THE Kyabram Power may have finished the season in second position and secured a double chance, however they took no advantage of it as they went down in convincing fashion to Shepparton Park in Saturday’s preliminary final.
Overall Kyabram just didn’t draw enough bowls in the head, with the Parkers far more consistent.
Division Four and Six have both secured a spot in next week’s grand finals for the second year in a row, with Division Four looking for back to back titles, while Division Six are looking to make amends after losing last year’s decider.
In Division One, David Cartwright’s rink of Paul McInnes, Kelvin Hubble and Graeme King were leading by one shot after 13 ends before losing the next eight ends to trail by 13 shots.
They managed to win three of the last four ends, however still went down to Parkers coach Mark Ryan by nine shots, 16-25.
The Greg Shilling skipped rink of George Thornley, Peter O’Brien and Willis Mackrell were involved in a fairly even contest for most of the game yet they found themselves down by two shots after 20 ends, before hitting their straps in the home straight to win four of the last five ends to claim an impressive six-shot victory over Leigh Clarke, 31-25.
The Rob George skipped rink of Keith Button, Rob Anset and Darren Boswood were down for most of the day and yet only trailed by six shots after 20 ends with a comeback win still possible, however things took a turn for the worse as George’s rink lost the remaining five ends to go down by 20 shots against Jarryd Tinning, 12-32.
Rob Sceney returned to the skipper’s role and was supported by Phil Denham, Russell Locke and Mal Williams as they started the game in brilliant fashion to be leading by nine shots after only eight ends.
They were still leading by the same margin after 13 ends before they lost nine of the remaining 12 ends to go down by three shots against Jeff Anselmi, 16-19.
In Division Four, the Brian Lindsay skipped rink of Judy Wright, Olivia Cartwright and Mia Nowosad were level after 10 ends before hitting the front on the 13th end. Lindsay’s rink then lost six of the next eight ends to trail by six shots after 21 ends.
They staged another comeback to be one down with one end remaining, however dropped four shots to go down by five shots, 23-28.
The rink of Terry Thomson, Mitch Steven, Ray Harrison and Josh Cartwright were trailing by four shots after 12 ends before they won the next five ends to lead by seven shots after 17 ends before running out winners by six shots, 29-23.
Garry Hawking’s rink of Mary Greco, Geoff Hocking and Tom Polglase were leading by six shots after 13 ends and extended it to a 12-shot lead after 17 ends before cruising home to win by seven shots, 23-16.
The Ted Hazelman skipped rink of Nardo Dipetta, John Boardman and Jack Portia were trailing by four shots after 10 ends before they won seven of the next eight ends to lead by 13.
Unfortunately they took it far too easy from this point and could only win two of the last eight ends to claim a four-shot victory, 29-25.
In Division Six, the Graeme Woodcock rink of Jill Barrett, Johnny McInnes — whom 98.5 ONE FM predicted as the game breaker — and Naomi Cartwright got the team off to an amazing start: they were leading by a massive 18 shots after only nine ends, before they extended the lead to 22 shots after 17 ends before running home winners by the same margin, 36-14. Great win indeed.
Rob Barrett skipped the rink of Les Dillon, Noel Thomson and Stan McIntosh who were leading by four shots after nine ends, and still leading by two after 16 ends before losing six of the next nine ends to go down by four shots, 25-29.
Next week will see the grand final for both Division Four and Six played at the Stanhope Bowls Club and we hope to see many members and supporters there to cheer from the sidelines.
Training will be as normal Thursday night along with the usual BBQ tea and members draw.
Saturday pennant teams: Division Four v Dookie at Stanhope, leave 12.30pm. Cars: G Hawking, T Thomson, J Wright, J Portia. Teams: J Portia, J Boardman, N Dipetta, T Hazelman(s). M Nowasad, O Cartwright, J Wright, B Lindsay(s). T Polgaze, G Hocking, M Greco, G Hawking(s). J Cartwright, R Harrison, M Steven, T Thomson(s). Emergency: H Tonkin. Division Six v Seymour at Stanhope, leave 12.30pm. Cars: N Cartwright, S McIntosh. Teams: N Cartwright, J McInnes, J Barrett, G Woodcock. S McIntosh, N Thomson, L Dillon, R Barrett. Emergency: B Evans. Members draw 6pm $30. Barbecue:6.30pm $5.
WELL done to the Division Two team who won the grand final against Mooroopna at Shepparton Park, 70 shots to 57. There were two winning rinks and one losing rink. Everyone bowled well on this big occasion.
Judy Wright’s rink of Mitch Stevens, Maurie Hateley and Kelvin Beacon won by 11 shots. Judy’s team started slowly and were down until the fifth end when they drew level with Mooroopna on 3 shots each. From then there was no stopping them. On the 13th end they were leading 16 shots to 5. The next two ends saw them drop 8 shots, so the scores were now 16 shots to 13. They rallied and only allowed the opposition to score 3 shots over the last ten ends. Judy and her team won, 27 shots to 16.
Jill Barrett’s rink of Ian George, Rob Anset and Marg Cox also had a win, 29 shots to 14. Jill’s team were only able to score single shots early in the game and were well down. On the ninth end they managed to score 3 shots which put them in front 8 shots to 6. After this they were able to pull away from their opposition. Mooroopna only scored on six of the last 16 ends. Jill and her team scored consistently to win by 15 shots.
Terry Thomson’s rink of Norm Arthur, Graeme Woodcock and Peter O’Brien had a tough day. They often had bowls in the head, but the opposition skipper was able to take them out. They were well in the game until the 12th end, when the score was 10 shots all. After that they were only able to score 4 shots for the rest of the game. Mooroopna scored consistently to win by 13 shots, 27 shots to 14.
THE season has finally finished. Jim Arthur defeated David Pettifer to win the Open 100 up and Greg Pell beat John Bailey to win the Section two 100 up. Well done to those players for making the final.
Our Thursday night meals have finished. Thanks to all who helped in any way to make these evenings so enjoyable.
Our Chairman John Firmer is about to undergo surgery for a new knee so all the members and supporters hope everything goes well and that John is soon up and about. Good luck!
Finally I would like to thank all the local press for giving us the space to keep our many supporters up to date with the club functions and events. They are to be praised for providing such an excellent service to the people in the Goulburn Valley.
60 and over Campaspe bowls
LAST week was the last visit to Mathoura Bowling Club for the season. The two grass greens were well prepared when 112 bowlers arrived for three games of bowls.
Our thanks to Mathoura staff, Stan Limbrick, Bruce Papworth, Lindsay Vallance and not forgetting the veteran Gabby Hayes showing off his new Gopher.
Blue skies, a mild breeze and 30-degree temperature made perfect conditions for a comfortable day’s bowling.
Two games were played before the tea and sandwich break then back to the green for the final game. President Neil Haines thanked our hosts for providing a great afternoon’s competition.
There were four three-game winners. A mixed team David Blackburn-Ron Luke, super-vet 105-year-old Jim Stapleton and Max Kerr (skipper).
Rochester team of Wes Burtuch, Greg Walkey, Bert Smolenaars and skipper Clive Usher.
Unfortunately both these teams only had four bowls within the yard stick.
Runners-up Lockington, Greg Clymo, Kalvan Stout, Roly Head and skipper Jim Harris with five bowls within the yard stick.
Winning team Mathoura, Barry Ireland, John Dean, Charlie Pippen and skipper Doug Berryman with seven bowls within the yard stick.
It was good to see so many bowlers stay behind for the presentation.
Ky Valley View today, 11am start.