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Bowls pressure in the heat

A wrap from bowling rinks across the region.

January 22, 2014 4:22am


We all have survived the hot weather with the Mid Week pennant being cancelled last Tuesday and the Jackpot triples on Wednesday. The Jack Sloane will be played on Sunday, February 2.

With no Pennant last Saturday the Club took the opportunity of playing Bankers. The winning team was Lewis Catton, Wilma Atkins and Bill Solomon (+23) with runners-up Wayne Flint, Lynda Rhode and Dennis Klein (+19).

The State Pairs were played on Sunday last with Derrick Boyd and Mark Law representing our club in fine style but not winning on the day. On the womens side, Di Templeton and Dot Dillon won their first game against Lyn Gleeson and Pam Duerkop by three shots, then in the afternoon won by seven shots against Janny Cockerill and Erica Kaskelaines. Good work and best wishes for next Sunday’s final against Ruth Hatty and Jean Higgins from Yea, played at Broadford at 10am. Best wishes also to Alison Hall who plays in the Final of the Champion of Champion Singles today at Broadford at 10am.

The next few weeks are busy with the Australia Day Tournament on Sunday, January 26, Silver Anniversary Tray Friday, January 30, and Labour Day Tournament March 10.

The Club Triples are underway with the mens first round played last Sunday and the womens first round cancelled due to extreme weather conditions on Friday. This is to be played on or before February 9. The second round to be played on Sunday, February 23.

Saturday Pennant

GV Division one Kyabram 14-99 def Seymour 4-83

Even after the extremely hot days this week the Kyabram green was running well and there was no excuse for a loss against Kyabram. It was a well fought match with Kyabram gaining the upper hand towards the end, winning by 16 shots.

Congratulations to Brett for his team’s first win. B. Spargo def G. Shilling 25 22, D. Atkins lost to R. George 15 24, A. Hall def D. Cartwright 22 21, M. Hammond lost to R. Sceney 32 21.

GV Division five Seymour 16-99 defeated Stanhope 0-44

Seymour had a great win at home on the synthetic green, winning all three rinks. Mark Law 31 to 15, Derrick Boyd 30 to 20 and Vin Hall 38 to 9.


The clubhouse green was inspected by the CBD Greens Committee on January 14 and was deemed unfit for Pennant, although the promise of a further inspection scheduled for two weeks leaves a glimmer of hope. Many thanks to those who have been working on the greens to ensure a pass for the next inspection.

The good news is we will be able to use the green for practice and the remaining club games so check draws and play the games. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Thursday evening pennant practice and barbecue now the green is available.

Congratulations to Travis Bradley who after taking out the Club Singles Championship then followed up with the Club Pairs Championship in tandem with Warren Broderick. Travis has moved into the semi-finals of the CBD Champion of Champion Singles after defeating Jim Grose from Wallan (at Wallan) on January 13. He will meet Kilmore’s Phil Skehan at Broadford on January 26. On January 19 at Eildon, Travis and Warren after defeating the Wallan pairs winners were defeated by Kilmore’s Phil Skehan and Scott Fletcher in the semi-finals of the CBD Champion of Champion Pairs.

Division one Seymour VRI 104 (16) def YEA 66 (2)

Greg Jones’ rink of Travis Bradley, Kevin Miles and Kevin Lee jumped out to a 17 shot lead after the 10th end, proved far too steady for Roland Branch’s rink over the final 15 end and led all day for a comfortable 19 shot win 31 to 12.

Daniel Noonan’s rink of Peter Cleve, Mick Szczykulski and Colin Marsh never surrendered their front position and after setting up a 13 shot lead at the 14th end played steady bowls to defeat Peter West’s rink by 19 shots 32 to 13.

Joe Purcell’s rink of Paul Rolfe, Geoff McPherson and Robert Brown found themselves in a battle with Justin Branche’s rink and were tied 10 shots all after the 13th end. It was from that point onward that they rallied hard and with the benefit of a couple of 4s they won eight of the remaining 12 ends to record a 10 shot win 26 to 16.

Geoff Neal’s rink after establishing a five-shot lead after the seventh end failed to go on with the task at hand and found themselves on the wrong side of a 10 to 25 scorecard and went down by 10 shots to the ever retiring Ken Hatty rink.

Next week a win over fourth placed Broadford will be critical to continue the run for a tilt at a finals position, the venue for this game is yet to be determined as our home green is still unavailable.

Division two Seymour VRI 88 (14) def Alexandra Maroon 50 (2)

Garry Bester’s rink of Moreno Puppa, Brent Voogt and Ian McBean were the heroes of the day conceding only four of the 25 ends to M. Parsons rink to secure a tremendous 38 shot winning margin by scoring 43 to 5 win.

Roo Hockley’s rink of Peter Smith, Paul Cox and Geoff Dixon secured their win after leading by 12 shots following the 10th end. Their lead was cut to four shots at the 23rd end and they defeated Barry Armstrong’s rink by four shots 26 to 22.

Jim Furletti’s rink of Jim Tuckwell, Alan Walton and Robert Berglund started slowly and found themselves trailing Rex Savage’s rink by 10 shots after the 10th end and recorded a 19 to 23 loss.

Next week will see a battle royale for top spot against Broadford, a strong showing is essential to remain in contention for the vital double chance come finals time. The venue for this game is still to be determined as with the green in front of the clubhouse still closed the Division 5 GVBD game will be played on the No2 green.

Division Five Seymour VRI 114 (16) def Hill Top 49 (0)

Ian Nichol’s rink of Phil Challis, Shayne Stanley and Brad Anderson after losing the first two ends went on a rampage and after scoring 15 shots over the next four ends led by 10 shots after six ends. They continued their domination of Mick Trevaskis’ rink to ensure a massive 32 shot winning margin by scoring 45 to 13 win.

Steve McGregor’s rink of Bob Burgess, Darran King and Wayne Noonan recorded a solid 19 shot win 37 to 18 against Bill Wood’s rink.

David Emmerson’s rink of Don Prudden, Mario Furletti and Peter Delzotto beat Peter Ibbott’s rink by 14 shots 32 to 18.

—Two Hats’ ApprenticeAVENEL

Several days above 40°C saw Midweek Pennant last Tuesday called off, therefore all clubs scheduled to play shared the points for a win.

One round of Ruby Jubilee Pairs to be played tomorrow has been postponed until January 30 because the club will be catering for Dick Shelton’s funeral.

Also postponed to a later date is the Mixed Pairs competition due to a lamentable lack of entries. Happily, Saturday Pennant went ahead — the temperatures did fall slightly providing some relief. Unfortunately the Division Three side wasn’t able to overcome opponent Dookie, with only one team managing a win for the day. On a happier note, Division Six was handed a win courtesy of Kyabram forfeiting before the weekend.

Members are reminded that there will be a Mystery Meal on January 24 starting at 6pm followed by Twilight Bowls. Members available to prepare and cook, contact Joyce as soon as possible. Other members and any guests are requested to put their names on the list on the club’s noticeboard.

Get well wishes to president Noel recuperating after his operation. Condolences to the families and friends of Dick Shelton and John Gadd on their recent passing.


Both divisions had good wins in their games on Saturday. All four Division Two teams outbowled the opposition with big wins, Nagambie 134-(18) Kyabram 60-(0). a 74-shot win overall, Des Fothergill, Mike Nolan, Geoff Page and John Humphries had a nice win over G King’s team, 34-13. Daniel Nichols, Chris Spencer, Jack Spencer and Steve Hall were in great form with a huge win against R Harrison’s combination. Both Robert Page and Greg Brack’s teams also had good wins. Brack, Robert Smith, John Spargo and John Pasanak defeated P O’Brien’s rink, 30-21. Smith was in devastating form. Page, Glen Weatherell, Les Hannan and John Dennis defeated P Kendall’s rink, 30-15. The big win secured a place in the four, although next week’s game could be a tester against top team Shepparton Park away.

Division Five has secured fourth spot with a good but narrow win against Shepparton RSL (2) - Nagambie 63- (14), Shepparton RSL (2) 61- (2). Max Fothergill, Sharon Hall, Charles Maynard and Fiona Smith defeated Dick Harry’s team, 23-21. Robert McLeod, Geoff Higgins, Robert Allen and Tim Nagle were too good for B. McHinney’s team, 23.20. George Pianta, Keith Hollands, Bill Veld and John Sinden lost to P. Fraser’s team, 17-20.

Division Five play Euroa away next Saturday. Everything is in readiness for the big Australia Day tournament. Keith and Charles have been busy and the surround looks great. Thanks to Robert Smith and his team who have done a good job looking after odd jobs.

— Bowl Away With MJ

CBD Pennant

Division one

Kilmore retained top position on the ladder, splitting the rink wins 2 all but with a solid 28 shot away win over Broadford thanks to the huge 33 shot margin by Phil Skehan’s rink which remains undefeated this season with a 10th win.

Alexandra kept up the pressure on the ladder leaders winning away to Wallan with three rinks up and a 38 shot margin, with Mark Simmons’ rink contributing with an outstanding 25 shot win while Ben Simmons continued with his undefeated season for a ninth win.

Seymour VRI were at home to Yea but had to play at Seymour and thanks to other results and their 38 shot winning margin have climbed from seventh back into third position, with both Greg Jones and Daniel Noonan’s rinks setting up the victory with dual 19 shot wins.

Eildon moved off the bottom rung of the ladder and sent Seymour tumbling to last with a close eight shot win at home, with the 17 shot win by Garry Oliver providing the spark for the win.

With only four rounds remaining, next week’s match of the round will see third placed Seymour VRI and fourth placed Broadford do battle.

Division two

Broadford retained top spot with a solid 25 shot win away to Kilmore with David Taffe’s 17 shot win providing the impetus to push them over the line for a clean sweep of rinks and a 16 nil win.

Wallan kept their finals aspirations alive with a travelling win at Alexandra Blue though by a small 3.5 shot margin with T Panuzzo’s seven shot win the biggest margin of the day.

Seymour VRI travelled to Alexandra Blue in the battle for second spot and came away with a 38 shot win due in no small part to the huge 38 shot win by Garry Bester’s rink.

Seymour won by forfeit over Eildon who were unable to make up enough numbers to form a side.

Match of the round next week must be the top of the ladder clash between Broadford and Seymour VRI with the victor probably guaranteed a top two finish.

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