Corowa Civic Bowls
Midweek Pennant - all teams played away.
Division 1 travelled to Yarrawonga and the results were disappointing.
J. White 21-33, K. Taylor 18-33, C. Hendren 15-30.
Our players struggled playing on the artificial surface but to their credit Yarrawonga were playing consistent bowls.
A big improvement needed this week.
Division 3 played Myrtleford, with one rink up and two down we were still able to finish with a win on the day.
B. Docherty 18-37 struggled and were outplayed on the day.
G. McFarlane’s rink 20-23 had a very close tussle going down by just 3 shots.
G. Rowe’s rink were the stars of the day with a brilliant 39-7 win giving the team a 10 shot win, very well played.
Division 4 travelled to Swanpool and not only found the green very difficult, but Swanpool were playing extremely well and Civic were well beaten.
It was a day to forget, don’t lose confidence as this week is a different game and things will be back on track once again.
Two club finals were decided this week.
Mixed Pairs 100up handicap - Frank Hicks, Marie Lewsey played Travis McDonald, Maree Lewis.
Marie and Frank had a nervous start but settled to play some very good bowls.
The mother and son combination of Maree and Travis were playing a consistent good line and there was little between both teams all game.
Congratulations to our winners Maree Lewis and Travis McDonald and well done to runners up Marie Lewsey and Frank Hicks.
Ladies Club Triples - Genise McFarlane, Eileen Ide and Maree Lewis played Sue Curtis, Judy Willett and Barbara Pulling.
The game was played over 18 ends and Genise’s team were right on track getting off to a great start however as the game progressed Sue’s team started to find their line and close the gap.
The game was decided on the last end by one shot.
Sue, Jude and Barbara were able to hold on as the winners, Genise, Eileen and Maree runners up.
Congratulations, well played by all.
Weekend Pennant - First Semi Final
Civic Bowls Club A1’s travelled to Wodonga on Saturday to take on Yarrawonga/Mulwala GCR in a ‘do or die’ semi-final.
Civic appeared well tuned for the task ahead of them as 3 of the 4 rinks got off to a good start and after 5 ends each they lead 23/14.
The game tightened up, as expected from YMGCR and by afternoon tea break Civics’ lead was cut back to 6 shots but still had all 4 rinks up.
Over the last 10-12 ends Civic gained supremacy and were soon 20 shots up, an advantage they held to the end, winning 104/78 with 3 rinks up.
Col Hendren’s rink, comprising Len Reynoldson, Alec Martin and Bill Davison were the star performers scoring on 15 ends and adding 18/6 after the tea break to win well on 36/17.
Dawn Hayman’s rink also won well on 25/17 and allowed their opponents only 9 ends.
Tom Webb’s rink went ‘toe to toe’ for 20 ends but added 9/2 on the last 6 ends to win well at 21/15.
Max Scanlan also had a very close encounter but the opposition finished a little stronger and they eventually went down 22/29.
This win was a very good team effort with all players contributing.
This Saturday Civic will play Wodonga in the preliminary final, location not known at time of this report going to press - supporters, let’s all be there to urge our team along.
On Sunday, February 18, further quarter and semi-finals of the Men’s and Ladies State Pairs were played at Civic - results to be announced later.
In the Club Men’s Triples event Max Scanlan, Tom Hynes and Steve Rodway have advanced to the final, to be played at a date to be announced.
Also on Sunday last a large gathering of members and supporters enjoyed 2 short games of bowls then a superb luncheon provided by the members at the annual ‘60 reverse’ event.
This event creates great excitement as ticket holders are eliminated - as is usual practice the final 4 participants were given the option of proceeding or splitting the prize money.
Share it they did and the lucky 4 were Ian Bilney, Michael Shelley, Frank Martin and Bill Docherty.
Thanks go to the organisers for a very enjoyable day.
Business House Fours commenced last Wednesday with some 20 odd teams competing over four weeks for good prize money.
Now that pennant has, or is about to finish, the club hopes to see many bowlers attending social bowls on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturdays.
Monday, February 19 sees a round of ‘60 and over’ at Civic with some 100 bowlers anticipated to attend.
Corowa Services Bowls
Hopes of any finals glory ended last Saturday when B2 Division went down 71-76 to Benalla at Wangaratta.
Stan McLarty’s winning rink on 29-16 was not enough to sustain the other losses (Berwyn Baddeley in a rare loss 23-28 and Bob Ronnfeldt losing 19-32).
There’s just one more week of pennant rounds to go to determine finals positions for the Midweek sides.
All attention for finals hopes have now turned to the top performing Services side, Midweek A3’s.
Currently placed 3rd on the ladder after a draw 72-72 at home to Wangaratta, the side is positioned well for a finals berth.
Last Tuesday they finished just one rink up but it was enough to pull through with the draw. Peter Summerill’s rink, with Pam Lee, Margaret Barber and third Berwyn Baddeley, offset the losses on rinks skippered by David Lewis and Brenton Ketchell.
A1’s Midweek suffered a loss overall when Susie Swift’s rink crashed in a 12-31 horror story. Wins for both Peter Browne’s and Lorraine Carmody’s rinks just couldn’t keep the opposition at bay and the side went down 68-76 overall and a precarious 7th ladder position.
Come on A1’s, hang in there!
B2 Midweek had a loss at Mitta, with all rinks down on the day and a current ladder position 8th.
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