Extreme weather downer

By Seymour Telegraph

Seymour VRI

Midweek pennant from the previous Tuesday saw all the Central Valley Bowls Division games cancelled due to the expected extreme hot weather conditions.

All clubs shared the points with their opponents.

Seymour VRI shared the points with Kilmore — eight each.

Weekend pennant was played at the Seymour VRI green against the team from Eildon and finished with a good win against a determined opposition desperate to stay in the finals race.

Seymour VRI won all rinks with 37 shots up overall.

Division two had a bye and made up most of the spectators watching division one on their afternoon off.

Division seven in Goulburn Valley action found their way to Dookie with the assistance of a compass and a GPS to win both of their rinks by 13 shots overall.

After last week’s loss to Broadford, division one re-grouped and played well for two rinks to win by a comfortable margin, and the other rink after some luck with a great bowl by Geoff Neal turned their fortune around and won a great game.

Seymour VRI 16-88 defeated Eildon 0-51.

Luke Spargo’s rink found form and capitalised to win five ends early in the game, being 10 shots up at the 13th end then finished to win 10 of the last 12 ends scoring a 24-shot win.

Daniel Noonan’s rink started well and although only two shots up at the 11th end worked their way to 12 shots up at the 20th end, conceded four ends to reduce the margin to a nine-shot win.

Geoff Neal’s rink after an early lead had the opposition coming back at them holding only a one-shot lead at the 19th end.

With both teams fighting it out to the finish and still with a one-shot advantage with one end to play, the last bowl played by the skipper was an absolute beauty winning the last end by three shots and four shots up for the win.

Results: P. Challis, M. Szczykulski, W. Noonan, L. Spargo (skip) 38 defeated L. Di-Bella 14.

B. Voogt, B. Dawe, C. Marsh, D. Noonan (skip) 24 defeated S. Matcham 15.

I. McBean, H. Flint, J. Purcell, G. Neal (skip) 26 defeated Steven Hall 22.

The division seven Goulburn Valley team travelled to Dookie to play against the sixth placed team — one rink had a good win and the other rink struggled and with some luck turned their game around for a 13-shot win overall.

Seymour VRI 14-55 defeated Dookie 0-42.

Wayne Flint’s rink with only three shots up at the 13th end struggled to hold their lead to be only four shots up at the 21st end, then winning three of the last four end finished with an 11-shot win.

Stephen McGregor’s rink in a competitive game never held an advantage, in fact the game lead changed on several occasions with the score level at the 21st end and being four shots down at the 23rd end scored six shots on the last two ends to win by a slender two shots.

Results: A. Nachtigal, A. Walton, D. Prudden, W. Flint (skip) 32 defeated T. Hernan 21.

J. Tuckwell, S. Crockett, R. Richards, S. McGregor (skip) 23 def. R. Harker 21.

On Saturday there will be no pennant bowls for the Central Valley Bowls Division due to the Australia Day long weekend, however the Goulburn Valley division seven side will continue to play.

The Seymour VRI team will host Hill Top who are bottom of the ladder, at the Seymour VRI green, and on Sunday the Seymour VRI Bowling Club will host a special two bowl triples tournament with big prize money being offered.


Thursday’s sausage sizzle resumed last week with a good number of hardy bowlers who practised for pennant beforehand.

Wednesday evening bowls will recommence tonight at 6pm with bowling starting at 6.30pm. The bar will be open. Bowls are available for new bowlers to use.

All midweek pennant bowls was cancelled last week when the temperature was expected to reach 40°C.

Goulburn Valley division one was well beaten by East Shepparton 0-72 to 18-116.

Division five also lost their game even though they won two rinks.

Division seven had an exciting win against Euroa coming up trumps on the last end.

Seymour 12-47 to Euroa 2-45.


Division one: Milton Howell, Dot Dillon, Bill Solomon, Robert Brown (skip) 23 lost to G. Franze 24.

Ian Ridd, Maureen Prudden, Bernie Dillon, Dale Sellick (skip) 10 lost to C. Trewren 37.

Graeme Flint, Jeff Rhue, David Atkins, Robert Baldwin (skip) 20 lost to S. Adams 25.

Eon Densworth, Steve Ellis, Wilma Atkins, Max Hammond (skip) 19 lost to A. Lawlor 30.

Division five: Di Staples, Jenny Ridd, Linda Brown, Steve Reed (skip) 13 lost to G. Murphy 39.

John Heywood, Peter Smith, Ken Butcher, Eliot Jarman (skip) 26 defeated M. McLean 23.

Allan Welsh, Graeme Prime, Mark Law, Derrick Boyd (skip) 27 defeated G. Poustie 20.

Division seven: Shane Stevenson, Pat Dawe, Margaret Callaghan, Derek Blakeman (skip) 47 defeated J. Jennings 22.

Alison Ridley, Anita Stevenson, Vin Hall, Marg Flynn (skip) 19 lost to M. Goode 23.

In the CVBD, division one Seymour lost their game by four shots to Broadford on Saturday, 2-62 to 14-66.

Division two won their game also against Broadford 13-77 to 3-57.

Division one: Lois White, Anne Cassar, Lynda Rohde, Jenny Kreemers (skip) 25 defeated D. Hogan 15.

Marg Locke, Garry Broderick, Jan Wesselman, Don Lawton (skip) 21 lost to R. Chapman 22.

Barb Plum, Carrol Harrop, Marie Maggs, Dennis Klien (skip) 16 lost to D.Kelly 29.

Division two: Sonia Jones, Lois Tomkins, Jim Bruce, Jan McCarthy (skip) 22 drew with J. Fitzgerald 22.

Trish Green, Ron Fullerton, Ken Malin, Dot Malin (skip) 35 defeated B. Smit 12.

Alice Hall, Bob Tomkins, Neal Harris, Greg Quillinan (skip) 20 lost to J. Brien 23.


The new year has certainly announced itself warmly; the past two weeks have really played havoc with everyone both physically and mentally.

Very high temperatures have seen the postponement or cancellation of pennant and social matches as well as some tournaments in the Goulburn Valley Bowls Division.

Happily the forecast top temperature for Shepparton for last Saturday was less than 40°C, allowing pennant to be played.

Unhappily, despite playing on home turf, our two sides were outplayed by their opponents and recorded overall losses for another round.

In division seven the final result only became apparent in the last end with Nagambie claiming the win after a close game.

Meanwhile division four enjoyed the company of their Merrigum counterparts, and managed to get two teams over the line by small margins while the other two went down convincingly, giving the visitors the overall win.

One of our newest players experienced his first pennant match — hopefully he hasn’t been discouraged by the result.

Congratulations to Josh and partner on the recent birth of their first child.

No results for the midweek pennant thus far as the heat rule saw the postponement of matches on January 15 and it’s quite likely that yesterday’s round was cancelled due to extreme heat.

Birthday greetings this week to Ken and Graham; belated birthday greetings to Geoff for last week. Ken is back on his feet after a stint in hospital and was a welcome onlooker at Saturday’s game.

Get well wishes are extended to Graham.

As more hot weather is expected in the coming week it is very important that we all keep ourselves hydrated and out of the heat as much as we can.