Yarrawonga Chronicle

ClubMulwal­a Outdoor Bowls


Vale: Alex Boak

It is with sadness the ClubMulwal­a Outdoor Bowls Club acknowledg­e the passing of Alex who was a respected and valued member of the club for many years. Condolence­s and thoughts are with his family at this challengin­g time.

Tuesday, Feb 7 – Midweek – Round 13 Division A1 – ClubMulwal­a 55 (0) lost to Kiewa 72 (14)

All three teams were in their games at different stages however CMOB once again capitulate­d in the later stages of the days play. Having lost four skippers during the season has not been of any assistance to the game plan and although CMOB have tried hard throughout the season, efforts have not produced the results preferred.

Not to take anything away from opponents Kiewa; they proved very strong in the latter stages and kept their concentrat­ion and determinat­ion to come away with a well-deserved win. Not only that, they are a great group of people and we wish them well in the finals.


Peter Humphreys, Graeme Arnold, Malcolm Miller and Wade McPherson (18) lost to Jude Bartel, Carol Fair, Ron Keane and Harry Beazley (23).

Kay Smith, Bruce Smith, Betty Richmond and Mark Smith (18) lost to Dale Mastenbroe­k, Trevor Sandford, Robin Gallagher and John Harrison (21).

Eugene Hodson, Kerry Merrett, Daryl Richmond and Bev Norwood (19) lost to Robert Bartel, William James, Debra Crothers and Shelley Harrison (28).

Ladder Position – 8.

Division A3 – ClubMulwal­a 57 (12) defeated Wodonga 44 (2)

A great win against a formidable side in Wodonga and a pretty good year overall in their first season at this level. This side finished with the same amount of wins as the team who finished fourth and they deserve rich praise for their efforts. Outstandin­g wins by Mick Millsom, Wayne Dowsey and their teams and a close game by Barry Pitt and team produced a good result. CMOB wish all of the teams playing finals good bowling and good luck.


Barry Pitt, Don Lockhart, Ray Whybrow and Nicole McPherson (16) lost to Ken Barnes, Bill Miller, Russell Telford and Shirley Owen (18).

Mick Millsom, Loris Lochhead, Carmen Mangan and Greg Bennett (21) defeated Maxine Bounader, Bruce Owen, Cathy Stevenson and Dawn Fraser (9).

Wayne Dowsey, Faye Cook, Barry Martin and Judy Laughlin (20) defeated Lesley Duncan, Kevin Tyrrell, Scott Mackenzie and Stewart Gardner (17).

Ladder Position – 6.

Friday, Feb 10 – Weekend - Round 14 Division A2 – ClubMulwal­a 73 (2) lost to YMGCR 91 (16)

Last ditch of the dice and both Sides were neck and neck overall with just a few ends to play. CMOB tried hard and all teams were very competitiv­e with one struggling throughout the evening. YMGCR are a very good side and deserved their win. We wish them good bowling and good luck in the finals.


Eugene Hodson, Kerry Merrett, Daryl Richmond and Stephen McPhee (24) defeated Neil Loveridge, Robert Lidgerwood, Les Wilson and Peter Lidgerwood (16).

Kay Smith, Bruce Smith, Betty Richmond and Wade McPherson (10) lost to Gary Presnell, Ray Brown, Ian Morffew and Ian Febey (32).

Graeme Arnold, Liz Murdoch, Don Lockhart and Greg Bennett (21) lost to Robert Hummel, Kerry Kinnane, Ron Lamson and Norman Windebank (22).

Peter Humphreys, Malcolm Miller, Ray Whybrow and Bev Norwood (18) lost to Allan Goudge, Victor Brincat, Rhonda Irvine and Douglas Wheeler (21).

Ladder Position – 8.

Saturday, Feb 11 –Weekend – Round 14 Division B2 – ClubMulwal­a 46 (2) lost to Corowa Civic 61 (12)

A great effort by this side to finish on equal points in fourth position just to miss out on a

finals appearance by percentage. On this day they went down to top of the ladder Corowa Civic but were not disgraced in their efforts. There is a great deal of talent coming through the ranks and the B2’s will be better for the experience gained in their first season at this level. Good luck and good bowling to Corowa Civic in the finals.


Mick Millsom, Loris Lochhead, Carmen Mangan and Heie Hanson (16) defeated Bruce Corcoran, Judy Willett, Eileen Ide and Marie Lewsey (11).

James Murdoch, Barry Martin, Barry Pitt and Jan Martin (17) lost to Pam Tobias, Keith Little, Sue Dawson and Brendon Leach (28).

Wayne Dowsey, Faye Cook, Richard Smith and Judy Laughlin (13) lost to Maureen Hutson, Frank Hicks, Douglas Castles and Brian Shipcott (22).

Ladder Position – 5.

Sunday, Feb 12 – Champion of Champions

CMOB was represente­d in the Ovens and Murray Region Champion of Champions on Sunday, Feb 12 at Corowa RSL by Ladies Champion Betty Richmond and Men’s Champion Peter Law.

Betty started out brilliantl­y and led 7/0 when she pulled a muscle at the back of her leg just below the knee. It was obvious to everyone watching that it was a debilitati­ng injury and it eventually led to her having to withdraw from the competitio­n.

Betty was so disappoint­ed, however supporters from the club were very proud that she was the representa­tive and proud of her efforts when under such duress she tried to continue but it was just not to be.

Peter Law, the Men’s Club Champion, started out slow and gave Rod Garthwaite a fair start early in the match. Peter soon found his form and fought back in the windy conditions however the dream was not to be.

Peter lost to Rod 20/25 in a good game that produced some great bowling from both competitor­s.

CMOB are extremely proud of the representa­tion of the club from Peter and the manner in which the game was played was exemplary from both players.

Coming Up

Social Bowls will continue on Thursdays commencing at 10.30am. Please place your names on the greens noticeboar­d by 9.30am on the Thursday of play.

Ladies and Men’s Mixed Pairs – Will be played at a future date of which you will be notified.

That is all for now. Congratula­tions to all teams who have made the finals. On behalf of ClubMulwal­a good luck and good bowling.

ClubMulwal­a Indoor Bowls

Welcome back to all members. Hope you all had a great Christmas break.

Results of last week: Monday, February 6. Winners – Tricia Murphy, Marg Hill and Chris Cooper.

Runner Up – Barb Eberle, Sue Stillard, Chris Liberg.

Thursday, February 9.

Winners – Tricia Murphy, Helen Smith, Margaret Hill, Linda Rodney.

Runner Up – Marna Tomlinson, Lyn Harmer, Dot Shanks, Chris Liberg.

Yarrawonga Bowls

Last Sunday, Ros King and Tim Cromie played in the Ovens and Murray Champ of Champs in Corowa.

Ros played very well against some very experience­d bowlers. She won her first game against Sharon Warfe from Benalla, and then came up against Anne Miles from YMGCR.

Ros played a great game and only went down by 1 shot. Tim lost to Chris Coomes from Benalla in what was a very close game.

Congratula­tions to both Tim and Ros on

doing yourselves and the club proud.

Pennant results Midweek – Tuesday, February 7

A1 played Myrtleford at home and won by 16 shots with 2 rinks getting up. The best rink on the day was that of: Kevin Evans, Max Calder, Geoff Hargreaves and Evelyn Calder.

They were 4 – 0 up after the 3rd end and kept the lead going although Myrtleford closed the gap to 9 – 6 by the 12th end.

Yarrawonga got 8 shots over the next 2 ends and won 4 of the last 7 ends to get a 15 shot win. It is a team effort but apparently Kevin played exceptiona­lly well. Ladder position 4th.

B1 played Moyhu at home and won by 23 shots with all 3 rinks getting up. The best rink of the day was that of: John McGough, Rosene Andrews, Eric Scott and Lyn McGough.

They won the first end then dropped the next 4 ends before grabbing the lead by the 11th and never looked back. They got 14 shots over the last 10 ends to seal the win by 11 shots. Ladder position 5th.

There is only 1 more game to go before the finals start. By the time this report goes to print it will have been played, results will be in next week’s report.

Weekend – Saturday, February 11

A1 played Wangaratta at home and had a tough game for the last round of the season. 2 rinks had a draw but unfortunat­ely the other 2 went down. They lost overall by 23 shots placing them 8th on the ladder.

A4 played Wodonga at Wodonga. They went into the game wanting the win so they wouldn’t lose 2nd position and the 2nd chance in the finals.

It was a tight game right across the board. They did well, winning by 24 shots with 3 rinks getting up and the other going down by just 2 shots.

The best rink on the day was that of: Tom Dodd’s, Geoff Hargreaves, Maurie Lee and Val Kennedy.

They were 2-7 down after the 7th end then got a 6 to get the lead by 1 shot. Wodonga won 4 of the next 5 ends to grab the lead back making it 10-16.

Tom’s team rallied and only dropped 1 end of the next 8 ends scoring 25 shots and getting the win by 16 shots.

They kept 2nd position on the ladder and the 2nd chance in the finals.

B2 played St James at St James and found them far too strong on the day. They went down by 47 shots with none of the rinks getting up. Unfortunat­ely the loss dropped them down from 2nd position and the 2nd chance in the finals to 3rd

Congratula­tions to the A4 and B2 on finishing 2nd and 3rd on the ladder and the club wish you good bowling in the finals.

This Saturday, February 18, A4 will be playing Swanpool at Benalla and B2 is playing Tungamah at YMGCR.

Both games start at 10am due to the extreme heat predicted.

Social bowls results -

Monday, February 6 - 2-4-2 - Winners – Ron Lamson and Peter Velardo. Runners Up – Leanne Morganti and Ron Sherwell. The Jackpot was not claimed and will be carried over to next week.

Wednesday, February 8 - The Monthly 2 Bowl Triples Tournament. Thank you to Yarrawonga/Cobram Toyota for sponsoring this day.

Winners – G. McDonald, T. Selwood and L. Quartermai­n. Runners Up – Ian Price, Mick and Caroline Reilly.

3rd - M. Scanlon, S. Ralph and J. White.

The best 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th game winners were the teams of; I. Brimblecom­b, R. Irvine, C. Langdon and G. Murnane.

Thursday, February 9 - Barefoot/Twilight Bowls - Winners – Dean Roberts, Linda Atkins and Cheryl Shaw. 2nd – Jai Roberts, Louie Tempany and Ben Graham.

This week’s games –

Thursday, February 16 - Barefoot/Twilight Bowls. $5 per person with a 6pm Sausage Sizzle for a 6.30pm start. Come along and bring a friend for a sociable night, these nights usually finish around 8.30pm. Please ring the club and leave a message if you have your

name down and then find you are unable to play. Teams have to be made up ahead of time and the teams may have to be reorganise­d if someone doesn't turn up.

Monday, February 20 - 2-4-2 with a 10am start. Names need to be down by 9am on the day.

For your diary –

Wednesday, February 22 - tea at Burkes 6.15pm. The sheet is up for those wishing to go.

Wednesday, March 8 - Monthly 2 Bowl Triples Tournament. The sheet is out for those wishing to put a team in.

The 4 day Easter Tournament starts on Good Friday April 7, 2023. The entry forms are available from the club now and they show the format and other informatio­n you will need.

If you have any queries please email Tournament Secretary Kim Silver at vbceaster1@gmail.com or telephone 0417266683.

Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16, Edinburgh Shield.

To any members that are not well at the moment, the club wish you a speedy recovery.

To all, good health and good bowling.


Midweek Pennant had the A1's host the very dangerous Wodonga outfit at home and had a resounding win 12/69 to 2/49.

The big winners for the day were Laureen Smith's rink. In the first half of the game they won 10 out the first ends to lead 12/1.

From that position they then applied the pressure and started to rack up some big ends and won 26/7.

Anne Miles rink got a great start and got a very handy break and lead 10/0 after 4 ends. Wodonga then bounced back to win the next 4 ends to get right back into the game.

YMGCR then got out to a 19/9 lead after 14 ends and came home winning 22/15. Julian Jones rink had the tight battle of the day and the scores were level at 9 all after 8 ends.

YMGCR then got on a mini break to lead 14/9 but once again Wodonga came back and the scores were once again level at 19 all after 17 ends.

Wodonga then got the upper hand and came away with a good victory winning 27/21. This now puts YMGCR into 2nd on the ladder, 11 points behind top side Wangaratta and 7 points clear of Kiewa.

Next week is going to be the game of the season as YMGCR travel to Wangaratta, winner will then go into the finals full of confidence.

A2's played 2nd side Moira at home. This was going to be the most important game of the year for YMGCR as a win would give them a chance to get off the bottom of the ladder and avoid relegation. Moira is always a formidable opponent and they seem to have the wood on us, but YMGCR rinks came to play and won 12/70 to 2/50.

Allan Goudge's rink was holding a handy lead after 8 ends being 8/2 up but they lost their advantage when they dropped a 6. Like a good team they bounced back to win the next 3 ends to restore their lead.

They then exchanged ends for the rest of the game, and they got a 4 on the last end to give them a 26/15 win.

Kerry Kinnane's rink level with 6 each after 5 ends but with Sue Evans and Cathy Spicks playing well and Mr Kinnane playing the game of his life, they got out to a 17/8 lead after 14 ends.

YMGCR came away over the last few ends to record a 24/12 win. The scribe knows it is hard to believe (and is in shock) but Kerry was unbelievab­ly good.

Rob Hummel's rink got the start from hell as they trailed 0/10 after only 4 ends, but once they got off the mark they began to peg them back but they were still 12/17 down after 12 ends.

In the end they won 4 out of the last 5 ends to fail by only 3 shots going down 20/23. Great fight back and boy did they show a lot of ticker.

Oh yes, the victory did get us off the bottom of the ladder and YMGCR are now equal with Rutherglen on points but have a far better percentage. Next week YMGCR play the 6th side Benalla at Benalla and still have to win to make sure they don't go down the GURGLER.

The A3's played Wangaratta at Wang and had a real dirty day going down 0/25 to 14/84. Ron Lamson went down 8/24, Ian Morffew went down 8/27 and Lillian Borwick lost 9/33.

Weekend Pennant saw the A1's travel to Myrtleford and were beaten 14/72 to 4/67. Scott Widdison, "Golden Child" Micky Vaughan, Ray "Sugar" Irvine and Laureen Smith finished the season off with another victory which made them the most successful rink in the A1's.

They got to a great start and led 9/2 after 6 ends, but the Myrtleford rink came back to win the next 7 ends to lead 10/9 after 13 ends. Then the YMGCR rink came home over the closing ends and won 19/12.

Jimmy Lefevre's rink held sway for most of the day and led 16/10 after 15 ends. Myrtleford's rink then regained the lead with 3 ends to go but they just fell short losing 19/18. Julian Jones rink got out to a 9/1 lead and was looking very solid but they couldn't take a trick in the second half and lost 13/17.

Les Spencer's rink also got a start, but they couldn't hold shots and went down 16/25. YMGCR still finished 2nd and will now play Wodonga at Rutherglen and the winner will advance straight into the Grand Final.

A2's played neighbours ClubMulwal­a on a beautiful Friday night and had to win to give them a chance of playing finals.

In a tense battle YMGCR got the win 16/91 to 2/73 and it might look like an easy win but boy did ClubMulwal­a come to play.

Allan Goudge's rink was in a battle all night and after 14 ends trailed 10/16, but they dug deep to win the next 5 ends and got over the line winning 21/18.

Rob Hummel's rink got off to a flyer winning the first 5 ends to lead 8/0, but the ClubMulwal­a rink came back to tie the game at 13 all after 13 ends.

They then got out to a 19/16 lead but Hummel's rink regained the lead and won 22/21. Gary Presnell's rink won 13 ends out of the first 14 to lead 25/3, with Gary in fine form and with Ian Morffew and Ian Febey playing well they ended up winning 32/10.

But the highlight of the night was when Ray Brown played a wrong bias (much to the delight of his teammates and spectators who gave him plenty of stick) but he had an excuse. Just before he was about to bowl he looked up into the lights and was blinded so he could not see his rings. (the same thing happened a few weeks earlier but that one was in broad daylight).

Neil Loveridge's rink was in the game and trailed 14/16 after 14 ends. They were holding many shots until the ClubMulwal­a skip played some telling bowls to get his rink over the line winning 24/16.

Now the wait had started. All eyes were on the Chiltern/Corowa Civic game. YMGCR had put themselves 5 points clear of Chiltern in the four and much to YMGCR's delight were heard that Chiltern had failed to win a point and that we were in.

YMGCR now play Corowa RSL at ClubMulwal­a in the Eliminatio­n Final. YMGCR still need to improve but once you are in anything can happen.

The A4's played Corowa RSL at home and won 16/89 to 2/60 with this securing third spot on the ladder.

The stars for the day were the rink of Stewie McNeill who won 30/7 and the pairing for the first time of father (Danny) and son in a pennant game was a deadly combinatio­n with the young gun putting on a clinic. They were total control from start to finish.

Ian Price was trailing 3/7 after 6 ends and then they picked up 8 shots over the next 3 ends to take control. They then went shot for shot and recorded a 21/16 win.

Bill Jenkin's rink got a good start and lead 7/2 after 6 ends. Things then tightened up with the RSL getting out to a 8/16 lead. But this rink has been playing well and to no-one's surprise they came rattling home to pick up 11 shots in the last 6 ends to win 19/17.

Doddy's rink trailed from the start and at one stage was 8 shots down but they fought it out to the end and went down by only 1 shot losing 19/20. They now play Mansfield in the Eliminatio­n Final at Benalla.

The B2's played Corowa RSL at home and went down 0/39 to 14/76. Billy Butterwort­h's rink led 10/8 after 13 but they then lost the next 6 ends and they went down 16/19.

Gavin Borwick's rink started well but they also dropped 4 ends and could not recover from that losing 12/29. Neville Colemane's rink couldn't get in the game and went down 10/28.

This week's "RINK OF THE WEEK" goes to Stewie McNeill, Danny McNeill, Mary Essex and Vicki Withers.

The selectors would like to thank all the players from every team for their support and a special thanks to the B2's because they were the most effected.

The club know they didn't get it right all the time but they are picking positions for 60 players every week and a lot of bowlers see it from only through their eyes and how it effects them; so cut the selectors some slack because we all know it is a thankless job.

On Sunday YMGCR had the Champions of Champions at Corowa RSL and in the ladies Anne Miles represente­d YMGCR and boy did she do the club proud.

In her first round she drew former World Champion Kylie Whitehead from Wodonga. The game would have been a fitting Final as both champs traded shot after shot and the biggest lead over the whole game was no more than 2. Anne went to a 1 shot lead after 25 ends, she then picked up another 2 on the next end and victory was in sight in a marathon game where she won 25/21.

In the next round she drew the Yarrawonga champ in Roz King who played beautifull­y in her first round and when Anne jumped out to a 7/0 lead she looked in trouble but she then got into the grove and hit the front to lead 14/12.

Roz was getting on top and played consistent bowls, but Anne kept finding ways to get shots and they were back level again at 21 all.

Going into the final straight, Anne began to find that little bit extra and had a few chances to close the game out but to Roz's credit she played some fantastic bowls to get the shot and it came down to a final shoot out with scores locked on 24 each.

Anne prevailed but not without a mighty scare. Anne then played the local girl in the third round and she then found her weight and won 25/6. Next week she plays one of her old sparring partners in Mary Tragardh in the Semi Final.

In the men's section YMGCR had the "Energizer Bunny" in Gary Presnell representi­ng the club. His first opponent was the Rutherglen champ and Gary hit the ground running and led 12/0.

He was drawing beautifull­y and had his man under the pump and kept the pressure up to lead 17/2, he then finished the game of winning 25/13.

In the next round he played the Beechworth champ and from the first end he just went from strength to strength going to a 15/0 lead and winning 27/5.

The moment of truth had arrived as his next opponent was current ‘Champion of Champions' Wodonga's Mason Bayliss.

Could the "Energizer Bunny" keep going or would run out of power, and the answer was no he played great bowls and he held his own with the younger play.

Whatever the Wodonga gun did, the YMGCR boy went toe to toe and the scores were level on 17 all but Bayliss got the break needed and he won 25/17.

Well done Gary you did YMGCR proud! While all this was going on YMGCR had their O&M Novice Champ in Ian Febey playing at Mulgrave Bowling Club but Ian was put out in the first round. Well done young fella, you have a fantastic future in front of you.

Wednesday social bowls had a field of 18 players and the winners were Norm Winderbank and Ross Lloyd with 2 wins and +16.

Runners up on a count back were Vic Brincat and Noel Millar with 2 wins and +8 shots.

Last week the club said goodbye to Terry Matthews who passed away suddenly on Sunday. It came as a terrible shock to all and the YMGCR Bowls Club wish his family and friends all their best wishes.

 ?? ?? Yarrawonga Bowls Club’s ‘Skeeta’.
Yarrawonga Bowls Club’s ‘Skeeta’.
 ?? ?? Danny McNeill from the YMGCR Bowls Club.
Danny McNeill from the YMGCR Bowls Club.

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