By MICHAEL HOLROYD
A much better day for bowls with the mild conditions an improvement on the cold miserable weather of last week.
Plenty of good bowls were played with some big wins and a few upsets along the way.
Most of the divisions are competitive as is shown by the number of teams with one win after two rounds making for an interesting season ahead.
Newborough rebounded from last week’s loss to Traralgon RSL with a resounding victory over Moe, who started well but were overwhelmed by a strong Newborough combination.
Moe did not score too well in the fixture having been promoted from Division 2 and having to face off with the premiers and runners up from last year in the first two rounds of the season.
Jayde Leech and his team of Lachlan Sim, Michelle Muccillo and Banger Harvey was again the best rink for Moe winning 21-19 over Tommy Lodge.
The remaining Newborough rinks of Alan Grubb, Kevin Lovett and Nosha Michaels all had resounding wins after a shaky start.
Grubb and his team of Josh Kennedy, Anthony Knipping and Scott Jones defeated Sandy Caines 28-15, Lovett and his team of Brian Carpenter, Michael Weatherall and Rod Lewis accounted for Ted Kuklinsky 28-13, while Michaels and his team of Jo-Anne Michaels, Neale Houston and George Lambos prevailed 26-16 against Steve Pallot.
Newborough 16-101 defeated Moe 2-65.
Traralgon are the only undefeated team after a big win over Trafalgar, who came down to earth following their victory over Drouin last week.
James Scullin with his rink of Chris Thomas, Ron Sherlock and Pat Trewin had a 36-17 win over Paul Dawson, Matt Ferrari and his team of Kirsty Van den Hoff, Kevin Enguell and Ian Kirkup won 31-14 over Ian Miles.
Vin McIlwain and Phil Mustoe completed the sweep for Traralgon with wins over Darren Kane and Tim Fraser respectively.
Traralgon 18-120 defeated Trafalgar 0-65.
Graham Davis and his rink of Ken Landman, Linda McCoy and Peter Gallasch made a good start for Warragul with a 34-17 win over Traralgon RSL’s big winner from last week Beau Williamson.
The visitors, after a big win over Newborough last week found the Warragul greens not to their liking.
Janette Gallasch and Matt Schreyer defeated Ross Sizeland and Morice Gardiner to give Warragul the points with Rick Lukey being the only Traralgon RSL winner defeating Bill Clappers.
Warragul 16-104 defeated Traralgon RSL 2-80.
Drouin recovered from their loss at Trafalgar last week with a big win over Morwell Club, who had shown good form in Round 1 defeating Warragul.
Toby Wallace and his rink of Denise Hamilton, Arthur Moore and Dale Hendrick continued their good form winning 38-16 over Rod Smith.
Mark and Samantha Atkinson had good wins over David Stevens and Brett Harle while for Morwell Club the lone winner was Lee McKenzie with a narrow win over Sheryl Atkinson.
Drouin 16-112 defeated Morwell Club 2-79.
Thorpdale extinguished all doubts about their ability to play in this division with a big win at home against Drouin (2).
Ben Powell and his team of Geoff Savige, Ross Pethybridge and Ron Mackie lead the way with a 45-16 win over Col Jeffrey.
Danny Vanzuylen and his team of Wayne Butterworth, Charlie Edwards and Graeme Edwards won 41-16 over Bruce Andrews.
Brendan Jennings and Ross Kennedy completed the victory with wins over Phil Jarred and Necip Akarsu.
Thorpdale 18-140 defeated Drouin (2) 0-69.
Longwarry travelled to Neerim District and made amends for last week’s loss with a sound victory with Ken Towt and his rink of Hank Metselaar, Glenn Pask and Ian Peterson winning 27-12 against Neil Adams and with Adam Proctor having a good win over Trevor Kuhnell, Longwarry had a good win.
The lone Neerim District winner was Peter Throup who defeated Russell White with the remaining match between Peter Brooks and Jason Lieshout being a draw.
Longwarry 15-100 defeated Neerim District 3-88.
Traralgon (2) showed their strength to remain top of the ladder following their win visiting near neighbour Traralgon RSL.
Austin Gapper and his team of Jedd Ladgrove, Bill Munday and William Francis continued their good form winning 28-12 over Ron Osler.
Barry Fernance and his team of Bill Kirby, Al Hegarty and Kathy Smiles also had another good win, winning 32-16 over Joseph Ward. Graham Cross and Cary Locke completed the sweep for Traralgon with wins over Alan Jones and Gordon Asbury.
Traralgon 18-115 defeated Traralgon RSL 0-68.
Nathan Cook and his team of Ross Harford, Abbas Mehran and Wayne Bishop had another big win for Morwell, winning 33-12 over John Wasiukiewicz as Morwell defeated Newborough (2) with only one rink up as the Newborough duo of Graham Cocks and Gary Ingley had wins over David Cook and Ron Lyfield respectively.
The other match between Ernie King and Joan Goldie was drawn.
Morwell 13-100 defeated Newborough (2) 5-92.
Newborough (3) welcomed Warragul (2) and Robbert Cook and his rink of Mary Whelan, Dave Madden and Peter Bertoli won 33-14 over Jim Moyle.
The home team was well-served by Ken Bechaz who had a 27-14 win over Bob Currie.
For the visitors David Gatewood and Dave Smith had wins over Michael Holroyd and Jim Cuthbertson.
Newborough (3) 14-103 defeated Warragul (2) 4-76.
Yinnar came home from Moe (2) with the points after Gavin Osborne and his rink of John O’Neill, Robert Hooper and Ray Anstey won 31-16 over Brian Rodgers.
Tim Roche and Murray Delahaye were also winners for Yinnar over Les Stolarik and Val Griffiths.
The lone Moe winner was Noel Savige over Russ Peters.
Yinnar 16-101 defeated Moe (2) 2-89.
Morwell (2) travelled to Boolarra and despite Russell Williams winning 30-9 over Graeme Colbert, it was not enough as the other three Boolarra rinks of Bob Allen, Terry Parker and Darren Napier won against Peter Borrowdale, Bob Skinner and John Osborne respectively scored enough shots to record a well-deserved victory.
Boolarra 16-91 defeated Morwell (2) 2-86.
Garfield and Traralgon (3) each won two rinks at Traralgon with the two winning visitors Stephen White and Shane Oliver defeating Bob Dykstra and May Cross by a greater margin than what Brendan Smiles and Norbert Schroeder did over Nick Henwood and Les Pumphrey.
Garfield 14-96 defeated Traralgon (3) 4-80.
Trafalgar (2) had a good win over Warragul (3) with Tony Dawson winning 32-13 over William Clarke. Frank Farrugia and Mal Clymo also had wins for Trafalgar over Roy Hammond and Keith Wilkins.
The lone winner for Warragul (3) was Lester Mason, who defeated Wayne Hurst.
Trafalgar (2) 16-100 defeated Warragul (3) 2-70.
Yarragon enjoyed playing at home against Yallourn North with the rinks of Jarrod Griggs, Sam Mazza and Jason Roberts all having big wins.
The lone winner for Yallourn North was Robert Matthews.
Yarragon 16-117 defeated Yallourn North 2-80.
With three rinks up Traralgon (4) had a sound win over a luckless Drouin (3) side who only
managed one point when Lloyd Smith drew with Colin Mayman.
The winning Traralgon skippers were Ian Wills, Stuart Hulse and Roger Davey.
Traralgon (4) 17-97 defeated Drouin (3) 1-85.
Newborough (4) travelled to Morwell (3) and with Maurice Ludlow having a one shot victory it was not enough to overcome the three winning Morwell skippers Trevor Curtis, Bob Lorenz and Bob D’Brass who combined for a big win.
Morwell (3) 16-118 defeated Newborough (4) 2-83.
Morwell Club (2) 16-105 had another big win over Neerim District (2) 0-41.
The big winners for Morwell Club (3) were the rink of Beryl Noblett with Jody Capp, Bernie Marino and Sue Karleusa who won 52-8.
Garfield (2) 14-100 defeated Traralgon (5) 2-48 with two very strong rinks as Don Knight won 40-6 and Bob Lamport won 43-12.
Churchill 14-79 defeated Morwell (4) 2-55 with the best winning rink being Brad McClure, Diane Thomas, Marion Newton and skip Shirley Turner winning 40-15.
In the closest match of the day, Traralgon RSL (3) 14-63 defeated Moe (3) 2-62.
The winning skips were Elaine Muir and David McClare for RSL and Lorraine Horton for Moe.
Newborough (5) 9-57 defeated Yinnar/Churchill 1-47, Traralgon (6) 8-49 defeated Yallourn North 2-40, Trafalgar (3) 10-52 defeated Boolarra (2) 0-33, Morwell Club (3) 10-16 defeated Thorpdale (2) 0-0 and Trafalgar (4) 10-56 defeated Longwarry (2) 0-32.
In Division 1, Trafalgar hosts Warragul, Traralgon travels to Traralgon RSL, Newborough travels to Morwell Club and Drouin travels to Moe who will be looking for their first win following a tough start to the season.
In Division 2, there are some interesting games with Neerim District travelling to Traralgon (2), Longwarry home to Traralgon RSL (2), Thorpdale travels to Newborough (2), and Drouin (2) hosts Morwell.