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Mixed results for bowlers

All the news from Seymour, VRI, Avenel and Nagambie.

January 30, 2013 4:27am

Rival skips Geoff Neal (Seymour VRI) and Elliot Jarman (Seymour) ponder the end.

Gallery: See more of the bowls action here.


Midweek pennant is quickly drawing to a close. All teams are to be congratulated for their play and determination this year. On weeks when players were unavailable, the teams had to be swapped around to the best of the selectors’ ability, we have still finished in the four in all divisions.

Wednesday jackpot triples last week went to Arthur Mumford, Rob Harper and Bernie Dillon (skip) with +17. The runners-up with +16 were John Curran, Richard Maggs and Rob Baldwin (skip). The jackpot was not won.

The Scroungers’ game on Thursday evenings has had a name-change. It will now be known as Barefoot Bowls to encourage more new bowlers to the game. Thanks to Linda Brown for her encouragement and enthusiasm on Thursday evenings.

The bowls committee has decided to revert to the normal format for the Presidents Handicap. This is a singles game — 25 up. Entries will be taken until February 12 and the draw will be done on February 14. Please watch the noticeboard for draw and conditions of play.

Saturday pennant

GV Division One — It can’t get any worse than three trouncings in a row all by teams we defeated in the first round. Player absenteeism is hurting and we are grateful to club members who have stepped up and filled the gaps. A great experience for everyone. Shepparton Golf, who are indeed a highly skilled group, demonstrated on their home green they are rightly favourites for the pennant.

CBD Division One — Another super effort by this team who are also severely affected by absenteeism, winning two rinks against VRI. Well done to the giant killers of Alison and Denise and congratulations to Alison and Ann who played so well at Warrnambool this week defeating some of the best pairs combinations in Victoria and just missing out on the overall. Beating State players is no mean effort.

CBD Division Two — All systems are go for this team. This combination has been reasonably settled over recent weeks, and are responding so well they are a big chance for the four. They defeated the fourth team VRI convincingly.

GV Division Five — A most convincing win over Nagambie which should result in them returning to second on the ladder. Well done.

To those people enquiring about the Mark Jacobson coaching and training night, I have to advise you it is not to go ahead.

Congratulations to Alison Hall (skip), Ann Borham, Jenny Ridd and Lynda Rohde for winning the state fours CGM regional final on Sunday at Alexandra. They defeated teams from Finley and Shepparton Park to progress to the state finals at Bendigo in April. Well done.

Bowls is a mysterious and ancient game played by people old enough to know better, using balls carefully designed to go in the wrong direction ...

— Toucha


Another win for Division One team on Saturday against arch rival Seymour seems to be a revival of form for the team and they must maintain it to have a chance of playing finals next month.

Division Two Blue also at the Seymour green lost their game by 19 shots and were lucky to win one rink by one shot to retain the fourth position on the ladder with two other teams breathing down the ladder to claim the only finals position left.

Division Two Navy team have consolidated their finals position with another great win against Alexandra Blue, winning all rinks by a comfortable 33 shots.

Division One playing at Seymour on the grass were slow in starting and with a slight advantage at afternoon tea, fought back to win two rinks with 19 shots up moving up another position to fifth spot on the ladder.

Division Two Blue team also played at Seymour on the synthetic green, in blustery conditions winning only one rink by one shot by the same team that won by one shot the previous week. They did not have enough in the tank, conceding 19 shots to a vastly improved Seymour team.

Division Two Navy team travelled to Alexandra against the Alexandra Blue team, winning all three rinks and a comfortable 33 shots overall retaining their top position on the ladder.

The club singles championships were decided on Friday with the 2012-13 club champion Bill Dawe outfoxing the legendary Kevin Miles.

On Saturday Division One are looking to continue their march into the finals for another win for the season against Eildon and will be advised as to where the ‘‘home’’ game will be played. Division Two Blue will return to the Number Two green in a must win game against the combined Eildon-Yea team, and Division Two Navy team will travel to Wallan to challenge against another potential finalist.

— Two Hats


I hope everyone enjoyed a happy and safe Australia Day and long weekend — the weather was kind to us.

Congratulations to Division Two in midweek pennant and Division Four in Saturday pennant on their fine (albeit close for Saturday) wins last week.

These wins ensure these sides remain in the top four in their respective competitions and we look forward to having two, maybe three, sides in the finals this season. Well done everyone.

Unhappily Division Four (midweek) and Division Six (Saturday) both lost their matches.

Coming up soon our ladies champion Pam will compete in the Champion of Champions competition; for those not in the know, Pam defeated Iris in the final. We wish Pam all the best for this upcoming competition.

Hopefully all players wishing to attend Tuesday’s ‘‘end of pennant’’ dinner at 6pm to 6.30pm at the Avenel hotel have spoken to Ruth U or Pam. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Even though we are not using our green at present it is still necessary to maintain the surrounding area including around the clubhouse. Any member who sees that something needs doing, such as weeding the ditches or flowerbeds, or mowing around the green, is encouraged to attend to that job if able and willing; you don’t need to wait to be asked. Contact Noel, Joyce, George or Allan if wanting to use the club’s mower.

Each Saturday evening after pennant the club is having a ‘‘snack’’ tea from about 6pm; all members are most welcome to attend. Watch this space for any, and all, news regarding upcoming social events and progress of renovation of the green.

Happy bowling everyone.


Division Two recorded its best win for a long time when it easily accounted for top team Mooroopna by 73 shots.

It was hard to pick out highlights as all players played well. Robert Page (skip), Chris Spencer, Mike Nolan and George Pianta sent top skipper Alan Donaldson reeling with a huge 32-shot win.

Division Five played Seymour at Seymour and the much stronger Seymour team won easily.

Well done to Steve Hall for winning B-grade.

This week Division Two travel to Mooroopna Golf and the fives are at home to Mooroopna.

Members of the Nagambie Bowls Club extend our deepest sympathy to John Cummins and his family on the sad loss of their loved one Gayle who passed away recently.

The Nagambie Australia Day weekend tournament was well attended on Monday with teams from Heathcote, Gunbower, Shepp Golf, Avenel, Tocumwal and East Shepparton.

As usual the catering committee did a superb job with the luncheons, also John and his helpers. President Keith and Charles had the place looking tops.

The winner was Wally Bramble (skip, Shepp Park), Greg Brack (Nagambie) and Mick Cummings (Shepp Golf). Runner-up was Bill Gardner, Brian Taylor and Lex Tattersall (Heathcote) and last game winners were Des Fothergill, Maurice Rowland and Steve Hall.

Thanks to all who made it a great day, especially the president of Goulburn Bowls Maurice Rowland.

— Bowl Away With MJ

Central Bowls Division Saturday pennant


Seymour lt Seymour VRI 89-108

A. Hall d G. Jones 27-21, D. Hogan d B. Dawe 22-21, E. Jarman lt G. Neal 23-33, N. Harris lt J. Purcell 17-33.


Alexandra Blue lt Seymour VRI Navy 45-78

L. Zvikevitch lt J. Furletti 17-22, D. Welch lt D. Noonan 17-27, M. Legge lt D. Emmerson 11-29.

Seymour d Seymour VRI Blue 87-68

A. Cassidy d G. Bester 34019, W. Atkins d B. Burgess 30-25, L. Hall lt R. Hockley 23-24.

CBD midweek pennantSeymour d Wallan 83-57

D. Hogan d P. Bell 31-15, A. Hall d B. Stewart 25-22, M. Prudden d K. Page 27-20.

Goulburn Valley Saturday pennant


Shepp Golf 14-113 d Seymour 0-55

G. Myers 25 d M. O’Sullivan 21, M. Williams 27 d M. Houghton 10, Rick Orchard 39 d D. Atkin 9, J. Hallam 22 d R. Baldwin 15.


Nagambie 14-134 d Mooroopna 0-61

G. Brack 33 d W. Conley 14, D. Fothergill 29 d D. Stephens 24, R. Smith 32 d N. Black 15, R. Page 40 d A. Donaldson 8.


Moor Golf 6-101 lt Avenel 8-106

C. Watson 34 d K. Willox 25, R. Brent 13 lt D. Furletti 37, L. Amor 24 d N. Slater 23, P. McCarty 30 d A. White 21.


Seymour 8-103 d Nagambie 2-45

Sylvia Love 25 lt G. Higgins 28, I. Ridd 39 d G. Williams 10, D. Boyd 39 d T. Barnes 7.


Avenel 0-41 lt Euroa 8-49

M. Mackie 18 lt J. Taylor 25, R. Lloyd 23 lt N. Box 24.

GV midweek pennant


Murchison 72-0 lt Avenel 87-10

G. Polkinghorne 19-0 lt J. White 22-2, M. Anderson 22-0 lt M. Black 31-2, W. Newton 31-0 lt P. Pedder 34-2.

Violet Town 61-2 lt Seymour 82-8

H. Biach 27-2 d J. Nichols 25-0, E. Anderson 20-0 lt D. Bigelow 25-2, L. Holmes 14-0 lt W. Atkins 32-2.


Rushworth 59-3 lt Seymour 70-7

A. Anderson 19-1 drew J. Wesselman 19-1, C. Draper 25-2 d M. Maggs 22-0, D. Thompson 15-0 lt L. Tomkins 29-2.


Avenel 33-0 lt Dookie 76-8

M. Wilson 17-0 lt G. Exton 33-2, M. Mackie 16-0 lt G. Reynolds 43-2.

Nagambie 56-8 d Stanhope 33-0

V. Reidy 27-2 d A. Weller 21-0, S. Hall 29-2 d J. Stephens 12-0.

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