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Bowls In Focus : June July 2010
Prices include GST. Offer valid while stocks last. 70 Bell Street, Heidelberg Heights VIC 3081 t: (03) 9455 1339 f: (03) 9455 0251 firstname.lastname@example.org Henselite Trousers - Pleated and Plain Flexi-Waist Henselite Shorts and Trousers - Half-Elasticated, Drawstring and ProKnit P o Spo t Original and Cathy shoes a pair Don't miss out. Get in quick. Last month saw the running of the 14th Mur- rindindi 2000 Triples Classic at the Alexandra Bowling Club, where a full house of thirty teams converged for a weekend of top class competition. Invited players from more than 30 country and metropolitan clubs staked their claims for a share of the rich payload, which was once again generously provided by the Reddrops Foodworks Group. The weekend commenced with teams arriving on Friday afternoon for practice and to get a feel for the greens. Curator Gerald O'Brien and his team had put in many hours of work to ensure the best surfaces possible. Hostilities commenced on Saturday morning after the introduction and welcome from tourna- ment director Graeme Matthews, while tournament information books, bowls rings and cards were distributed to the teams before the first game. Unfortunately the weather was a bit unkind with on and off showers making for damp play and slower greens, before things got worse with a short sharp hailstorm! Eventually play resumed and the first game was completed. Players came into the warmth of the clubhouse for a delicious baked ham and vegetables lunch created by Ros Livy and her wonderful team of helpers. Two further games were played in the afternoon and by the end of the first day Ian Brimblecombe and his team from Wangaratta sat in the lead with three games won and 29 shots up. Close behind were the rinks skipped by Josh Sanders (Lilydale), Larry Scott (Alexandra), Mark Simmons (Marys- ville), Glen Thatcher (Mooroopna) and Graeme Cle- ments (Kilmore), who were all three game winners. Players stayed on for drinks and a barbeque, while the traditional Saturday night 'shootout' and driving competition was an entertaining aside. The business end of the Classic got underway on a showery Sunday morning after players were fortified with egg and bacon rolls, juice, tea and cof- fee provided by Barb Coulson's breakfast team. By lunch time the field was starting to spread out. Local champion Larry Scott and his rink had taken the lead with five wins but there were a num- ber of four game winners close on his heels. After a sit-down roast lunch players returned to the greens for their last two games. It was then that the clouds broke up and the sun shone through for the first time. Scott continued on his merry way by winning his sixth game, but there were still a number of five game winners waiting to pounce. And they did. The last round matches were very tight and a few front- runners toppled. Unfortunately Larry Scott and his men were one of them. Final results were decided on shots-up between the six-game-winners. Overnight leaders Ian Brimblecombe, Bruno Menaguzzi and Maurie Braden from Wangaratta were the eventual winners from Larry Scott and his partners Scott Fletcher from Seymour and Yarra Glen's Ethan Pell. Third place went to Dene Milner from Yarra Glen and his Richmond Union teammates Chris O'Meagher and Neville Rodda while Lilydale's Josh Sanders, Steve O'Regan and Jonny Sanders claimed fourth. Next best was the combination of Mark Simmons from Marysville, Alexandra's Rex Goulding and Ben Sim- monds from Marysville, with sixth place going to Mooroopna's Glen Thatcher and Glen Power along with George Argent from Werribee RSL. - Phil Cashmore • Classic winners Ian Brimblecombe, Maurie Braden and Bruno Menaguzzi with Frank DeVries from Foodworks. Wangaratta Trio's Murrrindindi Classic
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