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Bowls In Focus : June July 2010
16 Bowls In Focus Anne & Greg Sherman 12 Nolan Street Bendigo, Vic. 3550 Phone: 03 5442 2199 Fax: 03 5441 6619 WE SELL ALL MAJOR BRANDS OF LAWN BOWLS pecialised advice & oaching on all your owling needs. Drakes Pride Australia Country VICTORIA'S largest range of bowls clothing, accessories, new & second hand bowls. Opinions as to when the annual Moama Carniva originally started are divided somewhere betw twenty and fifty years ago, but it has been a perma fixture on the bowling calendar for as long as this w can remember. One old-timer reckons is was so long ago that 'Perksy' - Lockington's living legend Roy Perks - prob- ably played with a set of wooden bowls, while local luminary Charlie Pavone, who is equally undecided, could only offer that it has been operating in its current format for about 12 years. With its concoction of men's, ladies and mixed events the Carnival still manages to attract huge num- bers to the Echuca-Moama region for the competition and fellowship it embraces. Last month no fewer than 1236 entries were received for the Carnival's six sepa- rate outings over its nine days, with the most-travelled being Toby and Chris Egan from Lightning Ridge, who were in the money after a great day at City of Echuca in the mixed pairs. Included in the entry numbers was a contingent of twenty-four players from the strong Werribee RSL club, who came to the area for a restful sabbatical as part of their pre-season training for next summer's hectic pennant program. Although it is still going along beautifully, many long-time regulars can remember the days when this traditional season closer required greens at five differ- ent clubs to accommodate the throng. Two days of mixed fours opened this year's festivities and after the prescribed five rounds only three teams emerged with unblemished cards to Bendigo combination of former national champion Ian Ross, Julie Ross, Barry Whiffen and Leah Whiffen in the final. While the guys headed off to the golf courses or away for a spot of fishing on day three, fifty teams of la- dies took to the Moama and Rich River greens for their pairs event. Again there were three teams undefeated after the day's four rounds, with locals Melissa Roberts and Giselle Maynard claiming victory with their 51 shots-up. The seasoned pairing of Rushworth's Jean Sprague and Bev Cahill from Shepparton Park finished second ahead of Noela Wardle and Betty Cozens from Horsham City. On day four, while the ladies hit the shops or lunched at one of the great local eateries, it was the guys who went out for the open pairs. From the 90 competing teams there were five who came out of the battle unbruised as Yarrawonga & Border Golf's Garry Sanders and Dennis Miles, with their +37 shots tally, took first prize. Next best was Richard and Michael Buckley from Kyneton, while Rich River's Bob Taylor and Paul Kearney from Mathoura rounded out the minor placings. This year's fifth and sixth days saw 140 mixed pairs in action at Rich River, City of Echuca and Moama where six rounds and shots-up would decided the suc- cessful combination. May Magic Moama's • Top: Tournament official Daniel Butcher with George Lynch Fours winners Ben Major, Peter Ware, Rob Casey and John Parker. • Above: Werribee RSL skipper Ben Major.
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