Covering the Goulburn and Murray valleys

Bowls pennnant glory for Seymour VRI

And Nagambie and Avenel finish gallant runners-up.

March 19, 2014 4:25am

Goulburn Valley Bowls grand finals division 5 between Seymour VRL and Shepparton RSL at Shepparton GolfSeymour VRL premiersL-R BACK. Phil Challis, Shayne Stanley, Ian Nichols, Peter Stevens, Bob Burgess, Ron King, Steve McGregor, Peter Delzotto, Brad 'Ando' Anderson and Darran KingL-R FRONT. David Emmerson, Mario Furletti and Wayne Noonan



The Seymour VRI division five bowls team travelled to Shepparton Golf Club on Saturday to be part of six teams in various divisions vying for a division premiership.

As a new team in the Goulburn Valley Bowls Division, it was a great effort for a small club in a larger competition to be competing for a top spot in its first year.

During the season the Seymour VRI team played 16 home and away games; it won 15, and lost one against Shepparton RSL by one shot.

Seymour VRI was up against Shepparton RSL again in the grand final and after two recent meetings and comfortable wins, the team was confident in completing the season and taking home the premiership trophy.

A shower of rain welcomed the team to Shepparton Golf, but the rain soon disappeared and the day was quite pleasant until another good shower stopped play briefly as the game was about to be finished.

All three rinks started well, and at the afternoon tea break Seymour VRI had a handy 35-shot advantage on all rinks.

After tea Shepparton RSL showed some resistance, but it was too little too late and it went down by 35 shots overall.

Ian Nichols’ rink was not seriously challenged at any stage; they were 20 shots up at the afternoon tea break, and scored only ones and twos after tea to be 31 shots up at the 22nd end. They left the scoring to the opposition once the wet weather arrived for the last three ends, but claimed a 27-shot win.

Steve McGregor’s rink was 13 shots up at afternoon tea, then dominated the game until the 19th end with a 14-shot advantage. The opposition came back to score eight shots during the next four ends to come within six shots, but the VRI rink took the last two ends and victory by eight shots.

David Emmerson’s rink also looked to be a runaway game until the opposition scored a six on the 10th end and the VRI team only held a two-shot lead at the afternoon tea break. After the break VRI came back well, but the opposition with some good play was within three shots at the 19th end before a five-shot score on the 22nd end actually placed them in front. Both teams had to put all their experience on the line and VRI managed a drawn game.

With some silverware in the trophy cabinet and a very successful season, the 2013-14 pennant season has come to a close. There are some club games to be finalised prior to the presentation night and the club will host its invitation triples event on March 29 and will need volunteers to assist in various positions to ensure that the day will be successful; please see the secretary or one of the organisers if you can help.

The presentation night will be held in May and further information will be posted on the noticeboard.

— Two HatsAVENEL

A hearty congratulations and well done to our Saturday pennant division six side which played in the final last Saturday. You may not have come home with the title but you all tried your best and played with great sportsmanship — good to see everyone enjoying the day.

This week sees the two-day open tournament on Friday and Saturday followed closely by the midweek tournament on Wednesday.

Coming up: March 28 — meal and twilight bowls, names on list please to assist with catering. Meal at 6pm followed by bowls at 7pm/7.30pm.

For the midweek players a reminder that the Ruby Jubilee Pairs competition has been resheduled for April 1 at 11am, names on list and a draw for partners. The more the better.

Our condolences are extended to the family and friends of Lyn Burns (nee Duncalf) after her recent death.

I must admit I enjoyed driving home from the final at Shepparton Golf through the rain; finally we got some much needed rain although the lightning and thunder proved challenging for some of our members.


Shepparton Park proved to be the best team in division two when it defeated us by 35 shots in the grand final played at Euroa. Both teams where lucky to complete their games with light rain and severe thunderstorm activity surrounding the Euroa township.

The only rink to take the points was that of Peter Nichols (skip), Mike Nolan, Chris Spencer and John Humphries, winning by five shots. They just missed out an eight on the 17th end, when they scored a seven.

Comments were made of our cheer squad — one old bowler said he has not seen so much support at a grand final, which was appreciated by the bowlers.

The bowlers and supporters ventured back to the clubrooms where they where treated to a great barbecue tea and the odd cold one.

Well done to all who took part in the organisation of the event.

Sunday is the NE Pub Day. Club matches are down to the finals.

WJ Mitchell Triples — Daniel and Peter Nichols and Chris Spencer play Greg Brack, Robert Smith and Glen Weatherell.

21-up — Geoff Page plays John Pastanak.

Don’t forget Wednesday night bowls; names in by 6.30pm, bowls start 7pm.

President Des said after the game that although defeated we can all hold our heads very high.

Well done to all pennant players throughout the season and also the selectors who never have an easy task.

— Bowl Away With MJGoulburn Valley Saturday Pennant Grand Finals

Division TwoShepp Park 16-105 d Nagambie 2-70

P. Cross 26 d D. Fothergill 17, F. Watson 20 lt P. Nichols 25, R. Hill 27 d D. Nichols 18, P. Matthews 32 d R. Page 10.Division FiveSeymour VRI 15-80 d Shepp RSL 1-45

S. McGregor 22 d H. Taylor 14, I. Nichols 36 d R. Thorp 9, D. Emmerson 22 drew J. Thewlis 22.Division SixAvenel 2-37 lt East Shepp 12-48

B. Smith 14 lt P. Delaney 29, R. Lloyd 23 d R. Pozzobon 19.

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