Wet weather and nail-biting results defined the first day of Goulburn Valley Bowls Division’s Champion of Champions at Shepparton Golf yesterday.By Hannah Driscoll
Wet weather and nail-biting results defined the first day of Goulburn Valley Bowls Division’s Champion of Champions at Shepparton Golf yesterday.
Shepparton Park’s Col Power, Stanhope’s Barry Williams, Shepparton Golf’s Rick Orchard and East Shepparton’s Paul Nichols are the four bowlers who will contest next week’s semi-finals after bowlers were slowly eliminated.
Orchard had arguably the toughest run to the final four because he had to play three matches yesterday.
Orchard and five other bowlers were allocated to round one matches, while the remaining 13 bowlers had a bye in the first round.
He defeated Rushworth’s Kevin Gilbert 25-18 before beating Hill Top’s Mick Hooper in the round-of-16, 25-23.
Orchard then met Colbinabbin’s Ramon Rathjen in the round-of-eight and won 25-18.
Merrigum’s Paul Trewren also played three matches yesterday.
He won his first and second round matches 25-24, before he was eliminated by Williams in the round-of-eight, 25-22.
Williams had beaten Avenel’s Alan White in round two, 25-19, while Nichols defeated Dookie’s Scott Greig 25-4 and Violet Town’s Tony Kingma 25-19 to progress to day two.
Power defeated Mooroopna’s Mark Ryan 25-24 in the second round, followed by victory against Euroa’s Ken Sutcliffe, 25-23, to make it to the semi-finals.
Eight of the 15 matches played yesterday were decided by five shots or less.
GVBD president Maurie Rowlands said the rain continued most of the day, but not enough to have the matches relocated and all the scheduled matches were completed.
‘‘It finally stopped raining an hour-and-a-half ago (about 4.30
‘‘It didn’t affect the running surface or the green in any way at all, just perhaps a little bit of player discomfort.
‘‘It got a bit colder and a bit harder to hold the ball at times, they all had wet gear, but played it out in really good spirit.’’
The finals of the Champion of Champions will be played on Sunday at Shepparton Golf.
The semi-finals will begin at 9.30
Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to following an incident at SPC Ardmona in Shepparton, involving a package later found to be non-threatening.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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