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Bowls In Focus : Bowls In Focus May 2010
Bowls In Focus 11 Victorian Singles Championship at Darebin City Bowls Club Round of 16: I Warner (Sebastopol) d L Gattuso (Hampton) 25-12, N Waite (Auburn) d M Woodward (Warracknabeal Golf) 25-14, I Ross (Bendigo) d C Marsh (Essendon) 25-10, K Prewett (Grangeburn) d C Muir (Morning- ton) 25-15, T Simmons (Clayton) d O Clark (Murray Downs) 25-11, C Randell (Benalla) d M Creighton (Yarra Glen) 25-24, B Dodd (Werribee RSL) d G Spiden (East Ivanhoe) 25-15, P Twyerould (Morwell Club) d N Rodda (Richmond Union) 25-22 . Quarter finals: War ner d Waite 25-22, Ross d Prewett 25-11, Simmons d Randell 25-1, Dodd d Twyerould 25-23 . Semi finals: Dodd d Simmons 25-16, Warner d Ross 25-21 . Final: Brett Dodd (Werribee RSL) d Ian War- ner (Sebastopol) 25-13 . An Affair to Aubur n, after establishing a 9-0 lead at the outset. Promoted to the semi finals, War ner found himself pitted against an old adversary, Ian Ross from Bendigo, in another battle between crafty craftsmen. But the tall retired teacher had all the answers to the diminutive Ross’s questions as he powered to an 18-8 lead after 13 ends. However, Ross, the 1988 national singles champion, wasn’t about to roll over, even when the score sat in War ner’s favour at 24-13 after 20 ends. Over the ensuing seven rotations Ross collected eight shots in an entertaining fightback, before Warner administered the killer blow with a trail for three to claim his spot in the final. In earlier rounds Ross was untroubled as he disposed of Essendon’s Colin Marsh and Ken Prewett from Grangebur n to reach the final four. Dodd, a regular in the Victorian interstate team for several years, defeated hot favourite Todd Simmons from Clayton in their semi final match after bolting to a 14-0 lead from just nine ends. Simmons, the 2004 champion, had been irrepressible in his two earlier starts when he eliminated Owen Clark from Murray Downs then completely outclassed Benalla youngster Chris Randell. In contrast Dodd had to work hard to shake off East Ivanhoe’s Guy Spiden in the first round, then almost stole defeat from the jaws of victory in his quarter final match against Paul Twyerould from the Morwell Club. Dodd had charged to a 20-6 lead at the 16-end mark and could have been forgiven for expecting an early finish. However the Gippsland champion had other ideas and embarked on a rearguard action which saw him collect 16 shots to two over the following 11 ends to tie up the game at 22-apiece. But Dodd answered the challenge when he added the vital three over the closing stages to book his start against Simmons in the semi finals. After the initial mauling Simmons settled down to play the precision bowls he is so well known for and actually outscored Dodd 16-11 over the concluding stages. However, a 14-shot start is a heap against any trundler, but against a player of Dodd’s calibre it is mission impossible. - David Allen Remember Triumph For Altona Trio The irrepressible Altona team of Paul Dorgan, Wayne Roberts and Mick Mather combined bril- liantly last month when they powered their way to vic- tory in the Victorian Triples Championship at Darebin City Bowls Club. They defeated the tenacious Ivanhoe trio of Larry Stammers, Tom Ristic and Lou Beckman 25-13 in a final which was actually of a much better standard than the one-sided scoreline might suggest. Little Mick Mather set up the victory in a near flaw- less display in the lead position, which left Roberts and Dorgan, who are both seasoned state players, with the luxury of positive heads to work with on most occasions. The Altona trio was down 0-3 after two ends, but like a well-oiled machine they raced to a 16-3 lead just seven ends later and probably cruised to the line after that. Earlier in the day the Altona men gave Armadale’s Brendan McCallum, Brian Harrison and Henni Corten- bach a sample of the magic when they handed them a 25-9 belting in their semi final clash. In the previous day’s rounds the Armadale trio eliminated the well-fancied Essendon side of Matty Flapper, Mark Ryan and Mark Johnston, then dished out a 16-shot beating to Maryborough Highland’s John Simmons, Andy Brumby and Leigh Hunt. The Ivanhoe side was far too consistent for Daniel Baker, Vin Dillon and Ross Morton from Gunbower in their semi final when they led 11-3 after six ends and 20-5 after a further six. Leading into this match the Gunbower trio had posted strong wins over Roger Young, Gary Todd and Tony Carra from Chalambar then Matt Creighton, Wayne Edwards and Joel Sim- monds from Yarra Glen. In the all-important quarter finals the Ivanhoe side showed their resilience when they climbed up off the canvas against Clayton’s Tony Wood, David Shortal and Chris Hannaford to claim an heroic victory and a start in the following morning’s final four. This year’s win was a third for Dorgan and Mather, having won in 2007 and 2008 with newly crowned state singles champion Brett Dodd as their middle pin. However, with Dodd taking over a management role at Werribee RSL last year, the Altona boys pressed Roberts into service for championship number three. “Not a bad substitution, eh,” grinned Dorgan after the presentations, “Wayne’s one of the top players go- ing around and we’ve all enjoyed playing together. “But it was Micky who set it all up for us, in fact he has been sensational all the way through, even from the start of Group qualifying.” In the first round the Altona side eclipsed Geoff Mitchell, Andy McDonald and Peter Russell from Ba- rooga Sports, then signified their intentions when they ran roughshod over the well-credentialed Burwood combination of Paul Beanland, Paul Morris and Ross Lawrence. - David Allen Victorian Triples Championship at Darebin City Bowls Club Round of 16: Maryborough Highland (J Simmons, A Br umby, L Hunt) d Coatesville (G Blades, T Stevens, A Elliott) 15-14; Armadale (B McCallum, B Harrison, H Cor- tenbach) d Essendon (M Flapper, M Ryan, M Johnston) 21-14; Burwood (P Beanland, P Morris, R Lawrence) d Morwell Club (P Twyerould, D O’Keefe, I Kirkup) 20-15; Altona (P Dorgan, W Roberts, M Mather) d Barooga Sports (G Mitchell, A MacDonald, P Russell) 22-9; Yarra Glen (M Creighton, W Edwards, J Simmonds) d Wodonga (J Me- neguzzi, T Squire, D King) 18-11; Gunbower (D Baker, V Dillon, R Morton) d Chalambar (R Young, G Todd, T Carra) 17-10; Clayton (T Wood, D Shortal, C Hannaford) d Rose- bud Country Club (G Chilcott, B Twentyman, P McMullen) 20-11 ; Ivanhoe (L Stammers, T Ristic, L Beckman) d Bareena (T Kelly, N Doyle, M Kelly) walkover. Quarter finals: Ar madale d Maryborough Highland 20-4, Altona d Burwood 28-4, Ivanhoe d Clayton 21-14, Gunbower d Yarra Glen 19-15. Semi finals: Ivanhoe d Gunbower 22-9, Altona d Ar madale 25-9 . Final: Paul Dorgan, Wayne Roberts, Mick Mather (Altona) d Larry Stammers, Tom Ristic, Lou Beckman (Ivanhoe) 25-13 . • RVBA Life Member Arnold O’Brien congratulates triples champions Paul Dorgan, Mick Mather and Wayne Roberts.
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