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Bowls In Focus : August September 2009
• Left: Classic debutantes Peter Chard and John Taborsky depart Karingal in the imposing HSV Maloo Ute. • Below: Peter sends one away on the morning of day two.• Like all Ute enthusiasts, the boys paid their respects at the city’s ‘Ute Capital’ shrine. said John with wide-eyed enthusiasm, “like Barrie Lester, Nick McIntyre, Neville Rodda, David Donaldson and Brett Spurr. “The list just goes on, and we met the two young blokes who won the Queensland Open pairs gold medal at the RSL club too. It was like a gathering of all the household names. “What impressed me was that all of these big names didn’t have egos to match. People are quick to criticise the top players and call them prima donnas, b “W A B-Ute Bowls Weekend K nockabout blokes Peter Chard and John Taborsky had the time of their sporting lives last month when they savoured their first taste of the Deniliquin Invitation Pairs Classic. A well-known and competitive combination around the Mornington Peninsula area, the duo are both members of the Karingal Bowls Club, and to be truthful, they don’t have a huge CV as a pairs team yet, but they’re hoping to bulk it up over the coming years. In fact, their best performance was taking this year’s Australian Open pairs finalists Mick Humphreys and Geoff Tinning to a tiebreaker during qualifying at Bendigo. However, if keenness and dedication are any indicators to future success, these boys are well on track. “We’d heard people raving about the ‘Deni Pairs’ weekend since we first started in the game, but never dreamed we’d get the chance to be part of it,” Peter said. “A mate of ours put in a good word for us, and told the organisers that we would be honoured to receive an invitation. So when it arrived in the post, I got the chequebook out and had our acceptance mailed off within minutes. “I spoke to Dennis O’Keefe, the tournament director, a few days later to confirm he had received our entry, and when he told me that we were definitely in the field, I was stoked.” Prior to this initial bowls flirtation at Deni, the boys were well aware of the Annual Ute Muster, which is held every October. They knew that since its inception 10 years ago, when 2839 owners claimed a Guinness Book of Records title for the largest parade of legally registered utes in the world, a new record has been set each year, with an amazing 7242 taking part in last year’s ‘Muster’. Ironically, Peter’s a Ute man too. His is a fireengine-red HSV VZ Maloo, a frightening beast with all the trick gear, and there’s 550 horses under the bonnet of his bad boy, courtesy of its supercharged 6-litre V8. The pair travelled up to Deni, in the Ute of course, a fortnight before the Classic, to spend a weekend practicing, and arrived for the big event on the Wednesday prior. Both competed in the traditional Friday singles where they each won a couple of rounds before bowing out. For the debutantes, the bowling club’s warm welcome and renowned hospitality lived up to all expectations, and they had a great time at the famous Friday night ‘Calcutta’, which saw the astounding total of $13,068 wagered on the field. “I made Mike Wilks and Brad Martin second fa- vourites,” chuckled Peter, “but they had a draw with Mark Chaplin and Geoff Tinning (him again) in the second round, which cost them (and me) dearly.” “It was terrific to meet all of the great bowlers who we had only ever read about in this magazine,” Mask Spencer up winning the sho added P “And what about the collection of char acters w the w little Peter Condon, J Shor Gardner - these guys could definitely get a blok troub On both da boys w match, with their strong win against the seasoned Kilmore combination of Phil Skehan and Coyle on the mor of da outstanding perf mance “W a close loss and tw lessons “But I rec anything else, so we’re writing off the two 10-shot losses as part of our education program.” One thing is a certainty; next June when invita- tions for the 2010 Classic are sent out, these dedicated newcomers will be anxiously watching their letterbox. - David Allen WE SELL ALL MAJOR BRANDS OF LAWN BOWLS Drakes Pride Australia Specialised advice & coaching on all your bowling needs. Country VICTORIA’S largest range of bowls clothing, accessories, new & second hand bowls. Anne & Greg Sherman 12 Nolan Street Bendigo, Vic. 3550 Phone: 03 5442 2199 Fax: 03 5441 6619 Bowls In Focus 7