Naracoorte in with a fighting chance

LUCIDNALE: Kevin Graetz, Legs McCallum, Richard Graetz and Malcolm Graetz. Photo: Supplied
LUCIDNALE: Kevin Graetz, Legs McCallum, Richard Graetz and Malcolm Graetz. Photo: Supplied

With only one round to go before bowls finals there are two Naracoorte divisions still in with a chance.

Division one has locked in a top two finish and Division three must win next week to make it.

Division 1

Mount Gambier 66/2 lost to Naracoorte 73/14. E Pitt, I Williams, L Noll, J East lost to G Carpenter.

With a customary slow start, Naracoorte found themselves 10 shots down at Smoko.

They couldn't bridge the gap after the break, going down by 10 shots.

G East, R Garton, C Munn, M Treglown defeated B Errock. With Naracoorte scoring a handy six on the first end giving them a good buffer, only for Mt Gambier to come back to level the scores at the break.

Mt Gambier got their noses in front, to lead by three shots with two ends to play.

East's rink showed nerves of steal, to score two on each end to win by one shot.

D O'shaugnessy, T Williams, A Grant, R O'Shaughnessy defeated T Bowditch.

Shockers rink had close to the perfect start, leading 20-0 after six ends.

From there, Mt Gambier tried hard, but Naracoorte had to big of a lead, running out winners by 16 shots.

Division 2

Naracoorte 83/3 lost to Mount Gambier 85/13. No cards received. D Johnson, T Mahney, R Crowe, D Williams won by two shots. W Tanner, J Kester, D Jones, R Thomson drew, D Bennett, R Kirkland, R Allen, R Selig lost by four shots.

Division 3

Mount Gambier 70/14 defeated Naracoorte 63/2. B King, B Haggett, W Fox, R Jones defeated G Hocking.

In a good start, Naracoorte won the first four ends and held onto that six shot lead to the break.

After Smoko, Naracoorte pushed on to extend that lead. Although Mt Gambier won the last three ends, King's rink was too strong again, coming out Victors by seven shots.

T Sismey, R Farley, D Mitton, M Dewhirst lost to B Cranwell. Although Naracoorte only won five of the 13 ends before Smoko, they were only down by one shot. They then lost the next 5 ends to be 7 shots down. Then Sismey's rink kicked into gear, winning the next 6 ends, only to go down a 5 on the last ends to lose by 7 shots.

A Goldspink, D Adams, P Biggins, I Fallon lost to K Errock. In a seesawing battle early, Naracoorte found themselves down by seven shots after four ends, hit the lead after nine ends only to be down by 10 shots after 14 ends. From there Naracoorte couldn't quite come back, to go down by seven shots.

Division 5

Millicent 49/12 def Naracoorte 48/2

K Grundy, H McCourt, G Watson, J Hannaford lost to M Fennell.

Naracoorte took a while to work out the tricky Millicent greens, being 12 down at smoko, Millicent extended the margin to 16, but Grundy's rink fought home well, winning six of the last 7 ends to go down by nine shots.

G Williams, L Munn, P Gale, A Malpas won by eight shots.

The Lucindale Bowls Club held its Graetzy's Transport Men's 4's Day on the February nine. There were full rinks with 14 teams attending the day.

They played under humid conditions with players enjoying refreshments over a lovely lunch of cold meats and salads provided by the ladies and delicious fruit crumbles made by Shirley Tregoweth.

The runners up for the day on 83.5 points was the team from Naracoorte consisting of Bob Kirkland, Gordan Williams, Alan Malpas and Howard McCourt.

The winners on 97.5 points were none other than the Graetz team consisting of all three Graetz brothers, Richard, Kevin and Malcolm and Peter "Legs" McCallum.

Thanking Graetzy's Transport for their sponsorship. A great day was had by all.