By Eric Markham
It was a successful weekend for Monbulk Bowls Club, with all teams securing a win.
Monbulk 1 hit the road to take on Heatherdale and did not disappoint in a game the side was expected to win.
Richard Cookson’s rink was level after eight ends, but then took control and jumped to a lead of 17 shots. They eventually won 28 to 16.
Eric Markham’s rink held sway for most of the afternoon with Ivan Baric (2) and Karen Rice (3) bowling well.
They won 15 of 21 ends to end up claiming victory by 13 shots.
Andrew Bell’s rink struggled early and trailed by six shots after 11 ends.
They then lifted their game, with Ian Ross (1), Matt Borkowski (2) and Geoff Petersen (3) bowling well, to grab the lead and finally win the game 20 to 14.
Brian Smith’s rink started slowly but mounted a comeback.
The match see-sawed before the rink lost on the last end and went down by two shots.
Monbulk claimed overall victory, 90 to 61 and have maintained second place on the ladder.
Monbulk 2 played Yarra Glen at home and achieved maximum points by winning across all rinks.
Eric Furby’s rink with Ron Sheppard (1), Andy Smith (2) and Peter Donders (3) began well and kept the pressure on to win by 18 shots.
Peter Francis’ rink won the majority of ends to secure a comfortable 24 to 10 victory.
Norma Clerke’s rink had a battle on their hands and trailed by six shots after 10 ends.
They then won nine of the next 11 ends to win by 11 shots.
Graeme Goller’s rink withstood tough opposition to win 22 to 17.
Monbulk won the overall battle by 102 to 54 and remain top of the ladder.
Monbulk 3 took on Fitzroy Victoria at home.
Peter Hiscox’s rink dominated the match with Doug Elliot (1) and Darren Ward (2) in fine form.
They won 16 of the 21 ends played, as well as a number of multiples, to win by 18 shots.
Alan Brooke’s rink was three shots down with five ends to play but rallied to lead by two shots with one end to play.
However, they lost the last end by two shots and the game ended in a draw, 18 shots each.
Monbulk won the overall 47 to 29.