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Bowls In Focus : December 2010
Bowls In Focus 7 IN last month’s edition of Bowls in Focus there was an excellent article written by our chief executive Peter Hanlon, relating to the roles played and the valuable contribution of ladies in and around bowling clubs. I share Peter’s thoughts on this subject, but unfortunately over recent times I have been saddened to learn, from very reliable sources, that there is a groundswell of discontent out there amongst our lady bowlers. Comments such as ‘it was a takeover’, ‘we’ve been conned’, ‘we are not being listened to’ and ‘we’ve been forgotten’ are apparently being made, and even embellished, on a regular basis. I personally have not had comments such as mentioned above made directly to me, but am anxious to nip them in the bud, so that we can get on with the mountain of work still ahead of us to ensure Bowls Victoria operates successfully. To all of the lady bowlers out there who have a genuine complaint, I invite you to write to me at the Bowls Victoria office and advise me of your concerns or where you feel we may have let you down, and I under take to have these issues addressed and if possible alleviated. I also under take to respond to you advising any action to be taken. Please understand I will only respond to correspondence that contains the writer’s name and address. We must also bear in mind that there have been necessary changes made, through economic circumstances, and these decisions will not be reversed. I am aware that there are many bowlers who are unhappy with the situation of pennant, both mid-week and Saturday, being open to both genders. As has been explained on numerous occasions in the past, this situation is a matter of law and we have to abide by the law. Bowls Victoria was not responsible for the initial action being taken and members should not confuse this matter with the consequences of unification. Suggestions that Bowls Victoria should take action to overcome the situation are pointless, as we have no legitimate grounds to challenge the previous decision. Indeed, we were most fortunate to have a recent decision made to allow an exemption for club championship singles and pairs to be single gender events. This decision was only obtained because of the reintroduction by Bowls Australia of national championships for both singles and pairs. Whilst on the subject of the National Champion of Champions event, congratulations to our Victorian representatives, Grant Seeary from the Chalambar who won the men’s singles while Joan Tennent and Dawn Staggard from Lara were runners-up in the women’s pairs in Tasmania last month. Well done in a tough competition. North Launceston will also be the host club for the Tasmania versus Victoria Test Series to be played early this month and will feature our men and women along with the junior boys and girls. Deputy president Betty Collins will be leading our touring party in my absence and I wish the Victorian contingent good bowling. During this series Robyn Thomassen will play her 100th representative game for Victoria. She will be the first Victorian player to receive one of our newly designed 100- Game pins to commemorate the great achievement. Congratulations Robyn and we trust that there are many more games to come. Peter Hanlon, Betty Collins and I had the pleasure of attending the recent Bowls Australia Council Forum and Annual General Meeting. The forum proved to be very useful and provided us with the opportunity to do some networking with our counterparts from the other state and territories. As this will be my last column for 2010 I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the board of Bowls Victoria to wish all of our readers a very Merry and Safe Christmas and a very Happy New Year and trust that you all get quality time to spend with your families at this very special time of the year. I look forward to catching up with you on the green in 2011. Diary December 2010 1-2 Women’s State Over-60 Singles, Sebastopol 15 Bowls Victoria Board Meeting 16 Men’s 60 and Over State Pairs, Colac City January 2011 4-6 Victoria v South Australia Test Series, Moama 8-9 Victorian Group Sides Championship, Corowa and Rutherglen Graeme Hosken President President Leading The Way Leading The Way Leading The Way • Yours truly with Grant Seeary after his state win at this year’s Champions Week.