Deniliquin Bowling Club’s Division One side started their season the right way with an overall win by 13 shots over home side Rich River, 79 to 66, on Saturday.
The first rink of David Hessell, Paul Snare, Peter Chadderton and Jamie Shields were locked in a tight battle.
Scores were fairly even throughout with Rich River holding a two shot lead after 11 ends.
On the 12th end Deni gave themselves the momentum, scoring a ‘five’ to go into the break up 17-14.
The next five ends following the break Rich River scored five shots to two to be 19-all by the 17th end.
Deni gained ascendancy again with eight shots to three in the next five ends to be in front 27 to 22.
The visitors went on to lose two of the last three ends, with the home side picking up eight shots to one and Deni going down 28 to 30.
The team of Ray Brown, Dennis O’Keefe, John Flisher and Shane Laing was also caught in a close battle.
Deni and Rich River went into the break at 11-all, before Deni came out firing winning the first four ends after the break to lead 19 to 11. The visitors closed out the game strongly, winning five of the next nine ends to run out winners, 27 to 18.
The final rink of Ty King, Lindsay Franklin, Conway Bovell and Stefan Truelsen saw a strong start for Deni.
Deni led 9-3 by the sixth end but a fight back from the hosts saw them peg back the margin.
Rich River scored a ‘three’ on the 22nd end to lead 18 to 17 before Deni hit back on the 23rd with a ‘three’ to be back in front 20 to 18.
Deni won the last two ends with a single on the 24th and a ‘three’ on the last to run out winners 24 to 18.
Deni’s Division Two struggled in their match on the carpet in Moama, going down by 41 shots, 91 to 50.
The Deni team of Joanne King, Mark Tasker, Joanne Bovell and Lee Hiller had a good start winning six of the first 11 ends to go to the break in front 13-9.
After the break Deni lost the first three ends to trail 13 to 14 before regaining the lead on the 15th, 15 to 14.
Deni then lost nine of the last 10 ends to go down 33 to 16.
Alan Hardcastle, Tony King, Malcom Wubbels and Murray Freshwater led Moama 6-3 on the sixth end in a good start. They then dropped a ‘six’ and a ‘three’ on the following ends to be down 6-12.
By the break Deni was down 15-9, before winning the next three ends after the break to be tied at 15-all.
Moama won the next four ends to lead 24 to 15, followed by Deni winning the next five ends to reduce the difference to 21 to 24.
The last two ends went Moama’s way and after a couple of dead ends, the home side went on to win 27 to 21.
Deni’s team of Graham Nesbit, Keith Plattfuss, Stuart Treble and Lloyd Ritchie led early (5-1) after the fifth end.
Moama then hit form to be in front 10-8 at the break.
Moama continued their good form winning 10 of the last 13 ends, which included a ‘four’ on the 22nd end and a ‘seven’ on the 24th end to run out victors, 31 to 13.
Division Three kicked off their season at home to Echuca, unfortunately going down by 34 shots, 89 to 55.
The team of Maxine Norton, Toni Brooksby, John Croker and Tom Todd struggled early, trailing 8-2 after dropping a ‘six’ on the fifth end.
After 10 ends they trailed 14-8, before closing the gap to trail 14 to 11 at the break.
Deni crawled back to lead 15 to 14 on the 14th end, before going on to lose 10 of the next 11 ends, with a final score of 27 to 16 in favour of Echuca.
The second rink saw the return of a couple of bowlers with Craig Lowe, Bruce Beehag, Graham Dedman and Max Connor teaming up.
Deni trailed 5-4 after five ends and 16 to 11 after 10.
At the break Deni trailed 17 to 13 with plenty of work to do.
Deni won the next four ends after the break to lead 18 to 17.
Echuca won the next three ends after that to lead 20 to 18, before Deni hit back winning the next three ends to lead 22 to 20 with three ends to go.
Echuca won the the 23rd end with Deni winning the last two ends to maintain their lead and win 26 to 21.
On the final rink the team of Noel Murray, Kevin Keane, Tim Freeman and Harry Lea struggled.
Echuca led 23-4 at the break and things didn’t improve much after, with Echuca scoring a further 18 shots to nine to end up winning 41 to 13.
In Division Five, the Deniliquin Blue team went down to a strong Moama side at Deniliquin Bowling Club, 57 to 45.
The first rink of Tony Scoullar, Terry O’Brien, Mick Donahue and Ray Anderson got off to a tight start, with the score at 5-all at the 8th end. Moama worked their way to a 13-5 lead by afternoon tea, building on their lead after the break leading 26-8 at the 20th end.
It didn’t get any better for Deni, with a final score of 35 to 11 in favour of Moama.
Miro Peterman, William Young, Clarrie Cameron and Paul Condon teamed up well early with scores at 9-all at the 10th end.
Moama led 14-9 at afternoon tea, before Deni scored a ‘four’ after the break to trail 14 to 13.
Deni and Moama traded shots over the next nine ends with Moama leading 22 to 18 on the 22nd end. Deni won the last three ends to run out eventual winners 24 to 22.
Deniliquin Gold had an impressive 50 to 42 away win against Elmore in Division Five.
It was a strong start for Paul Frawley, Andrew Knuckey, Tony Smith and Russell Douglas leading after five ends 7-4, and by the 10th they led 11-6.
At the break Deni led 12-7, before winning the next three ends to stretch the margin to 17-7 after 15 ends.
Of the next 10 ends Elmore won seven to edge in front for a 22 to 21 win.
Robert Morris, Raymond Hay, Tony Danckert and Col Knuckey led 7-5 at the fifth end after scoring a ‘five’ on the second.
Elmore levelled the scores before the break, before Deni came out firing, scoring seven shots on the next two ends to lead 18 to 11 on the 14th. Deni increased their lead to 22-12 before trading wins over the last eight ends to see Deni run out winners 29-20.