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Bowls In Focus : January 2010
Bowls In Focus 9 MAY I commence my column by wishing you all a Happy New Year and I trust that the festive season was kind to you. Just prior to Christmas the bowls community throughout the world was shocked to hear of the unexpected passing of Sonny Downs OAM. A for- mer president of the RVBA, president of Bowls Australia and vice president of World Bowls, Sonny was a highly regarded and well respected sports administrator who, during his 80 years, had served the various sports that he represented, and his community, with great distinction. The bowls fraternity is saddened by his death. In regard to unification we were overwhelmed at the level of support that our organisations received when the final votes were counted for both the RVBA and the VLBA on 3 Decem- ber 2009. This has provided the Interim Board of Bowls Victoria with a mandate to move forward with unification as planned. Progress to date has been excellent with legal documentation lodged and work now underway on developing our various plans for the 2010-11 season and beyond. The major objective of the Interim Board is to conduct the elections for the first board of Bowls Victoria. Nominations will be sought shortly and it is expected that the dec- laration of the successful nominees will be made by the end of April 2010. However, there are numerous other tasks to perform and many major re- alignments of policies and procedures to be completed and implemented. To this end, various sub-groups of the Interim Board have undertaken various key areas of responsibility, which they will bring back to the Interim Board for discussion and ultimate ratification. The two Finance Directors (Zoe Newton and Michael Classon) will work with our auditor (Glen Miller) and the Executive Officers to develop clear procedures for merging our finances into the best sys- tem for Bowls Victoria. Bank accounts and more straight forward matters will be dealt with immediately, but with the two organisations on quite separate and different accounting systems, a detailed transition plan will need to be developed. Similarly, as can be seen from the joint article by Peter and Leonie (oppo- site), they are overseeing many of the administrative and planning matters, from uniform policy to a yearly calendar of events for 2010-2011. They will work closely with the Finance Directors and the other Directors when setting the single Bowls Victoria Affiliation Fee for 2010-2011. We encourage all Clubs and bowlers to look for the detailed advice from the Interim Board as we progress the transition to Bowls Victoria because it is from us that you will learn the facts. There are already too many rumours in circulation that have no basis in fact whatsoever. Please look for a regular Newsletter from the Interim Board called Bowls Victoria Update which will be posted on our website, emailed to Clubs and mailed where required. These are exciting times. We have the opportunity to build the very best State Sporting Association in 'Bowls Victoria' and the Interim Board will be looking for advice and support as we lead this important transition period. On the competition front, congratula- tions are extended to Ray Morrissey from Altona on his success in the Victorian 60 and Over Singles; and to David Pisterman and Noel Waite from Auburn for their win in the Legacy Sir Dallas Brooks Trophy Victorian 60 and Over Pairs. Our state side is scheduled to play a series against South Australia in Ad- elaide this month and we are hopeful of a better result than the series defeat at the hands of Tasmania at Clayton during December. The SA series will be played at Holdfast Bay and will provide our players with invaluable experience of the conditions which can prevail at the club that will host the Australian Sides Championships in March. Our Under 18 side will also be competing against South Australia at the same time and venue as the senior side. After a series loss against ACT in December this side will also be looking for an improved performance. On our return from South Australia we then head to Corowa, where the prestigious Group Sides Champion- ships will be conducted. This event is one of the major events on our calen- dar and features 256 of the state's best bowlers competing for the honour of being in the champion Group. Pennant competitions resume after the Christmas New Year break and all clubs will be seeking to consolidate their positions on the respective lad- ders over the remaining games. All of our championship events are now underway and as they draw to a conclusion we look forward to the preparations necessary for us to conduct our first ever week of State Finals. An announcement will be made in the very near future as to the venue selected to host the innovation. Entries have now closed for the Qualifying Rounds of the 2010 Aus- tralia Open, which will once again to be played at clubs within the Bendigo area. Bowlers will, I am sure, enjoy the hospitality of the Bendigo clubs and the conditions presented for the playing of the events. Good luck to all who are competing and I trust that you are suc- cessful in your endeavours to make it through to the main draw. Diary January 2010 3-6 Vic v SA Test Series, Holdfast Bay SA 7 Bowls Victoria Board Meeting 8-10 Group Sides Championship, Corowa 20 Junior Provincial Champion- ships, Daylesford February 4 Bowls Victoria Board Meeting Graeme Hosken • Vale: Sonny Downs OAM WELCOME back, I wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope you all had a great Christmas with your loved ones. Obviously there is a lot happening on the Unification front with the In- terim Board busily undertaking all the necessary tasks as we move towards the realisation of Bowls Victoria. I am delighted that my colleague on the Bowls Victoria Interim Board, Graeme Hosken, has been appointed Chairman, while I proudly accept the responsibility of Deputy Chairman for the transition period. If you haven't already, I urge you to read Graeme's comments in relation to the workings of the Interim Board as written above. Throughout the text he refers to 'we', which is exactly what we are, a united group working for the benefit of bowls and bowlers in this state. This year promises to be an exciting one for bowls in Victoria with so many excellent state events and pennant finals looming just around the corner. Our ladies state team has a tough challenge ahead of them in Adelaide on 4-6 January as they attempt to bring the coveted 'Ashes' back to Victoria. Congratulations to Sharon Whana from Glenroy who has been selected to make her debut with the side at the Holdfast Bay club. The selected team is: Gayle Ed- wards (Keilor) skipper, Carla Odgers (Keilor), Anna Hoogwerf (Essendon), Brooke Edwards (Keilor); Joyce Lindores (Clayton) skipper, Sharon Whana (Glenroy), Jennifer Salmon (Glenroy), Judy Davey (Glenroy); Rebecca McMahon (Colac City) skip- per, Paula Wood (Clayton), Robyn Thomassen (Grangeburn), Nicole Shortis (Glenroy). We wish them well in their campaign. Also in South Australia this month the Victorian Under-18 Girls side will be involved in a 'Quad Series' against teams from WA, SA and NSW at Adelaide's Brighton Bowls Club on 11-14 January. The team is: Rebecca Allan (Phillip Island), Melissa Cassar (Glenroy), Julia De Marchi (Donvale), Stephanie Priest (Bendigo), Chloe Stewart (Sunbury) and Victoria Troster (Glen Waverley). Congratula- tions to all of these young ladies on their selection. On 21-22 January the spotlight shines on Bendigo Bowls Club, where the State Singles and Triples Championships will be contested. My congratulations to the players who have progressed through to these state finals. This is a great opportuni- ty for spectators to see the state's fin- est bowlers in action and I hope that as many of you as possible will join me at greenside for what promises to be two marvellous events. The month concludes with a senior and junior Test Series against Tasmania at Geelong West Bowls Club on 30-31 January. Again, I hope that many of you will come along and cheer on the two Victorian sides as they battle the Apple Islanders. I can assure you, the players really appreciate the support. Diary January 2010 4-6 Vic v SA Test Series, Adelaide 7 Bowls Victoria Interim Board Meeting 9-10 AERF Mixed Pairs finals, Glen Eira McKinnon 17 Ray White Classic, Blackburn 21-22 State Title Singles & Triples, Bendigo 24 Classic Invitation Fours, Mt Waverley 30-31 Vic v Tas Test Series, Geelong West February 4 Bowls Victoria Interim Board Meeting 7 State Title Novice Singles, Euroa Maureen Connolly News from the Interim Board of Bowls Victoria