Echuca-Moama and district bowls notes | June 30-July 6

Good turnouts: Strong fields and good weather attracted bowlers in the past week. Photo by Megan Fisher

Rich River

Tuesday, June 28

Ladies indoor bowls had a strong field of 11 players enjoying their social games. The winning team for the day was Pat Sehestedt, Roma Bowman and Barb Dashwood.

Ladies indoors was not played on Tuesday, July 5, but will be back next week. All are welcome, from champions to novices. For a game next week, phone Joyce Brereton on 5482 1242.

Wednesday, June 29

Great weather attracted a field of 24 players for the men’s three-bowl pairs. The winning pair was Ron Bentley and Adrian Costello, the only pairs winners with 78 points.

Second place went to Barry Devlin and John Armstrong with 54 points, while Leon Sharp and Robert Thomas were in third place on 53 points.

With the jackpot at $100, Bentley and Costello were not successful in their attempt to win it.

Men’s three-bowl pairs will be nominated teams (single entries excepted).

Remember you can book via the bowls office by phoning 5481 3390 and leaving a message. Good bowling for the rest of the week.


Millewa two-bowl triples

There was a good turnout of 26 teams for the Milewa two-bowl triples, which was sponsored by Tongala and District Community Bank branch and Mathoura Agency Bendigo Bank.

Over the two days the weather gods were very kind and everyone enjoyed some winter sunshine.

Saturday was three games of 16 ends and at the end of the day’s play there were five three-game winners.

After the two games were played there were only two five-game winners, so a play-off was required to decide the winner and runner-up.

Winners from Ocean Grove were Andrew Wright, Rob Edwards and skip Allan Callow.

Runners-up from Tongala were S. Usher, P. Cooper and skip P. Lyon.

Third spot saw a real contest between six teams including G. Nesbit (78), B. Mansbridge (82), Som (86), K. Webster (87), P. Clear (88) and S. Limbrick (88). A tied score meant it had to go to shots up.

S. Limbrick was the third place-getter with 52 shots up to P. Clear with 29 shots.

Best winning margin in Sunday games went to K. Webster (Whittlesea) and P. Holzer (Rochester).

Thank you to all the club staff for help in making it a very good place to be and for helping out with the background work that makes life easy for us all.

Rocket, well done on a very well run tournament, and to Peter Wilson for the good greens we played on and all who helped with selling raffle tickets and other jobs across the two days.

Thank you to our sponsors Tongala and District Community Bank and Mathoura Agency Bendigo Bank, a bank that supports the small towns with branches that service the community.


President Trevor Rickard and board members held a meeting with Campaspe Shire Mayor Christine Weller and chief executive officer Tim Tamlin last Friday to discuss the club’s strategic plan. Club members were supported by Anthony Nicholls, of Club Builder, and discussions were healthy and informative.

Thursday pairs winners were Jerome Shaw and John Dinsdale, with runners-up Bill Cook and Max Clifford.

On Saturday, Di Payne and Bluey Charman were winners, with Bill Cook and Tom Maher runners-up.

The sun on Monday was pleasant but the temperature was still low. Winners were Kevin Scolyer and Daryl La Velle. Runners-up were Steve Nolan and Kevin McAsey.

Echuca members congratulate Moama’s Cass Millerick, who was part of the Victorian team which won 4-1 test matches against Tasmania last weekend at Karingal.

Moama RSL

Indoor bowls results

Monday, July 4

Eighteen players played three games of 10 ends.

The winners on 48 points were N. Hardy (skip), P. Kerr (third) and M. Kane (lead).

Runners-up with 40 points were P. Reyment (skip), Mary Kuypers (third) and M. Clancy (lead).

Consolation prizes went to C. Glass, L Portwine and C. Hicks.

Moama Bowling Club

Men’s Tuesday triples winners: Ken Black, Col Struthers and A. Wright.

Runners-up: Graham Iredell and Russell Kelly.

First-game winners: John Shaw, Alan Cook and Tony Hawley.

Second-game winners: G. Edwards and Stuart Sutton.

Ladies scroungers winner: Mary Kuypers.

Runner-up: Rhonda Soloman.

Rink one winner: Lois Barbary.

Rink two winner: Elaine Thomas.

Rink three winner: Jill Marshall.

Rink four winner: Susan Abraham.

Men’s Thursday pairs winners: John Swan and Peter Campbell.

Runners-up: Laurie Quinton and Barry Barbary.

First-game winners: Wally Wadge and John Shaw.

Second-game winners: Graham Iredell and Russell Kelly.

Saturday open pairs winners: Peter Walton and Nev Bullard.

Runners-up: Lyn Snell and Tony Hawley.

First-game winners: Di O’Bryan and Dennis O’Bryan.

Second-game winners: Alex McQuarrie and Graham O’Brien.


The club is running the popular game of scrounge on a Wednesday afternoon, starting at 1pm. Names to be listed before 12.45pm.

Last week, the early stars were Neil Haines and Russwell Shawcross showing pre-season pennant form. Ray Hanson and John Fisher were also standouts. Scrounge will continue with weather permitting while the greens are rolling well.

Lockington Bowls Club members were saddened to learn of the passing of two of our valued members.

Ken Gibbons passed away on June 12. Gibbons was a prominent bowler who enjoyed the company of all bowlers and was a consistent performer in pennant and the 60-and-over competition. The club offers sincere condolences to the Gibbons and O'Brien families.

Don Isgro also passed away recently. Isgro was a prominent member of the club for almost 40 years, winning four club championships and six 100-up championship titles.

Isgro also excelled as a division one skipper and won many local and district tournaments. He was always willing to attend these events to represent the club and enjoy the company of other bowlers.

He enjoyed success at the 1989-90 CVBA-RVBA State Pairs with Russell "Sam" Watson. Isgro also collected the CVBA-RVBA B-grade pairs title and the Southern Riverina Singles championship, which was played at the Barham Bowling Club.

Further success came in winning the CVBA-RVBA State Veteran Singles title in 2005-2006.

He was well known around the various clubs, especially for his favourite cliche "I have a looka" before inspecting the head. Deepest condolences to the Isgro family on its sad loss.

A team travelled to Mathoura at the weekend for the Millewa triples. Russell Shawcross, Ken Main and Brian Kinnane competed on both days and the results are in the wind.

Around the club there have been various improvements implemented. Concrete paths have been installed along the banks, while the structures have been painted with a new colour scheme.

The popular Friday night teas will begin in late August.