Lawn bowls | Albury four out in first round

THE Albury and District Bowling Association’s representatives in the Zone 8 fours championship were beaten in their opening round game at Tumut on Saturday.

The Howlong combination of Sam Doolan, Trevor Smith, Ian Doolan and skip Wally Bourne lost by four shots, 19-15, to a Southern Slopes team skipped by Ross Maguire.

Maguire’s team lost a semi-final on Sunday morning to the eventual winners from the Leeton Soldiers Club representing the Riverina District.

Mark Lemon, Chris Burgess, Adam McIntyre and skip Mark Vogel defeated Maguire 21-12.

In the other semi-final, the Southern Highlands team of Geoff Hulm, John Salter, Bill Butz and Ralph Fair (Tumbarumba) defeated the Wagga RAFC team of Hugh Gladman, Alan Leonard, Ron Smith and Barry Belt 22-16.

The final was a one-sided affair with Vogel’s team having a 29-9 win to make it through to the state play-offs at Ettalong in October.

The Howlong team of Jeff Brundell, Phil Slater and Bourne had an impressive win in the first round to the triples.

They defeated the highly rated Wagga RAFC team of Francis Ryan, Isaac Rayner and state representative David Ferguson 25-8.

But the next morning, Bourne’s team was beaten in a semi-final 33-14 by the eventual winners — Brad Thomas, Daniel Thomas and Nick Gannon.

Gannon’s team won the final 23-20 against Riverina representatives Lemon, Burgess and Vogel.

The final of the pairs was delayed by rain several weeks ago.

It was played on Sunday and defending titleholders Isaac Rayner and David Ferguson (Wagga RAFC) won 21-17 over Brad Thomas and Nick Gannon.