Sports Reports: Murray Bridge bowlers start their premiership defence
Plus the latest in Murray Towns cricket and Murray Bridge golf and rifle shooting.
This post includes contributions from Derek Vanderzon, the Murray Towns Cricket Association, Murray Bridge Golf Club and Daniel Irvine.
Murray Bridge bowlers start their premiership defence
Reigning champs Murray Bridge have made a successful start to their title defence with a solid 13-shot home win over Karoonda.
Bruce Attrill, Peter Shilton, Tony Gill and Les Trewren were far too good for Josh Porker, Malcolm Waechter, Peter Wegner and Bill Cornish on Saturday, with a resounding 30-12 win.
A five on the opening end was the perfect start and a portent for things to come as Attrill powered out to a 26-2 lead after 14 ends.
A complete mauling was averted when Porker finally gained some traction over the last seven ends, winning five of them and adding a couple of threes to ease the pain.
Ben and Ruby Traeger, Charlie Di Santo and Trevor Pevic also made a very good start over Ian Symonds, Shaun Wood, Peter Jones and Don Loller when they raced to a 10-1 shot lead after six ends.
Symonds managed to claw back within five shots on a couple of occasions, but never really threatened, going down 22-14.
Rowan Zadow, Rohan Tomkinson, Len Symonds and Gary Zadow gained two points for the visitors with a comfortable 25-12 win over Brian Leckie, Gerry Penta, Malcolm Carter and Michael Ferris.
Although trailing almost all the way through, Leckie edged to within one shot when he picked up a four on the 16th; but the challenge was quickly snuffed out as Zadow picked up three, two, one, four and two in a stirring finish.
Karoonda’s preparation was no doubt hampered by the unseasonally wet weather of late effecting their greens’ speed, and a slow start was not unexpected.
RSL handed out a thumping 82-34 win over Jervois, dominating all three rinks from the start.
Jason Sipos, David Graham, Kerri Bolt and Garry Daniel had a day out against Tim and Shaun Hicks, Derek Vanderzon and Graham Schenke with a resounding 30-8 win.
Graham slotted well into the number three position and Sipos converted almost every opportunity which presented itself, albeit with some good fortune along the way, in dropping just four ends for the day.
Max Wilkin, Michael Walker, Anne-Marie Kuchel and Gillian Newell also had an easy day over Graeme Herbert, Steve Kroehn, Matt Wynne and Jeremy Scannell with a 29-11 win.
A four on the first end was a great start, and they soon had a 10-1 lead which they steadily built on.
Dacid Thiele was a surprise promotion to skipper over Noel Kneebone, Michael Walker and David Kennedy, but had a good debut with a solid 23-15 win over Rodger Zarantonello, Graham Fromm, Bob Solley and Jim Brandle.
Once again they were out to a commanding lead early and were never seriously threatened from there.
Mannum were at home against Tailem Bend to complete the opening round and had a much tougher contest, getting up overall by five shots with just the one winning rink.
Lynton Jones, Ron Van Tijn, Martyn Marc and David Evans were 11-shot winners over Duane Edwards, Rob Hales, Stuart Roocke and Matt Hogan, more than covering the deficit on the other two rinks.
Only one shot separated the sides after 10 ends, but Mannum dominated the run home, dropping just three singles while adding a further 13 shots themselves.
Terry McDonell, Tommy Towns, Kelvin Newman and Trevor Dicker had an enthralling tussle with Travis Schenke, Merv Stevens, Kevin McDonald and Colin Baker, ultimately going down by a single on the final end after the scores had been level five times, including after the penultimate end.
Sam Shepherd, David Hoare, Trevor Koop and Damian Ackland held sway all day against Graham Wakefield, John Howe, Chris Mundie and Adrian Bishop, although the 20-15 scoreline probably flattered the hosts a little.
Shepherd had the first nine shots on the board and kept Wakefield at arm’s length throughout, but conceded a four on the final end, narrowing the margin to five shots.
Murray Towns cricket results
Wanderers 202 defeated Mannum 83
Wanderers best: Ben Gilgen 69, Joardyn Williams 5/22
Mannum best: Zak Muirhead 3/17, Travis Gladigau 28
Karoonda 96 defeated Monarto 91
Karoonda best: Cameron Cox 32, Zakk Bullard 4/32
Monarto best: Daniel Matthews 24
Mypolonga 1/67 defeated Tailem Bend 65
Tailem Bend best: Umesh Badu 14, Anish Khatri 1/22
Mypolonga best: Samuel Elliott 4/17, Brady Wrigley 33
Competition suits Jake McIntosh just fine at Murray Bridge Golf Club
On another Saturday at Ritter Street, another new member has won the day.
Young Jake McIntosh came up trumps in the par competition at Murray Bridge Golf Club with a stunning round of six-up.
Only five months and 12 rounds into his competition career, there had been signs in recent weeks that a big round was coming and it certainly did on the weekend.
Read more: murraybridgegolfclub.com.au.
Long range makes competition tough for rifle shooters
It was a difficult day for most at the Deed Range at Monarto on Saturday as competitors gathered to shoot from the maximum distance of 1000 yards.
A variable breeze that switched between left and right every two minutes meant that perseverance was key, as the long range magnified any mistakes.
A small field in target rifle was led by Greg Traeger, who shot a superb 49.06 in the second round to finish on 91.08, which also gave him the handicap win from his daughter Jasamine.
Read more: www.facebook.com/mbrifleclub.
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