Ditch in time saves nine

November 15, 2017

Shepparton RSL's Rodger Bone said he had never seen a bowls match end in the way yesterday's game against Violet Town did.

RSL's Marg Wheller was part of the rink that secured an unusual win for the Rissoles.

Violet Town's Dennis Taylor sends a delivery down the Shepparton Park rink.

Violet Town's Mavis Kipping deliberates where to send her bowl.

Shepparton RSL's Pam McKendrick sends another crucial delivery towards the jack.

Not many on the bowling greens have seen an end to a match like this.

With Shepparton RSL playing an enthralling encounter against Violet Town in division three of Goulburn Valley Bowls Division midweek pennant, the match finished in the most unusual of circumstances.

The Rissoles had a live bowl in the ditch and after the jack was knocked in too, the delivery held RSL in front by just the one shot.

With the game on the line Violet Town’s final bowl was on the mark.

It headed towards the ditch only to be halted from falling in by the bowl already lying in there.

The match was declared a victory to Shepparton RSL, but seconds later the bowl on the green rolled into the ditch to be closest to the kitty.

Had the result already not been agreed on moments earlier, Violet Town would have gathered the victory having taken the shot.

Shepparton RSL’s Rodger Bone played third in the rink and said it was a major anomaly.

‘‘I’ve been playing bowls for over 20 years and I’ve never seen this happen,’’ he said.

‘‘It was terrific for us and very unfortunate for them, we finished by getting home with the points for the team which was even better because it was our first win for the season.’’

Nearby Shepparton Park’s match did not go down to the wire.

The Parkers had no trouble against Rushworth taking a 16-89 to 0-52 win with Elaine Brewster, Joy Cuthbert and Moira Smith all prevailing.

Murchison’s Helen Newton recorded a resounding 26-shot rink win to help her side to a seven-shot victory against Seymour, with East Shepparton prevailing against Kyabram in the other match of division three.

●In division one Hill Top’s Jeanette Overall was the lone winning skipper in her team, but her 10-shot rink victory was enough to drag the Hillbillies over the line for a one-shot win against Shepparton Park 2.

Shepparton Park 1 was more successful, taking the spoils against Rushworth 16-71 to 0-60 as Seymour and Mooroopna Golf rounded out the division one winners.

Euroa has stamped itself as a major contender in division two following a sound defeat of Kyabram.

In a battle of the top two sides, Euroa came away with a 26-shot win to leapfrog Kyabram into top spot.

Mooroopna and Avenel enjoyed wins in the same division as the spoils in division four went to Shepparton Park and Mooroopna Golf.

Division five victors included Euroa, Nagambie, Seymour and Colbinabbin.

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