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Bowls In Focus : January 2010
Bowls In Focus 7 New identity for time- honoured event Since it was first presented 47 years ago the Legacy Open Pairs tournament has been an iconic event on the Melbourne metropolitan competition calendar. It has always been a nocturnal affair with club's sending their premier pair to represent them; all matches were of 11-ends duration in deference to Remem- brance Day; and nearly every match was conducted at the East Malvern RSL Bowls Club. The list of past winners reads like a 'Who's Who?' Of Victorian bowls, with champions such as John Dobbie, Bob Middleton, Jack Wilson, Arnold O'Brien, Geoff Maskell, Ken Mackenzie, Todd Simmons and Wayne Roberts having their names engraved on the imposing Sir Dallas Brooks Trophy. Importantly, the benefac- tor of all proceeds from the competition has been Legacy, the marvellous non-Government organisation that provides sup- port to the families of Australia's deceased veterans. Legacy was founded in 1923 by a small group of World War I veterans, who believed they had to accept a legacy of responsibil- ity for the welfare of the wives and children of comrades who were killed in the war or died subsequently. Its services are available throughout Australia to some 117,000 widows, children and adults with disabilities, and are provided by thousands of volun- teer members, called 'Legatees', through 49 separate clubs. Support ranges from advice and counselling to grants, loans and other practical assistance to those in need. Legacy assists with applications for War Widows Pensions, and also provides accommodation, education and general welfare advice and as- sistance. Legacy has since extended its services to all widows and dependent children of veterans who died on operational duty or subsequently, and of members of today's Australian Defence Force who lose their lives as the result of their service, including peacekeeping, natural disaster relief and in training. The Legacy Sir Dallas Brooks Trophy for the annual charity bowls event was inaugurated to honour his distinguished career in government administration and the military. General Sir Reginald Alexan- der Dallas Brooks, the 19th Gov- ernor of Victoria, was appointed by Premier Thomas Hollway and served between 1949 and 1963. Prior to becoming Governor he was a General in the Australian Defence Force. From time to time during his term as Governor of Victoria he acted as Administrator of the Commonwealth. He served in this capacity for almost seven months after Governor-General Viscount Dunrossil suddenly died in office in 1961 having served just one year. Sir Dallas was in effect Acting Governor- General until the appointment of Viscount De L'Isle. In 1969 the Grand United Lodge of Freemasons built a concert hall in East Melbourne and named it the Dallas Brooks Hall. Similarly, the Melbourne suburb of Dallas was named after him, while Dallas Brooks Drive in the King's Domain, where the official residence of the Governor of Victoria, Govern- ment House, is located honours the great man. Only two sporting events bear the Legacy name, the other being its much sought-after golf tournament at Huntingdale, which dates back to 1932 and is conducted in January each year. But Legacy has been faced with certain realities over recent years and found that it no longer had the resources to conduct the prestigious bowls event as in the past. However, fruitful negotia- tions with the RVBA resolved that the Legacy Sir Dallas Brooks Trophy will enjoy a new identity, and is to be awarded to the winners of the Victorian Over-60 Pairs Championship. This new format ensures the retention of the time-honoured trophy and extends the event's reach, and the lawn bowls as- sociation with Legacy, across all of Victoria. - David Allen Victorian Over-60 Pairs Championship for the Legacy Sir Dallas Brooks Trophy at Burden Park Bowls Club Round of 16: R Coulson, S Forbes (Hampton) d T Pearse, N Featherby (Nyah District) 25-8; F Seaton, P Rich (Corowa Services) d J Wright, R Goudie (Horsham City) 17-12; G Bouker, M Whitty (Dromana) d F La Scala, B Ravaillion (West Coburg) 17-10; N Verlinden, M Tudorovic (Victoria Ballarat) d J Leighton, N Jensz (Drouin) 15-14; B Phelan, B Fiddes (Melbourne) d B Pratt, J Allison (Heatherdale) 15-6; R Morrissey, N Pattie (Altona) d K Ronaldson, R Gaunt (Burden Park) 17-14; N Waite, D Pisterman (Auburn) d C Preddy, R Anset (Kyabram) 15-12; V Moloney, B Scott (City Memorial) d C Ellis, G Smith (Ivan- hoe) 21-8. Quarter finals: Coulson, Forbes d Seaton, Rich 13-9; Verlinden, Tudorovic d Bouker, Whitty 17-8; Morrissey, Pattie d Phelan, Fiddes 16-12; Waite, Pisterman d Moloney, Scott 19-8. Semi finals: Coulson, Forbes d Verlinden, Tudorovic 16-8, Waite, Pisterman d Morrissey, Pattie 17-9. Final: Noel Waite, David Pisterman (Auburn) d Rob Coulson, Simon Forbes (Hampton) 15-11. Legacy Open Pairs Previous Winners 1962 J Francis, D Taylor (MCC) 1963 S Judkins, J Anderson (Black Rock) 1964 J Fleming, A MacWhirter (Cheltenham) 1965 J Stooke, R Robertson (Cheltenham) 1966 J Sweeting, J Hosking (Werribee) 1967 J Keen, A Sargeant (Highett) 1968 T Mitchell, L Stevens (Glenferrie Hill) 1969 J Dobbie, W Worrall (Glenferrie Hill) 1970 H James, B Dicker (Moreland) 1971 W McLean, N McIntyre (Northcote) 1972 R Middleton, E Semple (City of Prahran) 1973 J Wilson, A Rutzou (Bennettswood) 1974 A Cox, J Plazza (Footscray City) 1975 J Faiman, S Butterworth (Moorabbin) 1976 J Faiman, S Butterworth (Moorabbin) 1977 P Dooley, R Aylen (Edithvale) 1978 J Crabb, M Buxton (Black Rock) 1979 D McLeod, J Mudie (Blackburn) 1980 G Andrews, R Farmer (Blackburn) 1981 G Maskell, M Dyer (Mulgrave CC) 1982 H Wild, P Kelly (Footscray City) 1983 I Jarvis, S Atkin (Footscray City) 1984 A O'Brien, K Drury (MCC) 1985 R Culph, G Pearce (Elsternwick Dist) 1986 J Wilson, I Sloss (Burwood) 1987 N Knapp, J Whitbourne (Dendy Park) 1988 R Aubrey, K Mackenzie (Burden Park) 1989 T Tucker, R Thorne (Greenkeepers) 1990 A Tucker, I Jarvis (Footscray City 1991 C Gee, D Zitter (Footscray City) 1992 L Rocher, L Rocher (Alma) 1993 M Bovell, M McDonald (Moonee Ponds) 1994 B Gasparini, I Fotheringham (Buckley Pk) 1995 S Huggins, D Shortal (McKinnon) 1996 T Simmons, D Louttit (McKinnon) 1997 B Ford, B Salvage (Doncaster) 1998 A Bell, R Nowlan (Black Rock) 1999 G Letson, R James (West Coburg) 2000 M Chittenden, J Birch (Burwood) 2001 A Faigen, D Sebbag (Ajax Maccabi) 2002 S Mancusso, G Beck (Mulgrave CC) 2003 C Hannaford, B Leighton (Melbourne) 2004 I Mitchell, D Grace (Dandenong Club) 2005 M Cipolla, L Aiello (Bundoora) 2006 W Roberts, R Reitmaier (Y'ville Foots) 2007 G Maskell, H Kalinski (Armadale) 2008 W Roberts, R Reitmaier (Y'ville Foots) 2009 S Fowler, R Chanter (Rosamond) • Legacy president Graeme Standish presents the imposing Legacy Sir Dallas Brooks Trophy to new champions Noel Waite and David Pisterman.