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Perfect conditions greeted players for the last
Saturday’s opening round of the 2016-17 Hills
Bowling Association Division 1 matches, with
most teams featuring new faces.
The big clash of Round 1 was held at Woodside with a
rematch of last season’s grand finalists, with the home
side gaining some revenge by defeating reigning premier
Lobethal 74-59, and gaining maximum points in the
Woodside’s Peter Mangelsdorf just outlasted Neville
Mansell 21-20, Andrew Day hit form early to down Tony
Treloar 23-16, and Father Time appears to have been kind
to Steve Baker, who eclipsed Wayne Zilm 30-23.
Oakbank took an early jump to second spot on the
rankings after a 76-55 win at home over Mt Pleasant.
Daryl Howe vanquished Col Fawcett 26-13 and Bob
Fiddes downed Thomas Chadwick 26-17, but Mt Pleasant’s
Luke West prevented a whitewash for the visitors with a
slender 25-24 defeat of Paul van der Water.
Following the loss of a number of players since last
season, most pundits thought Meadows would struggle
but were answered in a most emphatic manner through a
76-72 win away at Lenswood.
Lenswood’s Wayne Pittaway gave the home team a great
start with a 32-16 defeat of Nick Ingram, but wins to Daryl
Stanton – 25-24 against Terry Stephen – and Greg Gage
– 35-16 over Chris de Vries – got Meadows over the line.
Hahndorf opened the new campaign with a handy 81-66
win against visiting Gumeracha.
Christine Keller lost heavily 33-11 to debutante Gumeracha
skipper David Bartholomaeus, but Malcolm Keller took
care of Craig Oborn 38-17 and the consistent Phil Nagel
defeated another first up skipper Ronald McWaters 32-16,
which gave Hahndorf the major points.
A revamped Mt Barker combination hosted Uraidla but
just couldn’t get over the line as the contest finished in a
Andrew Gard had his first start as a skipper for Mt Barker
against Henry Feijen and opened with four shots on the
initial end, and never surrender the advantage, despite
Feijen’s best effort.
Fellow Barker debutante Nic Shepherd also won his first
outing 21-19 against David Gleeson.
In a fluctuating battle, no more than three shots separated
the pair all afternoon during numerous lead changes,
before Shepherd emerged the winner.
Heath Raymond made his debut for Mt Barker but found
the unheralded David ‘Runt’ Wuttke too hot to handle.
Wuttke held an early lead but Raymond took a 15-12
advantage after 14 ends.
Similar to his SANFL club Sturt, Wuttke regained his
composure and won eight of the closing 11 ends –
including a shot on the last – to win 27-20 and gain an
overall draw for his club.
Division 2 pennant matches got underway in near perfect
conditions with last season’s wooden spooner Lenswood
getting off to a great start, heading the ladder by being the
only side to collect all 14 points in Round 1.
Mt Barker, Gumeracha, Lobethal and Mt Pleasant also
made winning starts to the new season.
Lenswood hosted Meadows, with Graham Wasley
winning 34-23, Warren Murdoch having a 26-19 result and
Dianne Green rounding out the afternoon 24-13.
It gave Lenswood a comfortable 84-55 overall win and
Mt Barker hosted Uraidla under the Mann Street dome,
with Mt Barker posting wins in two rinks and a draw in
Joe de Ron led the way with a 35-15 win over Mike Guerin
and Keith Bolto followed on with a 25-14 win over Trevor
Murray Thomas managed to hang on for a 22-all draw
againt Steve Dawson, which gave Uraidla a point.
Mt Barker collected 13 points for its overall 82-51 win.
Hahndorf hosted Gumeracha, with the visitors winning
79-61 to collect 12 points, while Hahndorf had to be
content with two points.
Anthony Mik senior led the way for Gumeracha with a 34-
12 win over Ray Ratray, and Harry Fels kept Gumeracha
on track with a 26-23 victory over Bill Robertson.
Michael Wheal provided some respite for Hahndorf with
a 26-19 win over Kathryn Atkinson to post Hahndorf’s two
Mt Pleasant finished with the closest win of Round 1,
getting home 73-72 against hosting Oakbank.
Ray Eglinton had a 29-19 win over Oakbank’s Steven
Bailey and Mt Pleasant’s stocks were further boosted as
Jeff Henschke defeated Terry Holding 31-24.
Phillip Oinn closed the gap in the overall score with a 29-
13 win over Noelene Birt, but it wasnt quite enough and Mt
Pleasant were able to get away with a one-shot win and 12
points, while Oakbank picked up two.
In the third away win of the round, Lobethal were able to
defeat hosting Woodside 98-81, giving Lobethal 12 points
and Woodside t wo.
Graham Weyland led the way for Lobethal with a 36-16
victory over David Norman and Kevin Schulz kept the
scoring going for Lobethal with a 40-31 win against Ron
Joe Norman hit back for Woodside by posting a 34-22 win
over Paul Maloney.
The three Lobethal teams within Division 3 ranks started
the new season in a blaze of glory with wins on their home
ground last Saturday.
Lobethal (2) gave Woodside a bath with a massive 77-37
Dave Turner had a day out, giving Ron Hall a thrashing
by 35 shots, 40-5.
The game was well and truly all over before the afternoon
tea break when Turner led 27-1, and to rub salt into the
wound, he picked up seven shots on the 15th end.
Veteran Malcolm Clarke had a comfortable 21-10 win over
After leading by eight shots at the break, Clarke kept on
the pressure to draw away and win by 11 shots.
Woodside picked up two points when Frank Dean proved
too strong for Annie Lowe with 22-16 result.
After having a four-shot buffer at the break, both sides
then matched strides with the visitors refusing to surrender.
Lobethal (3) picked up maximum points with all rinks
winning 64-49 against Uraidla (1).
Debutante skipper Geoff Dunsford had a narrow three-
shot lead at the break, then in a tough struggle over the
final stages, he held rival skipper Stan Brooks at bay to
get home 21-16.
Mary Matthews also hung on gamely to down Gordon
With five ends to the finish, Matthews appeared to be in
for a comfortable win, but the Uraidla rink reeled off eight
shots to just go under.
Back at Lobethal after a two-year stint in the Barossa,
Graeme Kluske was staring down the barrel early against
John Phythian, but just before the break he picked up
seven shots to be only two shots behind.
From that stage Kluske never looked back and drew right
away to win 25-18.
Lobethal (1) automatically picked up 14 points when
Uraidla (2) couldn’t field a side and had to forfeit.
Mt Barker (1) scored the biggest win on the opening day
of the new season by belting Hahndorf 95-36.
Kevin Fort set up the mammoth win by giving Tom
Hennessey a 46-5 lesson.
Steve Smith was just as ruthless with a 31-11 win over
However, Hahndorf’s Allen McMahon thwarted a clean
sweep for Barker, getting home 20-18 against Wayne Lee.
Gumeracha – which has toiled at the bottom on the
premiership for the past few seasons – opened the season
on a high note with a 73-43 result over Oakbank at Mt
The wily Denzil Sandercock never appeared in danger of
defeat in downing Clarrie Biar 25-10.
Keith Leckonby won just as easy over Geoff Bach, getting
Drew Wilkinson completed the clean sweep for
Gumeracha when he won 23-17 against Bryan Fellows.
Another team to struggle in recent seasons, Mt Pleasant
collected maximum points after Meadows were forced to
Mt Barker (2) – the 13th side in Division 3 competition –
had the bye but this Saturday will play Uraidla (1) in its first
game of the 2016-17 season.
Greg Miller releases for Oakbank during last
Saturday’s Round 1 Hills Bowling Association
Division 1 victory against Mt Pleasant which
launched the 2016-17 season.
Oakbank’s Barry Rimmer (left) intently watches the progress of a delivery
from Mt Pleasant rival Brendan Taheny in Saturday’s opening round of
Hills Division 1 bowling competition for 2016-17.
John Schultz and his Mt Pleasant team-mates were forced to endure an
overall 21-shot loss to hosting Oakbank in last Saturday’s Round 1 Hills
Bowling Association fixture.
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