Bowlers put to the test over 3 days
THE three day tournament over the holiday period was a great success with the men’s triples on December 27 with the greens full with 22 teams.
On Thursday, December 29 on the mixed triples day there were 24 teams and on Saturday the men’s 2x4x2 pairs there were 28 teams.
On each and every day the weather was very warm but the mixed triples had to be cancelled after the second game and afternoon tea because of the electrical storm passing through the district.
On that day the winners and runners up were taken on the scores of the two game winners.
Players and teams on the three days came from near and far, representing clubs from Bendigo, MCC, Yea, Beaumaris, Richmond Union, Swanpool, Wunghnu, Numurkah, Benalla, Yallourn and Katandra West.
The Goulburn Valley clubs that were also represented included Avenel, Violet Town, Shepparton Golf, East Shepparton, Mooroopna, Shepparton Park, Hill Top, Mooroopna Golf, Seymour, Nagambie, Stanhope, Rushworth, Kyabram, Murchison and Tatura.
It was nice to see former Euroa residents Steve and Jan O’Bree and Allan Brodie also playing in the tournament.
We thank our sponsors for their generosity on the days of the tournament.
On Tuesday they were Euroa Hotel, N.J. Todd Funeral Directors, and Ford McKernan Engineering.
On Thursday they were Allied Health Practice, Saville’s Plumbing and Hardware Supplies, Burton Stores and DPR Insurance Brokers.
On Saturday it was RBA Financial Group.
In addition, each day, the winning team members were presented with Walters Bus Company mugs who are celebrating over 60 years in the bus industry.
Euroa Club president Lorraine Walters welcomed players to the greens each day and thanked all for coming to make the days so successful.
The men’s triples winners were near- neighbors Violet Town club members Graham Jones (s), David Underwood and Dennis Taylor.
The runners up were Ken Sutcliffe (s), John Groat and Tom Rae.
Third place went to Glen Thatcher (s), Shepparton Park and his team members Darren and Tyson.
Each of the skippers thanked Euroa for the great day, the greens to play on, the afternoon tea and the friendly way in which all games were played.
Tuesday raffle winners were Gavin Malane, L Bradshaw and Mick Hooper, Hill Top.
Thursday’s winners were the Hill Top team of Barry Ibbott ( s) and David and Sue Moreton.
The runners up were the Shepparton Golf team of Graeme, Heath and Anne Matthews.
Raffle winners were Anne Matthews (the gift of Bowls Vic representative deputy president John Inglese), Sue Clement, Hill Top and Anne Sutcliffe, Euroa.
Again, the skippers thanked Euroa for an enjoyable day despite having to finish early because of the storm.
Saturday’s men’s pairs was the third successful day with play starting at 9.30am with two games in the morning, followed by a hot lunch served by the Euroa Ladies, followed by another two games in the afternoon.
The winners for the day were the Stanhope pair Barry Williams and Greg Fitzpatrick.
The runners up were Ross Higgins and Ray Hill, Shepparton Park.
The third place getters were Bill and Damian O’Connor.
The prize winners were presented with their wins by donor Richard Byrnes who said that it was a pleasure to have been associated with the Euroa club over a number of years.
Again each team thanked the Euroa club for a wonderful day, the good greens to play on and the ladies for the meal and afternoon tea.
The raffle winners were Nola Boz ( 1st and 2nd) and Ray Hill, Shepparton Park.
Thanks were also extended for the organisation of the tournament by secretaries Ken Sutcliffe and Eric Sellenger, the many assistants who help Ken with the preparation of the greens and surrounds, the ladies in the kitchen, the raffle ladies and the bar helpers.
This tournament was one of the most successful held over the years.
Thanks also must go to Corrie Dingemans for umpiring and to the wonderful sponsors who have supported the club not only on the tournament days but in many other ways as well.
After a few days of not having to organise bowls, Saturday pennant starts again this Saturday and all sides are home.
Division one plays Kyabram, division four play Rushworth and division five plays Seymour.
The sausage sizzles will start again on Friday night, January 13 after pennant practice.
Good luck to all teams for the rest of the season.
TALKING TACTICS: Primo Boz (left) and Robert Goldsworthy ponder their next move.
IT FEELS GOOD: John Dougall (left) seemed pleased with his bowl as Gavin Malane watches anxiously.
WELL I NEVER: Lindsay Cocking (above) has some serious decisions to make before his next bowl.
ON ITS WAY: Jan Watters (right) takes this delivery very seriously.
THE VICTORS: The Saturday men’s pairs winners were Greg Fitzpatrick (left) and Barry Williams from the Stanhope Bowls Club.
MY NEXT MOVE IS: John Pearson listens carefully to instructions from his partner.