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Seymour VRI Bowls Report 19th December

Saturday 19ᵗʰ December 2020

We have arrived at the halfway point of the season with all of the Saturday Pennant sides looking forward to celebrating the Christmas
break whilst sitting inside the top four of their respective Divisional Pennant Competitions and the Midweek side is ready to launch a raid on the top four following the break.

The Finals of the Men’s and Women’s Club Singles Championships were played on Friday evening with the green running at very nice 15 seconds but with a gusty wind causing concern for all players involved.

In the Men’s Final defending Champion Mick Szczykulski started brightly against first timer finalist Brad Anderson winning 3 of the first four ends to jump to a 6 shot to 1 shot lead however a four to Brad on the 5ᵗʰ end closed the gap to a single shot. Mick then steadied to win 5 of the next 6 ends scoring a further 12 shots whilst Brad could only win 2 ends adding a further 3 shots to find himself trailing by 10 shots at the 12ᵗʰ end 18 to 8. The next six ends saw Brad mount somewhat of a comeback winning 4 of them and adding a further 9 shots whilst Mick could only add four singles to see his lead cut to just 3 shots 20 to 17. That was to be the closest Brad would get winning just 2 of the final 7 ends scoring 3 shots whilst Mick showed why he was the defending Champion winning whilst scoring singles on winning 5 ends it was enough for him to get over the line and retain his Club Champion title 25 to 20 after 25 hard fought ends.

L to R Michael Szczykulski (Winner) and Brad Anderson (Runner-up)

The Women’s Final saw previous Champion Helen Flint score 4 shots on the first three ends before first timer Jane Wilson get on the board with a single on the fourth end. Picking up two maximum scores on the next 2 ends saw Helen burst away to a handy 11 shot lead 12 to 1 which was to prove a margin to far for Jane. Over the following 16 ends Helen scored a further 14 shots whilst Jane could manage just a further 10 shots which enabled Helen to claim her 3ʳᵈ Women’s Club Singles title.

L to R Helen Flint (Winner) and Jane Wilson (Runner-up)

Thursday, Christmas Eve, will see the finals of the Women’s and Men’s Pairs with the Women’s commencing early at around 9.30am when Helen Flint/Carol Harrop do battle with Jane Wilson/Joy Cashill in our Inaugural Women’s Pairs Championship whilst the Men’s Final will commence later that afternoon around 3pm, when Mick Szczykulski/Brad Anderson take on the combination of Greg Jones/Joe Purcell for the Men’s title. If you are looking for something to do come on down you are sure to be entertained.

Thank you to everyone who supported our club in purchasing tickets in our Annual Xmas Hamper Raffle which was drawn at the Christmas Party on Sunday evening with the Results being:
1ˢᵗ Hamper / Wheelbarrow and $50 voucher at IGA – K Noonan

2ⁿᵈ $50 voucher at IGA – R King

3ʳᵈ $50 voucher at IGA – J Furletti

4ᵗʰ $50 voucher at IGA – C Nicholson

5ᵗʰ $50 voucher at IGA – J Crockett

CBD MIDWEEK 15ᵗʰ December
SEYMOUR VRI 95 (14) def Wallan 64 (2)

Seymour VRI Midweek Pennant continued their much-improved form with a strong win at home against highly placed Wallan on Tuesday. Again, winning on 2 rinks and a narrow loss on the other they ran  away to record a powerful win by a 31-shot margin whilst remaining in touch with the top four just 15 points behind fourth placed Eildon.

Greg Jones’s rink of Terry Flynn, Paul Rolfe and Jane Wilson were very impressive matched against Geoff Symon’s rink leading 9 to nil after just 3 ends and at the 9-end mark led 21 to 3. Over the next four ends they scored a further 10 shots to reach the 14ᵗʰ end break with a commanding 21 shot lead 31 to 7. Resuming after the break saw a more even contest as Greg’s rink scored a further 9 shots on their 5 ends won whilst Geoff’s rink added 11 shots for 6 end wins. After 25 ends the result was a big 22 shot win to Greg’s rink 40 to 18.

Joe Purcell’s rink of Kevin Cain, Garry Bester and Peter Delzotto started strongly leading by 9 shots after the 4ᵗʰ end against Peter Glass. Although winning just a further 4 ends going into the 14ᵗʰ end break Joe’s rink held a handy 5 shot lead 16 to 11. Following the break, it was an improved performance from Joe’s rink winning an additional 7 of the remaining 11 ends whilst scoring a further 13 shots and allowing Peter’s rink just 4 end wins for a further 8 shots scored which resulted in a solid 10 shot win for Joe’s rink 29 to 19.

Mario Furletti’s rink of Ron King, Bill Dawe and Ian Cashill started slowly trailing Brian Smethurst’s rink by 9 shots after 6 ends 2 to 11. Whilst adding a further 8 shots by the 14ᵗʰ end break Mario’s rink found themselves trailing by 10 shots 10 to 20 after Brian’s rink added a
further 9 shots themselves. The final 11 ends were dominated by Mario’s rink scoring a further 15 shots on 7 ends won whilst holding Brian’s rink to just 4 end wins and an addition 7 shots, it was Mario’s rink just falling short by 2 shots going down 25 to 27.

SEYMOUR VRI 87 (14) def Alexandra 67 (2)

At home it was Seymour VRI winning on 2 rinks and narrowly going down on the other to record a 20-shot win over Alexandra enabling them to retain 3ʳᵈ place remaining just 4 points behind 2ⁿᵈ placed Broadford on the CBD Division One ladder at the Christmas break.

Greg Jones rink of Phil Challis, Bill Dawe and Wayne Noonan after dropping a single on the first end dominated from the match against Neil Rieschieck’s rink winning the next 7 ends to lead by 19 shots at the 8ᵗʰ end 20 to 1 and with both sides adding a further 5 shots each they arrived at the 14ᵗʰ end break holding a commanding 18 shot lead 25 to 7. Following the break and in winning 6 of the remaining 11 ends and dropping 9 shots on 4 losing ends its was Greg’s rink maintain their margin at the break to record a 20-shot winning margin 36 to 16.

Mick Szczykulski returned to his skipping role and with Moreno Puppa, Geoff Neal and Helen Flint were pitted against Bob Benghamy’s rink. After dropping singles on the first two ends Mick’s rink won the next 5 ends scoring 16 shots to lead by 14 shots at the 7ᵗʰ end but only won 2 of the 7 ends to have their led reduced to 10 shots at the 14ᵗʰ end break. 8 all however by the 14ᵗʰ end break they were trailing by 5 shots 9 to 14. Starting well again after the break Mick’s rink won 5 ends on the trot to race out to an 18- shot lead at the 18ᵗʰ end but then the wheels fell of scoring just a single shot on a further one end won whilst Bob’s rink won 5 of the remaining 6 ends to narrow the gap by whopping 17 shots, which, was not enough as Mick’s rink hung on for a narrow 3 shot win 30 to 27.

Joe Purcell’s rink of Kevin Cain, Ian Cashill and Brad Anderson started well found themselves in a neck and neck battle with the wily Greg Gilmore’s rink as scores see-sawed as each side won 7 of  the first 14 ends each but at the break it was Joe’s rink with a narrow 3 shot lead. Following the break Joe’s rink struggled to win just 3 ends scoring a further 8 shots whilst Greg’s rink in winning 8 ends added a further 14 shots to their tally which resulted in Joe’s rink suffering a narrow 3 shot loss 21 to 24.

Alexandra 54 (2) lost to SEYMOUR VRI 78 (14)

Away to 6ᵗʰ ranked Alexandra it was another must win game for 5ᵗʰ placed VRI to stay in touch with the top four. With 2 rinks recording wins and the third rink down VRI, after leading by 19 shots at the 42-end break, eventually recorded a 24-shot win and moved into 3ʳᵈ place at the Christmas break.

Wayne Flint again assumed the skipping role form promoted Ian Cashill and with Jim Tuckwell, Anthony Nachtigal and Jim Furletti jumped out of the blocks to lead 13 to 1 after just 8 ends against Marie Evan’s rink. Losing just 2 more ends with the opposition scoring singles on both Wayne’s rink led by 16 shots at the 14ᵗʰ end break 19 to 3. Continuing their excellent work after the break Wayne’s rink scored a further 12 shots from 7 end wins whilst allowing Marie’s rink a further 6 shots on just four end wins to run out comfortable 22 shot winners 31 to 9.

Mario Furletti’s reshuffled rink of Paul Rolfe, Mark Brett and Geoff Dixon leapt started well against Alan Boyd’s rink winning 8 of the first 14 ends and found themselves leading by 6 shots at the break 16 to 10. Following the break Mario’s rink won a further 7 of the 11 ends securing a
further 10 shots whilst allowing Alan’s rink just four end wins for an additional 7 shots which allowed Mario’s rink to record a solid 9 shot win 26 to 17.

Peter Delzotto’s rink of Joy Cashill, Joshua Austin and John Crockett were pitted against Garnet Eastment’s rink and winning 3 of the first four ends to lead 9 to 1 by 8 shots they were then able to win a further 2 ends scoring just 2 more shots and finding themselves trailing by 3 shots at the 14ᵗʰ end break. Over the final 11 ends Peter’s rink managed to score 10 shots on four end wins whilst Garnet’s rink added 14 more shots whilst winning a further 7 ends which meant that Peter’s rink lost by 7 shots 21 to 28.


With results from other games falling their way Division 6 side remain in 2ⁿᵈ place following their bye, just 4 points behind top side Nagambie, four points clear of 3ʳᵈ placed Tatura Hilltop and 6 points clear of fourth placed Shepparton Park at the halfway point of the season.

Until next week
The Oracle