Cunningtons wear the crowns

January 03, 2018

Tony Hawley, City of Echuca president John Blair and Philip Thorn. Thorn beat Hawley in the final of the Club Championships for this 16th title.

Steve Cunnington (City of Echuca) and Ash Vesty (Mathoura), the match-up for the final of the CVBD State Singles played at the Moama Bowling Club.

Steve Cunnington (City of Echuca) bowls in the final of the CVBD State Singles played at the Moama Bowling Club.

City of Echuca

CITY of Echuca’s Club Championships were played on Wednesday, December 20.

The conditions were perfect for spectators with pleasant temperatures, but the wind was still a bit tricky for the players and so some interesting matches were seen.

In the Ladies’ Club Championship, Michelle Cunnington played Leica Roney.

Leica has been in fine form all season and so Michelle knew she would have a battle.

Early in the match Michelle was holding shots and forced Leica into a number of up-shots. At one stage she dead-ended it when she was down.

Michelle got away to a handy lead of 19-9, but Leica kept up the pressure and got to 18-23 with both playing high-quality bowls. Michelle went on to win 25-18.

The Men’s Club Championship was played between Tony Hawley and Philip Thorn.

After a close first few ends when only singles were scored, the spectators knew they were in for a great match.

Then Tony got away to lead 10-4, but when Philip got the mat, he went to longer ends, and worked his way back to the lead at 11-10.

Tony was more comfortable at medium length, while Philip chose longer ends. At 16-all, Tony held two but Philip, with his last bowl, played a successful up-shot and scored three.

For the next few ends, both bowlers had close bowls but Philip went on to win 25-17. This was the 16th City of Echuca Championship Philip has won.

In the Ladies’ B grade Championship, Helen Pitts got away to a flying start against Linda Ormando.

However, when Linda’s nerves settled the match really began as she got the score back to 6-11.

Helen got away to 21-13, but Linda kept the pressure on and worked her way back to only be one shot down.

Helen scored, but at 24-21, Linda was holding shots. Helen trailed the kitty with her last bowl to win 25-21.

For the Men’s B grade Championship, Bill Palmer got away to a good start against John Hollowood and led 8-3.

John started playing winning shots and then quite quickly it was 11-all.

For the next few ends, John was scoring, but Bill battled on and got to 16-17.

John bowled more consistently and went away to win 25-18. Bill was runner-up last year, and will be working hard again next year to succeed.

The matches were all high quality and interesting to watch. Club members went inside to dine on Two Tarts Christmas dinner, be entertained by Indi and Jamo Gilmore and take part in the secret auction run by Echuca’s own Delvene Delaney (Lyn Snell) and Travis Hore. It was a fabulous night of bowls and fun.

Congratulations to all players for making the finals and good luck to Michelle and Philip in the CVBD Champion of Champion events.


THE CVBD State Singles finals were recently played in ideal conditions at Moama before a large and appreciative crowd.

Earlier in the tournament, the elimination rounds created some very close results and good bowling.

The quarter-final results were Steve Cunnington d Ivan Hicks, Troy Mansbridge d Barry Brennan, Kevin Brennan d Matty Liverton, and Ash Vesty d Rob Wastell (who bowled 330-plus bowls during the day in a great effort).

The semi-final between Steve Cunnington and Troy Mansbridge was a game of changing fortunes. Steve led 11-1 after five ends, Troy then led 14-13 after 13 ends, before Steve went on to win 25-17.

The other semi-final was close for the first 15 ends where Ash Vesty led Kevin Brennan 13-11. Ash then drew away to win 25-19 after 27 ends.

The final between Ash Vesty (Mathoura) and Steve Cunnington (City of Echuca) displayed some great draw bowling all game.

Steve had a handy 12-5 lead after 12 ends, then Ash fought back to be only one shot down after 23 ends.

However Steve finally took the title 25-22 in a very close game.

The CVBD State Champion of Champions events will be played on Saturday and Sunday, January 6-7 at Rich River.

There will be two games in the morning, roll up at 9.15am, D. Keenan v M. Liverton, S. Hammond v K. Ingram.

The next round will follow: K. Wellard v T. Noar, S. Lang v P. Thorn. R. Hanson and I. Hunter play the winners of the first two games.

Losers to mark the next game. Due to uncertain temperatures final times will be forwarded to clubs no later than Friday.


FOLLOWING the joyous feasts associated with Christmas Day, some bowlers were back on the greens to decide the Club Championship during the past week.

In a couple of breathtaking semi-finals, Ray Hanson upset three-time club champion Russell Shawcross 25-15 to win a berth in the final.

The other semi-final between Don Isgro and the ‘‘new kid on the block’’ Neil Haines developed into a real battle, with maximum shots a rarity. Both bowlers traded ends with Isgro holding game at 24-22 before Haines picked up three shots to win the match 25-24 in a high standard display.

So the final got underway on Wednesday morning in clear weather and with excellent true-running greens.

Both bowlers were playing in their first club championship match and the first few ends were a little erratic as Hanson won four ends to lead 6-1.

Not to be outdone Haines suddenly found the green and grabbed a single, double and a four and swooped to the lead with an 8-6 tally.

Then, in the twinkle of an eye, Hanson struck back to score a four, double and a single to lead 13-8 on 11 ends.

Haines was restricted to singles as Hanson applied more pressure to grab five shots and lead 18-10 after 15 ends.

Haines was not to be denied as he picked up four shots to trail 14-18, but Hanson was in control of the game, winning the next six ends to win his first club championship title 25-14.

Haines was far from disgraced and will definitely be in contention for some years to come. The crowd applauded both bowlers at the finish of the contest.

Thanks were extended to Tom Davis for marking the final and to both Russell Shawcross and David Lupton for manning the scoreboard. Players and members enjoyed a barbecue following the game.

Hanson will now represent the club in the CVBD Champion of Champions on Saturday, January 6. Best of luck to Ray.

The club is holding the popular Open Fours on Thursday, January 4 starting at 9.30am. This event is sponsored by the Moama Bowling Club and the field is close to full. Contact Chris Stewart (5486 2607) or Tom Davis (0428 865 477) for details.

On Sunday, January 28 the club is staging the Cunnington Cup - 2x4x2 Mixed Pairs commencing at 1pm. Entries to Kath Palmer 5486 2314 or Chris Stewart.

The Lockington Bowls Club members were saddened by the death of popular member Lesla Maslen last week. Lesla was club champion in 2004-2005 and represented the club in pennant as a skipper, served on several committees and was always on duty for afternoon tea on the weekend pennant days. The club offers sincere condolences to husband Colin and family.

The Lockington Bowls Club extend New Year wishes to all members and trust that all good things happen — both on and off the greens.Rich River

Jackpot pairs

Winners: Robert Holmfield and Brian Watts

Runners-up: Eugene Xodo and Warwick Stiles

Third: Hugh Davies and Rob Thomas.

Repechage: John James and Geoffrey Rainer; Keno Winners, Greg Clymo and Darryl Woods.

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