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Bowls In Focus : January 2011
Bowls In Focus 7 HAPPY New Year to all of our read- ers and I trust that you and your families had a safe and most enjoyable festive season. Season 2010-11 has been a rather unique one to date because of inclement weather and hopefully as we prepare for the second half of the season we can look forward to better conditions and the ability to complete games and competitions in accor- dance with the original timetable. I must extend my congratulations to all of our metropolitan Premier Division clubs who have gone out of their way to ensure that outstanding games have been played. Their co-operation has been greatly appreciated. One of our most prestigious events, the Group Sides Championship, will be played over the second weekend in January at Corowa and Rutherglen. This event is a wonderful spectacle and I am sure that the 256 bowlers who compete for their respective Groups all enjoy the standard of competition and the bragging rights that go with winning the championship. Good luck to all and I look forward to meeting many of you at either of the two host clubs. Congratulations to Australian rep- resentatives Aron Sherriff and Joyce Lindores on their achievements in win- ning Gold and Silver medals respec- tively at the recent World Champion of Champions event staged at Norfolk Island. Joyce is the first Victorian lady to reach the final of a world outdoor singles event and played very well over the two weeks of the tournament, but unfortunately went down in a tiebreak to her New Zealand opponent in the final. Well done Joyce. Early in December our senior Men’s, Ladies and Under-18 Boys and Girls sides traveled to the North Launceston Bowling Club in Tasmania for a five Test Series against Tasmania. The Victorian contingent performed exceptionally well and returned with all four trophies. Congratulations to all concerned. The next interstate series will be early January when Victoria hosts the South Australians at Moama. Just prior to Christmas, Bowls Victoria hosted the first meeting of the Victorian Regional Advisory Group (VRAG). This group consists of one male and one female representative from each of the sixteen regions from all over Victoria and will act as an intermediary between the Board and the administration of the Regions. The full day meeting was a great success and allowed each Region to report on the progress they have made in the formation of the administrative structure for their respective Regions. It also allowed all parties to table concerns that exist, and although there was limited discussion on these mat- ters, all concerns were noted and will be addressed over coming weeks and months. Our aim is to have all Regions established and ready to operate by May 2011. Preparations are well underway for the conduct of the Victorian Qualify- ing events for the Australian Open. The qualifying will once again be conducted at clubs within the City of Greater Bendigo. Sincere thanks are extended to all at Bendigo for their co-operation and assistance in staging this tournament on behalf of Bowls Australia. Qualifiers from this event will progress through to the Open Cham- pionship, which returns to Darebin City this year. It is interesting to note that an inter- im report received by Bowls Australia in relation to a National Census that was recently conducted on their behalf indicates that there are significant numbers of participants of our sport who are not being captured in our cur- rent definitions of membership. This of course means that these par- ticipants are not paying affiliation fees and therefore you and I are subsidising them in allowing them to participate in the various forms of our sport. Bowls Australia has a membership task force in place and they will be reconvening early in the New Year to discuss the data available from the interim report and to offer recommen- dations to address the issue. Much has been written of recent times regarding Equal Opportunity and Pennant. I am not going to add any- thing other than to say that the Board of Bowls Victoria is fully appraised of the situation and the concerns and I implore you to allow the Board to continue to address this extremely complex issue. During January I am looking forward to attending the Junior Provincial Championships at the Daylesford Bowl- ing Club. This day is a great spectacle and if you are available on 19 January, I would encourage you to spend some time at Daylesford watching some of our best juniors in action. 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