BBD pennant halfway mark: Hawks back with vengeance

BENDIGO Bowls Division weekend pennant halfway mark summary.

EAGLEHAWK – 1st

TEAM TO BEAT: Eaglehawk skipper Simon Carter. The Hawks have reached the halfway mark of the season undefeated and already accumulated 109 of a possible 126 points.

TEAM TO BEAT: Eaglehawk skipper Simon Carter. The Hawks have reached the halfway mark of the season undefeated and already accumulated 109 of a possible 126 points.

Record – 7-0

Points – 109 Shots – +96

Average for – 95.8

Average against – 82.1

Results:

97 def Castlemaine 80

100 def Golden Square 92

111 def Inglewood 72

79 def Bendigo 78

 90 def Bendigo East 86

100 def South Bendigo 77

94 def Kangaroo Flat 90

Rinks:

Dean Carter – 13/+34

Tony Ellis – 11/+37

Brayden Byrne – 10/+9

Simon Carter – 9/+16

After missing the finals for the first time since 1999 last season, the Hawks haven’t stayed down for long. They have put together an undefeated first half of 2017-18.

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KANGAROO FLAT – 2nd

Record – 4-3

Points – 70 Shots – +48

Average for – 93.7

Average against – 86.8

Results:

87 lt Golden Square 91

100 def Castlemaine 80

102 def Bendigo 73

93 def Bendigo East 90

100 def South Bendigo 88

84 lt Inglewood 92

90 lt Eaglehawk 94

Rinks:

Kangaroo Flat's Mark Moller.

Kangaroo Flat's Mark Moller.

Barry Anset – 13/+45

Tom Russell – 7/+6

Cameron Wilson – 7/+5

Paul Moller – 7/-8

Were touted pre-season as the big improvers and with a 4-3 record have already surpassed last summer’s tally of three wins as they chase their first finals appearance since 2010-11.

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SOUTH BENDIGO – 3rd

Record – 4-3

Points – 69 Shots – +48

Average for – 93.5

Average against – 86.7

Results:

105 def Bendigo 73

97 def Inglewood 80

101 def Castlemaine 82

106 def Golden Square 74

88 lt Kangaroo Flat 100

77 lt Eaglehawk 100

81 lt Bendigo East 98

Rinks:

South Bendigo's Dale Oddy.

South Bendigo's Dale Oddy.

Liam Crapper – 11/+33

Brad Holland – 9/+24

Ryan Tainton – 7/+7

Mitch Sidebottom – 6/-16

Bolted out of the blocks winning their first four games by a combined 100 shots, but have hit the skids with three double-figure losses in a row.

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INGLEWOOD – 4th

Record – 4-3

Points – 65 Shots – -29

Average for – 88.8

Average against – 93.0

Results:

99 def Bendigo East 94

80 lt South Bendigo 97

72 lt Eaglehawk 111

87 lt Castlemaine 94

90 def Bendigo 89

92 def Kangaroo Flat 84

102 def Golden Square 82

Rinks:

Inglewood's Mark Roberts.

Inglewood's Mark Roberts.

Rob Day – 9/+14

Daryl Rowley – 8/-16

Lindsay Kelly – 7/-3

Mal McLean – 5/-24

Good to see the perennial battlers in the top four at the halfway mark of the season on the back of three wins in a row. The question now is can they go the distance, unlike last season when they faded after making an impressive start.

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BENDIGO EAST – 5th

Record – 3-4

Points – 62 Shots – -21

Average for – 92.7

Average against – 95.7

Results:

94 lt Inglewood 99

102 def Bendigo 89

113 def Golden Square 87

90 lt Kangaroo Flat 93

86 lt Eaglehawk 90

66 lt Castlemaine 131

98 def South Bendigo 81

Rinks:

Bendigo East's Tom Lester and Brad Marron.

Bendigo East's Tom Lester and Brad Marron.

Aaron Tomkins – 13/+18

Brad Marron – 9/+6

Chris Randell – 7/0

Sam Lyon – 7/-45

Unfamiliar sight seeing the Beasties outside the top four at the halfway mark, but that’s where they are. Could be a different story though given they have lost three games by five shots or less.

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GOLDEN SQUARE – 6th

Record – 3-4

Points – 52 Shots – 46

Average for – 88.7

Average against – 95.2

Results:

91 def Kangaroo Flat 87

92 lt Eaglehawk 100

87 lt Bendigo East 113

74 lt South Bendigo 106

106 def Castlemaine 85

89 def Bendigo 74

82 lt Inglewood 102

Rinks:

Tas Wallis – 7/-1

Trevor Schill – 7/-11

Geoff Walsh – 7/-20

Daryl Cheeseman – 5/-14

Started the season with a bang with a first-up win over Kangaroo Flat, but only the two wins since has Square 13 points outside the top four.

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CASTLEMAINE – 7th

Record – 2-5

Points – 46 – Shots – -26

Average for – 89.7

Average against – 93.4

Results:

80 lt Eaglehawk 97

80 lt Kangaroo Flat 100

82 lt South Bendigo 101

94 def Inglewood 87

85 lt Golden Square 106

131 def Bendigo East 66

76 lt Bendigo 97

Rinks:

Castlemaine's Rod Phillips.

Castlemaine's Rod Phillips.

Rod Phillips – 11/+44

Luke Hoskin – 11/+16

Darren Taylor – 5/-35

Kevin Shuttleworth – 3/-51

Haven’t been able to back up the form yet that propelled the Maine into the finals last summer, but they have produced the most impressive game of the season when they crushed Bendigo East by 65.

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BENDIGO – 8th

Record – 1-6

Points – 31 Shots – -70

Average for – 81.8

Average against – 91.8

Results:

73 lt South Bendigo 105

89 lt Bendigo East 102

73 lt Kangaroo Flat 102

78 lt Eaglehawk 79

89 lt Inglewood 90

74 lt Golden Square 89

97 def Castlemaine 76

Rinks:

Bendigo's Don Bennett.

Bendigo's Don Bennett.

Ian Ross – 10/-6

Torie Babitsch – 7/-1

Nick Belt – 5/-16

Andrew Brown – 3/-47

It’s not a misprint – the reigning premiers are last on the ladder with just one win following significant player turnover. Two one-shot losses hasn’t helped their cause.