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Warrnambool band competes at annual Highland gathering

Listen to the band: Drummer Peter Muir, of the Warrnambool and District Pipe Band, and pipier Stacey Riches play during the Ballarat Highland Gathering at Lake Wendouree. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTERVICTORIA’S highlandcommunity converged at Lake Wendouree on Saturday for the annual Ballarat HighlandGathering.
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The competition is state pipe bands’ last opportunity to compete before the state championships held in Geelong next weekend.

The day was previously run by Royal South Street Eisteddfod and now by Federation University Australia Pipe Band.

There were about 15 teams competing from all over the state, including school bands from Scotch College, which won grade three and the juvenile section, and Haileybury, which won grade four.

The City of Whitehorse took out grade two and Moorabbin won grade one.

Federation University Australia Pipe Band president Tim Bodey said it was ‘‘an absolutely fantastic day’’ set on a beautiful backdrop of the lake.

“The highlight is always the all-in at the end of the day, where all musicians from the bands come together,” Mr Bodey said.

They played Scotland the Brave, one of eight songs all pipe bands know and play together at the end of their meets.

With about 20-25 musicians in each band, about 400 competitors played on the day, bringing their family members and supporters along.

Mr Bodey said there would have been about 800 spectators, plus another couple of hundred for the highland dancing competition.

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Eye on women’s bowls

At homeWE played social bowls and had the “all important” pennant practise; for we start on March 3.
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Results are:

Division two

D Matheson (skip), L Cross, M. Hollebone and L Gilford defeated K Carlton (skip), N Foy, C O’Donnell and D Polley 25-15.

Division four

J Ditton (skip), P Marcus, P Weir and J Thorburn defeated G Bell (skip), L Dennes, T Rushworth and J Duncan 18-13.

In one game of pairs M Hinton and J Pedron defeated N Sandford and S Wolters 15-5.

Winner was lucky rink No 9: J Ditton, P Marcus, P Weir, and J Thorburn.

It was very pleasing to see our president Nancy Sandford resume lawn bowls after having a recent hip replacement.

NextThursday February 26 will be pennant practise and social bowls ladies.

Division two

K Carlton (skip), N Foy, C O’Donnell and D Polley versus D Matheson (skip), L Cross, M Hollebone and L Gilford.

Division four

J Ditton (skip), P Marcus, P Weir and J Thorburn versus G Bell (skip), L Dennes, T Rushworth and J Duncan.

And social bowls ladies.

May I take this opportunity to wish both divisions two and four, the very best for good bowling; as you take on district pennants for 2015 season.

We have quite a few new bowlers this season and hope they all enjoy the competition between our district clubs.

Special mentionQUARTLEY meeting on Thursday February 26 after bowls ladies.

Every bowling lady member may attend.

On Monday February 23 and Tuesday 24 the district will be back at Wingham Bowling Club for round one of the pair’s event.

Monday – morning match only.

Tuesday – morning and afternoon matches.

Please, if you would like to pick up a “few pointers” on the art of bowling, please come along to watch.

Refreshments are a plenty while enthralled!!

See you on the green.

Di

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Rainbow denies Winiam a finals berth

FINALS-BOUND: Rainbow’s Brett Jensz helped his team qualify for the finals in a thrilling tie against Winiam at the weekend. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
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RAINBOW denied Winiam a fairytale finals berth with a last-ditch run-out in Saturday’s thrilling match at Davis Park, Nhill.

Rainbow set a target of 181 for victory in its first innings on day one of the match.

The Wolves resumed at 1-10 on Saturday.

With both teams tied on points and Rainbow ahead on percentage entering the final round, Winiam needed a victory to keep its premiership defence alive.

Rainbow all-rounder Brett Jensz said his side began the day well on Saturday.

‘‘We started off pretty well with some early wickets but then we had a bit of a lull and took our minds off it for a bit,’’ he said.

‘‘Ben Marra batted well and didn’t give many chances, so once we got him out, we felt pretty confident we could win.

‘‘As it turned out, it came right down to the last batsman.’’

Marra’s knock of 87 put his side in a good position after batsmen Brad Clark, eight, and Shannon Launer, duck, fell cheaply.

Victory looked within reach for the Wolves at 6-162, but disaster struck.

When Jordan Gurry was run out for a duck by Nathan Cocks, the Wolves were 9-162.

Needing 20 runs for victory, Chris Jenkins and Alistair Stott set about building a last-wicket partnership for the Wolves.

The pair inched to 9-181, tying Rainbow’s total.

Then Stott tried to get home for a match-winning single but was run out by Chris Heinrich.

‘‘We knew we only needed a tie to make the finals,’’ Jensz said.

“I was told by people at the other game they could hear us yelling all the way over there once we got the run out.”

The other match was less eventful, with Kiata easily chasing down Jeparit’s total of 9-155.

Nathan Alexander nearly outscored the Redbacks on his own, producing an innings of 133 at the top of the order.

His brother Brad Alexander was also more than handy, notching up 71 not out.

Trevor Polkinghorne, 52, was the third Highwayman to make at least a half century in the team’s innings of 6-322.

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Help Murray Bridge Lions clean up Australia

Lions Club volunteers participate in Clean Up Australia Day several years ago.Each year, Murray Bridge Lions Club members get out and about to help clean up, fix up and conserve the environment.
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Murray Bridge Lions are proud of their town and its environs and for almost 10 years, the club has made a concerted effort to select a site in need of its attention.

Members are continuing to do their bit to ensure visitors leave with a great impression of Murray Bridge and return again with friends.

“Let’s face it, there is nothing more off-putting than entering a town only to be greeted by unsightly, unhealthy rubbish littering the streets and parklands,” club member Ann Hughes said.

This Friday, February 27, the Lions will again clean-up along the Adelaide Road area from Thomas Street to the top of White Hill.

“It seems a long way but with a combined effort by locals helping the Lions club members, the job will be done in record time,” Ms Hughes said.

The clean-up will start at 9am at the Johnstone Park gates.

Participants should wear hats and bring water and gardening gloves.

“Why don’t you join us and contribute your efforts to help?” Ms Hughes said.

“We would love to have you join us to contribute your time and efforts to assist.

“Afterwards, refreshments will be available to all.”

– Details: For more information contact the Murray Bridge Lions Club on 0408 803 723.

Murray Bridge Lions Club member Ann Hughes set yo a display in the council foyer for Clean Up Australia Day several years ago.

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