Test against best

Bowls. Smithton’s Division 3 men produced the goods against Turners Beach at the weekend and had another comfortable win.

The 47-shot result (a 114-67 score line) could be credited to the work of all rinks in holding their own, with a good team contribution overall leading to no particular standout rink.

Smithton took the early advantage and was never threatened, although Michael Neilson’s rink had to fight hard all match to ensure they stayed on top.

Len Gaby finished 14 shots up (29-15), Bruce Oates 13 up (30-17), Maurice Moles 13 up (30-17) and Neilson 7 up (25-18).

With South Burnie beaten by Spreyton in a surprise upset, Smithton will now look forward to playing against South Burnie away for top spot this week.

Unfortunately Division 5 did not play due to Turners Beach struggling for numbers and forfeiting; the result allowing them to climb up a rung on the ladder to seventh place. They host Ulverstone this weekend.

In the ladies’ Thursday night pennant, Smithton suffered two modest losses in both Division One and Division Three away from home.

Travelling to Latrobe, Div 1 lost two rinks and drew one to finish with a narrow 10-shot loss (55-65). Div 3 also lost two rinks but earned a narrow one-shot win in the last, finishing with a 15-shot loss overall.

In other club news, corporate bowls has returned for 2015 and the men’s singles championships enter into the second round.

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