The Bowls North West Thursday Pennant roster is set for a thrilling final-round conclusion next week after the penultimate round saw some exciting finishes.
Penguin have climbed back to the top of the ladder after a tense 69-64 win at Latrobe, who now hang on to fourth position by shots only.
The final margin on all three rinks never exceeded three shots, with the Blues grabbing 10 points from the day thanks to a 23-20 win from Lyn Franklin over Erin Sesara and a 24-21 victory by Karen Redman against Janine Thompson.
Latrobe picked up a valuable two points when Shiron Beavis edged out Maxine Eaton 23-22.
Winning roll: Penguin’s Annette Yaxley on the mat during her team’s win over Latrobe on Thursday. Picture: Paul Scambler.
The biggest shock of the day was at Ulverstone, where the home team handedformer ladder leaders Wynyard a 64-44 drubbing.
The visitors looked on track for a productive day when Dee Harman proved too strong for Janice Clarke 24-19, but that deficit was easily wiped out by Helen Maxwell and Kerry Bebbington, who triumphed by 16 and nine shots respectively over Pam Cox and Chyril Nolan.
South Burnie dragged itself back into finals contention, but only just, with a tense 54-53 win against Devonport.
Things weren’t looking good for South Burnie after Jan Kerrison fell 16-18 to Jenny Dargavel and Gwenda Stewart went down 16-22 to Robyn Bassett.
But Maureen Feltham’s rink came to the rescue, easily defeating Christine Baldock 22-13 and grabbing eight points to put them just behind Latrobe.
Sheffield remain in sixth spot but firmly in contention for a post-season berth following its huge 88-42 victory against an undermannedViewmont.
Judy Hope set up the sizable margin when she defeated Maree Brown 39-9, with Carina Daly not far behind in a 31-12 win over Mavis Norris.
Barbara Loane was the only shining light on a dark day for Viewmont, getting the better of Marilyn Burke 22-18.
The final game of the round saw wooden-spooners Smithton make a successful trip to Port Sorell, winning 63-59.
Karen Neilson and Patsy Medwin were the winning rinks for the visitors, while Jan Marshall’s rink had seven shots in hand over Julie Oatesby the end of the afternoon.
With Penguin and Wynyard sewing up the top two spots, the key games in the lastround see Devonport host Latrobe, with the loser a realistic chance to miss out on finals altogether.
Sheffield’s hopes rely on them beating the in-formUlverstone, while South Burnie will be favourites to defeat Smithton on the road.
Ladder:Penguin 131, Wynyard 130, Devonport 116, Latrobe 115, South Burnie 115, Sheffield 110, Ulverstone 100, Port Sorell 76, Viewmont 73, Smithton 54.
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