Frustrating start for bowlers at state titles on Bendigo East greens

CONSTANT downpours were welcomed by many, but did cause several matches to be abandoned early in Thursday’s start to the Bowls Victoria state champions week on Bendigo East’s greens.

Just three matches in the last 16 of the women’s state singles were completed.

There was a result in five of the matches for the last 16 in the men’s state fours.

Those to progress to the quarter-finals in the men’s fours included the Sandbelt winners skippered by Bendigo’s Aaron Wilson.

Now playing at Brighton, Wilson teamed with Chris Hannaford, Matt Wilson and Geoff Maskell to score a 19-17 victory in the opening match against the Metro West champions led by Wayne Roberts.

Wilson won the Australian Open singles final at Darebin in 2013 and was the monthly winner in the Bendigo Bank-sponsored Bendigo Advertiser-WIN Television Sports Star of the Year award.

Another member of the Wilson clan, Nathan won this year’s Australian Open final and was joint winner for February in Sports Star.

Other winners in the men’s fours included the Mark Eckel-skipped team from Murray Mallee, the Mick Coram-led four from Strzelecki, and  the Barry Cosgrove-skipped combination from Central Goulburn Murray.

It was a thrilling end to the match between Bendigo-Campaspe and Yarra. The Yarra team skipped by Nick McIntyre scored a 20-19 win against Eaglehawk’s Dallan Klemke, Max Watts, Glen Thatcher and skipper Simon Carter.

Bowlers through to the quarter-finals of the women’s singles are St Kilda’s Tris Doolan, Shepparton Park’s Bev Cahill, and Fitzroy Victoria’s Nicole Shortis.

A great battle between Bendigo Campaspe champion, Julie Ross from Golden Square and Cahill ended in a 25-20 win for the Shepparton Park bowling ace.

Doolan beat Kerang’s Coral Wise, 25-24. Shortis advanced on a forfeit by Sale’s Jan Morton. 

Other matches in the last 16 of the men’s fours and women’s singles are to be completed on Friday.

It may be an earlier start at Bendigo East, or some contests will be relocated to Bendigo Bowling Club in Barnard Street.

Starting times for Friday’s play in the women’s singles and men’s fours at 9.30am and 1.30pm. 

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