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
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 8.30
Leukaemia diagnosis for Shepparton boy Travis Lamont, 17, hits his family hard.
Yarrawonga Football Netball Club senior footballer Jeremy O’Brien celebrated his 200th senior Ovens and Murray Football Netball League game against the Wodonga Bulldogs on Saturday.
The trip to Deakin Reserve pitted the fourth-placed Bulldogs up against sixth-placed Demons in a vital match to consolidate a finals berth.
Wemba Wemba, Ngandjon-jji and Yorta Yorta man Clayton Murray-Mitchell is planning a two-day festival in Moama featuring Archie Roach and Kevin Kropinyeri.
Sergeant Dale Simm of Rochester police is warning the public to be wary of phone calls offering all sorts of great prizes.
100 days at Tongala Primary.
Mark Grainger cannot believe his luck after suffering a heart attack on the day a new drug was approved to be administered by paramedics.
A man who attempted, but failed miserebly, to rob the Tocumwal Pie Shed is still on the run from police.
District residents judge the top releases from the Heathcote wine region during the second annual Heathcote Wine Show on the weekend.
A sporting precinct has emerged as the main driver behind merger of Cobram and Victory soccer clubs.
A top-three finish is on the cards for the Deni Rovers after they knocked off Jerilderie on Saturday.
Innovative irrigators are being encouraged to apply for a 2014 Rural Water Award and the chance to win a $2000 cash prize.
Three Benalla residents are speaking up to bring the issue of youth homelessness into the spotlight.
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