Wonthella Green top as clubs jostle for early positions in competitive Batavia bowls season

Joe CriddleGeraldton Guardian
Geraldton roller Len Carroll in a file image.
Camera IconGeraldton roller Len Carroll in a file image. Credit: West Regional/Ben Leahy/West Regional

Clubs are jostling for position in the Batavia Bowling League men’s pennants competition already, with competition strong in the early rounds.

All of the clubs besides Mullewa and Geraldton Red have claimed aggregate points.

Wonthella Green moved from fourth to first on the table after picking up the maximum six points, 66-51, against Denison Blue at Wonthella last Saturday.

The Green Machine look to have balanced teams on all three rinks after two outings, with a blend of youth and experience.

David Melling, Colin O’Brien and Gary Preston should provide a steadying influence in the skippers’ roles.

Wonthella Gold beat Geraldton Blue 5-1 (62-57) in a see-sawing encounter at Wonthella.

Eddie Dodd, John Lucas, Keith Vince and Dennis Marsden were the team’s best with a 21-15 return over Peter Reudavey.

The Blues’ Geoff Ellis, Warren Kennedy, Noel Davey and Brad Criddle won 22-18 against Steve Palmer to stay undefeated.

Geraldton Gold will be delighted after they took a massive 34-shot return over Mullewa to kickstart the year. Shane Guidice-Nairn, Kevin Robartson, Len Carroll and Terry Williamson led the way with a demoralising 27-9 victory over the quality of Mike Thompson.

Top-line recruit Mick Walton and Merv Grigsby completed the deal with 20-12 and 22-13 results over Paul Johnson and Vince Knight respectively.

Northampton christened their new synthetic with a win against Wonthella Maroon, taking five points in a nail biting 57-57 aggregate result.

Denison White opened their account on home soil, winning 5-1 (59-49) against Geraldton Red to complete the round.

Red Jon Trotter’s rink of Brian Wright, Trevor Smythe and Peter Batten stood out, although their 25-8 scoreline only dented the overall deficit.

Wonthella Green and Gold have secured aggregate results in both matches and sit together on the top of the table, with just a rink victory separating the two capable combinations.

Wonthella Green, Denison White, Geraldton Blue and Geraldton Gold are on six rink points, with only percentage separating them.

Denison White have a total of five points and Mullewa and Geraldton Red are at the bottom with two.

Mullewa take on ladder leaders Wonthella Green at home tomorrow with Denison Blue hosting Geraldton Gold. Geraldton Red play Wonthella Gold at home.

Northampton travel to play Geraldton Blue while Denison White are away to Wonthella Maroon.

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