Bowls Report | January 19

By Riverine Herald

City of Echuca

All three divisions scored wins in Fridays round of mid-week pennant.

The division one side had a close battle with Rochester, eventually holding on to win by just a single shot.

Roma Opie, Kerryn Evans, Lee Beattie and Rhonda Gallagher performed well in this match to win their game by 12 shots.

Division two also had a close match against Rochester.

This side played well over the last few ends of the day, and finished with a three shot win, with two winning rinks.

The division three side played Rich River and had a 22-shot win.

This victory was led by Heather Trotter, Jill Young, John Blair and Max Clifford, who won their game by 23 shots.

Four of the five divisions had wins in Saturday’s round of weekend pennant.

Division one played well and scored an impressive win by 24 shots against ladder leaders, Tongala.

Geoff Beattie’s rink of John Dinsdale, Mark Evans and Dennis Compton led the way with an 18-shot win in their game.

The division two side also played Tongala and had a victory by 24 shots.

All three rinks won their game in this contest.

Division three travelled to Elmore and lost by seven shots, despite having two rink wins.

Division four played Tongala at home and won by 33 shots.

They had two winning rinks and a tied game.

Ron Payne, Norm Hodge, John Cowan and John Catanese had an impressive 37-9 win in their game.

Division five played at Tongala and both rinks won their game, giving them an overall win by 23 shots.

John Blair, Belinda Chong, Callum O’Shea and Louisa Dean won their game by 19 shots in this match.

Bowls results

Twilight triples — Monday, February 10

1st: Nathan Beecroft, Steve Nolan and Kevin Bursill.

2nd: Trevor Liddell, Joan Dovaston and Geoff Smith.

Men’s pairs — Thursday, February 13

1st: Peter Tinning and Chooka Tinning.

2nd: Ivan Hicks and Kevin Bursill.

3rd: Philip Thorn and Mal Thorn.

Best winning margin: Mark Gold and Geoff Tinning.

Mid-week pennant teams

Division 1 v Deniliquin at home: M. Cunnington P. Schram, K. Gillingham, L. Brown; R. Opie, K. Evans, L. Beattie, R. Gallagher; J. Fairchild, L. Roney, D. Payne, N. Hall.

Division 2 v Lockington at home: J. Breen, C. Egan, A. Vanderkley, G. Kerr; M. Malone, B. Chong, J. Armstrong, N. West; B. Johns, E. Thomas, F. Spiers, R. Neil.

Emergencies: M. Hoelter, T. Deenen.


The women enjoyed fine conditions for a game of triples on Tuesday.

The winning trio comprised Trish Jones, Annette Brereton and Lorraine Appleby (s) with all bowlers on song.

In the CVBD Pennant the overall results did not flatter the club’s intentions.

The women played Rich River away and returned home a little worse for wear with no winning rinks in the 33-99 loss.

Rink details: Lois Chugg lost to J. Hocken 7-44; Margaret Davis l.t. P. Stiles 16-25; Lorraine Appleby l.t. V. Noar 10-30).

In the weekend round of pennant the club hosted the division two and division four teams from Moama.

Division two kept pace against their stronger opponents for the majority of the game but failed to take advantage on a couple of ends towards the end of games.

The final result was a 50-68 loss.

Rink details: Jim Harris l.t. G. Thornley 16-22; Ian Johnson l.t. N. Varcoe 19-20; Graham Turner l.t. R. Young 15-25.

The division four teams battled gamely in their clash against Moama in an effort to hold down their position in the top four.

However, it was not to be as their opponents applied the pressure after the break to win the match 73-60 and left us with a half a rink win.

Rink details: Geoff Shawcross drew S. Sutton 20-all; Bill Musgrove l.t. P. Walton 19-27; Steve Peter l.t. K. Hewitt 21-26.

With this loss, we have plummeted to fifth spot on the premiership ladder and ten points behind Mathoura who collected maximum points and shots up against Rochester.

With just one round remaining, our season may lie in the "lap of the gods" as we play top team Rich River.

Last Tuesday evening, the final night of the three games series of sportspeople bowls was played.

With an increased field of 42 players the general play was competitive as there were four two-game winners.

On the night, the team of Phillip Cunnington, Wayne Thomas (Mitiamo) and Micheal Lyons (s) were victorious ahead of Ian Scurrah, Nigel Riordan and Joe Holloway (s).

Due to the popularity of the series another three-night series has been organised for February 25, March 3 and March 10.

Everyone is welcome — flat sole shoes or barefoot and bowls are available.

Several teams played the 60 and Over Anniversary day competition at Moama on Wednesday.

Two members in Phillip Cunnington and Les Brereton were judged best lead and skipper on the day.

There was a fine gathering for the Friday evening cold meat and salad/practice session with Phillip Cunnington winning the lucky members jackpot draw.

Get well wishes are extended to Kath Palmer who is recovering from surgery.

On Sunday, the Bendigo/Campaspe Regional 60 and Over singles and pairs finals were played at Moama Bowling Club on a true running green.

The Bendigo division ruled supreme as they made a clean sweep of all matches.

In the ladies state singles, Susan Howes from Kangaroo Flat proved too consistent for Marrilyn Stephenson to win the game 21-12.

Stephenson battled gamely to stay in the game but her opponent was able to thwart any challenge.

In the men’s state singles, Ivan Hicks (City of Echuca) was pitted against Phil Godkin (Eaglehawk) and this game was similar to the ladies singles match.

Godkin managed to open a slender lead in the early stanza while Hicks had some close bowls but could not manage to score any multiples.

Godkin eventually won the clash 21-12.

The ladies state pairs resulted in a 15-11 victory for the Bendigo East pair in Judy Davies and Helen Clough (s) against the Deniliquin pair of Fay Munnerley and Jill Grimshaw (s).

This game was even with good bowling from all concerned as they went end for end, before the Bendigo East pair won consecutive ends to open up an 11-5 lead which they were able to maintain and win the game.

The men’s state pairs was held after the lunch break as Ivan Hicks was to combine with Philip Thorn (s) City of Echuca and do battle against the Inglewood pairing of Geoff Wilson and Lindsay Kelly (s) representing Bendigo Division.

This game produced some excellent bowling as both teams traded ends.

The pair from Inglewood were able to eventually break the shackles and move out to a 12-4 lead.

Hicks and Thorn suddenly won a couple of consecutive ends to trail 11-15 on the final end.

They managed to pick up a single to finish up losing the contest 12-15.

All winners will travel to the Bowls Victorua State Championships in April to be held at the Bendigo and Bendigo East Bowling Clubs.


Mid-week Pennant results

Division 1 v Moama at home: Mathoura 59 lost to Moama 82.

Division 3 v Moama Red at Moama: Mathoura 27 lost to Moama Red 70.

Division 1 have one game left to play to complete the home and away season and are in third spot.

Division 3 have completed the season and finished in third spot and will be playing finals.

It was a great effort from all involved and the first season for the club to have two mid-week teams and with both playing finals, it’s a really good result.

Weekend Pennant results

Division 1 v Rochester at home: Mathoura 73 def. Rochester 52.

Division 2 v Rochester at Rochester: Mathoura 71 def. Rochester 69.

Division 3 v Rochester at home: Mathoura 95 def. Rochester 47.

Division 4 v Rochester at Rochester: Mathoura 110 def. Rochester 54.

Division 5 v Rochester at home: Mathoura 50 def. Rochester 44.

Ladder positions

There is one game remaining in the home and away season.

Div 1 —5th, three points off 4th spot.

Div 2 — 3rd, 20 points clear of 4th.

Div 3 — 2nd, 10 points clear of 3rd.

Div 4 — 4th, 10 points clear of 5th.

Div 5 — 7th.

Club Championship

Men’s Pairs: A. Prime/D. Hicks def. A. Cowley/M. Beeche; B. and A. Vesty def. D. Murray/L. Bates.

B Grade 21Up Men’s Singles: T. O’Callaghan def. N. Dovaston; S. O’Callaghan def. J. Toomey.

Men’s 100Up Singles Handicap: N. Dovaston def. P. Wilson; B. Brander def. D. Wardlaw; L. Vallance def. R. Murphy.

Tournament — Mathoura Memorial two-bowl Triples

The event will start at 10am with three games of 16 ends.

There is an entry cost of $60 per team as we raise funds for Beyond Blue.

There will be silent auctions and heaps of other things happening on the day.

All are welcome so just come along and see what you can bid on, it will be a great day.


Indoor Bowls

Tuesday February 11 - Indoor Social Bowls: Winners: Mike Barkham, Collin Hicks, Bill M. Runners-up: Mel Elaney, Helen. S, John Tarrant, L. Foster.

Thursday February 13 - Indoor Social Bowls: Winners: Isobel Wallis, Denise Lee, Peter Pavone. Runners-up: Audrey Matchett, Mike Barkham, Lance Foster.

Sunday February 16 – Indoor Social Bowls: Winners: Kath Dobson, Lyn McVicker, Peter Pavone. Runners-up: Pat Nash, Max Kerr, Lance Forster.

Outdoor Bowls

Tuesday February 11 – Ladies Social: Winners: Lois Barbary, Mary Kaine, Beryl Eddy. Runners-up: Sandra Nugent, Sharyn Reed, Beryl Bell.

Tuesday February 11 – Alby Matthews Triples: Winners: Rob Wastell, Alex Mcquarrie, John Shaw. Runners-up: Wally Wadge, Gordon Johnstone, Phil Bell. Consolation: Graeme O’Brien, Wayne Whitney, Peter Cecil, Greg Pettigrove, G. Yates, Gil Crouch. Best first game winners: Neville Varcoe, Ian Smith, Brian Hester.

Wednesday February 12 - Evening Open Pairs: Winners: Rod Allen, Keith Hewitt. Runners-up: Consolation: Peter Broom, Rob Neely, R. Pinson, Jill Marshell. Best first game winners: Ken Sipthorp, Brian Hester.

Thursday February 13 – Thursday Men’s Pairs: Winners: Alex Mcquarrie, Gordon Kaeser. Runners-up: Vern Rehe, Rob Young. Consolation: Barry Barbary, Geoff Reed, Alan Jones, G. Manners.

Rich River

In mid-week pennant only our division 2 team had a very good win and with only one home/away game to go are currently third on the ladder and will be representing our club in the upcoming finals starting on February 28.

Weekend pennant was a very closely fought out affair with division 1 beaten by one shot, and fourth on the ladder, division 2 beaten by five shots, division 3 beaten by four shots and third on the ladder, division 4 winning and top of the ladder and division 5 beaten by four shots currently fifth on the ladder and needing to win in the last round to secure a place in the finals on February 29.

Club Members are needed for this coming Friday night, February 21 between 6:30pm and 9pm to assist with the supervision of a large RRGCR social group, some of whom will be bowling and require help on and around the greens, so your participation would be appreciated.

Likewise we require club members to volunteer their services on February 25, 27 and 28 to cover 14 rinks between 9.30am and 4pm for the ANZRI Competition transferred from Moama Bowls Club due to a double booking.

This is a prestigious competition for us to be involved with and any assistance with markers and umpires would be most appreciated.

A smaller than usual number of bowlers attended our Jackpot Pairs on Wednesday February 12.


Two Game Winners

1st: Gerry Devlin and David Newman - 55 points/5 shots up.

2nd: Roy Berryman and Graeme Edgar - 53 points/8 shots up.

Repecharge Winners

Keith Robertson and Roger Teasdale - 9 ends won/20 shots up.

Franco Perissinotto from Rich River was unfortunately omitted from the third placed team competing in the Norm Knopp Tournament in our report from last week.

Mid-week pennant teams

Division 1 v Moama at Moama: Lyn Barker, Noeline King, John James, Toni Beck; Liz Easther, Marg Young, Pat Sehestedt, Bev Mills; Marg Griffiths, Roseanne Sharp, Heather Freeman, Wendy Nagorcka.

Division 2 v Moama at Moama: Jan Hocken, Marie Stevens, Jan McEwan, Bill Wheeler; Virginia Noar, Wilma Williams, Judy White, Betty Linquist; Phil Stiles, Judy Vise, Prill Edgar, Anne Kosch.

Weekend pennant teams

Division 1 v Deni RSL at home: Stan Barker, Max Kosch, Ken Jones, Bill McEwan; Trevor Nagorcka, Barry Devlin, Robert Taylor, David Newman; Gary Radford, Noel Dixon, Bruce ONeale, Eugene Xodo.

Division 2 v Lockington at Lockington: Tim Noar, Graeme Moffat, Ken Dashwood, John Langley; Roy Berryman, Darryl Wood, Franco Perissinotto, Kip Read; Robert King, Peter Moon, Allan Linquist, Leon Sharp.

Division 3 v Deni RSL at home: Robert Holmfield, Ron Ritchie, Keith Rowan, Paul Wallace; Ron Bentley, Renn Ritchie, John James, Ashley French; Gerry Devlin, Barry Downer, Geoffrey Rayner, Des Sehestedt.

Division 4 v Lockington at Lockington: John Stuart, John Exton, Warwick Stiles, John Hart; Keith Robertson, Graeme Edgar, John Hewlett, Roger Teasdale; Vic Woods, John Armstrong, George Clarence, Robert Brereton.

Division 5 v Deni RSL at home: Barry Kelly, Graeme Williams, Peter Jackson, Barry Cox; Mel Velt, Malcolm Mitchell, Doug Jay, Peter Preston.

Emergencies: Adrian Costello.

Duty team: Mel Velt, Malcolm Mitchell, Doug Jay and Peter Preston.

Senior Citizens

Winners for Wednesday, February 12 were Val Gaylor, John Fatone, Joan Parker and Joan Hales.

Runners-up were Lyn Prott, Miriam Pascoe, Pat Squire and Rhonda Maxey.

Winners for Friday, February 14 were Faye Leahy and Rhonda Maxey.

Runners-up were Val Gaylor, Miriam Pascoe and Joan Hales.

60 and Over

The Campaspe Valley amd District 60 and over Bowls group held their Wednesday weekly bowls and anniversary day at the Moama Bowls Club.

A total of 28 teams, consisting of 112 bowlers played on their indoor and outdoor excellent greens.

Playing three games of eight ends, only one team won three games and they were from Moama.

They were John Ryan, Bob Gills, Brian Hill and Barry Barbary.

The second team was a Rochester team who won two games and a draw, they were Bruce Kneebone, Graeme Whitehead, Gavan Houlihan and Graeme Chambers.

Members of both teams received a chook each.

The next 60 and over bowls is at Ky Valley View Golf and Bowls club on February 19 with a 10am start.

This club has had a problem with their greens so I hope they are well supported — it is limited to 28 teams.

Entries to Bob Greenaway on 5852 3366 or Rod Donohue on 5852 2249 or on the sheet at the Valley View Golf and Bowls Club.