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Bowls In Focus : March April 2010
44 Bowls In Focus Eastern Suburbs Bennettswood Bowls Club's 50th year has been a memorable one. There have been many events held over the course of the year, and the club has been able to showcase its two Tift Dwarf greens to members and visitors alike. Congratulations to Anne Peake and son Michael who each won the club singles championship. This is Anne's sixth and Michael's first singles title. Both Anne and Michael are national umpires and Anne is a life member of Bennettswood and secretary of the board. The celebrations are culminating with a grand celebratory dinner this month at Arlington on Wattle Park. Members and guests will be honoured to have the Governor, Dr David de Kretser and his wife Jan, both patrons of Bowls Victoria, joining in the festivities and we are all looking forward to a wonderful celebra- tion of our 50 years on this day. Geelong Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Alan Mair (Ocean Grove) who recently passed away. Maroondah Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Brian Ford (Doncaster) and Terry McCluskey (Eastwood Golf) who recently passed away. Melbourne Beaches The Alf Berrick Memorial Day Invitation Fours hosted by Toorak Bowling Club last month happened to coincide with the State Memorial Day for victims of Black Saturday. At 12 noon, all bowlers stood bowed in silence to remember the losses of Black Saturday bushfires. This was accompanied by tolling of the bell during the pause in play. Bowlers from 20 clubs had repre- sentatives in 16 teams of fours. The tournament consisted of 2x15 ends and at the end Richard Kopcewicz (Moonee Ponds), Todd Shannon (Brighton), Don Clancy (Richmond Union) and Barry Buffton (Alma /Malvern) made up the final four. After a best of three ends we saw the final play off of 3 ends. Richard Kopcewicz, carrying on his fine form from the Richmond Union Masters with help of Dale Kett came up trumps taking home the winners trophy. After a two year absence from the bowls calendar, the 2009 Victorian Master Pairs was conducted in fine and hot conditions at Melbourne Bowling Club recently. Gunbower's Terry Gilmore and Frank Tonn out-slugged Kevin Mansbridge (Strathmore) and Nathan Murray (Moonee Ponds) in the final to take the title. Young gun Murray and his mentor Mansbridge had enjoyed a tre- mendous run in the tournament which surprised many onlookers. But the country lads had too much steadiness in the late-finishing final and became the first pair representing Gunbower to take the title since the tournament was first staged in 1961. Metro North The Brunswick Bowling Club recently set a new benchmark for the celebra- tion of Australia Day - bowling with a backdrop of koala bears, blue tongue lizards, barramundi, possums and barrier reef marine life. The concept was the brainchild of Neil King, a local potter of hand built sculpture and pots, support of a progressive club committee and enthusiastic club members, whose bowling ethos seeks increasing connection with the broader Brunswick community. A special display of hand built sculp- ture/pots was set up in the clubhouse where members, social bowlers and art enthusiasts viewed the exhibition throughout the day. Out on the green fiercely fought bowling matches for club championships added to the excitement of the day. Sport and art had combined to provide tangible evidence of Australian's spirit of in- novation. Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Trevor Greive (Buckley Park) who recently passed away. Mid Gippsland Warragul Bowling Club is now enjoy- ing its just rewards after putting in the hard work last year when it installed two new Pro-Master Cushion sand- filled synthetic carpet greens which were officially opened in November. The club now has three synthetic greens located in beautiful surrounds which has prompted many positive comments from visitors over recent months. The project which cost in excess of $300,000 has been two years in the making and is a credit to all concerned. As well, considerable work has also been undertaken to upgrade the surrounds of the greens the result of which is a bowling facil- ity which will serve the recreation and social needs of the community for many years to come with only a minimum of maintenance required. A roster of 15 members maintain the greens on a daily basis together with the surrounding gardens which all goes to enhance the enjoyment obtained from a game of bowls and is being patronised by increasing num- bers of members and visitors. The club is very proud of its achievement in bringing this project to fruition and is indebted to the support received from Local and State Government and local businesses. Statewide RVBA District Association News From Around The State Do you have shingles? The Centre for Clinical Studies is looking for volunteers who have had shingles and are currently experiencing extreme sensitivity to touch, felt as pain, to take part in a clinical trial of a new formulation of Lidocaine for pain relief. If you are aged between 18 and 85 you may be eligible to help. Participants in clinical trials will receive financial reimbursement for their time. For more information contact the Centre for Clinical Studies on 1800 243 733 or email email@example.com This study has been approved by the Alfred Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee • Bennettswood’s Michael and Anne Peake are this season’s club champions. • Brunswick members Deb and Ian view the handwork exhibited by fellow mem- ber and potter Neil King at the club’s Australia Day event. • Warragul’s three new synthetic greens and surrounds are picture perfect and enjoyed by members and visitors alike.
Bowls In Focus May 2010