Bowls finals, here we come
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.