The winners of the first state events of the bowls season in the Goulburn Valley will be decided this week.By Hannah Driscoll
The bowls season really kicks into gear this week with the first of the state events wrapping up.
Tomorrow the men’s 60-and-over singles kicks off at Mooroopna Golf Bowls Club, with the finals to be held on Friday, while the men’s state pairs finals will be held at Tatura Bowls Club this Sunday.
The state pairs sectional play was September 29 with the finals originally scheduled for last Sunday, but they were moved to this weekend due to clashes with state trials for several players.
There are 23 entries vying for the over-60 singles crown, including last year’s winner, Stanhope’s Merv Harvey.
By the end of tomorrow, that number is expected to have been cut down to just four with only the semi-finals and final scheduled for Friday.
Harvey defeated Shepparton Park’s Mal Williams in last year’s final, 21-14, but the two could potentially meet in Harvey’s first game tomorrow if Williams wins his opening match.
There are eight pairs remaining in the men’s state pairs and someone will take the crown from last year’s winners Gary Mansfield and Mick Hanna, who were knocked out in sectional play.
There were nearly 30 pairs entered and only the top team from each section advanced. The Nichols brothers, Peter and Daniel, who are now at Nagambie, emerged on top of the section, which also featured Mansfield and Hanna.
Two Shepparton Golf pairs — Matt Robertson and John Hallum, and Col Power and Williams — are on a potential collision course for the final.
Power and Williams will take on Kyabram’s Russell Locke and Paul McInnes in one quarter-final, while Robertson and Hallum face Tatura’s Peter Boyd and Ray Evans.
Shepparton Park’s Mark Ryan and Brad Orr will take on Hill Top’s Mick Hooper and Andrew Cross in the other final, while the Nichols’ tackle the Parkers’ Paul Warren and Mooroopna’s Bruce Anselmi.
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