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Nan, Bob are champions

By Southern Riverina News

Finley BC

Today the 45th Hutcheon and Pearce Quadripartite tournament will be staged.

There is a capacity entry of 112 bowlers and play will be held on the four greens available.

Thanks to the RS Club for the use of their greens for this historic event.

Players are from 18 different clubs.

The Club Championships for the season have now been won.

Nan Smith had a convincing win over Tracey Miles and recorded her third consecutive Ladies Championship title.

In the men’s division, Bob Poore was a gallant winner over Don McKellar, 25-21. It was a very close game throughout and enjoyed by the spectators.

Earlier, Bob received a forfeit from Brandon Mison, whilst Don had a close encounter with Ash Haines.

Don was down 11-19 after 14 ends of play but his application and determination prevailed to record a 25-24 victory.

Both winners will later play in the Champion of Champions event.

Congratulations to all the finalists; they all gave of their best and we herald in our worthy champions for the year.

Well done, Nan and Bob!

Pennant matches resume on Friday, when Nathalia will visit.

At present, the team is in fifth place but within reach of a finals place.

On Saturday, Division Two and Division Four travel to Barooga, with cars leaving at 12pm..

Div. Two teams: S Johnson (s), N Smith, B Anderson, B Robinson; A Haines (s), M Hannan, H Tabe, A Cowan; B Mison (s), G Trevorrow, R Wood, J Montgomery; D McKellar (s), T Miles, G Close, R Koschel.

Div. Four comprises only 8 players with teams chosen: T Hansford (s), L Walsh, M Milthorpe, K Bergmans; B Wike (s), N Barnes, N Wilson, B Poore.

Both division sides are in the top four places at present.

An excellent evening was held on Saturday to raise funds for the community gymnasium.

After top class entertainment provided, $1325 will assist the gym committee to provide essential equipment necessary for use by the many patrons.

Finley RS Club

Pennant teams for this Saturday are as follows: Div. One play Katandra West at Katandra West, cars to leave at 11.30.

Teams: R Johnson, J Peacock, D Polkinghorne, A West (s); T Turner, D Brown, M Lewis, W Blanch (s); P Wilson, D Hutchins, D Retallick, I Smethurst (s); R Birthisel, D Walsh, M Krug, R Brown (s).

Division Three play Barooga at home, teams: N Ingram, K Turner, J Reynolds, J White (s), J Maher, G Scorgie, B Ferry, K Peacock (s); O Cochrane, C Sutcliffe, N Thomas, A Thomas (s).

Players are all asked to please check the board for all other events.

Jerilderie

This Saturday is the first pennant game for 2019 and Jerilderie host Numurkah Golf .

All players are encouraged to have a roll on Wednesday evening at 6pm in barefoot bowls to get back into the swing of things before the finals. All newcomers welcome.

Congratulations to the Christmas hamper raffle winners Melinda Rorato and Melissa Catena. Everyone’s support is very appreciated.

Thanks to Lucy Gurciullo for organising the raffle and to Mary and Betty for helping sell tickets.

It’s intended that proceeds go toward purchasing a few sets of bowls for beginners and social events.

Anyone available on Friday evening at 5pm to get the track ready, weather permitting, would be appreciated.

Berrigan

Pennant bowls starts again this weekend for Berrigan Community Bowls Club.

The Friday pennant team will travel to Tocumwal in a match they will want to win to keep their finals chances alive.

Both the Saturday teams are on the road too – Division Two take on Nathalia and Division Four travel to Strathmerton.

For the Division Two team, a win may propel them back into the top four while the Division Four team will be looking to break through for their first win.

A terrific turnout of 28 bowlers was on hand for Sunday’s social draw-for-partners.

The winning team was Paul Glanvill, Col McGrath, David Reynoldson and Val Chisholm.

Sunday social bowls will continue every Sunday — names in at 3.30pm for a 4pm start.

Thursday twilight bowls will kick off again in a formal sense after Australia Day, and informal social bowls will continue every Thursday evening at 6.30pm.

Come along, have a roll, buy some raffle tickets and stay for dinner and the Riverina Superdraw.

All pennant bowlers are strongly encouraged to come to Wednesday afternoon practice.

Coaching advice will be available from 4pm to 6pm every Wednesday for those looking to improve their bowls. Selectors are looking for improvement from all bowlers.

Good luck to our club champions Rick Bradbury and Rachel Head competing in the Murray Bowls Division Champion of Champions Singles this Sunday at Strathmerton.

While Rick is an old hand, this is Rachel’s first trip to the Champion of Champions event.

There are still some spots available for the Berrigan Community Bowls Club Australia Day Open 3-bowl pairs event at 1pm Saturday, January 26.

Contact tournament secretary Matt Hansen for details.