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Rich River team is up four the grand final fight

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March 07, 2018

Jan Palmer of Echuca White during the CVBD midweek division 1 bowls match between Echuca White and Deniliquin. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Rich River

RICH River’s last hope for silverware this season lies with its division four side.

With only the division two and four sides remaining in finals, the second tier team lost in a blowout 59-91 scoreline against Echuca on Sunday.

Division four, although losing to Moama by three shots on Saturday, is still through to the grand final after clinching a nail-biting victory the next day over Echuca, 59-51.

Rich River’s last hope for a premiership will play in the division four grand final against Moama on Saturday at Echuca Bowls Club.

The team to compete in that match is led by skipper Des Sehestedt. Alongside Des is John Stuart, John Exton, and Geoffrey Rayner; Barry Kelly (skipper), Graeme Edgar, Barry Brewster and Doug Jay; Keith Robertson (skipper), Geoff Kiefel, Laurie Phillips and Bill Wheeler.

Emergencies are John Hewlett and Malcolm Mitchell.

Results for mixed indoor bowls from Friday include Tony O’Dwyer (skipper), Norma Johnson, Eddie Williamson and Dot Brennan in the winner’s circle.

Runners-up were led by Val Gaylor, and her team of Miriam Pascoe, Joan Parker and Pat Hay.

A total of 27 bowlers played a two by two match yesterday. Winners were L. Easther, P. Reid, M. Walter and H. Freeman.

Runners-up were M. Stevens, P. Edgar and M. Young.

Social bowls will be played on Tuesday alongside the club championship pairs.

Mathoura

THE last remaining weekend pennant Mathoura team was knocked out of silverware contention on the weekend.

In the pennant fourth division, Mathoura lost to City of Echuca by 15 shots, cutting its season one match short of the grand final.

And in the midweek pennant, Mathoura’s division two side will be playing Elmore in the grand final at Deniliquin RSL on Friday, commencing at 9.30am to decide the season’s best.

There is a list on display at the club’s bowls office for those who wish to go on the club bus to support the team. Put your name down so they know what bus size will be needed.

In the club championships men’s 100-UP Handicap, C. Hillier defeated I. Hunter.

And the Mathoura Bowls Tournament Mathoura Two Bowl Triples will begin next Thursday with a 10am start.

There will be three games of 16 ends, with a total prize money of $1,000, subject to the number of entries received. The entry cost is $60 per team. Result to be decided on points.

Entries to Rod Werner on 0408 568 338 or the club on 5880 3200.

The men’s bowls committee’s annual general meeting will be held on March 27, and meeting notice and nominations forms have been mailed out.

City of Echuca

CITY of Echuca’s hopes for a midweek division one title have been kept alive for another week after its top side defeated Deniliquin to reach the grand final.

With two winning teams and a one-shot loss, the Echuca side finished the day 20 shots clear of Deniliquin.

The club will be represented by its best side in this week’s grand final, where it will meet Moama.

The club’s division three side will also compete in a grand final on Friday after a must-win game went its way. That side will face Deniliquin.

Midweek grand finals are being played at Deniliquin RSL and there is a City of Echuca bus making the trip on Friday. Names must be entered on the list at the clubhouse.

Four of the five weekend sides have reached the grand final, an amazing achievement for the club.

Both the division one and three sides won their semi-finals on Saturday and progressed straight to the grand final.

Division one defeated Deniliquin by six shots, while division three beat Elmore.

Joining those sides for City of Echuca after the preliminary finals are divisions two and five, which will also compete in Saturday’s grand finals.

Division four fell just short of a final spot, losing to Rich River by eight shots. The weekend’s grand finals are being played at City of Echuca, and club members are urged to make themselves available to help on the day, or if playing, prior to the day.

In other results, the twilight triples last Monday was won by Trevor Rickard, Ian McDonald and Deb McDonald. Runners-up were Joan Armstrong, June Clifford and Dianne Phillips.

The men’s pairs, played last Thursday, was won by Jim Ferrier and Eddie Blampied. Runners-up were Toby Egan and Cec Moss. Vouchers won by Geoff Tarrant, Stan McCarthy, Vern Rehe and Ron Bunting. Jackpot won by John Brown and Noel West.

Moama

THE big dance is upon us. The time of the year that everyone has been waiting for. A whopping five teams have managed to qualify for the final game.

Unfortunately the division two ladies were unable to beat the quality Elmore outfit. The final score was 57-80.

The top two teams for the season will once again do battle in the ladies division one grand final as Moama face off against the quality Echuca line-up. The game is being played at Deniliquin RSL.

Four of five Moama weekend pennant teams earned a ticket to the grand final.

Division one had to do things the hard way after a final round draw against Echuca cost them a double chance.

They faced Rochester in the do or die semi-final clash and were able to come out victors with the final score reading 78-61.

They then had to back up on Sunday against Deniliquin and showcased one of their strongest performances of the year with an all-rink-up win tallying an 87-59 victory. They will face City of Echuca for the silverware on Saturday.

Division two looks to continue a stellar season, having dropped only one game, when they take on City Of Echuca.

Division four will lock horns with Rich River, while division five also take on City of Echuca.

Upcoming tournaments at the club are March Mixed Pairs, on March 14 and 15; and the Ladies Open Classic Fours on March 25. Contact the bowls office on 5481 3777 to get your entries in.

In the indoor bowls section last week, Tuesday’s winners were Joe De Kort, Colin Hicks, Joy Hooper. Runners-up: Paula Barkham, Mary Pauw, Peter Pavone.

Thursday’s indoor social was taken away by K. Hopper, A. Matchett, J. Hooper. Runners-up: P Barkham, M. Bennett, J. Heales, L. Forster.

For the outdoor bowlers, Tuesday’s ladies social winners were Carmel Simpson, Lorraine Ogden, Lucy Sheppard. Runners-up were Monica Voss, Rhonda Solomon, Susan Abraham.

The Alby Matthews Triples winners were John Bamford, Alex McQuarrie, Barry Brennan. Runners-up were Gil Crouch, Don Alden, Alan Jones.

Thursday’s Ladies Scroungers winner was Lucy Sheppard. Runner-up was Deidre Height.

Thursday’s Men’s Pairs winners were Alex McQuarrie, Ray Sullivan. Runners-up were Greg Pettigrove, Graham O’Brien.

The Sunday Roast mixed pairs winners were Lois Barbary, Des Wilson. Runners-up were Carmel Simpson, Beryl Kerr and Max Kerr.

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