Congratulations from all at MBC to Lizzy Lamb and Sara Rodger for being selected in the Sandbelt regional side after trials on Wed 14 Feb.
The third side was the pick of the round picking up the full 18 points and 48 shots up against St Kilda. The second side with 59 shots up and premiers 20 shots up both picked up a healthy 16 points. The Fourth side playing away against Cheltenham who is currently sitting in 2nd place picked up 2 points. Well done Gary and his team of Simon, Eric G and Leigh. For the second week in a row Irwin’s rink Alan/Lizzy, Chris and Dean managed a 7 so close but so far. One was a defensively positioned bowl out the back the other the opposition skip just snuck past number 8.
This week the glasses go to Rick Lawler on his return to skipping in the second side with Byron, Karina and Matt teaming well with 23 up. At one stage they were 24-0 up. Fluffy and his crew of Sara, Scott and Geoff just missed out again with 21 up. It appears that where ever the selectors place Matt the glasses follow. It is his third all with different skippers.
The third side although 5th, 16 points outside the four has a chance of forcing their way into the final four. Next three games are against sides below them and the last round against the current 4th side Moorabbin. Moorabbin have to play the three sides above them before playing Melbourne at Windsor in the last round. Bentleigh who is currently 3rd has to play the top two sides as well as Moorabbin. All games are a must win for the third side to make it.
Melbourne and Altona have cleared out from the rest of the premier division sides. Until the finals start there is more interest in who is going to be demoted with 5th positioned Lilydale only 11 points ahead of second bottom MCC.
Click on the following link to go to The MBC’s response to the BV’s paper on the proposed changes.
The response can also be found in the Saturday pennant section of this website.
Div 2 had a huge win by 60 shots scoring the full 18 points and so consolidating their position at the top of the ladder. Premiers after a slow start had a convincing win by 19 shots picking up 16 points and Div 4 split the rinks and won overall. The Fourth side also split the rink results but went down by 10 shots, However they still have a healthy 20 point buffer over 9th place.
The glasses for the week
There was extreme competition for top scoring team of the week. Fluffy’s team of Sara Rodger, Geoff Boucher and Rick Lawler tripped at the last hurdle with 2 shots down bringing their overall lead back to 19. They were not happy as they were gunning for a second set of glasses. This let Arnold O’Brien’s team of Ash Harvey, Gordon lowing and Ben Thomason with 20 up and Irwin’s team of Alan Burness, Chris Hutchinson and Dean Thomas who picked up 2 on the last end, in to share the trophies for the best results of the round. Great bowling to all three teams.
by Justin White
We’re here, och aye the noo!
To say farewell to you!
A gathering of friends & bowlers,
To say ciao to Tim & Viola.
You’ve both ingratiated yourselves,
You’re not the type to rest on the shelves,
You’re both so much more than mere bowlers,
Our good friends, young Tim & Viola.
You arrived, you survived, you liked our welcome mat,
Tim, the perfect partner, for Viola, the diplomat!
A couple, complimentary, made a magnificent choice,
To join The Melbourne Bowling Club, each with their own unique voice.
Viola, Italiano, is quiet as a mouse,
Tim, a proud Scotsman, can be heard all through the house!
The yin & the yang,
Though, they’re not quite Chinese
They go together, with the greatest of ease.
Both Viola & Tim,
Fill their lives to the brim,
Be it bowls or a diplomatic dinner,
In our eyes, they’re both classed as winners!
They’ll both be missed incredibly,
Having left their mark indelibly,
While the club doesn’t have a choice,
How on earth do you replace that voice?!
Aye laddie, I’ve come from the hoose,
Ok, just one, but I canny get loose,
Viola’s expecting me for a function,
I’ve gotta meet her at St Kilda Junction!
Ok, just one more, like,
Then I’d better get on me bike,
I’ve had a great day here drinking with you bowlers,
But, now, it’s time to spend time with Viola!
And, it’s clear for all those who can see,
Tim loves Viola, Viola loves Timmy,
They’re one hell of a couple, for sure,
Now, it’s time for them to leave, somewhat premature!
While your adventures will take you beyond-a,
We realise you both have to wander,
We thank you, as a club & individuals,
For enhancing this place, you’re both originals,
And, we hope you two have found it enjoyable,
As a couple, we’ll find you irreplaceable,
So grazie, ciao, from every friend and bowler,
We wish you all the best, dear Tim & Viola.
Not the best day for Melbourne in the wet and soggy conditions.
With the only win going to the third side. First time they hit the lead was as a result of the bowl count on the last end of the day. Ron’s rink had been struggling all day but came home strongly as did the other rink teams. It was enough to win on the overall score board by 2. Great leading by Trevor G on the last end with his two bowls close to jack followed up by Timothy C, Trent W and Ron circling the jack and keeping the opposition out for a score of 4. Final result from two down on the big board to two up. A great performance by everyone not to fight to the very end.
Premier division got to within one of Altona but were blown away in the final ends on our home turf. It is now one all for the season with Altona. As always very competitive with the other giant of premier league.
The second side with a big loss still maintains a 26 point buffer over third placed Bentleigh but gave up top spot to Middle Park.
The fourth side although in eighth place has a significantly better percentage than the two sides above and below them.
Club champions for the 2017-18 were decided tonight Thursday 14 December.
Congratulations goes to Kini Meadows for taking out the MBC women’s title and Arjay Bywaters for winning the MBC men’s title.
They can now go on to the Champion of Champions event in the new year. Congratulations from the board to both of you on a fine performance tonight.
Premiers won by 37, Div 2 by 47 and Div 5 by 64. Third side after a quick start were gradually pegged back from just before the break to go down by 17.
The big move of the day was Div 5 who were up at the break by about 10 and then stormed home keeping the opposition to 8 additional shots while they piled on 62 to win by 64 overall. All teams in the side were up, but the big numbers went to Bill Furneaux’s rink with 22 up which was out done by Gary Brown’s rink 24 up. You’d think that would be enough to be the top rink for the week BUT NOT this week. Bryce Young and his rink of Cain Hanley, Barry McGregor and Ben Fearn getting 3 on the last end slipped past with a total up of 25.
The members of the winning rink will get their glass pots with a choice of tap beer next Saturday.
All the details of the round is at the competition section of the website