jim Robertson (skip), Sean Brown, Ian Higgins and Dean Offer, Jon Davidson (skip), Clive Bahr, Andy McFarlane and Kelvin Crosby, Kevin McGregor (skip), Graham Bain, Doug Wright and Barry Holt.

Men’s pennants will recommence after the Christmas and new year break on February 10.

I would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas, hope that Santa looks after you and see you in the new year.

Progressive Ladders

Ladies first division after round nine: Emu Point Purple 24, Emu Point Red 23, Middleton Beach White 23, Middleton Beach Green 17, Mt Barker Golf 16, Albany Gold 16, Denmark Aqua 13, Albany Green 12.

Ladies second division after round nine: Cranbrook 26, Emu Point Blue 16.5, Mt Barker Golf 16.5, Denmark Orange 9, Middleton Beach Red 4.

Men’s first division after round eight: Emu Point Red 39, Middleton Beach Gold 34.5, Albany Gold 29, Middleton Beach Green 28.5, Denmark 27.5, Middleton Beach Black 14, Emu Point Purple 10, Mt Barker 9.5.

Men’s second division after round eight: Mt Barker Golf Red 44, Albany Green 35, Albany Brown 27, Mt Barker Golf White 23, Albany Grey 19, Emu Point White 16, Cranbrook 15, Walpole 13.

Men’s third division after round nine: Middleton Beach White 46, Denmark 43, Frankland 24, Green Range 24, Albany White 20, Emu Point Blue 19.5, Mt Barker 17.5, Middleton Beach Lime 15, Mt Barker Golf Blue 1.

Club Championship Results

Mt Barker Golf Ladies Championship Fours

Winners: Gillian Woodyard, Karen Miller, Kim Bassett and Sharon Kiddle, R/U: Cathy Burges, Carol Chilcot, Irene Sullivan and Alisa Pomery

Mt Barker Golf Championship Mixed Pairs

Winners: Don Pomery and Carol Chilcot, R/: Shane and Tracey Anderson

Denmark Men’s Championship Fours

Winners: David “Bluey” Klingberg, John Kenyon, Laurie Robinson and Mostyn Trotter

Denmark Men’s Championship Pairs

Winners: Richard Hynes and Dave Wilson

Middleton Beach Ladies Championship Pairs

Winners: Val Bramley and Evelyn “Emma” Gleeson, R/U: Jill Bartholomeusz and Glenda Andrews

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