Toc. team misses final

By Southern Riverina News


Tocumwal featured in the Murray Bowls Division State Pairs semi finals at Cobram on Sunday.

Men’s pair Chris Philpot and Roy Taylor were knocked out of the finals race 28 to 13 by eventual winners Barry Cosgrove (Wunghnu) and Joe Luci (Numurkah Golf).

Ladies winners were Cobram’s Marj McDonald and Eve Saunders.

Tocumwal’s 2018 has officially closed for the bowlers and with club competitions, Trade Days, pennant and state events finishing up.

Friday evening the bowlers got together for Christmas Cheer with three lucky teams going home with hams, turkeys and Christmas cake.

Social bowls on Tuesday was also a Christmas theme with a Kris Kringle pass the parcel and a lot of laughter.

The pennant teams finished this part of the season with Tocumwal’s Friday Division One losing to Numurkah Golf, 85 to 51, seeing Toc. remain third on ladder.

Division Two lost to Picola 67 to 53 to also sit third on ladder.

Saturday pennant results were as follows:

Division Two - Tocumwal 1 (top of ladder) lost to Berrigan 102 to 84.

Division Three - Tocumwal 2 (third) def. Cobram 3, 77 to 51.

Division Four - Tocumwal 3 (top) def. Berrigan 2 47 to 32; Tocumwal 4 (fifth) def. Barooga Sports 48 to 34.

Tocumwal Golf and Bowls Club bowlers wish all their team mates and the other clubs in the district a wonderful Christmas and a safe and happy new year.

Finley BC

The Northern Triples event was held at Finley on Tuesday last week and was very successful.

The event attracted 16 teams and play was at a high standard throughout the three games.

Only two teams emerged with three wins and 45 points.

The Berrigan team of Neville Bourke and David and Roger Reynoldson was declared the winner on a percentage basis.

Runner-up team from Deni RSL embraced Tony Tonta, Ron Marchetti, and Sandra Hill.

The next round will be played on February 5 at Deniliquin RSL Club.

Friday’s pennant against Barooga was evenly divided and shared the points (8-8) but Barooga held too many shots and won the game overall by 12 shots, 75 to 63.

The devastation of the previous week was soon forgotten when Division Two played Numurkah at home.

All four teams won for a margin of 22 shots, 101 to 79 (16-0).

Div. Four received a walk-over from Katandra West, choosing to play a practice competition with Tim’s team being best performed.

There is no pennant matches now until January 12, 2019.

Some nearby clubs are holding tournaments and players are urged to support these events, if possible.

The 70th anniversary of the club was held on Saturday evening in conjunction with the Christmas party.

A smorgasbord meal was served and entertainment was provided by Jade Camden, who was in fine voice.

After all formalities, the birthday cake was cut by Life Members Marie and Ray Koschel with Mick Chaplin.

Unfortunately, the effect of the evening was diminished somewhat by the lack of support from many bowlers, who may have played pennant earlier.

The semi finals of the ladies championship will be played on Tuesday afternoon.

These games will provide good entertainment . Tracey plays Heather and Nan plays Gayle with games commencing at 4.30pm.

Brandon Mison defeated Matt Hannan in their championship game on Sunday morning.

Invitations for teams for the Hutcheon and Pearse Quadripartite have been issued and with many teams entering already.

This is an open event for teams of four men bowlers from all clubs, with play featuring singles, pairs, triples and fours.

Prize money of $2000 has been allocated for the day.

Closing of entries is tomorrow.

Players are urged to form a team and forward the entry to Heather Tabe, 58832370.

President Laurie and the Board of Directors extend best wishes to all members of all clubs, for a happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous 2019.


On a day that the wind kept everyone guessing, Jerilderie suffered a loss to home team Barooga on Saturday.

All skippers played a significant part in the game, both Col Bryce and Lucy Gurciullo’s rinks had close wins, scores 23 to 17 and 27 to 24 respectively.

Both rinks were neck and neck all afternoon, persevering and battling with the conditions.

Terry Chaplain’s rink were unable to match Barooga’s performance and went down 40 to 19.

Not much went their way, with many ends being determined by the skip’s last delivery, handing Barooga an overall victory by 12 shots, 81 to 69.

Jerilderie will head into the Christmas break sitting on top of the ladder with plenty of good bowling in 2019.

Enjoy the rest and have a great Christmas and New Year.


The Berrigan Community Bowls Club Friday pennant team made it two in a row last week - defeating top-of-the-table Cobram at home 63 to 60 (12-4).

It was Mary Curtin’s rink of Katie Vandermeer, Evelyn Reynoldson and Graham McKay who carried the team home winning 21 to 13.

On the other rinks Glenys McKay was narrowly pipped 24 to 23 and Nan Dart was unable to hold a fast-finishing opponent, going down 24 to 19.

As they break for Christmas, the Friday team sits in sixth position but still not without a shot at the finals with five rounds remaining.

It was a mixed story for the Saturday pennant teams with both playing Tocumwal teams sitting on top of the ladder.

The Division Two team rose to the challenge, overcoming not just a very strong Tocumwal team but also very blustery conditions to win 102 to 84 (14-4).

Paul Glanvill’s rink of Graham McKay, Ross Turley and Matt Hansen were the star performers of the day - winning 39 to 11.

Rick Bradbury held on for a draw 24-all as did Graeme Clements 19-all while Barry Hutchinson went down 30 to 20.

The Division Two team sit in fifth place at the Christmas break only five points outside the top four.

Once again, the Division Four team performed very creditably against more experienced opponents but were unable to break through for their first win of the season, defeated 47 to 32 (14-0).

Roger Reynoldson was in the game all day before going down 22 to 17 while Mick Bush lost 25 to 15.

The Division Four team sit on the bottom of the ladder but their improvement over the season will hold them in good stead when pennant starts again in mid-January.

Ten bowlers were on hand for Sunday social bowls with the club’s novice bowlers dominating.

It was two of the novice bowlers, Col McGrath and David Woodward, who managed to take home the $10 club vouchers, winning both their games.

The enthusiasm of the novice bowlers has been a great example to all bowlers this season and their improvement is a credit to the work they have put in.

The Merv Fennell green was cored and top dressed on Monday and will be out of action over the Christmas-New Year period.

The work on both the Burke-Bush green and the Fennell green is a credit to those volunteers who have given their time to ensure the green is playable.

It’s the last night of this season’s barefoot twilight bowls this Thursday with the fine money collected over the past 10 weeks going over the bar.

All barefoot regulars are invited to play and enjoy a drink.

In addition all bowlers are invited to the club on Thursday evening for a Christmas gathering including a smorgasbord meal and club raffles.

Finley RSC

A very busy week for our club with RSC hosting 26 teams at last Thursday’s Men’s Trade day.

Under gloomy skies three games were played before lunch.

The players decided to play the fourth game after lunch and had just finished the presentations when the heavens opened.

Overall winner of the day was Glen Murphy’s team from Cobram, with Jack Dell’s team from Numurkah Golf runner-up.

Best games were won by Keith Berger, Tony Smith, Ashleigh Hutchins and Bob Bowman.

The jackpot was not won so is held over to this week at Numurkah Golf.

Friday pennant travelled to Nathalia and on very heavy greens lost overall despite Di‘s and Karen’s rinks winning.

Saturday pennant was better for Division One with two rinks up and an overall win against Cobram.

Division Three once again sharing the points due to Numurkah Golf’s greens being too wet to play on.

Saturday night President Jeff hosted the Christmas breakup with Jeff winning the ham, Tony the turkey roll & Des the roast pork.

Sunday saw Di and Karen play in the semi final of the Ladies State pairs where they went down by six shots to Jenny Warfe and Joy Mynard from Cobram.

Yesterday the Ladies B grade commenced and the A grade final between Di and Karen was played, with results in next week’s edition of the SRN.

Men’s A Grade semi finals are yet to be completed.

The RS Club will host the State Mixed Pairs event today with 20 teams set to play.

Good bowling to the four teams representing our club.

Bowls takes a break until pennant recommences on January 11 with Friday pennant at home and January 12, with Saturday Div. One at Katandra and Div Three at home.

Our popular chook run will restart on the January 27.

Finley RS BC takes this opportunity to wish all a Happy Christmas and New Year.