Star line-up takes out club tournament

January 16, 2018

Anton Gusak in action on the greens at the Rochester Bowls Star tournament.

Lockington club championship runner-up Neil Haines with the 2017-18 champion Ray Hanson.

The winning rink - Alan Kaufman, Bill Musgrove, Don Isgro and Graeme Turner (skip) at the Rochester Bowls Star tournament.

Division one lawn bowls


The annual Rochester Bowls Club Star tournament attracted a strong field last Thursday with players enjoying warm conditions on very fast greens.

Only one team was able to win all four matches to take the Tobin Brothers Funerals trophy.

Lockington’s Graeme Turner skipped the rink including veterans Don Isgro, Alan Kaufman and Bill Musgrove. The team was undefeated playing champagne bowls all day.

The runner-up trophy was a closer affair with four teams winning three games; those rinks were skipped by Doug Berryman (Mathoura), Greg Fitzpatrick (Stanhope), Merv Harvey (Rich River) and Trevor Nagorcka (Rich River).

Nagocrka was declared the runner-up with a greater shot margin than his competitors. His rink consisted of Nagorcka, Graeme Moffat, Ashley French and Bill Curnow.

The lucky card draw was taken out by Roy Jackson’s rink.

Weekend pennant division one was away to Echuca.

Robert Clayton, Robert Knight, Garth Wiffen and Richard Feuk defeated Geoff Beattie 21-20.

John Boyd, John Weeks, Les Walles and Peter Holzer lost to Phillip Thorn 19-32.

Bruce Major, Kevin McGreevy, Cameron Keenan and David Keenan lost to Greg Page 17-31.

Overall Rochester lost 57-83.

Division two was at home to Echuca.

Peter Stack, Helen Holzer, Peter Stahl and Darryl Hooper defeated Jim Thomas 31-20.

Kevin Burrow, Tim Quinlan, Gerard Brown and Brian Jones lost to John Brown 20-28.

Ron Gledhill, Allan Crilly, Leigh Milgate and Graham Willis lost to Toby Egan 17-28.

Overall Rochester lost 70-76.

Division three was at home to Rich River.

Kevin Dobson, Hedley Moon, Francis Keech and Bob Bartlett lost to Ron Bentley 15-24.

Geoff McCarty, Graeme Chambers, Don Gillies and Bill Anderson defeated Vic Woods 28-19.

Gavin Houlihan, Anton Gusak, David Marshalland and Ross Turner defeated Barry Downer 32-10.

Overall Rochester won 75-53.

Division four was away to Echuca.

Kevin Hall, Clive Usher, Graham Prince and David Murray lost to Eddie Smith 15-28.

Bert Smolenaar, Noel Sexton, Ron Stranger and Greg Watkins lost to Jim Aitchen 15-21.

Kevin McCormack, Brock Keenan, Norm Christie and Mick Ellis lost to John Hollowood 26-31.

Overall Rochester lost 56-80.

Unfortunately midweek pennant had to be cancelled due to the heat.

The Ladies Morning Fours took off on January 10 at 9am, playing two games of 12 ends.

There were 22 teams with competitors from Bendigo, Colbinabbin, Deni RSL, Deniliquin, Echuca, Heathcote, Inglewood, Lockington, Mathoura, Moama, Rich River, Tongala, Kyabram Valley View and of course Rochester.

The winners with +57 points from Moama were L.Williams (S), L. Barry, K. Brennan and I. Lacis.

Runners-up from Moama with +56 points (on a count-back) were S. Connolly (S), B. Eddy, K. Wastell and C. Ritchie.

Third place, from Echuca with +56 points, were L. Roney (S) L. Beattie, K.Evans and L. Snell.

Nearest to the spider were; lead - G. Coghill (Rochester), second - N. Hall (Echuca), third - B. Vistarini (Tongala), skip - E. O’Brien (Heathcote).

Rochester Men’s Fours (Star) postponed from November 16, 2017 due to rain, took place on Thursday, January 11 2018.

Reminders - Ladies Social Bowls is on tonight.

The Monday Night Mixed Bowls started last week and is ongoing. It was a fun night and well worth coming along to.

Tuesday and Thursday training nights are on again. Last Tuesday was well attended so keep it up.


The women returned to the greens last week after the Christmas break.

The game of Triples resulted in a runaway victory for the trio including Joy Weller, Lorraine Appleby and Phylis MacFarlane (s) with a brilliant display from all bowlers.

On the local pennant scene the mid-week competition was cancelled due to the heat. The weekend competition pressed ahead in cooler conditions before some rain almost caused a few anxious moments. Our division two team had a great battle against Deniliquin to win just the one rink in an eight shot loss 61-69. (K Main, R Head, D Isgro, R Shawcross (s) lost to B Kemnitz 19-28; F Chugg, G Shawcross, R Hanson, G Turner (s) d. H Lea 21-18; T Davis, A Kauffman, Ian Johnson, J Harris (s) l.t. L Ritchie 21-23).

In division four the team had to attempt to reverse the shock loss to Ky Valley View in the first round. The team managed to perform the task by winning two rinks in a comfortable 89-67 victory. (L McInnes, J Van Den Bosch, L Brereton, P Collins (s) d. B Gawley 29-14; A Harris, G Hyden, D Lupton, N Haines (s) l.t. G Topp 24-31; K Stout, P Cunnington, S Peter, Bill Musgrove (s) d. M Finn 36-22).

Divison four remain in fourth spot on the premiership ladder and meet City of Echuca at home this week. Division two are in seventh spot and play Mathoura at home.

During the week a team played in the Rochester ‘‘Star’’ Fours event.

Alan Kauffman, Bill Musgrove, Don Isgro and Graeme Turner (s) all bowled brilliantly to finish the day as the only four game winners and therefore collected the major trophies.

The ladies CVBD State Fours championship final will be decided this week. Our local hopes include Pauline Humbert, Lois Chugg, Phylis MacFarlane, Kath Palmer (s), who will play the Melissa Roberts skipped rink from Moama. Best of luck girls.

On Friday evening the club held the weekly barbeque/practice session.

The lucky members draw winner was No. 68 - Chris Stewart.

The club will hold the annual Cunnington Cup 2x4x2 Mixed Pairs tournament on Sunday, January 28 starting at 1pm. Entries to Kath Palmer 5486 2314 or Chris Stewart 5486 2607. This event is rated A1 status and encourages early entries.

The club wishes to advise bowlers of the cancellation of a couple of forthcoming tournaments. A Mixed Pairs scheduled for Sunday, February 11 has been cancelled. The Two-Bowl Triples on Sunday, March 4 is also cancelled due to a clash with the CVBD Preliminary Final on that day.

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