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IT WAS a suc­cess­ful week­end for Kyabram Bowls Club on the green as all 4 di­vi­sions won their games, and all still look­ing to make the fi­nals. How­ever, the high­light was the scor­ing of an 8 by Di­vi­sion 4 play­ers Garry Hawk­ing, Tom Pol­glaze, Ge­off Hock­ing and Rob Bar­rett against their Shep­par­ton RSL op­po­nents, played at Shep­par­ton Park. They will re­ceive an “8” badge each for their ef­forts.

Di­vi­sion 1 played Nagam­bie at Nagam­bie on their car­pet greens. Phil Den­ham’s rink was trail­ing at the half­way mark by 1, how­ever were too strong against Daniel Ni­chols win­ning by 5, 22-17. Greg Shilling and his rink played the Goul­burn Val­ley’s un­der 25 cham­pion in Jack Spencer, win­ning 33-17. Rob Ge­orge had a tight tus­sle against Brett Spargo, lead­ing by 8 at smoko, how­ever his op­po­nents made a charge late in the day to have a draw 26 all. David Cartwright, who was lead­ing skip­per of the year prior to this round, was dom­i­nant in the first half against Paul Ni­chols, how­ever af­ter the break, they only scored 10 more shots and lost 21/27.

Di­vi­sion 2 played at home against Mooroopna who are sit­ting in the top 4. Peter O’Brien’s rink won 10 ends for the day and went down by 12 shots, 16-28. Jim Oliver’s rink didn’t score un­til the 5th end when they picked up a shot, and al­though they picked up 11 shots in the last 6 ends, it was too late go­ing down 18-31. It didn’t look like a win was in sight, how­ever John Hausler’s rink was too strong for their op­po­nents win­ning 29/22. The last rink to fin­ish skip­pered by Jenni Dixon played a dom­i­nant dis­play of bowls and af­ter 24 ends were lead­ing 32/14, which made the score over­all a tie with 1 end to play. Jenni and her team were suc­cess­ful in pick­ing up another 2 in the last end to win by 2 over­all, a great win.

Di­vi­sion 4 played Shep­par­ton RSL with all 4 rinks hav­ing suc­cess. Mary Greco’s rink was too good for their op­po­nents only los­ing 7 ends for the day, and pick­ing up 12 shots in the last 6 ends to win by 26. Brian Lind­say’s rink started well win­ning the first 7 ends and were lead­ing 15-0, how­ever their op­po­nents re­duced the mar­gin by 7 at the end of the day, with Lind­say’s rink win­ning 27-20. Ted Hazel­man’s rink was even af­ter 8 ends, how­ever a 5 and a cou­ple of 4’s along the way helped them win by 5 shots, 30-25. Garry Hawk­ing’s rink had a suc­cess­ful day and with an 8 hap­pen­ing on the 7th end and a 6 on the 10th end, they eas­ily won by 12 shots, 34/22.

Di­vi­sion 6 played at home against Mooroopna, with a win and a loss. Graeme Wood­cock’s rink were too strong for their op­po­nents lead­ing by 14 af­ter 12 ends and con­tin­u­ing a dom­i­nant dis­play to win by 22, 38 to 16. Stan Mcin­tosh’s team scored 1 shot on the 1st end and then didn’t score again un­til the 10th end, when they were trail­ing 13/2. They picked up 6 shots in the last 2 ends to go down 16-23.

Di­vi­sion 1 moved to top of the lad­der af­ter a 15/3 win and Di­vi­sion 6 are sit­ting 10 points clear of Sey­mour. Di­vi­sion 2 are sit­ting in 6th spot, 17 points from 4th spot and Di­vi­sion 4 are sit­ting in equal 3rd with 3 weeks to go in the Home and Away se­ries.

On Sun­day the Club held its an­nual Honour­board 4’s event. With the 14 rinks full, fine weather and the greens filled with colour­ful bowls, made it for a suc­cess­ful event. Win­ners of the day were John Dag­ger, David Daws, Brad Orr, Com­mon­wealth games bound Josh Thorn­ton in a play off from a Ton­gala team lead by Peter Tin­ning. Mid­week pen­nant Well done to Jill Bar­rett and Marg Cox who rep­re­sented our club in the Cham­pion of Cham­pion Pairs event held at Shep­par­ton Park on Wed­nes­day 31st of Jan­uary. They played well, came up against some tough op­po­si­tion and un­for­tu­nately did not progress to the se­cond round.

Di­vi­sion 1 trav­elled to Rush­worth and came away with a win, a loss and a draw. This game was played in try­ing con­di­tions, with the wind cre­at­ing prob­lems on a fast-mov­ing green. Ma­ree Boswell’s rink of Mia Nowosad, Joe Greco and Marg Cox were lead­ing 10 shots to 6 af­ter ten ends. Rush­worth slowly worked their way back into the game and lev­elled the scores 10 shots all on the four­teenth end. Kyabram then built a small lead, only to be caught again on the eigh­teenth end. Af­ter that the lead see-sawed and on the se­cond last end Kyabram were three shots down. They were able to score three shots and the fi­nal score was a draw, 19 shots all. Jenni Dixon’s rink of He­len Chap­man, Mal Wil­liams and Marg Ge­orge bat­tled all day. They were down on the score card for most of the game, with the score be­ing Kyabram 7 shots to Rush­worth 14 shots af­ter twelve ends. Jenni’s team then scored on seven of the next eight ends to take the lead 17 shots to 16 on the twen­ti­eth end. Then Rush­worth were able to tie the score 19 shots all on the se­cond last end. Jenni’s team scored 1 shot on the last end to win 20 shots to 19. Bev But­ton’s team of Graeme King, Keith But­ton and Mary Greco had a very tough game and were also down in the early part of the game. They were able to lift their game and come within 1 shot by the thir­teenth end. Rush­worth pulled away again, but Bev’s team fought back once again and lev­elled the scores 23-all on the 22nd end. Un­for­tu­nately, Rush­worth scored 5 shots over the last three ends and Kyabram went down 23 shots to 28. The over­all score was Kyabram 62 shots to Rush­worth 66 shots.

Di­vi­sion 2 hosted Stan­hope, but the game was aban­doned due to in­clement weather.

Di­vi­sion 3 hosted Sey­mour and had one rink win­ning and two rinks los­ing, the fi­nal score be­ing Kyabram 75 shots to Sey­mour 82. Lois Fer­gu­son’s rink of Fran King, Jan Beamish and Bev Fader­sen had a good win, 42 shots to 18. Lois’s rink started well and kept the pres­sure on all game. By the twelfth end they were lead­ing 23 shots to 7. Sey­mour did not score again un­til the nine­teenth end and by this time the score was 35 shots to 8. Even though Sey­mour outscored Kyabram over the last six ends, Lois and her team won com­fort­ably. Mar­i­lyn Anset’s team of Norma Hate­ley, Rob Bar­rett and Brian Lind­say suf­fered an iden­ti­cal loss, 35 shots to 11. Mar­i­lyn’s team found it very hard to score and were 22 shots to 5 down af­ter fifteen ends. Sey­mour were able to keep scor­ing and Kyabram were not. De­spite scor­ing 5 shots over the clos­ing stages they were un­able to make any dent in the op­po­si­tion’s lead. Jan Mac­Fadyen’s team of Joe Por­tia, Ted Hazel­man and Nardo DiPetta had a close game early and the scores were tied 9 shots all on the tenth end. Sey­mour scored 6 shots on the next end and this was the dif­fer­ence for the rest of the game. Jan’s team tried hard to get to the lead again, but were un­able to, go­ing down 22 shots to 29.

Di­vi­sion 5 hosted Mooroopna, this game was also aban­doned due to in­clement weather.

Di­vi­sion 1 Vs East Shepp Away Leave 12.30pm. Cars: D Bos­wood, K Bea­con , K Hub­ble, P Den­ham

Teams: G King, K Hub­ble, P McInnes, D Cartwright (s). W Mack­rell, K Bea­con, G Thorn­ley, G Shilling (s). D Bos­wood, C Preddy, K But­ton, R Ge­orge (s). R Sceney, J Greco, M Wil­liams, P Den­ham (s).

Divi­son 2 v Euroa Away Leave 11.45am. Cars: H Chap­man, J Por­tia, R Anset, K Ris­strom

Teams: P Lo­mas, J Por­tia, M Nowasad, J Oliver (s). I Ge­orge, K Ris­strom, D O'Brien, P O'Brien (s). R Anset, P Ken­dall, J Hausler, N Red­drop (s). H Chap­man, M Hate­ley, B But­ton, J Dixon (s).

Di­vi­sion 4 v Dookie Home. Teams: C Napier, J Board­man, N Dipetta, T Hazel­man (s). L Comer, O Cartwright, J Wright, T Thom­son(s). T Pol­gaze, G Hock­ing, M Boswell, G Hawk­ing (s). J McInnes, J Cartwright, M Steven, M Greco (s). Di­vi­sion 6 Vs Avenel Away Leave 11.45. Cars: R Bar­rett, B Evens. Teams: N Cartwright, B Evens, J Bar­rett, G Wood­cock (s). N Thom­son, L Dil­lon, S McIn­tosh, R Bar­rett (s). Duty Peo­ple: M Greco. Bar Duty: G Hock­ing, G Hawk­ing. Mem­bers Draw 6pm $35. BBQ: 6.30pm $5

Val­ley View

Women OUR ladies beat Ton­gala on Fri­day, well done, men beat Rochester on Satur­day, well done, ladies play Echuca on Fri­day. Teams: M Topp, L Bush, F Gol­lan, B Car­ling(s). H Emery, B Lyon, J Bauerie, N Fin­lay(s) at Val­ley View. Men play Ton­gala at Ton­gala, D Cavell, R Var­coe, F Fin­lay, B Green­away(s). P Lyon, R Dono­hue, G Beamish, M Finn(s). G Topp, G Squires, N To­masini, C White(s). Good bowl­ing to all.

Mer­rigum

MER­RIGUM’S di­vi­sion four played top team Dookie at Mer­rigum and won by 5 shots. The rinks were split but Mer­rigum just manged to do enough to gain the valu­able 10 points for the win.

The Sixes hosted Stan­hope at home also but lost by 13 shots. They lost on both rinks.

Jim Arthur's four of Graeme Hub­ble, Greg Pell and Peter War­bur­ton played D Smith and won by 13 shots. All play­ers made a con­tri­bu­tion but spe­cial praise by the skip­per to leader Graeme Hub­ble. He had an ex­cel­lent game. This is a very strong four and if we can keep them set­tled they will be a big in­flu­ence on our chances of play­ing fi­nals this year. Af­ter 15 ends a sin­gle shot sep­a­rated the two teams but in the next 5 ends the lo­cals picked up 15 shots to gain an un­beat­able lead. Well done!

John Firmer, Wayne Shep­herd, John Gil­bert and Peter Hoare drew Bill Kirkby and won by 6 shots. With 4 ends to play a sin­gle shot saw Mer­rigum hold­ing onto a nar­row lead. How­ever they picked up 6 shots on the last 2 ends to have a good win.

Joe Chant, Rob Den­nis, Abby Earl and Car­men Qu­at­troc­chi played Swanny and lost by 2 shots. Mer­rigum led by 4 shots at smoko and all play­ers were do­ing enough to de­serve the lead. Af­ter smoko they dropped 8 shots in 3 ends and never ac­tu­ally re­cov­ered. With 4 ends to play they trailed by 8 shots and to their credit they picked up 6 shots over the last four ends to lose by 2 shots. This was a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ing, as the game was cer­tainly in their grasp for a large part of the day.

In the fi­nal game Gary Mott made a cameo ap­pear­ance as fillin skip­per for David Pet­tifer, who had another en­gage­ment. Gary had Stan Cold­well, Neil Gar­diner, and Barry McMeeken and played Speed Ryan. They tried hard all day but lost 12 shots. It was great to have Gary back play­ing but it won’t be for too long as he is off cruis­ing in late Fe­bru­ary.

The sixes had new skip­per Ken Phillips play­ing with Rob Carver, Noreen Earl and Chris French. They played Gavin Poole and lost by 8 shots. They picked up a pair of fives on ends 19 and 20 but still couldn’t reel in the lead held by Stan­hope. Ken was ex­hausted af­ter the game but is keen to fire up again af­ter the bye.

John Bai­ley, Clive Bax­ter and the two Al­lans, Den­nis and Roberts, were up against Clar­rie Weller and lost by 5 shots. The scores were level af­ter 10 ends but then Stan­hope grad­u­ally pulled away and won by 5 shots.

Don’t for­get our bus trip to Mul­wala on Sun­day 11th. Bus leaves Kyabram at 9am and Mer­rigum at 9.15am. Cost is still only $5 for the trip and a two course meal. Ring John on 0447 711 842 or Betty on 5853 1864.

The Ethel Younger is on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 25 be­gin­ning at 1pm. Cost of en­try is $5 and please bring a plate.

Mid week were washed out on Tues­day. Bet­ter luck this week.

Di­vi­sion Four ver­sus Murchi­son at Mer­rigum

K Phillips, A Earl, R Den­nis, J Chant (s). P Hoare, J Gil­bert, W Shep­herd, J Firmer (s). G Hub­ble, G Pell, P War­bur­ton, J Arthur (s). B McMeeken, G Mott, S Cold­well, D Pet­tifer (s). Be at rooms by 12.45pm

Duty Rink: D Pet­tifer. Di­vi­sion Six have the bye.

60 and over Cam­paspe bowls

IT WAS a pleas­ant re­turn to much cooler weather con­di­tions at Kyabram Bowl­ing Club for the last day of Jan­uary 2018. Sunny clear skies with no sign of rain clouds. How­ever as the morn­ing pro­gressed so did strong, gusty winds.

Two grass greens were in full use for our 112 bowlers ea­ger to play three games of the day.

Dur­ing a short break af­ter the se­cond game com­ments were rife from our bowlers. The very strong winds were send­ing the bowls off in all di­rec­tions and the force of the wind made some bowlers walk back­wards! One of our Moama bowlers, Brian Kirk, top­pled over but only his pride was hurt.

Mitch Evans and Les Grills were the hosts for the day and Eddy Smith — our vice pres­i­dent — thanked the Kyabram ladies for af­ter­noon tea.

There were six three-game win­ners.

Run­ners-up were the Rochester team with five bowls within the yard stick.

D Thom­son, D Mar­shall, Ge­orge, R Spanger(s).

Win­ning team was Kyabram, B O’Mera, M Hate­ley, R Anset, K But­ton(s).

Thanks to all at Kyabram for another en­joy­able days bowl­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

At­ten­tion to all bowlers of a change in venue.

Bowl­ing on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 14 will be at Echuca BC. Bowl­ing on Wed­nes­day, March 21 will be at Moama BC. Echuca is this week’s venue, 11am start to­day. I

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