Bowls fi­nals, here we come

McIvor Times - - SPORTS -

HEATHCOTE’S divi­sion four played se­cond-placed Ea­gle­hawk and recorded a big 38-shot win to se­cure top spot on the pen­nant lad­der de­spite two more weeks to be played.

Divi­sion six trav­elled to Golden Square need­ing to win but a four-shot loss makes it dif­fi­cult to make the fi­nals. Divi­sion four Heathcote 110 d Ea­gle­hawk 72: Greg Speirs 28 d R Smith 19; John McGil­livray 23 d J Sim­monds 20; Deryl Bin­ney 34 d W Ho­p­ley 18; Bill Gardiner 25 d R Saw­ers 15.

Af­ter an even start, Greg Speirs led by eight shots af­ter 13 ends.

The scores were level on the 17th end but Speirs’ team took con­trol to win by nine shots.

John McGil­livray had an even game with scores level on 11th, 18th and 20th ends.

His team won three of the last five ends to win by three shots.

Deryl Bin­ney made a good start to lead by eight shots af­ter eight ends.

His team con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate, win­ning the last two ends to record a big 16-shot win.

Bill Gardiner made an even start with scores level af­ter 15 ends.

His team then took con­trol, los­ing only three more ends and won by 10 shots. Divi­sion six Heathcote 81 lost to Golden Square 85: Keith Brown 15 lost to A Lowes 26; Ray An­der­son 24 lost to T Cope 28; Eileen O’Brien 23 d W Ham­blin 7; Neville Smith 19 lost to M Gruzz 24.

Keith Brown made an even start with scores level on the fourth and 14th ends.

His team then strug­gled, win­ning only three more ends to lose by 11 shots.

Ray An­der­son made a good start, scor­ing seven shots on the fifth end to lead by 10 shots.

An­der­son’s team then strug­gled, los­ing the next four ends and fi­nally went down by four shots.

Eileen O’Brien lost the first end but then won 13 of the next 16 ends to lead by 11 shots.

Her team lost only two mores to win by 16 shots.

Neville Smith made a poor start and trailed by nine shots af­ter seven ends.

His team fought back, win­ning the last two ends to go down by five shots.

Week­end pen­nant teams Divi­sion four v South Bendigo away DE Bin­ney(s), G Baker, D Glee­son, P Cun­ning­ham; B Tay­lor (s), C Mor­com, H Daw­son, J Gra­ham; J McGil­livray (s), G Saun­ders, F Dimauro, V Keogh; G Speirs (s), G Wilkie, B Cail, R Han­son. Side cap­tain: G Speirs. Bus leaves at 12.30pm. Divi­sion six v Marong at home: B Gardiner (s), J Hut­son, K Reader, O Meuller; N Smith (s), J Sal­is­bury, L Mo­rante, L Jef­frey; R An­der­son (s), R Davies, A Perry, L Tat­ter­sall; K Brown (s), E O’Brien, T Aylett, D Kil­ner. Team cap­tain: K Brown. Duty team: K Brown.

The mid­week pen­nant team trav­elled to play fourth-placed Castle­maine and, af­ter a slow start, went on to win by 19 shots to se­cure top place on the lad­der with only one more game to be played be­fore the fi­nals. Heathcote 81 d Castle­maine 62: Rae Craig 26 d J Lorong 22; Eileen O’Brien 28 d M Guest 24; Chris Cail 27 d B McLean 16.

Rae Craig made an even start with scores level on the sev­enth, 17th, 20th and again on the 24th end.

Craig’s team won the game by scor­ing four shots on the last end.

Eileen O’Brien lost the first end but then won the next four to lead by 12 shots af­ter 11 ends.

O’Brien’s team then strug­gled, los­ing the next five ends but held on to win by four shots.

Chris Cail had an even start with scores level af­ter 10 ends.

Her team grad­u­ally took con­trol and, de­spite los­ing the last end, recorded an 11-shot win.

Mid­week pen­nant team Heathcote v Bridgewater at home: C Cail (s), D An­der­son, M Tat­ter­sall, H Baker; R Craig (s), D Cu­ta­jar, C Smith, M Wright; E O’Brien (s), J McDon­ald, D Finn, L Speirs. Side cap­tain: C Cail. Duty team: C Cail.

On Sun­day in warm con­di­tions, 12 teams con­tested the Com­mer­cial Ho­tel DM Bin­ney me­mo­rial tour­na­ment.

Vis­it­ing teams in­cluded play­ers from Sey­mour, Wood­bury, South Bendigo, Rush­worth, Glen­roy, Craigieburn and Bac­chus Marsh.

Af­ter four games of 10 ends, only one team had won its four games.

The win­ning team from Heathcote was Deryl Bin­ney (s), Greg Speirs and Grant Baker.

Run­ners-up was an­other Heathcote team skip­pered by Roy Davies.

The bowl­ing club con­grat­u­lates Deryl Bin­ney on win­ning the tour­na­ment named af­ter his father and thanks the Com­mer­cial Ho­tel for its con­tin­ued spon­sor­ship.

Com­ing events To­day: mixed so­cial bowls at 1pm. Tonight: com­mit­tee meet­ing at 7pm. To­mor­row: pen­nant prac­tice and club bar­be­cue. Satur­day: week­end pen­nant. Mon­day: mid­week pen­nant. Tues­day: so­cial pen­nant at 7pm.

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