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Bowls In Focus : March April 2010
Bowls In Focus 9 THE concluding part of a season is always a busy period of the year but this one has been even more so with the additional work involved in the establishment of Bowls Victoria. The Interim Board has now met on four occasions since 3 December 2009, and good steady progress has been made. Of recent times clubs have received information covering affiliation fees for season 2010-11 along with details of the event calendar and an update on the Bowls Victoria Uniform Policy. A very significant date in our calendar was Friday 26 February when nominations for the first Board of Bowls Victoria closed. I am pleased to report that a total of 26 nominations were received, 17 male and 9 female. Details of the persons nominated together with voting papers will be forwarded to all clubs during March and clubs will be required to cast their votes to elect the first board during April. The eight elected people will be responsible for the smooth transition to Bowls Victoria over the next two years and all clubs are encouraged to think seriously as to whom they vote. During the last week of February I was pleased to lead one of five Good- will Tours that were made to country areas throughout the state. The base for the tour that I led was Morwell and we were made most welcome by the clubs and officials within the Mid Gippsland Bowling Association. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the area and found it most interesting to be able to discuss and understand the problems faced by many of our country clubs. In turn the clubs were very interested to receive updates on the progress of matters involved with Bowls Victoria. In early March our Victorian senior side and our Under-25 side took on the might of New South Wales in a three test series held on the new carpet at Moama Bowling Club. Unfortunately the Under-25's found the opposition just too strong and went down three tests to nil. I am certain that all eight players will have gained a lot from the experi- ence and will in time get the chance to reverse that result. The senior side however was bril- liant, particularly on day one, when it won two tests to nil and thus clinched the series. The third game lacked a bit of intensity and NSW were able to win convincingly. Congratulations to Andrew Brown and Barrie Lester on being adjudged as the Victorian player of the series for the Under 25's and seniors respectively. Two members of the Victorian side, Mark Jacobsen and Lee Schraner are in the final ten of the Australian squad from which the Commonwealth Games team of six will be selected. Best wishes to both of these players. As previously announced we will, for the first time, be playing a week of State Finals during April. The venue for this event will be the Darebin City Bowls Club where the greens are in tiptop shape. Hopefully this week of state finals will attract a lot of attention and support. If you have an hour or two to spare make sure that you venture out to Darebin to offer your support. Our Metropolitan Premier Division Grand Final at the Mulgrave Country Club was again a showpiece event on our calendar, starting out with an excellent brunch in the morning where the keynote speaker was AFL media personality and former champion player Stan Alves, followed by the all-impor- tant final. Congratulations to Clayton on a convincing victory over the Melbourne side to clinch the club's first Premier Division pennant. It has been a very successful season for Clayton, with its team winning the VLBA Metropolitan A1 Pennant final at Doncaster just three days earlier. It is the first time that a club has achieved the coveted double. Graeme Hosken SINCE our last edition many exciting and interesting events have taken place, the greatest and most wonderful of all was the magnificent performance by our own Joyce Lindores, who played brilliantly to win the Australian Open Singles Championship, beating Australian Squad player Julie Keegan in straight sets. Our sincere congratula- tions Joyce - Well done! Much exciting and good bowling was seen not only by the senior players, but also the Under-18's and the Intellectually Disabled players in the Australian Classic. It was a credit to all involved. We have also held the State Novice Singles at Euroa with Kerry Scott from Nathalia defeating Werribee RSL's Samantha Robinson in the final. Well done to both! Our thanks to the Euroa club for making their greens and facilities available. The finals of the VLBA Saturday Pen- nant were held at Kew Heights last month with Yarraville Footscray winning Division 1 and Berwick winning Division 2. Our sincere gratitude to Kew Heights for the use of their greens and their assistance. News about entry forms for the coming season will be sent out soon. Thanks to all the participants this season. Congratulations to the Clayton side that went through the season undefeated to claim the A1 metropolitan pennant in a great performance. Similarly to the Sunshine RSL (A2), Essendon (B1) and Hampton Park (B2) clubs for winning their pennant competitions. The VLBA Pennant Committee have made a few interesting changes for the coming season which I am sure you are all aware of and which we hope will benefit everyone. The Pennant Sides Championships will be held at Echuca on 6-7 April, the Women's State Pairs and Champion of Champions at Berwick on 17-18 March at Berwick, the Australian Indoor Women's Singles Victorian Qualifying on 7 and 14 March, the Under-18's Girls State Singles Championship at Clayton on 27-28 March. As well as all these we have the State Women's Fours and Over-60 Singles at Burden Park on 21-22 April and will finish the month with the Murray Valley Group Sides Championship at Swan Hill on 28-30 April. However, the most challenging of all our coming events is the National Sides Championships being held in South Australia from 9-12 April. This will be a great challenge for our Victorian side and we send them our congratulations on their selection and wish them much success and plenty of good luck and good bowling. On Friday 5 February a very special Presentation Luncheon was held at the RACV Club in Melbourne. At this luncheon ten of our existing VLBA Past Presidents, three Life Members and the members of our Development Team, Umpires and Coaches were present. They celebrated with us and were witness to the presentation of badges; Past Presi- dent badges to Joan Adams and myself, and Past Councillor Badges to all our current Councillors, who are now to be known as Bowls Victoria Official Repre- sentatives. It was a delightful way to end a further chapter of the VLBA and there was much discussion and reminiscing. As my diary would indicate I have attended many clubs and enjoyed their social events. I had the privilege of playing in the ClubsVIC bowls day at Mulgrave Country Club representing Bowls Victoria and was also present at the Official Open- ing of the new offices of Bowls Australia at DISC (Darebin International Sporting Complex). And last but by no means least; we have been extremely busy on the Interim Board. We have received the final nomi- nations for election to the Board and the ballot papers will be circulated before the end of March. The announcement of the successful candidates will be made on 30th April 2010. The Board have also been busy assist- ing regions with their planning and have attended meetings at Shepparton Park and Yarrawonga & Border Golf. News will be constantly posted on the website to keep you up to date when decisions are made. Maureen Connolly News from the Interim Board of Bowls Victoria Diary March 2010 15 Interim Board Meeting 19 50th Anniversary, Bennettswood 21 Legacy Lunch, Melbourne Town Hall 22 90th Anniversary Dinner, Portarlington 25 Super Veterans Day 31 Presentation of Children's Charity cheque to Redkite April 8 Bowls Australia Council Meeting, Adelaide 9-12 Australian Sides Championships Adelaide 14 Bowls Victoria Interim Board meeting 16-18 Champion of State Pennant Div 2, Corowa 19-23 Week of State Finals, Darebin 30 Champion of State Pennant Div 1, Barham Diary March 2010 19 50th Anniversary, Bennettswood 21 Australian Indoor Singles, Victorian qualifying final 22 Group Celebration, Monash DLBA 24 Ovens & Murray DLBA Group 7 Day, Corowa Services 26 Classic Day, Mount Eliza 27 Betty Collins Group Challenge, Kew Heights 27-28 State Under-18 Singles Championship, Clayton April 6-7 State Pennant Sides Championship, City of Echuca 8 Bowls Australia Council Forum, Adelaide 9-12 National Sides Championship, Adelaide 13 President's Day, Mordialloc 14 Bowls Victoria Interim Board Meeting 17 50th Anniversary, Heatherdale 18 50th Anniversary, Neerim District 19 50th Anniversary Central DLBA, Seymour VRI 21-22 State Fours & Over-60 Singles Championships, Burden Park 28-30 Murray Valley DLBA Group Sides, Swan Hill
Bowls In Focus May 2010