Division Three flies flag for RSL
Victory for Division Three over Elmore was the only joy for Deni RSL Bowling Club in round three of the Campaspe Valley Bowls Division on Saturday, with Division One and Five going down to Tongala and Moama respectively at home.
RSL’s Division One side went down by 24 shots overall, defeated on all three rinks, 77 to 53.
Terry Taylor with his team of Winnie Pattinson, Chris Taylor and Tony Tonta struggled against their opposition who did not allow them into the game at any stage.
Tongala held the ascendency all day and were never threatened in a 27 to 15 win.
Ken Wellard, Michael Howe, Darren Greaves and newcomer Larry Seeley showed glimpses of form but were unable to counter a consistent Tongala combination that always held control.
The visitors finished on top 28 to 19.
Daryl Weymouth’s team of Frank Daniels, Jenny Tonta and David Hart were the best performed rink on the day for RSL featuring in a close contest.
Scores were even on the 12th end and again on the 20th before Tongala managed to slip away to a narrow three shot win, 22 to 19.
RSL’s Division Three won on all three three rinks by 16 shots overall for a solid 85 to 69 victory at Elmore.
Jim Jennings and his team of Tony King, Cheryl Bradley and Craig Taylor started slowly, being down 16-4 after seven ends.
They clawed their way back into the match however, playing some great bowls to draw level at 21-all on the 20th end.
RSL picked up eight shots to Elmore’s five over the last five ends to earn a three shot victory, 29 to 26.
Ron Marchetti, Rod Reid, Brian Clancy and Lyn Hardcastle also featured in a close encounter.
Scores were level at 16-apiece at the tea break but RSL lost the next five ends to go eight shots adrift.
However RSL regained their composure over the remaining ends, picking up shots steadily to grab a two shot victory, 28 to 26.
Glen Thomson’s grouping of Tim Dover, Chris Frampton and Lee Pattinson were the best performed rink on the day, scoring an emphatic win.
They took the lead on the eighth end and maintained a very consistent level of team bowling to earn an 11 shot victory, 28 to 17.
Division Five went down to Moama Green 46 to 42 in a tense battle.
Neville Austin’s grouping of Alan Hodges, Jim Rhook and Bruce Clancy trailed early then drew level at 11-all on the 11th end.
Moama picked up a ‘four’ and a ‘three’ on the next two ends to pull away to a handy seven shot lead.
RSL slowly chipped away to draw within a shot on the penultimate end, trailing 24 to 23.
In a thrilling finale RSL grabbed a ‘four’ on the final end to snatch a three shot victory, 27 to 24.
Max Connor, Sandra Hill, Graham Gordon and John Wilson had a tight battle all day and it was not until the final few ends that Moama broke away to take control to win by seven shots, 22 to 15, to hand them an overall victory.
David Hart bowled strongly for Division One on Saturday. Photos courtesy Wayne Bradley.