Triples turnout a treat at Lavington

THE Lavington Panthers Bowling Club’s inaugural Australia Day triples tournament was a success with 22 teams taking part.

Teams came from Myrtleford, Corryong, Benalla, Wangaratta, Moonee Ponds, Flemington/Kensington, Henty, Holbrook, Howlong, North Albury and Commercial Club competing for more than $1000.

Just three teams managed to win their four games and took the prizemoney.

The winning team was Roy Dahmes (Lavington), who combined with North Albury’s Alan “Salty” Ross and skip Stephen Broad — they had a 28-2 victory in their first game against a Lavington team, paving the way for their success.

Broad’s team finished with a margin of plus 44 shots to claim the $600 major prizemoney.

North Albury’s Allan Pantling and Norm Honey joined Adrian Pantling in a composite combination to finish runners-up with plus 38 shots.

Adrian Pantling is playing for Benalla in Ovens and Murray A1 pennant this season.

Another composite team of Mike McGrath (Lavington), Brian Kelly (Commercial Club) and Jamie Martin (Lavington) had four wins plus 29.

Five teams managed to get three wins each.

They were skipped by Noel Trainor (North Albury), Attila Litke (Myrtleford), Fred Markham (Lavington), Peter Forck (Henty) and Brian Linehan (Lavington).

Officials are confident of making it an annual event.

Lavington has another triples tournament scheduled for April 12 when the Albury and District pennant season finishes.

- Both the Ovens and Murray and Albury and District associations seem unlikely to play pennant this Saturday with temperatures in the 40s predicted.

The Ovens and Murray has just two rounds to play.

After the Albury District played its opening round of pennant, it missed the next due to the Border’s excessive heat.

There was a general bye last weekend and if this weekend is abandoned, it will have played just one of the first three scheduled games.

One suggestion is to extend the season, but clubs are committed to their own events and tournaments in April after the scheduled end of pennant.

The board may have to double up with games on a Saturday and Sunday to catch up — or forget about the lost games, share the points and have the season decided on whatever number of games are played.

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