City’s se­nior bowlers are best

The Riverine Herald - - SPORT - By Fraser Walker-Pearce LEFT —

CITY of Echuca won the inau­gu­ral Mur­ray Hear­ing Ser­vices Per­pet­ual Shield at Moama Bowl­ing Club on Wed­nes­day.

The ex­clu­sively over-60s com­pe­ti­tion sig­nalled the pen­nant pre-sea­son was well and truly un­der way for many lo­cal clubs, even though the shield was ‘‘only for fun.’’

A fan­tas­tic four skip­pered by Tony Dee­nen, saw Mike Meyer (third), Peter Phy­land (lead) and John Catanese (sec­ond) take the shield with them across the bridge.

The day’s bowl­ing be­gan at 11am and went right through un­til 3pm when a three-bowl win­ners play-off was held be­tween four teams.

City of Echuca de­feated run­ners-up from Mathoura, Barry Ire­land, Merv Lewis, Doug Ber­ry­man and Char­lie Phip­pen.

The Echuca team placed three bowls in­side the yard­stick on their way to vic­tory, while Rich River and Moama played off on an­other lane, but nei­ther got as many bowls in the yard­stick as Echuca.

Eleven clubs, mak­ing 24 teams, were sent from as far away as Ky Val­ley View, Ton­gala and Elmore, to­talling 96 play­ers to Moama’s im­mac­u­late greens for the day’s play.

Or­gan­iser Greg Wat­son said the day went off with­out a hitch and served as a great warm up for some club’s pen­nant sides.

The name of the game was fun, even if the turnout wasn’t as high as he thought it might be.

‘‘With 11 clubs and over 100 play­ers it’s pretty good, but we’re miss­ing a few teams from Lock­ing­ton and Rochester af­ter the sad pass­ing of one of Locky’s club le­gends re­cently,’’ Wat­son said.

The Cam­paspe Val­ley Bowls Divi­sion 2018 sea­son be­gins in the first week of Oc­to­ber, with the mid­week start­ing on Oc­to­ber 5, and the week­end pen­nant the day af­ter. river­ine­

SHIELD WIN­NERS: City of Echuca's Tony Dee­nen (skip), Mike Meyer (third), Peter Phy­land (lead) and John Catanese (sec­ond) won the Mur­ray Hear­ing Ser­vices Per­pet­ual Shield on Wed­nes­day. City of Echuca third Mike Meyer sends down a bowl dur­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

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