YMGCR BOWLS CLUB
Midweek Pennant and the A1’s play the local derby against Yarrawonga. These contests are always a tough and close encounter and this was no exception, with YMGCR winning 10/55 to 4/51. With 1 end to play and YMGCR trailing by 1 shot, it was up to Anne Miles rink, with Siggi Rempel putting 2 good bowls and then Robyn Moore following up with another 2, YMGCR we holding 4 and when Peter Velardo also put another in the head the pressure was building. Miles then went for a bit of cover and with the head not changing YMGCR won by 4. Anne won 24/11 to secure victory and place on top of the ladder. Greg “GG” Green ‘s rink started slow being 0/8 down. They then got in front but to Yarra’s credit they came back to win 19/16. Claire Sanders rink bowled well but Yarra’s old “champ” Roger McKenzie played some big bowls to win 21/15.
A2’s travelled to Corowa RSL and lost 0/42 to 14/70. Allan Goudge lost 14/23, Garry Hart lost 16/25 and Ian Price lost 12/22. They are now 4th on the ladder.
A3’s played Yarrawonga at home winning 12/63 to 2/54. Bob Liddell rink of John Wenzel, Pam Dodman and lead Norm Winderbank had a big win 27/14 and were well backed up by Marie Whitehead rink winning 19/14. Doddy’s rink lost 17/26 and this now puts them 3rd on the ladder.
B1’s played Club Mulwala away and drew 6/59 to 8/59. Greg Fisher had a great win 27/14, Eugene Hodson just going down 20/22 and Kim Johnston losing 12/23.
Weekend Pennant had our A1’s travel to play Corowa RSL and losing 4/79 to 14/86. Michael Szabo’s rink keeps rolling along with another win 31/22. Ray Irvine got up winning a close battle 18/17, Jim LeFerve lost 15/20 and Anne Miles lost 15/27. They are still 2nd on the ladder.
A2’s played Yackandandah (love that name) at home recording their first taste of victory winning 14/81 to 4/77. With Cat going back to skipping, they recorded a solid win 22/13, Ian Price rink worked hard all day winning 24/16 and Kerry Kinnane rink jumped out of the blocks fast but got pegged back losing 18/20. With Pricey and Kinnane having 1 end each to bowl and Pricey down on the head things were looking grim with Yack just in front, but Ian played an aggressive up shot to pick up 3 shots, giving Kerry breathing space. Yackandandah were holding shot when up stepped Robert “Pinkie “ Lidgerwood and took the advantage back. When the Yack skip missed both times with his drive we had got over the line, but Kerry still had the last bowl and pondered to play it when Grumpy yelled out he would be in the B2’s next week if he proceeded. Siggi Rempel rink were 2/21 down after 9 ends and it was looking rather bleak but once they won the mat and went short things began to happen and lost 17/28. This now moves them up to 7th on the ladder.
The A4’s had a big game against Corowa RSL at home and they lost 4/80 to 14/85 with Bob Liddell winning 24/18 and Ian Morffew being well down early but fighting back to win 21/20 (still unbeaten). Steve Gann lost 13/19 and Marie Whitehead lost 18/22. They currently are 5th on the ladder.
B2’s had a bye.
Sunday had the O&M ladies and men’s pairs quarter finals at Corowa Civic and in the ladies section we had a composite team of Kerri Leask and Sue Middleton beating the mother and daughter combination of Laureen and Roanna Smith. Then in the semi final Leask and Middleton played a Wangarratta team in Jodie Fruend and Renae Hill and won comfortably. The good news got better with Anne Miles and Claire Sanders playing a great game against a very good composite team in Kylie Whitehead and Mary Tragardh and also winning comfortably. They will play in the final at a date yet to be set.
In the men’s quarter finals the Lefevre combination drew anther YMGCR side in Michael Szabo and Ray Brown with the LeFevres coming out on top. The other YMGCR team of Ray Irvine and Peter Velardo powered their way into the semi finals with a resounding victory against a Benalla team. They then had to play a Wangarratta team of Greg McDonald and Craig Fruend and in a tight game with 1 end to play trailed by 1 shot. Peter then put 2 bowls on the jack only to see the opposition trail the jack for 2. “Suger “ Ray then pulled out a blinder to sit the shot bowl and take the end and force into an extra end. Peter once again put 2 good bowls down on the jack and then Suger added to it. It then came down to the last bowl for McDonald and he missed and the YMGCR side was into the final. In the other semi the LeFevres played another Wangaratta side and losing a 5 on the first end never recovered. With all 4 players playing great bowls and the jack bouncing all over the place nearly every end, the Wang boys got through. The men’s final will be played next Sunday 20th starting at 9:30.
In the final of the novice ladies singles, Kim Johnston (playing her last game for the club) won 21/4 going back to back. All the best for your future. We will miss greatly all the work Kim did around the club.