Centenary for City of Echuca

February 28, 2018

Phillip Thorn of Echuca during the CVBD Division one bowls match between Echuca and Moama. Photo by Luke Hemer.

City of Echuca

THE Centenary Week concluded on Saturday night with a gala dinner at the club.

One hundred and twenty members and guests enjoyed a great night of fine food, memories, fun and friendship.

The centenary celebrations have been wonderful and well supported by club members and visitors.

It has been a week to remember, a week fitting to mark this major milestone in the club’s history.

A comprehensive centenary book has been published, with the history of the club, pennant records and photos, interviews with senior club members and much more.

Anyone who wishes to purchase a book can contact the club.

Congratulations to Philip Thorn who won the regional final of the Champion of Champions on Sunday.

Thorn will now represent the Bendigo-Campaspe region at the State Championships in Bendigo, in April.

The midweek Division Three side have made their way through to the grand final of their pennant competition. The side won a close battle against Deniliquin on Friday, eventually winning the match by seven shots. Bernie Johns and her team of Belinda Chong, Jenny Blaser and Jeanette Breen won their game by 11 shots; and Heather Trotter’s team of Linda Ormando, Lois Robson and Fran Spiers finished strongly to lose their game by only four shots.

The Division One White side competed against Moama and, after starting well and staying in the game for the first half, the Echuca side could not maintain their form, eventually losing on all three rinks.

They will now compete against Deniliquin at Rochester this Friday, for a place in the grand final.

In Saturday’s round of weekend pennant, all five sides played at home as part of our centenary celebrations.

The Division one side had a great match against Moama, which went down to the final bowl of the day.

The match ended in a tie, which was good enough for the Echuca side to maintain top spot on the ladder.

They will now play Deniliquin this Saturday, for a place in the grand final.

Division two recorded a strong win by 44 shots, against Lockington.

They finished third on the ladder and will also meet Deniliquin in this Saturday’s semi final.

The division three side had three winning rinks against Deniliquin, and won their match by 47 shots.

This enabled them to also finish on top, and they will now meet Elmore on Saturday.

The division four side competed against top of the ladder Moama and went down by 18 shots.

Division four finished in third spot on the ladder and they will meet Mathoura this Saturday.

The division five side defeated Elmore by 11 shots, which kept them in fourth spot.

They will play Elmore on Saturday.

Players are reminded that the preliminary finals in all divisions will also be played this weekend, taking place on Sunday.


Centenary Twilight Triples: 1st: John Hollowood, Blake Curnow and Carol Key, 2nd: Norm Hodge, Tom Maher and Maurice Spiers

Centenary Ladies Day: 1: Heather Trotter, Lyn Snell, Pat Reid and Prill Edgar, 2: Liz Easther, Wilma Williams, Toni Beck and Linda Ormando. Fanned cards: Pat Schram, Barbara Petch, Carol Cakebread and Elaine Hall

Centenary Corporate Challenge: 1st: Easties (Echuca East PS) - Ben Holmfield, Daniel Larkin, Amy Cherry, Bec Turner and Josh Molluso, 2nd: Echuca College Cream Puffs - Barry Jones, Stewart Cheal, Dave Pearson and Deb Dunn, 3rd: Leon’s Lads - Leon Sharp, Rick Phyland, Greg Little and Mike Meyer, 4th: 208 Gold - Ben Hawthorn, Brendan Leersen, Andrew Briggs and Travis Cartwright. Best last game: 208 Green – Scott Trewhella, Zac Campbell, Nick Smith and Peter Lanyon. Spider: Clare Archard. To the ditch: Brendan Leersen, Alistair Shine, Rick Phyland, Kathy Sellings and Daniel Larkin. Drive competition: The Paper Boys.

Centenary Men’s pairs: 1st: Ivan Hicks and Dennis Portwine, 2nd: Bill Cook and Stan McCarthy. Vouchers: Bob Bartlett, Kevin McGreevy, John Dinsdale and Geoff Tarrant. Jackpot: John Dinsdale and Geoff Tarrant

Weekend Pennant Teams

Division One: Geoff Beattie, Phillip Thorn, Greg Page. Geoff Halden, Steve Cunnington, Brent Reiner. Mark Evans, Ivan Hicks, Stan Glasser. Tony Hawley, Wayne Brooks, John Dinsdale.

Division Two: Jim Thomas, Toby Egan, John Brown. Ray Milne, Eddie Blampied, Ian Whiting. Norm Hodge, Lyn Brown, Lal Whyte. Carlie Taylor, Col Berryman, Bill Toll.

Division Three: Bill Cook, Jim Ferrier, Noel West. Dennis Portwine, Max Bennett, John Blair. Lyn Snell, Tony Deenen, Blake Curnow. Bill Palmer, Glen Irish, Peter Phyland.

Division Four: Jim Aitken, John Hollowood, Ces Moss. John Dignan, Don Hicks, Joan Moss. Geoff Tarrant, Kevin McAsey, Keith McGowan. Jack Shearer, John Catanese, Eddie Smith.

Division Five: Pat Schram, Col Walker. David Peck, John Simpson. John Cowan, Trevor Rickard, Bluey Charman, John Kelly.


PENNANT season is now at the business end of the year with the midweek teams having played their first finals last Friday.

Unfortunately the Ky Valley View girls were a little too strong for our division three side, with the girls fighting valiantly but going down 44-50.

The division one team continued their stellar season scoring a 84-56 victory over Echuca.

Melissa Roberts’ rink led the way with a 33-15 win over their rivals.

The division two girls kept their season alive in their do or die match with Rich River, scoring a 74-52 win.

Good luck to the division two girls in their preliminary final match this Friday against Elmore.

Well done to the division one team who have made it to the big dance and await the winner of Echuca or Deniliquin.

Congratulations to all of the Saturday Pennant teams on qualifying for finals in what can only be said as an outstanding effort.

Division one finished third and therefore take on Rochester in a do or die clash.

Division two finished atop the table, so have the security of a double chance when they take on Rich River.

Keith Maynard’s division three boys face off against Deni RSL for a berth in the preliminary final.

Division four and five both finished top and take on Rich River and Deni RSL respectively.

A reminder to all of the Saturday pennant teams that there is a training session at City of Echuca Bowls Club at 9am. Good luck to all and hopefully we still have five teams in it this time next week!!

Upcoming tournaments: March Mixed Pairs (Wednesday, March 14 and Thursday, March 15), Ladies Open Classic Fours (Sunday 25th March). Please contact the bowls office on 5481 3777 to get your entries in.

Indoor Bowls

Tuesday February 20 Indoor Social: Winners: Top Haw, Len Pollwade, Pat Nash. Runners Up: Paula Barkham, John McVicker, Ivy Nash.

Thursday February 22 Indoor Social: Winners: J. Brosgerst, D. Lee, Ron Hooper. Runners Up: M. Clancy, P. Benson, I. Wallace, Peter Pavone.

Outdoor Bowls

Tuesday February 20 Ladies Social: Winners: Mary Kaine, Susan Abraham. Runners Up: Irene Lacis, Pam Holmes, Lorraine Ogden, Shirley Riters.

Thursday February 22 Ladies Scroungers: Winners: Susan Abraham. Runners Up: Shirley Riters. Consolation: Deidre Height / Mary Kaine / Irene Lacis / Joyce Fahey.

Thursday February 22 Men’s Pairs: Winners: Grega Pettigrove, Gobbo O’Brien. Runners Up: Gordon Johnston, Norm Bamford. Consolation: John Bamford, Stuart Sutton / Phil Bell, Gil Crouch.

Midweek Teams

Division One: No game.

Division Two: Lois Barbary, Marg Meulenkamp, Lorna Jones. Jeanette McDonald, Susan Abraham, Dawn Armstrong. Deana Hogan, Pam Leibhardt, Christine Richie. Kristy Gillingham, Lyn Rogan, Kath Wastell. Emergencies: Beryl Bell, Karen Brennan.

Division 3: No game.

Weekend Pennant Teams

Division One: Greg Pettigrove, Jim Hogan, Brian Davie. Stan Barker, Mark Chaplin, Apollo Birch. Klive Liverton, Glenn Dorward, Peter Hall. Kevin Brennan, Barry Brennan, Matt Liverton.

Division Two: Ron Bunting, Peter Broom, John Rankin. Rod Allen, Barry Cuttriss, Gordon Johnston. Graham O’Brien, Rob Wastell, Brian Trengrove. Vern Rehe, Les Saunderson, Rob Young.

Division Three:Ken Maynard, Ian Smith, Josh Kiely. Allan Buzza, Arch Bailey, Alex McQuarrie. Mike Holmes, John McGowan, Neville Varcoe. Alan Jones, Ian McGregor, Norm Bamford.

Division Four: Fred Darazs, Ken Sipthorp, Don Alden. Robert Neely, Wally Wadge, Barry Barbary. David Blackburn, Ron Ritchie, Stuart Sutton. Bernie O’Connell, Peter Walton, Ben Franklin.

Division Five: David Lonnie, Ron Jones. Dudley Kaine, Sandy Plowman. Phil Bell, Neville Bullard. Kevin Connolly, Jim Kirkpatrick.

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