Lau­rie claims Goul­burn Murray win

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Ber­ri­gan The high­light of the week was Lau­rie ‘Skinny’ Way win­ning the Cen­tral Goul­burn Murray Men’s Novice Sin­gles event at Shepparton East Bowls Club on Sun­day.

Way de­feated Richard Han­son 21 to 10 to take the ti­tle, show­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary com­po­sure in the blus­tery con­di­tions.

It was Way’s con­sis­tent draw bowl­ing that took him to the ti­tle as he picked up the length early to ap­ply pres­sure to his Shepparton East op­po­nent.

By the 10th end, Way’s pres­sure fi­nally told and he picked up a ‘four’, fol­lowed by a ‘three’ on the next end to skip out to a match­win­ning lead.

Way with­stood a late fight­back to hold his nerve to win.

From here Way will com­pete for the State Novice Sin­gles ti­tle likely to be held at Mul­grave Coun­try Club in early Fe­bru­ary.

Af­ter the pre­vi­ous week’s thrash­ing at the hands of Co­bram, the Satur­day Di­vi­sion Two team made a re­turn to the win­ner’s list with an upset vic­tory over sec­ond-placed Fin­ley at Fin­ley 94 to 84 (14-4).

Graeme Cle­ments and his rink of Neville Burke, Roy Ed­wards and Davey Fox led the way with a 25 to 15 win with Paul Glanvill hold­ing on for a 26 to 24 win.

For the other two rinks, it was a case of close but not close enough – both los­ing by a soli­tary shot.

Rick Brad­bury lost 22 to 21 and Barry Hutchin­son was pipped 23 to 22.

The win sees Ber­ri­gan re­tain fifth spot on the lad­der at the half­way stage with plenty to look for­ward to in the sec­ond half of the sea­son.

This week they take on third-placed Ba­rooga Sports on the car­pet at Ba­rooga.

The Di­vi­sion Four team also played Fin­ley at Fin­ley and while they fought hard, their in­ex­pe­ri­ence showed at times as they went down with a fi­nal margin of 59 to 39 (14-0).

Bill Daly had a tough day at the of­fice go­ing down 32 to 15 while David Reynold­son and his rink of David Wood­ward, Joe Cot­tam and David O’Dwyer were un­able to hold off a fast-fin­ish­ing Fin­ley af­ter lead­ing all day – los­ing on the very last end 27 to 24.

Di­vi­sion Four will also travel to Ba­rooga this week with a break­through win get­ting closer ev­ery week.

A slow start for the Fri­day Di­vi­sion Two team left them too big a job late in the game – go­ing down to Nu­murkah Golf 75 to 63 (16-0).

Nan Dart lost nar­rowly 24 to 22 and Glenys McKay was equally close to a win, de­feated 27 to 25. Elaine Hawkins bat­tled hard, los­ing 24 to 16.

Again, the Fri­day team were com­pet­i­tive and while they sit sev­enth on the lad­der at the mo­ment they can be con­fi­dent they can give any team in the com­pe­ti­tion a real shake.

The Fri­day team re­turns to Nu­murkah this week to take on Nu­murkah Town.

Af­ter the weath­er­im­posed hia­tus, twi­light bowls re­turned to Ber­ri­gan on Thurs­day night.

It was the team of Jo Sone, Si­mone Toll and Paul Harper that took home a $10 club voucher each as the win­ning team.

There are two weeks to go in this sea­son’s twi­light bowls with all wel­come to play.

Fin­ley BC Round seven of the Murray Bowls Di­vi­sion saw Fin­ley suf­fer a de­feat to Nu­murkah by four shots, 75 to 71 (12-4) on Fri­day.

Nan’s team had a great 38 to 18 vic­tory to keep the margin close, but it wasn’t enough for the over­all win.

Round eight will see Fin­ley host­ing Co­bram on Fri­day.

Teams are as fol­lows: N Smith (s), A Haines, G Welsh, S.Montgomery; B Robin­son (s), H Tabe, L McKel­lar, S Walsh; T Miles (s), B An­der­son, M Koschel, B Boyd. Roll-up at 9.15am.

Di­vi­sion Two con­ceded de­feat against against Ber­ri­gan by 10 shots, 94 to 84, with both sides hav­ing two win­ning rinks in round seven of the Satur­day pen­nant sea­son.

In Div. Four, Fin­ley de­feated Ber­ri­gan com­fort­ably, with 59 shots to 39 (14-0),

Round eight is at Tocumwal, for both Div. Two and Div. Four. Cars will leave at 12.15pm.

Div Two teams: A Haines (s), H Tabe, L McKel­lar, A Cowan; S Johnson (s), N Smith, B An­der­son, B Robin­son; B Mi­son (s), G Trevor­row, N Wil­son, H Robin­son; D McKel­lar (s), G Close, T Miles, R Koschel.

Div. Four teams: G Pyle (s), L Walsh, M Milthorpe, N Cole; B Wike (s), N Barnes, S Walsh, B Poore.

The Northern Triples main­tains a good level of com­pe­ti­tion. The av­er­age at­ten­dance is good with 14 teams at Ber­ri­gan last week.

It is ex­pected this level will be main­tained for the year.

Win­ner at Ber­ri­gan was Alan Hard­cas­tle's Deni RSL team, with ev­er­green Roy Ed­wards be­ing run­ner-up.

The next round will be at Fin­ley on Tues­day.

Phone en­tries to del­e­gate Des Koschel or Ray Wood.

In the club cham­pi­onships Gail Welsh de­feated So­nia Montgomery; Bob Poore de­feated Ray Koschel and cur­rent champ Ge­off Trevor­row de­feated Steve Johnson.

The fundrais­ing evening held to as­sist St Joseph’s school was suc­cess­ful.

A to­tal of $1972 was raised which will pro­vide the many ex­tras needed at ev­ery school.

There are a lot of so­cial events com­ing up soon.

A free bar­be­cue and bowls evening will be staged on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 12 to as­sist lo­cal farm­ers.

This event is spon­sored by Tatt’s Bowlers, Mel­bourne.

This evening should ap­peal to all who wish to sup­port farm­ers in the present cri­sis that is be­ing faced. As a spe­cial, free drinks are avail­able for chil­dren.

Raf­fle night for the next three Fri­days will fea­ture hams and K & A seafood vouch­ers.

Mem­bers are no­ti­fied that the Christ­mas party will be held on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15 and will in­clude the 70th club birth­day cel­e­bra­tions.

All mem­bers are in­vited to at­tend. Please record your ac­cep­tance on the sheet pro­vided.

Raf­fle ros­ter Walsh. of­fi­cial: L

Tocumwal What a busy time for all the bowlers in our dis­trict.

To­day saw the be­gin­ning of the Club Mixed Pairs, Tues­day the Ladies Cana­dian Pairs, then on Sun­day next the State Ladies and Men’s Pairs, Murray Bowls Di­vi­sion be­gin.

Tues­day morn­ing is so­cial bowls. All bowlers are wel­come, names on the list in the club­house or be at the club by 9.30am.

Last week’s win­ners were Elaine Ball, Donna Carter and Ch­eryl Towns­ing.

There will be a Christ­mas themed day on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 18 at 9am for 9.30am.

Please come along to wish us all a Merry Christ­mas. Bring a Kris Kringle gift to value of $10.

The pen­nant teams are all work­ing hard to bring home a flag this year.

Re­sults from last week are as fol­lows:

Fri­day Di­vi­sion One – Tocumwal 1(sec­ond on lad­der) lost to Ba­rooga Sports, 75 to 63.

Fri­day Di­vi­sion Two – Tocumwal 2 (third) def. Nu­murkah 2, 80 to 65.

Satur­day Di­vi­sion Two - Tocumwal 1 (first) def. Ba­rooga Sports, 122 to 69.

Satur­day Di­vi­sion Three - Tocumwal 2 (sec­ond) lost to Ba­rooga Sports 3, 69 to 67.

Satur­day Di­vi­sion Four - Tocumwal 3 (first) def. Ba­rooga Sports 4, 45 to 30; Tocumwal 4 (fifth) def. Co­bram 4, 49 to 35.

Still a few more weeks of Bare­foot Bowls be­fore Christ­mas.

Even if you do not want to play come along and en­joy the fun un­der the lights ev­ery Mon­day night.

Fin­ley RS A group of Fin­ley RS bowlers trav­elled to Shepparton East Bowls Club last Sun­day to watch Kerry Turner play off in the grand fi­nal of the Cen­tral Goul­burn Murray re­gion Women’s Novice.

Play­ing on car­pet in windy con­di­tions, Kerry got off to a slow start be­fore hit­ting her straps and tak­ing a 13 to 11 lead af­ter 12 ends.

Jan Mc­Clure (Shepparton Golf) staged a come­back with the lead chang­ing hands be­fore both ladies tied on the 25th end, 20-all.

A good bowl from Kerry’s op­po­nent took the shot and with Kerry’s last bowl touch­ing the jack, was very un­lucky to see it just roll to her op­po­nent’s bowl giv­ing Jan the 21 to 20 vic­tory on the 26th end.

Both ladies played some ex­cel­lent bowls in try­ing con­di­tions and should be con­grat­u­lated for a high stan­dard game of bowls.

Well done Kerry for reach­ing the fi­nal in only your fourth month of play­ing the game.

Mem­bers are com­ing to the pointy end of the A grade sin­gles club com­pe­ti­tion with Peter Wil­son de­feat­ing Gary Beer in a close game last Fri­day.

Other games will be com­pleted over the next cou­ple of weeks.

Karen Pea­cock and Iris Reynolds played their semi fi­nal yesterday with the win­ner pro­gress­ing to the fi­nal against Di Re­tal­lick which will be played next week.

Mem­bers are asked to keep an eye on the no­tice board for in­for­ma­tion of the Christ­mas event.

Ladies B grade will start next week so those el­i­gi­ble please place your names on the en­try sheet.

Last week’s pen­nant re­sults were not the best but all teams earned some points to keep them in the fi­nals hunt.

Satur­day pen­nant teams are as fol­lows:

Di­vi­sion One v Strath­mer­ton (away) - K Johnson, J Pea­cock, D Polk­inghorne, A West (s); T Turner, D Brown, M Lewis, W Blanch (s); P Wil­son, D Hutchins, D Re­tal­lick, I Smethurst (s); B Birthis­ell, D Walsh, M Krug, R Brown(s). Bowlers are to leave the club at 12.15pm.

Di­vi­sion Three v Wunghnu (home) - N In­gram, K Turner, J Reynolds, G Beer (s); J Ma­her, G Scorgie, M Mar­aldo, K Pea­cock (s); B Ferry, O Cochrane, N Thomas, A Thomas (s).

Emer­gen­cies - S Mal­one, I Reynolds, C Sut­cliffe, R Ferry.

Jer­ilderie Jer­ilderie’s sec­ond road trip to Nu­murkah was an en­joy­able af­ter­noon of bowls where scores ended in a draw.

Terry Chap­lain’s rink played very well to win 27 to 16.

Their rink was drawn on the 19th end, be­fore putting their foot down to get 12 shots to one in the last six ends for the only rink win on the day.

Lucy Gur­ci­ullo’s rink had only scored on three ends at half time, but only al­lowed Nu­murkah two more ends fol­low­ing the break to go down 27 to 25.

Their fight­back was in­stru­men­tal in the team draw­ing the day.

Col Bryce’s rink had their first loss for the sea­son, de­feated 26 to 17.

Thanks to all the clubs at the half­way mark of the draw, the vol­un­teers are an ex­cep­tional com­mu­nity sup­port base that are in­stru­men­tal in keep­ing the sport and the clubs sur­viv­ing.

Ber­ri­gan bowler Lau­rie Way (left) with Cen­tral Goul­burn Murray rep­re­sen­ta­tive Maurice Row­lands af­ter the fi­nal of the Men’s Novice Sin­gles in Shepparton East.

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