Rochester Bowls Club has been a busy place this past two weeks with club competition games drawing to a close.
The men’s 100-up final was played between perennial winner Les Walles who has won the event seven times and a debutant in John Boyd who was on his maiden voyage in this event.
Les on a handicap of 50 and John on 30 started and Les on the first end picked up a maximum 10, only to let it slip on the next end as John came back hard with a nine.
From then on Les was chasing most of the way and congratulations to John as he won 100-75.
The men’s championship pairs was Daryl Hooper and Peter Stahl playing Bob Knight and John Boyd. Knight and Boyd got away to a quick start to gain an early lead, but Hooper and Stahl levelled the game at 12-all after picking up a seven from a wayward Knight drive.
Knight and Boyd held a six-shot lead into the last end, with their opponents picking up three, allowing Knight and Boyd to win their second pairs championship in four years.
This week will see the final of the mixed pairs championship played today from 11.30am. In the semi-finals Robert Clayton and Janis Tamburini defeated John Boyd and Lyn Moon by two shots.
The other semi-final was won by Hedley Moon and Lorraine Bond as they defeated Clive Usher and Marg Harley. Today’s action sees Clayton and Tamburini play Moon and Bond.
Congratulations to Helen Holzer who partnered Lockington’s Phillip Cunnington to win the prestigious Cunnington Cup last weekend at Lockington Bowls.
In the ladies B grade championship semi-finals Trish Costello defeated Mary Burrow and Janet Rankin got home in a good game against Yvonne Smolenaars. Trish Costello will play Janet Rankin for the B grade title.
Last Tuesday night members played a drawn fours game.
The winners of the ladies were Heather Curnick, Muriel Stack, Shirley Williams and Beryl Elliott, as 24 ladies played in the event.
The men had 32 playing in their Memorial Jack Baker Fours and the winners were John Weeks, Allan Crilly, Ron Stranger and Mal Macraild.
On Tuesday the ladies are playing a drawn triples in the morning and the men are playing their triples after a sausage sizzle at 6pm on the night.
The club’s Jack Attack series is over and another series will start in November.
On Saturday, Rochester hosted the Bendigo-Campaspe regional Pennant play off, with Eaglehawk defeating Moama by 15 shots.
The men’s annual meeting will be on April 23 from 7.30pm, and the ladies annual meeting the following night.
Lockington held the Echuca Toyota Open Fours tournament on Sunday attracting visitors from Calivil, South Bendigo, City of Echuca, Moama, Rich River, Mathoura, Rochester, Dingee, Lake Boga, and Stanhope.
At the completion of the four games of 10 ends the adopted points system revealed the Calivil rink comprising Keith Richards, Graham Maxted, Barry Meighan and Allan Leech (skip) were the winners on 93 points.
In second place was the team from Lake Boga with Noel Hender, Brandon Paley, Peter Philp and Rod Wickham (skip), scoring 82 points.
Third place went to the Ken Main rink of Kalvin Stout, Phillip Cunnington and Bill Musgrove on 81 points with the Mathoura four in Barry Ireland, Pam Limbrick, Stan Limbrick and Lindsay Vallance on 79 points with two wins and two ties in fourth place.
Club president Tom Davis acknowledged the effort from greenskeeper Ian Johnson in the presentation of the immaculate greens.
Special prize winners included Barry Williams, Allan Crilly, Bob Pratt and Bill Musgrove.
The women did not play social bowls last week due to several members attending the country week carnival at Geelong.
In club competitions, the 100-Up is nearing completion. Bill Musgrove defeated Russell Shawcross and Kalvin Stout won a close game against Ray Hanson.
Musgrove played Don Isgro for a place in the final. Isgro was in outstanding form to defeat Musgrove in a high standard game. Geoff Shawcross upset Tom Davis to record a convincing win.
The 21-Up Presidents trophy has reached an interesting stage after Ray Hanson defeated Neil Haines, Andrew Harris turned the tables on Graeme Turner to progress to the next round while Ken Main defeated Russell Shawcross. Tom Davis is to play Stout with the winner to meet Isgro in the next round.
Due to Good Friday this week, there will be no barbecue.