RSL ready for chal­lenge

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT -

Deni RSL Bowl­ing Club’s Divi­sion One will have a tough start to the sec­ond half of the sea­son, host­ing reign­ing premier Moama for round 11 of the Cam­paspe Val­ley Bowls Divi­sion to­mor­row af­ter­noon.

RSL has strug­gled this sea­son, only man­ag­ing the one win from nine games and sit­ting on the bot­tom of the lad­der.

Moama, on the other hand, is third on the lad­der, hav­ing only dropped two games.

De­spite their lad­der po­si­tion, RSL bowls pres­i­dent and Divi­sion One bowler Tony Tonta is ex­cited about the clash.

‘‘It’s al­ways good to play the bet­ter teams,’’ he said.

‘‘We usu­ally lift against the bet­ter sides. Moama was the only team that we beat last year and they were on top of the lad­der at that stage.

‘‘We went into Divi­sion One to use it as a learn­ing curve and to bet­ter our bowls. The more we get to play against the top sides the bet­ter it is for us.’’

The last time th­ese sides met came in round six when a host­ing Moama was vic­to­ri­ous by 16 shots. Tonta said it was a great bat­tle through­out the day.

‘‘We went down on all three rinks so to be 16 shots be­hind isn’t too bad,’’ he said.

‘‘It’ll be in­ter­est­ing to see how we go as we’ve moved a few from Divi­sion One down to Divi­sion Three to try and en­sure we have plenty of num­bers avail­able for fi­nals should Divi­sion Three make it.

‘‘The more play­ers we have avail­able for fi­nals the bet­ter as some play­ers may be un­avail­able at that time of year.’’

Ken Wel­lard was crowned as the A grade sin­gles cham­pion for Deni RSL for the sec­ond time last month.

In the de­cider he de­feated Mark Quor 25-8, claim­ing his first ti­tle win at the club since the 2012/13 sea­son.

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