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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.