The club held its opening day for season 2017/18 on Sunday evening.
Senior vice president Russell Shawcross and lady president Pauline Humbert welcomed a fine gathering of members and friends and wished all a successful and happy season of bowls.
The respective club champions, Leanne McInnes and Russell Shawcross, were involved in the official opening as McInnes rolled the first kitty to a short-medium end while Shawcross delivered the first bowl to finish near the kitty.
Members and guests were then treated to an impressive casserole tea followed by sweets.
The first Friday barbecue tea will be held on September 29.
Several members attended local tournaments over the weekend as Leanne McInnes combined with Lyn Snell to win a few games at the Joyce Thorn two-day pairs at City of Echuca Bowls Club.
On Saturday, Ian Johnson, Don Isgro and Russell Shawcross (s) competed in the Rochester Bowls Club two-bowl triples tournament winning three games, losing one and drawing the other.
At the 60 and over competition, played at the Moama Bowling Club on Wednesday, the day was interrupted by rain and the cards were fanned.
Kevin Humbert and Ian Johnson were teamed with a couple of Moama legends and were fortunate to win second prize, another chook for the oven.
The women will hold a triples tournament on Friday commencing at 10am. Contact Kath Palmer 5486 2314 for details.
On Sunday, October 15, the club will stage a mixed pairs two by four by two event starting at 1pm. For entries, please contact Chris Stewart 5486 2607. The club booklet will be printed in the near future.
PREPARATIONS for the coming season have started in earnest, as of this afternoon (Tuesday, September 12) Tuesday and Thursday night trainings will begin at 5pm under the tutelage of David Keenan until further notice.
Next Tuesday after training there will be a meeting for pennant players.
On the agenda is the appointment of selectors.
There will be nomination forms in the foyer for nominations to the positions.
The first of the Rochester tournaments, a two bowls triple, took place on Saturday.
One-hundred and fourteen players took part and the winners were Wayne Goodear, Gary Williams and Charlie Williams from Elmore.
Runners-up were Barry Brennan, Rob Wastell and Brian Davies from Moama.
Third place was close fought with K. Maynard’s team from Moama losing out to Alby, Rob and Jack Clough from Bendigo East on a count back 22-23.
Ladies’ social bowls took place on Tuesday, September 5.
Twelve members braved the freezing weather, then socialised over a shared lunch.
The winners were Lyn Moon, Ev Nichol and Mary Burrow and Beryl Elliot won the raffle.
Rochester is being represented in the state 60 and over singles tournament on Thursday and will be represented in the tournament at Mathoura.
Please note the date of the women’s meeting has changed to 10am on Wednesday.
A special mention must be made of the sterling effort of the club women handling the catering needs of three funerals on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday last week, followed by the tournament on Saturday.
On a sad note, Kay Houlihan, beloved wife of Gavin Houlihan, a long time member of the bowls club, past away suddenly.
Her funeral was exceptionally well attended, reflecting the affection and esteem with which this lady was held in the community.
The whole club extends its collective, heart felt condolences to Gavin and his family.