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Bowls In Focus : March April 2010
34 Bowls In Focus Outstanding play by a team from Edithvale produced a runaway win in the 2010 Dandenong and District Charity Bowls Day on Valentine's Day. A large crowd enjoyed the nine- end final contested at the Noble Park Bowls Club. Earlier in the day an Edithvale team skipped by Alan Cousens, won its way through the qualifying rounds at Keysborough Bowls Club, while their opponents in the main event, a Narre Warren combination skipped by Eddie Gibb, was successful at Noble Park. Both sides progressed to the final at Noble Park. It was a very tight start to the final with the ascendancy fluctuating on the first few ends, but that all changed quickly as the Edithvale team sprinted to a big lead. After seven ends they led 13-1, before the Narre Warren quartet drew some consolation by winning the last two ends but still went down 13-3, despite playing some excellent bowls. It was a great finish to a wonderful day as 128 bowlers enjoyed another great tournament in aid of local charities. The winning Edithvale team comprising skipper Alan Cousens, Pauline Cousens, Barbara Overson and Norm Overson received $500 cash plus individual trophies of bowls bags from eLuggage, while the runners-up were handed $240 for the team and individual trophies. Along with their individual prizes the winning team was presented with the coveted Wal Turner Shield. A living legend of the City of Greater Dandenong, a former mayor and stalwart of the bowling fraternity, Mr Turner was unable to attend the final, but sent his best wishes to all participants. Runner-up was the team of skipper Eddie Gibb, Mick Roswell, Enid Gibb and Nancy Pugh from the Narre Warren club. Now in its 24th year the event has raised more than $160,000 for local charities. The day is organised by the Rotary Club of Noble Park, in conjunction with a committee comprising representatives of all bowls clubs in the city and Roy Aspinall from Highway Bowls Centre. Rex Carter, president of the Rotary Club of Noble Park, thanked all involved especially the organising committee and urged bowlers to support the sponsors, stressing how important they are for an event such as this. An opening Spider sponsored by Highway Bowls Centre of Dandenong was held at both venues with the winners being John Lyons from Edithvale at Keysborough while Allen Munro from Keysborough was successful at Noble Park. At the presentations, organising committee chairman, Vin Conway, thanked the organising committee, clubs involved, the ladies who provided the catering, bowlers in general and especially the sponsors. Since the inception of the event in 1987 the Dandenong Journal and Highway Bowls Centre are the only sponsors to have been involved every year. Other sponsors include Councillor Roz Blades, Abba Kennels, AC Caravan Storage, Beecool Coolroom Hire, Borchard and Moore Solicitors, Bunnings (Springvale), Burchy's Meats, Burden Park Bowling Club, The Dandenong Club, Dandenong RSL, eLuggage, Good Guys (Cranbourne), Graeme Booth, Graeme Smith Earthmoving, Graham Beecroft, Grenda's Bus Company, Harry Patterson, Highways Tabaret, Homedics (Dandenong), Noble Park RSL, Peninsula Dry Cleaners, RACV Shop (Noble Park), Ray White Real Estate (Noble Park and Springvale), Riva International Wine Merchandising, Sandown Greyhound Tabaret, Sandown Regency Motor Inn, Terry White Chemist (Noble Park), Tobin Brothers (Noble Park), Warehouse Sales Dandenong and Zeccola, Jordan & Locandro Accountants. Next year's Dandenong and District Charity Bowls Day will be held on Sunday, February 13, 2011 with the finals venue to be decided at a later date. Valentine's Day Glory • Above: Edithvale's Barbara Overson, Norm Overson, Pauline Cousens and Alan Cousens with the Wal Turner Shield. • Below: Narre Warren's Enid Gibb sends one away in the final.
Bowls In Focus May 2010