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Bowls In Focus : August September 2010
14 Bowls In Focus asics bowls shoes now available Coloured Bowls Trackpants and Shorts Coloured Slough Hats Coloured Polar Fleece Vests Coloured Baseball Caps Coloured Bucket Hats Call us for a quote on club orders. Coloured pants from $37, Vests from $37, hats from $13 SHOP ONLINE www.thebowlsshoppe.com.au (03) 9375 4820 firstname.lastname@example.org Former national singles champion Graeme Bridge has been appointed to the newly created role of State Operations Manager. A Victorian native, Bridge cut his bowls administra- tion teeth along the central NSW coast in event management roles at the Westport (Port Mac- quarie), Park Beach (Coffs Harbour) and Maitland City (Newcastle) clubs. Moving closer to home he worked as bowls co- ordinator at the plush Moama Bowling Club under the tutelage of its famed general manager Phillip Johnson for several years, before landing the imposing job of bowls tournament director for the 2006 Mel- bourne Commonwealth Games at Darebin City. Bridge will head up Bowls Victo- ria’s operations department and will manage responsibilities such as pennant, state champi- onships and greens, along with umpires & laws and member awards, working closely with exist- ing committees during the current transition period. Announcing the decision Bowls Victoria chief executive Peter Hanlon said: “Graeme will work with me to bring these committees together, and where necessary to establish a range of new committees. “Our aim, on behalf of the board, and by working with current committee chairmen and committee members, will be to en- able our systems to be integrated and modernised. “We will strive to keep as many of our volunteers involved as want to do so, and we will be looking to invite new people to join in at state level.” Bridge, who recently celebrated his 52nd birthday, won the Australian singles championship when he beat West Australian Geoff Oakley in the final at Corowa in 1993. He claimed the Victorian singles crown in the same year, having won the state Champion of Champions title in 1992. A long-time state representative, Bridge made his Victorian debut against the ACT at Canberra’s Yowani club in 1992, the first of 214 quality appearances. He is a member of the Sunbury club, where he is still a force to be reckoned with, hav- ing reached the last eight in this year’s state champion of champions competition. Prior to bowls he played football in the tough Eastern Suburbs League where he gained notoriety as a no-thrills half-back who took no prisoners. A former opponent once suggested: “Bridgey was your typical crazy defender - those wild eyes seemed to go around in unsynchronized rotation. He was one scary guy.” However, off the green around the bowls scene, Graeme is well known for his golden set of pipes be- hind a karaoke microphone. And many circuit regulars who enter the prestigious Deniliquin Pairs Classic each August will remember a night in the mid-1990s when he and Danny Keating from Moe engaged in their own ‘Battle of the Sounds’. The pair slugged it out to the enjoyment of a huge crowd with Keating belting out a bracket of Lionel Ritchie songs, which were trumped by Bridge’s medley of Frank Sinatra classics. In an event that always pro- vides great memories, this was the best of all. - David Allen • Left: New state operations manager Graeme Bridge. • Above: Bridge in action during the 1993 Australian singles championship at Corowa. Major role for former national champ
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