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Vic Open upsets in day three

It was another perfect day on the green for the third day of the Steller Victorian Open.

Men’s and women’s pairs events took place across 20 clubs in the Shepparton and Goulburn Valley region, with three sectional games and two knockout games again contested.

Spectators were out in force at a number of clubs; enjoying the local hospitality and showing their support for family and friends rolling up.

Reigning Vic Medallist Lee Schraner (Rosny Park, TAS) rolled up at Strathmerton where he won, drew, and lost to end his Pairs campaign with Brad Marron. Schraner will now be looking to defend his triples crown on day four of competition.

2018 Commonwealth Games medallist Barrie Lester (Melbourne BC, VIC) arrived at Numurkah Bowls Club to play his first event for the week. Fresh from the Bowls Premier League at Pine Rivers in Queensland last week, Lester won all three games with his partner Ben Hubber (Glenroy, VIC) to go 26 Shots Up and move onto the knockout rounds.

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Lester’s former national teammate Matthew Flapper won through in all his games at Numurkah Golf and Bowls Club with Dane McKinnon (Altona,VIC) to keep their finals chances alive finishing 25 Shots Up to go into the last 16.

In section 13 at Benalla Bowls Club, Andrew Fowler-Brown from St Kilda Bowls Club took top honours for day three, going 54 Shots Up with playing partner Alex Skilton (Melbourne, VIC).

After round three of Pairs sectional play, the top-5 Shots-Up were:

Men’s Pairs

Andrew Fowler-Brown (St Kilda) Alex Skilton (Melbourne) +54

Ryan Tainton Essendon & Luke Wayth (Queenscliff) +43

David Wells Warrnambool City Memorial&Ian Brimblecomb (Wangaratta) +42

Jay Bye-Norris Essendon & Jayden Christie (Club Helensvale) +38

Ian Smethurst (Finley RSC) & Colin Jeffery (Drouin) +37

Women’s Pairs

Lisa Bullock & Jenny Burleigh Whittlesea +38

Maryanne Spizer Moama & Mary Tragardh  +38

Anne Miles & Claire Sanders Yarrawonga Mulwala GCR +37

Elizabeth Kierce & Sally McCracken City Oval +30

Bev Cahill & Margaret Smyth Shepparton Park +29

Pairs events are three bowls per player and 15 ends, with a time limit of two and a quarter hours per match (not including trial ends).

Day four will commence at 8:30am tomorrow with Triples events to be contested. Three sectional games and two knockout games are scheduled with 19 clubs in use.

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