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Bowls In Focus : October 2009
Bowls In Focus 49 selected for the second year in the State Development Squad. Hehasputalotoftimeand endeavour into his bowling and the results are starting to show at this point. Squad co-ordinator Jack Unmack from Bair nsdale has coached Matthew and it is pleasing to see the steady improvement he has made under Jack’s tuition. A former member of the Gippsland Spor ts Acad- emy’s Bowls program, Matthew had a very promising year last season where he was a r unner- up in the Group 8 Gippsland final of the Under-30 State Singles; he and his more senior partner won the Group 8 final of the State Pairs and played well in the State last 16 knockout rounds; he played in the Group 8 side at the Group Sides Championship; and he topped off the season with an exciting win in Sale’s Division 1 winning pennant side, where he played lead. Matthew is enjoying his busy workload and we look forward to his progress this season. For more details contact your local retailer or Henselite State Manager Peter Sawyer on 0418 545 135 Choice of Champions Henselite congratulates Mark Jacobsen Barrie Lester and Ali Forsyth Winners of the Henselite $40,000 National Club 5 a Side Competition at Club Helensvale As part of the team representing Taren Point, Ali, Mark and Barrie bowled to great success with ABT-evo and Dreamline bowls Last month at Somerville, where locals claim his- tory is created; the bowling club again hosted the annual Patriots Australia (Melbour ne Chapter) Lawn Bowls Championship. It would be fair to suggest that not too many clubs can boast that they have had bikers bowling at their club, although Patriots Australia is a motor- cycle club exclusively for defence and ex-defence personnel, families and supporters. But the bowling frater nity need not be alar med, Patriots runs strictly in accordance with current de- fence discipline acts, and also actively raises funds to support retur ning Australian troops. The Patriots reckon that Fathers Day is an ideal occasion on which to conduct this tournament as sons and daughters can bowl against their dads, and get the added bonus of riding in as well. Somerville is well suited to accommodate the bikers and drew some curious looks from Sunday regulars who had filtered in for a quiet roll-up. Imagine their surprise to see a dozen or so Harley Davidsons, leather jackets, tattoos and some rather burly bikers giggling like ‘big old school girls’. One person, Somer ville’s ver y own Ron Corser, was ver y impressed though. For the non-biking fraternity’s infor mation, his grandson Troy Corser races a BMW in the elite international Super Bike Series. The annual Patriots bowls day is the brainchild of Somer ville secretary, and Patriots life mem- ber, Dave ‘Clubs’ Murr, who explained: “Due to the pennant season being so long, it takes away quite a few ride days for me, so our bowls event at Somerville gives fellow Patriots an insight into what my Saturdays entail.” The standard of bowls was predictably, well, unpredictable at best, but as ‘Clubs’ suggested: “It isn’t the point and all of our member bowlers en- joyed the synthetic surface, the skill challenge, and gained an appreciation that bowls isn’t as simple as it looks on television.” Winners on the day were separated by one single shot, with life member elect ‘Foggy’ claiming the imposing ‘Gold Bowl Trophy’ over Sergeant at Arms ‘Ocka’. Fur thermore, ‘Clubs’ assures us that the 2010 championship is shaping up to be even bigger! • Some of the Melbourne Patriots at Somerville for their annual bowls championships. Bowls Meets Bikers And Brawn In Patriot Games • Somerville’s Dave ‘Clubs’ Murr presents the Patriots Golden Bowl to championship winner ‘Foggy’.
August September 2009