Club rolling along nicely

December 15, 2016

For club secretary Lindsay Vallance, the most memorable aspect of the summer has been Mathoura clearly showing its title-chasing credentials.

Mathoura's division one Campaspe Valley men’s lawn bowlers are on a good thing — and should stick to it after the Christmas/New Year break.

That’s the view of club secretary Lindsay Vallance, who discussed the first half of the CV season yesterday.

The men are on top of the top flight ladder with a 7-2 win-loss record, a game clear of Tongala and ahead of City Of Echuca and Moama. Saturday saw a good 91-56 win over Rochester to cap it off.

‘‘The way the season’s proceeding, we’re on target to play finals, which is where we want to be,’’ he said.

Vallance also acknowledged that it was great to see Mathoura and Tongala — two smaller-population clubs — really taking it up to the competition’s comparative powerhouses in City and Moama.

But it hasn’t just been down to Mathoura’s new young leadership trio of Ash Vesty, Troy Mansbridge and Sam Dinan.

‘‘I reckon we’ve got a good blend of older, experienced players and young ones, which is working well,’’ Vallance said.

For Vallance, the most memorable aspect of the summer has been the fact that Mathoura has clearly shown its title-chasing credentials with wins over both of last season’s finalists — Echuca and Rich River.

‘‘That’s something we’ve never achieved before,’’ he said.

When it came to notable player performances, Vallance singled out Mansbridge as an obviously handy pick-up for Mathoura.

‘‘He’s been a great acquisition to the club,’’ he said.

‘‘Ash Vesty’s continuing to improve and the two of them have been a good combination.’’

Then there was some return-to-form recognition.

‘‘John Hulm — back in division one — has been the surprise packet (at the club),’’ Vallance said.

‘‘At age 80, he’s still playing as good a bowls as he’s ever played.’’

The Mathoura women are second in division two, and Vallance considered that a very good result as well.

‘‘The ladies struggle for numbers,’’ he said.

‘‘We always have, but those who do the job have done it well with some new recruits on board this season.’’

Mathoura president Anthony Hulm echoed that sentiment.

‘‘There’s been quite a buzz around the place (at the club),’’ he said.

‘‘We have a ladies’ division and three weekend divisions all in the top four and I don’t think that’s ever happened.’’

—Ben Carter

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