Family marks first on bowls green

January 26, 2024 BY

Generational: Blake Barri and Lorraine and Greg Spiers, all took to the greens in Kangaroo Flat on Monday. Photo: PETER WEAVING

THERE was a special moment for Heathcote Bowls Club in last Monday’s play in Bendigo Campaspe Goldfields Midweek Pennant.

Long-time club members Lorraine and Greg Spiers teamed up with grandson Blake Barri to record an 11-shot victory at Kangaroo Flat in Division 3.

The Saints won 52-46 to climb from last on the ladder.

The Dot Cutajar-skipped rink won 19-14, while Eileen O’Brien’s team was beaten by 10 shots.

Matches across last Saturday, Sunday and Monday were part of Charity Round for BCG Bowls in which clubs raised funds for a designated group in the Cancer network.

On the bowls front, the Saints are at home for Monday’s match against Bendigo East.

In weekend pennant, Heathcote beat fourth-placed South Bendigo by five shots in division three.

An 80-75 result meant the Saints consolidated top position on the ladder.

Adam Luxford drew 26-all, Maurice Lee lost 16-18, Chris Morcom won 22-13, and Bill Gardiner lost 16-18.

The Saints play at Eaglehawk this Saturday.

In Division Six, Heathcote will be keen to hit back after a 25-shot loss at Golden Square.

Brian Berger won 15-13, but Grant Baker and Denis Kilner were beaten by margins of 16 and 11 shots.

The Saints are at home against Eaglehawk.

Club singles championships wound up on Sunday.

Eileen O’Brien marked a 25-20 win against Lorraine Speirs to be the women’s champion.

It was also a closely-fought contest for the men’s title where Adam Luxford took honours in a 25-20 result against John McGillivray.

Winners of social bowls on January 17 were Lorraine Speirs and Blake Barri on three wins, 43 points and plus three shots in three games of pairs and triples.

Runners-up were Rod Hanson and Ilona Hutterer, one win, one draw, 23 points.