City of Echuca
Pat Schram and Brent Reiner are the singles champions at City of Echuca for the current season.
The B grade singles champions are Belinda Chong and Dennis Portwine.
The finals of the club singles were played on Friday December 21 in atrocious conditions, with an extremely strong wind making it difficult for the bowlers to find any consistency.
Schram competed against Michelle Cunnington in the ladies final. Michelle started better and gained a 7-0 lead after four ends.
After 15 ends, Michelle led 17-11 but Pat scored a single and a three to once again, be back in the game.
At 19-all both players were still feeling the frustration of the strong wind but Schram found better weight control and scored a valuable four on the 23rd end to lead the game 23-19. Pat finished off the game to take out her first club singles title. She will now represent City of Echuca in the CVBD champion of champions this month.
Brent Reiner competed against Dennis Portwine in the men’s final. Brent and Dennis also found the conditions tough but Reiner had good weight control in the wind and always held a good lead in the match.
After 17 ends, Reiner scored a two to win comfortably. He will also represent City of Echuca in the CVBD champion of champions.
Belinda Chong and Gayle Kerr competed in the B grade ladies final, and after 21 ends Chong led 21-7. Gayle settled into the match at this stage, and scored on three of the next four ends, but the lead was too much to peg back. Werner 0408 568 338 or the club 5880 3200.
For the final game of social bowls for the year, the women played pairs. The winning team was Annette Brereton and Pauline Humbert (skip) in a dynamic display of bowls.
The women will resume social bowls on Tuesday, while the club championships were decided during the week and resulted in some spinetingling moments for the large crowd of supporters as both matches reached the stage of 24-all.
In the women's championship Kath Palmer and Lorraine Appleby both produced big moments but it was Palmer who got one up, winning 25-24.
The men's championship was played between current champion Ray Hanson and three times champion Russell Shawcross.
After a long final jack it was Hanson who celebrated back-to-back titles, 25-24.
In round 11 of CVBD pennant competition, both division two and four sides played host to Moama.
Division two match saw Moama far too strong and won all rinks in a 91-52 victory. Division four collected one rink win, only to lose the match 63-78 against the top team.
In club competitions Don Isgro proved too consistent for Chris Stewart in a round of the 100-Up. Isgro managed to hold the fort and win the contest 100-89.
In the B grade championship semifinal Owen McPhee proceeded to the final after defeating Dave Thomas in a marathon game of bowls. Andrew Harris is to play Ken Gibbon with the winner to meet Les Brereton in the other semi-final.
The club celebrated the annual Christmas break-up with a large gathering of members and guests. Several items were drawn in the lengthy special competition which made a lot of people happy.
The club wish to offer Get-well wishes to bowls legend Roy Perks who is receiving treatment. The club is pleased to have Annie Haines back on track and looking well.
Another week and bowls will be gathering momentum to a big finish in pennant bowls this season. Midweek pennant resumes on January 11 with weekend pennant starting on the 12th.
Ross Turner and Peter Stack defeated Bill Anderson and Cameron Keenan in the club pairs, while in 21-up, Hedley Moon defeated Tim Quinlan.
Tomorrow the club will hold a three-bowl pairs tournament starting at 12.30pm.
Club-drawn triples starts at 6.30pm on Tuesday January 15 and the Jack Baker Fours starts at 6.30pm on Tuesday 22nd.
The Ladies Morning Fours Tournament is on Wednesday starting at 9am. A ladies meeting will be held at 1pm on Tuesday.
Best wishes and good luck to Cameron Keenan who has been selected to play for the Victorian under-18 team against South Australia at Geelong City Bowls Club starting on Tuesday.
The final of the ladies open championship singles will be played on Sunday January 13 at 10am.
Best of luck to club champion Ash Vesty who is set to play in the CVBD Champion of Champions tomorrow.
Vesty defeated Les Walles in the final of the men’s singles championship in a top quality game with excellent draw bowls on a fast green.
In the club pairs Daryl Hooper and Peter Stahl defeated Mick Ellis and David Marshall, Kelvin Wiffen and Garth Wiffen defeated Don Gillies and Les Walles in a great game where an extra end was required to decide the game.
Saturday will be the three-bowl pairs tournament starting at 12.30pm.
Congratulations to Norm Hodge, Richard Feuk, Les Walles and Graham Willis who won the Echuca Xmas Fours.
Another good week of weekend pennant bowls saw divisions one, two and three all recording good wins and division four falling just short against the strong Mathoura side.
The ladies club championship singles event will be played on Sunday January 13 from 10am. Other club events played, 100-up Lorraine Bond defeated Jenny Major, 21-up Mary Burrows received a walkover from Sam Watkins. businessman Nick Ryan from Rochester Floors along with Jayden Weppner for the installation of artificial turf around the surrounds of the green.
A big thank you also to Steve Hoare for his work on the signage of the new scoreboards at the back of the green.
We wish to also recognise Ramon Rathjen and his team of workers for the work that has been done on the greens.
It is wonderful to have people in the community who are willing to give up their time to help the club — members are very appreciative of all contributions made.
Ramon Rathjen and Diane Chandler won the club championship recently, with Ramon bringing his count to nine championships, and Diane’s count to two.
The men’s semi-final saw Ramon play superb bowls to defeat Dean Wallace 25-4. In the other semi Greg played consistent bowls to defeat John Vale 25-11.
Ramon and Greg played for the club championship with Ramon taking late control and winning 25-17 on the 28th end.
In the ladies, Marg Brown started off well in the semi-final against Rosie McIntosh bowling well to lead 20-8 after 17 ends.
Rosie then fought back to 18-21 after 21 ends but Marg settled and went on to win 28-20 after 25 ends.
Diane Chandler took an early lead against Christine Oliver and after a short comeback, Di won 26-17.
In other news, Greg Chandler decided to try his hand at the Vic State Singles title and travelled to Mooroopna Bowls Club to take on the big guns from the region.
After sneaking past Geoff Franze from Shepp East, Greg next played Shane McIntosh and after a short battle, Greg crept away the last few ends to come away with a 25-20 win.
He will now head back to Mooroopna on Sunday to play a quarter-final against Scott Adams.
NERVOUS WAIT: Sandy Plowman (Rich River) and Lucy Shepherd (Moama) watch on pensively. Pictures: