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
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’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