Weekend bowls bode well for Bacchus Marsh


Sarah Oliver

Bacchus Marsh has had a good start to the season in the Bowls Victoria weekend pennant.

It’s been a big couple of years for the club having merged with fellow Bacchus Marsh club, the Avenue two years ago. The club also moved from the Central Highlands Bowls Division to the metro competition.

President Phil Minetti said while the two clubs merged two years ago, it was their first season that they were completely bowling together.

“So far, this season is going absolutely fantastic,” he said.

Combining the Tuesday and Saturday sides, the club has seven teams sitting in the top four, which Minetti is very pleased with.

Minetti said their top side on Saturdays were well-known to be one of the strongest sections in division 1, section 1.

“But we’ve just won our last two so hopefully we’re on the way up.”

The club’s top skippers are doing well this season, with Troy Williams, Matty Bacon, Simon Cornock and Minetti himself taking on the top side roles as the best bowlers in the club.

He said players go down with knee injuries, people moving interstate had tested their depth in the lower grades.

The pennant will take a break over Christmas, so the next two weekends will be crucial for the club to ensure they sit well before resuming next year.

“The next two weeks are obviously going to be very important but like I said, the majority of our sides are well established within the top four. I’m very happy,” Minetti said.

There are a couple of younger players this year, with the youngest being just 13.

Minetti said they’re always looking for new recruits.

“It’s a fantastic sport, you can start playing as young as 10 and you can play all the way up until your nineties – the younger you are, the better you are,” he said.