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Bowls In Focus : February 2010
Bowls In Focus 33 (Kyneton) continued their good form to add their names to the state pairs title. Well done on some very fine bowling. Gippsland More than 100 members and guests attended the 70th birthday celebrations of the VLBA section of Warragul Bowl- ing Club. Special guests were Group10 councillor Barbara White, GDLBA presi- dent Fay Minter and secretary Nancy Oliver. We were delighted Baw Baw shire representative Dianne Blackwood was able to join us. Thirteen clubs from the district were represented and the day began with a short game of bowls before the official part of the occasion. Photographs were on display allowing many of the older members to remi- nisce. Warragul board vice chairman Neil Spencer spoke of how the club val- ues and appreciates the contribution in of the ladies section over the years in so many ways. Life member Helen Thomas gave a very comprehensive history and at times comical report of past years in the club. Special feature of the day was a four tiered cake stand which held 120 cup cakes made and was decorated for the occasion, allowing each attendee to take home their own special cake from the day. Warragul ladies are looking forward to the future with new synthetic greens starting a new era in bowling. Bowls in the district has been a hive of activity with many events played and results are as follows, state singles: Ev Embregts (Traralgon) won from clubmate Wendy Scott 25-21. Ev then met Grace Patterson (Orbost) in the Group final but was unsuccessful. The state novice singles was won by Nicole Curtis (Morwell) defeating Bernadette Marino (Morwell), and going on to win the Group 10 final. The state pairs was a very exciting affair and went to an extra end, Joanne Martin and Joyce Wardley (Yallourn) defeated Wendy Scott and Barbara Johnson (Traralgon) 16-15. Grace Patterson from Orbost continued her winning form in the state singles defeating Iris Donahue (Wonthaggi) to become Group champion. Congratula- tions to all bowlers and best wishes for the finals. Goulburn Valley Sadly, nothing very exiting happened during the last month. In the Group state novice singles our representative Win McGoldrick was pipped at the post, the winner was Janny Cockerill from Central Highlands, a very close game and a pleasure to watch, at the second last end the score was 19 all, can't get much closer than that. We are all very busy with prepara- tions for the Australian Open to be held at Shepparton Park and Mooroopna this month. A lot of ladies have volunteered to umpire, mark as assist with catering of course, and some ladies have also entered in events so you might see some local names up in lights, we sure hope so. We wish all entrants and volunteers good luck. Hill Views On the last meeting for the year, the del- egates of the Hill Views District paid trib- ute to two of its longest serving officials presenting them with life membership badges. Lois Collier, currently Group 17 secretary, and Bettye Wilson, currently heading the match committee for Zone 13 in Group 17, have between them 38 years of service in various leadership roles at both club, group and district level. Both are popular and committed members of the bowling community, always present and supportive of our bowlers in pennant, group and state competitions. Lois and Bettye thanked the delegates for their recognition and emphasised their enjoyment working with and for the bowling community. Hobson's Bay Sisters-in-law Jenny Parker and Lyn Milledge created history when they played off for the Werribee RSL Bowls Club singles championship. Jenny won 25-11 in a game where scores were not a true indication of the quality of the game. The girls started bowling about six years ago when they began playing twilight social bowls, which is recog- nised as the stepping-stone for many new bowlers. Jenny's husband 'Chuck' and Lyn's husband Ian are others who came through twilight bowls and have achieved status as top-notch players with the club. Jenny, playing to her asset of good draw bowls, proved too good for sister-in-law and good friend Lyn. Both players have had great tussles over recent years but this time it was Jenny who won on the day. Maribyrnong Valley Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Frances West (Buckley Park) who recently passed away. Monash Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Terry Brush (Waverley Golf) who recently passed away. Ovens & Murray Congratulations to Kerry Ralph (St James) and Laureen Smith (Yarrawon- ga), who were both recently awarded In- ternational Umpires Accreditation under the World Bowls new guidelines. Kerry will be officiating at the Commonwealth Games in India later this year, while Laureen, who was unable to commit to India, is hoping for a gig at the 2012 World Championships in Adelaide. Both are now part of a select group of only 11 internationally accredited women bowls umpires in the world. As Kerry says 'It's funny, there are only 11 of us worldwide and one is from Yarrawonga and the other just 25kms away at St James'. When she is not umpiring, Kerry is having a busy time as president of St James; she has also won her club championship this year- again. We wish her well in the forthcoming champion of champions. The Group 7 eliminations of the novice singles and Over 60's singles were played at Wangaratta in very warm conditions. The novice singles semi final saw Maxine Bounada (Wodonga) was defeated by Kerry Scott (Nathalia), Kerry then went on to win the final from Kelly Murray (Club Mulwala). The Over 60's semi final saw Glynis Walker (Cobram) defeat Norma Hayes (Wodonga), while the final was won by Kerry Ralph (St James) from Glynis Walker (Cobram). Bouquets to Glad Ellis from Wanga- ratta City on her recent 90th birthday. Peninsula The Karingal Ladies were thrilled to win the Group 9 Foundation Shield held at Mount Martha recently. It is the first time a Karingal team has won the coveted trophy. South East Metro South East Metro held the Metropolitan Charity Shield event for 2009-2010 at the Glen Waverley Bowls Club. Unfor- tunately, the hot weather curtailed the event, but the 20 teams playing happily accepted the circumstances. The event was won on percentage by the Glen Waverley team of Maria Losada, Pat Campbell, Pam Wakeford and Carol Klop, ahead of Sue Rees, Shirley Baker, Lois Gardiner and Ann Dinn, also from Glen Waverley. Our hosts allowed us to use their greens and facilities free of charge, which meant that all proceeds from the day went to our chosen charity, the Glenallen School, a facility for stu- dents with significant health impairment and disabilities. School captain David Kaye thanked us for choosing them, and very happily accepted a cheque for $1,000 from group president Vivienne Newton-Brown and secretary Beth Chittenden. Thank you to all participants whose generosity enabled us to donate this amount to Glenallen. Whitehorse The district extends sincere condo- lences to Pat Calabresi and her family on the recent passing of Primo. Anne & Greg Sherman 12 Nolan Street Bendigo, Vic. 3550 Phone: 03 5442 2199 Fax: 03 5441 6619 WE SELL ALL MAJOR BRANDS OF LAWN BOWLS pecialised advice & oaching on all your owling needs. Drakes Pride Australia Country VICTORIA'S largest range of bowls clothing, accessories, new & second hand bowls. Handbook Alterations Members are advised of the following alterations to the 2009- 2010 VLBA Members Handbook. Group 18: Monash DLBA, Group Secretary, Maureen McDonald, 7 Wilpena Place, Vermont South 3133 Ph: 9802 0664. Group 20: Casey DLBA, Edithvale, Secretary, Colleen Such, 45 The Boulevard, Patterson Lakes 3197 Ph: 0432 053 277 • Warragul’s senior life member Dorothy Pratt contemplates cake du- ties with president Gwenda Mason at the club’s 70th birthday celebrations.
March April 2010