Rochester golf

By Campaspe News


Rochester’s Yvonne Smolenaars played at Mulgrave Bowling Club on the weekend.

Yvonne represented the Bendigo/Campaspe Valley region in the state novice singles.

Yvonne won her first game 21-14 against Pauline McPherson from the Peninsula Casey Region.

Down to the last eight in the state, Yvonne lost her next game 14-21 against Jen McClure from the Central Goulburn Murray Region.

Well done Yvonne you played well to get to that stage of the state singles.

Rochester this week hosted six teams of 16 players in the Edinburgh Shield event that is played all over the State.

We had teams from Traralgon, Epping, Essendon, Pascoe Vale, Benalla and Rochester.

Traralgon and Essendon both scored eight points with Traralgon winning on shots up.

Saturday April 27 and Sunday April 28 is our Premier Pairs tournament.

A full field is registered so entries are now closed.

Important Meeting days: Men’s Annual Meeting - Monday April 29 at 7.30pm. Ladies Annual Meeting April 23 at 10am, a shared lunch will follow the general meeting. Presentation Night, Friday May 3 6.30-7pm. Names must be on list in the foyer as this night is being catered for. Bowls club AGM, Monday May 6 at 7.30pm.


At the social bowls on Tuesday the women played triples.

The winning trio included Denise Gilmore, Lorraine Appleby and Kath Palmer (s) with a polished display of bowling.

On Friday the women held the annual medley fours which attracted teams from Elmore, City of Echuca, Moama, Rich River, Rochester, Eaglehawk, Tongala, Mathoura, Colbinabbin and several Lockington members.

Vice President Anne Lowrie welcomed all bowlers and trusted that they enjoy the day.

Sixty-four bowlers enjoyed the true running greens with the talent-laden City of Echuca team comprising Gail Kerr, Belinda Chong, Pat Schram and Michelle Cunnington (s) taking home the major trophies ahead of the Tongala four including Dot Parkinson, Beth Vistarini, Ros Kellett and Betty Ozols (s).

Spider: Wendy Forrest (Moama); bowl to the ditch: Di Chandler (Colbinabbin). Winning positions - Lead: Margaret Hoelter (City of Echuca). Second: Jenni Rathjean (Colbinabbin). Third: Susan Abraham (Moama). Skipper: Evelyn Locke (Elmore). Special competition winners - Gail Kerr, Sandra Glasser, Jenny Rathjean, Laurel Smith, Barbara Cheatley, Rosemary McIntosh and Bev Brereton.

In the club competitions, the women have almost completed the 100 up championship.

Phyllis MacFarlane defeated Annette Brereton in a high standard display of bowls from both bowlers, to gain a berth in the final.

In the men’s 100 up championship, Ray Hanson defeated Ian Johnson in an absorbing game of bowls to make the final.

Johnson gained the early break to lead Hanson 50-25 after 12 ends.

However, club champion Hanson would rise to the occasion to make a tremendous comeback to trail 80-81 on 21 ends.

In the closing ends, Hanson was able to maintain the momentum to record an amazing 103-97 victory.

Hanson will now meet the winner of the Owen McPhee - Kalvin Stout semi-final.

In the Presidents’ trophy 21 up championship Ray Hanson is on the way to a clean sweep after defeating a gallant John Van Den Bosch in the semi-final.

The other semi-final will be a match up between Kalvin Stout and the winner of the Ian Johnson - Brian Kinnane clash.

Last Monday, our lady president Kath Palmer represented the CVBD in the Inter-City match between the CVBD and Bendigo District.

Playing second in the Beryl Murray rink, Palmer performed well as the team was defeated by A Boorham 22-24.

Overall the Bendigo District won the tournament 139-132 over the six rinks.

The champion Elmore rink of Ina Heywood, Lorna Wilson, Ann Williams and Evelyn Locke (s) were the best performed rink winning their game 30-14.

This game was a good practice run for the forthcoming State Championships to be held at the Bendigo East Bowling Club from April 24-30, as the team will represent the BDBD/CVBD Region in the championships.

Several members participated in the CVBD conducted Umpires/Measurers/Markers exam on Saturday.

The club would like to thank Pat Sehestedt for conducting the test.

On Friday evening the members enjoyed another fine meal with Anne Lowrie the missing name in the lucky members draw.

The club offers get well wishes to Kath Palmer who is recovering from recent hospitalisation. Also Bill Musgrove is home after recent heart-surgery and is recovering well.


Congratulations to Ramon Rathjen on a wonderful year of bowls.

Ramon defeated Greg Chandler in the Club Championship early in the season.

He then recently went on to win the 100 up event 102 defeating John Vale 78.

Ramon and Rosie McIntosh won the club pairs event defeating Shane Ryan and Frank Oliver with the last end coming done to a measure with callipers.

Ladies 100 up was won by Diane Chandler who defeated Chris Oliver with an extra end having to be played as each reached 100 on same end.

Well done to all winners and runners up for the season’s events.

These matches produced some very good bowls and were played in good spirits.

Colbinabbin Bowls Club would like to thank their wonderful sponsors for the 2018-2019 season: Beaurepaires, Bendigo, Bob McLean transport, Ellis Nuttall & Co, Flack Advisory Services, Gilchrist & Co Accountants, Haeusler’s Shepparton, Mawsons MGR Accountants, Parks and Turner, Reid Stockfeeds, Rushworth and District Community Bank, VMG Accounting and West Farm Supplies.

Thank you also to Elmore Newsagency, Hennings View Winery, Stuart Hill, Mt Misery Winery, Shepparton Bowls Shop and Whistling Eagle Winery for donations during the season.

Thank you to bowls members who travelled to tournaments at Avenel, Chiltern, Elmore, East Shepparton, Echuca, Heathcote, Euroa, Hilltop, Kyabram, Lockington, Mooroopna, Mooroopna Golf Bowls, Murchison, Rochester, Rushworth, Shepparton Golf, Swan Hill, Stanhope, Tallygaroopna and Tatura.

Results were varied but well done to all concerned for a small club we have certainly done well, even managing to enter two teams on occasions.

A big thank you to John and Lynne Brown who have helped the midweek team out for the past three seasons.

Best wishes to those in the club that are not in best of health at the moment. Hopefully all will be well and ready to play bowls again next season.

Reminder to all members to put names in to Greg or Di Chandler for end of year break up on May 3 and to think about what position they may like to take on for next season with the annual meeting to be held on May 20.