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Bowls In Focus : November 2009
Bowls In Focus 45 the day clearly indicated that the 2009-2010 pen- nant season was just around the corner. It was pleasing to have Moore Legal again to sponsor the day and delighted to have their repre- sentatives Andrew Simpson and Lee Newnham in attendance. This year's Classic again filled all rinks to capacity with 112 players from 17 visiting clubs attended with four teams each from Ivanhoe and Doncaster. David Bloom must have taken recent notice of the media articles regarding the whips being used on the racehorses. His 22-shot win in the first round surely indicated that he must have had his Ring- wood crew up and firing to achieve such an early starter. Strangely enough they were not sighted again in the latter sections. Maybe their weight went up after the generous corned silverside lunch provided by the ladies. It is a Greythorn tradition to invite both the board of management chairman and also the affiliate's president to select a team to compete in the tournament. This year, it was good to see the club chairman, Brian Calder, bringing in the winning 18 shots-up card in the second round. It was well deserved for all his good work. Affiliates president Brendan Green's crew, despite their effort was not quite so fortunate. By this time there were eight two-game-winners, all raring to top off enough score to bring home the bacon. Unfortunately four of the eight could not grab the valuable third spot, which left four three-game-winners with only three eligible for the prizemoney. If you come in scoring three wins of two, one and one, you would hardly expect a prize, and those were the unfortunate numbers that Ring- wood's Barry Meadows finished with, thus missing a prize. Still, he can boast about finishing in front of 25 other teams. Who was it that said that the younger bowling blades of today are taking over the old brigades? Certainly not 75-year-old Ivanhoe skipper Alby Clarke, who guided his team of 81-year-old Maurie Anderson, together with the much younger John Angus and Neil Ryan, to a 31-shot win. This was just enough to stave off Wayne Fogarty's team from East Ivanhoe with 29 shots and second prize. Consistent prizewinner PT Desai was further back, but enough to take home third prize, which brought to a conclusion another successful day. Congratulations Max and Sally Tresise (Ring- wood) for their recent golden wedding celebrations` Murray Numurkah Bowls Club's recent Centenary Celebra- tions were all about its proud history over the 100 years. Special guests rode in a cavalcade of vin- tage and classic cars from each of the ten decades and made a grand entrance to raise the curtain on a wonderful day. Club president Roger Newman welcomed guests and introduced Federal Member for Murray, Dr Sharman Stone, who officially opened the season, giving a fascinating account of the history of the club from the very first day on 2 November 1909. The greens were officially opened that day by George Graham, Victorian MLA for Wunghnu. Ladies were accepted into the club as associ- ate members in 1939, and the growth of soldier settlement in the 1940's and 1950's helped the club with membership increasing to 180 men and 100 women. In 1964 the lady members requested more time for use on the greens but this was refused. However the club is very proud of two of its long standing lady champions in Dot Maskell, who won the club singles on 14 occasions, and Jean McAr- thur, an eight-time winner. The club appointed a coach in 2005 and had immediate success winning its first division one pennant in the MBA after being a foundation member since 1981. The club was delighted to have life members Bill Baldwin, Norma Saxton, Jean Shearer and Jean McArthur join the celebra- tions on the day. The celebrations did not end after this day; on November 2 the club staged a special dinner with a plaque unveiled commemorating the centenary year. Peninsula Many years ago during a work sports night that included indoor bowls, John Smith made a few stirring remarks to, as he described them, a couple of 'old' blokes (in their late 40's) whom he knew to be lawn bowlers. Some time later they set the chal- lenge and asked John to join the General Motors Holden Bowling Club at Dandenong, which was in the process of been established at the time. When GMH eventually completed the sports complex, John and some 60 non-bowling workmates fronted up to bowl. Remaining together, they went on to form what became a great team, winning numerous events along with three pennants. On a personal level, John's many achievements included four club championships (three in consecutive seasons), six pairs championships, sixteen years as a pennant selector and probably the most significant being the honour of being endowed with life membership. After retiring from work John transferred to the City of Frankston Bowls Club, where over the last 20 years, he has coached many school groups, disabled children and adults, and numerous club members in the basic and advanced skills of lawn bowls. John gains much pleasure in seeing people he has coached becoming established, competent bowlers. He openly admits the more that they are able to beat him today, the better he likes it as he sees it as being positive confirmation that he has done his job well. John says, "When I get lucky and have a 'real bowl' (a 5" Black Super Grip with the spotted dog logo) sitting on the jack, I enjoy watching the op- position's new multi-coloured thingy's following my line and sailing right on past." John's contribution to the City of Frankston club has been enormous and is well documented on the club's honour boards. As one of the most respected members of the club he has once again been bestowed with a life membership of the club. The 2009-2010 season sees John entering his 50th year as a pennant player, a feat that only a very few of us could ever hope to emulate. As with previous years John is expected to play a major role in club's endeavour to win another flag. If his dedication to practice (at least twice weekly) counts for anything, there is no doubt that he will be a key player in his division. Quite apart from his play- ing skills, the experience that John brings to the younger, less experienced members of his team is immeasurable. Yarra Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Frank Skinner (Hurstbridge) who recently passed away. Proudly sponsored by LAWN BOWLS COACHING Level 2 accredited coaches • Greythorn’s winners circle saw sponsor Andrew Simpson from Moores Legal with Ivanhoe’s Alby Clark, Maurie Anderson, John Angus and Neil Ryan. • Arriving in style for the Numurkah Centenary celebrations, Federal Member for Murray Dr Shar- man Stone, is welcomed by Member for Murray Valley Ken Jasper (left) and club president Roger Newman. Photo courtesy Numurkah Leader. • City of Frankston stalwart John Smith is presented with his Certifcate of Achievement by club presi- dent Richard Keogh.