City of Echuca’s Division One weekend pennant side secured a much-needed win when they defeated top-side Mathoura, by 4 shots on Saturday. Played at Echuca, the overall game was close all afternoon and came down to the last end of the day, where the Echuca side was able to hold on for victory. Each of the games in this encounter was close, with Echuca having two winning rinks and Mathoura one. Our Division Two side traveled to play at Mathoura and found the competition tough, eventually going down by 9 shots. Gary Hunter and his team of Carly Taylor, Eddie Blampied and John O’Brien continued to combine well and won their game by 3 shots. Division Three played Deniliquin RSL at home and needed to win to stay in touch of the top four. After another close game, the Echuca side held on for a 6-shot victory. George Mills, Kevin McAsey, Jim Thomas and Daryl Phyland won their game by 15 shots. Division Four also played at Mathoura and went down by 22 shots overall. The Division Five side had a very close overall battle with Deniliquin RSL and finished the day one shot in the lead. Col Walker, John Simpson, John Dignan and John Catanese won their game by 2 shots and the David Peck skipped side went down by one shot.
The Division One mid-week side also secured another strong win when they played Rich River at home on Friday. After being down early in this encounter, the Echuca players finished strongly to win by 9 shots overall. Veronica Kelly, Leica Roney, Sue Proctor and Lorna Phyland played consistently all day to win their game by 21 shots. The Division Two side also played Rich River and ran out winners by 16 shots. Marg Shearer, Ellie McGowan, Isobel Tyson and Anne Vanderkley had a great day of bowls, winning their game by 22 shots. Echuca’s Division Three side also played Rich River and although they were in touch with the opposition all day, they could not bridge the gap, eventually losing by 13 shots overall.
Several Echuca teams played in tournaments over the weekend, and congratulations to Gary Hunter, Lyn Snell and Tony Hawley who won the K Bosse/GTS triples event at Tongala on Sunday.
- Twilight triples – Monday, January 16th
- Gary Hunter, Lyn Snell and Tom Maher
- Ivan Hicks, Jeanette Breen and George Bomm
- Mens’ Pairs – Thursday, January 19th
- Geoff Halden and Peter Walton
- Ivan Hicks and Dennis Portwine
Vouchers: Roy Jackson, KD Martin, John Brown, Phil Denham and Peter Lomas