Rochester bowls

By Campaspe News


Division three in the weekend pennant was the only team to hold its head high on Saturday.

The team played Moama at Rochester and won by 17 shots with all rinks up.

Tim Quinlan, Gavin Houlihan, Graeme Chambers and Greg Watkins defeated N Bamford 26-20, Hedley Moon, Mal Macraild, Kevin Dobson, Ron Gledhill defeated B Barbary 27-17.

Ron Stranger, Brian Jones, Mick Ellis, Kevin Hall defeated R Blain 23-22.

Division four played at Moama and lost by 16 shots.

Clive Usher, Norm Christie, Noel Sexton, Brock Keenan lost to K Connelly 23-28.

David Marshall, Des Hocking, Bert Smolenaars, Don Thompson defeated D Blackburn 21-15.

David Murray, Graham Prince, Kevin McCormack, Geoff McCarty lost to S Sutton 22-39.

Division one played at Tongala and were beaten by 31 shots.

Richard Feuk, Kelvin Wiffen, Les Walles, Bruce Major defeated S Hammond 26-24.

Feuk’s rink won the Rochester Hotel

Meal Voucher, David Keenan, Garth Wiffen, Robert Knight, Kevin McGreevy lost to S Lyon 17-24.

Ash Vesty, John Weeks, Cameron Keenan, Robert Clayton lost to B Tinning 13-39.

Division two played at Moama and lost by 32 shots.

Gerard Browne, Helen Holzer, Allan Crilly, Kevin Burrow lost to G Pettigrove 19-36.

Peter Holzer, Don Gillies, Graham Willis, John Boyd lost to N Varcoe 26-29.

Peter Stahl, Bill Anderson, Francis Keech, Peter Stack lost to T Hawley 15-27.

The draws for all club events are in the foyer.

Matches are to be played on time, or you risk being eliminated.

The club championship got off to a good start with a great game between Gerard Browne and Tim Quinlan with Browne winning the game in a tight finish.

In B grade games, Ron Stranger defeated Kevin Dobson and Mal Macraild defeat Allan Benson and David Murray fought hard to defeat Brock Keenan.

C grade games saw Graham Prince defeat Brock Keenan and Allan Benson defeated Norm Christie.

Thursday, November 15 is our star tournament.

A list is in the foyer for members so that teams can be selected.

It seems to be the trend, bowlers on wrong bias. John Boyd had trouble finding the right grass and when he did, he put the bowl on the wrong bias.

Daryl Hooper had a chance to win the tournament for his team at Eaglehawk by shifting a bowl, but he also put his bowl on the wrong thread, and Kevin McGreevy played the same sort of shot at Tongala on Saturday.

In the foyer are lists for 21-up, 100-up and club pairs.

All these events entries close on November 24.

Ladies Midweek Pennant got off to an early start owing to forecast hot weather.

Division one left home at 7am to play at Deniliquin and lost by 29 shots.

Denise Pappin, Heather Curnick, Rae Ault, Yvonne Smolenaars defeated L Smith 28-16.

Pappin’s rink won the Kits Kafe Coffee Award.

Lyn Moon, Jenny Major, Janis Tamburini, Jeanette Kneebone lost to L Harris 19-34.

Marg Knight, Lorraine Bond, Margaret Harley, Trish Costello lost to J Grimshaw 15-41.

Division two were hosts to Elmore and lost by 16 shots.

Cheryl Anderson, Aileen Fiedler, Carol Cakebread, Beryl Elliott defeated A Williams 23-17.

Jane McCallum, Rhonda Hynes, Ev Nichol, Mary Burrows lost to E Locke 21-23.

Serena Sholl, Elaine Hall, Val Gledhill, Janet Rankin lost to E Burke 13-33.

In the club championship second round games, Rhonda Hynes defeated Mary Burrow, Elaine Hall defeated Serena Sholl, Jeanette Kneebone defeated Jane McCallum, Denise Pappin defeated Marg Knight and Lyn Moon defeated Yvonne Smolenaars.

Tuesday social bowls winners were Heather Curnick, Janet Rankin, Beryl Elliott, Jeanette Kneebone with Shirley Williams winning the raffle.

A very successful star tournament was held last Wednesday with 18 teams playing.

Winners were the Rich River team of Marg Griffiths, Ro Sharp, Lyn Barker, Judy Vise, with four wins and 25 shots up, and runners up were the Deniliquin team of Joy McArthur, Robyn Little, Maureen King and Aileen King with four wins and 21 shots up.

A great trading table and a very good raffle made it a top day.

The draw for the 100-up is on the board. The first round will be played on Friday, November 16.

Ladies, please note the November general meeting has been cancelled owing to pennant being played and will now be held on December 11 at 1pm.

Coming events:

A twilight social bowl event will run for five weeks starting on Sunday, November 18 from 4pm to 8pm.

2-4-2 pairs any combination $8 per player.

New and old bowlers most welcome.

A list is in the foyer or contact Les Walles on 0438 843 381.

In the CVBD State Triples, David Keenan, Ash Vesty, Cameron Keenan defeated Richard Feuk, Garth Wiffen, Robert Clayton 14-10 to win their section, and will now play the Tinnings from Tongala next Sunday at 9.30am at Rich River. Good bowling and good luck.

Friday tea is a roast night.

Names to be on list in foyer by Thursday.


The women enjoyed another fine day for their weekly social bowls.

The name of the game was triples and the winning team comprised Trish Jones, Annie Haines and Kath Palmer (s) in a barnstorming victory.

On the local CVBD Pennant scene the women had the bye on Friday and some put the spare day to hone their skills.

In the weekend pennant the club had a disastrous time on the greens as we failed to win a rink in either division.

Division two played Deniliquin and lost 94-56.

Jim Harris l.t. L Ritchie 14-40; Graeme Turner l.t. H Lea 19-25; Ian Johnson l.t. P Snare 23-29.

Division four failed to combat the strength of the visiting Mathoura teams.

In a battle between first and second on the premiership ladder, it was Mathoura who stormed home to record a solid 80-59 win and moved into top position.

Our division four team dropped two rungs to third behind Moama.

Tom Davis l.t. A Prime 23-34; Bill Musgrove l.t. C Hillier 19-21; Steve Peter l.t. G McConchie 17-25.

Several members travelled to local tounaments on Sunday.

Tom Davis/Alan Kauffman along with Don Isgro/Ian Johnson enjoyed the pairs event at Calivil.

The Davis/Kauffman pairing had two wins and a loss while Isgro/Johnson had the fruit salad — a win, loss and a tie.

Dave Thomas, John van den Bosch and Ken Main (s) played in the CVBD State Triples on Sunday at Rich River Bowls Club.

Although not managing to win a game, they were far from disgraced losing to N Varcoe 10-12, B Brennan 13-18 and I Page 15-21.

Varcoe (Moama) defeated Brennan in the final game to win the section and will now play Brad Campbell (Moama) in a semi-final while Barry Tinning (Tongala) will meet David ‘Crackers’ Keenan (Rochester) in the other semi-final to be played at Rich River on Sunday.

Members of the club along with family helped Betty (Marshall) Mustey to celebrate a special 80th birthday last week. Congratulations to Betty.

The Lockington Bowls Club members were saddened to learn of the passing of Theresa Joyce at 96 years of age.

Theresa was the wife of the late Bill Joyce who was instrumental in the forming of the Lockington Bowls Club back in the early 1950s.

Condolences have been extended to the Joyce family.

The Friday evening barbecue and practice session drew a comfortable gathering.

On this coming Friday evening there will be an alternate meal due to the Lions Club major function to be held at the Community Centre.

Over 60

A beautiful sunny day greeted the 120 bowlers that competed at Tongala Bowls Club this week.

Even 105-year-old Jim Stapleton was wearing shorts and put a number of others to shame.

Following a fantastic day we had six teams of three game winners.

The play-off was tight with the team of John Soloman, Ron Jones, George Alaham and Wayne Whitney from Moama finishing runners up.

The winners were Harry Holmberg, George Holmberg, Phil Brock and Charlie Williams from Elmore with six in the yard stick.

Next week is Echuca Kia Cup at Echuca.


Midweek Pennant played at home against Shepparton Golf on Tuesday with Robyn Weeks 17 losing to A Mathews 28 and Di Chandler 15 losing to M Beecroft 20.

Colbinabbin fought hard all day but in the end Shepparton Golf was too strong, taking top position on ladder.

Colbinabbin ladies enjoyed a pleasant Wednesday at Rochester tournament, playing well in the first two games and then taking a couple of ends to settle back in after lunch in the third game.

Saturday Pennant travelled to Shepp Park to take on Shepparton RSL with birthday boy Ramon Rathjen having some success.

Ramon Rathjen 32 def Victor Nelson 18, Greg Chandler 32 def Jack Thewlis and Bob McLean 14 lost to Robert Benney 32, Greg Chandler 32 def Jack Thewlis 20.

60 and over had one win and two losses again this week.

Rob Ryan to return with leadership skills this week to lift team’s spirits.

Social Notes:

Legacy donations are coming in thick and fast the last few days with Ramon, Ralph and Dean reaching into their pockets.

Don Risstrom is trying a new avenue to get the best out of his bowls by going on an ice-cream diet.