News wrap from Seymour, VRI, Avenel and Nagambie bowls clubs.
The only midweek pennant game this past week was the GV division two game which was won by Seymour, defeating Shepparton Park Maroon in the last game for this season.
In this week’s games, the first week of the finals, the CBD team played Kilmore at Seymour (privilege of ending on top of ladder), GV2 played Avenel at Euroa and GV3 played Hill Top Blue at Murchison. Good luck to all teams.
Jackpot triples results from January 30 were — winners Doug Hutton, Ian Ridd, Don Lawton +11, runners-up Max Ferguson, Tiki Donohue, Ron Fullerton with +10. On February 6 winners were Barney Fitzsimmons, Doug Hutton, Don Lawton +10 and runners-up Les Herbert, Bob Tomkins, Peter Delzotto +9.
Friday social evenings continue to provide enjoyable meals. Last Friday the members draw went to Maurie Houghton but he was not there to collect the prize. This week the jackpot will be $100.
Don’t forget to put your names in for the pairs tournament on March 11. This will begin at 1
Congratulations to Ann Borham and Alison Hall and Maurie Houghton and Scott Fletcher for winning the CGM State Ladies and Mens Finals on Sunday. They are off to Bendigo in April for the Victorian State Finals.
CBD womens state pairs champions Ann Borham and Alison Hall (Seymour).Good luck also to Scott and Maurie in the first round of the Mens Pairs at the Australian Open on Sunday at Darebin.
CBD mens state pairs bowls champions Scott Fletcher and Maurie Houghton (Seymour).
On Friday Seymour will host the Champion of Champions Singles Final for men and women at 10
GV1 were soundly beaten by Kyabram. The selectors may make changes this week reflecting their concerns at the lack of success.
CBD1 went down to Eildon at Eildon. Not far away again for this team.
CBD2 had a satisfying one-shot win over Wallan however it was one rink that did the deed. Lindsay Hall’s rink won by 19 shots so the team still has a chance to make the finals.
GV5 went down to Hill Top on a slow green at Tatura.
At last the division one team returned to the final four position and the opportunity to remain in the final four over the next two weeks after winning all rinks against Broadford playing on the synthetic green at Seymour. Division two Navy team once again could not fall over the line, winning only one rink, and three shots down overall fell from the top position on the ladder to the third position on the ladder. They will have the opportunity to redeem their double chance over the next two weeks. Division two Blue were unlucky not to return with the points at Kilmore as the game was decided on the last bowl of the day with Kilmore Blue scoring one shot.
Division one continued their run for the finals with a win against Broadford, taking third position on the ladder. They still need to win at least one of the next two games to remain a finals contestant.
Division two Navy team played their ‘‘home’’ game at Yea against another certain finalist Alexandra Maroon in a danger game winning only one rink and only three shots down overall, but that was enough to drop the team from first position on the ladder to third position.
Division two Blue team travelled to Kilmore for a game against an improved Kilmore Blue team and a result of a drawn game would have been justification for both teams who played hard. The result was that two rinks played a drawn game and the last rink to finish went down by one shot.
The Club Pairs Championship was played on Thursday with both teams on level score at the 18th end, resulting in a play-off which was dead-ended therefore another end was required. As a result Daniel Noonan and Kevin Miles outscored Geoff McPherson and Ian Nichols.
On Saturday division one will need to be serious to stay in the top four and will be looking for another win against Alexandra, probably at Alexandra as both greens are now closed at Seymour VRI. Division two Blue team are also looking for a ‘‘home green’’ to play Alexandra Blue at a venue to be advised, possibly at Yea and it will be a must-win game for the VRI Blue team to keep the fourth spot on the ladder as two other clubs also have expectations to pinch that spot.
Division two Navy team need to rejuvenate their confidence and will have a chance for a good win against bottom team Kilmore White at the Kilmore green.
— Two Hats
Well done to our division two midweek pennant side for reaching the finals — played yesterday. Both Saturday pennant sides look set to compete in finals; there are two rounds of home and away matches left to complete the season. Unhappily our midweek division four side was unable to make our tally 100 per cent.
As the weather forecast for tomorrow looks to be for high 30s it has been decided that social bowls/pennant practice will be played from 10
All members are welcome to attend Nagambie twilight social bowls on Wednesday evenings — be there from 6.30
Ladies are advised the next meeting has been brought forward to Tuesday and will be held at 9.30
Saturday night ‘‘snack/nibbles’’ continue with a pasta tea scheduled for February 23 — last home and away match. Anyone needing more information is asked to contact Noel, Joyce, David or Jenny.
Birthday greetings are extended to David (yesterday) and Les (February 19).
The division two locals after a shock defeat the previous week returned to the winners circle with a good win over East Shepparton.
Robert Page’s team had a good nine-shot win and Robert Smith’s boys recorded a handy shot win. Smith played some outstanding bowls during the day’s play.
Division five played Euroa away and Todd Barnes’ team were the only winners although the other two teams did well, both only going down narrowly.
This week the twos play Shepp Park away and fives play at home to Stanhope.
A great day was had by all at Gunbower last Sunday although not bringing home the chocolates.
— Bowl Away With MJ
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