Tatura Bowls Club with both their Division 2 and Division 6 sides in respective Grand Finals played at the outstanding facilities at Stanhope but were unable to win their final games of the year.
Division 2 which started slowly against Euroa gathered momentum midway through the match to hit the lead briefly but finally succumbed to lose by five shots overall 94 to 99.
Only a small margin when you consider a minimum of 1600 bowls are rolled in this Division 2 match.
After five ends played Tatura 8 to Euroa 25, on 10 ends 22 to 42, on the 15th end Tatura had hit the front 56 to 54, a drop away and by the 20th end down by 8 — 70 to 78.
The last five ends are considered the most vital and Tatura by the 23rd end across the four rink scorecards was down by just three shots 88 to 91.
The lead could not be regained and an eventual loss by five shots 94 to 99 resulted. Tatura last tasted success in Division 2 back in 2002.
Individual rink performances saw Nick Boyd (S), Peter LeSueur, Brendan Sharp and current club champion in young gun Josh LeSueur defeat Euroa’s Tony Kingma by six shots 27 to 21.
Their match was in the balance for the majority of the day, being level at 17 on the 20th end, however Boyd’s rink outscored Kingma 10 shots to 4 on the last five ends.
Fellow skipper and younger brother Brendon was also in the winning circle getting up by two shots 25 to 23 against Bill O’Connor.
A purple patch by Brendon’s rink of Jason Carter, father Phil Boyd and Mark Spencer when they scored nine shots over four consecutive ends set up the tight win.
John Attwood (S), Nick Tziros, Dot Best and Faye Attwood came up against the current Goulburn Valley Champion of Champions bowler Ken Sutcliffe and lost by five shots 23 to 28.
A slow start and at lunchbreak things looked a bit ominous but a seven on the 14th end suddenly saw Attwood’s rink hit the front.
The match was even for the next few ends until their lead was relinquished with a six-shot loss on the 20th end. A hard fought match led by two quality skippers.
Peter Wallis (S), Darryn Carpenter, Rod Kirby and Julian Robson played Eric Sellenger and had a horrible start losing seven of the first 10 ends and down four to 15.
By the 19th end Wallis’ rink had cut Sellenger’s lead back to just four shots but this was as close as they were ever going to get. An eventual loss by eight shots 19 to 27.
Tatura’s Division 6 played against fellow Tatura side Hill Top and Tatura were not able to mount any significant threat in their race towards a premiership.
Hill Top had accounted for Tatura throughout the season matches and they again showed their dominance in the Grand Final. Tatura lost overall by 19 shots 64 to 83.
Paul Hussey (S), Bob Bordett, Jeff Hussey and Col Johnson played Hill Top’s Tom Dean (S), Andrew McCallum and Andy Crawford and were only one shot down 26 to 27 on the penultimate end but dropped a three on the last to lose narrowly 26 to 30.
Dave Westin (S), Joyce Andrus, Freda Clement and Graham Andrus started poorly but in the middle stages scored enough to draw level 16 each on the 18th end.
Unfortunately their run had ceased and they eventually lost to Michael Shay (S), George Chessells, Sue Morton and Noel Russell by five shots 18 to 23.
Terry Gale (S), John Crilly, Seth Tziros and George Tully were on the 21st end only one shot behind Hill Top’s Peter Ibbott (S), Jac Schroen, Ivan Pogue and Robert Ferguson.
Gale’s rink only gained a solitary shot to Hill Top’s 10 shots on the final four ends to get well beaten by 10 shots 20 to 30.
Tatura’s finals aspirations for both divisions were hindered by the absences of president Rod Kirby and Ken Cornell who were uon a pre arranged boat cruise.
Congratulations to Hill Top’s Division 3 which won comfortably against Shepparton Park.
Bowlers note: Tatura Hospital Charity Day with all funds raised going to the local hospital. Entries to Phil Boyd, phone 58241308.
What a wonderful week for our club with three premierships in five days.
Firstly mid week division 3, after being on top of the ladder and beaten by Murchison by one shot in the semi finals, took them on in the grand final which was played at Euroa and had a convincing win on Tuesday, defeating them 80-52.
Marg McGurgan and her team of Robyn Downs, Pauline Moroney and Geoff McMullen defeated Marg Tweddle 31-17.
Glenda Smith along with Sue Nihill, Greg Toy and Bruce Durston proved too strong for Helen Newton 27-12; and unfortunately Sue Moreton, Barry Ibbott, Doreen Corrigan in a struggle over the last few ends lost to Marlene Lockyer 22-23.
What a great day and when the team arrived back to the club house the bar girls and Sue and Ged had arranged a wonderful afternoon tea for all.
Then along came weekend pennant with Hill Top having division 3 and division 6 competing for the top trophy.
After a competitive game on both rinks, division 3 soundly defeated Shepparton Park 103-77.
The stars of the day was Andrew Cross and his team of Simon Cowan, Angie Serra and Andrew Cross defeating B. Gullick 36-9.
Joe Masters along with Laurie Nicholson, Barry Ibbott and Mick Hooper also had a great day defeating Jim Shannahan 30-14.
Unfortunately Murray Phillips from Shepparton Park got the better of Michael Power in the last couple of ends losing 20-29. Still a great day for both Michael, along with Lyn Nicholson, Tim Nihill and Darrell Whitley, and Ken Parks along with Graham Smith, Trevor Downie and John Tucker who struggled against R. Mathews during the day and went down 17-25.
A great effort from all players as they fought their way through to the final.
Division 6 played across home town team Tatura and managed to have a great win defeating them 83-64 winning all three rinks.
Peter Ibbott along with Ivan Pogue, Jac Schroen and Robert Ferguson defeated Terry Gale 30-20.
Tom Deane Jnr, John Lowe, Andrew McCullum and Andrew Crawford 30-26.
Michael Shay, George Chessells, Sue Moreton and Noel Russell defeated D. Westin 23-18.
Division 6 were on top of the ladder and deserved to have a great win.
Saturday night at the club there was much celebration with at least 40 players and friends enjoying a great night with delightful meals from the kitchen.
Ladies 60s and over continues with the event being held at Mooroopna Golf this week.
2-4-2s on Wednesday is still being held, all members and bowlers are invited; names to be in at the club by 11.30am that morning.
Charity day is being held on Sunday, March 25. Entries on the board — it would be great to have a huge event.
Monday, March 26 is the last ladies meeting as next season the committees will be combined.