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Bowls In Focus : February 2010
Bowls In Focus 9 THE Interim Board of Bowls Victoria has already met on two occasions this year. Many different initiatives are now underway, with most being covered in some detail in other sections of this edition of Bowls in Focus. By far the most important of these ac- tions is the election to be held for the first Board of Bowls Victoria. Nomination forms have now been distributed to all clubs and one is included in this edition. Nominations close on February 26 with the result of the election expected to be announced on April 30. It is very pleasing to report that we have seen a healthy increase in entries for this year's Australian Open qualifying events. The Bendigo District Bowls Association are once again hosting this event using clubs within their local area. If you have a spare day during the period February 8-12, I would suggest that you get to Bendigo to witness some excellent bowling. Good luck to all of those who get through the qualifying rounds and enter the main draw of the Open. During January I had the pleasure of attending the 40th staging of the Victorian Group Sides Championship. The event, which was conducted at Corowa, was a great success with Group 9 Metro West going through the tournament as the only undefeated side. Conditions over the weekend were very hot with the final of 15-ends rather than the usual 18 ends being played before lunch on Sunday. This latest success for Group 9 was their third win over the past four years and their sixth win overall. It was with pleasure that I attended the Provincial Junior Championships held at the Daylesford Bowling Club recently. The young talent on display at this event certainly ensures the future of our game for many years to come. Congratulations to the Geelong Giants on winning the Flapper Family Shield for the first time by defeating the Ballarat Gold Diggers in the final. The Ballarat side had won the event on the previous two occa- sions. My compliments to all associated with this event and to all who participated. Our senior men's and ladies State Sides, together with our Under-18 Boys Side ventured to Adelaide's Holdfast Bay for the annual series against South Austra- lia during January. The boys didn't have a lot of success, and for the first time since its inception the Smith Middleton Trophy was claimed by South Australia. The ladies went down in the final test after having squared the se- ries two tests each, while the men's team, which was without several of its regular players, played great bowls and took out the series four tests to one. Congratula- tions to Todd Simmons on being adjudged the Victorian Player of the Series. We now look forward to a three test series against NSW at Moama early in March and then a return to Holdfast Bay for the National Sides Championship. The Victorian senior side for the NSW test series at Moama on 2-3 March is: Mark Jacobsen (Moonee Ponds) skip, Brett Dodd (Werribee RSL), Ian Ewing (Lalor), Barrie Lester (Moonee Ponds); Wayne Roberts (Altona) skip, Lee Schra- ner (Brighton), Nick McIntyre (Bundoora RSL), Brad Holland (Bendigo East); Matt Flapper (Essendon) skip, Paul Dorgan (Altona), Brett Foley (Shepparton Park), Brenton Coad (Altona). The State Under-25 Development side, which will also play NSW at Moama is: John McCarron (Melbourne) skip, Dylan Benwell (Clayton), Ben Major (Werribee RSL), Andrew Brown (Eaglehawk); Ryan Tainton (Geelong West) skip, Tony Wood (Clayton), Anthony Holland (Nathalia), Scott Mortimer (Melbourne). Metropolitan pennant finals will com- mence on Saturday 27 February and I wish all competing sides good bowling in the games leading up to and including the finals. Graeme Hosken • Clayton’s Todd Simmons was named Victoria’s ‘Player of the Series’ against South Australia. THE Interim Board is busily work- ing towards the preparation of the appointment of the new Bowls Victo- ria Board. As well as this important task, there are many other issues which need to be addressed in the interim period, and we are working diligently to address them all. We are also endeavouring to keep you informed of our progress through the website, our magazine Bowls in Focus, and by correspondence to clubs. Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 4 February 2010. The VLBA Victorian Senior State side competed in a five Test Series against South Australia last month, which was held at the Holdfast Bay Bowls Club near Glenelg from 4-6 January 2010. This was a very excit- ing and challenging contest between the two states with the points being level at two tests all at the end of the second day. Unfortunately South Australia proved too strong in the final fifth test and won the series and the coveted bowls 'Ashes', the Mulga Cup. There was excellent bowling throughout the five tests and I was exceedingly proud of the performance of our girls. Well done to all! The VLBA Under-18 team com- peted in the Quad State Series, also at Holdfast Bay during the following week. The series involved our girls playing against teams from Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales. They performed well throughout and, combined with the boys, came third overall. Well done to all our Under-18 players! A three test series will be held at Geelong West on 30-31 January with both our Senior and Under-18 teams competing against Tasmania. For the senior side this will be an important challenge with the National Sides Championship coming up in April. My congratulations to Joanne Blake from Buckley Park and Hailey Miller from Colac City, who will make their state debuts in the series. The selected side is: Rebecca McMahon (Colac City) skip, Paula Wood (Clayton), Robyn Thomassen (Grangeburn), Hailey Miller (Colac City); Gayle Edwards (Keilor) skip, Brooke Edwards (Keilor), Carla Odg- ers (Keilor), Nicole Shortis (Glenroy); Joyce Lindores (Clayton) skip, Anna Hoogwerf (Essendon), Jennifer Salmon (Glenroy), Joanne Blake (Buckley Park). I hope that as many of you as pos- sible get the chance to come along and support our teams at Geelong West. Maureen Connolly News from the Interim Board of Bowls Victoria Diary February 2010 3 Premier Division Grand Final Day Meeting 4 Bowls Victoria Interim Board Meeting 8-12 Australian Open Qualifying, Bendigo 14-20 Australian Open, Shepparton & Mooroopna 22-26 Goodwill Tour, Mid Gippsland March 2-3 Victoria v NSW Test Series, Moama 5 Centenary Dinner, Sandringham Diary February 2010 4 Bowls Victoria Interim Board meeting 7 State Title Novice Singles final, Euroa 10 50th Anniversary, Foster 11 Delegates & Guests Day, Moorabbin 13 Saturday Pennant Finals, Kew Heights 18 President's Day, Mooroolbark President's day March 5 Club Centenary, Sandringham 10 Metropolitan & Country Delegates Meetings 11 Metropolitan Pennant finals 15 Bowls Victoria Interim Board Meeting 17-18 State Title Pairs & Champion of Champions at Berwick BC 19 Presidents & Delegates Day, Brighton Ladies 19 50th Anniversary, Bennettswood 21 Australian Indoor Singles, Victorian Women's qualifying final 22 Group Celebration, Monash DLBA 24 Ovens & Murray DLBA Group 7 Day, Corowa Services 26 Classic Day, Mount Eliza 27-28 State Title Under-18 Singles, Clayton BC
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