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Bowls In Focus : March April 2011
24 Bowls In Focus Anne & Greg Sherman 12 Nolan Street Bendigo, Vic. 3550 Phone: 03 5442 2199 Fax: 03 5441 6619 www.bendigobowlsshop.com.au WE SELL ALL MAJOR BRANDS ONLINE NOW! Save time and Money Now in the comfort of your own home, Bendigo Jack High Bowls Shop invites you to browse through the extensive range of bowls, lawn bowling equipment and apparel Order Online Country VICTORIA’S largest range of bowls clothing, accessories, new & second hand bowls. Astar-studded Geelong line-up emerged from last month’s Provincial Country Championship at the Ocean Grove Bowls Club undefeated to capture the coveted Austin Roberts Memorial Shield for a third successive time. The championship, with its roots reaching back more than 50 years, features representative sides from Bendigo, Wimmera, Ballarat and Geelong in a round- robin format, with each region sending six rinks of their finest local talent. Although records of the earliest championships are somewhat scratchy, the most recent 30 years have seen Ballarat prevail on eleven occasions, Geelong and Bendigo nine apiece and Wimmera once. Going into the ‘virtual’ final against arch-rivals Bal- larat, who were also undefeated after two rounds, the Geelong men started slowly but toiled manfully to level the scores at the 45-end halfway mark. However, in the second half, with the rink of Bareena’s Ryan Tainton, Carl Inderberg from Highton, Torquay’s Daryl Kitchen and Nick Doyle from Bareena in full cry, the Cats gained the ascendancy before powering away to win four of their six rinks and claim victory by 19-shots. It was another second half surge by the Geelong side in their round two encounter with Bendigo that set them on their championship winning way. Down overall by a couple of shots with 20 ends to play, the Cats shot away from the Bendigo men over the concluding stages to register a stirring 30-shot win. Main contributor to the thrust was the rink of Geelong West’s Nathan Bush, Brendan Umbers and Stewart Shuttleworth, along with Torquay’s Alan Sampson. They were being unmercifully flogged by Bendigo’s Ian Ross, Max Watts from Eaglehawk and the Strathfieldsaye duo of Brian Mansbridge and Neil Rasmussen, who led 17-0 after 10-ends. But it was big Alan Sampson who ignited the flame from the lead position as the Geelong quartet amassed 15-shots over the final five ends to almost snatch vic- tory, but importantly contribute to the overall total on the aggregate board. The Ballarat side comprised: Rob Baker (Sebastopol) skip, Brad Oates (Sebas- topol), Mick Morgan (Sebastopol), Andrew Panther (Victoria). Shaun Clark (Victoria) skip, Steve Britt (Victoria), Allan Callow (Victoria), Wayne Saunders (Victoria). Ash McArthur (Webbcona) skip, Beau Adams (Webbcona), Mick Sloper (Webbcona), Aaron Wood (Webbcona). Ian Warner (Sebastopol) skip, Tony Wood (Webbcona), Noel Verlinden (Victoria), Wayne Pattie (Webbcona). Scott Roberts (Sebastopol) skip, Gavin Mann (City Oval), Phil Clamp (Ballarat Memorial Sports), Peter Goldsmith (Waubra). Simon Cornock (Avenue) skip, Ben McArthur (Web- bcona), John Nunn (Central Wendouree), John Glenton (Central Wendouree). Bendigo was represented by: Brad Holland (Bendigo East) skip, Gary Beckham (Eaglehawk), Kevin Shuttleworth (Castlemaine), Geoff Boyd (Kangaroo Flat). Geelong’s Provincial