Wonthella Gold go top & knock Mullewa into fourth in Batavia Bowling League men’s pennants with huge win

Joe CriddleGeraldton Guardian
Wonthella Maroon’s Paul Johnson in action last Saturday against Geraldton Gold.
Camera IconWonthella Maroon’s Paul Johnson in action last Saturday against Geraldton Gold. Credit: Supplied

The Batavia Bowling League men’s pennants competition has a new leader after round 10, with Wonthella Gold on top and Mullewa sliding to fourth after the Golds claimed all the points in a huge 37-point win against the Saints last Saturday.

The win for Gold leaves them in pole position ahead of the final round for the year tomorrow and ahead of the five-week break for Christmas and New Year.

Gold have been ultra-consistent this season, winning seven of their first 10 fixtures and 17 of the 30 rinks they have played.

Geraldton Red are in similar form — since losing their first three games, they have gelled, and finished the latest round with a 7-3 win-loss record and 16 rink victories.

All three Geraldton clubs had first-division wins for just the second time this season, leaving them well placed on the ladder with eight home-and-away rounds to go.

Geraldton Red moved to second on percentage with a 5-1 (65-41) against the Wonthella Green, who moved down to sixth on a congested table from fourth ahead of the round.

The Green Machine just last week were playing for top spot, but consecutive losses in a very competitive competition have proved costly.

Geraldton Blue travelled to Dongara and would be delighted with the 5-1 victory over Denison White and a rise up the ladder to third.

The Blues now have a 50-50 win-loss record and look primed for a strong run home and the possibility of finals play in Denison mid March.

Geraldton Gold hosted an ultra-competitive Wonthella Maroon, but proved too steady at home.

They got on top late in the fixture and drew clear to take a 16-shot aggregate result and claim 5 ½ points.

The win has the city side just a half point adrift of fourth-placed Mullewa, their opponents this week on the Saints’ synthetic.

Denison Blue beat Northampton 5-1 (61-49) in the bottom-of-the-table clash.

The final title of the calendar year will be decided on Sunday as club winners compete in the round-robin champion of champions pairs at Geraldton.

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