Shepparton’s men’s tenpin bowling team won the prestigious Senior Shield against nine other country Victoria rivals for the first time at Morwell two Sundays ago.By Marc McGowan
Shepparton’s men’s tenpin bowling team won the prestigious Senior Shield against nine other country Victoria rivals for the first time at Morwell two Sundays ago.
Terry Rowe, Kevin Wilkins, David Scott, Kevin Ponting and Doug Neff combined to achieve the history-making feat in the over-45 tournament, with Ray Saville as team manager.
It was a victory by the barest of margins, with Shepparton accumulating 31 points from its nine games compared to runner-up Geelong’s 30.
‘‘We went in with expectations to go well, because we had a strong team,’’ Saville said.
‘‘We’re just pleased we performed well and the guys put in when they needed to. Everyone did their bit.’’
Four players contested each game, with bowlers earning one point for winning their individual match-up and the team awarded a further two for overall victory.
Shepparton won five of the six points available against Geelong before clinching the title with a clean sweep against Warrnambool in the final match.
Shepparton’s only loss was to Bendigo, when it managed just one point.
‘‘I pick the team for each game and take one out and put one in when needed,’’ Saville said.
‘‘I said to them before the last game, ‘Do your best, attack the lane and if you lose, at least you’ve done your best’ and we ended up getting six points to nil against Warrnambool.’’
Rowe was Shepparton’s top bowler with a highest score of 241 and average of 194, which booked him a berth in the tournament’s five-man All-Stars team.
‘‘Terry’s a pretty capable bowler and is always steady,’’ Saville said.
‘‘He performs when he has to.’’
Shepparton’s women’s team won three of its nine outings to finish seventh out of 10 teams on the same weekend, with Jenny Serafini and Joanne Wood the most prominent bowlers.
Team manager Melissa Thompson said the result was about what was expected.
‘‘Jenny Serafini and Joanne Wood were our two higher-established bowlers,’’ Thompson said.
‘‘We were expected to be about the middle of the field and we did a lot better on the second day than the first day, but we did really well.’’
Country Victoria’s best over-50 tenpin bowlers will compete for the Goldpin Cup in Bendigo in January.
Saville said he, Rowe and Wilkins were likely to be part of the Shepparton men’s team which will play in the event.
A Shepparton bus service that takes nightclub patrons home safely is celebrating its fifth anniversary of operation this weekend.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Moama's Shirley Durrant has been wowing district pudding eaters for the past 23 years with her Christmas delights.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
A group of volunteers have worked to revitalise the Cobram motorcross track to improve safety and attract new members to the club.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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