We’ll bowl on with our heads held high

April 10, 2018

Champions: Goulburn Valley Bowls Division claimed the Challenge Shield with a tight win over Ovens and Murray.

Top effort: Central Goulburn Murray Bowls Region turned heads at the Bowls Victoria Women's Region Sides Championship with an impressive performance.

Goulburn Valley lawn bowlers have been doing the region proud with their performances on the representative stage at the weekend.

On Sunday, the Goulburn Valley Bowls Division took on Ovens and Murray in an annual battle between the two teams.

After claiming the Challenge Shield last year for the first time since 2011, the Goulburn Valley squad defended its title in a thrilling contest at Stanhope.

Jock Hicks, Ken Sutcliffe, Nick Boyd and Shane Walsh made up GVBD’s best performed rink for the day in the 122-119 triumph — during which the home side came back from a large deficit.

‘‘They were about 20 shots down halfway through and came back and snuck over the line in the end,’’ GVBD chairman James McLeod said.

‘‘We were really over the moon and rapt for the boys, they fought hard and got us over the line.

‘‘The concept is a great idea and both Ovens and Murray and ourselves want this to continue on.

‘‘We’re going back to when it was originally played, which is before Christmas, so we’ve locked a Sunday in already.

‘‘Hopefully mid-season we’ll be able to attract even more bowlers and supporters to the day.’’

Meanwhile, at Swan Hill, Central Goulburn Murray Region was duking it out with the best bowlers in the state at the Bowls Victoria Women’s Region Sides Championship.

The region won five of its seven sectional matches to put its hand up for a grand final berth, but with Sandbelt and Yarra also winning five games the top spot in the pool came down to shot difference.

Unfortunately for CGM, a four-shot defeat in its last clash — coupled with Sandbelt’s 27-shot destruction of Gippsland — left it seven shots from the pace and consigned to second spot in its pool.

But the women — skipped well by Jean Sprague, Alison Hall and Bev Cahill during the competition — certainly announced themselves on the big stage.

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