Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Lo­cal club host­ing Sum­mer League

- Sports · Deniliquin · Tyron Smith · Chadderton

Deniliquin Bowl­ing Club is set to launch their own Sum­mer League com­pe­ti­tion this week­end.

When the unan­i­mous de­ci­sion was made that the club would not be com­pet­ing in the up­com­ing Cam­paspe Val­ley pennant bowls sea­son, due to con­cerns with the COVID-19 pan­demic, there was an over­whelm­ing de­sire by all mem­bers to take part in some form of in-house com­pe­ti­tion.

The in-house pennant com­pe­ti­tion will see 16 teams of four com­pet­ing over two di­vi­sions — the Western Di­vi­sion and East­ern Di­vi­sion — for seven weeks, be­fore fi­nals.

Dif­fer­ent for­mats of bowls will be played through­out the sea­son with fours, 2x2 pairs, triples-sin­gles and 2-4-2 pairs rounds in­cluded.

Each di­vi­sion will also play one Fri­day night fix­ture un­der lights.

Sum­mer League or­gan­iser and bowler Tony Scoullar said the club’s bowlers are ea­ger to get back out on the greens in a com­pet­i­tive for­mat.

‘‘We knew we had to do some­thing to fill the void of not play­ing in the CVBD,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant to try and get a bit of nor­mal­ity back and to cater to our lo­cal bowlers.

‘‘For some peo­ple bowls is one of their only so­cial out­lets.

‘‘There’s al­ready a fair bit of ri­valry brew­ing be­tween some sides and plenty of ban­ter go­ing on as well.’’

The Sum­mer League will cul­mi­nate with the top two teams of each di­vi­sion com­pet­ing in fi­nals.

The western and east­ern di­vi­sion win­ners will then face off in the de­cider.

‘‘It’s mainly brag­ging rights that are up for grabs, but we will also have a tro­phy for the win­ning team,’’ Scoullar said.

‘‘All rounds will be played over 20 ends, ex­cept the 2-4-2 pairs which will be 24 ends, with a break af­ter half the ends have been com­pleted.

‘‘De­pend­ing on how well this works, we may look to hold an­other com­pe­ti­tion fol­low­ing Christ­mas as well.

‘‘The Deniliquin Bowl­ing Club is sin­cerely in­debted to its many val­ued spon­sors, es­pe­cially when they have dis­played such loy­alty in these very chal­leng­ing times.

‘‘To that end, in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of that con­tin­ued com­mit­ment, it was whole­heart­edly agreed that each team would as­sume a spon­sor’s ti­tle as their moniker for the sea­son.’’

The first round will be held at 1pm this Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 10 at the Deniliquin Bowl­ing Club greens.

Teams for the Sum­mer League are as fol­lows:

Western Di­vi­sion: Brunker Fabri­ca­tions – S Chisholm, H Lea, T Brooksby, R An­der­son; Brian McCleary & Co Ac­coun­tants – S Laing, W Pat­tin­son, D Stan­more, G Ches­sels; Premier Fi­nan­cial Plan­ning & In­vest­ment Ser­vices – M Tasker, J McArthur, A Knuckey, N Mur­ray; The De­pot – T Todd, R Dou­glas, M Nor­ton, K Sal­ter; El­ders Ru­ral – T Scoullar, J Flisher, D Sey­mour, L Tasker; Taskers Ma­chin­ery – D Hes­sel, L Smith, G Nis­bet, J Rose; Rive­rina Water­matic – L Har­ris, K Keane, H An­der­son, G Ded­man; VisAt­tak –R Mor­ris, C Hil­lier, K Plat­t­fuss, T Smith.

East­ern Di­vi­sion: White Lion Ho­tel – J Grimshaw, L Pat­tin­son, R Lit­tle, C Cameron; De­cen­tralised De­mount­a­bles – C Bovell, L Franklin, J Tonta, L Vil­lela; Globe Ho­tel – P Chad­der­ton, S King, W Young, R Brown; North Deni Steel – P Snare, T Danck­ert, F Mun­ner­ley, I Ches­sels; Cen­tral IGA –S Tre­ble, J Longstaff, M Dono­hue, D McCul­loch; JC Earth­works – S O’Brien, A Hard­cas­tle, T King, B Berry; Lum­bar’s Trans­port – L Hil­lier, L Ritchie, C Knuckey, A Kennedy; Coach House Ho­tel Mo­tel – J Shields, H Schoull­bah, B Leetham, K Hay.

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