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Bowls In Focus : October 2009
48 Bowls In Focus Ballarat Clunes Bowls Club’s year 2008/09 being their 130th year anniversary, held a well-attended function to celebrate the occasion where special guest RVBA executive officer Peter Hanlon gave a well-received and infor mative speech, followed by the formal opening of the season. The club had a very productive season on and off the green. Both mens teams reached the grand finals but were beaten by better teams on the day. The induction of Bill Anderson into the Super Vets by district councillor Murray Rowe was one of the high- lights of the presentation night In addition to the relative success on the green, a considerable amount of work has been undertaken at the club, cour tesy of gover nment grants they have completed the installation of several water tanks adjacent to the now virtually defunct creek, plus having the luxury of a new green installed by VGA president Doug Agnew. Having just the one green to play on for the most of the past sea- son cur tailed some of the club’s pro- posed events and revenue. Despite this there is a great deal of optimism in the air whilst preparation for the upcoming season is in full swing. New members are always welcome. Bayside It was a memorable day on Black Rock club’s Opening Day in more ways than one when they were hosts to both state presidents, Graeme Hosken from the RVBA and the VLBA’s Maureen Connolly. This was the first time the club has had both presidents in attendance at the one time, and they also welcomed the mayor of Bayside, James Long, who officially opened the season by unfurling the club flag at their season opening ceremony. Not to be put off by the inclement weather preventing use of the greens, all activity was moved inside the clubhouse, with Bayside councillor Michael Morris rolling the kitty, and RVBA president Graeme rolling the first bowl of the season on the club carpet. Quite a surprise was in store for two club members Max Fielder, who is in fact a dual member with both Black Rock and Beaumaris, and club secretary Ted Montfort. RVBA president Graeme pre- sented life member Max with the RVBA Medal of Merit for services to the RVBA and Bowls Australia, in particular the Greens Committee, where he ser ved many years with both bodies. There is precious little Max doesn’t know about turf manage- ment, and those who know Max would say he is rarely lost for words, particularly where his passion for turf is concerned. But this time Max was flummoxed, adding to his disquiet of being in the limelight was further sur prise when his wife and daughters walked through the door quite unex- pectedly to see the presentation. He was gob smacked and asked them what they were doing there! Club secretary Ted Montfort was equally pleasantly surprised when he was presented with the RVBA Service Badge; his daughter had jumped in the car early mor ning from South Australia to be there to see the presentation to her father. Con- gratulations to Max and Ted for their wonderful contribution to bowls over many years. Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ed Ryan and Stan Bennett (Cheltenham) who recently passed away. Eastern Suburbs Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ian Boyd (Bennettswood) who recently passed away. Goulburn Valley The district is saddened by the passing of Ray Jones (Violet Town) and our sincere condolences are extended to his family and friends. Maroondah Congratulations to George Robson (Lilydale), Norman Harris (Chirnside Park CC), Bert Closter (Mooroolbark) and Alan Blackbell (Heathmont) recently presented with their Super Veteran badges. Metro North Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Max Keating (Buckley Park) who recently passed away. Metro South East Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dolph Mele (Waverley Golf) who recently passed away. Metro West Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Frank George (Altona North) who recently passed away. North Gippsland Sixteen-year-old Matthew Higgins, a Year 11 student at Sale College, and a member of the Sale Bowls Club seems to be juggling school and bowls really well. A member of the East Coast Pirates Junior Develop- ment squad, Matthew has been • It was a big moment during Clunes Bowls Club’s 130th anniversary celebrations when Group 1 councillor Murray Rowe presented Bill Anderson with his Super Veteran Badge. • RVBA president Graeme Hosken presented an RVBA Medal of Merit to a stunned Max Felder at Black Rock’s recent opening day. Statewide RVBA District Association News From Around The State
August September 2009