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Bowls In Focus : June July 2011
12 Bowls In Focus The time-honoured Mildura Bowls Club May Carnival was conducted last month amidst the Sunraysia region’s renowned autumn weather conditions at the traditional riverside venue and the adjoining Workers club who lent their two greens for the occasion. All four South African Couch grass surfaces were running perfectly and greenkeeper Shane Moritz and his apprentices are to be complimented on their efforts. Some envious visitors remarked that artificial turf had yet to match its natural competitor, which of course, is open to conjecture. The 77-year-old carnival, which ran over seven days, had a total of $10,000 in prizemoney on offer, thanks to the generosity of sponsors and attracted many local and interstate bowlers. It was opened on the Monday morning by Mildura Rural City councillor and keen local bowler Sue Nicholls, who acknowl- edged the council’s financial support of the event. Play commenced with the Markwells Sunraysia Toyoto fours, which ran for two days. After the five rounds on Monday and Tuesday, the local team of skipper Trevor Flack, Neil Stevens, Grant Giddings and Graham Phillips cam up trumps with four wins and a draw, while Peter Mitchell from Workers, Ouyen’s Neville Jay, Neville Mitchell from Euston and Beaufort’s David Foy were runners-up on four wins and 33 shots-up. The unlucky story of this event belongs to Mildura president Gary Smallman, whose team were spend- ing their prize money prematurely, after going for their fifth win and being one shot up on the card and holding one on the head, with one bowl to play. Later described by Gary as a ‘mongrel’ drive, opposition skipper Graham Orr, from Somerton SA, played and hit a very short front bowl which careered into the head, scattering all before it and pushed the jack side- ways for three shots. President Gary’s team slipped to third position, much to their dismay! The Robinson Plumbing Championship Pairs on Wednesday saw seven three-game winners. Using the points system to separate them, Tom and Barry Sladden from Broken Hill just edged out Adrian Pres- ton and Doug Watson from Mildura. Third place went to Wayne Long and Darren Cordwell from Workers, while the two old foxes, also from Workers, Ron Ban- nister and Arthur Brown came fourth. On Thursday the prestigious Rio Vista Fours event was won by Tom Sladden, Ray White, Warren Graham and Barry Sladden from Broken Hill. There must have something in the water up there as the Sladden’s made it two wins on the trot. This was a very tightly contested competition with only five points separating the top four teams. Runners-up were the Workers combination of Rog- er Bray, Trevor Clarke, Don Baird and Arthur Brown, while third place went to Ron Bannister from Workers who skippered a local team of Judy Osborne, Sam Pupillo and Shirley Pupillo. In fourth place were locals Peter Mitchell, Marty Connors, Neil McLean along with Graham Quaife from Macedon. Friday saw the popular Two-Bowl Triples Classic, where three bowlers who had never met until the day of the event took out the prizemoney. They were Malcolm Geisler from Happy Valley SA, Mildura’s Phil Mullane and Peter Whitmore from Torquay, who must have certainly gelled as a team. They finished three and a half points ahead of second placed Neville Mitchell from Euston, Beaufort’s David Foy and Marty Connors from Mildura. Closely following on 95.5 points were Trevor Flack from Irymple, Mildura’s Neil Stevens and Bruce Dean from Ballarat, while fourth on 94.5 points were Don Williams, Ed Hocking and Trevor Barry from Broken Hill. A near capacity field of entries contested the Baden Williams Classic Pairs where a $3200 purse was the dangling carrot. This was indeed a classic event and attracted several South Australian state development squad members along with many other well credentialed players. At the end of proceedings there were only two five- game winners who met in a five-end play-off to decide first and second. The many spectators surrounding the green were treated to a terrific tussle with every shot in the book on display. Eventually, in an all-SA final, John Vargus from Modbury and Grange’s John Nicolai prevailed over Andrew Hill from Berri and Grange’s Dwayne Edwards 7-4. Third place went to locals Adrian Preston and Doug Watson on 39 shots-up, while the Red Cliffs team of Bruce McColl and Ian Lowes came fourth with +33. Next, on 30 shots-up, were Chris Mitchell and Peter Harrison from Mildura, while sixth place went to South Australians Michael Wildash from Clare and his son Corey from Port Vincent, who finished two shots further in arrears. The carnival committee decided to give an encouragement award to those who had lost their three games on Saturday. It actually generated a mini competition within the main event on Sunday. Winners were host president Gary Smallman and secretary Chris Richards, who cracked it for two games. They really didn’t need encouragement as both are excel- lent bowlers - just out of luck - and were probably still suffering post-traumatic stress after their disastrous fours loss. This year’s carnival ran smoothly and was enjoyed by all. Special thanks to tournament director Les Coldwell and his team for making sure this traditional Carnival maintained the high standards established over 76 treasured years. - Michael McHugh A Carnival Of Classics 77th Mildura May Carnival at Mildura Bowls Club Sunraysia Toyota Fours: 1st Trevor Flack (Irymple), Neil Stevens (Mildura), Grant Giddings (Mildura), Graham Phillips (Mildura) 9 points +27 shots, 2nd Peter Mitchell (Workers), Neville Jay (Ouyen), Neville Mitchell (Euston), David Foy (Beaufort) 8 +33, 3rd Gary Smallman, Reg Gar- diner, Robbie O’Brien, Chris Richards (Mildura) 8 +19, 4th Graham Orr (Somerton SA), Don Ed- wards (Somerton SA), Roger Kimber (Lockleys SA), Mike Veal (Holdfast Bay SA) 8 +18. Robinson Plumbing Pairs: 1st Tom Sladden, Barry Sladden (Broken Hill NSW) 88 points, 2nd Adrian Preston, Doug Watson (Mildura) 87, 3rd Wayne Long, Darren Cordwell (Workers) 85, 4th Ron Bannister, Arthur Brown (Workers) 83.5. Rio Vista Fours: 1st Tom Sladden, Ray White, Warren Graham, Barry Sladden (Broken Hill NSW) 85 points, 2nd Roger Bray, Trevor Clarke, Don Baird, Arthur Brown (Workers) 83, 3rd Ron Bannister (Workers), Judy Osborne (Mildura), Shirley Pupillo (Mildura), Sam Pupillo (Euston) 82, 4th Peter Mitchell (Workers), Neil McLean (Workers), Marty Connors (Mildura), Graham Quaife (Macedon) 80. Two-Bowl Triples Classic: 1st Malcolm Geisler (Happy Valley SA), Phil Mullane (Mildura), Peter Whitmore (Torquay) 99.5 points, 2nd Neville Mitchell (Euston), David Foy (Beaufort), Marty Connors (Mildura) 96, 3rd Trevor Flack (Irymple), Neil Stevens (Mildura), Bruce Dean (Ballarat) 95.5, 4th Don Williams, Ed Hocking, Trevor Barry (Broken Hill NSW) 94.5 . Baden Williams Classic Pairs: 1st John Vargus (Modbury SA), John Nicolai (Grange SA) after play-off, 2nd Andrew Hill (Berri SA), Dwayne Edwards (Grange SA) both on 10 points, 3rd Adrian Preston, Doug Watson (Mildura) 8 points +39 shots, 4th Bruce McColl, Ian Lowes (Red Cliffs) 8 +33, 5th Chris Mitchell, Peter Harrison (Mildura) 8 +30, 6th Michael Wildash (Clare SA), Corey Wildash (Por t Vincent SA) 8 +28. • Above: Baden Williams Classic Pairs winners John Nicolai and John Vargas flank tournament director Les Coldwell. • Below: South Australian John Nicolai prepares to send one on its way. • Right: Workers whiz Peter Mitchell in action dur- ing Carnival week.
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