Deniliquin Pastoral Times
New start date set for Campaspe Valley
Campaspe’s midweek and weekend lawn bowls pennant fixtures have been revised as a return to play draws closer.
The 2021/22 season start date has now been moved to November 12 and 13, almost a month after its initial planned commencement.
First scheduled to start on October 15 and 16, this was later scrapped due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
The league is not permitted to begin competition play until 80 per cent of those 16 or older are fully vaccinated in both Victoria and NSW.
While NSW has reached the milestone, the Victorian Government’s roadmap out of COVID-19 projects it will be reached across the border on November 5.
Teams are permitted to practice under current restrictions.
And if all goes to plan, lawn bowlers will be back on the greens on Friday, November 12 for midweek pennant play.
Weekend pennant season gets under way the following day.
The Campaspe pennant committee has made several changes to the now-14 round fixture, including the opening rounds.
In division one weekend pennant, Tongala will no longer have a bye, instead hosting Rochester in the season opener.
Echuca Bowls Club and Moama, as well as Deniliquin and Mathoura, will still face off, with Rich River now holding the bye.
Reigning midweek premier, Echuca, was to open its campaign at Deniliquin on Friday, October 15, however Rich River will instead host Moama, with Rochester to play Mathoura.
Under the revised fixtures, rounds one to six will run until December 18, before round seven picks up after a Christmas/New Year break on January 7 (midweek) and January 15 (weekend).