Club enjoys great start to the season
Rochester Bowls Club is celebrating a great start to the new season of Campaspe Valley Bowls Division weekend pennant with division one, two and three all having a win on Saturday.
Division one played at City of Echuca and caused an upset as they defeated the hosts by 26 shots.
Richard Feuk, Les Walles, Cameron Keenan and Bruce Major had a nailbiter game all day and it came down to the last bowl as they played out a 21-all draw with G Thornley.
Ash Vesty, Peter Holzer, Kelvin Wiffen and Robert Clayton after being well down early got back to two shots down but lost four shots on the last two ends to lose to G Beattie 22-28.
David Keenan, Garth Wiffen, Bob Knight and Kevin McGreevy were in top form as they defeated G Page 44-12.
This win won them the Rochester Hotel meal deal vouchers for the best winning rink.
Playing at home, division two were very impressive as they won all rinks to defeat Lockington by 33 shots.
John Weeks, Donald Gillies, John Boyd and Kevin Burrow snuck home by a shot as they defeated J Harris 22-21.
Graham Willis, Leigh Milgate, Greg Watkins and Helen Holzer defeated I Johnson 34-19.
Peter Stahl, Bill Anderson, Alan Crilly and Peter Stack had a 30-13 win against G Turner.
Division three travelled to Rich River and won a close game by four shots. Gerard Browne, Anton Gusak, Kevin Dobson and Ron Gledhill defeated B Downer 30-16.
Tim Quinlan, Ross Turner, Gavin Houlihan and Geoff McCarty lost to B Devlin 20-30. Hedley Moon, Ron Stranger, Francis Keech and Kevin Hall drew 24-all with J. James.
Division four were at Lockington and lost by 15 shots. Clive Usher, Alan Benson, Noel Sexton and Brock Keenan defeated P Cunnington 31-30.
David Murray, Graham Prince, Kevin McCormack and Rod McAsey won 23-20 against B Musgrove. Mick Ellis, David Marshall, Bert Smolenaars and Don Thompson lost to S Peter 14-33.
C grade championship entries close on Saturday, B grade closes on Saturday October 20, and the open championship closes on Saturday October 27.
Alan Crilly has been appointed as the players’ advocate for the coming season.
The ladies midweek pennant began on Friday and the club’s ladies division one side played at City of Echuca and lost by 49 shots.
Lyn Moon, Jenny Major, Janis Tamburini and Jeanette Kneebone lost to L Roney 16-28. Marg Knight, Lorraine Bond, Margaret Harley and Trish Costello lost to R Opie 16-33.
Denise Pappin, Heather Curncik, Di Milgate and Janet Rankin lost to J Fairchild.15-35.
Kits Kafe Coffee award was won by L Moon, J Major, J Tamburini and J Kneebone.
Tuesday’s social bowls was won by Lyn Moon, Ev Nichol, Janis Tamburini and Jeanette Kneebone. Raffle winner was Val Gledhill.
There is social bowls roll up today to be followed by a meeting at 1.30pm.
The draw for the ladies open singles was done over the weekend. The first round is to be played on Tuesday October 16.
Friday meals are on again. Please put your name on the list in the foyer.
Young Rochester bowlers won their section of the state pairs on Sunday at Moama. They defeated P Holzer of Rochester, R Werner of Mathoura, and D O’Keefe of Deniliquin. They will now play R Kelly of City of Echuca.
PRE-SEASON at Colbinabbin Bowls Club is heating up, with the local bowlers heavily involved in tournaments far and wide.
Frank and Chris Oliver, Greg and Diane Chandler, Rob Ryan and Glenn Young competing at Heathcote with the highlight being Rob and Glenn's first bowl as resting touchers on the bank.
A good day was had by all and it was good to be getting some practice for the coming season.
Opening day was held on Friday, September 28 with six teams playing a competition, — winners were Glenn Young, Ross Winfield and Barb Cheatley on a countback from Robyn Weeks, Marg Brown and Di Chandler.
A big thank you to Ramon Rathjen and his helpers for preparing the green so well for the upcoming season, and a big welcome to new bowlers Ross Winfield and Kelly Walsh, who put down some very good bowls on the day.
In the 60 and over bowls, the season commenced with Colbinabbin making their first appearance with little success on the day but it has been witnessed that after a great season last year Pat Stewart has decided to give himself a challenge by using a stick left handed.
Three of our local bowlers are recovering from surgery over the off season and their rehab has them back on track for a return to the green at start of the season, so best wishes go out to Maurice, Don and Barb.
In the midweek pennant, play started on October 2 with Colbinabbin hosting Katandra West. Colbinabbin scored a win on the day with both rinks winning. Well done team.
Coaching with Marg Knight is to commence again on Sunday from 4pm — all new and existing bowlers are welcome to join in.
If you require more information contact Robyn Weeks on 0438 329 202, Di Chandler on 0427 809 913 or Ramon Rathjen on 0429 329 369.
Midweek bowlers are seeing benefits of coaching last season along with guidance from John and Lynne Brown.
In the 60 and over state singles title, first-timer Greg Chandler managed to win his section and then go into a playoff against his Shepparton Park opponent, defeating him 21-16.
In the semi-finals he was beaten by D. McHarry of Hill Top after leading 18-12. Well done on a great effort Greg.
The opening weekend of the CVBD pennant season resulted in mixed results for the club with division two suffering a 53-86 loss to Rochester, while division four had one winning rink, scoring a solid 83-68 victory over their Rochester opponents.
In division two, both Roly Head and Alan Kauffman received a wrong bias award.
Details of division four: I Palmer, O McPhee, K Stout, B Musgrove (s) lost to D Murray 20-23.
N Bacon, P Collins, A Harris, P Cunnington (s) lost to C Usher 30-31.
C Stewart, D Thomas, J Van Der Bosch, S Peter (s) defeated M Ellis 33-14.
A welcome to new members Dave Thomas and Owen McPhee playing their first round of pennant for the club.
Several members travelled to Elmore on Sunday for the pairs event.
Russell Shawcross, David Lupton, Tom Davis, Alan Kauffman, Ian Johnson, Don Isgro, Jim Harris and Greg Clymo all battled against huge odds to win a few games, while Bill Musgrove teamed with Rob Holmfield of Rich River to win the major spoils.
The weekly Friday barbecue and practice session was again well attended with club secretary Neil Hanes winning the lucky members draw for the second time in three weeks.
The club will hold the 50th running of the prestigious Waterwheel Classic Fours on Sunday October 21, starting at 9.30am.
This tournament is a gold letter star event, so early entries are encouraged. Contact Chris Stewart 5486 2607 for details.
In the CVBD program (Lockington listed tournaments) there is a mixed pairs event scheduled for Lockington on Sunday October 14. This is a misprint.
Rochester’s Peter Holzer finds his line during the CVBD division one bowls match against City of Echuca on Saturday.
Bert Smolenaars of Rochester Bowls Club won the CVBD novice singles championship defeating Mike Meyer of City of Echuca 21-15. It is a double for the Smolenaars family as Bert’s wife Yvonne won the CVBD novice singles in the ladies division.