Midweek DIVISION One were ready for another tough game when they travelled to Shepparton Golf to play the ladder leaders.
Kyabram was pleased with the result when they came away with a 94 shots to 53 win. Maree Boswell’s rink played well as a team and were able to win 38 shots to 14. They started the game with five shots on the first two ends and then steadily built their lead. Bev Button’s rink won 35 shots to 14. They started slowly, drew level on the fourth end and then kept the pressure on for the rest of the game. They did not allow Shepp golf to gain any rhythm. Jenni Dixon’s rink had a harder day. They were down all day and at one stage were 12 shots behind. They won the last four ends to go down by four shots, 21 to 25.
Division two played Tatura at Tatura. Despite two rinks going down, a good win by Terry Thompson’s rink enabled them to win by 13 shots, 79 shots to 66. Jill Barrett’s rink struggled early in the game, gained the lead on the 12th end, lost it again and were down by three shots. They regained the lead on the 20th end but could not hold it and went down 23 shots to 28. Judy Wright’s team were leading 13 shots to 10 on the 16th end. Tatura won the next five ends. Judy’s team rallied but were unable to catch their opponents. They went down 19 shots to 24. Terry Thompson’s rink just did not allow their opponents into the game. They started well and were leading 28 shots to two at lunch. Even though Tatura won seven of the next 12 ends the early lead proved too great. Terry’s rink won 37 shots to 14.
Division three played Shepparton Park at home. They won by 10 shots overall, 67 shots to 57. Jan MacFadyen’s rink was leading early in the game. On the ninth end Shepp Park overtook them and were leading by three shots. Once Shepp Park gained the lead they were able to keep in front and win 25 shots to 15. It was great to see the smile on Dossie Grills face when her team had a win, 25 shots to 16. Her team struggled early, but on the seventh end they took the lead. They won 10 out of the next 18 ends to hold their lead for a good win. Jeanette Breen’s rink also had a win 27 shots to 16. They took the lead early in the game and did not allow their opponents to get back in the game.
Division five travelled to Seymour and had a win 47 shots to 32. Rhonda Woodcock’s rink lost 15 shots to 19. The scores were even, two shots each on the fourth end. Seymour were then able to draw away to hold a nine-shot lead on the 16th end. Rhonda’s team fought back and won seven of the next 10 ends, to go down by four shots. Win Crilly’s team had a good day. On the 13th end they were leading 19 shots to four. They just did not let their opponents into the game and powered away to win 32 shots to 13.
Kyabram bowls report was not submitted this week.
60 and over
BEAUTIFUL sunny weather greeted the 120 bowlers who competed at Tongala Bowls Club this week. Even 105-year-old Jim Stapleton was wearing shorts and put a number of others to shame. Following a fantastic day we had six teams of three game winners. The play-off was tight with the team of John Soloman, Ron Jones, George Alabama and Wayne Whitney from Moama finishing runner-up. The winners were Harry Holmberg, George Holmberg, Phil Brock and Charlie Williams from Elmore with six in the yard stick. Next week is Echuca Mazda Cup at Echuca.
VALLEY View midweek pennant was played at Valley View in cool conditions. Welcome to Marilyn West who played her first game of bowls. J Bauerle, M West, N Findlay, H Emery were defeated by M Meulenkamp 21/27. N Saunders, L Busch, B Carling, M Topp were defeated by D Hogan 11/33. Thanks to Rod Donohue, who at short notice had the greens prepared for an hour earlier start. Also thanks to Frank and company who cut all the hedges and blossom, a big relief to asthma sufferers. Weekend pennant Valley View travelled to Echuca, with Echuca proving far too strong for them. G Squires, R Donohue, F Findlay, B Greenaway were defeated by J Hollowood 7/30. This Echuca team included Jim Stapleton, playing with the help of an arm who is 105-years-old. N Tomasini, K Hastie, G Topp, C White were defeated in a close game by M Bennett 18/22.
New player Barry Brown skippered a team of G Beamish, R. Varcoe, D Cavell going down to J Aitken 17/40.
WINNERS were grinners for the first time this year when the division four team defeated their southern friends, Avenel, by 20 shots. The club managed to win three of the four rinks to finally get a decent score on the board. The green was running 16 seconds and proved a handful for those who wouldn’t take enough grass. Green keeper Rob Dennis is planning to have the green at its peak for the Vic Open which starts in Merrigum on Friday, November 16.
Our biggest winner for the day was the new combination of Rob Dennis, Greg Pell, Neil Gardiner and Chris French who defeated David Furletti by 19 shots. This rink had to be cobbled together by the selectors as three of our regular players were unavailable. They led comfortably all day and at the start of the ‘championship’ ends held a lead of 11 shots. Over the last ends they managed to add another nine shots to their opponents single shot. Well done. This will give the selectors something to think about.
Joe Chant, Graeme Hubble, Abby Earl and Carmen Quattrocchi met Dennis McGregor and won by seven shots. They led from the very first end and were able to maintain this margin without ever looking like having a much better win. In their last five ends they could only score one single while the opposition scored five shots but this wasn’t enough to change the result.
Jim Arthur’s rink of Barry Parsons, Noreen Earl and Rob Carver also won by seven shots. They were matched up with Howard Geldard. It was very pleasing to see Barry Parsons back playing at Merrigum. Barry was one of our better bowlers for years and we certainly appreciate him coming back to the fold. Jim’s rink got away to a great start and led by 12 shots after the 10th end. To their credit the Avenel rink staged a comeback to narrow the margin to seven shots at the end of the game. Thanks to Noreen for helping us out once again.
Wayne Shepherd, Stan Coldwell, John Gilbert and Sparks McMeeken were no match for Noel Slater and went down by 13 shots. Last week these boys were our only winner so it is funny how quickly things change. Avenel started confidently and led by five shots after 10 ends. Not to be outdone Merrigum hit back to level the game after 16 ends. However, over the final ends the home team were outscored by 17 shots to four.
The members had a very enjoyable time on Sunday with Graeme Hubble providing lunch. I fear for some of the men who may be worried about the wives’ reaction to this man’s skills. Thanks to Graeme and his family for being such generous hosts.
We still need to have more items for the final hampers.
We have four days of the Vic Open on November 16-19. It will be necessary to have all hands on deck so please make yourself available when asked to assist.
On Tuesday night we hosted ‘ladies in black’ at the Plaza and it was a great success. Thanks to Lee and Maureen for all their work and those who supported us.
Mid-week had another good win at Mooroopna. They won two rinks and scored 14 points to two. Winning skippers were Lee and Donna. Maureen missed out narrowly.
Our Christmas break up will be catered for at the club on Saturday, December, 15. Cost is $25 per head and we will need to know our numbers at least a week before this date. We can guarantee you a fun night for all. Meal will be served at 7pm.
Merrigum division four vs Dookie at Dookie. P Hoare G Pell B Parsons J Arthur (s). C Quattrocchi G Hubble W Shepherd J Chant (s). C French N Gardiner D Pettifer R Dennis (s). B McMeeken J Gilbert S Coldwell G Mott.
Be at rooms by 11.45am. Cars: J Chant, J Arthur, W Shepherd, R Dennis.