East Gippsland News Weekend

20 WEEKENDSPORT East Gippsland News Weekend | May 2024 SPORTSHORTS PARKRUN There were some huge milestones in the 362nd edition of the Bairnsdale parkrun last weekend, highlighted by Ethan Sanderson completing his 250th run, while John Peachey and Russell Sluggett racked up 200 and 100 respectively. Sanderson was first past the post in a slick 17 minutes and 47 seconds. (PS) NETBALL Bairnsdale Redlegs defender, Allison Dwyer, was awarded player of the match for the Gippsland Stars last Wednesday night in its loss to the Warriors at Parkville in Melbourne. (PS) GOLF Tambo Valley Golf Club recently held its women’s salver with teams from throughout the region making the trek up the mountain to play. The victorious team was the Tambo team of Lyn Dyer (31 points), Sheron Sheean (33) and Sue Reid (33). (PS) CRICKET West Bairnsdale Cricket Club premiership star, Brodie Anderson, has been an instant hit in his first weekend of commitments playing for the East Huntspill Cricket Club in England. In his debut game on Saturday, Anderson made 113 not out from 119 balls, including six boundaries and the same number of maximums. He followed that effort up on Sunday with an unbeaten 108 from 107 balls. (PS) Still basking in the glory of a dominant victory over Paynesville in the 2023/2024 Gippsland Bowls Region Superleague grand final, the Bairnsdale Bowls Club headed to Moama for the Champions of State Pennant tournament full of confidence. The annual event sees the best teams from all round the state, converge and do battle for the title of who is the Victoria's best club. The 12 combatants were divided in two pools, with Bairnsdale taking on host club Moama, Cohuna Golf, Stawell, Victoria and Frankston. Group two saw Deer Park, Wodonga, City of Warrnambool, Highton, Tallygarooppna and Phillip Island match up against each other. Three preliminary matches were played on Saturday and two on Sunday, with the top two sides from each pool meeting late on Sunday afternoon for the coveted title. Bairnsdale began its campaign with a hard fought loss to Cohuna Golf 43-38. Cohuna Golf would turn out to be one of the surprise packets of the tournament, finishing second in the group. The rinks were split, Joshua Foster, Wayne Jones, Brad Montant and Jarrad Sergi winning 10-7, while Brian Casey, Peter Rowe, Danny Prazza and Stephen Sroczynski faltered late, giving up a 18-11 lead to share the rink, 18-18. Gaining plenty of confidence from it's solid start, Bairnsdale defeated Stawell, 45-33 in round two. James Clay, Stewart Pyers, Trevor Melotte and Neil Watts outstanding winners 23-6, well supported by Foster, Jones, Montant and Sergi who prevailed 15-9. Bairnsdale battles the best Victoria was much too good for Bairnsdale in the final match of day one, eclipsing the local champs by 31 shots, 62-31. Pyers, Clay, Melotte and Watts were again to the fore, saluting 14-13. Refreshed after a good night's sleep, Bairnsdale tackled the home side Moama first up on Sunday. The Moama side contained Scotsman Alex Marshall MBE, the man they call the "GOAT', rated one of the best players of all time. Moama was convincing victors by 40 shots, 63-23, with Pyers, Clay, Melotte and Watts getting to see the "GOAT" up close, succumbing 27-4. Bairnsdale finished its campaign with a 32-46 loss to Frankston, the loss confirming a sixth place spot in the group finish. Kevin Deery, Rowe, Prazza and Srocynski were the only winners for Bairnsdale 14-13. The event saw tournament favourites Deer Park and Moama progress through to the finale. Deer Park gained an early ascendancy and held on to win 39-29. The Deer Park side contained former Heyfield resident, Anthony Donohue, who has been involved with the club for the past three seasons after previously coaching extensively in the Geelong region. It was a tough weekend for the Bairnsdale Bowls Club’s Gippsland Bowls Region 2023/2024 premiership winning side, taking on Victoria’s best teams in the annual Bowls Victoria - Champions of State Pennant tournament. Bairnsdale was delighted to claim a morale boasting victory over Stawell. (PS)

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