Deniliquin RSL Bowling Club had a tough start to season 2017/18, with all three divisions going down in Campaspe Valley bowls.
Division One travelled to Rochester and playing on some fairly slick greens were no match for the home team, going down 96 to 57 overall.
The first rink to finish was the team of Ken Wellard, Terry Taylor, Frank Daniels and Jim Jennings.
RSL grabbed a ‘three’ on the first end, but were unable to hold that lead and went into the break down 7-14.
The 19th end saw the visitors staring down the barrel at 10 to 27, however a spirited comeback saw them pick up 13 shots to two resulting in a final score of 23 to 29.
Next rink to finish was Mark Quor, Darren Greaves, Rod Reid and Craig Taylor who flew out of the blocks with four shots and two shots, but on the third end Rochy picked up six to even up the contest.
Going in for a break the RSL team had slipped to 10 to 22.
Unfortunately for RSL the opposition built on their lead to finish the game 15 to 39.
The final rink to finish was Linda Harris, Glenn Thomson, Tony Tonta and Mick Howe, starting slowly by losing four on the first and then again on the seventh and eighth ends, going into the break down 7-16.
The next 14 ends saw an even contest with both sides scoring 12 shots to finish the game 19 to 28.
Division Three travelled to Moama for a roll on the carpet to start their premiership defence, but couldn’t quite get over the line, with the home side claiming an 80 to 75 overall win.
RSL’s team of Archie Webster, Lee Pattinson, Peter Liefting and Rex Parker started as if there was no tomorrow amassing a score of 31-3 by the afternoon tea break.
They came out firing again after the break and with five ends to lead 38 to 10.
Moama picked up a crucial 11 shots to one over the last five ends giving RSL a victory 39 to 21.
The team of Jenny Tonta, Craig Hillier, Peter Kotkin-Smith and Danny Stanmore had an even contest, being 8-9 at the break.
There was still a chance for RSL at 13 to 18 with six ends to go, however Moama held their nerve to draw away with a final score of 16 to 25.
The Ron Marchetti, Bruce Clancy, Chris Taylor and Chris Frampton team were holding their own, picking up a ‘five’ on the seventh end, being down 14 to 16 at the halfway mark.
With four ends to go the deficit was only seven but a ‘six’ to Moama with only two ends remaining saw RSL slip to a 20 to 34 defeat.
Division Five hosted Echuca to start their premiership defence, with the visitors claiming a 53 to 41 overall win.
It was a new-look RSL side with three pennant debutantes taking to the greens.
Debutant Brad Leetham joined Kevin Lester’s team, along with Don McCalman and Graham Gordon, and showed strong skills at lead.
At the half way mark Echuca had RSL trailing 5-18, with a few errors costing the home side.
Echuca continued to dominate after the break, the score 8-31 with three ends to go.
RSL showed real fighting spirit in the remaining ends, picking up seven shots to finish 15 to 31.
On the other rink Jamie Lowe and Wayne Bradley made their pennant debuts, teaming with experienced bowlers John Kemp and John Wilson.
Echuca scored heavily early, picking up a five-shot lead before RSL found their feet to chip away at the deficit with scores 13-all after 14 ends.
Echuca picked up four shots in the first end following the break, extending their lead to 14-20 by the 18th.
But RSL found some form amassing 12 shots to two in the remaining ends, with Wilson and Bradley playing some tremendous shots to claim a four-shot win, 26 to 22.
Players are reminded that training is held every Thursday night from 5pm, followed by a barbecue.