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Bowls In Focus : November 2009
44 Bowls In Focus Bendigo There is an exciting year of bowls ahead this season. The BDBA will be holding all Group finals, the Provincial Championships, and are thrilled to be hosting the Australian Open qualify- ing events in Bendigo in February. BDBA office bearers for this season are president Ray Hammill, secretary Geoff Howes and treasurer Ken Gloster. Life member of the BDBA Ron Manning and his wife Helen have recently celebrated sixty years of marriage and have always enjoyed sport. In earlier years at Tatura it was tennis for Helen and cricket for Ron. Since taking up bowls at Eaglehawk over 40 years ago, both have been outstanding members, with both being awarded life membership of the club. Helen has been ladies singles champion nine times, while Ron was club champion on four occasions. They celebrated their diamond wed- ding anniversary at a family function in June. Eastern Suburbs It was blast off for Camberwell Central when the club unveiled their five new recruits participating in the club's inaugural Cadet Program. The program was put in place some time ago with the club being proactive in recruiting and retaining young bowl- ers who were new to the game and no better way to start than in their own 'backyard'. The club had hosted the 'Get on the Green' program and the RVBA Schools Pennant competi- tion, a perfect mix. It also recognised that the initial expense to parents of membership and equipment could perhaps be off- set. The two main drivers of the pro- gram, Hal Hobbs and Ron Brentnall, secured some generous sponsorship of $3000 from Coles Camberwell, with support of The Melbourne Bowls Centre and Henselite, which was the first step. The second was getting commitment from the parents and the boys to play pennant for the club for the season, this was agreed and the program was well under way. Sunday afternoon coaching through winter has paid dividends for the boys, who are 12-14 years old and include brothers Michael and Luke Allen, together with Kevin Woon, Heddwyn Lee and Harry van de Laak from Camberwell High School, all of whom showed great skills at the club's launch. Later in the clubrooms with their parents and guests, the cadets were officially welcomed by club president Rod Strong. During the formal proceedings club Super Veteran Charles Keys was presented with the RVBA Service Badge by Group 13 councillor Les Baker for his great contribution to lawn bowls. Coach of the cadets Ron Brentnall was also presented with his Super Veteran badge. Congratulation to both for their great contribution to the club and bowls in general. Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Jim Bates (Upwey-Tecoma) and Charles Evans (Bennettswood) who recently passed away. Geelong Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Alan Pascoe (Ocean Grove) who recently passed away. Maroondah The heavy rains forecast on the late September Sunday did not eventuate, which allowed the Greythorn club to conduct their annual Moores Legal Fours Classic. The Invitation was marketed by submitting it as 'an ideal pennant warm-up', and the volume of the noise from the green at the end of • Camberwell Central’s Cadets Program inductees are welcomed at the offcial launch surrounded by proud parents and club offcials. Statewide RVBA District Association News From Around The State Anne & Greg Sherman 12 Nolan Street Bendigo, Vic. 3550 Phone: 03 5442 2199 Fax: 03 5441 6619 WE SELL ALL MAJOR BRANDS OF LAWN BOWLS pecialised advice & oaching on all your owling needs. Drakes Pride Australia Country VICTORIA'S largest range of bowls clothing, accessories, new & second hand bowls.