Slow start costly for Berrigan bowlers
Berrigan Rain, strong winds and an unfamiliar surface made it a tough day for the Berrigan Community Bowls Club Saturday Pennant teams at Tocumwal at the weekend.
The Division Two team gave Tocumwal a big head start early before coming home late when conditions improved, but were unable to take home a point, losing 78 to 99 (0-18).
Barry Hutchinson’s rink of Rob Beard, Laurie Way and David Reynoldson came closest to a win, picking up five shots on the final end to be pipped at the post 24 to 25.
Paul Glanvill started strongly and regained the lead late in the game but fell away in the last five ends to lose 19 to 27.
Rick Bradbury bowled without a lot of luck and came close to pulling off a win on the last bowl of the game, going down narrowly 20 to 23.
Graeme Clements’ team battled hard all day against a strong Tocumwal rink, losing 15 to 24.
While defeated, the Division Two team was not disgraced and will look forward to the rest of the season with some confidence.
This week Division Two tackle Nathalia at home.
The inexperienced Division Four team had a tough battle with the conditions going down 29 to 60 (0-14) to Tocumwal.
Sid Goldsmith lost 9 to 35 and Bill Daly, returning to bowls after a 12-month hiatus lost 16 to 25.
David Woodward made his pennant debut, playing second to Sid Goldsmith.
While the result was disappointing, morale in the team remains high and a win will not be too far around the corner.
This may come this weekend against Strathmerton at home.
The Friday Pennant team stepped out for their first match of the year last week with a creditable effort against a strong Cobram team.
Berrigan battled hard, losing 61 to 73 (3-13). Elaine Hawkins and her rink of Graeme Clements, Roy Edwards and Katie Vandermeer won 21 to 19, Nan Dart had a draw 24 to 24 while Kura Goldsmith was beaten 14 to 30.
This week, the Friday team take on Tocumwal Golf at home.
The first round of the inaugural Bernard Curtin Trophy was played on Thursday afternoon.
The Bernard Curtin Trophy is an open singles competition for bowlers who have not won either a club singles championship or a B Grade or Minor Singles championship at Berrigan or elsewhere.
The influx of new bowlers into the club saw 12 entries into the event — a very pleasing turnout.
In the first round, Kura Goldsmith def. Clare Harvey 21 to 5, Graeme Parr def. David Woodward 21 to 6, veteran David O’Dwyer def. Laurie Way 22 to 14 and Mary Curtin def. Hardy Rennick 21 to 7.
Gary Seamer, Col McGrath, Alex Dalgliesh and Joe Cottam all had byes.
The quarter-finals will be played at 5.30pm tomorrow.
Col McGrath will play Kura Goldsmith, David O’Dwyer will face Alex Dalgliesh, Mary Curtin will go up against Joe Cottam and in a highly anticipated match Gary Seamer will take on Graeme Parr.
Sunday saw a very successful combined charity golf and bowls day to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease and drought assistance.
While having fun rather than winning was the aim of the day, there had to be a winner. It was Fraser Haintz, Tom Whelan, Paul Glanvill and Matt Hansen who took home the chocolates, hitting 26 off the stick on the ninehole, Par 3 course, adjusted to 20 after handicaps and winning both bowls games.
The day was brilliantly run by Rick Bradbury with the aim to make it an annual event.
Over 28 bowlers were on the green on Thursday evening for twilight bowls and it was Jess Parkes and the team of ambos who were the overall winners for the evening.
Jess and Beau Parkes have been big supporters of twilight bowls during their stay in Berrigan these past five years and they will be missed when they head back to the Central Coast next month.
Twilight bowls is on again this tomorrow at 6.30pm. All welcome.
This Sunday will see Berrigan host the 11th annual Jack McGrillen memorial open 2-bowl triples, supported by the McGrillen family and Baxter Transport.
With the Burke-Bush green coming along nicely, there are additional spots available for more teams to enter.
The day is a fun, social and relaxed day and all bowlers – whether veterans or novices – are welcome.
As a result of the Jack McGrillen day, the usual Sunday social bowls will be held over until next week.
Finley RS It was a big week for Finley RSC’s bowlers with the team of Mary Smethurst, Noela Thomas and Iris Reynolds taking out the Trade Day win at the Finley Bowling Club.
This was followed with the Midweek Pennant side having a win over Nathalia on Friday and Division Three side getting up in a thriller over Numurkah Golf in Weekend Pennant on Saturday.
It was a tough day at the office however for Division One, going down to Cobram.
Congratulations to both Rod Brown and Karen Peacock who have won their sections in the 60 and over singles last Sunday and were both headed for Kilmore on Monday to represent us in the Regionals.
Teams for Saturday: Div. One at home to Katandra West: R Birthisel, D Brown, A Bonat, R Brown (s); T Turner, D Walsh, M Krug, W Blanch (s); P Wilson, M Smethurst, M Lewis, I Smethurst (s); K Johnson, J Peacock, D Polkinghorne, A West (s).
Div. Three away to Barooga, cars leave at 12.15pm: R Ferry, G Beer, O Cochrane, D Retallick (s); J Maher, J White, B Ferry, K Peacock (s); G Scorgie, J Reynolds, N Thomas, A Thomas (s).
Finley BC It was another glorious win in the Midweek pennant when Finley defeated Barooga by one shot on Friday.
The day saw a win, draw and a loss on the three rinks, with Finley winning 13 points to three, with 64 shots to 63 after Lyn’s team scored a ‘seven’ on the last end.
This week, we travel to Nathalia, with cars leaving at 8.15am. Teams: N Smith (s), A Haines, S Montgomery, G Welsh; H Tabe (s), L Bergmans, B Robinson, S Walsh; T Miles (s), K Bergmans, N Wood, B Boyd.
On Saturday, Division Two defeated Numurkah 16-2 with 96 shots to 85.
Div. Four suffered a small loss against Katandra by seven shots, 38 to 31.
This week, Div. Three play Barooga at home. Teams: G Close (s), H Tabe, N Wilson, R Koschel; B Mison (s), G Trevorrow, L Walsh, J Montgomery; S Johnson (s), B Anderson, N Smith, B Robinson; A Haines (s), L Bergmans, A Cowan, G Welsh.
Div. Four also play Baroo- ga, at home. Teams: K Bergmans (s), R Wood, G Pyle, H Taylor; B Wike (s), N Barnes, S Walsh, B Poore.
All players to report in by 12.30pm.
No bowls were played on Sunday morning but will be scheduled for next week.
Players are now urged to commence matches in the 100-up Pairs Championship after arranging your own matches.
The Northern Triples is receiving fair support to date but more participation is expected next round at Deni RSL Club.
A successful fundraiser evening was held last Friday when $1840 was raised to support the gym, which is managed by a robust local committee for the community to enjoy.
A novelty auction for 3m of concrete raised $720 .
Friday members draw is now $720.
Meals are available from 6.30pm every Friday and the dining room is open to the general public.
Raffle roster officers: L Walsh and S Beck.
Jerilderie The Jerilderie Sports Club welcomed Barooga bowling members to their first home game of the season on Saturday.
The club took this opportunity to share the recognition of new equipment received as part of a Community Building Partnership Grant.
The Sports Club board have worked tirelessly to attract outside funding to improve facilities for its members and visitors.
The club was very grateful to receive a grant of $13,200 which was spent on purchasing mist fans, aluminium seating, a refrigerated water bubbler and a grooming brush for the green.
The Sport’s Club Chairman Colin Bryce thanked Member for Albury Greg Aplin for his support for the project.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae was on hand to officially open the new facilities.
She congratulated the Sports Club Board and it volunteers on it’s continued hard work and commitment to improving their club.
Both clubs enjoyed the freshly groomed surface on their opening day.
After a brief delay due to rain, Jerilderie pennant continued on their winning way defeating Barooga 68 to 61.
Barefoot bowls will be played each Wednesday evening, ready to roll at 6pm. The cost is $7 per player.
K. Peacock 24 drew Y. Clark 24, D. Retallick 28 d J. Dell 25, A. Thomas 26 d D. Miller 25. Jerilderie 68-14 d Barooga Sports
61-2 C. Bryce 25 d G. Ashcroft 18, T. Chaplin 25 d C. Wigg 22, L. Gurciullo 16 lt J. Toohey 21. Cobram 53-1 lt Tocumwal Golf
76-15 J. Taylor 15 lt K, Tyrrell 26, B. Turner 16 lt J. Jones 28, I. Bray 22 drew L. Polkinghorne 22. Numurkah 58-0 lt Wunghnu
109-16 W. Werner 26 lt P. Graham 29, P. Smith 21 lt I. Newby 32, A. Crawford 11 lt R. Burkitt 48. Ladder: Jerilderie 30, Wunghnu 30, Finley RSC 17, Cobram 15, Tocum- wal Golf 15, Numurkah 14, Barooga Sports 4, Numurkah Golf 3.
DIVISION FOUR Barooga Sports 46-14 d Tocumwal
Golf 36-0 V. Toohey 25 d N. Dicker 17, G. Brown 21 d W. Atkins 19. Tocumwal Golf 69-14 d Berrigan
25-0 A. Whiteside 35 d S. Goldsmith 9, R. Adams 25 d B. Daly 16. Strathmerton 43-0 lt Cobram 47-14
P. Philippe 26 lt N. Walsh 28, J. Jasper 17 lt J. Burkitt 19. Ladder: Tocumwal Golf 20, Barooga Sports 20, Cobram 20, Strathmerton 10, Tocumwal Golf 0, Berrigan 0, Katandra West 0, Finley 0.
Jerilderie bowls captain John Bryce, Murrumbidgee Mayor Ruth McRae and Jerilderie Sports Club chairman Colin Bryce with the club’s new multipurpose grooming brush.
Lachie O’Dwyer in action at the charity day on Sunday
Tom Whelan sending down a bowl at the Berrigan Community Charity Combined Golf and Bowls Day.