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Bowls In Focus : October 2009
Bowls In Focus 13 FOR most of us the 2009-2010 pennant season is now under- way and I trust that you all have a great season of bowling, but more importantly that you enjoy the social fellowship of other members of the bowling frater nity. Over the past month I have had the opportunity to attend a number of functions hosted by clubs and groups for reasons varying from openings to anniversaries. It is interesting to note the different ways that the various hosts go about conducting their affairs, but always with the intention of making all in attendance welcome and ensuring that an enjoyable time is had by all. My thanks to all of the clubs that I have visited over recent times. Unfortunately, a number of these functions were restricted because of rain but as we all know, unless we continue to receive at least average spring rainfall, the water restrictions under which we currently operate will be again reviewed by the state government. Our executive officer Peter Hanlon continues to be on top of the water situation through his contacts both in government and the water industry. You will notice in this month’s magazine a feature on the partnership established by the RVBA, VLBA and beyondblue. Suffice for me to say that we encourage all clubs to take advantage of the generous offers made by beyondblue to provide promotional material and guest speakers where required. We also seek the support of all clubs in running with the ‘blue’ round of pennant, which is planned to be conducted mid-November. We are hopeful that through the contacts that our organisations and beyondblue have, that there will be significant publicity and press leading up to this event. More information on the for mat of this promotion will be forthcoming shortly. During September I had the opportunity to attend the trials for the Under-25 Development Squad and the State Side, which were held at the Rich River Golf and the Moama Bowling Clubs respectively. Victoria can be extremely proud of the talent that we have available and I do not envy the selectors jobs in trying to select the various representative sides. The decision of Bowls Australia to reduce state teams in the Australian Sides Championships to twelve players rather than 16 has exacerbated the problem, as I fear that most interstate games this season will be on the basis of 12-a-side. Work being undertaken by the Joint Working Party on unification continues with meetings of the JWP now looking forward to transitioning to Bowls Victoria. Clubs will receive official notification of the December 3 meeting together with a copy of the resolution to be put to the meeting and advice on the availability of proxy voting by mid-October. Also to be included in the pack will be a copy of the final draft of the proposed Bowls Victoria Constitution. I encourage all clubs to support the concept of unification so that the sport of bowls within Victoria can take advantage of the many benefits arising from this project. Remember the major change arising from unification will be seen at state level. Following the announcement by Bowls Australia that the 2010 Australian Open will again be conducted in the Shepparton area, the RVBA and the VLBA has decided that the Victorian qualifying rounds for this event will again be conducted in Bendigo. Negotiations are now underway with authorities in that area for this to occur and we look forward to the local support in the conduct of another successful tournament. Negotiations are also underway for the organisation of our week of State Finals planned for April 2010. More will be heard about this promotion at a later date. I look forward to meeting many of you on the green sometime during this season. Diary October 2009 13 Joint Working Party meeting 14 RVBA Board Meeting 15 75th Anniversary, Sorrento 19 Bowls Australia Council meeting 20 Bowls Australia Council meeting 25 50th Anniversary Greythorn 28 RVBA State Council meeting Graeme Hosken President President RVBA News Around the Greens RVBA News Around the Greens RVBA News Around the Greens
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