Tweed needs victory, few favours

THE Tweed Gold Division Ospreys face a do or die match against the mighty Mooloolaba side tomorrow in the final round of the Taylor Bowls Super Challenge.

The Ospreys, in fifth position on the table, on 30 points must win at home against Mooloolaba to have a chance of overtaking fourth-placed Burleigh Heads on 34 points.

However Musgrave Hill needs to defeat Burley at the same time for the Tweed to climb into fourth spot.

Tweed defeated Burleigh two weeks ago but lost on all five rinks against second place Musgrave Hill last Saturday and now finds itself wanting Musgrave Hill to do the same in their clash with Burleigh.

The final four as it stands now with one round to play is Swifts on 59pts, Musgrave Hill 53pts, Mooloolaba 41pts, Burleigh Heads 34pts and Tweed on 30pts.

With six match points for a win plus one point for each rink win, Tweed need to win on three rinks (9pts) and hope that Musgrave Hill can win on three rinks for a 9/2 result leaving the Tweed at the end of the day on 39pts and Burleigh Heads on 36pts.

The climax on the final week of Gold Division has second playing fourth and third playing fifth in what should be an interesting last round of Super Challenge.

The Gold Round Robins will be played on March 26-27 at Pine Rivers and Musgrave Hill to allow players to play in the Australian Sides on April 2-3.

Newcomers Condong playing in the Bronze 10 section have won four games from six and are in third spot on the table and need a win in the final round to clinch second place and a spot in the Round Robin series.

They play top-placed Cleveland at home tomorrow. Cleveland are only seven points in front of Condong so a three rinks win (9pts) will have both sides on 53pts and Condong will get through on percentage.

Go the Cane Cutters!

THE Premier Division of the Melbourne Pennant season concluded on Sunday with a dramatic finish, with the whole season coming down to the final end of the match.

Defending champions Clayton led by 17 shots going into the half-time break but Moonee Ponds only surrendered their lead after 89 ends to fall behind by four shots.

However at 99 ends, the scores were level and only one end to play between Skipper Michael Wilks and import skip Shane Garvey.

Clayton held two shots when skippers changed over and Garvey fired to remove one shot and missed with his final bowl to give Clayton back-to-back wins.

Clayton (Michael Wilks (s), Mark Challman, Mick Burge, Colin Davis) defeated Moonee Ponds (Shane Garvey (s), Brett Spurr, David Mortimer, Colin Doolan) 23-16.

Clayton (Dylan Benwell (s), Tony Wood, Stuart Huddle, Chris Hannaford) lost to Moonee Ponds (Wayne Turley, Barrie Lester, Matt McHardy, Nelson Ball) 12-34.

Clayton (Todd Simmons (s), Dylan Fisher, Rob Dixon, Liam Garlick-Adams) defeated Moonee Ponds (Mark Jacobsen (s), Chris Ball, Ben Hubber, Winston Brackley) 32-20.

Clayton (Brad Martin (s), Neil Devlin, Stan Sliwinski, Ash Rowan) defeated Moonee Ponds (Steve Glasson (s), Robert Doody, Garry Ball, Richard Kopcewicz) 29-25.

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