Merrigum bowls

November 03, 2017

Division four hosted Shepparton RSL and hung on to win narrowly by three shots.

Merrigum won three of the rinks to score 87 to 84.

John Firmer was the last skipper to finish. He had a torrid day but fortunately for the host he managed to win the last two ends.

Division six travelled to Stanhope and split the rinks.

John Bailey had a great win by 11 shots but unfortunately Neil Gardiner’s rink lost by 28 shots.

Still it is encouraging to be able to field two pennant teams each week.

Next week division six has a bye.

The big winner in division four was the team of Jim Arthur, Dave Pettifer, Rob Carver and Chris French.

It defeated John Saxon by 10 shots.

At the conclusion of end 20 Merrigum led by a single shot.

The Merrigum combination won the last five ends to give the club enough of a lead to win the match.

Wayne Shepherd, Carol Firmer, Greg Pell and Graeme Hubble played J. Rowan and won by two shots.

The game see-sawed all day and after 17 ends the scores were level.

Over the concluding ends Merrigum picked up a five and a four but also dropped a four to hang on to win by the slim margin of two shots,

Joe Chant’s rink played Joyce Johnson and had a similar result.

Joe had Rob Dennis, Abby Earl and Ron Batt.

Merrigum skipped away to a good lead and then went to sleep to the extent that by the 15th end the scores were all locked up.

RSL then went on with the job and by end 18 led by five shots.

Merrigum won five of the last seven ends but dropped five shots on end 21.

John Firmer, John Gilbert, B. McMeeken and Ken Phillips drew J. Thewlis and lost by 11 shots.

They began badly and at end nine were 12 shots in arrears.

To their credit they matched RSL over the the next ends to ensure we had the chance to gain some valuable early points.

At Stanhope, John Bailey, Clive Baxter, Noreen Earl and Carmen Quattrocchi played G. Poole and won by 11 shots.

It is encouraging to see these players making improvements each game. Well done.

Neil Gardiner’s team of Sally Taylor, Al Dennis and Allan Roberts was no match for C. Weller.

It had some good ends and will be better for the experience.

Our mid-week team had the bye but this week it travels to Euroa and division four goes to Shepparton Park for its next game on Saturday.

We have four days for the Victorian Open so will need all hands on deck during this time.

— Young Joe

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