THE women held the annual President’s Day of bowls on Tuesday last week and enjoyed ideal conditions.
Past members present included Mary Dullard, Maree Malone, Marie Davie, Gwen Haines, Julie Chappel, Rhonda Gallagher and Lorrie Forster.
At the completion of the games the cards were drawn and the winners were Joy Weller, Denise Gilmore, Annie Haines (skip) ahead of Mary Thomas, Annette Brereton and Lorraine Appleby.
On Saturday the division four pennant teams tackled Moama in the weekend pennant preliminary final played at Rich River where the greens were true.
After a moderate beginning the teams settled down to display some fighting qualities as the opposition began to open up a clear lead of 24-10.
Steve Peter’s rink collected a seven right on the afternoon bell to make the scores level at 33-all. The game was on after the break where the Bill Musgrove rink was in close battle against Alan Jones’ rink with little separating the two sides.
Neil Haines’ four were trying desperately to make up lost ground after dropping 10 shots in two ends earlier in the match.
All rinks lifted in the latter part of the competition when Moama suddenly made inroads to take the lead of 68-65 on the 62nd end.
The Musgrove rink was dominant in the later ends to double the score of their opponents and win 30-15 while Haines made a comeback to be within four against Bernie Connell, before Moama picked up three shots on the final end and won the game 29-22.
Steve Peter’s rink was able to stave off the opposition to win 26-24.
The club’s division four won the match 78-68 and progressed to the grand final to play Mathoura at the Moama Bowling Club on Saturday.
During the week several members attended local tournaments in Elmore, Cohuna Golf and Leitchville. The results were a little late for publication.
The club has enjoyed some success at the weekly 60 and Over competition held at several clubs.
The team of Chris Stewart, Brian Kinnane, Les Brereton and Bill Musgrove (skip) displayed strong bowling to gain the runners-up trophy at Elmore.
The club will be holding the annual Open Fours tournament on Sunday March 24 commencing at 9.30am. Contact Chris Stewart 5486 2607 for details.
City of Echuca
CITY of Echuca will have two sides contesting the weekend pennant grand finals.
The club’s division one side qualified after defeating Tongala in a hard-fought battle on Saturday. Although the Echuca side led the match all day, Tongala closed the gap in the second half.
However, the Echuca team steadied in the final stages and eventually won by 11 shots.
Division two had already qualified for their grand final after winning last week’s semi-final against Moama. Both sides will play Moama in the grand final and these matches will be played in Moama on Saturday.
A successful corporate bowls night was held at the club on the previous Tuesday. Twenty-four teams of local businesses and schools competed for the bragging rights of being the best-performed team on the night.
Most of the competing teams are much-valued sponsors of the club. At the conclusion of three games the results were:
River Rats (Rich River Golf Club) winners, Bonker Ball (Laser Plumbing) second, SMP 3 (St Marys PS) third, and Sharp as a Tack (Leon Sharp Plumbing) fourth.
The drive competition was won by Brett Mundie (Twin Rivers PS).
Bowls results from the previous week saw winners in the twilight triples — Philip Thorn, Kevin Bursell and Robyn Tooley. Runners-up were Rhonda Gallagher, Deb Chancellor and Lorelle Opthoog.
Ladies social bowls winners were Sandra Glasser, Patti Taylor and Jan Cowley.
Men’s pairs winners were John Dinsdale and Geoff Tarrant, second place was Ivan Hicks and Dennis Portwine, followed by John O’Brien and Trevor Rickard.
The previous Monday’s twilight triples was won by Anna Meyer, Robyn Tooley and John Simpson, followed by Joan Dovaston, Nathan Beecroft and Steve Nolan.
The ladies’ social bowls the day after was won by Sandra Glasser, Anne Vanderkley and Jill Young.
The men’s pairs on Thursday was taken out by Ivan Hicks and Dennis Portwine. Runners-up were George Thornley and Joe Murphy.
MATHOURA’S division four weekend pennant side will play Lockington in the grand final in Moama on Saturday, start of play at 1.30pm.
The men’s bowls committee AGM is on Monday, March 25 at 7.30pm. Some letters have the wrong day on them, the date is correct but the day is not.
In the club championships, the men’s pairs was won by Chris Roberts and Mick Humphreys, defeating M. McDonald and A. W. Murphy.
Joe and Mick lead early but Chris and Mick did the hard yards and caught up in what was for the rest of the game nip and tuck.
In the men’s B grade 21-up singles, the final was played between B. Ireland and M. Beeche on Sunday. Barry got away to a good start but Mick fought back to level it up, then Barry got going again and came away to record a good win.
In the men’s 100-up handicap, P. Wilson defeated A. Cowley.
On Friday, March 29 the club will have a visit from Vermont South Bowls Club, a list is on display at the bowls office for names if you can play.
INDOOR bowls results from Monday saw 21 players contest three games of 10 ends. The winners on 54 points were Joan Heales (skip), Margaret Green and Hazel O’Dwyer.
Runners-up with 37 points were Ray Shelley (skip), Denise Lee, June Simpson and Isobel Wallis. Consolation prizes went to Alan Haw, Ron Stranger and Bev Guarda.
Echuca Senior Citizens
INDOOR bowls results from Friday’s play saw winners in Elaine Murphy (skip), Miriam Pascoe, Eddy Williamson and Pat Squire.
Runners-up were Tony O’Dwyer (skip), Hazel O’Dwyer and Lyn Prott.