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Silver City quartet in round robin

Wednesday, 17th February, 2021

Broken Hill Rink lead Peter Merritt. PICTURE: Peter Argent Broken Hill Rink lead Peter Merritt. PICTURE: Peter Argent

By Peter Argent

The Broken Hill rink of lead Peter Merritt, Jeffery Rushworth, Brad Lane and skipper, Peter Gageler participated in the Men’s Round Robin Lawn Bowls Tournament.

The quartet were members of the North Eastern team, for the annual tournament, this year at the Marion Bowls Club.

The North Eastern team comprises of 20 of the elite country lawn bowlers for the Barossa, Riverland and Mallee Districts, along with players from the Silver City. The event ran from Tuesday, February 9 to Friday, February 12 this year. 

This annual event has been a part of the Bowls SA calendar since 1967 and runs in conjunction with a corresponding women’s tournament (this year held at Lockleys). 

SA rural bowls clubs across the state are divided into eight regions, with the North Eastern team competing against Yorke Peninsula, Southern Eastern, Upper North, Eyre Peninsula, Eastern, Fleurieu and KI and the Lower North Regions. 

“We only had two wins this year,” rink skipper Peter Gageler told the Barrier Truth. 

“It was a bit of a struggle. 

“The team we played in the final game today (Friday) Fleurieu and KI were undefeated this year, winning the title for a second successive year.

“The facilities at Marion were brilliant, top notch - the greens were very good and we well catered for.

“I reckon I’ve missed just a couple of these “Round Robin” tournaments over the past 20 years.

“It is one of the premier tournaments of the summer for country bowlers, with all teams having quality players.”  

The North Eastern team defeated Upper North in the morning game on Thursday, 101 - 88. 

They backed this up in the Thursday afternoon match against Lower North, winning this 97-80. 

Back in the summer of 2016-17 North Eastern won the Men’s Round Robin tournament, with Merritt, Mark Bloomfield, Lane and Gageler all being a part of that triumphant side. 

Along with the 2017 win, North Eastern (Region 4) has won the Bowls SA “Round Robin” title in 2003, 2007 and 2012.  

Back in 1969 and 1970, when the Regions were called Divisions; the Division 4 team, Upper Murray & Silver City won back-to-back championships. 

Division 4 then became the “Riverland and Silver City”, winning in 1972, 1987, 1989 and 1998. 

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