Tatura’s division two were up against this year’s powerhouse side Tallygaroopna and although not completely thrashed were not able to inflict any pain on the visitors.
Tallygaroopna have recruited some top talent this year and will be setting the benchmark in division two of Goulburn Valley Lawn Bowls.
At the 20th end of each rink Tatura was up by 11 shots overall but got overrun in the conclusive ends.
Jason Carter (S), Wally Sinclair, Terry Gale and Josh LeSueur seemed to have Tally’s Mick Hanna’s side under control when leading 14 to 1 and in front all day but ended with a draw 24-all.
Nick Boyd v Terry Serafini dropped 11 shots in the last six ends to lose by five shots 22 to 27 and similarly Peter Wallis lost nine shots in the last five ends to go down to Joe Lia by six shots 21 to 27.
John Attwood against the capable Mark Ryan was level 20-all on the 21st end but was out-scored seven shots to one to go down by six shots 21 to 27.
Although losing overall 88 to 105 and scoring just one point for the draw, the club should see where the last five ends cost them dearly.
Tatura’s division six playing away to Shepparton Golf saw a complete reversal of the division two result with Tatura scoring on three rinks on the last end, a total of 12 shots which shot them into the lead with an overall win 67 to 63 and 14 points to 2.
Darryn Carpenter played Frank O’Meara and leading from the start was never headed winning by seven shots 22 to 15.
Paul Hussey was being well held in his match with John Clurey who was holding an eight-shot lead on the 19th end.
Hussey’s mob, with 13 shots to one including a big five on the last end, came away with a stirring victory by four shots, 26 to 22.
Dave Westin was being belted by Gary Grant and with only three ends to play was only half Grant’s total 13 to 26.
Winning the last three ends and scoring six shots propelled them to a small loss 19 to 26.
However Westin’s rink of Colin Johnson, Jeff Hussey and Graham Andrus, who bowled brilliantly all day, had the pressure of the last day’s play.
Going into the last end with the other rinks completed the scores were tied and the final end result was to determine the overall winner.
With Andrus putting two on the cake and with all eyes on skipper Westin who was full of confidence, the Tatura rink grabbed four shots for a stirring overall victory.
Players note, the first round of the Club Championship is to be completed by Monday, November 12.
Annually as a lead-up to the lawn bowls pennant competition in the Goulburn Valley Bowls Association, Tatura Bowls Club conducts among members a two bowls competition in a sectional format with the winners in each section playing off in the finals.
The format is an excellent way for bowlers to train with just two bowls in a serious and competitive manner. The champion on the day is recognised with his name inscribed on the Jim Coombs Perpetual Trophy.
This year’s keenly fought competition saw Nick Tziros prevail against Jason Carter in the final.
— John Crilly
Congratulations to Graham Smith for receiving life membership to Hill Top Golf and Bowls Club. Over many years Graham has given much of his time in assisting the club where he was able to. Well done Graham.
Midweek pennant saw a great win in division one against Shepparton Park, 106-16 to 49-0.
Also division three proved too strong for Seymour winning 81-1455-2.
Division four had a close game only going down to top team Nagambie by one shot.
In a great result, division one team Lyn Nicholson 37-2 defeated Bev Cahill 16.
Jeanette Overall had a great win against Marika Armstrong 33-2 15 and Maria Warner’s win against Di Hands 36-18 completed a clean sweep.
This moves Hill Top into third position on the division one ladder
Division three are also in third position on the ladder after a convincing win against Seymour 81-14 - 55-2.
Marg McGurgan’s team, which included Sue Nihill, Glenda Smith, and Bruce Durston took out the coach’s award winning by 26 shots.
Sue Moreton had a close game winning 23-21 against B. Plum and Robyn Downs just missed out on a win losing by two shots to A. Cassar.
Division four’s game was neckand-neck, with the visitors Nagambie winning by one shot, 65-64.
Chris Popple defeated F. Smith 23-20; Dot Clement went down on the last end to L. Sinden 20-22; and Betty Durston also lost the chance to win by not scoring on the last two ends to lose 21-23.
Saturday pennant saw division one being defeated by top team Kyabram 97-76.
Murray Stark’s rink was the only winner for the day; L. Farrell 20-21, J.Tinning 16-28 and Jock Hicks 13-29.
Division three had a good win against Mooroopna 98-72; Maria Warner’s rink 28-13, Ken Parks 21-19, Garry Mansfield 28-25 and Mike Power 21-25.
Division four Dookie was too strong for Hill Top 93-67; Barry Ibbott 22-20, Ray Flett 14-20; Laurie Merritt 16-21 and Andy Willaton 15-32.
Division six had a great win defeating Mooroopna Golf 92-48; Peter Ibbott 22-20, Mike Shay 28-20, and winning the coach’s award was John Clement 35-11.
Division seven Avenel were the winners 50-37; Robert Ferguson 20-27 and G. Trevaskis 17-23.
Well done Jeanette Overall, Di Downie, Lyn Nicholson and Sue Moreton reaching the Goulburn Valley versus the Ovens and Murray Challenge Day on Friday, November 9 at Shepparton Park.
A reminder to all players taking part in the Club Championships to check the dates for each round to be completed.
No midweek pennant this week due to Melbourne Cup but Saturday pennant is on this Saturday.
The unveiling of our new uniforms sparked the Murchison players to give it their best shot against the favourite East Shepparton mob, and this they did proudly.
Two rinks drew — Jim Tweddle and Derek Anderson. The other two won by two shots each — Gordon Thompson and Michael Harris.
A great morale booster for the small-numbered club.
The Saturday pennant now has 19 players to select from, allowing three bankers each week on a rest/rotation basis.
It has been many years since Murchison has had that luxury, which will come in handy for our elderly gentlemen as the weather heats up.
Winners were grinners for the first time this year when the division four team defeated their southern friends, Avenel, by 20 shots.
We managed to win three of the four rinks to finally get a decent score on the board.
The green was running 16 seconds and proved a handful for those who wouldn’t take enough grass.
Green keeper Rob Dennis is planning to have the green at its peak for the Vic Open which begins in Merrigum on Friday, November 16.
Our biggest winner for the day was the new combination of Rob Dennis, Greg Pell, Neil Gardiner and Chris French who defeated David Furletti by 19 shots.
This rink had to be cobbled together by the selectors as three of our regular players were unavailable.
They led comfortably all day and at the start of the championship ends held a lead of 11 shots.
On the last ends they managed to add another nine shots to their opponent’s single shot. Well done! This will give the selectors something to think about.
Joe Chant, Graeme Hubble, Abby Earl and Carmen Quattrocchi met Dennis McGregor and won by seven shots. They led from the first end and were able to maintain this margin without ever looking like having a much better win.
In their last five ends they could only score one single while the opposition scored five shots but this wasn’t enough to change the result.
Jim Arthur’s rink of Barry Parsons, Noreen Earl and Rob Carver also won by seven shots. They were matched up with Howard Geldard.
It was pleasing to see Barry Parsons back playing at Merrigum. Barry was one of our better bowlers for years and we certainly appreciate him coming back to the fold.
Jim’s rink got away to a great start and led by 12 shots after the 10th end. To their credit the Avenel rink staged a comeback to narrow the margin to seven shots at the end of the game. Thanks to Noreen for helping us out once again.
Wayne Shepherd, Stan Coldwell, John Gilbert and Sparks McMeeken were no match for Noel Slater and went down by 13 shots.
Last week these boys were our only winner so it is funny how quickly things change.
Avenel started confidently and led by five shots after 10 ends. Not to be outdone Merrigum hit back to level the game after 16 ends. However over the final ends the home team were outscored by 17 shots to four.
On Sunday we enjoyed a great afternoon as the guests of member Graeme Hubble who provided us with a scrumptious lunch and a tour of his beautiful gardens. It is a great credit to Graeme for the way he looks after such a huge area.
The members had an enjoyable time but I fear some of the men may be worried about the wives’ reaction to this man’s skills. Thanks to Graeme and his family for being such generous hosts.
The hamper raffle is going along well but we still need to have more items for the final hampers.
We have four days of the Vic Open from November 16 to 19. It will be necessary to have all hands on deck so please make yourself available when asked to assist.
On Tuesday night we hosted Ladies in Black at the Plaza and it was a great success. Thanks to Lee and Maureen for all their work and those who supported us.
Midweek had another good win at Mooroopna. They won two rinks and scored 14 points to 2. Winning skippers were Lee and Donna. Maureen missed out narrowly.
Our Christmas break-up will be catered for at the club on Saturday, December 15. Cost will be $25/head and we will need to know our numbers at least a week before this date. We can guarantee a fun night. Meal will be served at 7 pm.
— Young Joe