October 19, 2016

Josh Locke, 13, played his first game of pennant with his dad Russell on Saturday.


Kyabram Bowls Club has begun its raffle for the voucher for a set of Taylor bowls of the winner’s choice.

Tickets are $5 each and are available at the clubhouse. Members are asked to take a book of five tickets to sell outside the club.

The THK Triples are at Kyabram this week. We are hoping for some favourable weather so we can get some play in.

Laurie McCarty’s team from Mooroopna Golf won the $200 jackpot last week.

The barefoot bowls started recently, with more than 50 players in attendance.

Everybody enjoyed the barbecue and the hospitality of the club, but unfortunately the weather intervened.

Anybody who wants to enter a team or as an individual, the club will be pleased to make you welcome and help out in any way it can.

All players who paid for a social membership are entitled and asked to come to our member’s draw and barbecue at Thursday training, starting at 6pm.

The member’s jackpot is $30 this week after not being claimed last week. Remember you must be present to claim the prize.

We still need a few volunteers to help on Wednesday night barefoot bowls. Rob Sceney will ask members to help out for one, two-hour block over the next six weeks.

All players are urged to attend training and participate fully in the training drills to improve their bowls.

The 100-up has begun.

We will have to be flexible with our time and dates because there is so much on, so play your games as soon as you can.

The match committee will be easy to get along with in playing dates. Please make the effort to get these games played.

The player who is named first is responsible for finding a marker for the game.

Our club is doing well with submitting pennant scores to the GVBD. Managers and interested people should contact Mal Williams for any help with submitting pennant scores online to the GVBD.

Graeme King has organised a meeting of the grounds committee for Friday, October 28, at 10am at the clubrooms.

Local eligible members are asked to organise themselves for the master pairs to help out Bob Canute and his team.

Call Bob on 0418 995 644 or leave an entry at the clubhouse.

Kyabram pennant

Kyabram only won one rink against a disciplined and consistent Shepparton Park side at Kyabram on Saturday, losing 89 shots to 107.

Greg Shilling’s rink was the only winner, beating Kris Ferguson 29 to 20. This combination is working well, but the strain showed on Noel Reddrop, who injured a muscle and had to be replaced by super veteran Herbie Prior for their last few ends.

Shepparton skipper Denis Smyth said Darren Boswood was easily the best player on both sides in his team’s close 25 to 29 loss.

Rob Sceney and his team got going after the break and were going well at 18-23 before Jarrod Tinning played a couple of really telling bowls that sealed the game for Shepparton. They won comfortably in the finish 25-18.

Rob George’s team ran into a Mark Ryan-led rink which was in the head all day. It was too much for the Kyabram combination and they went down 17-33.

This 2-16 loss means Saturday’s game against Stanhope at home is vital in the context of Kyabram’s season.

In Division one, four and six Kyabram was successful.

All three divisions are going well and should be congratulated on their efforts.

Division one travelled to the hoodoo grounds at Rushworth. They won overall 90-87 by three shots in a nail-biter.

None of the games were close so all teams had to be on their toes over the last few ends to gain a hard-earned victory, 14-4.

Peter O’Brien’s rink continued their good form with a 31-11 victory and Phil Denham’s team won comfortably 25-16.

Mick Bradshaw’s boys found Jean Sprague and her team too good. They hung on to only go down 18-24 to help out in the overall win.

Bob Canute suffered a similar fate at the hands of Kevin Gilbert’s mob. They grabbed seven shots on the 22nd and 23rd ends and helped out in the overall win at the finish.

Kyabram travels to Mooroopna on Saturday for a big clash.

Division four gave the old foe Shepparton Golf a real belting at home. They stormed away to win 17-1 and by 117- 77 shots.

Nado Dipetta showed that he and his team are destined for greater things with a mammoth 36-13 victory.

Ray Harrison’s new team of Mia Nowosad, Les Dillon and Ian George showed their class, beating their opposition 33-18. Garry Hawing and Theo Van Geldere had the close ones for the day.

Both teams played well early and then hung on with Garry’s team winning 24-22 and Theo’s team drawing 24-24.

Kyabram greets East Shepparton at home on Saturday.

Division six had a huge victory against Avenel at home.

Howard Tonkin’s team got to the front early and kept going.

Les Grills, Dawn Preddy and Barry Evans all played well as they piled on the shots to win 44-17.

The highlight of the day in all divisions was in Leonie Shilling’s rink.

Josh Locke, 13, joined his dad Russell and Norma Hateley in his first game for Kyabram.

They all played well and won 34-8.

Kyabram goes to Tallygaroopna on Saturday.

Kyabram midweek

Kyabram again had a great week with each of their divisions winning. In the Edna Harling Shield, Kyabram proved too strong for Mooroopna Golf winning 98 to 46. Bev Button, Terry Thomson, Keith Button and Graeme King 33 defeated Jan Doherty 24. Jenni Dixon, Mia Nowasad, Mal Williams and Dossie Grills 39 proved too good for Brenda Broughton 7. Maree Boswell, Mary Greco, Greg Shilling and Peter O’Brien 26 defeated F Wheelhouse 15

Division one, Kyabram 74 defeated Euroa 69. Marilyn Anset, Maureen Campbell, Leonie Shilling and Chris Preddy 27 went down to M Cerini 30, Marg George, Judy Wright, Helen Chapman and Adele Scapin 14 were defeated by Lorraine Walters 24. Marg Cox, Jill Barrett, Jennifer Cole and Maurie Hateley 33 had a good win over Libby Byrne 15.

Division three, Kyabram 77 defeated Hill Top 70. Lois Ferguson, Jan MacFadyen, Bev Fadersen and Mitch Stevens 41 were too strong for Dot Clement 14. Berri McMillan, Danny O’Brien, Norma Hateley and Barry Evans 22 were narrowly defeated by Chris Popple 23. Dawn Preddy, Dorothy Nurse, Jan Beamish and Elaine Coram 14 went down to Betty Durston 33.

Division four, Kyabram 39 had a close game defeating Avenel 39. Fran King, Theo Van Geldere, Lucy Portia and Noel Thomson 18 were just defeated by K Donavan 19. Win Crilly, Howard Tonkin, Jack Portia and Joan Herman 21 defeated B Smith 18.


Round two of weekend pennant gave mixed results. Our Div three side, coming off a win the week before, travelled to East Shepparton to play on their synthetic greens.

Overall Stanhope only came away with one winning rink, that of Tom Burgess’s team with Danny Lingard, Robbie Armstrong and Kieran Walsh. The team got away to a good start but by smoko, East Shepp had drawn back level, after a cup of Tea Tom’s side came out firing and progressed to an outstanding win of 39 to 19.

Our other 3 rinks had a hard time adjusting to the green and all unfortunately went down. Bill Mac by 12, Fritz by 14 and Clarrie by 18. Let’s hope out team can get back on track this week when they take on Dookie on our super slick green.

The green played into the hands of our Alan Matheson Team having a solid win Over Hill Top 16/101 to 2/69.

Our one winning rink from last week, Shane Walsh’s team was our only blemish of the day. They battled hard all day. The team consisting of Fitzy, Pete and Jamie were slightly behind at smoko and rallied to draw level on the 19th end but Shorty’s team finished strong winning 26/20.

Geoff Mulchay’s rink consisting of Patto, Jenny and Rob P enjoyed the speed of the green and never gave Justin Spedding’s team a sniff. Scoring a 3 on the 1st end the score just kept rolling on. At one stage it looked to be a huge blow out holding a 19/4 lead the game stayed reasonably level after this and saw them take out the win 28/14.

Dave Millard had a battle on his hands up against Flano. Dave’s team of Noel, Cyril and Whoppa had an early slip up giving away a 6 and falling behind 4/13, from this point on the team dug in to claw back the lead one end at a time. In the end they ran out winners 24/18. The consistency showed it’s colours when it was revealed they won 17 of the 25 ends.

Our other winning rink was Tim Hancock’s team of Ron, Butch and Silver. Scores were level at smoko at 8 a piece after 12 ends, from this point on all 4 bowlers produced some great team bowling to run out with the teams biggest win of the day 29/11.

This result has seen us sneak into the top 4. It may only be early in the season but we need to dig deep, train hard and put some early points in the bank which will put pressure on teams around us. This week we travel over to Ky which is always a hard fought contest regardless of ladder position.

Our Midweek team is having a hard time getting started this year. Last week saw them travel over to Shepp Park and unfortunately couldn’t put a score in the bank. This week our side hosts Rushy and with the way our green is running, it should be a great chance at pinching some points.

Our Melbourne Cup raffle tickets have been handed out, let’s get these sold and returned ASAP so we can have a smooth draw. Also for anyone out there that has considered giving bowls a shot we are starting night bowls at 7pm on October 19. You don’t need a team or bowls, come on down to the club and we can put you in a side and teach you the game. Even if you just want to have a look and see, come down and have refreshment.


Merrogum's Division Two travelled over the river to East Shepp and could only manage to win on one rink. At the afternoon tea break the game was all square but unfortunately things soon changed on three of the rinks.

The rink of Joe Chant, Greg Pell, John Bailey and new boy Chris French played Doug Maconachie and won by 9 shots. This was a great effort for such an inexperienced rink. After 7 ends Merrigum led 7-1 and at the break the score was 14 to 4. After 20 ends East Shepparton trailed by a single shot. In the Championship ends Merrigum outscored their opponents by 10 shots to 2.

Gary Mott drew D. Downs and went down by 10 shots. Merrigum were always in the hunt and after 16 ends 1 shot separated the teams. Over the final ends Merrigum kept in the hunt but dropped 2 fours on end 23 and 24 and thus put an end to any chance they had. They played well but just couldn’t hang on.

Barry Hubble was up against A. Heuston and lost by 11 shots. After dropping a 6 on the first end they recovered to hit the front on end 11 but once again they dropped a 6 on end 13 and this took the wind out of their sails. At end 16 they were 12 down so over the last 9 ends they outscored their rivals even allowing for a dropped 5 on the penultimate end. On paper this rink were given a great chance but you can’t drop 17 shots on 3 ends and hope to win.

In the final game John Firmer played G. Barber and lost by 20 shots. Late withdrawals weakened this rink and they found the task too big to handle especially on the unfamiliar carpet. They were only 2 shots down at the break but things got worse over the remaining part of the game.

The draw for the mens and ladies championship is on the board and the dates are there so please make an effort to have your game played on time. Games are to be played north-south, no uniform is required and you have to arrange your own marker. Games are played to 25 but can’t finish up as a tie. If you have problems getting a marker contact Joe on 0428 552 466.

Don’t forget goods for Carol’s hamper.

Our midweek team had a good win against Shepp Park. Maureen Shepherd won convincingly. Lee Chant also had a good win but unfortunately Carol Firmer was not as fortunate.

Valley View

Midweek pennant was played at Valley View in near perfect conditions.

Valley View had two close games against Moama, winning by eight shots overall.

Results: J Barrett, B Carling, B Lyon and F Gollan d J Marshall 25-23; D Isaac, N Findlay, M Topp and L Andrews d E. Milgate 28/22.

Saturday pennant got off to an early start, beginning the game at 10.30am. Valley View defeated Tongala by eight shots.

Results: R Barrett, B Greenaway, N Tomasini and S Pulsoni d L Oliver 28-24; J Barrett, J Keath, B Murray and R Donohue d K Morris 27-19; G Topp, F Findlay, D Clavell, G Beamish lost to R Davies 22-26.

There are working bees at 9am on Tuesdays. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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