Wonthella Gold dominated their clash against Northampton but somehow didn’t manage to come away with the full points in the latest round of the Batavia League. Coming off their first loss of the season last round they were in no mood to offer any quarter in crushing the opening rink 44 to five to basically sew up the match point after the opening rink. However, Northampton bounced back in the second, putting arguably their best four of Dennis Simpson, Christopher Caldwell, Derek Parsons and Ross Johnson together to claw back the second 21-15. Gold got back on track in the third 26-16 to take the overall match 85-42 but they will be disappointed to drop that point in the second. Mullewa picked up their second win on the bounce upsetting Wonthella Marron 63-48 taking the first and third rinks 29-11 and 19-14 respectively but Maroon at least grabbed a point thanks to a 23-15 second rink performance. Denison Blue kept in touch with the top three after a thrilling match over Geraldton Blue. They squeaked home in the opening rink 21-20 as Joel Leeson continued his good form as skipper before Geraldton hit bat in the second 26-18 leaving a 7-shot deficit for Denison to overcome if they were to take the match. They did it easy with Peter Leeson leading the side to a 28-14 victory to take the overall match 67-60. Wonthella Green were pushed hard by the winless Denison White with only a strong first rink performance saving their blushes. After taking the first 22-12 odds were on for a Green sweep but Denison fought back to tie the second rink at 18 all. They improved in the final game, taking just their second rink this season with a 19-16 victory as Alan French, Gary Blade, Kim Elliott and Paul Hitchcock all picked up their first win and points. In the final match Geraldton Gold were too strong for their Red counterparts with a 61-45 win and the only team to take home all six points. They won a tough first rink 21-19 while Robert Williamson and Laurence Brooks, who are the only players not to drop a match this season, combined to help Gold take the second comfortably 18-10. They took the third 22-16 to give them a 61-45 to sit four points behind Wonthella Gold in first place. In the women’s league, Denison fell to their first loss of the season against their closest rivals Wonthella Maroon to see the gap close to one point at the top of the table. They lost all three rinks in close matches, the largest margin being six shots in the third rink as Maroon took the maximum points on offer. Northampton fell to another defeat to Geraldton Blue as they continue to be on the wrong side of some close results. It was a one-shot game in the opening rink with Pauline Forester unable to get close with her final bowl as they went down 21-20. The gap was wider in the second 17-12 before Geraldton were far too good in the final rink with a 23-14 victory to stretch the overall margin to 61-46 as the Blue’s took home six points. Northampton now sit seven points adrift at the bottom of the ladder but their goal difference of -29 is just one worse than Geraldton Blue in third, showcasing they have been a touch unlucky to be sitting at a 1-4 record.