CITY of Echuca won the inaugural Murray Hearing Services Perpetual Shield at Moama Bowling Club on Wednesday.
The exclusively over-60s competition signalled the pennant pre-season was well and truly under way for many local clubs, even though the shield was ‘‘only for fun.’’
A fantastic four skippered by Tony Deenen, saw Mike Meyer (third), Peter Phyland (lead) and John Catanese (second) take the shield with them across the bridge.
The day’s bowling began at 11am and went right through until 3pm when a three-bowl winners play-off was held between four teams.
City of Echuca defeated runners-up from Mathoura, Barry Ireland, Merv Lewis, Doug Berryman and Charlie Phippen.
The Echuca team placed three bowls inside the yardstick on their way to victory, while Rich River and Moama played off on another lane, but neither got as many bowls in the yardstick as Echuca.
Eleven clubs, making 24 teams, were sent from as far away as Ky Valley View, Tongala and Elmore, totalling 96 players to Moama’s immaculate greens for the day’s play.
Organiser Greg Watson said the day went off without a hitch and served as a great warm up for some club’s pennant sides.
The name of the game was fun, even if the turnout wasn’t as high as he thought it might be.
‘‘With 11 clubs and over 100 players it’s pretty good, but we’re missing a few teams from Lockington and Rochester after the sad passing of one of Locky’s club legends recently,’’ Watson said.
The Campaspe Valley Bowls Division 2018 season begins in the first week of October, with the midweek starting on October 5, and the weekend pennant the day after.