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Bowls In Focus : October 2009
Last minute entrants Barry Cosgrove, Darryl Hazell and Alan Ross from Tocumwal combined brilliantly to claim last month’s Plumbtec Country Triples title at the Cobram Bowls Club. Ironically, the trio only agreed to fill in following an eleventh hour withdrawal, and never believed they would finish in the winner’s circle. “ Tour nament director Jeff Beasley rang a few days before the event and told me a team from Leeton had been forced to pull out,” Cosgrove, the winning skipper said. “ So I rang the other guys and they agreed to play, although we hadn’t been bowling much at that time. But we entered, more as a means of keeping the field intact, than as a serious threat. It’s a thrill to win as this is one of the best events we have in this area.” Cosgrove, Hazell and Ross were one of two teams to finish the two-day event’s six 14-end rounds undefeated, having compiled 115 points, which were awarded on the basis of 10 for a win and one for each end won. The other unblemished record came from Natha- lia’s Brian Hutchins, Geoff Ward and Frank Londri- gan, who scored 110 points to claim the runner-up purse, while five-game winners Dean Maher, David Polkinghor ne and Warren Blanch from Finley RSC were third on 101. A further point in arrears came Geoff Mitchell, Ray Nye and Br uce Carlyon from Barooga Sports, who also topped the ton to finish in fourth place. However, it wasn’t all plain sailing for the two top teams, as both were under serious threat in the final round. The Tocumwal side trailed for most of their match against Kilmore’s Phil Skehan and his Mooroolbark mates Peter Rawlingson and Tony Hawley, but fought back to be one ahead coming in to the final end. However, when the skippers crossed over, Skehan’s r ink held two close shots, and it took a great conversion by Cosgrove to regain the ascen- dancy, and ultimately victory in the tour nament. It was a similar scenario for Hutchins and his Na- thalia teammates, who were three shots in arrears with one end to play against Cobram’s Mario Pardo, Wayne Lowson and David Martin. In a superb exhibition of draw bowls, Londrigan and Ward piled in four very close counters, to which Hutchins added another for a count of five and second place in the event. “ Th is has been the biggest event we’ve held at Cobram in my time,” a delighted Jeff Beasley said after the presentations. “ It attracted a top class field of 40 teams, which is the maximum we can handle, and the standard of bowls has been outstanding. “ I believe this 7th Plumbtec Triples has to rank as the best we’ve ever had.” With a score of 60 points, Cosgrove, Hazell and Ross were the overnight leaders following day 28 Bowls In Focus Afternoon Tea and Exhibition Bowls by high profile players: Steve Glasson Mark Jacobsen Barrie Lester Michael Wilks Karen Murphy Come along and renew old acquaintances. Back to BURDEN PARK 50th Anniversary Sunday 18th October 2009 1pm to 5pm Corner Springvale & Heatherton Roads, Springvale Melways 88 K1 • Left: Tournament director Jeff Beasley congratu- lates winners Barry Cosgrove, Darryl Hazell and Alan Ross after their big win. • Above: Nathalia skipper Brian Hutchins guided his team into second place. • Right: Tocumwal 10-year-old Curtis Hanley skipped his young rink to victory in the final round. Late arrivals snare countr y triples
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