Pennant over but bowls gets busier
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...