Deni holds on in one-shot thriller
Deniliquin Bowling Club’s Midweek Pennant Division One side scored a nail biting win of just one shot at home against neighbouring club Mathoura on Friday.
Deni picked up two rink wins in the Campaspe Valley Bowls Division round four clash with final scores 63 to 62.
Toni Brooksby, Jenny Tonta, Joanne Bovell and skip Lyn Smith lea the way with a 12 shot win.
Scores were close until the seventh end when the locals scored six shots.
They continued on from there scoring on a further 10 ends to win 26 to 14.
Linda Harris led her team of Maxine Norton, Brenda Leetham and Dawn McCulloch to an 11 shot win.
Being level seven times during the game, including 16-all on the 21st end, the home side scored the maximum of eight shots on the 22nd end to give themselves a buffer.
A ‘two’ on the last end ensued a 28 to 17 win for the home side.
Winnie Pattinson, Joy McArthur, Fay Munnerley and skipper Jill Grimshaw had a horror day, losing by 22 shots against a strong opposition.
Deni only managed to score on eight of the 25 ends with a final score of 31 to 9. Division Two had the bye. This week both divisions are at home. Teams for Division One against Rochester are as follows:
Winnie Pattinson, Joy McArthur, Fay Munnerley, Jill Grimshaw (s); Maxine Norton, Brenda Leetham, Joanne Bovell, Linda Harris (s); Toni Brooksby, Jenny Tonta, Dawn McCulloch, Lyn Smith (s).
Division Two will City of Echuca. Teams are as follows:
Loris Yates, Tony Danckert, Glenys Chessells, Caryn Hillier (s); Aileen Kennedy, Cheryl Bradley, Joy Mann, Maureen King (s); Lorraine Tasker, Barb Berry, Helen Anderson, Robyn Little (s).
Emergency: Steve King.
The Club singles championship is down to the final with Jill Grimshaw set to take on Linda Harris.
The championship clash will be played on Sunday, November 18 at the Deniliquin Bowling Club.
The Deniliquin Rams have appointed cocoaches to lead their reserves side for next year’s Murray Football League season.
Popular clubmen Jake Cavallaro and Sam Callanan will take the reins from Aaron Patterson who will stay on as a player in 2019.
Cavallaro and Callanan have each played over 100 games for the club, a mixture of seniors and reserves footy. Both coaches will play an on-field role in 2019, and Cavallaro praised the job ‘‘Patto’’ did leading the side this year.
‘‘We’re very grateful to Patto (Patterson) who did a super job to get a side on the park for most weeks and we’re very happy he’s staying on to give us some guidance and to play an on-field role - he’s very popular with the players.
‘‘It’s been a battle for numbers for a few years and our goal is to turn that around and get a regular side on the park every week, get a little bit more competitive and, most importantly, enjoy our footy and the social side.
‘‘I’ve been at the club for a long time and there was still a good feeling around the place even though we weren’t winning matches (this year).
‘‘There was a big crowd of past players at our home games and that was great to see.
‘‘It showed that people care, and having Frog (Troy Bartlett) and Sam (Hall) take on the senior job because they love the place was probably what inspired us to take on the twos to do our bit.
‘‘We’re inviting anyone whod like a game of footy and a good, social atmosphere to get along and sign up for next year.
‘‘The boys (senior co-coaches) have already recruited some new players into the senior side and we’d like to do the same.’’
The Deni Rams will hold a meet the coaches night at the clubrooms on Friday, November 16 from 6pm with a barbecue dinner provided.
All past and prospective players are welcome, as well as any parents, sponsors and supporters.
For more information contact Sam Hall on 0408 425 777 or Jake Cavallaro on 0419 495 526.