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Tatura’s divi­sion two were up against this year’s pow­er­house side Tal­ly­ga­roopna and al­though not com­pletely thrashed were not able to in­flict any pain on the vis­i­tors.

Tal­ly­ga­roopna have re­cruited some top tal­ent this year and will be set­ting the bench­mark in divi­sion two of Goul­burn Val­ley Lawn Bowls.

At the 20th end of each rink Tatura was up by 11 shots over­all but got over­run in the con­clu­sive ends.

Ja­son Carter (S), Wally Sin­clair, Terry Gale and Josh LeSueur seemed to have Tally’s Mick Hanna’s side un­der con­trol when lead­ing 14 to 1 and in front all day but ended with a draw 24-all.

Nick Boyd v Terry Ser­afini dropped 11 shots in the last six ends to lose by five shots 22 to 27 and sim­i­larly Pe­ter Wal­lis lost nine shots in the last five ends to go down to Joe Lia by six shots 21 to 27.

John Attwood against the ca­pa­ble Mark Ryan was level 20-all on the 21st end but was out-scored seven shots to one to go down by six shots 21 to 27.

Al­though los­ing over­all 88 to 105 and scor­ing just one point for the draw, the club should see where the last five ends cost them dearly.

Tatura’s divi­sion six play­ing away to Shep­par­ton Golf saw a com­plete re­ver­sal of the divi­sion two re­sult with Tatura scor­ing on three rinks on the last end, a to­tal of 12 shots which shot them into the lead with an over­all win 67 to 63 and 14 points to 2.

Dar­ryn Car­pen­ter played Frank O’Meara and lead­ing from the start was never headed win­ning by seven shots 22 to 15.

Paul Hussey was be­ing well held in his match with John Clurey who was hold­ing an eight-shot lead on the 19th end.

Hussey’s mob, with 13 shots to one in­clud­ing a big five on the last end, came away with a stir­ring vic­tory by four shots, 26 to 22.

Dave Westin was be­ing belted by Gary Grant and with only three ends to play was only half Grant’s to­tal 13 to 26.

Win­ning the last three ends and scor­ing six shots pro­pelled them to a small loss 19 to 26.

How­ever Westin’s rink of Colin John­son, Jeff Hussey and Gra­ham An­drus, who bowled bril­liantly all day, had the pres­sure of the last day’s play.

Go­ing into the last end with the other rinks com­pleted the scores were tied and the fi­nal end re­sult was to de­ter­mine the over­all win­ner.

With An­drus putting two on the cake and with all eyes on skip­per Westin who was full of con­fi­dence, the Tatura rink grabbed four shots for a stir­ring over­all vic­tory.

Play­ers note, the first round of the Club Cham­pi­onship is to be com­pleted by Mon­day, Novem­ber 12.

An­nu­ally as a lead-up to the lawn bowls pen­nant com­pe­ti­tion in the Goul­burn Val­ley Bowls As­so­ci­a­tion, Tatura Bowls Club con­ducts among mem­bers a two bowls com­pe­ti­tion in a sec­tional for­mat with the win­ners in each sec­tion play­ing off in the fi­nals.

The for­mat is an ex­cel­lent way for bowlers to train with just two bowls in a se­ri­ous and com­pet­i­tive man­ner. The cham­pion on the day is recog­nised with his name in­scribed on the Jim Coombs Per­pet­ual Tro­phy.

This year’s keenly fought com­pe­ti­tion saw Nick Tziros pre­vail against Ja­son Carter in the fi­nal.

— John Crilly

Hill Top

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Gra­ham Smith for re­ceiv­ing life mem­ber­ship to Hill Top Golf and Bowls Club. Over many years Gra­ham has given much of his time in as­sist­ing the club where he was able to. Well done Gra­ham.

Mid­week pen­nant saw a great win in divi­sion one against Shep­par­ton Park, 106-16 to 49-0.

Also divi­sion three proved too strong for Sey­mour win­ning 81-1455-2.

Divi­sion four had a close game only go­ing down to top team Nagam­bie by one shot.

In a great re­sult, divi­sion one team Lyn Ni­chol­son 37-2 de­feated Bev Cahill 16.

Jeanette Over­all had a great win against Marika Arm­strong 33-2 15 and Maria Warner’s win against Di Hands 36-18 com­pleted a clean sweep.

This moves Hill Top into third po­si­tion on the divi­sion one lad­der

Divi­sion three are also in third po­si­tion on the lad­der af­ter a con­vinc­ing win against Sey­mour 81-14 - 55-2.

Marg McGur­gan’s team, which in­cluded Sue Ni­hill, Glenda Smith, and Bruce Durston took out the coach’s award win­ning by 26 shots.

Sue More­ton had a close game win­ning 23-21 against B. Plum and Robyn Downs just missed out on a win los­ing by two shots to A. Cas­sar.

Divi­sion four’s game was neckand-neck, with the vis­i­tors Nagam­bie win­ning by one shot, 65-64.

Chris Pop­ple de­feated F. Smith 23-20; Dot Cle­ment went down on the last end to L. Sin­den 20-22; and Betty Durston also lost the chance to win by not scor­ing on the last two ends to lose 21-23.

Satur­day pen­nant saw divi­sion one be­ing de­feated by top team Kyabram 97-76.

Mur­ray Stark’s rink was the only win­ner for the day; L. Far­rell 20-21, J.Tin­ning 16-28 and Jock Hicks 13-29.

Divi­sion three had a good win against Mooroopna 98-72; Maria Warner’s rink 28-13, Ken Parks 21-19, Garry Mansfield 28-25 and Mike Power 21-25.

Divi­sion four Dookie was too strong for Hill Top 93-67; Barry Ib­bott 22-20, Ray Flett 14-20; Lau­rie Mer­ritt 16-21 and Andy Wil­la­ton 15-32.

Divi­sion six had a great win de­feat­ing Mooroopna Golf 92-48; Pe­ter Ib­bott 22-20, Mike Shay 28-20, and win­ning the coach’s award was John Cle­ment 35-11.

Divi­sion seven Avenel were the win­ners 50-37; Robert Fer­gu­son 20-27 and G. Trevaskis 17-23.

Well done Jeanette Over­all, Di Downie, Lyn Ni­chol­son and Sue More­ton reach­ing the Goul­burn Val­ley ver­sus the Ovens and Mur­ray Chal­lenge Day on Fri­day, Novem­ber 9 at Shep­par­ton Park.

A re­minder to all play­ers tak­ing part in the Club Cham­pi­onships to check the dates for each round to be com­pleted.

No mid­week pen­nant this week due to Mel­bourne Cup but Satur­day pen­nant is on this Satur­day.

Murchi­son

The un­veil­ing of our new uni­forms sparked the Murchi­son play­ers to give it their best shot against the favourite East Shep­par­ton mob, and this they did proudly.

Two rinks drew — Jim Twed­dle and Derek An­der­son. The other two won by two shots each — Gor­don Thomp­son and Michael Har­ris.

A great morale booster for the small-num­bered club.

The Satur­day pen­nant now has 19 play­ers to se­lect from, al­low­ing three bankers each week on a rest/ro­ta­tion ba­sis.

It has been many years since Murchi­son has had that lux­ury, which will come in handy for our el­derly gen­tle­men as the weather heats up.

Mer­rigum

Win­ners were grin­ners for the first time this year when the divi­sion four team de­feated their south­ern friends, Avenel, by 20 shots.

We man­aged to win three of the four rinks to fi­nally get a de­cent score on the board.

The green was run­ning 16 sec­onds and proved a hand­ful for those who wouldn’t take enough grass.

Green keeper Rob Den­nis is plan­ning to have the green at its peak for the Vic Open which be­gins in Mer­rigum on Fri­day, Novem­ber 16.

Our big­gest win­ner for the day was the new com­bi­na­tion of Rob Den­nis, Greg Pell, Neil Gar­diner and Chris French who de­feated David Furletti by 19 shots.

This rink had to be cob­bled to­gether by the se­lec­tors as three of our reg­u­lar play­ers were un­avail­able.

They led com­fort­ably all day and at the start of the cham­pi­onship ends held a lead of 11 shots.

On the last ends they man­aged to add an­other nine shots to their op­po­nent’s sin­gle shot. Well done! This will give the se­lec­tors some­thing to think about.

Joe Chant, Graeme Hub­ble, Abby Earl and Car­men Qu­at­troc­chi met Den­nis McGre­gor and won by seven shots. They led from the first end and were able to main­tain this mar­gin with­out ever look­ing like hav­ing a much bet­ter win.

In their last five ends they could only score one sin­gle while the op­po­si­tion scored five shots but this wasn’t enough to change the re­sult.

Jim Arthur’s rink of Barry Par­sons, Noreen Earl and Rob Carver also won by seven shots. They were matched up with Howard Geldard.

It was pleas­ing to see Barry Par­sons back play­ing at Mer­rigum. Barry was one of our bet­ter bowlers for years and we cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­ate him com­ing back to the fold.

Jim’s rink got away to a great start and led by 12 shots af­ter the 10th end. To their credit the Avenel rink staged a come­back to nar­row the mar­gin to seven shots at the end of the game. Thanks to Noreen for help­ing us out once again.

Wayne Shep­herd, Stan Cold­well, John Gilbert and Sparks McMeeken were no match for Noel Slater and went down by 13 shots.

Last week these boys were our only win­ner so it is funny how quickly things change.

Avenel started con­fi­dently and led by five shots af­ter 10 ends. Not to be out­done Mer­rigum hit back to level the game af­ter 16 ends. How­ever over the fi­nal ends the home team were outscored by 17 shots to four.

On Sun­day we en­joyed a great af­ter­noon as the guests of mem­ber Graeme Hub­ble who pro­vided us with a scrump­tious lunch and a tour of his beau­ti­ful gar­dens. It is a great credit to Graeme for the way he looks af­ter such a huge area.

The mem­bers had an en­joy­able time but I fear some of the men may be wor­ried about the wives’ re­ac­tion to this man’s skills. Thanks to Graeme and his fam­ily for be­ing such gen­er­ous hosts.

The ham­per raf­fle is go­ing along well but we still need to have more items for the fi­nal ham­pers.

We have four days of the Vic Open from Novem­ber 16 to 19. It will be nec­es­sary to have all hands on deck so please make your­self avail­able when asked to as­sist.

On Tues­day night we hosted Ladies in Black at the Plaza and it was a great suc­cess. Thanks to Lee and Mau­reen for all their work and those who sup­ported us.

Mid­week had an­other good win at Mooroopna. They won two rinks and scored 14 points to 2. Win­ning skip­pers were Lee and Donna. Mau­reen missed out nar­rowly.

Our Christ­mas break-up will be catered for at the club on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15. Cost will be $25/head and we will need to know our num­bers at least a week be­fore this date. We can guar­an­tee a fun night. Meal will be served at 7 pm.

— Young Joe

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