Tatura Bowls scrape in

By Tatura Guardian

Tatura’s Division 2 had a close encounter against the visiting Kyabram side on Saturday when Tatura got up by a slender 8 shots, winning on 2 rinks and up overall by 8 shots 105 to 97 and 14 points to 4. The gods were looking after Tatura for with only a few ends remaining Kyabram had been leading by a very small margin. Furthermore fellow four contender in the Division 2 group Euroa knocked off 2nd team Tallygaroopna to allow Tatura to take over 2nd spot on the ladder. For how long Tatura hold 2nd spot will be dependant on next week and the final pennant game of the season when they meet top of the ladder Shepparton Park.

John Attwood led the way for Tatura with a comfortable 14 shot win over Ky’s Phil Denham. The match was even for much of the day however Attwood’s rink dominated the concluding stages to take out a solid victory by 14 shots 31 to 17. Brendon Boyd on the 21st end was narrowly leading former Rushworth player and now playing for Kyabram in Kevin Gilbert 21 to 18 but Boyd outscored his opponent on the last 4 ends to win comfortably by 11 shots 30 to 19.

Peter Wallis who has been Tatura’s skipper extraordinaire whilst taking over the skipper role in recent times has been undefeated in his previous 4 games. Today his colours were lowered in his match against Peter O’Brien for his rink only won 10 ends. However his team of Darryn Carpenter, and the father and son Kirby duo only went down by 2 shots 27 to 29. Nick Boyd(S), Brendan Sharp, Faye Attwood and Josh LeSueur were competitive up to around the lunch time break against Kyabram’s Don Cook trailing by just 3 shots 12 to 15 on the 13th end. Failure to perform after the break and they were eventually well beaten by 15 shots 17 to 32.

However it is a team effort and the overall result is most pleasing for Tatura, as they will now be assured of finals play, something which has not occurred at this level for quite some time.

Tatura’s Division 6 has now succumbed to two consecutive defeats, and this weeks match was against fellow Tatura team and top of the ladder Hill Top. Tatura playing on Hill Top’s turf was well beaten winning only the 1 rink and losing overall by 22 shots 61 to 83 and gaining just 2 points to 14. Not to be disheartened completely the Division 6 side with only 1 pennant match remaining will still feature in finals. Paul Hussey(S), Bob Bordett, Col Johnson and Frances Britten in a low scoring match won 15 of the 25 ends and had a solid win by 12 shots 25 to 13 over Michael Shay. Winning the majority of the ends was not enough for Joyce Andrus against Tom Deane for on the 15th end with scores level 14 each Tatura dropped a 7. This disastrous end result was enough to see Hill Top’s Deane come away with a 4 shot win over Joyce Andrus(S), Dave Westin, Jeff Hussey and Graham Andrus 24 to 28. Terry Gale’s rink resulted in a score line that can best be forgotten for on the 13th end they were down 2 to 30 against Peter Ibbott. This margin remained basically the same until the very last end when the final score result was Ibbott’s Hill Top 42 to Tatura 12. Division 2 can certainly consolidate and reverse this result in coming weeks if every opportunity is taken positively. Finals are looming and it is now a week to week proposition on how far a side can go.

Tatura’s Midweek Division 2 side have finished the season in 5th position and have failed to qualify for finals.

Club Notes: Tatura Bowls Club Indoor Bowls AGM 8pm Monday 4th March. Labour Day weekend Jack Lowry Mixed Triples 10th March and Sid Moore Open 2 bowl Triples 11th March. Tatura Hospital Charity Day with all monies donated to the Tatura Hospital - Mixed Triples 1pm 7th April.