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Bowls In Focus : August September 2009
Inner metro winter pennant a Winner S o what did bowls hungry city dwellers do in the midst of the recent Melbourne winter? They grabbed their bowls, coats, hats and scarves and joined other hardy souls on the green for the inaugural Bowlsworld Winter Pennant League. This new winter competition has been lauded by the competing clubs, saying the interesting format brought some fresh thinking to the sport that may inspire others to set up something similar in other regions. Played among many inner suburban clubs, the competition had enthusiastic support from twelve teams in its first season. The teams were set up as two-rink sides; with the rinks swapping over at the tea break to play their opposition’s other four. This enabled clubs to play more than eight players in a game, and most of the competing clubs had a surplus of players. The grand finals of the competition were staged at the impressive and newly opened City of Melbourne Bowls Club, and despite it being the coldest day of the competition, a surprisingly big crowd turned out. In Division 1, the home team was rank underdogs following Richmond Union’s demolition of St Kilda 81-15 in the semi final, and wriggled away to a seven-shot lead at the drinks break, but Richmond Union came back on level terms. However, the Flagstaff Gardens team rallied again to establish a three-shot lead before the last end, which Richmond Union was unable to peg back. It was a very high standard game and within six weeks of returning home and the City of Melbourne club now has a new flag flying in their rooms. “It was a great opportunity to showcase the venue,” said City of Melbourne manager Alan Parkes, “We had a lot of interest in the competition and it was a big thrill for the club to win the inaugural title.” The Division 2 final saw the crew from Fitzroy Victoria meet the Malvern side. They had previously met in the last round of home and away matches when Malvern overpowered Fitzroy 52-23. However, this was to be another day as Fitzroy Victoria gained the initiative when they swept away to big lead at the halfway stage, and extended it at the wire having an advantage of 24 shots. During the presentations RVBA treasurer Michael Classon, who played in the competition, said: “Congratulations to City of Melbourne and Fitzroy who were too good today at this wonderful venue. The competition has been a tremendous success and will no doubt grow. “Innovations such as playing the other rink after half time, along with the ability to have different players in teams and positions after the break have been welcomed by new and old alike. “All of the Malvern members who played will definitely be back next year. I congratulate John Adams for his initiative and for his excellent management of the competition.” Grand finals: Div 1 City of Melbourne d Richmond Union 40-38; Div 2 Fitzroy Victoria d Malvern 51-27. Public Access Defibrillator. Samaritan PAD • compact design • lightweight • easy to use • integrated battery and pads • biphasic scope technology • 7 year warranty Sudden Cardiac Arrest is a leading cause of death globally. Response time is critical for surviving SCA, when every minute counts. Heart sine’s Samaritan PAD was designed especially for use in public areas by providing a sophisticated defibrillator for adult or paediatric use, inside a light weight and easy to operate system. HeartSine “helping ® Help someone you ... If you require further information, Contact: Vital Medical Australia Pty Ltd www.vitmed.com.au Phone: Gary on 0407 225 327. • The happy Fitzroy Victoria side after their victory in the Inner Metro Winter Pennant Division 2 grand final. Bowls In Focus 39