Nothing could separate YMGCR and Yarrawonga in the opening round of Ovens and Murray A1 pennant season, drawing 91-all at Mulwala on Saturday.
National under-18 pairs champion Tyson Cromie has moved to skip at Yarrawonga this season and defeated Raymond Irvine 25-22, but it was that game that ultimately determined the result.
Yarrawonga held a four-shot lead after 99 ends, but Irvine’s rink was able to claim four shots on the final end to earn a share of the points.
There was a measure for a fifth, but it was half an inch short.
Tim Cromie won another rink for Yarrawonga, 23-18, against Leslie Spencer.
James Lefevre won a thriller for YMGCR, 25-24, against Ian Woods, with Garry Sanders producing a 26-19 victory against Kevin Evans.
“We’re always pretty close over here between the two clubs,” YMGCR’s Ray Brown said.
“For them to come onto grass and bowl the way they did was great because they’re normally on synthetic.”
Despite losing all four rinks, Chiltern wasn’t blown away in its A1 debut against reigning premier Benalla, falling 120-87.
Matt Robertson defeated Klive Liverton 31-23, Shawn McMahon edged past John O’Neill 22-20, Chris Cooney was a 34-17 winner against John Payne, while Robert Mitchell’s rink prevailed 33-27 against Craig Campbell.
Wodonga started with a hard-fought 100-85 victory against Corowa Civic.
Josh Rudd’s 31-14 triumph against Dawn Hayman was a big factor in the match.
Mark Coulston defeated Thomas Webb 30-25, with Paul Davies edging out Ryan Davies 23-22.
Civic’s lone rink win was a 24-16 salute for Daniel Webb against Mason Bayliss.
Wangaratta beat Kiewa Valley 112-87, helped by a 46-12 victory from Ian Brimblecombe over Jude Bartel.
The result was one of two rink wins for Wangaratta, with Maurie Braden’s side defeating Geoff Kidd 26-15.
Kiewa snared the other two rinks with Robert Bartel a 22-18 victor against Terry Johnson, while Dale Mastenbroek scored a 38-22 win over Greg McDonald.
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