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Bowls In Focus : December 2009
36 Bowls In Focus Bendigo Campbell’s Creek bowler Wally Maple was born in 1909 and was a relatively late starter in bowls - at the age of 87 when many have given it up. He embraced the game and the club both as both a pennant and social bowler, and is delighted to have been part of a winning pennant team during that time. The reason Wally was a late bloomer is that his first love was running. As a boy living on the family farm, Wally’s father marked out a track in a paddock by dragging a wagon wheel behind a tractor and it is there that Wally would train himself. He competed in the Stawell Gift in the early 1930’s, before taking on the training of others. One of his young protégés, C.G. Heath, went on to win the 1933 Gift. Wally’s eyesight may be fading these days and he has eased back a little now, but he remains an inspiration to all who meet him, having proven that you are never too old to become involved in some- thing new. Our new centenarian was presented with a silver tray to commemorate his 100th year by Bendigo DBA councillor Athol Mills. Campaspe Valley The district is saddened by the passing of Bill Jones - life member of the Deniliquin RSL and past president of CVDLBA - and extends sincere condolences to his family and friends. Eastern Suburbs The Upwey-Tecoma club recently held a successful comedy bowls function. It was an event they called The Comedy Bowl - a few laughs and a roll-up! It was the brainchild of members Mike Kelly, Brendon Ford, Peter Jeffery and Michael Walker. Enter tainment consisted of novelty bowls activi- ties, plenty of laughs with Melbourne comic Damian Callinan and music provided by local musician Alex Legg. One of the main features of the night was the novelty bowls activities. Brendon Ford devised four games that were essentially crossovers from other spor ts applied to the bowling green. These were: ‘a hole in one’ (golf), ‘a corner kick’ (soccer), ‘a strike’ (tenpin bowls) and ‘kick a goal from the boundary’ (AFL). All activities were conducted with old Super- Grip bowls and the like and were a real highlight of the night for bowlers and non-bowlers alike. It was ‘the’ club function of 2009 and was aimed at bowler and non-bowlers, as well as members and non-members. The function had several objec- tives: to provide a social occasion for the club, its members, guests and the wider community; raise some funds for the club through an avenue other than bowls; introduce new people to the club in a social setting, while make better use of the facilities and basically to ‘Just do it’ and see how it goes, with the aim of holding a function of similar size and concept each year. Geelong Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ron Wylie (Ocean Grove) who recently passed away. Grampians The Lake Bolac Bowls Club has celebrated its 50th anniversary with a function where the club acknowl- edged its history and the former members who had worked tirelessly to get it off the ground. New president Peter Upton warmly welcomed the visi- • Popular Campbell’s Creek veteran Wally Maple is presented with a silver tray to commemorate his 100th birthday by Group 5 councillor Athol Mills. • ‘AFL kick a goal from the boundary - try that with an old Super Grip!’ was just one of the novelty bowls activities devised by Brendon Ford for the Upwey-Tecoma club’s Comedy Bowls night. Bendigo Statewide RVBA District Association News From Around The State Proudly sponsored by LAWN BOWLS COACHING Level 2 accredited coaches • Having a ball with bowls at Upwey Tecoma’s Comedy Bowls night.