HEATHCOTE Bowls Club’s division six team recorded a huge 44-shot win over Kangaroo Flat on the weekend in a big boost to the side’s chances of avoiding relegation.
Heathcote sits in eighth spot on the ladder and now has a slight buffer between it and ninth-placed North Bendigo and bottom side Kangaroo Flat.
Division six: Heathcote 112 defeated Kangaroo Flat 68.
Neville Smith 21 drew with N Wild 21
Keith Brown 24 defeated W Conboy 22
Basil Kapoulitsa 21 defeated B Smith 16
Ray Anderson 16 defeated M Sanou 9
Neville Smith made a slow start and was down by eight shots after 12 ends. Fortunately Neville’s team won the next four ends and the last two to draw the game.
Keith Brown had an even game with scores level on the 7th, 9th, 13th and 24th ends. Keith’s team scored two shots on the last end to win by those two shots.
Basil Kapoulitsa made an even start and led by a shot after the 12th end. Basil’s team slowly drew away and despite losing the last end went on to record a five-shot win.
Ray Anderson lost the first end but then won the next nine to lead by 21 shots. Ray’s team kept up the pressure, losing only three more ends to have a huge 37-shot win.
Heatchcote’s division three side travelled to Bendigo East needing to win but were soundly defeated by 33 shots.
The loss leaves the side in sixth spot, three games out of the top four.
Division three: Heathcote 72 lost Bendigo East 105.
Deryl Binney 26 defeated N Kirby 17
Greg Speirs 28 defeated D Coles 18
Brian Taylor 11 lost to G Howes 32
Bill Gardiner 7 lost to A Borham 38
Deryl Binney made a good start to lead by seven shots by the 7th end. Deryl’s team then shared the shots and ends and held onto record a nine-shot win.
Greg Speirs made an even start with scores level on the 10th, 14th and 16th ends. Greg’s team took control, losing only three more ends and won by 10 shots.
Brian Taylor made a slow start and by the 12th end trailed by six shots. Brian’s team only won two more ends and went on to lose by 21 shots.
Bill Gardiner made a poor start, losing the first 10 ends to trail by 19 shots. Despite their best effort, Bill’s team were unable to make any headway and lost by 31 shots.
Weekend Pennant Teams
Division 3: Heathcote vs. Kangaroo Flat at Heathcote.
D E Binney (s), J McGillivray, G Baker, L Tattersall; G Speirs (s), G Wilkie, B Cail, P Manson; B Gardiner (s), G Saunders, H Dawson, R Hanson; B Taylor (s), C Morcom, V Keogh, F Dimauro.
Captain: G Speirs. Duty Team: D E Binney.
Division 6: Heathcote vs. Campbells Creek at Campbells Creek.
B Kapoulitsa (s), P Cunningham, D Dedman, I Ross; N Smith (s), J Hutson, L Morante, O Meuller; K Brown (s), T Aylett, B Mathieson, D Kilner; R Anderson (s), E Knight, K Reader, L Jeffrey.
Captain: D Kilner. Bus leaves at noon.
Midweek Pennant Results:
Heathcote played second-placed Bendigo East and after a slow start Heathcote finished well to record a thrilling two-shot win to go back into the four.
Heathcote 71 defeated Bendigo East 69.
C Cail 33 defeated Y Rutherford 23
R Craig 13 lost to G Judd 31
E O’Brien 25 defeated J Judd 15
Chris Cail started with five shots on the first end but by the 13th end scores were level. Chris’ team finished well, winning seven of the last nine ends to record a 10-shot win.
Rae Craig started slowly and by the 15th end was down by 15 shots. Despite scoring four shots on the 22nd, Rae’s team went down by 18 shots.
Eileen O’Brien made an even start with scores level on the 9th and 17th ends. Eileen’s team then took control and after scoring two shots on last end won by 10 shots.
Midweek Pennant Team: Heathcote vs Bendigo at Bendigo:
C Cail (s), D Anderson, M Tattersall, H Baker; R Craig (s), D Cutajar, C Smith, M Wright; E O’Brien (s), J McDonald, D Finn, L Speirs.
Captain: C Cail. Bus Leaves at 8.15am.
On Wednesday in fine and warm conditions, 16 bowlers played three games of pairs.
The only three-game winners were Smokey Dawson (s) and John Hutson (three wins, 46 points, +15 shots). Runners-up were Rae Craig (s) and Lorraine Speirs (two wins, 36 points, +16 shots). The jackpot was not won and will be $75 today.
Today: Mixed social bowls at 1pm.
Tomorrow: Pennant practice and club barebcue.
Saturday, February 4: Weekend pennant.
Sunday, February 5: Derrick Binney Memorial Triples at 10am (more teams needed).
Monday, February 6: Midweek pennant.
Tuesday, February 7: Tuesday night social pennant at 7pm.