Round 2 of Mid-week Pennant saw victories to Division One and Two, and a narrow loss to Division Three. The Division One side recorded an 18-shot win against Deniliquin, with two winning rinks. Division Two played Elmore and produced two wins and a tie in their 12-shot victory. The Division Three side had one rink win against Deni United but lost overall by 8 shots.
Three of the five weekend sides recorded wins on Saturday. The Division One side made the trek to Deniliquin and returned home with all three rinks winning, for a combined victory of 27 shots. The Division Two side also had three winning rinks in their 29-shot win against Rochester. The Division Three side traveled to Elmore and was defeated by 18 shots. John Blair and his team of Bill Palmer, Greg Clymo and Noel West recorded the only winning rink, by 5 shots. The Division Four side had two winning rinks and was able to defeat Deniliquin by 13 shots. The teams skipped by Steve Morgan and John Hollowood both won their games by 12 shots. Division Five competed in a close match against Elmore but lost narrowly by just 4 shots.
Last week Veronica Kelly and Philip Thorn represented Victoria in the National Over 60s round robin in Perth. The event was played over four days at Osborne Park Bowling Club. Moama bowlers, Marilyn Stephenson and Sandra Connolly, also played in the Victorian Ladies side.
After narrowly losing their first two matches, the ladies side won all of their remaining games, and in their final match, they defeated the previously undefeated NSW team, relegating that side to second place. The ladies title went to Queensland, with the Victorian team coming in third. All three local bowlers performed well during the week, and can be very proud of the manner in which they competed.
The Victorian Men’s side won the National title after an epic victory against NSW in their final match. Going into the three final ends, the Victorian side was behind by 7 shots, but with each team scoring a multiple on their final end, the Vics brought it home to win by one shot and secure the national title. Philip Thorn was named Victorian men’s “Player of the Series.” Thorn, along with his teammates of Rod Nicholson (Lilydale), Barry Anset (Bendigo) and Ian Ross (Bendigo), also won the gold medal for best-performed men’s team of the tournament.
Needless to say, all four players returned to Echuca on Friday, proud of their efforts but very weary.
Club members are reminded to check the club notice board for bowls and social events coming up during October and November.
- Ladies social bowls – Tuesday, October 11th
- Marg Shearer, Jill Blake and Linda Ormando
- Men’s pairs – Thursday, October 13th
- George Thornley and Tony Hawley
- Ivan Hicks and Geoff Halden
Vouchers: Cyril Napier, John Elliott, Daryl Phyland, Gary Hunter and Eddie Blampied
Harvest Award: Phil Bell