Bowling on regardless

December 07, 2017

The Ted Briggs 30th Memorial bowls tournament went down a treat at the Benalla Bowls Club last week. Mr Briggs' son XX is pictured here competing.

The weekend’s wild weather did not stop a midweek tournament celebrating the life of a Benalla Bowls Club legend.

Last Wednesday saw the Ted Briggs 30th Memorial Tournament, where 36 teams of three (108) bowlers took to the greens for a day of competition in remembrance of Ted.

A former club champion, president and state representative, Ted is still fondly remembered by many members in Benalla.

Bowls club secretary Graham Moore said it was a suitable memorial tournament for a great man.

‘‘He was a legend back in the day, he’s a club champion and president and played for Victoria. People still talk about him, and having Geoff competing was fantastic.

‘‘We welcomed teams from across Victoria — from Altona North, Newport and Essendon, Yarraville, Benalla, Bendigo, Eildon, Euroa, Moama, Shepparton Park, Shepparton Golf, Wangaratta and Yarrawonga, plus composite teams,’’ he said.

Special guests on the day were Ted’s widow Aylene Briggs, their son Geoff, and his wife Jenni Briggs.

The tournament saw four games of two bowl triples of 14 ends played.

Winners were a Bendigo team, skip Doug Bennet, with Mick Manning and Barry Whiffen, with four wins and 38 shots up. The winners’ names will be engraved on the Ted Briggs Memorial Board.

Runners-up after a count back was Benalla team, skip Bill Armstrong, with Ian Hobson and Ted Armstrong, with four wins and 34 shots up.

In other results, the midweek pennant A1 side won away against YMGCR 76-57.

The A2 side lost 52-79 away to Mansfield. The division four side won at home to Rutherglen 82-60. And division five lost 60-91 away to Kiewa Valley.

At indoor bowls last week two games of eight ends were played. Winners were V. King, J. Lemin, G. Green and L. Watson. Runners-up were R. Richards, J. Holmes, M. Price and Jack Lemin.

At Swanpool, the club’s green will be up and running after the Christmas break, with the greenkeeper working hard with consultant Adrian Pantly.

The pennant sides have had mixed results. Swanpool defeated top A4 team Wodonga by three shots recently, and defeated Corowa Civic the following Tuesday by 15 shots.

Monday was the beginning of the Mens and Ladies Club Championships, starting at 7pm, and continuing every Monday night.

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