Richardson is top champion

JUNE Richardson of Stratford won the North Gippsland Bowls Division women’s champion of champions title.

Nothing separated Richardson and Heyfield’s Jan Morton in the first few ends of the final, played at Stratford on Friday.

Morton got out to a seven-shot lead, but Richardson soon wound that back and finished strongly to record a 25-17 victory and the right to represent North Gippsland at the Gippsland Regional finals next month.

The champion of champions event was played over two days, beginning Thursday.

In round one, defending champion Gail McKenzie (West Sale) had a bye, as did Mandy Pemberton (Maffra).

Richardson prevailed against Marg Sceney (Sale) 25-17 in a match which many lead changes.

Morton played Rhonda Young (Yarram), recording a 25-7 win.

In the semi-finals, Richardson was never headed by  McKenzie, winning 25-7, while Morton recorded a 25-10 win over Pemberton.

THE NGBD men’s fours began in blustery conditions at Heyfield on Sunday.

In round one, Ray Kennedy, Peter Eppulstun, Ian Jones and John Morgan (Sale) defeated Jeff Amos, Bruce Reid, Geoff Young and Bruce Penney (Yarram), and Shane Holmes, Dave Hodson, Tom Mitchell and Barry Anderson (Heyfield) lost to the composite team of Matt Higgins, Nathan Stewart, Barry Stewart and Russell Lambourn.

Rod Morris, Wally Hudson, Mike Thompson and Shane Higgins (Sale), Wayne Morris, Dennis O’Keefe, Rod Smith and Nathan Wilson (West Sale) had byes.

Rod Morris’ team defeated Kennedy’s in the semi-finals, while the composite team defeated Wayne Morris’.

The final will be played on February 3.