Friendly rivalry

The result of Healesville Bowling Club's four teams last week. Picture: SUPPLIED.

By Ian Milgate

Tuesday’s Team 1 played rivals, Warburton at home and the Team 1 expected a close game as Warburton were sitting second on the ladder and they were fifth but a win could catapult them into third.

They started off slow as Warby got the jump on them but they chipped away until the half time break when they went in 2 shots up 27/25.

After the break, the team kept in touch with Warby and with only two ends to go and 4 shots up, they dropped a 5 giving Warby a 1 shot lead with one end to


With only two bowls to come, Warby were holding one but as per usual Steve Graham spun his brilliance and put last shot down closest to the jack.

All level at the end of the game, well for 20 minutes until a discrepancy was picked up and in fact Warby finished up winning by 1 shot 52/53.

It was great to see the Warby boy’s stay back and enjoy our company, regardless of the win.

Healesville’s most valuable player award went to Bob Brown.

Steve Graham, Rob Broadhurst, Hilda Gurney, Gerda Otto 19/14

Steve Bulled, Damian Key, Bob Brown, Ian Milgate 25/14

Effie Laban, Rob Ayres, Gerry Gommers, Judy Veerman 8/25

Tuesday’s Team 2 played away at Bayswater.

Healesville were sitting third on the ladder and with a win today would put us into second position.

Unfortunately with a few late withdrawals, it was going to be a tough ask.

To their credit the team was able to win two out of the three rinks but unfortunately went down by 12 shots 52/64.

Fitzy’s most valuable player award went to someone who has been out of the game for quite a while due to illness, but came out to day and

played a cracker, Wally Mays.

Len Cosson, Anne Holland, Russell Smith, Jodi Ward 25/14

John Fitzpatrick, Colin Jarvis, Wally Mays, Glenda Graham 21/16

Mike Adams, Leonie Fitzpatrick, Mark Cookney, Steve Hargraves 6/34

Saturday’s Team 1 played away at Heathmont and this was going to be one big challenge as they were sitting on top of the ladder with Heathmont sitting

second, on the same points.

The team knocked Heathmont off the top the week before after they lost to Ringwood, so they will be mighty hungry to get top spot back.

Most rinks started off well on a very slick green, and by the half time break, they were trailing by 8 shots.

After the break, Healesville put the pedal down and eventually broke away for a 4 shot win, 89/85.

Adrian Beales rink were the best winning rink with Adrian Beales getting Steve Graham’s most valuable player award.

Great effort by everyone which keeps our finals chances alive.

Steve Graham, Rob Broadhurst, Ian Milgate Robert Ayres 13/34

Steve Bulled, Chris Hawting, Colin Jarvis, John Howard 27/20

Adrian Beales, Effie Laban, Bob Brown, Gerda Otto 24/18

Mark Ward, Colin Lowe, Barry Parker, Brad Chandler 25/13

Saturday’s Team 2 played at home against Donvale, and will be trying to redeem themselves after the loss to Monbulk the week before.

Healesville has the opportunity to go to second place on the ladder if we get over Donvale.

Healesville came out to play and by the half time break, had a comfortable break.

It continued on after the break with some good bowling from John Fitzpatrick, Tino Micari and Mike Adams to finally beat Donvale by 28 shots


John Fitzpatrick’s most valuable player award went to Tino Micari with Fitzy’s rink having the best winning rink.

Len Cosson, Anne Holland, Mark Cookney, Russell Smith 25/16

John Fitzpatrick, Glenda Graham, Karl Tok, Tino Micari 21/10

Wally Mays, Mike Adams, Judy Veermann, Jill Cookney 19/11