City of Echuca

The Riverine Herald - - SPORT -

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.

Lock­ing­ton

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.

Rochester

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.

Cath Grey.

NER­VOUS WAIT: Sandy Plow­man (Rich River) and Lucy Shep­herd (Moama) watch on pen­sively. Pic­tures:

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