The CVBD Men’s State Fours was played at Moama on Sunday in hot and humid conditions.
Only the co-operation of the players allowed this to happen, by starting the semi-final at 8am.
The Deniliquin team of Stephan Truelsen, Lindsay Franklin, Jamie Shields and Shane Lang (s), played the City of Echuca team of Wayne Brooks, Steve Cunnington, Phillip Thorn and Geoff Beattie (s).
The early ends provided the spectators with some fine draw bowling.
The game was in the balance after nine ends with the score 10-all.
Echuca led by two shots after 11 ends, before scoring the next 11 shots to make the final against the Moama team, which had the bye.
The team of Matty Liverton, Peter Hall, Mark Chaplin and Klive Liverton (s) raced to an early lead of nine shots to nil after four ends.
After eight ends Echuca gained the lead 10-9 and after 11 ends the score was 11-all.
The next six ends were controlled by Echuca scoring eight shots to three.
However with only four bowls remaining in the final end, the Moama team was only down by two shots, before Geoff Beattie with his final bowl drew the shot to take the final 20-14.
All players were to be congratulated for providing such high class bowls in very trying conditions.
With the current spell of extreme hot weather there has not been too much activity on the bowling greens.
CVBD pennant competitions in both midweek and weekend were cancelled for the current round.
Last Monday our club champion Annette Brereton competed in the CVBD Champion of Champions event held at Moama Bowling Club.
Having the bye in the first round Brereton had to play Heather Curnick from Rochester after Curnick eliminated M. Cowley from Mathoura in round one.
Both Brereton and Curnick traded shots in the early part of the 25-Up contest.
Curnick grabbed the advantage to lead 9-6 before drawing out to extend her lead with some precision draw bowling.
Brereton tried valiantly to stay in the contest, but every time she attemped to score numbers her opponent would reduce the score to singles.
Eventually Curnick gained the upper hand scoring a four and a couple of doubles to win the match 25-12 and progress to the semi-finals.
Brereton was far from disgraced and will gain by the experience in due course.
On Thursday, Russell Shawcross and Don Isgro travelled to Mathoura to compete in the Pairs event. Quite a successful day out with three wins and a loss, but no chocolates.
The Friday evening barbecue and practice was well attended with the absent Geoff Shawcross missing out on the members draw.
The popular Cunnington Cup 2x4x2 Mixed Pairs will be held on Sunday starting at 1pm. Contact Kath Palmer (5486 2314) or Chris Stewart (5486 2607) for details.
With the predicted hot weather continuing for the week, a rain check will be conducted on Friday/Saturday and all bowlers will be notified. A chance there will be some rain later this week.
Congratulations to the City of Echuca four in Wayne Brooks, Steve Cunnington, Phillip Thorn and Geoff Beattie (s) on winning the CVBD State Fours on Sunday.
The City of Echuca rink defeated the Moama team comprising Matt Liverton, Peter Hall, Mark "Bluey" Chaplin and Klive Liverton (s) 20-14 in the final.
It was a full house at the Tongala Bowling Club for the event on Wednesday, January 17.
The first to arrive was the bus with bowlers from Mathoura. All up we had a total of 96 bowlers making up 28 teams.
The cards and team selection were prepared by Ken Chapman, Ron Davies and Ray Nurse together with a lady from Tongala.
Both greens were well prepared and with an early start we managed to beat the heat of the afternoon. It was rather hot, however a strengthening breeze provided good playing conditions and kept the flies at bay.
Finally after three games of eight ends we had four teams of three-game winners.
Two teams from Moama were third and fourth — W. Wadge (skip), B. Kirk, and D. Matthews plus Lonny Monk from Tongala and K. Connolly (skip), W. Whitney, R. Jones, J. Simonds.
Runners-up with four bowls in the yard-stick was the team of Max Kerr (skip), David Blackburn, Herb Conway, Jim Stapleton.
The winning team with six bowls within the yard-stick was Tongala — Ron Davies (skip) Ken Chapman, David Keating and Fred Maurer.
The club has introduced a new innovation with the random selection of score cards giving two $10 vouchers to a lead bowler and a skipper.
Well done to all our 60 and over bowlers.
Next week’s venue is Rochester with an 11am start on Wednesday, January 24.
Well, summer is here alright. Heat two, pennant nil.
Both midweek and weekend pennant matches were cancelled due to the heat.
Thursday night training was at Moama on the mat and a substantial part of Friday night was dedicated to deciding if they played NNE to SSW or N to S or whatever.
Alan Crilly phoned up and claimed to have the definitive answer but no one was listening. They were too busy tracking their journey, in their mind’s eye, from facing north in their backyard to walking in to Moama greens.
Ten teams took part in Monday night’s mixed competition. The winners were Elaine Hall, Leisa Evans, John Young and skipper John Boyd.
The raffle was won by Geoff Briggs.
Last Tuesday in women’s social bowls, 14 players played scroungers.
First was Carol Cakebread and runner-up was Heather Curnick.
Monday night’s mixed competition should still be on starting 7pm.