Lovett lifts ladder leader



LADDER leader Yallourn had a fight on its hands on the road to fourth-placed Drouin on Saturday, and a feisty clash ensued.

Rink one saw Yallourn score a convincing win with good quality bowling.

Skip Kevin Lovett led the way as his quartet went 18 ends and 30 shots up (9/39).

George Lambos skipped his side to a 20/26 victory on rink two in a tight game.

No more than three shots were in it until Drouin lost six on the penultimate end, allowing Yallourn to win by six – 20/26 and 12 /13 ends.

Drouin fought back on the third rink as Josh McCormick’s Yallourn men fell 29/23.

The home team was never headed throughout the game with 15 to 10 ends won by Drouin.

Ian Smethurst and company were 13 shots up on the eighth end but had to work hard against Alan Grubb’s team to come away with a two shot win. The final score was 23/21 and 12/13 ends.

The overall result went Yallourn’s way 109 shots and 16 points to Drouin’s 81 shots and four points, after the latter trailled by just four shots at the break.

In another close encounter Moe went down by just six shots at home against Trafalgar. Morwell Club bested cross town rival Morwell 127-71 and Traralgon won the local derby with Traralgon RSL.

State pairs and fours

THE final of the women’s state pairs was decided at the Morwell Club Bowls Club last Thursday when Tess Borg and Vicki Craw defended their home green against Joyce Tudor and Steffi Davidson from the Traralgon RSL Bowls Club with a score of 17-9.

Traralgon RSL was too strong in the men’s state fours final at Moe last Friday.

Morice Gardiner, Nosha Michaels, Brian Carpenter and Gary Trewin defeated the Morwell Club team of Ian Kirkup, Michael Yacoub, Matt Ferrari and Ian Hilsley by the barest of margins, 14-13.

In a thrilling finish the RSL team led by two shots with one end to play.

Kirkup followed the jack into the ditch with his first bowl, which gave the Morwell Club crew three shots and a overall lead of one, but Gardiner was not to be outdone and produced a superb draw which finished 50 centimetres from the kitty.

Gardiner’s deft touch resulted in a one shot RSL triumph.