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Park not out of place

A third-place finish proved Shepparton Park was not out of its depth at Bowls Victoria’s Champions of State Pennant last weekend. The Parkers won three and lost one of the four games it completed, not including their opening fixture against Bendigo Campaspe’s Moama Bowls Club — which was abandoned because of rain.

May 6, 2014 4:30am

Mark Ryan doesn’t think there were any outstanding performances, but Kris Ferguson was the Parkers’ best skip.


A third-place finish proved Shepparton Park was not out of its depth at Bowls Victoria’s Champions of State Pennant last weekend.

The Parkers won three and lost one of the four games it completed, not including their opening fixture against Bendigo Campaspe’s Moama Bowls Club — which was abandoned because of rain.

Their only loss came against Murray Mallee’s Mildura Bowls Club.

After having the first game called off, making the grand final and finishing top of section A was always going to be difficult after losing a game, but it was a close-run thing.

‘‘We were only a couple of shots down against Moama before that was called off,’’ Ryan said.

‘‘Against Mildura we were behind all day and they ran over the top of us at the end to win comfortably. My side had a bad loss by 10 shots, so that made it hard for everyone else.

‘‘We would have had to get lucky and have Moama lose to make the grand final, and we nearly did with them falling behind in one of their games but they fell over the line.’’

Those two games aside, the Parkers enjoyed a successful weekend, beating Central Victoria’s Central Wendouree Bowls Club, Strzelecki’s Trafalgar Bowls Club and Peninsula Casey’s Hastings Bowls Club.

Ryan’s team beat Central Wendouree by seven shots, with all three rinks winning.

Trafalgar was defeated by five shots, with Ryan’s rink posting a 15-shot win that was enough to make up for losses in the other two rinks.

The Parkers’ biggest win of the weekend came against Hastings, which they beat by 15 shots.

Brad Orr’s rink won by nine shots, while Kris Ferguson managed an eight-shot win in his rink.

Ferguson’s rink was the best performing of the Parkers’ teams, finishing seventh in section A, having won four points and finishing with a shot difference of six.

Ryan was happy with the level of performances during the week.

‘‘Looking at the points, we were the third-best side there,’’ Ryan said.

‘‘I think on the whole, everyone did their bit. I didn’t think there was any dominant performance.

‘‘Kris bowled well, but collectively we were good. We had good support and good numbers at our game, so we’d just like to thank everyone for their support.’’

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