Improved fortunes for Warburton Bowls Club

Steve Lord (left) receiving his Warburton 1 Most Valuable Player and Pennant Player of the Year Awards from Club President, Tony Van Meurs, at the Greenlow Vote Count on Saturday. Picture: SUPPLIED

By Garry Lewis

An improved week of bowls for the Warburton Bowls Club saw them consolidate their positions in the finals for both the Weekend Division 2 Side and the Midweek Side. The weekend Division 4 Side went down narrowly after a determined fightback.

Warburton’s number one side accounted for visiting Croydon 2 on Saturday to ensure a finals play-off next week against Lilydale 2 away. Two rinks had runaway wins, while the other two had a tougher fight, with one drawing and the other going down in a close contest.

In the end, an overall victory proved enough for yet another Warburton finals campaign. Rink scores were as follows: S. Lord 15/ 18; T. Appleton 26/ 9; R. Zunneberg 30/ 11 and C. Neale 16/ 16.

Warburton 2 played away against Mooroolbark 4. In a close match, the Burras were never too far away. In the second half after the break, the home side quickly pulled away.

However, a determined effort from the Burras saw them edge closer and level the scores with only two rinks left to finish their games.

Unfortunately, the home side steadied with good numbers in the head across both rinks to pull away and win by 7 shots, 85 to 78.

Rink scores were as follows: P. Summers 20/ 21; M. Reynolds 19/ 17; G. Lewis 20/ 23 and D. McConachy 19/ 24.

Warburton’s Midweek side played Bayswater 1 away in challenging conditions. High winds and a wide drawing green provided early problems for both sides. However, all the Warburton rinks adjusted and kicked away to win comfortably 68 shots to 43. Rink scores were as follows: R. McKail 17/ 11; G. Walsh 27/ 15 and S. Lord 24/ 17.

The Burras are still holding onto second place on the ladder with the final game against Mooroolbark 3 leading into the finals series.

The Wednesday Night Barefoot Bowls Triples Competition continued last Wednesday with a Double Header. All the games were extremely close including three draws. There are now two more games before the Finals Evening.

One of the new players, Tarkyn Nicolandos, from the 3 Amigos Team, won the prize for being the first person to touch the jack during the evening. Well done, Tarkyn!

The Greenlow Vote Count on Saturday Night resulted in Steve Lord winning the Warburton 1 Most Valuable Player Award and the club’s Pennant Player of the Year. Runner Up was Travis Appleton.

Warburton 2’s Most Valuable Player Award saw Garry Lewis win by one vote with Peter Summers Runner Up in a close contest.

Social Bowls continue to be played on Mondays from 12 midday with everyone including new and beginning players encouraged to attend.