Bowlers put to the test over 3 days

Euroa Gazette - - SPORTS - By AU­DREY MCIN­TOSH

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.

Photographer: Dale Mann

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.

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