Sixth time lucky for Morwell RSL

After six consecutive losses at the Duke of Edinburgh Shield, the Morwell RSL finally won its venue pennant in the competition held over the weekend of 31 March.

The 20-strong team from Morwell defeated Cohuna/Leitchville and drew with Melton at Corowa.

Halfway through the match against Melton, Morwell was down by 23 shots, which did not auger well for the team.

However, Morwell fought back, with Michael Yacoub drawing the perfect forehand shot between the opponent’s two shot bowls to draw the game.

Morwell RSL lawn bowls manager Ron Champman was excited by the win.

“After approximately 16 years of competing in various events, we’ve had a win at last,” he said.

The competition was held at venues across Victoria, where teams played for a pennant and the winning results from each venue compared.

The team with the best overall result will be declared the winner of the shield, but at the time of publication the result was not known.

The Traralgon RSL entered teams at Cobram and Barooga, with both performing well.

Traralgon RSL bowling president Jim Saddington said both teams were pleased with their performances.

“Our teams came third at both venues, which everyone was happy with,” Saddington said.

“The Murray area is beautiful and it was the same this time, around 30 degrees Celsius, fast greens and everyone enjoyed themselves.

“Some people were catching up with people they probably hadn’t seen for 12 months – the spirit of the event is fantastic.”