Benalla wins for region

April 19, 2017

Benalla has won the Ovens and Murray play-off final between premiers of 1A and 1B.

The play-off was between Benalla and YMGCR 2, and was played at Corowa Civic Bowls Club.

Benalla came out on top in the match 73 to 49.

Benalla Bowls Club secretary Graham Moore said Benalla led from almost start to finish, except for two ends during the middle stages.

‘‘Benalla had no intentions of letting this match get away from them,’’ Moore said.

‘‘Even with only one team left to play its final end, they still showed who was the best team on the day.

‘‘Once this end was over the scenes were fantastic — a few tears rolling down the checks of the Benalla players; no-one gave Benalla a chance, but they had other ideas.’’

The trophy was presented to the side by Ovens and Murray president Margaret Isherwood.

Benalla Bowls Club will now go on to the State Championships at Moama, representing the Ovens and Murray bowls region, next month.

The Benalla team was made up of S. Warfe (captain), G. Armstrong, M. Sellars, S. Gardner, J. Martin, M. Hill, I. Hobson, L. Armstrong, I. Brond, G. Banfield, K. Nicholls and R. Sheppard, with reserves M. Tilbury and J. White and team manager N. Edwards.

●On Saturday,the club also hosted a match of open social bowls.

Thirty-five players played two games of 12 ends in pairs or triples, with visitors coming from Warrnambool and Geelong.

Winners were D. Tilbury, K. Nunan and G. Kennedy with two wins plus nine.

Runners-up were J. Dosser, A. Daws and D. Rankin, also with two wins but a plus eight.

●At indoor bowls on Tuesday, April 11, three teams had two wins plus four shots, so the winner was decided by the number of ends won.

Winners were M. Empey, M. Welsh and C. Levy. Runners-up were L. Brown, M. Cromie and L. Billman.

Please note that indoor bowls is now played on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Senior citizens

Tuesday, April 11 saw 19 players compete in the senior citizens bowls.

The winners were A. Morris (s), J. Landewee and L. Levy with two wins, 12 shots up.

Runners-up were T. Anderson (s), N. Elkan and H. Sharp with two wins, five shots up.

On Saturday, the senior citizens had a game with 21 players.

Winners were R. Elkan (s), O. Wilson, M. Williams and V. Gillespie with two wins, 14 shots up.

Runners-up were P. Hay (s), F. Wright, D. Matthews and B. Ilsley with two wins, six shots up.

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