RSL ‘threes’ too good for cross-town rivals

October 31, 2017

Peter Kotkin-Smith in action for Deniliquin RSL’s triumphant Division Three team on Saturday.

Division Three was the toast of the RSL Bowls Club on Saturday by downing cross-road neighbours Deni Bowling Club in round four of Campaspe Valley Bowls Division pennant.

The team of Archie Webster, Jim Jennings, Rex Parker and Chris Frampton began well, but Deni were able to keep the score close, with RSL 12-10 at the halfway mark.

After the break RSL were able to stretch their lead and by the 19th end led 21-14. They built on that over the last six ends to run out winners 27-18.

The team of Lee Pattinson, Jenny Tonta, Peter Kotkin-Smith and Danny Stanmore started slowly, dropping seven shots in the first two ends.

The new team skip soon worked out what his team was capable of, and by the half time break, they were leading 13-11.

After the break, RSL picked up eight to Deni’s six, and by end 20 they held onto the lead 21-16.

It was after that, the cream sponge must have kicked in with RSL amassing 10 shots to three, running our comfortable winners 31-19.

Ron Marchetti had a new combination with Bruce Clancy, Peter Liefting and Brad Leetham and they didn’t take long to combine, picking up nine of the first 12 ends to go into the break 15-4.

Deni may have started after the break without RSL on the green, as they picked up a ‘six’ to narrow the margin to five.

RSL bounced straight back by again winning nine of the last 12 ends culminating in an impressive 31-16 win.

The overall result saw RSL win 90-54.

Deniliquin RSL’s Division One bowlers travelled to Moama for round four of the Campaspe Valley Bowls Division pennant season on Saturday.

The new combination of Darren Greaves, Glenn Thomson, Winnie Pattinson and Frank Daniels dropped a ‘four’ on the first end but didn’t let it worry them.

They restricted the opposition to only two shots to lead 10-6 after 10 ends going into the break.

After the break the battle continued with RSL trailing 16-17 at end 20. The run to the finish was tight with RSL winning three ends, whilst Moama were able to pick up two shots, with the scores locked 19 all and one end to play.

RSL held shot when the Moama skip played his last shot, wicking in with beautiful weight to draw shot, robbing RSL 19-20.

The rink of Mark Quor, Craig Hillier, Rod Reid and Craig Taylor were slow to gather momentum, being down 1-5 after five ends. But the RSL foursome put five good ends together, picking up 10 shots to go into the break after 10 ends with the score 11-5.

What happened during the break is a mystery. It’s possible that they may have stayed to watch Winx win, because 10 ends went past them, as fast as the famous racehorse, and at 20 ends the score was RSL 11 and Moama 19.

But just like Humidor, then ran it out keeping with Moama to score four shots each, leaving the final score 15-23.

The RSL rink of Linda Harris, Ken Wellard, Tony Tonta and Mick Howe had a solid start by winning four of the first five ends, but left the door ajar dropping three shots over the next five to go into the break at 10 ends 9-8.

Over the next 10 ends, the battle was tight with RSL picking up seven shots to Moama six shots to lead at end 20, 16-14.

The second last end saw a twist of fate from a tricky green that Moama were able to take advantage of, picking up three shots and leading by two.

The last end saw RSL two shots down and unable to alter the overall result, trying valiantly to rearrange the furniture without success, dropping another three shots to go down 18-23.

The overall score saw Moama victorious 66-52.

Division Five also hosted Deni Bowling Club.

RSL’s Kevin Lester, Neville Austin, Graham Gordon and Jamie Lowe couldn’t do a thing wrong after dropping one shot on the first end.

They went into the break even better than the previous week with a lead of 19-5. The RSL quartet continued their dominance after the break taking the lead 30-6 after the 18th end.

Over the last seven ends they picked up four shots to Deni’s six, finishing the game with a massive 34-12 result.

On the other rink John Wilson, John Kemp, Lyn Hardcastle and Alan Stonham started with a ‘three’ but were unable to gain momentum with the scoreline close at the halfway mark.

RSL trailed 9-12 and came out after the break to pick up the first two ends. But that was it until end 22 when they picked up only their third end for the remaining half.

The final score was 13-26, however RSL still managed the overall victory 47-38.

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