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Bowls In Focus : November 2009
48 Bowls In Focus Ballarat There are many superlatives one could write about Smeaton's 50th An- niversary celebrations held recently, but the 42 visiting representatives from the association's twenty-one clubs who attended would agree that the event was carried out with style, grace, wit and charm. Introductions, a game of bowls held during the warm- est day for months, followed by an afternoon tea worthy of a 6-star hotel. The club's history, given by secretary Joyce Perry and researched by Pat Prendergast, was appreciated and informative, while Foundation Mem- ber Dil Taylor was delighted and sur- prised when presented with a medal by state president Maureen Connolly on behalf of her club, acknowledging her 50 years of membership. It ap- pears that Dil is somewhat of writer, having penned numerous poems for Smeaton over the years, one of which was read by Joan Taggart. Then for a finale, 'The Bowls Wedding of Kitty White and Jack Green', a play per- formed by five members in full wed- ding regalia brought much laughter to the audience with its witty and clever use of bowling terms incorporated throughout. There were of course candles to light and the celebratory cake to cut; along with memories of early days, prizes and gifts present- ed, but above all the afternoon was memorable due to the charm and effort made by its members under the leadership of their gracious president Jenny Toose. Central Central DLBA's opening day was held at the club of the association president Marg Adcock who was delighted to play host at Mansfield Bowling Club. Some inconvenient but welcome rain brought an end to bowls, however on adjourning to the clubrooms some impromptu entertainment from members of the host club, together with renewing friendships ensured the day was most enjoyable and saw everyone bubbling with enthusiasm for the season ahead. Central Murray This month has been a busy start to the season with the following tournaments being played, as well as the pennant season being in full swing. The CMDLBA 5-a-Side day was held at Tocumwal with 100 ladies attending from Barooga Sports, Berrigan, Cobram, Finley, Finley RS, Nathalia, Numurkah Golf, Numurkah, Picola and Tocumwal. The winners on the day from Picola were Vera Brown, Julie Hindle, Rita Cobbledick, Lyn Hall and Kath Heaton; while runners-up were the Cobram team of Caroline Reilly, Glenys Walker, Marj McDonald, Kerry Baldacchino and Brenda Ingram (Tocumwal). The annual Joyce Larkin Day was held at Cobram with twenty teams vying for the prized trophy. A very cold and windy day didn't dampen the enthusiasm for this most popular day. We were delighted to have our life member Joyce Larkin with us for the day. Joyce presented the hand- some trophy to the winning team of Di Carter, Marie Shannon, Barbara Palmer and Lillian Nightingale from Numurkah with the trophy. Runners- up were Liz Anderson, Andrea Brown, Kay Beare and Carmel Sutcliffe from Tocumwal. Congratula- tions to all bowlers on making it such a great day. Gippsland Another eagerly anticipated season is well under way and it will be an excit- ing year for the Garfield Bowling Club as it celebrates 50 years of bowls this season. Congratulations to the club and best wishes on their milestone. Yinnar opened the season on a new synthetic green and were delighted to have the RVBA president Graeme Hosken and VLBA president Maureen Connolly as special guests on the day. Congratulations to Olive Upton (Moe) on her marriage to Brian Lang. Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Helen Asling (War- ragul) and Dorothea McIntyre (Traral- gon) who recently passed away. Goulburn Valley We are very pleased to host the Australian Open once again in the Goulburn Valley. The greens at Shep- parton Park and Mooroopna will be abuzz from 14-20 February 2010. It will be very exciting time in the Valley and great to have so many bowlers and visitors to the district. We have just completed the state triples for our region and the winners were Dianne Hands, Cathy Dudley and Kate Bush, well done ladies. The district is saddened by the passing of former VLBA councillor Beryl Law, and we extend our sincere condolences to her family and friends. Grampians Opening day for Grampians DLBA was held at Ararat with 64 ladies in attendance. The official opening was preceded by a display of some new season's clothing and apparel from Ballarat's 'Complete Bowls Special- ists' bowls shop, which was very interesting. Association president Noelle warmly welcomed everyone and wished all an enjoyable season. It was a delightful day. Group 1 Gala day was also held at the Ararat, where the Ballarat, Mary- borough and Grampians associations all attended. Following the Group meeting in the morning we headed out to the green for two games of bowls, but alas, the weather had the final say. Nevertheless, this is always a popular day with 112 ladies playing in mixed teams from all clubs and a lovely way to meet up with new and old friends. Hobson's Bay Newport Bowling Club recently celebrated its 80th Anniversary with an official visit from the VLBA executive. President Janet Haygarth welcomed everyone to the day of celebration which started with a warm up of sherries and nibbles, making it a great time for all to get together and although a very blustery day there was much merriment on the greens. VLBA president Maureen Connolly presented president Janet and sec- retary Carmel Keating with plaques Horizons VLBA District Association News From Around The State • Smeaton president Jenny Toose and VLBA president Maureen Connolly share the cake cutting at the club’s 60th Anniversary celebration. • Central Murray’s happy winners of the coveted Joyce Larkin Trophy were Lil- lian Nightingale, Barbara Palmer, Di Carter and Marie Shannon from Numurkah.