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Sports reports: Lawn bowlers raise thousands for Lower Murray Legacy
Plus the latest from Murray Bridge Rifle Club and Murray Towns cricket.
This post includes contributions from Vicki Stokes of Lower Murray Legacy, Daniel Irvine of Murray Bridge Rifle Club, and the Murray Towns Cricket Association.
On Sunday, the Geranium Bowls Club held their annual Legacy Bowls Day.
They had a very successful day for such a small community and managed to draw 12 teams.
As a result of that, club secretary Ian Jarvis notified the chairman of the Lower Murray Legacy Group, Jim Foster, that they had raised a whopping $1000 for the well known charity which supports Australian veterans and their families – a marvellous result from a small Mallee town.
The winners of the day were from the Lameroo Bowls Club.
Also, two weeks earlier, the Jervois Bowls Club ran their annual Legacy Bowls Day with a huge $2775 being raised for the Lower Murray Legacy Group, with many thanks to the generous people of the region.
Success runs in the Morrell family at lawn tennis tournament
The Murray Bridge Lawn Tennis Association’s closed tournament concluded on Sunday with players from the Murray Bridge hard court and Littlehampton associations also participating.
Great tennis and a friendly atmosphere were experienced by all players.
New singles champions were crowned in both the men’s and women’s events.
Aidan Morrell, a grandson of the great Owen Morrell, won the men’s event and Tash Abbott from Littlehampton won the ladies’ event.
Remaining event winners were:
Men’s singles plate: Tom Pfitzner (Littlehampton)
Men’s B singles: Albert Goodridge (Murray Bridge Lawn)
Men’s champion doubles: Matt Casey and James May (Littlehampton)
Men’s handicap doubles: Anthony Lapinskas and Jacob Godden (Murray Bridge Lawn/Littlehampton)
Women’s handicap doubles: Anna Danilova/Ann Marie Yeats (Littlehampton) and Michelle Saye/Barbara Williams (Murray Bridge Lawn/Murray Bridge Hardcourt)
Mixed doubles champions: Anthony Lapinskas and Anna Danilova (Murray Bridge Lawn/Littlehampton)
Sportsmen (four sets, 46 games) defeated Swanport (four sets, 43 games)
Postel (five sets, 44 games) defeated Schools (three sets, 33 games)
Sportsmen (nine sets, 70 games) defeated Swanport (six sets, 59 games); MVPs Nate Oster and Molly Freany
Coorong (eight sets, 70 games) defeated Schools (seven sets, 64 games); MVPs Archie Bell and Annie Vowles
Murraylands (nine sets, 74 games) defeated Banks (six sets, 62 games); MVP Coen Martin
Jackpots go off on a quiet day for rifle shooters
Twelve shooters began Saturday with high hopes of good returns at the Deed Range at Monarto as the Murray Bridge Rifle Club shot the 16th stage of its club championship from 700 metres.
The range is often considered a little easier than some others, as it is the closest range from which we shoot on the biggest target.
However, that did not play out as planned for most as the weather had other ideas.
It was a pleasant day by most standards except for the moderate right wind which, while it kept the bite out of the sun and the flies at bay, made shooting very difficult as it swung and dropped off at quite random intervals.
It did gain in strength and consistency as the day went on but for most the damage was done.
TR had the biggest contingent on the day, the first time for a while that this had occurred, and top shooters all struggled early, with a stand-out first round by Andrew Heard of 48.04 giving him an early lead over Robert Paech, a point behind.
In the second round both shooters scored 49s, giving the top off-rifle win to Heard.
He also won the handicap award for the day, a good four points clear of second-placed Daniel Irvine, who once again managed to win the Magpie Award and is considering getting a stamp made to make it easier to record his birds back in the clubhouse after each shoot.
F-class was dominated by open shooters, with Adrian Conlon taking out the off-rifle win, following up his 56.00 with a 59.03 for 115.03.
He was only a point ahead of Mark Nesti, whose high super-centre count couldn’t secure him the win on 114.07.
It did, however, secure him the handicap win in F-class by almost five points from Conlon, who didn’t have much of a handicap to speak of.
Visitor Karen Conlon also scored an impressive 113.07.
The small F-standard field this week was led by Frank Marshall, who scored 102.04 to stay ahead of Ian Taylor on 98.02.
Marshall’s top off-rifle effort, however, was marred slightly by his dual accomplishment of also winning the F-class Magpie Award.
Back in the clubhouse after the shoot, the lucky wheel jackpot, which had begun to accumulate as no one’s score had been spun up, actually went off twice, with three shooters sharing the first $50 spin; Mark Nesti was the lone winner of the second $50.
This week shooters will get up close and personal with the targets, shooting from the shortest range of 300 metres.
Murray Towns Cricket Association round seven results
Mannum 178 (D Krollig 53*, H Hansen 5/46) def Monarto 107 (S Samblich 62, K Hancock 5/19)
Jervois 95 def Tailem Bend 69
Mypolonga 99 def Wanderers 82
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