Division one (away vs Deniliquin): T. Mansbridge (s), A. Vesty (s), A. Hulm, C. Roberts; M. Humphries (s), D. Hicks, D. Vallance, R. Ireland; R. Werner (s), L. Bates, A. Murphy, K. Crack.
Division two (home vs Lockington): M. Lewis (s), R. Murphy, D. Murray, P. Kearney; B. Murray (s), M. McDonald, P. Lewis, B. Ireland; J. Hulm (s), S. Dinan, G. Hulm, S. Limbrick.
Division four (away vs Ky Valley View): A. Prime (s), P. Cowley, G. Kalsbleek, P. Thorpe; L. Whelan (s), P. Limbrick, K. McCormick, B. Papworth; D. Berryman (s), M. Murphy, B. Pell, C. Phippen. Emergencies: B. McMillan.
Northern Country Challenge
On Sunday, October 29, the 50th Norm Knopp Shield was held.
This event began in group five of the RVBA. It involved the four associations that made up group five - Murray, Campaspe, Bendigo and Goulburn Valley - and was seen as a trial event for when group sides were being selected.
Originally the Norm Knopp Shield was always held in Echuca, but over time it was hosted in the four different associations.
When Bowls Victoria was established and the associations became divisions, the four divisions continued to run the Shield. The change has been made back to holding it in the most central location of Echuca-Moama.
In 2015, a parallel competition for women bowlers, the Golden Rivers Challenge was established. This competition has bowlers from the Goulburn Valley, Bendigo, Campaspe and Northern District divisions.
These two events are run concurrently under the name of the Northern Country Challenge. This event is a prestigious representative event and high quality bowls, competition, camaraderie, fun and laughter are features of the day.
Moama Bowling Club has kindly sponsored the prize money for this event and their facilities are enjoyed by all.
In 2017, Campaspe Division was successful in the Golden Rivers Challenge and Bendigo won the Norm Knopp Shield.
Judy Anderson, Norm Knopp’s daughter presented the shield on this 50th time the event has been held.
Norm Knopp himself bowled in this event in the early days, and rarely missed attending right up until his passing in 2003.
Norm Knopp’s bowling CV is incredible reading – for the RVBA: councilor, vice-president, president, past president, life member. For group five: secretary/treasurer, life membership. CVBA: vice-president, president, secretary/treasurer, life member. Bowls Australia: delegate. Not only are the roles he undertook incredible, but he held positions for many years – one position for 36 years.
Norm Knopp was awarded the Order of Australia and the Australian Sports Medal for service to Lawn Bowls.
On Wednesday we played the 10th game of our competition at the Echuca Bowling Club.
It was a beautiful afternoon with 120 bowlers from 10 clubs enjoying the friendly rivalry.
Delegates Eddy Smith and Maurie Spiers were assisted by the Echuca ladies in providing a wonderful selection of sandwiches for our afternoon tea break.
Four teams played off for the winning prize of the frozen chooks. Unfortunately the Tongala and Moama teams dipped out.
Once again Lockington and Kyabram had a close battle.
Runners-up: Lockington (Jim Harris (s), Kalvin Stout, Geoff Shawcross and Roly Head.
Winners: Kyabram (Noel West (s), Les Grills, John Broadman and John Brown.