Batavia bowlers make headway in sectional pairs play at country week

Reuben CarderGeraldton Guardian
Joe Criddle and Jeff Eaton with Merv Grigsby, centre.
Camera IconJoe Criddle and Jeff Eaton with Merv Grigsby, centre. Credit: Supplied/Supplied

Batavia bowlers were making headway at country week over the weekend.

More than 10 pairs from the region won in sectional play at the State’s biggest bowls event, which is running from last Friday to this Friday.

Wonthella’s Petrus Swaan and Richard Attrill finished top in section four in pairs play.

Geraldton’s Joe Criddle and Jeff Eaton ended top in section five and John Burnett and Warwick Glenister beat all comers in section 10.

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Geraldton’s Peter Reudavey and Trevor Smythe ended top in section 13 while clubmates Shane Giudice-Nairn and Mike Ford were best in section 31.

David Hunt and Mal McKenzie won section 39 and Jon and Kim Trotter won section 41.

Geraldton’s Neil McIlwaine finished top of the ladder in section one of singles competition before being knocked out by Moora’s Michael Rodan. Kevin Robartson was top of section four but knocked out by Dean Offer from Albany.

Brad King went through in the knockouts against Tim Williams from Scaddan.

Further results were not available at the time of going to print.

When men’s pennants resumes in the league this Saturday after the bye for country competition, top side Geraldton Blue take on fifth-placed Mullewa away and will want to avoid any slip-ups.

Mullewa have a fair bit to play for. They have a strong score percentage and could overtake Wonthella Green into the top four with just a point, depending on results elsewhere.

Second-placed Red play ninth-placed Denison Blue at home and will expect a strong result — Mullewa could well do them a favour and leave them top with just one round to play.

Third-placed Gold play Maroon, in sixth, in the Wonthella derby.

Clubmates Green, in fourth, are away to Geraldton Gold, in eighth and will hope the form table holds firm to avoid the possibility of going behind Mullewa and slipping out of the four.

Geraldton Red’s Peter Batten is top of the players ladder, with teammate Brian Wright second.

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