A preview of this weekend's bowling action after matches last week were cancelled due to the heat.February 6, 2014 4:43am
CENTRAL BOWLS DIVISION
The Central Bowls Division match committee used its discretionary powers as the controlling body to cancel all CBD midweek and Saturday pennant games set down for last week due to the extreme heat forecast for the district.
The “extreme heat rule” for mid-week pennant is 36°C while Saturday pennant is set at 38°C. Even though bowls is a summer sport and bowlers expect warm weather, these heat rules are in place right across the state (they vary from area to area) and are designed to protect the players from being sent out to play in extreme conditions.Mid-week
Round 13 of midweek pennant was cancelled due to the extreme heat ruling and with all sides receiving equal points it leads to an extremely exciting final round of home and away games which would have been played on Tuesday, February 4, when all positions in the four were up for grabs pending how results went.
Preview of round 14 games:
Top side Kilmore (138 points) was at home to fifth placed Yea (114 points) with a win to Kilmore required to ensure a top-two finish and a home final while Yea needed a win to give itself a chance to climb into the top four should Broadford falter.
Second placed Wallan (137 points) was at home to seventh placed Alexandra (74 points) with a win required to ensure a top-two finish and perhaps the opportunity to sneak into top place and a home final should Kilmore slip up.
Third placed Seymour Blue (135 points) was at home against sixth placed Eildon (75 points) and only two points out of a top-two finish would mean an all-out assault for a win to have any chance of a top-two finish, although by finishing in third position they are guaranteed a home final against whoever finishes fourth.
Fourth placed Broadford (115 points) will travel to meet last placed Seymour Gold (44 points) with the knowledge that an all rinks win will guarantee them fourth place and a knockout final the following week.SaturdayDivision one: Round 12 of Saturday pennant was cancelled due to the extreme heat ruling and with all sides receiving equal points it leads to an interesting penultimate round of home and away games this coming Saturday.
Preview of Round 13 games:
Top two sides Alexandra (173 points) and Kilmore (173 points) will decide top spot at Alexandra this Saturday with the winner receiving the ultimate reward of being a giant step closer to a probable home final against the loser in two weeks when the finals start. Alexandra at home on the grass should be too steady for a game Kilmore.
Third placed Seymour VRI (109 points) may be at home against eighth placed Eildon (73 points) but it will still be seen as a danger game. If VRI can produce an all rinks win, thereby gaining all 18 available points, they will have cemented third place and a home final against whichever sides side eventually finishes fourth. The dropping of any points will leave them still vulnerable to a possible fall to fourth place. VRI’s recent form indicates they should be too strong at home for a gallant Eildon.
Fifth placed Wallan (86 points) will be at home to fourth placed Broadford (91 points) where a win can give them a shot at fourth position and possible finals action whilst a loss will surely condemn them to anther wasted season. A Broadford win will guarantee a top-four finish and finals action in the coming two weeks.
A toss of the coin, this one, but the fact it will be at home on Wallan’s grass may just tip the scales in its favour.
Sixth placed Yea (81 points) will be at home to seventh placed Seymour (78 points) and anything but a solid all rinks win will surely end the slim chance that either side has of playing finals this season. I think Yea at home will get over the line but it may not win on all rinks.Division two: Preview of Round 13 games:
Top of the pile Broadford (133 points) will be at home to sixth placed Wallan (88 points) and a strong win will go a long way to eliminating Wallan from contention and ensuring a top-two finish for Broadford. Using the same logic as applied to their division one counterparts, the fact it will be at home on Broadford’s plastic will get it over the line.
Second placed Seymour VRI (125 points) is scheduled to be at home against seventh placed Eildon (52 points) however it is unlikely that Eildon will be able to field a side as has been the case over the past few weeks, so a 15-nil 16-point win to VRI is the likely result, and retention of second place for another week.
Fourth placed Seymour (96 points) will be at home to third side Alexandra Maroon (120 points) where a win against the higher ranked side will be crucial to its chances of playing finals this season whilst a loss could leave it vulnerable.
I believe the home green advantage may get Seymour over the line.
Fifth placed Kilmore (88 points) will be at home to eighth placed Alexandra Blue (50 points) and given a solid win will keep its chances of playing finals this season alive. I think Kilmore at home will have enough motivation get itself over the line.
— Two Hats’ ApprenticeLadders
Division 1: Alexandra 173, Kilmore 73, Seymour VRI 109, Broadford 91, Wallan 86, Yea 81, Seymour 78, Eildon 73.
Division 2: Broadford 133, Seymour VRI 125, Alexandra Maroon 120, Seymour 96, Kilmore 88, Wallan 88, Eildon 52, Alexandra Blue 50.
Mid-week: Kilmore 138, Wallan 137, Seymour Blue 135, Broadford 115, Yea 114, Eildon 75, Alexandra 74, Seymour Gold.Central Goulburn Murray finals
Four Central Goulburn Murray Finals will be played on Sunday, February 9 at Cobram.
In the women’s fours, Sylvia Love, Lyn Meek, Jenny Kreemers and Denise Hogan (Seymour) will be vying for honours, in Champion of Champion Pairs it will be Dot Dillon and Di Templeton (Seymour). In the Men’s Triples, Matt McMaster, Scott Fletcher and Trevor Young (Kilmore) are in the finals while in Men’s Pairs it will be Ken Argent and Mark Simmons (Alexandra).
No pennant results this week as midweek and Saturday gamers were called off due to the extreme heat we’ve been experiencing.
There was however, play on our green on Sunday morning as the first round of the club’s Mixed Pairs competition was held.
The players were very glad to go into the much cooler clubhouse at the end of their regulation ends.
Congratulations to those who entered, and well done.
Keep an eye on the club noticeboard for the next round and other competitions.
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