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Bowls In Focus : August September 2010
44 Bowls In Focus Ballarat At the recent annual meeting of Group 1 Central Victoria held at the revitalised Kyneton Bowling Club life memberships were awarded to two very hard working members of the Group. Retiring chairman Ian Bishop together with the retiring chairman of selectors Murray Rowe were presented with their certificates and badges by the Group’s new chair- man, Max Deason. Ian commenced his association with the Group in 2000 as a delegate of the Ballarat Regional Bowls Association and has served in the positions of chairman, selector and member of the RVBA Council. Murray star ted as a BRBA delegate in 1992 and has held the positions of selector, chairman of selectors and member of the RVBA Council. He also demonstrated his passion and dedication to the spor t with his nomination and election to the new Bowls Victoria board. Well known as a formidable pair, Ian and Murray are often seen together as they support the many activities of bowls generally but more particularly as they suppor t the functions of their country association Ballarat Regional, Group 1 as well as supporting the bowlers representing their area. Bayside Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ian Napthine (Chelten- ham) who recently passed away. Bendigo Congratulations are in order for Eaglehawk identity Ron Manning who celebrated his 90th birthday in July. Ron was awarded life member- ships of both his club and the BDBA during his fifty years as a bowler. He continues to enjoy pennant competi- tion, albeit in the lower divisions. His record in the sport tells of dedicated bowler, both on and off the green, as former club president, coach, RVBA councillor, country vice president and delegate, his feats on the green are numerous both at club, association and State. Ron was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000. Campaspe Valley Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Jim Anderson and Phil Kellett (Tongala) who recently passed away. Central Not so long ago a group of bowlers went on an RVBA Goodwill Tour to bowling clubs along the Murray River. At each club they conducted a laughter-packed fines session, with the money raised to be donated to the Bendigo Cancer Centre. This created a great deal of interest with the local bowlers, many of whom had a special interest in this cause with family and friends using the well known facility. Enquiries to the Bendigo Cancer Centre were directed to the Bendigo Radiotherapy Founda- tion. The chairman of the foundation Bryan Baker gave a description of its function, which is to raise funds for the various items of vital equip- ment needed by the centre, also to establish bursaries to attract radiation therapists. Transportation for those patients in need is another priority as the Bendigo Radiotherapy Treatment Centre has patients attending both locally and widespread areas from Mildura to Wodonga. The bowls group decided to offer its support to this wor thy cause, and local bowlers were very generous when they knew where the money would be directed too. The amount raised $1850 was presented to Daryl Jones, senior therapist at the centre by tour leader Bill Sorraghan and manager Max Deason. Eastern Suburbs Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Frank Murray Archbold (Ben- nettswood) who recently passed away. Flinders In a recent game at the Rye Bowling Club, as part of their winter bowls competition, this unusual event happened. The amazing feat, which occurred during this men’s nominated fours game, is best described by Ron Harding from West Rosebud, a member of the team. “Our team won the mat and lead John Johnson from Rosebud, with his first bowl took the jack back into the ditch. It was sitting very close to the jack and at the time seemed to be unbeatable. “The game continued with both teams trying to improve their position on the head. Enter Lionel Martin (current singles and pairs champion at West Rosebud) playing third for his team who were four down in the head when he came to play his shot. “This is when an extraordinary bowl took place as Lionel played his bowl to the head coming to rest, amazingly on top of the jack and rest- ing on John Johnson’s toucher in the ditch but still staying on the green to the roar of all who were present. “A magic moment we won’t forget in a hurry, it doesn’t get much better than that.” Geelong Bareena Bowls Club has been in the spotlight over the winter period with its major event, the Winter Classic Men’s Fours held on Queens Birthday weekend the followed by sectional play for the first round of the Austra- lian Indoor Men’s singles. The Classic Fours event drew entries from 28 teams, which came from as far away as Hamilton and Lismore. Notable individual partici- pants included current state singles champion and Victorian player Brett Dodd; another state representative Brenton Coad; state triples and fours finalists Michael Kelly and Nick Doyle; Ballarat-Geelong premier division bowlers Craig Elliott and Ken Thomas along with entrants from Bendigo and Ballarat were included by some teams. Play got under way in cold condi- tions, which were to prevail all day. Competition was strong, so that by the lunch break there were only sev- en undefeated teams. We don’t know what they had in their lunch break, but Jeremy Fitzgerald’s Geelong RSL team became the ‘giant killers’ of the day in their afternoon games; how- ever the eventual winners were Craig Elliott’s team of Bruno Martino, Mac Smith and Zane Lugg. Apart from the cash, Craig was delighted with the skipper’s trophy sponsored by Numurkah Golf and Bowls. Runners- up were Michael West’s team of Jim Hargreaves, Mark McIntyre and Ken Thomas. The tournament was a great suc- cess and we thank everyone involved with special thanks for the support of our major sponsor Taylor First National Real Estate. Maroondah Congratulations to Jim Bennett, Ray Oughtibridge, Cliff Rankin, Ron Snell, Arthur Tuck and Jack Carroll (Ring- wood), Harry Crouch, Frank McLean, Statewide Men’s Association News From Around The State • New Group 1 chairman Max Deason is flanked by Ballarat luminaries Ian Bishop and Murray Rowe at the presentation of their life memberships. • Bendigo Radiotherapy Centre’s Daryl Jones receives a cheque from RVBA Goodwill Tour leaders Max Deason and Bill Sorraghan.
June July 2010