Tatura ladder triumph
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.
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.
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.