The Tuross Head Open Gender sides had mixed fortunes in the latest round of the 2022/23 Season. The Grade 5 side bounced back from their loss in the previous round to record a narrow victory over Narooma while the Grade 7 side had their second heartbreaking loss to Bermagui by a single shot!
The Grade 5 side travelled to Narooma needing a win to consolidate their position at the head of the points table. They had a very close battle all afternoon. The team of Geoff Lee, Col Fletcher, Peter Macdonald and Denise Lidbury held off a late challenge to record a 22 – 18 victory.
However, on the main scoreboard the sides were locked at 53 all with just the last ends to be played on the other two rinks. Margaret Downey, Rose Farrington, Marcel Kors and Bruce Lidbury had established a good 17 – 9 lead after 14 ends but Narooma hit back and with one end to play Tuross was in front by 19 -17. They managed to pick up two crucial points on the last end to win 21 – 17 and edge Tuross ahead overall.
On the third rink Ivan Balentovic, Doreen Monks, Irene Macdonald and John Monks started well and had their noses in front at 8 – 5 after nine very close ends. Narooma gradually moved ahead and with the last end to play they lead 18 -12. A win for the Tuross team was highly unlikely but some shots on this end were important for the overall result. Tuross managed to pick up two shots on this end and although going down 18 – 14 they made an important contribution to the final result.
Tuross ran out overall winners 57 – 53. With their wins on two of the rinks they scored 9 points to 1. They now lead the points table on 36. 5 from Moruya on 29, Narooma 22, Bodalla 20.5 and Braidwood on 12.
The Grade 7 side had another incredibly close match. This is the fourth time in five matches that the result was determined by 3 or less shots. In both games against Bermagui, Bermagui had one shot victories!
Michael Challice, Carol Williams, Doug Williams and Ray Downey dominated their rink to record a 22 – 11 victory. Bill Burch, Ray Brown, Di Challice and Lorraine Bird won more ends than their opponents but had two ends were they dropped 4 shots. After 13 ends they were down 16 – 11 and despite winning 6 of the last 8 ends they could not catch Bermagui who ran out winners 20 -17.
John Wagstaff, Dagmar Voges, Mick Atkinson and Allan Etheredge battled hard against a particularly strong Bermagui team on their rink. The scores were locked at 12 all after 12 ends before the Bermagui side picked up 9 shots on the next 5 ends to open up a 21 -12 lead. Bermagui won the rink 24 – 15.
Bermagui won the match 55 shots to 54 and picked up 9 points to Tuross’s 1. Bermagui lead this grade on 38 points from Moruya on 31.5, Malua Bay 22, Tomakin 14.5 and Tuross on 14.
There is a general bye next weekend with the next round set down for April 1 when the Grade 5 play a key match at home against Moruya. The Grade 7 will travel to Malua Bay.