Bowls club cel­e­brates early win be­fore pen­nant

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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.

Lock­ing­ton

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.

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