RSL downed by tough Tongala side

February 06, 2018

Tony Connor played his first game of the season for Deni RSL in Division Five on Saturday.

Division Five third Graham Gordon sends his bowl down the greens at the Deniliquin Bowling Club on Saturday.

After two weeks off due to the hot weather Deniliquin RSL Bowling Club’s Division One side travelled to Tongala.

Unfortunately for RSL, they were unable to come away with a win, going down 87-67.

The combination of Darren Greaves, Glenn Thomson, Chris Taylor and Don McCalman picked up a ‘two’ on the first end, before dropping a ‘six’ and ‘two’ on the next two ends.

They held their nerve to be behind 10-13 after 10 ends before dropping four on end 12 to go into the break 11-17.

After the break they picked up five on end 14 and four on the 18th to be 21-all.

The 22nd end saw RSL drop a ‘five’ which they were unable to recover from, with the result being 24-30.

The rink of Ken Wellard, Linda Harris, Peter Kotkin-Smith and Brad Leetham drew the Tinning family - Barry, Brad, Geoff and Pete - and although they were able to pick up the first end, went into the break 2-19.

After the break they were able to pick up three from five ends, but unfortunately dropped a ‘five ‘which saw them 8-25 after 17.

RSL’s day didn’t get any better, finishing the game 10-33.

The rink of Terry Taylor, Tony Tonta, Craig Taylor and Allan Hodges got away to a slow start dropping six in the first two ends.

A rally from end eight saw them go into the break 15-8.

After the break RSL dropped seven shots in two ends, but brought themselves back in the game by picking up 10 shots over five ends.

Tongala mounted an attack picking up six over two ends to see RSL 26-21 after 22 ends.

RSL were able to hold their nerve with a ‘five’ on the last end to win the rink 33-22.

Division Three also had the road trip to Tongala, having a massive day in a 101-34 overall victory.

The team of Archie Webster, Jim Jennings, Winnie Pattinson and Danny Stanmore got away to a good start leading 8-1 after six ends and 13-6 at the break.

After the break Tongala picked up three ends, but could only manage singles.

RSL went on the rampage to win eight of the last 10 ends to stretch the score to 27-11 after 25 ends.

The combination of Ron Marchetti, Frank Daniels, John Wilson and Chris Frampton were never in trouble, amassing a score of 22-2 by the break.

Although they were able to only pick up seven of the last 13 ends, a ‘six’ on the second last helped build their final tally to 39-10.

The combination of Lee Pattinson, Jenny Tonta, Brian Clancy and Alan Stonham were three-all after three ends.

Tongala slipped away to a 9-3 lead after six before RSL rattled off 11 ends straight to be 28-9 after 17.

RSL were able to hold sway by picking up five of the last eight to run out victors 36-13.

RSL sit in fourth spot, two wins clear of fifth placed Rochester with just three rounds remaining.

Division Five had their first game since December 9 and travelled across the road to play Deni Blue, going down 54-41.

The day was full of drama with Blue calling in a sub when one of their players pulled out due to work commitments and RSL lost Ernie Smith during the warm up.

Misjudging the width of the gutter, Smith was transported to hospital with a gaping wound in his shin requiring stitches.

Deni Blue then had to call on a spectator to fill in for their other team due to a no show.

Mick Howe, Graham Gordon, Miro Peterman and Tony Connor got off to a slow start but had tied the game 3-3 after six ends.

Blue raced out to lead 6-17 at the halfway mark.

RSL were unable to gain momentum after the break scoring on only four ends over the last 13, to go down 11-32.

The other combination of Kevin Lester, Rod Reid, John Kemp and Jamie Lowe were able to keep with their opponents to lead 6-3 after six, but dropped to 7-14 at the halfway mark before picking up a five right before the afternoon tea break.

After the break RSL managed to pick up a ‘three’ on four occasions and a four to draw away to win 30-22.

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