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Bowls In Focus : January 2010
36 Bowls In Focus Bayside Beaches Brighton Ladies hosted a Guest and Delegates Day at their fabulous new indoor and outdoor complex at Dendy Park. It was the first function held there for four or five years due to amalgamations of neighbouring clubs. Our councillor Jean Lynch pre- sented Super Veteran badges to five members, Nance Wagland, Ann Spry, Ro Lawson, Daisy Gibney and Lesley Filer. Congratulations ladies. Bellarine Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Edna Harris (Ocean Grove) who recently passed away. Campaspe Valley The Mathoura District Bowling Club was thrilled with the results of a successful day held recently to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation. With the combined membership of around 50 bowlers the amount of $1,134 was raised. Two Pink Caps donated by BCIB were auctioned and raised $95. It was a pink day all round as the pink roses down the side of the green were in full bloom at the right time, it was an outstanding result from a small club, well done to all concerned. Congratulations to Campaspe Valley's winner of the state singles Merilyn Rehe (Moama) who carried on her fine form to win the final of the Group 6 State Singles. Merilyn defeated Bendigo's Fay Pekarsky from Strathfieldsaye 25-17. All at Campaspe wish her well in the next leg of her journey towards the state finals. Best wishes to Moama's Bev Carra, Marion Roberts and Rhonda Goudge on being runners-up in Group 6 state triples, a fine effort ladies. Commiserations to Rochester entrant in the state novice singles, Denise Pappin who lost her semi- final bid against Fay Rowe from Eaglehawk. Casey Following the very successful Pink Ribbon Breakfast at Hampton Park Bowling Club, there was a big surprise in store for one of its longest serving members, Mavis Kelly, with an al fresco luncheon for her 80th birthday at club chairman Gwen Clough's home. Mavis continues to be an interested and active club member, amazing everyone with her youthful drive and energy. After a few serious and very funny tributes flowed everyone, including Mavis was thrilled that VLBA president Maureen Connolly found her way there and presented her with her Super Veterans badge. The smile hasn't left Mavis's face. Central The popular Central DLBA Silver An- niversary Tray event was postponed when wet weather made the green at Alexandra unsafe for play. Plans have been made to complete this event as next year CDLBA celebrates its 50th anniversary. Congratulations to Goulburn Valley, our hosts this year, who won the annual Group Day Challenge from Central Highlands, with CDLBA in third place. The friendly but serious rivalry makes a great day for all bowl- ers. Thanks to councillor Faye who remained impartial all day! A few recent conclusions to state events saw Anne Borham carrying on her fine form from last season by winning our state singles, then sad- dling up for the state triples where the team of Jenny Ridd, Anne Borham and skip Alison Hall were successful in the final. Bouquets to Mansfield's evergreen Elsie McLeod who recently cel- ebrated her 90th birthday. Central Murray Our state novice singles was played recently at Tocumwal, with seven ladies entering this event. First round winners were Yvonne Clark, Jenny Sutcliffe and Kerry Scott, with Judy Harvie having the bye. In the semi- finals Yvonne defeated Jenny and Kerry defeated Judy. The final saw Kerry Scott of Nathalia defeat Yvonne Clark of Numurkah 21-16. Kerry will now represent Central Murray in the Group final at Wangaratta. Our state 60 and Overs was also played at Tocumwal in very warm conditions, with 12 ladies entering. It came down to four in the semis, where Betty Oliver defeated Glenys McKay and Glenys Walker defeated Elaine Chaplin. In the all-Cobram final Glenys Walker beat Betty Oliver 21-7 and now represents Central Murray in the Group Final at Wangaratta. Our Group state singles was held at Numurkah Golf, where Cobram's Caroline Reilly was defeated by Claire Sanders from Border Golf 25- 21 in a match of the highest standard. Claire went into the final representing O&M where she defeated Yvonne Williamson from North Eastern 25-18. The Group state triples was held at Kiewa Valley last month and our team of Caroline Reilly, Kerry Baldacchino and Glenys Walker from Cobram were unlucky to be beaten in the final by a single shot by a team from Yar- rawonga & Border Golf. Goulburn Valley Our state novice singles event was won by Win McGoldrick from Mooroo- pna. Entries this year were very good, a total of 14 players, nice to see such an influx of new players. The state Over-60's has been won by Willy Graus, also from Mooroopna, in a final that was a very tight match she won 21-20, with Bev Thorn from Shepparton Park being runner-up. To finish the month we also held our state pairs, which was won by Jean Sprague and Margaret Cruz from Rushworth. Looks like being a wonderful year for Jean. The runners- up were Di Hands and Kate Bush from Shepparton Park, who are also in great form as they were in the win- ning triples team. Horizons VLBA District Association News From Around The State • Brighton Super Veterans Nance Wagland, Ann Spry, Ro Lawson, Daisy Gibney and Lesley Filer with Councillor Jean Lynch. • Mansfeld president Kathleen Brook and secretary Peg Thorpe present a special card to Elsie McLeod to honour her 90th birthday. • Hampton Park’s annual Pink Ribbon Breakfast members and guests enjoy the get-together.