Sports Reports: Heard, Elston excel on tough day for shooters
Plus the latest in Lower Murray lawn bowls and Murray Towns cricket.
This post includes contributions from Daniel Irvine, Derek Vanderzon and the Murray Towns Cricket Association.
Andrew Heard, Ian Elston excel on tough day for shooters
Competitors’ hopes of good shooting weather were dashed this past Saturday at the Deed Range at Monarto as strong and gusty winds switched from left to right most of the afternoon, turning a normally straightforward range of 400 metres into much more of a challenge.
More than a few in Murray Bridge Rifle Club’s F-class struggled to crack the 50-point mark.
Two shooters stood out on the day, however, despite the difficult conditions: Andrew Heard top-scored in TR with a pair of 47s for a 94.07; and Ian Elston, in F-open, shot a 58 and 57 for a 115.06 to finish five points clear of nearest rival David McDonald.
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Karoonda goes top while Murray Bridge thrashes Mannum
Tailem Bend have shored up their spot in the Lower Murray Bowling Association’s top four with a 13-shot win over Jervois.
Travis Schenke, Merv Stevens, Kevin McDonald and Robert Parker were nine-shot winners over Rodger Zarantonello, Shawn Hicks, Graham Fromm and Bob Solley.
They dominated early to lead 14-2 before a four just before the break gave the visitors some hope.
Two more singles reduced the deficit to six shots before Schenke responded with a pair of twos and a five to kill off the contest.
Zarantonello finished off the stronger over the last five ends, but it was all too late.
Sam Shepherd, Damien Ackland, Colin Baxter and Matt Hogan made a great start with two fours in the first three ends to dominate against Graeme Herbert, Stephen Kroehn, Graham Schenke and Jeremy Scannell.
By the 14th end the margin was out to 11 shots, then Herbert went on a six-end winning streak to have the scores all tied up at 20 apiece going into the final end.
Shepherd steadied with a four to take the points.
On the final rink, Duane Edwards, Rob Hales, Brett Reshke and Stuart Rooke tied with Tim Hicks, Derek Vanderzon, Denis Hicks and Rod Harris.
For 20 ends only ones and twos were scored by either side, but some pin-point drawing by Hicks helped the visitors draw away to an eight-shot lead going into the last end.
Inexplicably, Edwards then picked up an eight, in complete contrast to everything that had preceded; and despite winning 13 of 21 ends, the visitors had to be content to split the points.
Murray Bridge delivered a 45-shot thrashing to Mannum, 85-40, with the visitors struggling to adapt to the quicker pace of the hosts’ surface compared to their own recently re-laid greens.
Bruce Attrill, Peter Shilton, Paul Smart and Les Trewren thumped Lynton Jones, John Howe, Garry Fowler and David Evans by 27 shots, 38-11.
After conceding the lead early, Attrill went on a scoring spree, adding three fours, a five and a six while conceding nothing more than singles for the remainder of the contest.
Ben and Brian Traeger, Charlie Di Santo and Trevor Pevic were comfortable 24-13 winners over Ron Van Tijn, Graham Wakefield, Chris Mundie and John McDiarmid.
A five and a four leading up to the break were the big difference between the sides in what was otherwise a fairly even contest.
Darren McIntosh, Brian Leckie, Tony Gill and Michael Ferris had a real battle with Terry McDonnell, Tom Towns, Kelvin Newman and Trevor Dicker, with the 23-16 score not reflecting the closeness of the contest.
By the 18th end a four to McDonnell had him edging in front by a shot, but McIntosh immediately responded with a five and followed up with a two and a one to finish in emphatic style.
Karoonda banked 12 points against RSL with a 78-48 win to go to the top of the table.
After conceding an early four to Max Wilkin, Ann-Marie Kuchel, James Galbraith and Gillian Newell, it was all one-way traffic for Rowan Zadow, Rohan Tomkinson, Peter Jones and Gary Zadow.
A seven on the 20th end was the icing on the cake as they went on to win 34-12.
Josh Porker, Paul Wegner, Len Symonds and Bill Cornish gradually wore down David Thiele, Noel Kneebone, Dale Neal and David Newell to win 23-16.
Only a five on the final end clinched the win.
Ian Symonds, Shaun Wood, Malcolm Waechter and Don Loller had a great battle with Jason Sipos, David Graham, Kerri Bolt and Garry Daniel before coming out on top by a single shot, 21-20.
Sipos led by seven shots just after the break, but Symonds came home strongly to hit the front by two shots with two ends to go.
Sipos scored a timely four to take the lead into the final end, but Symonds responded with a three to clinch the win in a thriller.
Murray Towns cricket results
Karoonda forfeited to Wanderers
Monarto 92 defeated Tailem Bend 88
Monarto best: Jarrad Kowald 16, Jacob Brigandi 5/22
Tailem Bend best: Umesh Badu 27, Daniel Perks 4/21
Mannum 3/133 defeated Mypolonga 9/132
Mannum best: Nick Lindner 73, Dwayne Krollig 2/9
Mypolonga best: Keynan Harradine 39, Aaron Zrim 3/16
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