AFTER yet another weekend of competition bowls was called off due to the heat, Echuca is the side best placed for the flag with four rounds remaining.
It is the second weekend in a row the heat rule has come into play, as temperatures on Saturday teetered on the brink of 40 degrees.
The Campaspe Valley Bowls Division is not separated by much, with Echuca atop the division one ladder on 149 points.
Echuca does not lead by much though — snapping at the heels is Deniliquin, just two points behind.
The heat rule means each team scheduled to play in the round, receives eight points, and the game is abandoned as a draw.
And with just four rounds remaining before finals, every point gained at this stage is crucial.
Round 14, scheduled to be played on Saturday, will see fourth-placed Mathoura host league-leaders Echuca with the hopes of toppling the team of the competition so far.
The round will also have second-plays-fifth in Deniliquin versus Rochester. Rochester will want to make an impact and force its way into a top four spot, while Deni has the chance to overtake Echuca at the top.
We are less than two months away from the grand final, and two weeks after that will be the pinnacle for teams — the regional grand final.
In other tournaments, City of Echuca Bowls Club’s team of Philip Thorn, Steve Cunnington, Ivan Hicks and Col Berryman took out top honours at the fours tournament at Tongala on Australia Day.
And Mathoura’s midweek pennant game did not go according to plan, as they lost away at Elmore, 62-78.
In other divisions of the CVBD, second tier’s Moama is streets ahead of second-placed Rich River and looks set to be crowned the 2018 champions.
Moama is also on top in division three, but only just. Echuca is a point behind, and not far behind them is Elmore.
Division four looks sewn up as Moama has a 38-point lead over Rich River.
And with two games remaining in the fifth division, Moama has a 23-point lead over second-placed Deniliquin RSL.
City of Echuca
THREE of 32 teams were successful last week at the City of Echuca Bowls Club.
The ladies Breakfast Consistency Fours tournament was held last Wednesday. After the two games played, the winning teams were as follows:
1. Sandra Connolly, Marilyn Stephenson, Mia Young and Cheryl Pell (Moama)
2. Faye Munnerley, Brenda Leetham, Robyn Little and Wendy Nagorcka (composite)
3. Beryl Eddy, Kath Wastell, Merilyn Rehe and Laurel Smith (Moama).
City of Echuca players are reminded that the Chemist Warehouse fours are being played on Monday, February 5, starting at 5pm.
Any players who are not available for this event are asked to add their name to the list on the clubhouse noticeboard.
Congratulations to the team of Philip Thorn, Steve Cunnington, Ivan Hicks and Col Berryman who were successful in winning the fours tournament at Tongala on Australia Day.
Members and friends are reminded to add their name to the list in the clubhouse if they are going to attend the Centenary Dinner on Saturday, February 24.
Payment for this dinner can be made on the night. A full list of centenary events and details is available on the noticeboard in the clubhouse.
Twilight triples – Monday, January 22:
1. Ivan Hicks, Marie Hand and Frank Ross
2. Chris Egan, Ray McDonnell and Richard Robb
Men’s pairs – Thursday, January 25
1. Bill Cook and Stan McCarthy
2. John Dinsdale and Keith McGowan
Vouchers: Jim Thomas, Carlie Taylor, George Thornley and Peter O’Brien.
Division one White v Moama at home: Michelle Cunnington (s), Rhonda Gallagher, Kerryn Evans Lynne Brown; Jean Fairchild (s), Leica Roney, Lyn Snell, Norma Hall; Roma Opie (s), Lee Beattie, Pat Schram, Jan Palmer.
Blue v Rochester away. Marg Shearer (s), Ellie McGowan, Chris Egan, Anne Vanderkley; Sandra Glasser (s), Helen Pitts, Marie Malone, Ros Neil; Joan Moss (s), Elaine Thomas, Joan Armstrong, Jan Cowley.
Division three v Moama at home. Bernie Johns (s), Jeanette Breen, Jenny Blaser, Belinda Chong; Heather Trotter (s), Fran Spiers, Lois Robson, Linda Ormando.
Emergencies: Marg Hoelter, Ronda Hyland. Duty rink: Michelle Cunnington.
Division one v Mathoura away. Geoff Beattie (s), Geoff Halden, Mark Evans, Tony Hawley; Philip Thorn (s), Steve Cunnington, Ivan Hicks, Wayne Brooks; Greg Page (s), Brent Reiner, Stan Glasser, John Dinsdale.
Division two v Mathoura at home. Jim Thomas (s), John O’Brien, Norm Hodge, Carlie Taylor; Toby Egan (s), Eddie Blampied, Ray Milne, Col Berryman; John Brown (s), Ian Whiting, Lal Whyte, Bill Toll.
Division three v Moama at home. Bill Cook (s), Dennis Portwine, Lyn Snell, Bill Palmer; Jim Ferrier (s), Tony Deenen, Max Bennett, Glen Irish; Noel West (s), John Blair, Blake Curnow, Peter Phyland.
Division four v Mathoura away. Jim Aitken (s), John Dignan, Keith McGowan, Jack Shearer; John Hollowood (s), Don Hicks, Kevin McAsey, John Catanese; Ces Moss (s), Eddie Smith, Geoff Tarrant, Bob Pratt.
Division five v Deniliquin Gold away. Pat Schram (s), Bluey Charman, John Cowan, Alan Blaser; Colin Walker (s), John Simpson, Trevor Rickard, John Kelly.
Emergencies: Joan Moss, Belinda Chong, Joan Armstrong, Ann Vanderkley. Duty rink: Jim Thomas
Campaspe Valley Bowls Division
Results of mixed Indoor Bowls for Rich River game, Friday January 26.
The winning team was skippered by Hazel O’Dwyer.
Runners up: Skipper: Tony O’Dwyer, Doug Gill.
Midweek Tuesday January 23: Mathoura v Elmore, away at Elmore.
Mathoura lost to Elmore, 62-78.
Weekend Pennant, Saturday January 27: No play due to heat.
The club reminds players to keep games moving along and to play matches as soon as at all possible.
The draw has been completed for the 100-up handicap and the B grade singles - the lists are on display at the bowls office.
The club asks that members support other tournaments, with so many pennant games not being played it will have a financial impact on all clubs.
Indoor Bowls results from the last week:
Tuesday January 23: Indoor Social Bowls. The winners were: J. De Kort, M. Barkham, and J. Hooper. Runners up were: K. Hooper, P. Benson, and L. Forster.
Last Thursday’s indoor social bowls winners were: Hanna Lutz, Mike Barkham, Lance Forster, and Peter Pavone. Runners up were: B. Guarda, I. Height, P. Nash, and Ron Hooper.
Outdoor Bowls saw a number of competitions played last week.
Tuesday January 16, ladies social competition winners were: Lois Barbary and Bev Trengove.
Runners up were Mileta Watt and Marg Meulenkamp. Consolation: Lyn Rogan, Rhonda Solomon, Lorna Jones, Shirley Riters, Helen Sullivan, Marilyn Stephenson, Pam Holmes, and Mandy Gleeson.
Last Tuesday’s match was the Alby Matthews Fours. Winners were John Kiely, Ken Maynard, Richard Blain, and Max Bennett. Runners up were Ian Roberts-Gay, Alex McQuarrie, Ron Jones, and Arch Bailey. Consolation: Gordon Johnson, Keith Young, Graeme Iredell, and Ben Franklin.
Thursday’s Ladies Scroungers winner was Marg Meulenkamp. Runner up to Marg was Mary Kaine. Consolation: Lois Barbary, Rhonda Solomon, Glenys Bailey and Elle Morgan.
Last Thursday’s men’s pairs tournament winners were Brian Davie and Kevin Brennan. Runners up were John Shaw and Rob Wastell. Consolation: Rob Young, Mike Holmes, Keith Young and Brian Trengove.
Sunday’s Sunday Roast Mixed Triples winners were Gayle McEwan and Tony Hawley. Runners up were Lee Wakenshaw and Ron Bunting. Consolation: Lyn Snell, Rob Neely, Lois Barbary and David Lonnie.
Winners at Rich River this week were Joe Murphy and Stuart Sutton. Runners up were Robert Holmfield and Peter Moon.
Third place was Barry Downer and bowling partner Des Sehestedt. Repechage winners were Eugene Xodo and Franco Perissinotto.
Entries close for the men’s club pairs today.
Sectional play will go ahead on Sunday February 4, starting at 9.30am. The club uniform is required to play.
Entries are still being taken for the Norm Knopp Fours.
Moama RSL Indoor
Moama’s indoor section last week saw 24 players compete in three games of 10 ends.
The winners on 50 points were Pamela Reyment (skipper), Rick Panozzo, Mike Barkham and Ron Stranger.
Runners-up with 38 points were Alan Haw (skipper), Bev Guarda, Shirley Bridgewater and Paula Barkham.
Consolation prizes went to Roy Prigg, Colin Hicks, Topsy Haw and Dawn Beer.