Campaspe Valley Bowls Division
With just two more weeks remaining in the normal season, Moama has all but sewn up the division one midweek pennant.
Round 13 of the Campaspe Valley Bowls Division pennant was played on Friday, with Moama defeating second-placed Echuca White in a must-win match for both sides.
Moama took 14 points away from the 92-64 result, giving the side a 22-point lead for the final two games.
Echuca White would now have to win both matches and Moama lose both for a change at the top of the board.
Rochester and Echuca Blue are out of the picture for this season, as neither side can catch fourth-placed Rich River in time for the knockout phase.
Round 14 will see Moama host Deniliquin, and Echuca White will travel to play Rochester away.
Echuca Blue defeated Rochester in a dead rubber match, 76-56. It leaves Rochester 17 points clear of bottom placed Echuca Blue.
Echuca Blue will play fourth-placed Rich River away from home this weekend.
In division two, the Moama-Mathoura match went down to the wire in a game that ended with a two-shot win for Moama.
It was an important match for both sides, as it has closed the gap between the sides to mean Mathoura sits second by just two points ahead of Moama.
Elmore sits pretty at the top, 15 points clear of second place after a 96-53 win over Rochester on Friday.
Elmore took away another 16 points from the match, while the result leaves Rochester scrambling for a place in the top four with two matches remaining.
In the surprise result of the round, bottom-placed Rich River defeated fourth-placed Lockington, 68-47 to add a further 16 points to its tally.
Lockington can still qualify for the knockout phase of the competition, but results must go their way to complete an unlikely turn around for the side.
In division three nothing is final as top four spots are still up for grabs this late on in the normal season.
A low-scoring match saw Echuca defeat Moama as the battle for second place heats up between the sides.
Echuca took away 14 points from the match, leaving it just 13 short of Moama (second) with two matches remaining.
At the top of the table remain Deniliquin, even after a shock loss on Friday to cellar dwellers Rich River, 42-47.
Every side in division three can make the cut with two matches remaining.
Ky Valley View defeated Tongala 47-45, leaving Ky Valley in fourth place, and Tongala five points back in fifth place.
The division one weekend pennant saw league leaders Echuca thrash mid-table Mathoura (90-43) to step 16 points closer to a title.
Round 14 also had Moama defeat Rich River 75-57 and take 13 points from the match to remain third.
Deniliquin overcame Rochester 84-67 to lock down second place, and stay six points adrift of Echuca.
Sixth-placed Tongala took a 20-point win away from Deniliquin RSL 87-67, but stay 18 points off fifth.
In division two, table-topping Moama continued its red hot form to defeat Rich River 86-54.
In a battle for mid table positions, Lockington came out on top against Rochester, 83-70. The result sees Rochester drop to seventh.
Second-placed Echuca dismantled Mathoura in their match, 94-55, but there is not enough time left in the season to mount a charge for first place.
Tongala continued its tortuous form against Deniliquin, being downed, 69-86. Tongala remains at the foot of the table.
In division three, first took the prize against third place when Echuca played Moama.
Echuca won in a tight affair, going down to the final bowl, 69-68.
Rochester thrashed Deniliquin in a mid-table match, 100-64.
Elmore is keeping pace with top dog Echuca, as the team defeated Rich River 102-44.
Deniliquin RSL put bottom-placed Tongala to the sword, 101-34.
In division four Moama got one over Rich River in a close battle, 70-61.
Ky V View defeated Rochester 83-68 in a battle for the top four places.
Mathoura had a 30-shot win over Echuca, 82-52 in the shock result of the division.
Lockington eased past Tongala 87-53 as Lockington solidified its position in the top four.
In division five, Deniliquin Blue squeezed a result out of Deniliquin RSL, 54-41.
Echuca smashed Deniliquin Gold, 79-29, and Moama eased past Elmore 60-29.
With all the ironies of this fickle weather, the women could not play their social bowls on Tuesday because of wet weather.
When will the strange weather end?
In the CVBD midweek pennant competition division two was defeated by Rich River 67-87 with all rinks down, although one failed by a single shot 18-19.
The team is sitting in fourth spot on the premiership ladder.
The CVBD pennant competition resulted in both division two and division four winning in comfortable fashion.
Division two tackled Rochester and recorded an 83-70 victory with two rinks in front at the end.
K Main, I Palmer, D Isgro, and R Shawcross (s) defeated J Weeks 35-17. F Chugg, G Shawcross, R Hanson, and G Turner (s) defeated B Jones 26-24. R Head, T Davis, A Kauffman, and I Johnson (s) lost to P Stahl 22-29.
The team has moved into finals contention, fifth position on the ladder, but is still 20 behind the fourth team. All remaining games are must-wins.
Division four played Tongala and ran out victors 87-53. G Hyden, L McInnes, L Brereton, and P Collins (s) defeated W Andrews 21-15. K Cunnington, J vanDen Bosch, S Peter, and N Haines (s) defeated M Gahan 26-23. K Stout, D Lupton, P Cunnington, and B Musgrove (s) defeated S Smith 40-15.
Division four has jumped into third place on the premiership ladder and plays Rochester, Moama and Mathoura in the final three rounds.
In club competitions, the 21-up Presidents trophy first round results so far include Neil Haines defeating Bill Musgrove, Ken Main out-bowled Frank Chugg while Don Isgro received a walkover from Russell Holman.
Members travelled to Elmore during the week to play Mixed Pairs and Invitation Fours.
Bowlers are reminded of the forthcoming Twilight Mixed Fours to be held on Tuesday February 20 starting at 5pm. Contact Kath Palmer on 5486 2314 for details.
The programmed mixed pairs to be held on Sunday has been cancelled as well as the two bowl Triples on Sunday March 4.
The Cunnington Cup Mixed Pairs has been re-scheduled for Saturday March 17 at 1pm. Contact Chris Stewart 5486 2607 or Kath Palmer for entries.
The Friday evening barbecue and practice was once again well attended. The lucky members draw favoured the absent Bill Musgrove who went home early.
60’s and Over Campaspe Bowls Group
It was a pleasant return to cooler conditions last Wednesday at Kyabram Bowling Club for the last day of January.
Sunny clear skies with no sign of rain clouds. However as the morning progressed so did strong gusty winds.
Two grass greens were in full use for 112 bowlers eager to play three games of the day.
During a short break after the second game comments were rife from the bowlers.
The strong winds were sending the bowls off in all directions and the force of the wind made some bowlers walk backwards.
One of the club’s Moama bowlers Brian Kirk toppled over, but only his pride was hurt.
Mitch Evans and Les Grills were the hosts for the day and club vice president Eddy Smith thanked the Kyabram Ladies for afternoon tea.
There were six three-game winners. Runners up in the Rochester Team with five bowls within the yard stick.
Skipper: R. Spanger, D. Thomson, D. Marshall, and I. George.
Winning team Kyabram: skipper K. Button, B. O’Mera, M. Hateley, and R.Anset.
Thanks to all at Kyabram for another enjoyable days bowling competition.
Attention to all bowlers of a change in venue. Bowling on Wednesday February 14 will be at Echuca BC.
And later on in March 21 will be at Moama BC. 11am start for today’s bowling.
The latest in lawn bowls comes to Rochester with the hugely popular Jack Attack starting up this month.
Already Jack Attack has been widely embraced by new and experienced bowlers everywhere.
This social, yet competitive form of the game has gained amazing popularity across the country.
The game consists of teams of three playing at each end, but teams can include up to five members giving all participants a chance to be involved, socialise, enjoy the drinks breaks or freedom to come and go as they please.
Two sets of five ends comprise the competition.
Jack Attack is similar to traditional bowls yet introduces concepts such as the Power Play, increasing scoring opportunities.
No skippers are required making it fairer for all. Teams can be mixed, junior or senior, and may include one recognised bowler if required.
New bowlers are especially welcome and bowls can be supplied. Flat sole shoes are requested or you can play barefoot.
The Jack Attack season runs for four weeks from Wednesday February 14 starting at 6.15 with a free sausage sizzle for a 7pm bowls competition. The cost is $30 per team each night.
This short, sharp and snappy form of the game is sure to appeal to all. To register contact Bob Knight on 5484 3444 or speak to any member of the Rochester Bowls Club.
Please note Jack attack replaces the traditional night pennant competition this year. Why not get a team together and be part of the Jack Attack generation?