Goulburn Valley Bowls Division representatives came close to clean sweeping the Central Goulburn Murray Bowls Region 60-and-over finals on Monday.
With singles and pairs titles across men’s and women’s classifications at Shepparton Park on offer, the local bowlers faced tough opposition in the form of visitors from the Murray and Central bowls divisions.
Shepparton Golf’s Dennis McHarry won his way through to the men’s singles final after defeating Seymour VRI’s John Spargo 21-9.
McHarry looked in fine touch again as the decider got under way, leading Tocumwal Golf’s Ray Taylor for much of the proceedings.
But Taylor fought back hard to push McHarry right to the line, with the latter eventually reaching the required 21 shots for victory, two ahead of his opponent.
It was a less stressful affair for Rushworth legend Jean Sprague in her two matches.
Sprague took care of Broadford’s Helen Barnes 21-13 in the morning session before again asserting her dominance in the final, this time against Finley RS Club’s Karen Peacock, to claim yet another regional title 21-11.
Parkers duo Bev Thorn and Bev Cahill relished playing on their home deck in the women’s pairs, keeping Cobram combination Christine Dunne and Kerry Baldachino at bay throughout their clash and eventually claiming a 21-14 victory.
With fellow Parkers John Mortimer and Peter Brodie drawing the bye in the men’s pairs it meant every final had a GVBD representative chasing regional glory.
The two Bevs were again at the top of their game in the final, seeing off an early challenge from Seymour’s Dot Dillon and Wilma Atkins before powering to a 20-11 triumph in the allotted ends.
Looking across the green at the halfway mark of the finals an elusive four-peat seemed to be still on the cards, but Mortimer and Brodie could not claw their way back into their contest with Barooga duo Peter Russell and Geoff Mitchell, going down 5-16.
The winners have reached the final 16 in the state in each event, and will now go on to represent the region at the Bowls Victoria State Titles, which for the 60-and-over category will be held at Deer Park (singles, November 8-9) and Sebastopol (pairs, December 13-14).