Covering the Goulburn and Murray valleys

Hill Top ends season on a high

Hill Top signed off from a tough Goulburn Valley Bowls Division midweek pennant division one season with a strong victory yesterday.

HANNAH DRISCOLL February 12, 2014 4:25am

Hill Top's Pauline Moroney wills her bowl to turn.

A strong post-lunch performance from skipper Glenda Smith nearly secured Hill Top a maximum-point win in its final game of the season.

Hill Top and Mooroopna Golf yesterday bowed out of the 2013-14 Goulburn Valley Bowls Division midweek pennant division one competition, with Hill Top grabbing most of the points in the last outing.

Smith was as much as 10 shots behind Mooroopna Golf skipper Brenda Broughton, but was seven down going into lunch when the team scored a four.

Aided by an improved second half from lead Bill Moore and with Jock Hicks and Sue Clement proving support in third and second, Hill Top won five of the remaining nine ends, and leapt to the front with a six on the penultimate end.

Broughton was able to salvage a draw on the final end.

Smith said they were lucky to pick up the six and was happy to secure a draw after only gaining the lead on the 24th end.

‘‘It was really good because they all came together and we had bowls leading up into the head too,’’ she said.

‘‘All I had to do was hit one of my bowls and push them in a bit more and it just ended up with six.

‘‘We already had four when we crossed over, so it all came together for a change.’’

Hill Top’s Marj Moore led Jan Doherty all match, but with third Murray Stark in fine form, they streaked ahead in the second part of the game, winning eight of the final 10 ends, for a 23-14 result.

There was also little chance for Mooroopna Golf’s Faye Wheelhouse after opponent Doreen Corrigan rushed to a 18-shot lead after 12 ends, but Mooroopna Golf closed the final margin to 31-24.

Hill Top scored three fours and a three between the fourth and eighth ends to set up the victory.

Smith said it was nice to finish with a win, but it had been a tough year with four rounds called off due to either rain or heat.

She added that a lot of women ‘‘are fairly unhappy’’ in bowls because of the change to mixed bowls and believed next year some would not play.

She said Hill Top’s female players preferred midweek as it was with all-female players, but added it would probably not change back.

‘‘We’re a really happy club and we like to be competitive so we’ll all hang in there and do the best we can and we’ll be out to improve,’’ she said.

‘‘Our only worry is if they change ... our division one will possibly be down in division two and then maybe our division two will be in division three, I’m not sure what’s going to happen there.’’

Wheelhouse, Mooroopna Golf Bowls Club’s president, said it was one of the first clubs to have men play, but did not want to see a return of men being allowed to skip in midweek pennant.

The club will vote on the proposed changes in GVBD at a meeting in a few weeks, but said some of the feedback she had received so far indicated players wanted both midweek and Saturday pennant to remained unchanged.

As for this season, she said it had been an ‘‘up-and-down year with the teams’’ due to changes in the rinks each week due to various factors.

‘‘It’s disappointing to lose on the last game, but we were all there doing our best and they were just better than us on the day,’’ she said.

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