Well the ’Hazy Lazy Crazy ’ days of Christmas break are over and it’s back to business.
Pennant training is back Tuesday evening from 5pm and every Tuesday and Thursday until further notice.
The coach is away supporting young Cameron, who is playing for Victoria against South Australia in the ’Under 18 Competition’, from January 9-11, but that’s no reason for slacking!
The Rochester Men’s Fours (Star) Tournament is on Thursday, January 11 starting 9.30am.
This is the rescheduling of the tournament that was cancelled in November due to being washed out.
Rochester Ladies Morning 4s competition is on Wednesday, January 10 starting 9.30am.
Ladies Social Bowls is on Tuesday, January 9 and the ladies meeting is at 1pm.
The Friday Roast evenings start again this Friday January 12.
Although there has been no Pennant, the greens have been full these sunny mornings, with people playing games in the various club competitions.
The final of the Ladies Championship was played between Serena Sholl and Heather Curnick with Heather triumphing for the second year running.
14 players enjoyed Ladies’ Tuesday social bowls on December 19.
The winning team was H. Curnick, S. Scholl, C. Cakebread and M. Burrow.
The raffle winner was H. Curnick.
Members welcomed Pat Hogan, who is visiting from Darwin.
The club entered the New Year by staging the annual Moama Bowling Club sponsored Open Fours on Thursday.
This popular event attracted 112 bowlers from Calivil, City of Echuca, Cohuna Golf, Deniliquin, Dingee, Elmore, Gunbower, Moama, Mathoura, Pyramid Hill, Rich River, Rochester, Serpentine, Stanhope, Tongala plus several Lockington members.
Club president Tom Davis welcomed all bowlers and thanked the greenkeeper Ian Johnson for another great effort in the preparation of the excellent greens.
Bowlers competed in four games of 10 ends and the overall performances were fairly even.
At the completion of the four games there were two teams undefeated. Moama Bowling Club Board member Stuart Sutton assisted with the presentations.
Based on a points system, the winning rink comprised Peter Broom, Rob Young, Robert Wastell and Kevin Brennan (s) from Moama with 108 points including a maximum 30 points from game three.
The runners-up were the Mathoura four including Paul Clear, David Murray, Doug Berryman and Lindsay Vallance (s) on 103 points.
In a marathon countback a third-placing was decided in favour of Tommy Todd’s Deniliquin rink with 86 points ahead of Norm Hodge 84, Mick Carmody 83, Wally Fehring 83, Hedley Moon 82, John Dinsdale 81, Michael Holmes 81, Brian Jones 81 and Allan Leech 78.
The special competition winners included Graham Maxted (major), Eddie Smith, Tom Davis, Ray Price and Roly Head.
Tournament secretary Chris Stewart thanked all bowlers for their continued support along with the sponsor and a special mention for the outstanding effort from Pauline Humbert and her ladies committee in the preparation of the fine lunch and afternoon tea.
Margaret Davis was acknowledged for her assistance in organising the scoresheets and conditions of play.
Stewart also thanked Tom Davis, Russell Shawcross, Alan Kauffman and David Lupton for their effort in assembling the field while he was in hospital and rehabilitation.
On Saturday, Ray Hanson represented the club in the CVBD Champion of Champions played at Rich River.
Having a bye in the first round, Hanson had to play the winner of the Matt Liverton (Moama) - David ‘Crackers’ Keenan (Rochester) game. Liverton defeated Keenan 25-22 in a clasic match.
Hanson tried valiantly against the more experienced Liverton, but as the match progressed his opponent was able to match any challenge he provided, Liverton winning the game 25-7.
In the semi-final Liverton defeated Tim Noar (Rich River) 25-9 while Phillip Thorn (City of Echuca) defeated Steve Hammond (Tongala) 25-24 with his final bowl. Hammond was leading 24-23 and holding game before Thorn played a miraculous bowl to grab two shots and win the match.
The final was played out in extreme heat with Thorn gaining the early ascendency and keeping Liverton at bay to win the title 25-18.
Congratulations to Vern Rehe (Moama) in finishing runner-up in the Bowls Victoria Bowling Arm State Singles played at Frankston last week. Rehe was defeated 21-18 in the final.
Joan Moss (City of Echuca) was defeated in the semi-final of the ladies State Bowling Arm Singles.
Pennant competitions resume this week. Trusting the weather is kind and all teams can string together a few wins and make the top four. Good luck.