CASTLEMAINE’S Greg Podesta and Marong’s Nancy Tate will begin the defence of their Bendigo Bowls Division champion of champions crowns this Sunday.
The opening three rounds of the coveted champion of champions tournament will be played at Bendigo Bowls Club from 9.30am this Sunday.
Podesta has drawn Dingee club champion Dennis Demeo in the second round, while Tate will open her campaign in the opening round against Kaye Rowe, from Eaglehawk.
A 15-player field in the women’s section includes three former title winners – Tate, Golden Square’s dual winner Julie Ross, (2006-07 and 2014-15) and Bendigo East’s Helen Clough (2015-16).
A full list of club champions and Sunday’s draw follows.
Club champions 2018-19
Bendigo: Andrew Brown, Lee Harris.
Bendigo East: Martin Lord Senior, Helen Clough.
Bendigo VRI: Phillip Milburn, Shirley Huggard.
Bridgewater: Rae Broadbent (not playing), Vicky Tierney (not playing).
Calivil: Alan Leech, Coral Maxted.
Campbell’s Creek: Brian Ross, Lorna Gannaway (not playing).
Castlemaine: Greg Podesta, Patricia O’Shea.
Dingee: Dennis Demeo, women’s still to be played.
Eaglehawk: Dean Carter, Kaye Rowe.
Golden Square: Geoff Walsh, Julie Ross.
Harcourt: Tony Olson, Heather Braid.
Heathcote: Hal Dihm, Denise Anderson.
Inglewood: Daryl Rowley, Shirley Sloan.
Kangaroo Flat: John Berry, Susan Howes.
Lockwood South: Not advised.Marong: Darren Marshall , Nancy Tate.
North Bendigo: Daniel Taig.
South Bendigo: Wayne Marwood, Pat Doherty.
Strathfieldsaye: Geoff Dixon, Robyn Tickner.
Serpentine: Not advised.
White Hills: Not advised.
Woodbury: Graeme Poulton, Kristen Skinner.
Round 1: D. Rowley (Inglewood) v G. Poulton (Woodbury), T. Olson
(Harcourt) v D. Carter (Eaglehawk).
Round 2: B. Ross (Campbell’s Creek) v M. Lord Snr (Bendigo East), D. Taig (North Bendigo) v A. Brown (Bendigo), G. Dixon (Strathfieldsaye) v P. Milburn (Bendigo VRI), D Marshall (Marong) v winner Rowley/Poulton, G. Walsh (Golden Square) v winner Olson/Carter, J. Berry (Kangaroo Flat) v A. Leech (Calivil), G. Podesta (Castlemaine) v D. Demeo (Dingee), W. Marwood (South Bendigo) v H Dihm (Heathcote).
K. Skinner (Woodbury) v C. Maxted (Calivil), P. O’Shea (Castlemaine) v D. Anderson (Heathcote), L. Harris (Bendigo) v P. Doherty (South Bendigo), S. Sloan (Inglewood) v H. Clough (Bendigo East), N. Tate (Marong) v K. Rowe (Eaglehawk), S. Huggard (Bendigo VRI) v J. Ross (Golden Square), H. Braid (Harcourt) v R. Tickner (Strathfieldsaye), S. Howes (Kangaroo Flat) v bye.
Players are asked to report by 9am. Trial ends 9.15am, with play starting at 9.30am.