THE Albury and District Bowling Association started its representative fixtures on a promising note on Sunday by defeating Wagga in its annual challenge at Henty.
It is the first time in six years that Albury has triumphed.
Hopefully, it is a good omen for coming clashes against the Ovens and Murray on Sunday and the annual Bing Wallder Shield at Wagga on the first weekend of next month.
Albury won overall by five shots — 189 to 184 — against Wagga with games in both the morning and afternoon.
No further details, in particular rink scores, have been provided by the association.
Albury will be out to reclaim the Jack Beck memorial shield when it plays the Ovens and Murray at North Albury this Sunday.
It will be without two players who competed against Wagga.
Henty’s Peter Forck and North Albury’s Noel Trainor have been selected in the Zone 8 (Riverina) team competing in the Four Rivers Challenge in Canberra this weekend.
The players selected for this week’s game are Mark Tait (North Albury), Alan Ross (North Albury), Gerald O’Brien (North Albury), Stephen Broad (North Albury) s; Graeme Maddox (Commercial Club), Gavin Jones (Holbrook), Peter Wornes (Holbrook), Duane Crow (Holbrook) s; Colin Thiele (Henty), Graeme Kilner (Commercial Club), Wally Bourne (Howlong), Kerry Boyle (Henty) s; Roy Dahmes (Lavington Panthers), Graem Wake (North Albury), Jim Lee (Culcairn), Terry Hensel (Culcairn) s; Phil Slater (Howlong), Fred Markham (Lavington Panthers), Peter Smith (Commercial Club), David Barnes (Commercial Club) s; Phil Jones (North Albury), Phil Schuster (North Albury), Chris Heather (Holbrook), Norm Honey (North Albury).
The official team is Clarrie Klepiak (Lavington Panthers), Slawko Kitt (Lavington Panthers), Mike Hodgess (Lavington Panthers), Jeff Brundell (Howlong).
There will be games in both the morning and afternoon with the aggregate of shots deciding the outcome.