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Best sides face off on the rink

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March 10, 2018

IT IS what both sides have been building towards all season, and it happens today.

IT IS what both sides have been building towards all season, and it happens today.

The Campaspe Valley Bowls Division midweek pennant’s top two sides Echuca and Moama will go head to head at Deniliquin RSL this afternoon.

It is fitting that the two best sides in the league will contest the grand final — at the climax of the normal season, Moama finished top with 186 points, and Echuca second with 165.

Third-placed Deniliquin was a way back on 138 points, losing to City of Echuca in the knockout semi-final on the weekend.

Division two’s grand final will be contested by Mathoura and Elmore; while division three will see City of Echuca play Deniliquin.

Tomorrow the CVBD weekend pennant will be contested at City of Echuca Bowls by the same two clubs.

The best weekend bowlers from City of Echuca will face Moama’s finest in a clash for their own title.

Echuca finished top of the ladder in the normal season, with opponents Moama taking out third.

Moama made it to the grand final the hard way after beating Rochester in the do-or-die semi final on the weekend.

Division two’s grand final will be contested by City of Echuca and Rich River, the third tier between City of Echuca and Moama, the fourth will be decided when Rich River and Moama play, and the fifth is between City of Echuca and Moama.

At other clubs, the 60 and Over Campaspe Bowls Group on Wednesday played at Mathoura Bowling Club for the last time this season.

The two grass greens were well prepared when 112 bowlers arrived for three games of bowls.

Blue skies, a mild breeze and 30 degrees temperature made perfect conditions for a comfortable day’s bowling.

Two games were played before the tea and sandwich break then back to the green for the final game.

There were four three-game winners; the A mixed team was Max Kerr (skip), David Blackburn, Ron Luke and 105 year-old Jim Stapleton.

The Rochester team was led by skipper Clive Usher, alongside Wes Burtuch, Greg Walkey and Bert Smolenaars.

Both teams managed four bowls within the yard stick.

Runners-up was the side from Lockington, led by skipper Jim Harris, alongside Greg Clymo, Kalvan Stout and Roly Head with five bowls within the yard stick.

The winning team from Mathoura was led by Doug Berryman, with Barry Ireland, John Dean and Charlie Pippen with seven bowls within the yard stick.

Many bowlers stayed behind for the presentation. Ky Valley View next Wednesday, with an 11am start.

And over at Rich River the lady bowlers last week played in a prestige fours tournament.

Winners on the day were Di Hands, Bev Cotrill, Marg Thorne, and Robyn McFadgen of Shepparton.

Runners-up was the team of Bev Trengove, Nola Williams, Kath Warshell and Christine Ritchie of Moama.

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