Riverina rolls to victory

Benalla’s Tim Cromie delivers a bowl during the inter-state challenge. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

Benalla’s Tim Cromie delivers a bowl during the inter-state challenge. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

ZONE 8 (Riverina) maintained its dominance over Ovens and Murray in their annual bowls challenge played at Wodonga at the weekend.

The outcome was virtually assured after the first game on Saturday when Zone 8 finished 33 shots ahead.

It won five of its six rinks and NSW representative David Ferguson guided his team to a 21-shot win to be the best performed rink.

The margin in the second game was three shots in favour of Zone 8 and it won a shortened final game by 13 shots.

O and M’s Ian Brimblecombe had the best performed rink in the second game with a 14-shot victory against Nick Gannon.

Zone 8 skip David Quigley was awarded the best performed rink in the final game with a marging of nine shots.

The overall score was 295 shots to 246 and Zone 8 remains unbeaten in the event for about 10 years.

Ovens and Murray has been successful in the challenge just twice in its 16-year history.

The Zone 8 official team turned the tables and likewise was successful.

Ovens and Murray had held the trophy for the official rink for several years.

But Zone 8 established a big break on Saturday when brilliantly skipped by president David Cassidy.

The overall margin was 45 shots to 26 in Zone 8’s favour and Cassidy had plenty of support from Rob Warner, Bill Spletter and Max Sanbrook.

Scores: First game: Zone 8 132 d O and M 99 (Nick Gannon lost to Scott Widdison 16-24, Bruce Lack d Ashley Bates 21-19, David Ferguson d Tim Cromie 27-6, David Quigley d Ken Widdison 22-18, Pedro Rudd d Jason King 24-20, Christian Morgan d Ian Brimblecombe 22-12). Second game: Zone 8 98 d O and M 95 (Bruce Lack lost to Jason King 13-20, David Quigley d Tim Cromie 20-12, Pedro Rudd d Ashley Bates 19-16, Nick Gannon lost to Iam Brimblecombe 6-20, Christian Morgan d Scott Widdison 24-10, David Ferguson lost to Ken Widdison 16-17). Third game: Zone 8 65 d O and M 52 (Pedro Rudd lost to Tim Cromie 7-13, Nick Gannon d Jason King 10-9, Christian Morgan drew with Ken Widdison 9-all, David Ferguson d Scott Widdison 17-7, Bruce Lack lost to Iam Brimblecombe 8-9, David Quigley d Ashley Bates 14-5).