Looking ahead for finals

Time to have a look at where sides are positioned in the Barossa and Light bowls competition, heading into the home stretch, at the pointy end of the season.

Well, the finals will be on our doorstep before we know it.

As it stands, here is a snapshot of those sides that are looking at a finals berth in Saturday pennants.

Division one

In the top division, the Tigers sit on top of the table with a three-game buffer (66 points) ahead of the Panthers in second position.

Then there is a bit of a log jam, with only one and a bit games (38 points) separating third place from seventh position.

This would indicate that there are at least a couple of finals spots up for grabs in the coming weeks.

The Skippers table shows Wayne (Big Willie) Williams, from Tigerland, on top followed by Brian Bowden from  Panther Park.

Third spot held at the moment by another Tiger in Ashley Schultz and Roosters Andrew Pfitzner rounding out the top four.

One would expect to see Nuriootpa and Angaston in the major round but only time will tell which sides will be joining them.

Division Two A

In the new format division 2A Nuriootpa Black holds top position, a game clear of Angaston who currently have the second spot.

A further game behind sees Tanunda in third and Nuriootpa Gold rounding out the four, a couple more games the difference.

Kapunda at present sitting two and a half games outside the top four.

The Skippers table has Bernie Wallace from Tanunda in the lead and just behind the Tigers’ Denise Baker in second spot by only shot difference.

Third spot by is Magpie David Armstrong followed by Phil Gould another Tiger in fourth to close the top four.

The final four looks pretty much set it’s just a matter of the order where sides will finish.

Division Two B

The next competition, the new division 2B, Lyndoch carries top spot by a just over a game over Angaston in second.

A further three games behind those two is Freeling in third place and Tanunda in fourth.

So there you have it in a nutshell, a glance at how the bowls ladder stands at the moment but not necessarily the way it will finish up.

Steve Heintze

A game behind in fifth spot is Nuriootpa just out of contention at this point in time.

The Skippers table is Panther Clarrie Tabe and Lyn Teakle, from Angaston, in first and second spots respectively.

Then Freeling’s Warwick Ledsham and Lyndoch’s Marion Kenyon fill the third and fourth spots respectively.

It’s a bit tougher to see where sides may finish in this competition but you would have to say that the Eagles and Panthers should feature in the major round.

Division three

The triples competition, known as division 3, has Lyndoch with a clear lead on top with Kapunda three games behind in the number two position.

Close behind in third and fourth are Angaston and Tanunda respectively.

That would seem to be it for the top four as Nuriootpa and Freeling have left their run a bit late.

The Skippers table puts Bruce Wilson, of Lyndoch, on top followed by Anita Thiele, of Kapunda, holding second spot on the ladder, only by shot difference.

Panthers’ Andy Brunton has the three position while Sondra Franks, of Kapunda, closes out the four.

So there you have it in a nutshell, a glance at how it is but not necessarily the way it will be.