Tatura lad­der tri­umph

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Tatura

Tatura Bowls Club’s Di­vi­sion 2 side ven­tured away to com­bat topof-the-lad­der Kyabram and sur­prised all scep­tics by clean­ing up the op­po­si­tion on all four rinks, 114 to 90 shots and 18 points to zilch.

Although at the half­way mark of the pen­nant sea­son and with the lad­der move only from sev­enth to sixth, the Di­vi­sion 2 side is now in touch of mak­ing the top four.

Pe­ter LeSueur (S), Pe­ter Wal­lis, Rod Kirby and Dar­ryn Car­pen­ter set the pat­tern with a re­sound­ing 11-shot win against Bob Canute, 37 to 26.

The game was evenly matched 13 ends to 12 but Tatura achieved — and it doesn’t of­ten hap­pen — the mag­i­cal score of an eight on one end.

John Attwood was hav­ing a tough tus­sle against Pe­ter O’Brien and was three shots down on the 20th end. Scor­ing 11 shots in the re­main­ing five ends, Attwood was home by eight shots, 30 to 22.

Bren­don Boyd against Phil Den­ham won only 10 ends but scor­ing reg­u­larly high num­bers kept them in the game.

Win­ning five shots on the last two ends saw a three-shot deficit turn into a great two-shot vic­tory, 26 to 24.

Bren­don’s brother and fel­low skip­per Nick Boyd also saw a come-from-be­hind win when four shots on the last two ends gave him a three-shot win.

The clash of the top two lad­der lead­ers— home-town ri­vals Tatura and Hill Top — in Di­vi­sion 6 saw the Hill Top vis­i­tors com­fort­ably ac­count for Tatura, 68 to 78 shots and two points to 14.

Terry Gale’s rink strug­gled against Pe­ter Ib­bott and was well beaten by 16 shots, 14 to 30.

Adrian Barry ap­peared to be in des­per­ate trou­ble against John Cle­ment at the half­way mark when down 22 to 12 but fought back to just fail by four shots, 29 to 25.

Paul Hussey was the Tatura shin­ing light and, at one stage when the over­all match score in the con­clud­ing stages was only three shots dif­fer­ence, looked like carry- ing the other two rinks through to a vic­tory.

Hussey was lead­ing 29 to 11 on the 21st end but Hill Top’s Shay scored eight shots in the last four ends to even­tu­ally suc­cumb to Hussey by just 10 shots.

Tatura re­ceived a re­al­ity check and although still well in the four will need to im­prove if it wishes to fea­ture in the fi­nal game of the sea­son.

Tatura’s Men’s Club Cham­pi­onship is down to the fi­nal with 17-year-old gun bowler Josh LeSueur tak­ing on Dar­ryn Car­pen­ter who also will be chas­ing his first club cham­pi­onship.

Josh has cleaned up quite a bit of tal­ent on his path through to the fi­nal, elim­i­nat­ing three re­cent club cham­pi­ons, and a great match be­tween the two is ex­pected.

Last Fri­day night the Tatura Bowls Club mem­bers, guests and spon­sors of the club en­joyed a Christ­mas break-up at the club.

Next week is the fi­nal pen­nant matches be­fore the Christ­mas break with pen­nant to re­sume in the new year on Jan­uary 12.

Hill Top

The ladies’ sin­gles semi-fi­nals were held and the win­ners were Dot Cle­ment and Marg McGur­gan in two great games. Best of luck to Marg and Dot.

Last Tues­day Di­vi­sion 1 had a great game against Mooroopna Golf which was played at Mooroopna. It was a draw with 69 shots each.

Di­vi­sion 3 also played Mooroopna Golf, where Mooroopna Golf was far too good on the day.

Di­vi­sion 4 had a bad day, go­ing down to Rush­worth.

Let’s hope this week will be bet­ter with Di­vi­sion 4 trav­el­ling to Mooroopna, Di­vi­sion 3 go­ing across to Euroa and Di­vi­sion 1 do­ing bat­tle with Kyabram at home.

This is the last round be­fore the Christ­mas break with play re­sum­ing on Jan­uary 10.

Don’t for­get to bring a plate for af­ter­noon tea.

The 60s-and-over match was held at East Shep­par­ton on a hot day and the last game was short­ened to six ends.

It was good to see Nan­cye Bris­bane back play­ing again.

On Wednes­day the Christ­mas break-up will be held at Shep­par­ton Park. Don’t for­get to bring one plate per rink for af­ter­noon tea.

Satur­day’s game saw great re­sults with all four teams hav­ing great wins.

Di­vi­sion 1 de­feated Stan­hope, 87-75.

Gary Rus­sell de­feated John Pat­ter­son 23-16, Mur­ray Stark proved too strong for Rob Arm­strong 23-15, and Jock Hicks won over Shane Walsh 27-16.

Un­for­tu­nately Jar­ryd Tin­ning lost to Rob Pon­ton, 14-28.

Di­vi­sion 3 had an out­stand­ing win against Kyabram, 127-71.

An­drew Cross de­feated T. Hazel­man 33-22, Ken Parks proved too strong for Olivia Cartwright 31-18, John Tucker de­feated R. Har­ri­son 31-15, and Michael Power with the best score on the day de­feated T. Thomp­son 32-16.

Di­vi­sion 4 scraped home by nine shots; Kevin Airs lost to R. Den­nis 21-22; Ray Flett de­feated R. Par­sons 27-20; Paul Ker­rins de­feated Joe Chant 24-18; and Andy Wil­la­ton went down to W. Shep­herd 24-27.

Di­vi­sion 6 de­feated Tatura 78-68. Pe­ter Ib­bott de­feated T. Gale 30-14, Michael Shay went down to P. Hussey 19-29. Di­vi­sion 7 had the bye. Don’t for­get Satur­day night is the Christ­mas break-up at the club. Make sure to book with ei­ther the bistro or the club: cost is $30/head for a two-course meal.

Mer­rigum

This week we hosted Hill Top and shared the rinks but lost over­all by nine shots.

This is sim­i­lar to last week and we re­ally need to be able to go one bet­ter to get back the win­ning feel­ing.

Wayne Shep­herd, Stan Cold­well, John Gil­bert and Barry McMeeken played A. Wil­la­ton and won by three shots.

This rink is surely be­com­ing our most re­li­able rink.

Mer­rigum be­gan badly by drop­ping seven shots on the sec­ond end but by end 13 they had man­aged to draw level.

Af­ter 18 ends they again found them­selves four shots be­hind but over the con­clud­ing ends outscored their op­po­nents by 10 shots to three.

This was a good ef­fort as the teamwas reshuf­fled only mo­ments be­fore the game started.

Our other win­ning rink was Rob Den­nis, Greg Pell, Neil Gar­diner and Jim Arthur — a rink which is hav­ing good re­sults each week.

They were up against K. Airs and won by a soli­tary shot. This was a tight game all day with the scores level on ends six, nine, 15, 21 and 24.

The last end, although a bit scat­tered, saw Rob draw a shot to gain two valu­able points. Well done.

Joe Chant, Graeme Hub­ble, Abby Earl and Car­men Qu­at­troc­chi drew Paul Ker­rins and were out-bowled by a bet­ter side.

Skip­per Paul was in ex­cel­lent form and made sure Mer­rigum never got back into the game.

Mer­rigum man­aged to get within a shot on four oc­ca­sions but could never get the break it so des­per­ately needed. Hill Top won by six shots. In the fi­nal game Barry Par­sons, David Pet­tifer, Pe­ter Hoare and Rob Carver played Ray Flett and lost by seven shots.

They were be­hind from the first end and could never get any closer than two shots be­hind.

Per­haps the se­lec­tors might look at a re­arrange­ment for this rink but there are not many moves left.

Our mid-week played the top team Nagam­bie and lost by two shots.

Mau­reen Shep­herd was our only win­ning skip; Lee and Donna both lost nar­rowly.

Our Christ­mas din­ner is on this Satur­day. Be there by 6.30 pm­for a meal at 7 pm. Please have your money in be­fore Satur­day.

The ham­per com­pe­ti­tion will be drawn on this night; please re­turn your tick­ets.

The club games have reached the semi-fi­nals. Good luck to these play­ers.

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