Firm grip on first place

Round 4 of the Mid North Saturday Pennants took place over the weekend with Watervale and Mintaro almost neck and neck at the top of the ladder.

Both teams headed into the round undefeated, the only two teams in the competition to not record a loss during the opening stages of the season.

At the other end of the ladder, Spalding, Clare Blue and Saddleworth were all looking to kick their season into gear with their first wins of the season.

It would be no easy task for the trio as they faced Clare Gold, Burra and Watervale respectively, all teams who are fighting for a place in the top half.

Blyth v Mintaro

There was an upset on the cards at Blyth Green last weekend as Mintaro were handed their first loss of the season.

Heading into the match in equal first and with three straight wins, Blyth shocked the visitors with a 78-54 victory for their second win of the season.

The win meant Blyth jumped up one spot to sixth, while Mintaro dropped to fourth.

Mintaro will look to bounce back against first placed Watervale, while Blyth will host Burra.

Clare Blue v Burra

Clare Blue recorded their first win for the season with a narrow 4 shot win over third placed Burra.

The home side had two rinks get up against Burra and added six more points for the win, walking away with a 10 point haul.

Burra fell down to fifth after the loss while Clare Blue had no change to their position despite the win.

Clare Blue visit Saddleworth this weekend looking to heap more misery on the cellar dwellers who are yet to win this season, while Burra will make the journey across to Blyth.

Robertstown v Auburn

Robertstown bounced back from a loss in round three to defeat Auburn 71-62 at Robertstown Green.

Auburn were in the midst of a two game winning streak heading into the fourth round but Robertstown halted their momentum with the narrow nine shot win.

Robertstown won two out of the three rinks to add 10 points to their season tally.

Auburn plays host to Spalding at Auburn Green this weekend and will look to prevent them from recording their first win of the season.

Robertstown, on the other hand, will pay a visit to Clare Gold.

Saddleworth v Watervale

Watervale continue to lead the competition after four rounds with a seven shot defeat of the winless Saddleworth, stretching their streak out to four games.

The visitors departed with 10 points in tow, downing Saddleworth 78-71 at Saddleworth Green on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Devils were awarded six points for the win as team 1 triumphed 33-26 and team 3 also finished with a 27-18 victory.

Saddleworth’s second team, however, prevented Watervale from leaving with all 12 points with another 27-18 win.

The Red Devils now look to have a firm grip on first place with a seven point lead over second placed Clare Gold.

Watervale travel to Mintaro in round 5 for their second away game in a row, while Saddleworth welcomes Clare Blue this Saturday.

Spalding v Clare Gold

Clare Gold moved up two spots to second place on Saturday with a 72-59 win over last placed Spalding at Spalding Green.

Spalding came into the match looking to finally break their duck and get in the winners circle, however it would be to no avail as Clare Gold won two out of three rinks.

It is now two wins in a row for Clare Gold after a narrow 4 shot loss to Mintaro in round two.

Spalding will travel to Auburn on Saturday with an aim to finally lift themselves off the foot of the ladder, while Clare Gold hosts third place Roberstown at Clare.