Bowls club celebrates early win before pennant
SUMMER lawn bowls pennant is less than a month away, but already Rochester Bowls Club has something to celebrate.
Club member Yvonne Smolenaars has been crowned the Campaspe Valley Novice Singles Bowls Champion for 2018-19.
After defeating fellow club member Sam Watkins in the previous round, Smolenaars played Gayle Harvey from Echuca in a thrilling final.
Smolenaars got the early break but Harvey fought back to level the scores at 20-all before Smolenaars got the shot to win the championship.
The game was played at Moama Bowling Club.
In other Rochester bowls news, the club’s ladies played at Bendigo Bowls on Tuesday in a practice game.
The result was well in Bendigo’s favour, but a great day was had by all.
Ladies coaching continues on Thursday from 10am to 11.30am.
Entries for the Open Championship to be in by October 6. List is on the board. Last Saturday, Rochester played White Hills in a practice match.
Both clubs had 40 players keen to have a roll before pennant started.
David Keenan, Garth Wiffin, Bruce Major, Kevin McGreevy were the best Rochester rink.
It was a shrewd move by skipper Keenan who asked Garth and Bruce to take plenty of grass and stay away from the head.
They did just that as they put two bowls on the wrong bias.
Bill Anderson also had the same disease.
The biggest losing rink was John Weeks, Don Gilles, John Boyd and Peter Stack.
This coming Saturday the weekend pennant interclub practice game has been organised for an 11.30am start with a 1.30pm finish to be followed by a footy lunch of pies and hot dogs.
Players will then line up to watch the AFL grand final.
A list is in the foyer. If available, please put your name down.
The lists are in the foyer for the club championship, B grade and C grade Championship.
Please check closing dates for these events.
Friday teas are on again from this week.
Put your name on the list in the foyer.
The women had a good roll up for their weekly Social Pairs on Tuesday.
After two games of competitive bowling, the pairing of Annette Brereton and Anne Haines (s) came to the fore to collect the trophies.
During the past week, several members have attended district tournaments.
Several women competed at the Cohuna Medley while other members travelled to Tongala for their star event with the results in the negative, but all enjoyed the hospitality and excellent greens on offer.
On Sunday, eight of the male members journeyed to Rich River for the prestigious Norm Knopp Fours. Russell Shawcross, Geoff Shawcross, Ray Hanson and Ian Johnson (s) collected the chocolates in two games.
Chris Stewart and Bill Musgrove formed a composite team with Brian Watts (Rich River) and Paul Kearney (s) from Mathoura to finish with four losses including two games by one shot.
Jim Harris and brother Andrew Harris combined with Greg Clymo and Jerome Shaw (Rich River) and had similar misfortunes to the Stewart rink.
The Friday evening barbecue and practice session was well attended.
The first winner of the lucky members draw was club secretary Neil Haines. The winning number was picked out by lady tournament secretary Annie Haines.
Entries are being accepted for the 50th running of the annual Waterwheel Classic Fours to be held on Sunday, October 21 starting at 9.30am.
This tournament is a Gold Letter event. Early entries are encouraged. Contact Chris Stewart 5486 2607 for details.