December 15, 2017


Tuesday saw division one have a great win against Rushworth, 78-14 to 49-2. Maria Warner had a great win against Susie Perry 31-18; Jeanette Overall secured the win by defeating Jean Sprague 31-13; and Di Downie had a close tussle with B. Garvey, going down by only two shots, 16-18.

Division two was not so lucky, losing to Stanhope 76-14 to 60-2.

Chris Popple, who took the place of Glenda Smith for the day, was the only winner, defeating M. Adams 24-14. The other two rinks went down. Sue Nihill lost to Jenny Crilley 20-33 and G. Patterson was too strong and defeated Robyn Downs 29-16. Division four had the bye.

Thursday was a busy day with the 60s and over being transferred to Tatura. A big thanks to Tatura Bowls Club for its support.

Sixties and over had 14 teams competing. Mooroopna Golf’s team, which included Carol Firmer from Merrigum, Nancye Brisbane and two Mooroopna girls, was the winner on the day.

Next Thursday is the last of the 60s and over before the Christmas break. It will be played at Mooroopna Golf.

Congratulations to Lyn Nicholson for winning the club championship, defeating Louise Hicks.

A special thanks to all our friends at the club for their concern as my son Grant had a kidney transplant last Wednesday. All is going great with both he and Tan, and they will be out of hospital in the next couple of days.

— Betty Durston


The news this week is not pleasing. Division six lost by two shots at Dookie and division four got no satisfaction at East Shepparton.

Division six had been doing well and would have been sorry to lose by the smallest of margins. Carol Firmer, Maureen Shepherd, Rob Carver and Allan Roberts played M. Feldtman and won by six shots.

They drew level after three ends and managed to keep a good lead all day. Well done. You got the only points for the club for the whole weekend.

John Bailey, Clive Baxter, Noreen Earl and Carmen Quattrocchi met Rod Harker and went down by eight shots.

This rink had been our strongest so far in division six and I am sure it will soon be back on the winning list.

It was all square on end 18 but Merrigum was outscored by eight shots over the rest of the journey.

At East Shepparton the news was not good. Joe Chant’s rink of Rob Dennis, Abby Earl and Ron Batt drew Gilbert Dallenogare and lost by one shot.

The game was close all day and the Merrigum boys needed two shots on the last end to share the prize but could only manage one.

New skipper David Pettifer was up against L. Reid and lost by two shots. Pettifer had Stan Coldwell, Neil Gardiner and Barry McMeeken.

As expected the boys had a nervous start and were down seven shots after the first five ends. However, when they settled into their game they were level on ends 11, 13 and 16.

Then they lost the next five ends to trail by six shots. In the last end with one bowl to come Pettifer’s team was holding a draw but the opposition skipper had the last say and won the game for East Shepp.

Pettifer played well and can look forward to more of the skipper’s role in the future

John Firmer, Peter Hoare, John Gilbert and Ken Phillips drew M. Rowlands and lost by 10 shots.

After 21 ends they were 13 shots down but finished well to reduce the margin to 10.

In the final game Wayne Shepherd, Peter Warburton, Greg Pell and Graeme Hubble were opposed by Ian Hall. They lost by 22 shots. The selectors will need to have a look at this combination as the results don’t reflect the ability.

Both teams are at home next week and we will be having a Christmas dinner after the game. Cost is $10 and includes all food. To help with catering phone Maureen on 58552421, John on 0447711842 or Lee on 58552245.

Midweek had a good win at Shepp Park and has its final game before the Christmas break at home against East Shepparton. Well done to Maureen, Lee and Carol.

The club championship is down to the last four: Joe Chant plays John Firmer and Jim Arthur plays Peter Hoare.

In the women’s competition, Lee Chant will play the winner of Carol Firmer and Noreen Earl’s match.

Please make sure you have tickets for Carol’s hamper because it will be drawn on Saturday night.

— Young Joe

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