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Oc­to­ber 31 KYABRAM played host to Rich River Emus on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 25, on a fine and sunny day.

The Emus had ar­rived early so play was un­der­way by 9.15am.

Echuca Emus had a stronger team on pa­per. Their num­ber one player, Ian Grant, had the low­est hand­i­cap of zero, while their other play­ers were on an eight, nine and 16.

Kyabram’s hand­i­caps were seven, 10, 10 and 11. The use of ‘free shots’ in each game was go­ing to play a big part in this match.

Hand­i­caps may vary from -6 to +20, which al­lows play­ers of dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties to have a more equal chance of suc­cess.

The player with the low­est hand­i­cap, Ian Grant, gave seven free shots to his op­po­nent, Rayleen McDon­ald, who has a seven hand­i­cap.

Kyabram got off to a very good start win­ning three of the first four sin­gles. The games were fairly close, all fin­ish­ing on the sec­ond last (12th) hoop, with only four points the dif­fer­ence.

In the sec­ond round of sin­gles Kyabram was again for­tu­nate to win three games. One game went the full 13 hoops.

Kyabram now had a handy sixtwo lead and only re­quired one game to win the match.

The first round of dou­bles was played be­fore lunch, both teams win­ning a game each, so Kyabram had se­cured the match.

The sec­ond round af­ter lunch saw the Emus pair rally and take out both of the re­main­ing games.

Best player for Kyabram was Mar­garet Sul­li­van, with two sin­gles and one dou­bles to her credit.

Ian Grant, with one sin­gles and two dou­bles, was best player for the Emus RE­SULTS Sin­gles R1: Rayleen McDon­ald lt Ian Grant 5/7, Sue Agosta def Bev Floyd 7/5, Mar­garet Sul­li­van def James Gunn 7/5 and Trudy Ser­afini def Lor­raine Kable 7/5. R2: R McDon­ald d B Floyd 7/4, S Agosta d I Grant 7/4, M Sul­li­van d L Kable 7/3 and T Ser­afini lt J Gunn 6/7.

Dou­bles R1: McDon­ald/Agosta lt Grant/Floyd 4/7 and Sul­li­van/ Ser­afini d Gunn/Kable 7/6. R2: McDon­ald/Sul­li­van lt Grant/Gunn 5/7 and Agosta/Ser­afini lt Floyd/ Kable 3/7.

Fi­nal Score: Kyabram 7/72 de­feated Rich River Emus 5/67.

Thanks go out to John Board­man for his time and ef­fort to help to rec­tify the re­cent prob­lem with the lawn­mower, and the help­ful ad­vice from the bowls main­te­nance crew.

KCC has de­cided to com­mence play ear­lier on Mon­day morn­ings, now that the weather is warm­ing up. Play­ers should be there by 8.30am for a 9am start. New play­ers al­ways wel­come. For any en­quires please ring Rayleen on 5853 2394, or Mar­garet, on 5853 1362. Novem­ber 1 THE weather fore­cast for last Thurs­day, Novem­ber 1, was for 38 de­grees so the Kyabram team sug­gested an early start with Nu­murkah Blue. Play­ers ar­rived by 8am and were on the courts one hour ear­lier than usual.

The first round of sin­gles saw some very good play and it set the theme for the rest of the match. Teams were equal on games, KCC had a four hoop ad­van­tage. Both teams man­aged two games each in the sec­ond round, with Kyabram still ahead on hoops. Due to some very long games play­ers had only just fin­ished their sin­gles by 11.20am. The games had gone for an hour longer over­all, just as well there had been an early start!

It was de­cided to have a quick five-minute break be­fore com­menc­ing the dou­bles. Lunch was to be at the end of the match as the tem­per­a­ture was ris­ing quickly.

The dou­bles games proved to be just as highly con­tested as the sin­gles. Nu­murkah Blue took the first two games, Kyabram needed to take the next two. Un­for­tu­nately it was not to be, the Blues ce­mented the match by tak­ing one more game.

Best play­ers were David Ged­des (NMKB), three games 26 hoops with Trudy Ser­afini (KCC), on two games 26 hoops, to their credit. The high­est score any in­di­vid­ual player can make in a match is 4/28. So close to the per­fect score. Con­grat­u­la­tions to you both, well played. Re­sults (Home team first) Sin­gles R1: Kevin Hansen Lt Rayleen McDon­ald, 2/7; David Ged­des def Mar­garet Sul­li­van 7/4; Rhonda Ged­des lt Sue Agosta 4/7, and Heather Brown d Trudy Ser­afini 7/6.

R2: K Hansen lt M Sul­li­van, 2/7; David Ged­des d R McDon­ald, 7/4; Rhonda Ged­des lt Trudy Ser­afini, 6/7, and Heather Brown d S Agosta, 7/6.

Dou­bles R1: Hansen/ D Ged­des d McDon­ald/ Sul­li­van,7/5, and R Ged­des/Brown d Agosta/ Ser­afini 7/6. R2: Hansen/R Ged­des d McDon­ald/Agosta, 7/4; and D.Ged­des/ Brown lt Sul­li­van/ Ser­afini, 5/7. Fi­nal Score: Nu­murkah Blue, 7/68, de­feated Kyabram, 5/70.

So close, Kyabram had just needed to win one ex­tra of those 13 hoop games.

Great day, good ca­ma­raderie, very close match, all play­ers were ex­hausted but en­joyed a late lunch at 1.30pm.

This week, Novem­ber 8, will see Kyabram travel to De­niliquin to play the top team. Here’s hop­ing it will be a lit­tle cooler, don’t fancy leav­ing home 6.30 am for an early start.

So­cial play is on Mon­days and starts from 8.30am, please come and join us for a fun morn­ing, bring a friend too. All equip­ment is sup­plied but please wear flat soled shoes.

Any en­quiries may be di­rected to Rayleen, ph 5853 2394 or Mar­garet, ph 58531362.

The KCC can also be con­tacted via its email ad­dress at kyabram­cro­quet@gmail.com

The courts are lo­cated at 64-70 Church St, Kyabram op­po­site St Au­gus­tine’s Church.

The fi­nal score was Nu­murkah Blue 7/68 de­feat­ing Kyabram 5/70.

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