Jam-packed week­end

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Be­nalla was one of 20 Bowls Clubs across the Goul­burn Val­ley re­gion to host the Steller Vic­to­rian Open for 2018.

Kick­ing off on Fri­day with the Mixed Pairs event, it started a jam packed week­end of bowls ac­tion in Be­nalla with the Men’s Sin­gles and Men’s Pairs played out on the greens.

Since start­ing in 2011, the Steller Vic­to­rian Open has be­come a pop­u­lar play­ing des­ti­na­tion for pro­fes­sional and grass­roots bowlers, with the event con­tin­u­ing to strengthen.

‘‘To see how far the event has come over the past sev­eral years is sim­ply re­mark­able,’’ Bowls Vic­to­ria chief ex­ec­u­tive Graeme Bridge said.

‘‘This year, the number of clubs has been ex­tended due to the in­creased de­mand for play­ing spots.

‘‘Once again, all clubs have made their fa­cil­i­ties avail­able to Bowls Vic­to­ria to as­sist with host­ing the Steller Vic­to­rian Open and for this we are very grate­ful.’’

This year the event took 1886 en­tries, equat­ing to about 3442 bowlers com­pet­ing over sec­tional events for the first four days of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Sun­shine and high-qual­ity bowls bought crowds to the Be­nalla Bowls Club for its three days host­ing com­peti­tors.

An­drew Fowler-Brown from St Kilda Bowls Club took top hon­ours for day three in Be­nalla, go­ing 54 shots up with play­ing part­ner Alex Sk­il­ton of Mel­bourne in sec­tion 13.

Be­nalla lo­cals were also out in force across the greens, with young bowler Tyson Cromie tak­ing out a win at Be­nalla on Satur­day.

Clubs through­out the Goul­burn Val­ley Bowls Di­vi­sion, Cam­paspe Val­ley Bowls Di­vi­sion, Mur­ray Bowls Di­vi­sion and Ovens and Mur­ray Bowls Re­gion were all used for this year’s event, send­ing bowls fever through­out the state.

The Steller Vic­to­rian Open runs for eight days, con­clud­ing on Novem­ber 24.

Last Wednesday a three or four-per­sons teams event was held. The win­ners were Kevin Don­nelly, Roger Cowan and Gerry Mahoney re­turn­ing on 96 points, while run­ners up were R. Day, A. Pap­worth and R. Allen on 92.

The club would like to give a spe­cial men­tion and con­grat­u­la­tions to Roger Cowan who bet­tered his age. Re­sults: Wednesday. Near­est the pins. 3rd Golf Shop: Gary Wood­man. 8th Golf Shop: Nil. 12th Ray White: Peter Bridge­foot. 13th Fruits ‘n’ Fare: Boyd Macarty. Ball Com­pe­ti­tion 90 B. Hock­ing, G. Sykes, G. Paull, M. Schedlich.

89 c/b P. Nan­son, McKin­nar, A. May.

Satur­day was Stable­ford with 61 play­ers en­ter­ing. The win­ner of A-grade with 39 points was Dave Dun­ster with sec­ond place be­ing taken out by Robin Close on 38 points.

In B-grade Ken Dosser was suc­cess­ful with 39, on count­back to Chris Dube also with 39 points. C-grade was also de­cided on count­back with Ray Jensen tak­ing first place on 39 points from Bernard Van­de­nakker. Re­sults: Satur­day. Near­est the pins. 1st Mens­land: Glen Smith. 3rd Crothers’ Join­ery: Glen Smith. 8th Srixon/Golf Shop: Paul Hazell. 12th Ray White: Kem Levy. 13th Spald­ing/Golf Shop: Ross Rams­den. KFC Birdies: Robin Close, Chris Plum. Ball Com­pe­ti­tion 38 E. Hooli­han, T. Meagher, A. Pap­worth, 37 G. El­lis, W. Mack­well, K. Muir, A.Shearer, G. Smith, R. Symes, T. Symes, D. Tay­lor, 36 L. Thomp­son c/b. B. Booker,

Women’s golf

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The Novem­ber Tour­na­ment Ladies’ Day was held on Tues­day Novem­ber 13 with 22 play­ers.

A-grade scratch win­ner was He­len Crilly gross 80c/b. Run­ner up was Hazel Briggs 83.

B-grade scratch win­ner was Liane Gra­ham gross 89. Run­ner-up was Gay Morton 97.

A-grade hand­i­cap win­ner was Jacki O’Brien 80/13/67. Run­ner-up was He­len Hy­land 86/18/68.

B-grade hand­i­cap win­ner was Mered­ith Badrock 99/31/68. Run­ner-up was Jenny McKenna 107/36/71.

Ball win­ners L. Mor­gan 70, E. Tal­lis 73, C. Og­den 73, L. Gent 73, A. Brown 74.

NTP 3rd K. Pink, Mil­ner-Wat­son Phar­macy 8th L. Gra­ham, , Ray White 12th H. Crilly, Golf Shop 13th M. Badrock, 14th L. Mor­gan.

A par three event was played on Clos­ing Day, Novem­ber 15- no re­sults avail­able.

The di­vi­sion one win­ner of the stable­ford on Satur­day 17 was Jenni O’Brien with 39 points on count­back. Di­vi­sion two win­ner was Mered­ith Badrock with 42 points.

Ball com­pe­ti­tion B. Lang 40, A. Thom­son 39, J. Martin 38, H. Briggs 36, R. Watkins 36.

NTP 3rd M. Badrock, 8th and 12th A. Thom­son, 13th H. Hy­land, 14th C. Gar­ratt.

The Chicken Run has started on Tues­day’s and this week a stable­ford will be played on Thurs­day and Satur­day.

Skills: An­other killer bowl is re­leased dur­ing the three days of Vic­to­rian Open Bowls ac­tion in Be­nalla.

Ac­tion aplenty: Bowlers from far and wide con­verged on the Be­nalla greens from Fri­day to Sun­day.

In ac­tion: The Men’s Sin­gles event on Satur­day played at Be­nalla.

Above: Deep in con­cen­tra­tion dur­ing the Men’s Sin­gles at the Be­nalla greens.

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