Tasmania’s bowlers enjoy a big day out
The Tasmanian bowls teams put in some great performances on day two of the Australian Sides Championship with four from four against the talented West Australian Team and the Northern Territory, as Tony Fulton reports for the Hobart Mercury. Tasmania started yesterday against the Northern Territory with the men’s team having a day out, eclipsing their opponents 91-29, the big margin due to two crushing rink wins. Robert McMullen, with Simon Zaporozec, Darren Monks and Alex Elwell in his rink outclassed Lee Farrell 33-8 and Lee Schraner, Mark Strochnetter, Chris Dudman and Alex Elwell put it all together beating Ray Dienelt 45-6. Adam White had the close one against former Tasmanian Graeme Kitto. Kitto led for most of the game but White closed to just one shot with one to play but missed drives allowed Kitto to draw the shot to win 15-13. The women were just as impressive in their 72-54 win over the Territorians, making one change, swapping Mikayla Baker for Leonie Price. Gaylene Elsworthy made it three wins from three games by defeating Robyn Mitchell impressively, 29-10, while Jenny Redshaw beat Letitia Baldwin 25-22. Rebecca van Asch was down by as much as 10 shots early but outscored Sharon Waite 16 shots to 11 in the last 14 ends for an 18-22 loss. The afternoon was glory time for the Tasmanians with both men and women beating the West Australia teams. The home sides led from the outset and were never headed. The Tasmanian women set the way with a strong 70-54 win. Elsworthy and her rink of Rae Simpson, Debbie Lee and Nicole Smith were at it again, making it four straight, beating Lisa Featherby 24-14. Jenny Redshaw just got home from Therese Hastings 18-17. Van Asch had her first win in the series, beating Kathy Gobbart 28-23, capping a great overall win. The men had a 25-shot margin, winning on all rinks 71-46. Schraner again led the way, beating John Slavich 28-10 and Adam White powered home in the last few ends for a 25-18 win over Gary Cartell. Robert McMullen dropped a three on the last end to finish in a tie with Matt Elllul 18-all.