The Cobram Courier



With a couple of ladies’ 100-up games played on Tuesday it only left one rink of 2-4-2 pairs playing out a draw! We’d love to see more players on the green. Get your names in by Monday afternoon if possible for a 9.30am start on Tuesday.

Wednesday saw three Cobram teams make the short trek to Tocumwal for Ladies’ Trade Day, where the bowls was enjoyable on an almost windless day, although it heated up when the clouds burned off. At the end of the day the winners were Joy Mynard, Carol Mathers and Glenda Mann, with runners-up Pam Smith from Numurkah. I’m sure it has been said before but it is a great day when players can test their skills in different positions while enjoying great company. Numurkah hosted Men’s Trade Day on Thursday when there were five three-game winners, but the top points went to Cobram’s John Dixon, Ron Dougherty and Paul McKay.

Friday pennant produced a tight game for division one in a ‘must win’ contest at Barooga, playing on the top green as they await the replacemen­t of the carpet outside the club house.

At the end of the day it was Barooga taking the game points, being three shots up and winning two rinks. This puts Cobram out of the four and looking for some miracles in the final two games. Marj McDonald’s winning rink had a battle all day with Carol Wigg, while Kerry Baldacchin­o’s four ended agonisingl­y short, being one shot down to Ruth Burnett. Meanwhile Glenda Mann’s rink against Dianne Nye was not able to counter the accuracy of Barooga’s Des Toohey.

While division two also lost to Numurkah Golf they remain in fourth place on the ladder but next week take on fifth-placed Katandra West who are only two points behind.

Hopefully the home green will be to Tigers’ advantage. Brenda Smethurst’s four had a strong game against Kaye Hocking, and after securing an eight-shot lead on the eighth end, kept the pressure on to finish the day seven shots up. Carol Mathers’ crew scored seven unanswered shots on the final five ends against Helen Eddy, to fall short by four shots. But Barb Turner’s rink was not able to recover from the three consecutiv­e mid-game multiple-shot ends

from Lorraine Milner’s team. Saturday division one saw a top of the table clash between second-placed Cobram against top side Numurkah Golf. With only four points separating the two clubs, the winner of the sectional match would be rewarded with top position on the ladder for the week, and possibly a double chance come finals.

The game saw two rinks battle it out in an extremely close affair, which you would expect of a oneversus-two clash. While Ray Parks’ rink played some exceptiona­l bowls, they were matched by Mark Jones’ four with the game going down to the wire. Ray Parks had an opportunit­y to draw or win the rink with his last bowl of the day, only to see the head rearranged in Numurkah Golf’s favour in the end, resulting in the home team capturing two points.

John Dixon and Geoff Sutcliffe had a very similar game with the rink points going down to the last bowl. Tight heads all day ended with the home side once again victorious, but only by one shot.

With two very close rink results, the game came down to the outcome between Steve Tatnall and “Chops” Stanger. The Cobram four on this particular rink was relentless in peppering the jack all day. With countless numbers of Cobram bowls in the head, the Numurkah Golf skip was constantly under pressure to produce game-saving bowls, end after end.

Greg Thorne played his best game of the year and was supported by others in the rink, including Alan McDonald. A 24-shot win to the Tigers on the rink was more than enough to earn top spot on the ladder with two home and away games of the season remaining. Division two made the journey to Jerilderie for a game on their new deck and proved a happy hunting ground for the Tigers. Colin McDonald’s crew returned to the winner’s circle with a solid

in front all game win against Terry Chaplin. Again Pat Quinane’s four kept the pressure on Col Bryce and led all game. On the third rink John Anders’ team was not able to match the scorecard pressure from Lucy Gurciullo’s foursome over the last seven ends, only scoring three shots to Jerilderie’s nine. But game points to Cobram sees them retain second position on the combined ladder, but more importantl­y top of the northern section ladder. Division three had a couple of last minute changes to its side but took game points against Berrigan with two rink wins. Carol Doherty’s rink had an explosive first half, keeping David Woodward’s crew scoreless for the first 11 ends. But not for the first time, Woodward steamed home in the second half but fell short of the Tigers’ score by three shots.

With Tiger Cubs Andrew “Rowdy” Giblin and Braidon Johnson at his front end, Russell Sullivan consolidat­ed their win against Rachel Head by keeping Berrigan scoreless for the final five ends of the game. Braidon played some handy shots to prepare the head for the Tigers’ third and skip. On the third rink, leads Luke Dunn and David Fox had an even battle. But after a strong start, being kept scoreless for the middle seven ends proved a hill too high to climb for Glenn Murphy against Darron Fruend, with the Tigers down by two shots. Cobram 3 are third on the ladder. Cobram 4, also with some last minute changes, travelled to Finley to take on their number three side. Alan Temple finished with a fourshot win over Norman Barnes with the Tigers needing the unanswered shots on the final three ends to secure rink points. On the second rink Ian Bray’s crew kept in touch with Bob Poore until the 15th end but Finley’s 11 shots to Cobram’s one on the run home was the Tigers’ undoing. Cobram 4 retains second place on the ladder, but there is only four points between

second and fifth places.

This week it was the turn for Cobram 5 to take on Barooga

4, but this time across the river. Again, there were some last-minute changes to the line-up that took to the carpet. Glenda Mann fought back from eight shots down to be level with Jill Toohey on the 13th end, but despite winning the final four ends the Tigers fell one shot short on the day after dropping eight shots in the preceding two ends. Mann was not able to dislodge the one Barooga bowl that Liz Ewing had managed to infiltrate into an otherwise tight Cobram head on the final end. Jim Burkitt found himself seven shots down against Heather Crosthwait­e in the middle of the game, but some good bowls from all four team members saw the rink score level going in to the final end. Cobram needed two shots to win the game points, but it was not to be and Heather’s crew bowled to please their skip (and the selectors) to take the rink and secure the game. Murray Playing Area State Fours Finals

The finals of the Murray Area State Fours were played at Numurkah Golf on Sunday, February 13. Congratula­tions to the four teams who made the finals.

In the ladies’ it was the Cobram four of Christine Dunne, Carolyn (Carol) Mathers, Kerry Baldacchin­o skipped by Marj McDonald who are champions after defeating the Numurkah team of Robyn Aumann, Robyn Gilmour, Pam Smith and Ann Dealy (s). Read the full report at https:// murraybowl­ au/state-fours-winners/ for details of how the ladies achieved their winning score of, 20-14.

In the men’s event it was the Wunghnu team of Doug Larkin, Graham King and Trevor Hosie skipped by Peter Revell who will progress to the regional final after a strong win over Barooga’s Jeff Nisbet, John Sullivan and Peter Russell skipped by Ian Smethurst.

We wish our Murray Playing Area representa­tives every success against the GV champions, and beyond.

 ?? ?? Ladies’ State Fours champions: (l-r) Marj McDonald, Kerry Baldacchin­o, Carol Mathers and Christine Dunne.
Ladies’ State Fours champions: (l-r) Marj McDonald, Kerry Baldacchin­o, Carol Mathers and Christine Dunne.
 ?? ?? Watching on: Friday division one between Cobram and Barooga.
Watching on: Friday division one between Cobram and Barooga.

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