Merrigum’s division four played top team Dookie at Merrigum and won by 5 shots. The rinks were split but Merrigum just manged to do enough to gain the valuable 10 points for the win.
The Sixes hosted Stanhope at home also but lost by 13 shots. They lost on both rinks.
Jim Arthur’s four of Graeme Hubble, Greg Pell and Peter Warburton played D Smith and won by 13 shots. All players made a contribution but special praise by the skipper to leader Graeme Hubble. He had an excellent game. This is a very strong four and if we can keep them settled they will be a big influence on our chances of playing finals this year. After 15 ends a single shot separated the two teams but in the next 5 ends the locals picked up 15 shots to gain an unbeatable lead. Well done !
John Firmer, Wayne Shepherd, John Gilbert and Peter Hoare drew Bill Kirkby and won by 6 shots. With 4 ends to play a single shot saw Merrigum holding onto a narrow lead. However they picked up 6 shots on the last 2 ends to have a good win.
Joe Chant, Rob Dennis, Abby Earl and Carmen Quattrocchi played Swanny and lost by 2 shots. Merrigum led by 4 shots at smoko and all players were doing enough to deserve the lead. After smoko they dropped 8 shots in 3 ends and never actually recovered. With 4 ends to play they trailed by 8 shots and to their credit they picked up 6 shots over the last four ends to lose by 2 shots. This was a little disappointing as the game was certainly in their grasp for a large part of the day.
In the final game Gary Mott made a cameo appearance as fill in skipper for David Pettifer who had another engagement. Gary had Stan Coldwell, Neil Gardiner, and Barry McMeeken and played Speed Ryan. They tried hard all day but lost 12 shots. It was great to have Gary back playing but it won’t be for too long as he is off cruising in late February.
The sixes had new skipper Ken Phillips playing with Rob Carver, Noreen Earl and Chris French. They played Gavin Poole and lost by 8 shots.
They picked up a pair of fives on ends 19 and 20 but still couldn’t reel in the lead held by Stanhope. Ken was exhausted after the game but is keen to fire up again after the bye.
John Bailey, Clive Baxter and the two Allans, Dennis and Roberts were up against Clarrie Weller and lost by 5 shots. The scores were level after 10 ends but then Stanhope gradually pulled away and won by 5 shots.
Don’t forget our bus trip to Mulwala on Sunday 11th. Bus leaves Kyabram at 9.00 am and Merrigum at 9.15 am. Cost is still only $5.00 for the trip and a two course meal. Ring John on 0447 711 842 or Betty on 5853
The Ethel Younger is on Sunday February 25th beginning at 1.00 pm. Cost of entry is $5.00 and please bring a plate.
Mid week were washed out on Tuesday. Better luck this week.