Civic rolls to 10 straight

COROWA Civic heads into the Ovens and Murray Christmas recess with the perfect 10 .

Club stalwarts say they can’t remember their top team in Division A being undefeated this far into the season.

Civic maintained its winning start to the summer on Saturday in an absorbing clash against Benalla.

Halfway through the day, the ladder leaders were ahead 46-45. They finished with a rush to win the clash 109-74.

The Scott Widdison-led rink — with Col Hendren, Ian Bilmey and John White — was the best for Civic, winning 39-14.

“They (Benalla) started well and we finished better,” Hendren said yesterday.

“Teenager Tom Webb had a very good win over Bruno Meneguzzi, while Ken Widdison was the only skip to lose for us, beaten 28-18 by Tony Williams.

“The tightest game of the day was between James Dunn and Tim Cromie, where scores were level with one end to go.

“James got two shots on the last end to win 21-19.”

Wodonga was also celebrating a perfect 10 for young skipper Jason King after its win at home against Yarrawonga.

The Ovens and Murray powerhouse was too strong for the cellar dwellers, winning 102-66.

Wodonga’s Ashley Bates said it was a solid display and King a shining light with his 10th consecutive win.

“It is a big effort — it’s his first year as skip and he is only 21,” he said.

“He started here as a junior — probably only started bowling five years ago — and has progressed through the ranks.

“Jason is cool, calm and collected — all the attributes you need in a good skip.”

Other winners for Wodonga were Bates, winning 33-11 over Rob Tait, and John Dawson.

Neil Hocking was the only winner for the visitors when he beat Paul Carey 24-14.

Bates said the second-placed Wodonga would look to the post- Christmas clash against Corowa Civic as its next challenge.

“Civic was too good last time we played but we have some players returning.

“Others are in better form than they were that day and we expect to push them.”

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