Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Bowls draw announced

. . . but bowlers still waiting for a decision on play

- ~ with Meg Saultry

A tentative start date of October 15 has been announced for the summer’s hotly contested midweek and weekend Campaspe lawn bowls pennant seasons.

However less than a month out from the season openers, much remains up in the air.

Sunday’s announceme­nt that Victorian Government border bubble exclusions would be lifted helps, but Bowls Victoria is yet to give a green light for pennant and tournament bowls to go ahead.

The division one weekend field favours regional NSW with Moama, Rich River, Mathoura, and Deniliquin Bowling Club making up more than half the competitio­n, with Victorian-based Echuca, Rochester and Tongala rounding out the field.

A similar story occurs in the midweek fixture, with the above clubs barring Tongala

submitting sides in the division one competitio­n.

A re-instated border bubble where teams can travel either side of the state line to play solves many of the issues, though questions still remain over Moama’s premier team since they have moved into the newly formed Bendigo Premier League.

Bendigo and surrounds were removed from the border bubble at the start of September, which would hamper Moama residents’ ability to travel to Bendigo for games.

It is understood the Bendigo Campaspe Goldfield’s committee is currently working on contingenc­y plans to ease any disruption­s to the upcoming season.

If the Campaspe division does get their season up and running as planned, the weekend fixture will expand out to five competitio­ns, with division four split into an A and B section.

The midweek contests continue with three fields.

The weekend season opener on Saturday, October 16 has Echuca pitted against reigning premier Moama, while Rich River is scheduled to travel to Rochester.

An all-NSW clash between Mathoura and Deniliquin Bowling Club will be hosted at the former’s bowling club, with Tongala holding the bye for the opening round.

Last season’s runner-up Rich River won’t have their first crack at redemption against Moama until round five on November 13.

Deniliquin RSL will face Rich River in Division 2 and Moama in Division 4.

In the midweek competitio­n, Echuca Bowls Club, which is going for its fourth straight division one title, will open its campaign at Deniliquin Bowling Club on Friday, October 15.

Rich River hosts Rochester at home, while Moama head north to Mathoura for a round one clash.

Deni RSL does not have a mid week team. The league will break for Christmas after round eight on December 11, before picking up again on January 14.

Other clubs to field teams in lower grades are reigning weekend division four premier Lockington, alongside Ky Valley View and Elmore.

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