RSL fall agonisingly short of first win

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Deniliquin RSL Bowling Club’s Division One were so close to their first win of the Campaspe Valley Bowls Division season, suffering a five shot overall loss to Rich River on Saturday.

Playing at home RSL managed to claim two rink wins, but a heavy loss on one rink saw them go down overall, 71 to 66.

Tony Tonta with his team of Frank Daniels, Craig Taylor and Ken Riddle led by just a shot at the tea break, 13 to 12.

Rich River took the first four ends after the break, scoring heavily with 11 shots to lead 23 to 13 on the 17th end.

RSL staged a dogged comeback, clawing their way back into the game to win all the remaining eight ends to finish two shots in front.

Final score, RSL 25 to Rich River 23.

Daryl Weymouth’s team of Jim Jennings, Jenny Tonta and David Hart were tied at 11-all on the 14th end in a tight contest.

The home side bowled consistently to take 10 of the 11 remaining ends, scoring to run away to an emphatic 13 shot victory.

Final score, RSL 28 to Rich River 15.

Ken Wellard, Michael Howe, Peter Liefting and Larry Seeley were never in a strong position on their rink.

Down 19 to 6 at the tea break on the 13th end, any chance of resurgence was quickly squashed with Rich River dominating ends 14 to 19, taking 12 shots and subsequently cruising to a 20 shot win.

Final score, Rich River 33 to RSL 13.

Division Three claimed two big rink wins against Echuca and with a single shot defeat on the third rink, they recorded a huge overall 45 shot win, 102 to 57.

Playing on their home greens, Ron Marchetti (s), Tim Dover, Lee Pattinson and Chris Frampton had a great start, taking a ‘five’ on the first end.

They continued strongly up until the break pushing their lead out to 25 to 4 on the 13th.

Echuca fought back to take the next six ends, however RSL wrested the initiative back, claiming four of the last six ends to win convincingly by 16 shots.

Final score, RSL 34 to Echuca 18.

Rod Reid’s grouping of Don McCalman, Winnie Pattinson and Alan Hodges conceded a ‘three’ on the first end, but from that point on they combined brilliantly to shut Echuca out of the game completely.

They only conceded another seven shots for the game while taking 20 ends and amassing 40 shots themselves for an emphatic victory.

Final score, RSL 40 to Echuca 10.

Glenn Thomson and his team of Cheryl Bradley, Brian Clancy and Tony Connor were locked in a tight contest early but they broke away to lead 20 to 13 after 13 ends.

Echuca fought back, bowling consistently to grab the lead 27 to 26 on the 23rd end.

In an exciting finale RSL took two shots on the 24th end to lead by a single shot, only for Echuca to score a ‘two’ on the final end for a single shot victory.

Final score, Echuca 29 to RSL 28.

Despite Max Connor’s team suffering their first rink loss for the season, RSL’s Division Five recorded an overall victory by 13 shots against Mathoura, taking a 54 to 41 win at home.

The undefeated run of Max Connor, Sandra Hill, Graham Gordon and John Wilson came to an end with Mathoura leading throughout.

The home team closed within a shot on the 21st end but Mathoura composed themselves to take three of the final four ends to win by five shots overall.

Final score, Mathoura 23 to RSL 18.

Neville Austin’s grouping of Miro Peterman, Lyn Hardcastle and Jim Rhook saved the day for RSL, bowling consistently from the outset to lead 22 to 7 after the 14th end.

Mathoura fought back strongly, taking the next six ends and 11 shots to trail 22 to 18 on the 20th end.

However RSL dominated the final six ends, scoring 14 shots to cruise to an 18 shot victory.

Final score, RSL 36 to Elmore 18.

Division Five are the ladder leaders after eight rounds, with a top of the table clash against Moama Red on Saturday.