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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

Val­ley View

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

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.

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