Rochester remain in finals

March 06, 2018

Peter Stahl of Rochester during the CVBD Division 1 semi final bowls match between Moama and Rochester. Photo by Luke Hemer.

David Keenan of Rochester during the CVBD Division 1 semi final bowls match between Moama and Rochester. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Les Wallis of Rochester during the CVBD Division 1 semi final bowls match between Moama and Rochester. Photo by Luke Hemer.


Rochester Bowls Club still has a side in the finals of the weekend pennant, after the first round of finals on Saturday.

Division one sides competed in the first round of finals on the day, seeing the four best teams of the season face off. As you would expect, the competition was fierce.

The loser of the matches is often the first team to blink. Of the three teams in the Rochester group, one was victorious and two lost.

Of the two losing sides, one team on the 20th end dropped a six, which pretty well marked its death knell.

In games where ends are won by close margins, one or two points, if a team gets a multi it becomes very hard to close the gap.

So the side was left with the truism - and although it can feel a bit hollow, there is always next year.

Peter Stahl, Kevin McGreevy, Les Walles and David Keenan lost to Matt Liverton 19-28.

Moama got a five in the fifth end which gave them a boost and from then on it was a battle of attrition till the match was declared on the 24th end.

Robert Clayton, Robert Knight, Cameron Keenan and Richard Feuk lost to Kevin Brennan 18-29.

In a close fought battle with the lead shifting back and forward till end 19. Rochester was a shot up at 17-16, when Moama got a six and proceeded to win four of the final five ends.

Bruce Major, Darryl Hooper, Garth Wiffen and Peter Holzer defeated Barry Brennan 24-21.

This was a close fought battle all the way with neither side blinking. On the 23rd end Rochester pulled ahead to lead 24-18 and although Moama came back at them, the side was unable to close the gap.

The Tuesday Ladies Social Bowls winners were Marg Knight, Elaine Hall, Di Milgate and Phyllis Thompson. Dos Hanson took home the raffle.

Rochester was well represented at competitions at Colbinabin and Dingee over the weekend also.

Friday night is roast night, which will be followed by a seminar by the RACV on lifestyle-healthy ageing.

Everyone is welcome to come for the $12 meal, but if not coming to eat, and if you intend to watch the seminar, be there by 7.15.

The last night of Jack Attack is this Wednesday evening. There will be a sausage sizzle from 6.15 with games beginning at 7pm.


Following a painstaking countback, the club’s first Sportsmen night was won on points percentage.

On Tuesday evening the club hosted the first night in a three game series, with 32 players taking to the greens, with some untapped talent on display throughout the evening.

After playing two games of six ends there were two undefeated teams. Following a countback, the team of Leon Laffy, Terry Malone, Owen McPhee and Ray Hanson (skipper) were declared the winners.

They won with two wins, plus 12 shots with 3.5%, ahead of John van Den Bosch, Graeme Wood, Dean Tibbs, Andrew Harris (skipper), who recorded two wins, plus 12 shots, with 3.4%.

The competition starts again at 7.30pm, with names needed by 7pm.

Women’s bowls had a good roll up for their weekly social bowling last Tuesday.

The winning rink was Mary Thomas, Ann Lowrie, Lorraine Appleby and Kath Palmer (skipper), in a fine display by all bowlers.

The women have also decided the semi-finalists for the 100-Up Championship.

Lorraine Appleby will play Kath Palmer while Annette Brereton will meet Leanne McInnes. McInnes survived a torrid battle against Annie Haines to win in a close result, 100-98.

John van den Bosch defeated Les Brereton in a semi-final in the B grade championship to gain a berth in the final.

In the 21-Up Presidents trophy, Andy Harris defeated Ken Gibbon and Ken Main eliminated Russell Shawcross.

The club would like to welcome David and Mary Thomas into the LBU club environment and hope that they enjoy the future with them.

The club will hold the annual Cunnington Cup 2x4x2 Mixed Pairs on Saturday March 17, commencing at 1pm.

Entries should be sent to Kath Palmer on 5486 2314, or Chris Stewart 5486 2607.

The following weekend on Sunday March 25, the club will stage the Echuca Toyota Open Fours, which will start at 9.30am. Contact Chris Stewart 5486 2607 for details.

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