By Garry Lewis
The Warburton Bowls Club’s extremely challenging home and away season comes to an end this week in the last game before the finals. The weekend Warburton 1 side and the midweek Warburton 1 side both hold hopes of playing in the finals.
The weekend Warburton 1 side played away against Ferntree Gully 1 and struggled overall to handle the very slick green conditions, winning only won rink in their 59 to 110 shot loss.
They are still holding onto fourth place on the ladder by percentage with a must-win game at home this week against Croydon 2.
Rink scores were as follows: S. Lord 12/ 31; T. Appleton 17/ 15; S. Lee- Tet 13/ 29 and C. Lord 17/ 35.
Warburton 2 were determined to continue their recent good form and all rinks started quite well against the fourth-placed Heathmont 4 at home. Only 6 shots down overall at the break, the Burras never gave up. However, the opposition’s experience saw them creep away in the finish to defeat the Burras by 15 shots, 90 to 75.
Rink scores were as follows: P. Summers 35/ 16; M. Reynolds 14/ 23; G. Lewis 12/ 22 and T. Ruwoldt 14/ 29. Their challenging season finishes this week with an away game against Mooroolbark 4.
Warburton’s Midweek side has continued their frustrating losing streak, this time to Yarra Glen 1 away. In gusty conditions and on a tricky green, Warburton briefly hit the lead midway, but inconsistent bowling caused them to fall away at the end, 71 shots to 51.
Rink scores were as follows: R. McKail 13/ 22; G. Walsh 17/ 23 and S. Lord 21/ 26.
The Burras are still holding onto second place on the ladder as they look forward to improving against Bayswater 1 away this week, with two more games before the finals.
The Wednesday Night Barefoot Bowls Triples Competition continued last Wednesday with several close and exciting games. Four more rounds leading up to the finals starting with Double Header this week.
Every team plays in the finals with the top 8 teams playing off and the bottom 8 teams also playing off on one Finals’ evening.
One of the new players, Sheryl Monteath, from the Bowl Movement Team, won the prize for being the first person to touch the jack during the evening. Well done, Sheryl.
The Pink Ribbon Barefoot Bowls Day on Sunday was a wonderful success with over $1000 raised for the Breast Cancer Foundation. Despite the hot weather conditions, 16 Teams eagerly participated in a Two-Bowl Triples Tournament over three games of eight ends each.
There was a mixture of age groups, including several children, enjoying the fantastic spirit of the day and raising funds for a most worthwhile cause.
The winning team comprised Peter and Rosalind Summers and Malcolm Paul.
Once again, thanks to Yarra Valley Professionals Real Estate for their support and Real Estate Agent and Club Member Chris Lord’s overall organisation of the day.
Social Bowls continue to be played on Mondays from 12 midday with everyone including new and beginning players encouraged to attend. Come along and give Bowls a try.