Pen­nant over but bowls gets busier

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT -

THE of­fi­cial pen­nant sea­son may have fin­ished for the Mans­field Bowls Club mem­bers but com­pe­ti­tion stepped up a pace or two over the weekend with the an­nual men’s tour­na­ment days be­ing held.

Teams came from as far away as Torquay, Wan­garatta, Be­nalla, Eil­don, Vi­o­let Town, Moyhu and Sey­mour with Mans­field play­ers mak­ing up the bal­ance.

On Satur­day some 66 play­ers turned out for the first of the tour­na­ments with teams of three play­ing it out for to­tal prize monies of some $1500.

Tak­ing out first prize with a very good score of 94 was a Wan­garatta team of Gra­ham Oats, Bob McCormack and Bruno Meneguzzi.

Re­spectably sec­ond prizes went to the Eil­don team of Rod McGowan, Lyn Spro­les and Ron Arnold with a score of 83.

And com­ing in for third prize was the Vi­o­let Town team of Tony Kingma, Bill Wheeler and Gra­ham Jones.

Sun­day saw 75 bowlers turn out for the mixed fours tour­na­ment with prizes of up to $1200 up for grabs and again teams com­ing from across the district in­clud­ing one cou­ple from Torquay. WHERE IS IT? Mans­field bowler David Chap­lin watches as his team­mate’s bowl comes closer to the jack watched by Gra­ham Lund of Torquay.

The win­ners there were War­ren Hen­ningsen, Pat Cherry, Vickie Arm­strong and Andrew Terry from the Moira Be­nalla Club with a score of 51 points.

Run­ners up on the day were Gra­ham and Suzanne Lund (Torquay) team­ing up with Mans­field play­ers Bon­nie Pur­cell and Mar­ian Ryan.

Prizes were also given to bowlers who scored a touch­in­grester on each of the days and these in­cluded Shane Swan, Frank Cam­era and Greg Beaton on Satur­day.

The two day tour­na­ment was spon­sored by Marks Supa IGA, Martin’s Garage, High Coun­try Smash Re­pairs, Clark & Co Real Es­tate, Bon­nie Doon Car­a­van Park and Mans­field Party, along with many mi­nor spon­sors.

The men’s match com­mit­tee were the or­gan­is­ers of the tour­na­ments who thanked all spon­sors for their val­ued sup­port, club mem­bers for play­ing and sup­port­ing and in par­tic­u­lar, Ellen Shea­han and her vol­un­teers in the kitchen for cater­ing over the two days.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from many of the out­side clubs thanked Mans­field for their hos­pi­tal­ity and agreed it had been such a great tour­na­ment they would all re­turn next year.

Back on club level, yes­ter­day saw the sec­ond round and fi­nals of the ladies triples played (re­sults next week) and next week will be the com­mence­ment of the ladies B grade cham­pi­onships.

Last Tues­day so­cial bowls was again played with the win­ning team be­ing Mar­garet Ad­cock, Ian Morely and Frank Manch­ester.

WIN­NING SMILES: Sun­day’s win­ners were con­grat­u­lated by men’s match co­or­di­na­tor Tom Tomic (left) with Martin’s Garage rep­re­sen­ta­tive War­ren Hen­ningsen and Moira Be­nalla team mem­bers Pat Cherry, Vickie Arm­strong, An­drew Terry and Ron Arendt.

OUT­SIDE WIN­NERS: Mans­field bowlers had no luck at its an­nual La­bor Day week­end tour­na­ment on Satur­day with out­side teams tak­ing all prizes. Pic­tured (from left) are the win­ners of the day from Wan­garatta Gra­ham Oats, Bob McCor­mack and Bruno Meneguzzi...

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