SPORT Wangaratta falls to Yarrawonga/Mulwala, suffers first defeat of O&M bowls season
WANGARATTA’S perfect start to the Ovens and Murray Bowls Association season is over after the club’s A1 side suffered a disappointing loss at home to Yarrawonga on Saturday afternoon.
Wangaratta was in trouble early with Terry Johnson’s rink well down against Ian Woods, Greg McDonald’s rink trailed Tyson Cromie and Ian Brimblecombe had his hands full with Kevin Evans’ rink holding a four-shot lead after six ends.
Maurie Braden’s rink was the only home rink in front early and along with Gary Fenlon, Tom Morrow and Graeme Smith they continued to lead Tim Cromie all day to post a close but comfortable two shot win (21-19).
Brimblecombe, Mark Bell, John Laskovas and Ron McAuliffe turned things around against Evans winning eight of the last 10 ends to run out convincing winners (34-20).
McDonald’s rink hit the lead against Cromie but dropped nine shots in two consecutive ends to once again fall behind and despite a strong finish they fell short by just one shot (26-27).
Johnson’s rink, however, was powerless to stop Woods’ rink who careered away to post a match winning margin of 20 shots (37-11).
Scores: Wangaratta 4/92 defeated by Yarrawonga 14/103.
Wangaratta travel to Yarrawonga/Mulwala GCR next week. A3: Wangaratta struggled to come to terms with the much smaller Rutherglen greens on Saturday.
Leon Quartermain piloted Otto Cardamone, Bob McCalman and Fred Herman to a four shot win ((23-19) and Gerald Brown, Klaus Kazenwadel, Ken Essenhigh and Stan Siejka managed to sneak one shot on the last end to get up (21-20).
Terry Corrigan’s rink fell by nine shots to Jan Fisher (1524), and Peter Selwood’s rink were beaten in a close game against Ian Humphrey (20-24).
Final scores: Wangaratta 4/80 defeated by Rutherglen 14/88.
Wangaratta A3 will play Yackandandah at home next week. A4: Wangaratta are struggling to keep up the pace in the A4 section this season and Saturday was no exception as visitors Benalla showed them a clean pair of heels.
Angelo Ippoliti along with Ray Anderson, Lance Jenkin and Heather Coyle put up a good showing but fell away over the last five ends to lose (20-25), but that was as close as Wang got to winning a rink as Lyn Kahlefeldt (16-24), Norm Baker (16-33) and Isobel Smith (20-35) were all on the wrong side of the ledger.
Final Scores: Wangaratta 0/72 defeated by Benalla 18/117.
Wangaratta A4 will play Milawa away next week B1: Wangaratta was no match for St James on Saturday.
Last year’s premiers won all rinks against the visitors with Ken Farrell (19-29) and Ken Marks (16-36) never in contention.
Beatrice Powley, along with Max Bennet, Graeme Norman and John Kerr, made life difficult for Neville Hewson’s rink before going down by five (24-29).
Final Scores: Wangaratta 0/59 defeated by St James 14/94.
Wangaratta B1 will play Tungamah at home next week.