Deniliquin Pastoral Times

New start date set for Campaspe Valley

- ~ with Meg Saultry

The home-and-away season is expected to conclude on March 5, though the Campaspe match committee has only worked its fixture up to round 11 with the Southern 80 scheduled for February 11 to 13.

Deniliquin RSL Bowling Club president Tony Tonta said the start of the pennant season is still dependent on COVID-19 rules being lifted further.

He said until the weekend, when NSW reached an 80 per cent double vaccinatio­n rate, clubs were limited to only 20 bowlers on the greens at any one time.

He said that should now increase to 50. ‘‘In New South Wales, no organised competitio­ns would be allowed until we reached 80 per cent, and if you’re not double vaxxed you cannot bowl,’’ Tonta said.

‘‘We’re still looking at how many of our players may be impacted by this.

‘‘If this rule means we don’t have enough players, we may have to forfeit some games — at least until the 90 per cent benchmark is reached. That is predicted to be December 1, which for us would be three rounds after the competitio­n has started.

‘‘And we’re still not really sure how the cross border arrangemen­ts will work, with most of the Campaspe clubs being based in Victoria.

‘‘We’re also not sure what will be happening with all state events which, according to recent changes, must now all be played at Bendigo.

‘‘Bendigo is not included in the New South Wales Government’s version of the border bubble, therefore restrictin­g our ability to go there to compete without having to isolate on return.’’

Deniliquin RSL Bowling Club president Ray Anderson said while there are still some details yet to be confirmed, club members were simply ‘‘delighted to get back on the green’’.

‘‘At the moment we are looking at having all our bowlers available, looking at the vax rule,’’ he said.

Anderson said the vax rule will also apply to spectators, highlighti­ng that access to the club house is only possible if you are double vaxxed.

Mathoura Bowling Club’s Lindsay Vallance said in anticipati­on of the pennant season getting underway, the club has scheduled its tournament­s for the coming season.

He said only those double vaccinated will be eligible to take part.

The first competitio­n will be the Mathoura Open Fours on Friday, October 29, from 10am.

There will be three games of 12 live ends, with the prize being up to $2000 (depending on entry numbers).

The MPL Cup will be played over four Fridays in November — November 5, 12, 19 and 26. The twilight comp will include three games each night, in two sets of five ends.

This is a 2 Bowl Triples, with three or four in a team.

Depending on entries, the prize could be up to $4320.

Entries for both tournament­s can be registered with the club on 5880 3200, or with Rod on 0408 568 338 or mathourabo­

Mixed social bowls is also held in Mathoura each Tuesday, arriving midday for a 1pm start. Entries to the club or Rod.

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