Round 8 of the 2021 Pennant Season was critical for the four sides playing at Tuross. In Grade 5 Tuross played Moruya in a must win game for the locals while in Grade 6 Tuross took on ladder leaders, Tomakin, seeking a big improvement on their previous performances. Both clashes proved to be very close affairs with upset results in both grades!
In Grade 5 Moruya were fresh from a good win over ladder leaders Malua Bay and were keen to repeat the dose against Tuross. As the game progressed Moruya held the upper hand in two of the three rinks and the combined scores favoured the visitors by a narrow margin. Carol Williams’ team continued their good form and recorded another win despite losing their way in the middle of the game. They won 16 -13. Joel Hilliard’s rink struggled early but staged a great fightback to manage a 17 all draw. John Monks’ team started well but found the Moruya skip, Mark Smith, in great form. They went down 21 – 13.
Moruya won the game with an overall score of 51 – 46. They scored 8.5 points and Tuross had to settle for 1.5 points. They now have the challenge of beating Malua Bay 10 – 0 in the final round to progress to the Zone playoffs.
The Grade 6 match also had a thrilling finish with the sides being separated by only 3 shots after the 63 ends played. The Tuross side struggled early in the season but have shown good improvement over the last few rounds. They had a real challenge against the leading side in the Grade – Tomakin. While little separated the sides, Tuross was performing particularly well on Stuart Graham’s rink. In the end their good 25 – 17 win proved the difference as Tomakin had close wins on the other two rinks. Allan Etheredge’s team looked to have done enough to win but they dropped 10 shots over the last four ends to go down 23 – 25. Irene Macdonald’s side fought back from a slow start and, despite winning more ends, went down 18 – 15.
Tuross have made it hard for Tomakin recording a narrow 60 – 63 win. Tuross picked up 8 points while Tomakin only managed 2. The point score in this grade has tightened with 4 of the 5 sides with a change to make the Zone playoffs. The final three rounds will be very interesting.