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Bowls wrap from Seymour, VRI, Avenel and Nagambie.

January 16, 2013 4:29am

Damien Murphy prepares to bowl for Seymour VRI against Wallan.


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SEYMOUR

A successful twilight tournament was conducted on January 4. After a pleasant barbecue in the cool clubhouse, bowlers filled the green to capacity.

The beginning was delayed until the temperature cooled down to 36°C, and as the evening grew darker the lights were turned on which led to a great evening.

There were five teams with two winning games. The winning side was Doug and Wendy Hutton and Les and Di Bigelow with +36. The runners-up, with 33 points, were Sylvia Love, Dennis Klein, George Williams and Lynda Rhode. The tournament was sponsored by the New Crossing Place Motel and Aldi Stores — thanks to all who helped in the kitchen and bar. Many hands make light work.

Our next tournament will be the Australia Day event, to be held on January 28. Entries are now being taken — details are on the noticeboard.

Draws have been completed for the club triples, the Jack Sloan singles, and the B singles. Check the noticeboard for dates.

Club members are advised that social evenings, raffles and light meals will begin on Friday.

The winners of last Wednesday’s triples were Max Ferguson, Bernie McCarthy and Don Lawton with +13. The jackpot starts at $144 next week.

A great club day was held on Sunday when the club singles championship was played for both men and women. A big gallery of supporters watched Alison Hall defeat Sylvia Love 25-15 and Robert Baldwin defeat Dennis Klein by the same score.

Both games were of a high standard and enjoyable to watch with many ends giving the supporters a thrill. Thanks to all who assisted in making this an enjoyable day.

On Sunday the final of mens and womens pairs and the final of the womens 100 up will be played. Come along at 1pm and enjoy another afternoon of good bowls with afternoon tea.

GV Division One — A disappointing performance from our GV1 side who travelled to Shepparton East and were soundly defeated by a side much lower on the ladder than us. It could be seen as a serious wake up call given that we have to face some strong teams over the next few weeks. The Shepparton East team demonstrated a unity rarely seen in pennant bowls and were well rewarded. The club requests all players to attend serious training on Tuesday and Thursday night to improve their form. Congratulations to Peter Tennant for a man-of-the-match performance.

CBD Division One — A wonderful performance from this team, moving up to sixth on the ladder ahead of VRI and Yea, despite considerable absenteeism across all teams, which considerably weakened this side. Congratulations to all players who stepped up to fill positions and acquitted yourselves so well.

CBD Division Two — Again another side depleted by absenteeism had to travel and play away against a strong Alexandra team. They played well but couldn’t manage a win.

GV Division Five — Another strong performance from this team saw them win over Shepparton Golf with a convincing margin. A strong practice routine from these players continues to reap rewards.

To all players remember the adage — practice makes perfect.

— Toucha

SEYMOUR VRI

Disappointing results again for the Division One team on Saturday against Wallan with only one winning rink, going down by seven shots overall and dropping another position on the ladder to seventh spot.

Better results for the Division Two teams with both teams winning their respective games. Division Two Blue team held on in a tight game against Wallan, displacing Wallan out of the four and taking the coveted fourth position on the ladder, while the Division Two Navy team held onto the top place on the ladder with a big win over the combined Eildon/Yea team.

Division One played their home game at Wallan and even after the selection committee made some draconian changes to the team, only one rink came back a winner and two other rinks went down by small margins at the end of the game.

Division Two Blue team at the VRI number two green hosted Wallan in an exciting and close game winning two rinks and nine shots up overall.

Division Two Navy team travelled to Yea, winning two rinks and a big 32 shots overall against the combined Eildon-Yea team.

On Saturday Division One travels to Yea and there is still a good chance of playing finals provided the team can string a few wins together over the next four or five weeks. Division Two Blue team to play on the number two green against third placed Broadford. Winning this game is important to prove the team is worthy of being a finals contenders. Division Two Navy team were scheduled to play Kilmore Blue at the VRI green, but with the condition of the green this game will be played at Yea.

— Two Hats

AVENEL

As most members are aware the green is closed until further notice and getting some much needed work done on it. While this continues we will be playing our home pennant matches (and other social bowls) at Nagambie.

Members are again urged to check the club’s noticeboards for updates on the green’s progress and other happenings; this column will also advise where possible.

Saturday saw the return of pennant competition with both divisions travelling away — the fours went to Shepparton Park while the sixes enjoyed scenic views of Dookie and surrounds.

Both sides came home with wins; the sixes team manager — and his counterpart — had to do some calculations as one rink played with only three players, not four.

Tomorrow is mixed social bowls/pennant practice at Nagambie starting between 4pm and 5pm to avoid the extreme heat forecast. For more information contact match captain Jenny.

On Saturday there will be a sausage sizzle back at the Avenel clubhouse at 6pm (after the pennant — both sides are scheduled to play at Nagambie in home matches). Come along for a feed, drink and chat. All members most welcome, with gold coin donation for sausage sizzle.

Belated birthday greetings to Ric — a milestone birthday.

Cheerios to Graeme, Shirley and any other member or member’s family who may be experiencing health problems.

NAGAMBIE

Both pennant teams had no success.

The twos played second-placed Tatura. Although going down by only five shots it was a great effort.

The fives also played top team Tatura who proved too good, winning all three rinks.

Greg Brack who is in good form won the A-grade championship defeating Des Fothergill, who was runner-up for the second year in a row. The game was of a high standard.

Brack also teamed up with Robert Smith to win the WL Forbes Pairs. Well done to all who reached the finals.

Entries for our annual Australia Day tournament to be held on January 28 are coming in well.

On Saturday the twos play Shepparton Golf at home while the fives travel to Shepp Park.

— Bowl Away With MJ

CBD Saturday pennant

DIVISION ONE

Seymour d Yea 96-84

D. Lawton d J. Branch 33-21, N. Harris d P. West 26-17, E. Jarman d K. Hatty 22-19, A. Hall lt R. McLean 15-27.

Seymour VRI lt Wallan 104-111

G. Neal d J.Coustley 27-19, J. Purcell lt G. Edmunds 32-33, G. Jones lt P. Newell 27-31, B. Dawe lt S. Duncan 18-28.

DIVISION TWO

Alexandra Maroon d Seymour 73-66

P. Cashmore d A. Cassidy 26-19, R. Savage d A. Payne 25-22, G. Newman lt L. Hall 22-25.

Eildon-Yea lt Seymour VRI Navy 61-93

V. Solon d P. Delzotto 23-22, R. Birchall lt D. Noonan 27-34, M. Aked lt J. Furletti 1-37.

Seymour VRI Blue d Wallan 74-65

R. Hockley d A. Cowan 30-17, R. Burgess d K. Ryan 25-22, R. Richards lt C. Gilder 19-26.

Goulburn Valley Saturday pennant

DIVISION ONE

East Shepp 12-118 d Seymour 2-91

D. Nichols 22 lt M. Houghton 23, Paul Nichols 34 d G. Whiteman 22, K. Steven 35 d R. Baldwin 26, G. Franze 27 d J. Spargo 20.

DIVISION TWO

Tatura 11-102 d Nagambie 3-97

P. LeSueur 31 d R. Smith 20, J. Attwood 22 lt R. Page 31, W. Sinclair 27 d D. Fothergill 24, B. Parker 22 drew G. Brack 22.

DIVISION FOUR

Shepp Park Maroon 4-83 lt Avenel 10-102

L. Walsh 23 d N. Slater 21, G. Lockwood 25 lt K. Willox 27, N. Mitchelmore 22 d A. White 20, N. Coverdale 13 lt D. Furletti 34.

DIVISION FIVE

Seymour 10-82 d Shepp Golf 0-53

I. Ridd 30 d B. Sutherland 16, S. Love 24 d T. Stephens 17, M. Law 28 d F. O’Meara 20.

Nagambie 0-57 lt Tatura 10-93

G. Page 19 lt G. Pieper 26, G. Williams 24 lt P. Hussey 27, K. Hollands 14 lt F. Clement 40.

DIVISION SIX

Dookie 2-45 lt Avenel 6-48

E. Cheyne 22 d R. Lloyd 21, M. Feltmann 23 lt J. Lewry 27.

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