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Goulburn Valley bowlers stake open claims

Goulburn Valley bowlers booked three of the final 16 places in the Victorian Open men’s singles event yesterday.

MARC MCGOWAN November 12, 2012 4:10am

Australian captain Lynsey Armitage launches her attempt.


Goulburn Valley bowlers booked three of the final 16 places in the Victorian Open men’s singles event yesterday.

Mooroopna pair Mark Ryan and Paul Warren and ex-Shepparton Golf bowler Matt Robertson, now with Bendigo East, will be in contention when the singles event resumes at Shepparton Park on Thursday.

All three have qualified for the Australian Open for reaching that stage of the tournament.

Robertson, 39, finished runner-up to Warrnambool’s Neil Crisp in the inaugural Victorian Open men’s singles final last year.

The left-hander won two of his three sectional games to sneak through to the knockout rounds, where he eliminated Melbourne’s Ryan Bevis (12-5, 8-5) then Yarraville-Footscray’s Phil McNalley (9-4, 10-2).

Crisp watched as he made light work of McNalley last night on a tricky Shepparton Park green, which Robertson said was ‘‘a bit uneven’’.

‘‘I want to make amends, not amends, but I just have unfinished business,’’ Robertson said.

‘‘I feel I could have made a big thing of it (last year) and lost by so little.

‘‘I’ve probably struggled for form this year over at Bendigo with the different surroundings and haven’t played as well as I’d like.’’

Robertson has a busy schedule and some major expectations this week, playing alongside former Shepparton Golf teammate Rick Orchard in the men’s pairs and with Peter Loe and Aaron Tomkins in the men’s triples.

Mooroopna coach Ryan, 28, matched his Victorian Open men’s singles effort from last year when he beat Bundoora RSL opponent Jack Woodhouse 7-6, 6-6 in the round-of-32.

Ryan earlier swept his sectional contests before ousting Shepparton Park skipper Graeme Betts 8-9, 8-4, 3-0.

‘‘It was good, but it was a long day. I counted up I put in nearly 400 bowls and I’ve never played that many bowls (in one day),’’ Ryan said.

‘‘The greens at Murchison were good. I made the round-of-16 last year, too, but I had to win only four games compared to five this year.

‘‘I’ve taken a lot of confidence from it, but it doesn’t mean much unless I keep winning.’’

Ryan is playing men’s pairs with clubmate Brad Orr and partnering ex-Shepparton Park bowlers Brad Clarke and John Hallam in the triples.

Shepparton Park’s Bev Cahill, Bev Thorn and Shirley Raglus bowed out of the women’s triples 7-5, 5-10, 3-1 to Gin Gin’s Bolivia and Cassandra Millerick and Jeanette Wilson in their round-of-16 game.

Play resumes at 8.30am today across Goulburn Valley venues with the men’s and women’s pairs.

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