Sunbury suffered its first loss of the Bowls Victoria pennant division 1, section 1 season.
In an early top-of-the-table clash with MCC, Sunbury had to battle not only the opposition, but the elements.
The teams were on and off the greens because of the rain but were able to play out the game.
MCC took the win 81 (16)-65 (2).
Carla Krizanic was the only winning skip for Sunbury, winning 18-16.
Todd Trewarne’s rink lost 20-17. Mark Cowan, in his return to the side, lost 22-14.
Jay Bye-Norris, in his first game for Sunbury, lost 23-16.
Sunbury’s David Glennon said it was always going to be tough heading to Hawthorn.
“They were unbeaten as well and it’s always tough playing them,” he said.
“We lost by three shots, seven shots and eight shots, so it was pretty close all day in all the rinks. It’s good to get some tough games out of the way early.”
Glennon said there were no standouts for Sunbury in the loss and everyone was a bit demoralised by the loss once they returned to the club.
He said the addition of Bye-Norris was a handy one for the side heading forward.
Bye-Norris represented Victoria in the singles at the Australian Championships last year.
“Jay comes from Essendon and played the first couple of games this year in Premier League and played in premier division the last couple of years.
“He’s played for Victoria and only came to our club this week.
“He’s friends with the Trewarne family, which I think was the lure to play at Sunbury.”
They sit in second spot, 15 points behind MCC which is the only undefeated team left.
This week Sunbury faces Whittlesea (2).
It was a mixed day for Sunbury with three of its six teams winning – its worst result of the season so far.
All but one match was affected by rain.
In other bowling news, Sunbury got its first win in more than 12 months in the RSL Bowling Association competition. Held on Friday mornings in Essendon, Sunbury beat East Keilor by 20 shots.
Mark Cowan helped the Victorian over-60 men’s team to silver at the national championships last week.
The Victorian men’s team won five of its seven matches, to finish behind New South Wales. Overall, Victoria came away with bronze
Sophie Kurzman won bronze as part of the Victorian triples team at the 2019 Australian Under-18 Championships.