Weekly Report January 16


Saturday Pennant had the A1’s travel to Corowa RSL on what turned out to be a wet and wild Friday night game with several of our new players up against their old side for the first time.  The team was determined to get them a win and they did winning 16/87 to 2/62.  Scott Widdison rink was in control all night, Presnell leading beautifully, Ray “Wrong Bias” Irvine and Disco Davies all having solid games and Scotty just topped the team off with some great bowls.  They won 31/16.  Michael Szabo’s rink is looking rock solid and the team is combining well.  They won 24/16.  Jimmy Lefevre rink just continues to go on their merry winning way and won 19/12.  Les Spencer’s rink got jumped at the start but fort back to lose 13/18.  YMGCR is 2nd on the ladder and next week’s game against arch rival Wodonga at home will have a huge bearing on the makeup of the final 4.

A2’s played Yackandandah at home and won 18/106 to 0/50.  With the last game before the break being a debacle a good win was needed to get the season back on track.  Losing Robert Lidgerwood before the game saw the selectors make a few changers and they all worked out well.  Ray Brown’s rink was in control from the 1st end and won 32/11, Cat got back on the winners list to also record a big win 29/9 and Laureen battled hard all day to run out with a good win 27/14.  Greg Green playing his first game of the year as a skip had an epic battle and took it to the 20th end to take the lead winning 18/16. That now puts us back in the 4 and our percentage also got a much needed boost.

Unfortunately the A4’s were to play Corowa RSL at home but due to the 2nd green being out of order, they had to play at Corowa and lost 2/66 to 16/74.  Ian Morffew rink won again 23/17, Rob Hummel battled hard all day and lost 13/17 as did Bob Evans also losing 13/17 and Marie Whitehead lost 17/23.  If this game was played on our green the outcome could have been a lot different.

B2’s played Corowa RSL at home but lost 0/35 to 14/85.  Terry Matthews rink was the best losing 11/26, Ross Lloyd lost 12/30 and Billy Butterworth lost12/29.

The selectors would like to thank all the players who filled in at the last moment.  Thank you for helping your club out to put teams out on the green.

Midweek Pennant had the A1’s play last year’s premiers Wodonga at home where Wodonga dominated for most of the game, BUT the fighting spirit of YMGCR came back to win 14/58 to 0/52. After the 1st end, Miles and Spencer both dropped a 5 and Sanders dropped a 2; 0/12 and the battle was on!  Miles was down 0/10 but found a way to slowly get her rink back in the game and on her 20th end they hit the front for the first time and won 19/16.  Sanders was having a hard but close game and on his 20th end hit the front for the first time and won 17/16.  Spencer’s rink waited to the 21st end.  They picked up a 5 to get them over the line winning 22/20.

A2’s played Moira at home and won 12/69 to 2/59.  Looks like we have another really good skip in Mick Vaughan (playing skip for the 1st time for his new club).  They had a resounding win 28/12. Young Stuart McNeill rink got off to a bad start, but the rink just keeps finding a way to win and got there again winning 26/22.  Ray Brown’s lost 15/25.  This puts us 2nd on the ladder 1 point from top.

A3’s travelled to Wangaratta and won 10/67 to 4/50. The rink of Les Balfour, Pam Dodman, Sue Evans and Lyn Baxter got the team over the line winning 38/17 and to top their great day off they picked up an 8 on the last end…magnificent.  Danny McNeill played in another close game and lost 17/18 (he has now lost by 1 shot in his last 2 games).  Marie Whitehead lost 12/19. They currently sit 2nd on the ladder.

B1’s game at Swanpool was cancelled due to storm damage.  The game will be played at a later date.

This week “RINK OF THE WEEK” goes to Ray Brown, Bill Jenkins, Col Withers and Norm Windebank with 32/11 on a count back from Les Balfour, Pam Dodman, Sue Evans and Lyn Baxter who got 38.

On Wednesday the Semi Final and Final of the O&M Over 60’s Ladies Pairs was played at YMGCR and in great news Laureen Smith and Claire Sanders won the final and will now represent the O&M at Bendigo.  They did it the hard way by beating Anne Miles and Sharon Warfe (Benalla) in the Semi and then beating Mary Tragardh and Cheryl Lewis (Composite side).

Also on Wednesday we had social bowls and we had 20 players, and with 2 wins and +16 the winners were Norm Windebank and Noel Millar and the runners up with 2 wins and +13 were MIck Klodinski and Doug McTeir.

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