Tatura Young Gun Fires Up
Tatura's Ashley McDonell has shown his prowess as a lawn bowler by taking out the Novice Singles Championship in a competition held between the Central, Goulburn and Murray associations eligible novice bowlers.
McDonell in his first year at weekend pennant bowls has already elevated himself with demonstrations of his capabilities by being a regular in Tatura's top side. He has been a regular practising on the greens for a number of years under the tutelage of a couple of capable Tatura bowlers in grandparents John and Faye Attwood and is currently playing in a leader's role under John as his skipper.
As the winner of this CGM Region event, McDonell will now go on to play other region winners in the Bowls Victoria 2020 Novice Singles Championship scheduled for March-April. Congratulations Ash.
Tatura Primary School Rockin’ and Rollin’ on the greens
The Tatura Primary school has for many years had regular participants at the Tatura Bowls Club having a fun day on the greens. Annually a school sports program involving a variety of sporting activities has some of the keen primary school children out and about having a bit of outdoor fun and maybe taking away some of the skills of lawn bowls.
Top Two Clash and Tatura Crash
Division two weekend bowls had Tatura in second spot inviting top of the table Tallygaroopna to its greens for a competitive game of bowls. Early indications of a tough home game were realised for Tatura when after just five ends Tallygaroopna was relentless in flexing its muscle on the scoreboard and was up 22 to 13. At the completion of 10 ends Tatura was nearly being doubled 24 to 45. There was no improvement for Tatura as Tallygaroopna continued its domination winning comfortably at the end of the day by 51 shots.
The only rink offering any resistance to the Tallygaroopna demolition of Tatura was John Attwood's rink of Nick Tziros, Dot Best and Ashley McDonell who gained two points for their seven-shot 25 to 18 win against Brett Gunning. Brendon Boyd 14 to 28 was defeated by Mark Ryan and brother Nick Boyd went down by 15 shots against Joe Lia. Peter Wallis was thrashed by Matthew Robertson 11 to 40. Tatura overall beaten by 51 shots, 66 to 117 and gained just two points to 16.
Division six West weekend bowls had the home town clash against Hill Top, where at the end of the day the teams were unable to be separated on the scoreboard 61 shots each with Hill Top gaining extra points seven to nine with their two out of three rinks win. Joyce Andrus succumbed to Hill Top's Ray Fleming by 15 shots 11 to 26. Dave Westin and Julian Robson who recently transferred from Tatura to Hill Top had a duel on their hands with the lead changing a number of times in the latter stages and dead level on the penultimate end. Robson's rink with a one on the last and Hill Top home by one shot, 19 to 20.
Seth Tziros promoted to the role of skipper announced prior to the match that he was looking forward to the challenge of his first skipper role and was extremely pleased with his rink's 16 shot 31 to 15 win against Bill Miller.
Tatura's division two midweek on a high with its previous week's win against top of the ladder Euroa was brought back to reality when it was overcome by Shepparton Park at Tatura. All contested matches were close, however, Tatura's sole winning rink of Dot Best against Pam Henderson by two shots 22 to 20 was insufficient to cover the two rink losses. Joyce Andrus lost to Bev Thorn by three shots 23 to 26 and Freda Clement was defeated by Leonie Freeman by six shots 23 to 29. Final score Tatura down by seven shots 68 to 75 and two points to 14.
— John Crilly