Heathcote aims to rebound from defeat

November 24, 2023 BY

On the podium: Greg Speirs is currently third on the Division Three player ladder. Photo: FILE

STUNG by its first loss of the season, Heathcote makes its way to Castlemaine for this Saturday’s division three clash in the Bendigo leg of Bendigo Campaspe Goldfields bowls.

The ladder-leading Saints take on the fifth-placed Magpies from 1.30pm.

An unbeaten run by Heathcote was ended in last Saturday’s round five match on Serpentine’s turf.

In the showdown between first and second it was Serpentine which won all four rinks to mark an impressive 18-90 to 0-55 victory.

Lowest margin for the Saints was a six-shot loss by the Chris Morcom-skipped rink.

Other results for Heathcote were Bill Garnder on -9, Maurice Lee off by -12 and Adam Luxford at -8.

Despite the defeat, Heathcote is a win and six points clear of second-placed Serpentine.

The Saints are +89 shots, while Serpentine is up 56 shots.

On the player ladder, Chris Morcom, Greg Speirs and Eileen O’Brien are second, third and fourth.

Heathcote’s division six team will also be keen to strike back from a 30-shot loss inflicted on home turf by Kangaroo Flat in the fifth round.

The Roos won 74-44 in a contest where Saints’ skipper Peter Cunningham went down by three shots.

Other results were an eight-shot loss for Denis Kilner, and -19 for Grant Baker.

Sixth on a two and three record, Heathcote is home to play Marong this Saturday from 1.30pm.

In midweek pennant, Heathcote is home to face Strathfieldsaye in Monday’s match at 9.30am.

Both teams are locked on two and four records, but the seventh-placed Strathfieldaye is on 35 points and -41 shots while the the Saints are 29 and -74.

In last Monday’s play, Heathcote could not halt the ladder-leading Harcourt’s run to a 14-67 to 2-48 victory.

Lorraine Speirs marked a 20-18 win for the Saints, but team-mates Dorothy Cutajar and Eileen O’Brien were beaten 12 and nine shots.