AUSTRALIA’S No.1-ranked men’s bowler, Lee Schraner, will remain with Bendigo East for at least another three seasons after re-signing with the Beasties.
The Beasties pulled off a major coup last year when they signed Schraner as their new coach and have locked away his signature for a further three seasons.
Schraner has juggled his coaching role at Bendigo East while living in Tasmania, but will be moving to Bendigo after Easter.
“I’m probably a little bit homesick after five-and-a-half years in Tasmania. My time is up over there, so I’ll be relocating to Bendigo after Easter and won’t be doing any more of the flying in and out,” Schraner said on Friday.
“That will mean my role at the club will expand across the whole week, rather than just the weekends.
“Obviously, shifting states is a big move, but the club has been really good and I’m looking forward to the next three years.”
Schraner has well and truly lived up to all the hype that accompanied his arrival in the Bendigo Bowls Division.
After 11 rounds of the weekend pennant season Schraner's is the only undefeated rink in the competition and is +115 shots.
However, it hasn’t been all smooth-sailing for Schraner, who has been forced to play part of the season in a moon boot after breaking his ankle while on a Bowls Australia camp in late-November.
“I had a fall off a trampoline on a fun activity day. It was swollen and an X-Ray showed up clear, but four to five weeks later it still hadn’t healed,” Schraner said.
“So I saw a doctor in Hobart and a CT scan showed a fractured ankle bone, so in order to keep trying to bowl I need to be in a moon boot rather than plaster.
“It has made things a bit tricky… I’m throwing down a few more looser bowls than I’d like, my right foot is further off the ground than my left, the boot rocks, so I’ve had to completely modify my stance on the mat.
“But it’s better to be putting up with that than not bowling at all.”
Bendigo East v Bendigo
Last time – Bendigo East 98 d Bendigo 81.
Castlemaine v Kangaroo Flat
Last time – Kangaroo Flat 98 d Castlemaine 85.
Eaglehawk v South Bendigo
Last time – Eaglehawk 93 d South Bendigo 89.
Inglewood v Golden Square
Last time – Golden Square 82 d Inglewood 77.
1. BENDIGO EAST
Record: 9-1-1 Streak: W3
Points: 157 Shots: +218
Record: 9-1-1 Streak: W9
Points: 151 Shots: +169
Record: 6-4-1 Streak: L1
Points: 114 Shots: -6
4. SOUTH BENDIGO
Record: 5-5-1 Streak: L1
Points: 101 Shots: +48
5. KANGAROO FLAT
Record: 4-6-1 Streak: L2
Points: 89 Shots: -42
6. GOLDEN SQUARE
Record: 2-8-1 Streak: L5
Points: 64 Shots: -110
Record: 3-7-1 Streak: W1
Points: 63 Shots: -160
Record: 2-8-1 Streak: W1
Points: 53 Shots: -117
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