Lawn bowls report

January 11, 2018

City of Echuca

THE Christmas and New Year season produced great results for City of Echuca bowlers in the recent Campaspe Valley competitions.

Steve Cunnington was successful in winning the CVBD State Singles on December 30.

He competed against Mathoura’s Ashley Vesty in the final, and after a close match, Steve held out to win 25-21.

Steve will now compete against the state singles winner from the Bendigo Division for a place in the state championships.

Last weekend, Philip Thorn won the CVBD Champion of Champions event at Rich River.

Philip played Matt Liverton from Moama in the final and won 25-15. He will also compete for the Regional title in February.

Bowls results

Twilight triples - Monday, December 18

1st: Trevor Rickard, Lyn Snell and Richard Robb, 2nd: Jack Shearer, Lorelle Opthoog and Barry McIntyre.

Men’s pairs - Thursday, December 21

1st: Jim Thomas and Carly Taylor, 2nd: Bill Toll and Jim Aitken, Vouchers: Cec Moss and Eddie Blampied.

Men’s pairs - Thursday, December 28

1st: Trevor Nargorcka and Bruce O’Neale. 2nd: Norm Hodge and Kevin McGreevy, Vouchers: Toby Egan, Eddie Blampied, Ray Milne and Col Berryman.

Social mixed bowls - Saturday, December 30

1st: Col Berryman, Leon Sharp and Dennis Portwine, 2nd: John Brown, Roseanne Sharp and John Simpson.

Twilight triples - Monday, January 1

1st: Ivan Hicks, Linda Ormando and Maurie Spiers, 2nd: Col Berryman, Fran Spiers and Tom Maher.

Men’s pairs - Thursday, January 4

1st: John Brown and Maurie Hateley, 2nd: George Thornley and Tony Hawley, Vouchers: Peter Walton, Geoff Halden, Trevor Nagorcka and Max Kosch.


THE CVBD State Fours will be played next Sunday at the Moama Bowling Club with a 9am roll up.

Section one: M. Freshwater, V. Rehe, M. Liverton, B. Brennan.

Section two: T. Mansbridge, K. Connolly, S. Lang, L.Vallance.

Section three: M.Harvey, D. Keenan, G. Beattie, S. Barker.

Section play-offs will be Sunday, January 21.


THE club entered the New Year by staging the annual Moama Bowling Club sponsored Open Fours on Thursday.

This popular event attracted 112 bowlers from Calivil, City of Echuca, Cohuna Golf, Deniliquin, Dingee, Elmore, Gunbower, Moama, Mathoura, Pyramid Hill, Rich River, Rochester, Serpentine, Stanhope, Tongala plus several Lockington members.

Club president Tom Davis welcomed all bowlers and thanked the greenkeeper Ian Johnson for another great effort in the preparation of the excellent greens.

Bowlers competed in four games of 10 ends and the overall performances were fairly even.

At the completion of the four games there were two teams undefeated. Moama Bowling Club Board member Stuart Sutton assisted with the presentations.

Based on a points system, the winning rink comprised Peter Broom, Rob Young, Robert Wastell and Kevin Brennan (s) from Moama with 108 points including a maximum 30 points from game three.

The runners-up were the Mathoura four including Paul Clear, David Murray, Doug Berryman and Lindsay Vallance (s) on 103 points.

In a marathon countback a third-placing was decided in favour of Tommy Todd’s Deniliquin rink with 86 points ahead of Norm Hodge 84, Mick Carmody 83, Wally Fehring 83, Hedley Moon 82, John Dinsdale 81, Michael Holmes 81, Brian Jones 81 and Allan Leech 78.

The special competition winners included Graham Maxted (major), Eddie Smith, Tom Davis, Ray Price and Roly Head.

Tournament secretary Chris Stewart thanked all bowlers for their continued support along with the sponsor and a special mention for the outstanding effort from Pauline Humbert and her ladies committee in the preparation of the fine lunch and afternoon tea.

Margaret Davis was acknowledged for her assistance in organising the scoresheets and conditions of play.

Stewart also thanked Tom Davis, Russell Shawcross, Alan Kauffman and David Lupton for their effort in assembling the field while he was in hospital and rehabilitation.

On Saturday, Ray Hanson represented the club in the CVBD Champion of Champions played at Rich River.

Having a bye in the first round, Hanson had to play the winner of the Matt Liverton (Moama) - David ‘Crackers’ Keenan (Rochester) game. Liverton defeated Keenan 25-22 in a classic match.

Hanson tried valiantly against the more experienced Liverton, but as the match progressed his opponent was able to match any challenge he provided, Liverton winning the game 25-7.

In the semi-final Liverton defeated Tim Noar (Rich River) 25-9 while Philip Thorn (City of Echuca) defeated Steve Hammond (Tongala) 25-24 with his final bowl. Hammond was leading 24-23 and holding game before Thorn played a miraculous bowl to grab two shots and win the match.

The final was played out in extreme heat with Thorn gaining the early ascendancy and keeping Liverton at bay to win the title 25-18.

Congratulations to Vern Rehe (Moama) in finishing runner-up in the Bowls Victoria Bowling Arm State Singles played at Frankston last week. Rehe was defeated 21-18 in the final.

Joan Moss (City of Echuca) was defeated in the semi-final of the ladies State Bowling Arm Singles.

Pennant competitions resume this week. Trusting the weather is kind and all teams can string together a few wins and make the top four. Good luck.


Outdoor bowls

Tuesday, January 2 - Ladies Social: Winners: Mandy Carter and Margot Brennan. Runners-up: Jenny Cameron and Chris Ritchie. Consolation: Laurelle Smith and Elle Morgan / Jeanette McDonald and Carolyn Butcher.

Tuesday, January 2 - Alby Matthews Triples: Winners: Alex McQuarrie, Ken Maynard and Arch Bailey. Runners-up: Jim Warr, David Lonnie, Ray Sullivan. Consolation: Ken Sipthorp, Ron Ritchie and John McGowan / John Solomon, Ian Roberts-Gay and Dudley Kaine.

Thursday, January 4 - Ladies Pairs: Winners: Mary Warr, Shirley Riters and Margot Brennan. Runners-up: Cheryl Doherty, Rhonda Solomon and Marilyn Stephenson. Consolation: Elle Morgan, Chris Ritchie and Laurelle Smith.

Thursday, January 4 - Men’s Pairs: Winners: Arch Bailey and Ian Smith. Runners-up: Graham O’Brien and Greg Pettigrove. Consolation: Alan Buzza and Richard Blain / Ben Franklin and John McGowan.

Sunday, January 7 - Mixed Pairs: Winners: Carole Hawkins and Tony Hawley. Runners-up: Rhonda Solomon and Dudley Kaine. Consolation: Neville Varcoe and Alister Shine / Ken McDonald and Cheryl Pell.

Friday’s midweek pennant round 10 teams

Division one (home vs Echuca Blue): L. Smith, M. Young, S. Connolly, M. Stephenson (s); M. Spizer, L. Williams, B. Trengove, B. Eddy (s); R. Goudge, M. Brennan, M. Rehe, M. Roberts (s)

Division two (away vs Lockington): L. Jones, D. Armstrong, C. Ritchie, K. Wastell (s); L. Barbary, J. McDonald, D. Hogan, K. Gillingham (s); C. Doherty, S. Abraham, P. Leibhardt, L. Rogan (s).

Division three vs (away vs Deniliquin): I. Lacis, K. Brennan, E. Milgate, B. Bell (s); C. Pell, G. Bailey, C. Butcher, A. Matchett (s).

Saturday’s weekend pennant round 11 teams

Division one (away vs Deni RSL): R. Wastell, G. Dorward, M. Chaplin, B. Brennan (s); B. Davie, A. Birch, M. Liverton, K. Brennan (s); R. Bunting, J. Hogan, S. Barker, K. Liverton (s).

Division two (home vs Tongala): R. Allen, A. Bailey, G. O’Brien, V. Rehe (s); P. Broom, B. Cuttriss, L. Saunderson, P. Hall (s); K. Young, G. Johnston, B. Trengove, R. Young (s).

Division three (home vs Tongala): K. Maynard, J. Rankin, M. Holmes, A. Jones (s); I. Smith, N. Milgate, B. Franklin, I. McGregor (s); J. Kiley, A. McQuarrie, N. Varcoe, N. Bamford (s).

Division four (home vs Echuca): F. Darazs, D. Aldon, D. Blackburn, B. O’Connell (s); K. Sipthorp, W. Wadge, R. Ritchie, P. Walton (s); A. Buzza, K. Geisler, B. Barbary, S. Sutton (s).

Division five - bye

Rich River

Friday’s midweek pennant round 10 teams

Division one (away vs Rochester): L. Easther (s), L. Barker, L. Williams, G. Brewster; R. Wheeler (s), R. Sharp, J. White, B. Petch; V. Noar (s), M. Griffiths, T. Beck, M. Young.

Division two (away vs Rochester): P. Stiles (s), A. Kosch, M. Spinks, M. Smith; M. Stevens (s), J. McEwan, S. McGann, B. Linquist; J. Hocken (s), P. Edgar, C. Mackenzie, N. King.

Division three (away vs Ky Valley View): H. Freeman (s), L. Mitchell, S. Shine, S. Harvey; P. Sehestedt (s), E. Pineo, J. Kelly, F. Galvin.

Saturday’s weekend pennant round 11 teams

Division one (home vs Mathoura): T. Nagorcka (s), B. Devlin, G. Moffat, K. Martin; M. Harvey (s), M. Kosch, K. Jones, E. Xodo; R. Taylor (s), T. Noar, J. Shaw, P. Moon.

Division two (away vs Mathoura): M. Bidgood (s), R. King, A. French, R. Ritchie; D. Wood (s), P. Nesbitt, G. Clymo, H. Davies; I. Page (s), R. Holmfield, G. Stevens, G. Devlin.

Division three (away vs Rochester): R. Bentley (s), R. Berryman, F. Perissinotto, A. Hawken; B. Downer (s), L. Sharp, R. Brereton, B. McEwan; V. Woods (s), B. Watts, B. Cox, A. Linquist.

Division four (home vs Mathoura): D. Sehestedt (s), J. Exton, J. Stuart, D. Jay; B. Kelly (s), G. Edgar, B. Brewster, N. Brereton; K. Robertson (s), G. Kiefel, L. Phillips, G. Rayner.

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