Open Gender Season Completed

The Open Gender Pennant season has ended for both Tuross Head sides following the playing of the last round.  The season was somewhat fragmented with a break of four weeks due to the playing of State Championships, Easter and a rain interruption that washed out the penultimate round!

The Tuross sides played the last round at home with the Grade 5 side playing Moruya 5 and the Grade 7 side hosting the competition leaders Narooma 6.

The Grade 5 match was very keenly fought and was not decided until the 63rd end was played!  The team of Rita Downie, Noel Downie, Rose Farrington and Irene Macdonald played very strongly and gave their side every chance of winning.  They had a tight battle in the first half of their game and were locked at 12 all after 9 ends.  After losing 5 shots on the next end to trail 12 – 17 they were able to win the remaining 11 ends to record a great 32 – 17 win!

Geoff Lee, Bruce Magilton, Col Fletcher and Marcel Kors looked good when they led 16 – 12 after 14 ends but they faltered to lose the next 6 ends to be down 16 – 23 with one end to play.  They did take the last end but Moruya secured the win 13 – 17.

Jim Macklan, Sue Fahey, Peter Macdonald and Bruce Lidbury had a tight tussle early with the scores 5 all after 6 ends.  Moruya dominated the game from then.  By the 12th end they lead 16 – 5 and moved on to win 26 – 15.

Overall Moruya won the match 66 shots to 64 that gave them a 9 – 1 win and a chance to move to the regional finals.  However, in washed out games they lost to Narooma 5 and Bodalla moved to the regional playoffs with a win over Dalmeny.  Tuross did not play its washed out game as it had no bearing on the competition

The Grade 7 side had a chance to make the regional playoffs with a win over Narooma 6 in the last round and another victory over Malua Bay 7 in their washed out game.

Right from the outset Narooma 6 had the measure of the locals with two of the three rinks clearly in favour of the visitors.  The team that had been the backbone of the Tuross side – Mick Challice, John Wagstaff, Graeme Garner and Allan Etheredge – found the opposition too strong.  They never recovered form a slow start and lost 32 – 14.

Peter Christie, Lorraine Wake, Alan Mcleod and Lorraine Bird also found the Narooma players too strong. They went down 25 – 11.

Des Jackson, Dagmar Voges, Marg Downey and Ray Downey had a great start in their match and held a 14 – 7 lead after 10 ends.  The Narooma team fought back and grabbed the lead 18 – 16 after 16 ends.  Tuross had the chance to win the rink when they won the next four ends to go into the last end leading 20 – 18.  Narooma held their nerve and were able to score the 3 shots needed to win 21 – 20.

Their win on all three rinks and a clear 74 – 45 win on the ‘big board’ gave them a 10 – 0 win and consolidated their place on top of the table.  They will now go onto the regional playoffs in the Grade 6 competition.  The loss meant that Tuross had no chance of advancing in Grade 7 and their washed out game did not need to be played.

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