Finals bound

By McIvor Times

HEATHCOTE Bowling Club’s division three side has held on to a finals spot in the Bendigo Bowls Division despite a heavy defeat on Saturday.

Heathcote went down to Golden Square on the weekend but still managed to hang on to fourth place on the ladder.

The same two sides will meet again this weekend in the elimination semi-final.

Heathcote 83 lost to Golden Square 101

Bill Gardiner 13 lost to G Cronk 28

John McGillivray 17 lost to P Bush 25

Chris Morcom 28 defeated D Condon 22

Greg Speirs 25 lost to J Frost 26

Bill Gardiner’s rink lost the first four ends but fought back to trail by only a shot after 12 ends. Unfortunately, the team then struggled, winning only two more ends to lose by 15 shots.

John McGillivray’s team made an even start with scores level after 12 ends. Despite their best efforts though, Johns team were only able to win four more ends and were defeated by eight shots.

Chris Morcom’s rink started well, winning the first four ends and were in the lead by 11 shots by the 14th end. Although, Chris’ team only won two subsequent ends they held on to win by six shots.

Greg Speirs’ team made a poor start and trailed by 12 shots on the 11th end. Greg’s team lifted, winning nine of the next 10 ends, however after losing a shot on the last end they were defeated by a single shot.

Division six.

Heathcote’s division six team had a thrilling one-shot win over Woodbury on Saturday to get off the bottom of the ladder and avoid relegation.

Heathcote 83 defeated Woodbury 82

Alan Perry 18 lost to P Edwards 25

Denise Anderson 16 lost to B Shay 20

Eileen O’Brien 28 defeated B Hickey 17

Chris Cail 21 defeated B Brown 20

Alan Perry’s team started slowly, trailing by eight shots at the 14th end. Shots and ends were then shared. However, Alan’s team were ultimately defeated by seven shots.

Denise Andersons rink made an even start with scores level on the 9th, 13th and 20th ends. Unfortunately, Denise’s team lost the last few ends and went down by four shots.

Eileen O’Brien’s team won the first three ends and led by 13 shots after 14 ends. The team kept up the good form, winning the last end to claim the victory by 11 shots.

Chris Cail’s rink had a great start, winning the first six ends to lead 11 shots to nil. Despite the opposition then staging a massive comeback, Chris’ team was victorious on the last four ends and recorded a one-shot win.

Midweek bowls results:

Heathcote travelled to Bendigo to play Bendigo East in the elimination semi-final.

After an even start Heathcote struggled but fought back to go down by only eight shots.

Heathcote 63 lost to Bendigo East 71

Chris Cail 16 lost to G Judd 31

Sharyn Vowles 22 drew with J Judd 22

Denise Anderson 25 defeated J Hoffman 18

Chris Cail’s team started well but by the 13th end trailed by 13 shots. Shots and ends were then shared, however, ultimately, Chris’ team were defeated by 15 shots.

Sharyn Vowles’ rink made an even start with scores level after five ends. Sharons team then struggled and were trailing by five shots after 12 ends. Despite losing the last end, Sharyn’s team managed to hang on and tie the game with 22 shots apiece.

Denise Anderson’s team started well and led by seven shots after 13 ends. The team continued to play well and despite losing the last two ends won by seven shots.

Weekend pennant peam:

Heathcote play Golden Square at Bendigo East in the elimination semi-final on Saturday.

B Taylor (s), C Morcom, H Dihm, T Aylett.

G Speirs (s), G Wilkie, R Anderson, B Cail.

J McGillivray (s), P Zander, R Hanson, G Baker.

B Gardiner (s), P Cunningham, H Dawson, F Dimauro.

Side captain: G Speirs.

Ladies Pairs Championship:

Last week the Ladies Pairs Championship was contested between Rae Craig/Dot Cutajar and Chris Cail/Lorraine Speirs.

After an even start Rae and Dot drew away to lead by 13 shots after 15 ends. Chris and Lorraine fought back but lost the last end to go down by just eight shots.

The Heathcote Bowling Club congratulates Rae Craig and Dot Cutajar on winning the 2018/19 Ladies Pairs Championship.

Social Bowls.

On Wednesday, in fine and warm conditions, 13 bowlers played three games of pairs and triples. The winners were Smokey Dawson (s) and Tom Aylett (three wins, 45 points, +14 shots).

Runners-up were Greg Speirs (s), Hal Dihn and Les Morante (two wins, 34 points, +8 shots), from Kelvin Hamilton (s) and Brett Mathieson (two wins, 33 points, +6 shots).

The jackpot was not won and will be $180 today.

Coming Events.

Today: Mixed social bowls at 1pm.

Tomorrow: Pennant practice and club barbecue.

Saturday, March 2: Weekend pennant elimination final.

Sunday, March 3: Invitation Fours Tournament at 10am.

Tuesday, March 5: Tuesday night social Pennant at 7pm.