RSL fall ag­o­nis­ingly short of first win

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - Sport -

De­niliquin RSL Bowl­ing Club’s Di­vi­sion One were so close to their first win of the Cam­paspe Val­ley Bowls Di­vi­sion sea­son, suf­fer­ing a five shot over­all loss to Rich River on Satur­day.

Play­ing at home RSL man­aged to claim two rink wins, but a heavy loss on one rink saw them go down over­all, 71 to 66.

Tony Tonta with his team of Frank Daniels, Craig Tay­lor and Ken Rid­dle led by just a shot at the tea break, 13 to 12.

Rich River took the first four ends af­ter the break, scor­ing heav­ily with 11 shots to lead 23 to 13 on the 17th end.

RSL staged a dogged come­back, claw­ing their way back into the game to win all the re­main­ing eight ends to fin­ish two shots in front. Fi­nal score, RSL 25 to Rich River 23. Daryl Wey­mouth’s team of Jim Jen­nings, Jenny Tonta and David Hart were tied at 11-all on the 14th end in a tight con­test.

The home side bowled con­sis­tently to take 10 of the 11 re­main­ing ends, scor­ing to run away to an em­phatic 13 shot vic­tory.

Fi­nal score, RSL 28 to Rich River 15.

Ken Wel­lard, Michael Howe, Peter Lieft­ing and Larry See­ley were never in a strong po­si­tion on their rink.

Down 19 to 6 at the tea break on the 13th end, any chance of resur­gence was quickly squashed with Rich River dom­i­nat­ing ends 14 to 19, tak­ing 12 shots and sub­se­quently cruis­ing to a 20 shot win. Fi­nal score, Rich River 33 to RSL 13. Di­vi­sion Three claimed two big rink wins against Echuca and with a sin­gle shot de­feat on the third rink, they recorded a huge over­all 45 shot win, 102 to 57.

Play­ing on their home greens, Ron Marchetti (s), Tim Dover, Lee Pat­tin­son and Chris Framp­ton had a great start, tak­ing a ‘five’ on the first end.

They con­tin­ued strongly up un­til the break push­ing their lead out to 25 to 4 on the 13th.

Echuca fought back to take the next six ends, how­ever RSL wrested the ini­tia­tive back, claim­ing four of the last six ends to win con­vinc­ingly by 16 shots. Fi­nal score, RSL 34 to Echuca 18. Rod Reid’s group­ing of Don McCal­man, Win­nie Pat­tin­son and Alan Hodges con­ceded a ‘three’ on the first end, but from that point on they com­bined bril­liantly to shut Echuca out of the game com­pletely.

They only con­ceded another seven shots for the game while tak­ing 20 ends and amass­ing 40 shots them­selves for an em­phatic vic­tory. Fi­nal score, RSL 40 to Echuca 10. Glenn Thom­son and his team of Ch­eryl Bradley, Brian Clancy and Tony Con­nor were locked in a tight con­test early but they broke away to lead 20 to 13 af­ter 13 ends.

Echuca fought back, bowl­ing con­sis­tently to grab the lead 27 to 26 on the 23rd end.

In an ex­cit­ing fi­nale RSL took two shots on the 24th end to lead by a sin­gle shot, only for Echuca to score a ‘two’ on the fi­nal end for a sin­gle shot vic­tory. Fi­nal score, Echuca 29 to RSL 28. De­spite Max Con­nor’s team suf­fer­ing their first rink loss for the sea­son, RSL’s Di­vi­sion Five recorded an over­all vic­tory by 13 shots against Mathoura, tak­ing a 54 to 41 win at home.

The un­de­feated run of Max Con­nor, San­dra Hill, Gra­ham Gor­don and John Wil­son came to an end with Mathoura lead­ing through­out.

The home team closed within a shot on the 21st end but Mathoura com­posed them­selves to take three of the fi­nal four ends to win by five shots over­all. Fi­nal score, Mathoura 23 to RSL 18. Neville Austin’s group­ing of Miro Peter­man, Lyn Hard­cas­tle and Jim Rhook saved the day for RSL, bowl­ing con­sis­tently from the out­set to lead 22 to 7 af­ter the 14th end.

Mathoura fought back strongly, tak­ing the next six ends and 11 shots to trail 22 to 18 on the 20th end.

How­ever RSL dom­i­nated the fi­nal six ends, scor­ing 14 shots to cruise to an 18 shot vic­tory. Fi­nal score, RSL 36 to El­more 18. Di­vi­sion Five are the lad­der lead­ers af­ter eight rounds, with a top of the ta­ble clash against Moama Red on Satur­day.

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