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Bowls In Focus : November 2009
THE last two months have been very busy with visits to a number of clubs, associations and groups, selection trials for both Under-25 and our Senior sides, and of course the inevitable assortment of meetings. Thank you to all for the hospitality provided on each of these occasions. Congratulations to the Burden Park and Greythorn clubs on the celebration of their 50th Anniversaries and to Sorrento Bowls Club on its 75th Anniversary. It was very interesting to meet up with members of each of these clubs at their respective celebrations and to learn a little about the history of each club. Each of the clubs concerned should be very proud of their current situation, and they no doubt recognise the very valuable contribution made by the people responsible for the running of the clubs in days gone by. It was a great pleasure for me during the formalities at the Sorrento celebration to present an RVBA Medal of Merit to their president Allan Winnett. It recognises the extraordinary service that he has provided to our sport through his club, Association and Group, and in his capacity as a Councillor of the RVBA. Well done Allan and thank you. During October I had the pleasure of leading a representative party to Adelaide for the Under-25 Test Series against South Australia. The five players selected to represent Victoria on this occasion should be extremely proud of their performance in retaining the Whitehead-Pope Shield by winning two tests to one. The manner in which these young men conducted themselves both on and off the green was very pleasing. The weather conditions under which they had to play - wet, cold and very windy - would frustrate many bowlers, but they stuck to their objectives and proved to be successful. Player behaviour is something that will get a lot of attention this season, and I can assure you that any player found guilty of bringing our game into disrepute will be dealt with severely. Early this month our State 60 & Over Side will be heading off to Launceston to contest the Round Robin Series against five other states and territories. I am looking forward to this event and I am hopeful that we can improve on our placings of the last two seasons. Shortly after that expedition I will be accompanying our senior side to Canberra for a three match Test Series against the ACT. This particular series will be played on the basis of 12-players a side (three teams of four), which is in line with the format for the Australian Sides Championships to be conducted in March of 2010. The first of our State Championship events gets underway during October and November with the 60 & Over Pairs and Singles being played. Early rounds of the State Triples will follow these events. Preparations are well underway for one of the highlights of the state calendar, the annual RVBA International Day. This event will be conducted at the Maribyrnong Park Bowling Club on Sunday 22 November, and I am sure that all who participate in this competition will again have a very enjoyable day. The Board of Management has continued on a concept commenced in 2007 of conducting open forums at various locations throughout the state. Our latest venture was a visit to Wodonga where representatives of all of the local clubs were able to have answers provided to an assortment of questions raised over a two-hour period. These sessions, which are followed by board meetings, have proven to be invaluable, not only to board members in getting the feel for the way in which operations vary from one location to another, but also to those who have attended the meetings in being able to discuss matters of mutual interest with board members. As this will probably be the last opportunity that I have to communicate with you before we go to the vote on unification on December 3, I would request that you take the time to read the statement - put together by the president of the VLBA and myself - on Page 19 of this magazine, on this very important matter that will define the future of bowls in Victoria.Your support will be greatly appreciated. Diary November 2009 8 40th Anniversary, Rosebud Country Club 9-12 60 & Over Round Robin, Launceston 16 Joint Working Party meeting 17 RVBA Board Meeting 18-20 Vic v ACT Test Series, Queanbeyan 22 RVBA International Day, Maribyrnong Park 27 50th Anniversary, Main Ridge December 1 RVBA Board Meeting 3 Special General Meeting on Unification 7-10 Vic v Tas Test Series, Clayton Graeme Hosken s Around the Greens RVBA News Around the Greens RVBA News Around the Greens g running sole profile produced with a Variable Radius Geometry. 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