In grade 1 for Zone 11 bowls over the weekend Tuncurry travelled to Westport for their clash, and came away with a 5.5-4.5 win.
This was a terrific game, on a 16 second green, with a howling wind, just to make things interesting.
The lead changed several times throughout the game, with the result coming down to the last end.
Tuncurry led by one going into the last end, and when Rod Adamson sunk the jack in the ditch it looked like a Tuncurry win, but then the Westport skip drew to within a foot of the ditch to win the measure and snatch a draw on the master board.
Tuncurry with two rink wins got the points.
In grade 2, Forster continued to lead and win, albeit with a last bowl 63-62 (9-1) victory over Tuncurry.
West continued trying to stay in touch with their own 9-1 win over Old Bar, remaining in second.
Leagues remained in third after a 10-0 win over Wingham.
In grade 3, Harrington remained in front after defeating Railway 9-1.
Gloucester’s 9-1 win over Palms moved them into second, snapping at Harrington’s heels just two points behind.
Forster’s 1-9 loss to Leagues droped them down to third.
In grade 4, Harrington moved into the lead courtesy of their 9-1 win over Railway, and previous leaders Tuncurry crashed to Blackhead 1-9.
Blackhead moved into third and with just 4.5 points separating first and third, this turned into a three way dog fight.
Manning Pt. defeated Forster 9-1.
In grade 5, Sporties clung to a one point lead after Forster defeated them 8-2.
Lansdowne remained in second with an 8-2 win over Wingham.
West kept their faint hopes alive with a 10-0 defeat of Railway.
West’s clash with Sporties next week will be a must win game if they are to remain in touch.
In grade 6/1, Sporties (1) took an 8-2 win over Forster which kept them in front by 2.5 points. Palms snapped at their heels, after they defeated Old Bar 9-1.
With Sporties already having had their bye, and Palms to have theirs next week, the margin at the top may be quite different after round 8.
In grade 6/2, Buladelah had a 10-0 win over Tuncurry and Gloucester defeated Sporties (2) 9.5-.5.
Harrington had the bye and remained in second.
Buladelah have a massive 21 point lead, and even though they have yet to have their bye, the mountain boys will be hard to beat from here.
In grade 7/1, Forster (1) remained on top after their 9.5-.5 win over Gloucester.
Blackhead defeated Lansdowne 10-0.
Harrington had the bye but remained in a clear second spot.
With Forster yet to have their bye, and these two teams still to meet in the second round, this section is still wide open.
In grade 7/2, Tuncurry remained on top with a 8.5-1.5 win over Leagues.
West defeated Forster (2) 9-1 and Sporties had the bye but remained in second.
Tuncurry have yet to have their bye, and the next two rounds will be significant.
So, while you can almost write down the winners in a couple of grades, there are going to be some very interesting results and close finishes over these next few weeks. Stay tuned.