A little luck has gone a long way for Shepparton Golf trio Col Power, John Dagger and Mal Williams, who overcome a semi-final scare to win the final of the State Triples.By Hannah Driscoll
Col Power, John Dagger and Mal Williams were lucky to make the final of the State Triples yesterday, but made the most of it when they did.
The Shepparton Golf trio, skippered by Power, defeated Shepparton RSL’s Gary Mansfield, Mick Hanna and Boydie Jones 15-10 in the 18-end final at Murchison.
But another Shepparton Golf trio of skipper Matt Robertson, John Foley and Rick Nichol nearly knocked Power’s team out in the semi-final.
The three teams emerged on top of their sections a week earlier, and the Shepparton RSL trio drew the bye in the semi-final.
Robertson led Power comfortably 16-6 after 12 ends, but Power’s team won the last six ends, picking up a four on the final end to win by a shot, 17-16.
Power said they were holding shots, but Robertson was bowling ‘‘absolutely superbly’’.
‘‘(Final end) ‘Robbo’ called John Foley for two drives and he missed … and ‘Robbo’ had a bit of a drive upshot and missed.
‘‘He tried to draw and just rolled through just a little bit too far and we picked up a four and won, but before that we never looked like winning.’’
Power said they went into the final more confident, and he approached it as a chance to put his bad bowls behind him and ‘‘start fresh’’.
Mansfield said Jones kept RSL in the game, but they were unable to recover from a poor start.
‘‘Col bowled very well for the first eight ends and we were chasing our tails for the rest of the day,’’ he said.
Power thanked his teammates, especially Williams who stepped up to fill in for Jock Hastie, who had to withdraw due to celebrations for his 70th birthday.
Artist Nici Cumpston will hold a free Artist Talk at Shepparton Art Museum tonight, speaking about her body of work based around the Shepparton region.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Echuca Football Club has signed Joel Magnabosco and Kane Morris for next season.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
Police allege a man attempted to rob a Cobram supermarket today.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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