Deniliquin RSL Bowling Club’s Division One posted its first win of the Campaspe Valley Bowls Division season, earning a five-shot victory in Rich River on Saturday.
The RSL combination of Darren Greaves, Glenn Thomson, Terry Taylor and Frank Daniels dropped a ‘three’ on the first end but quickly found form to lead 9-7 after the 10th.
Dropping a ‘four’ on the next then picking up a single saw them go into the break down 10-11.
Picking up four ends on the trot after the break, then four shots to five over the next four ends, saw them with a lead of 20-16 after 20 ends.
Good bowls saw the Deni quartet hold that margin over the last five ends with both teams scoring four shots, with RSL winning 24-20.
The rink of Mark Quor, Craig Hillier, Rod Reid and Bruce Clancy were in for a tight battle with singles being scored on the first seven ends with RSL down 3-4.
Rich River picked up a ‘four’ and ‘three’ over the next five ends to go to the break leading 11-7.
RSL picked up three straight ends after the break to be within one shot, but a two-end fadeout gave Rich River a ‘six’ and a ‘seven’ and saw RSL 10-24 behind after 15 ends.
Two ‘fours’ narrowed the margin to six and after 20 ends RSL were back in the fight trailing 20-26.
Rich River was able to hold their nerve to pick up four shots to two, defeating RSL 22-30.
The RSL rink of Linda Harris, Ken Wellard, Tony Tonta and Mick Howe were also in for a tight game, holding sway 9-7 after 10 ends.
Six shots on the 11th saw them gain a bigger break, and after 12 ends they had a seven-shot buffer, 15-8.
Rich River picked up two shots after the break, but RSL won five of the next seven to be up 22-13 after 20 ends.
RSL dropped three of the remaining five but were able to retain the nine-shot margin running out winners, 25-16.
This gave RSL their first Division One win of the season, final scores 71-66.
Division Three travelled to Rich River with the team of Archie Webster, Jim Jennings, Rex Parker and Chris Frampton beginning well to pick up 10 of the first 12 ends, going into the break with an unassailable lead of 27-4.
The RSL team could have easily become complacent but kept the pressure on, leading 36-13 after 20 ends.
Both teams scored four shots over the last five ends, RSL running out comfortable winners, 40-17.
Lee Pattinson, Jenny Tonta, Peter Kotkin-Smith and Danny Stanmore started well for RSL, leading 11-4 after eight ends.
A surge from Rich River found RSL holding a slender lead 12-11 at the break.
Rich River took the ascendancy at the 16th end with RSL trailing 14-16, but 10 shots over four ends had RSL leading 24-16 after twenty.
The last five ends saw RSL pick up seven shots to one, resulting in a comfortable win, 31-17.
Ron Marchetti, Chris Taylor, Peter Liefting and Craig Taylor dropped a ‘four’ on the first end. They picked up singles on the next two ends but were unable to find form, going into the break down 6-13.
After 16 ends the score was 8-16, but a ‘seven’ on the 17th end brought them back into the game and after 20 ends they trailed 17-19.
Rich River held their nerve, picking up six to three over the remaining five ends with the final score 20-25 to the home side.
The overall score was a comfortable win to RSL 91-59.
Division Five travelled to Moama with several RSL players experiencing the carpet greens for the first time.
Kevin Lester, Neville Austin, Graham Gordon and Brad Leetham could only win three ends before the break to go in 7-20 down.
After the break they found some good form to pull the margin back to nine, 18-27, after 20 ends.
Unable to keep up the effort RSL could only manage one shot over the last five ends to go down 19-35.
On the other rink John Wilson, Brian Clancy, Wayne Bradley and Jamie Lowe started well by picking up seven ends before the break to lead 10-7.
Moama drew level on the 17th end and picked up six of the last eight ends, 17 to two, to defeat RSL 14-29.
The overall result was a comfortable win to Moama 64-33.