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Waikerie four win country championship
BOWLS SA conducted its annual
Men’s Country Carnival event in
Adelaide recently with Waikerie
Bowling Club representatives taking
out the fours title.
Skipper Andy Fulwood led his
rink that included Brian Oliver,
Grant Frahm and Gary Pursche,
to a 15-6 win over a team skip-
pered by former Riverlander Steve
Eichenberger, of Moonta Bowling
Club in the grand final.
Fulwood was full of praise for his
team and its consistency throughout
“Brian and Grant were both rela-
tively inexperienced at this level and
both performed well under increas-
ing pressure,” he said.
“As each game was a knockout
match the pressure built with each
game but thankfully as a team we
didn’t have a bad match throughout
“Brian has only played seven
division one games after coming
into our team this year and he has
proved he has the ability to forge a
long and successful career, while
Grant has already established him-
self in division one and has shown
great consistency over the past few
“Gary, having won the country
singles title, albeit 16 years ago,
brought immense experience to the
team and his ability to draw shot
under pressure was invaluable.
“It is a great honour for us to win
this event for the Waikerie Bowling
Club, as only three teams from
Waikerie since the 1920s have been
“It will take some time to sink in
what a great achievement it is for us
and the club.”
Conducted at the Marion
Bowling Club, the event attracted
over 250 entries for the fours event,
making the championship title one
of the most prestigious honours on
the South Australian bowling cal-
Fulwood’s rink travelled to
Somerton Park for its first portion
of matches and won through its sec-
tion by defeating teams from Port
Lincoln, Edithburgh and Jamestown.
The men from Waikerie then trav-
elled to Ascot Park two days later
for the next round of knock-out
matches and defeated teams from
Port Broughton, Strathalbyn and
Gumeracha to progress to the semi-
They then came up against a four
skippered by Adrian Green, of Port
Wakefield for a spot in the final and
the Waikerie quartet put in a strong
performance, winning 18-5 with
two ends remaining before the green
This saw them move through to
the final where Eichenberg and his
rink from Moonta were waiting.
Fulwood’s rink again proved too
strong for their opponents, with a
strong all-round performance from
The Waikerie men won eight of
14 ends to lead 15-6 with one end
remaining before the Moonta team
It was the first time since 1991
that a team from Waikerie had won
Berri’s Dennis Treloar and his
brother Mick Treloar lost the pairs
final 6-19 to Deane Wilkinson and
his partner from Mount Gambier
The pair had a bye through the
first round, and then went on to
defeat teams from Mount Barker,
Wudinna, Birchmore and Coffin
Bay on their way to the semi-final
where they were defeated by a pair
skippered by Michael Thorne of
NORTH Eastern (NE) zone’s
men’s bowls team completed
a dominant performance at
last week’s annual country
round robin tournament in
Adelaide, winning six of its
seven matches to finish well
clear at the top of the table.
After finishing with the
wooden spoon in 2016 after
scoring only one win, selec-
tors changed nearly half
of the squad for this year’s
The move paid divi-
dends as the final lad-
der read: North Eastern 12
points, Lower North 8, Eyre
Peninsula 8, Upper North 6,
Eastern 6, Yorke Peninsula
6, South Eastern 6, Fleurieu-
Kangaroo Island 4.
NE went through the
week defeating Eastern 103-
94, Lower North 111-90,
South Eastern 106-86, Eyre
Peninsula 114-75, Fleurieu/
KI 100-89 and Upper North
112-94, before narrowly fall-
ing to Yorke Peninsula 100-
104 on the Friday morning.
Some of the standout
performers throughout the
week were Jono Voigt of
Eudunda who led his rink to
a 7-0 record, while Broken
Hill’s Brad Lane’s rink won
six games, Berri’s Mark
Kubank’s rink won five, and
Wayne Collins of Waikerie
and Andrew Hill of Berri
both led their rinks to four
Meanwhile the North
Eastern women’s team start-
ed its week strongly with
an 86-74 win over Lower
North, but then failed to win
another game for the remain-
der of the competition, fin-
ishing bottom of the ladder
for the second year in a row.
North Eastern wins
country round robin
THE annual Renmark
Triathlon will be held
Action will kick off
with the Paul Hutchins
Loan Centre Tuffkidz
Triathlon, tomorrow at
5pm, while the main
triathlon is on Sunday
and will commence at
Regular entry closes
at 5pm, today, with late
entries to be taken on
Running for the past
five years, the triathlon
is for all ages and skill
levels, with the option
of both individual and
For further informa-
tion, head to, http://
Renmark Triathlon on again
Wednesday pennants finals
LYRUP is set to go into today’s
Bowls Riverland Wednesday pennants
division one grand final against Berri
as the underdog after winning through
from fourth spot to the decider.
In semi-final action on Monday,
Berri claimed a 14-shot win over
Renmark in the division one second
semi-final to book a spot in the grand
Despite Jan Grosser’s rink being
held to a draw, a 12-shot win by Kerry
Treloar’s rink and a two-shot victory
by Jane Price’s rink helped Berri book
a spot in today’s decider.
In the division one first semi-final,
Lyrup scored a tense three-shot win
A 16-shot win by Bernie Mattner’s
rink looked to have set the platform
for a Loxton win, but a seven-shot win
by Ros Smith’s rink and a 12-shot win
by Sharon Nattrass’ rink saw Lyrup
claim the upset win.
In the preliminary final on
Wednesday, Lyrup scored an upset
two-shot win over Renmark.
Lyrup was in trouble when Nattrass’
rink lost by 11 shot and Sue Lloyd’s
rink could only manage a tie, but
Smith’s rink came to the rescue, scor-
ing a 13-shot win and handing Lyrup
the overall win and a spot in today’s
grand final against Berri at Renmark
Berri registered a win in the divi-
sion two preliminary final and will
face Loxton today, while Renmark
RSL knocked off Renmark to book a
spot against Moorook in the division
three grand final today at Renmark.
SEMI FINALS RESULTS
Berri 63 d Renmark 49.
K. Treloar 26 d B. Coombs 14, J. Grosser 19
drew with J. Cooper 19, J. Price 18 d C. Eagle
Lyrup 64 d Loxton 61.
S. Nattrass 27 d M. Schutz 15, S. Lloyd 11
lost to B. Mattner 27, R. Smith 26 d L. Kimber
Loxton 66 d Berri 44.
J. Badcock 17 d K. Tanner 16, D. McRae-Wood
28 d L. Blades 10, R. Auricht 21 d S. Facci 18.
Monash 64 d Waikerie 58.
M. Morrow 28 d M. Carrera 19, R. Potts 19
lost to J. Gaeta 21, C. Traeger 17 lost to A.
Moorook 52 d Renmark RSL 35.
L. Tschirpig 32 d A. Patton 15, C. Voigt 20 tied
with S. Blee 20.
Renmark 43 d Berri 29.
PRELIMINARY FINALS RESULTS
Lyrup 63 d Renmark 61.
S. Nattrass 17 lost to J. Cooper 28, S. Lloyd
18 drew with B. Coombs 18, R. Smith 28 d C.
Berri 65 d Monash 49.
K. Tanner 18 d C. Traeger 10, S. Facci 32 d R.
Potts 16, L. Blades 15 lost to M. Morrow 23.
Renmark RSL 37 d Renmark 32.
S. Blee 23 d B. Wurst 12, A. Patton 14 lost to
N. Wurst 20.
Division one: Berri vs Lyrup at Renmark RSL.
Division two: Loxton vs Berri at Renmark RSL.
Division three: Moorook vs Renmark RSL at
Andy Fulwood (LEFT), Gary Pursche, Grant Frahm and Brian Oliver took out
the fours championship at the recent Bowls SA men’s country carnival.
PHOTO: Sonia Fowler
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