IT WAS a case of first up against second in Goulburn Valley bowls this week as the top side Kyabram Power were hosting the Nagambie Lakers.
The home side never really looked in any trouble during the match and ran away with a 29 shot win to remain at the top of the ladder.
Division two travelled to Mooroopna in a must-win game and unfortunately couldn’t come up with the win as they went down by 17 shots.
We thought the selectors axe would swing last week but it must be very close as the results are just not happening. The general bye has come at a good time.
Division four was at home against Shepparton RSL and were far too good for the visitors as the home side ran away with a massive 46 shot victory.
Kyabram actually supplied the Shepparton RSL with two players as they were short and one of the two fill-in players was seven year old Jacob Cartwright who bowled very well indeed.
I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing Goulburn Valley pennant at such a young age and it was great to see. When the WIN News cameras arrived young Jacob didn’t disappoint as his bowl managed to touch the jack as it rolled just past.
Division six travelled to Stanhope in the local derby and unfortunately couldn’t get the job done as they went down by 18 shots.
David Cartwright’s rink of Rob Sceney, Kelvin Hubble and Jimmy Oliver were the stars of the day as they were actually level at the main break before losing three more ends for the day and winning the last eight ends of the game to defeat Daniel Nichols 37-17 in a great team performance.
The Rob George skipped rink of Keith Button, Kelvin Beacon — who played his first division one game for Kyabram — and Ken Risstrom were leading by seven shots after seven ends before trailing by two shots only three ends later.
It was an extremely close encounter for the rest of the game with the lead changing four more times until Rob’s rink were trailing by two shots with one end remaining.
George then bowled an absolute bomb to trail the jack with his last bowl to claim four shots and defeat Brett Spargo by two shots 23-21.
Russell Locke returned to the skipper’s role and was supported by Greg Shilling, Phil Denham and Garry Hawking. With such an experienced rink the result was as expected as Locke’s boys put in a dominant performance to run out 14 shot winners, 28-14 against Rob Page.
George Thornley and his rink of Paul McInnes, ‘the fossil’ Mal Williams and Joe Greco had a day they would rather forget as they were actually leading by 10 shots after eight ends, however after this point they were far too inconsistent even though they won three ends more than the opposition.
They just dropped too many numbers as they went down 20-27 to Lakers coach Paul Nichols.
Peter O’Brien and his rink of Danny O’Brien, Bev Button and Helen Chapman were trailing by six shots early in the match however were never far away and remained close from this point on and finished in front at the most important time as O’Brien won by one shot, 26-25.
The rink of Johny Hausler, Rob ‘Qantas’ Ansett, Jenny Dixon and Peter Lomas led early in the match however couldn’t go the distance as they only managed to win five of the last 13 ends to go down by only six shots, 15-21.
The Noel Reddrop skipped rink of Bob Canute, Nardo Dipetta and Maurie Hately had a tough day at the office as the opposition were just too consistent with Reddrop going down 13-25.
Chris Preddy and his rink of Gino Scapin, Willis ‘Tuna’ Mackrell and Peter Kendall were down by four shots after only six ends and then still trailed by seven shots after 16 ends. It was at this point where former Kyabram premiership coach Preddy inspired his rink to claim seven of the last nine ends to draw the match. A draw is certainly better then a loss and great to see they never gave up in a spirited performance.
Ted Hazelman’s rink of Stan McIntosh, John Boardman and Jack Portia were off to a reasonably slow start as they only managed to draw level after nine ends then dropped the next three ends to trail by three after 13 ends.
The lead changed a couple of times again before Hazelman’s crew trailed by two shots after 18 ends. It was from this point on they just kept putting the foot down as they went on to claim an easy seven shot victory, 28-21.
Mia Nowosad and her rink of Ian George, young Josh Cartwright and the experienced Leo Comer were on cruise control for most of the day as they put in a very dominant display of bowling to win 16 ends for the day and ran away with a19 shot win, 31-12. Noel Reddrop or David Cartwright.
The Ray Harrison skipped rink of Terri Thomson, Geoff Hocking and Tom Polglaze were the superstars of the day as they put in an absolutely great team performance during a 24 shot victory, 39-15. Brian Lindsay skipped the rink of Judy Wright, Mitch Stevens and young Olivia Cartwright who were level after 10 before they struggled to hit form in a four shot loss, 21-25.
Next week is a general bye as the Victorian Open will be played at various clubs around the Goulburn Valley. If you have nothing to do feel free to come down to the Kyabram Bowls Club and watch some of the top players from around Australia battle it out on our magnificent greens.
In the week after — round five — things don’t get any easier for the Kyabram Power in division one as they travel over to East Shepparton who are expected finalists and have improved significantly over the last couple of years under Commonwealth games bound Josh Thornton.
Division two will be at home against Euroa which is another must-win after a slow start to the season and to avoid relegation.
Division four will also have a tough contest as they travel to take on second-placed Dookie while division six have the bye.
A barefoot bowls night sponsored by the Kyabram Club will be held on Wednesday, December 13. Please invite all family and friends to this event which is sure to be a great night. Please put name on the noticeboard or see
OUR ladies had a win Friday against Moama, well done. The men went down to Moama Saturday; men have a bye next week and the ladies have a tournament Wednesday, November 22. Ladies fours, two games. 10 ends before lunch, one after lunch. Starting time is 10am, $60 per team entries. Phone Marlene 0447 014 241. Ladies teams: Friday N Finlay (s), H Emery, J Bauerie, N Saunders. B Carling (s), M Topp, F Gallon, L Bush.
MERRIGUM’S division six team travelled out to Shepp Golf and won both rinks to gain the maximum points. This group has been showing some good signs recently and it is very pleasing to see them have some success.
John Bailey, Barry McMeeken, Noreen Earl and Carmen Quattrocchi played A Matthews and won by 12 shots.
Neil Gardiner, Clive Baxter, Alan Dennis and Allan Roberts played F O’Meara and won by eight shots.
Unfortunately the score cards have been misplaced so I can’t give you any details about the individual games. Good to see Al Dennis back playing bowls. Well done to the Sixes. Not such a happy story for Division Four, they drove out to Dookie but didn’t trouble the scorers.
Joe Chant played David Smith and led for 10 ends but then lost the next 10 ends to end any chance they had of winning.
Wayne Shepherd played Speed Ryan and they were all square on end 22 but unfortunately lost the last three ends.
John Firmer dropped a seven against Swanny and lost by eight shots. They played well after smoko but the damage had been done.
Jim Arthur met Des Thorpe and after 18 ends they were three shots up, but sadly they dropped the last seven ends to go down by nine shots.
There really wasn’t much difference between the two sides but Dookie showed the way when it really mattered.
All teams have a bye next week for the Vic Open. We need helpers for the four days(18th to 21st). Please see if you can help the Club in any way.
Don’t forget donations for Carol’s Christmas hamper.
Good to see our green keeper Rob Dennis home from hospital. We all hope you recover quicly from your surgery.
60 and over Campaspe Bowls
BRIGHT sunny conditions were encountered at Mathoura Bowling Club this week, a gentle breeze only hampered by a few flies.
Club delegate Stan Limbrick ably assisted by Bruce Papworth had the afternoon well organized.
Both grass greens were full with 26 teams totalling 104 bowlers enjoying competitive and friendly social bowling with plenty of banter going on. It was also good to see Gabby Hayes back on deck.
There were three teams in the final playoff.
The Echuca team led by Skipper Eddy Smith, Nev Mott, Max Tuohill and Bazil Brereton had only two strikes fall by the wayside.
Runners-up the team from Moama.
Skipper Kevin Connolly, John Solomon, Ron Jones and Wayne Whitney had two bowls within the yard stick.
Winners, with three bowls within the yardstick were a mixed team led by Max Kerr of Rich River with Jim Stapleton, John Exton and David Blackburn.
A great afternoon event enjoyed by all.
Next venue at Rochester on Wednesday, November 15. Event starts at 1pm.
Paul McInnes bowls for Kyabram.