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Bowls In Focus : January 2011
Bowls In Focus 25 we congratulate Nancy and wish her many more years of good health and good bowling. Whittlesea hosts a ‘Friend- ship Day’ each year where one lady member invites three lady friends from other clubs and this year we were very privileged to have 26 teams playing. The occasion is sponsored by the Whittlesea Newsagency and a wonderful, friendly day is enjoyed by all. Each year we have a different theme and this year lady president Ros Russell chose Summer Carnival, so the clubrooms were decorated with horse rugs, racing colours, saddles, etc and some wonderful fashionable hats. Our spider for the day was a beautiful horse complete with teddy jockey in racing colours. Goulburn Valley Both the Group final triples and singles were won by Goulburn Valley girls. Triples winners were Bev Cahill, Bev Thorn and Shirley Raglus from Shepparton Park, with the singles win- ner being Jean Sprague from Rushworth. Good luck girls in the State titles later this month. Our association pairs event was held at Shepparton Park and thank heavens for the indoor synthetic green as the first two days were in played torrential rain. The event was won in a cliff- hanger between winners Brenda Brodie and Libby Byrne from Euroa, and runners-up Jean Sprague and Marg Cruz from Rushworth. Our Country Carnival preparations are right on track, all entries have been accepted and players can expect their programs this month. Hill Views Chirnside Park Bowling Club recently celebrated twenty- five years membership of the VLBA and their involvement for the same time in metropolitan Tuesday pennant. Bowls Victoria president Graeme Hosken attended the club on a social bowls day and presented the ladies section with a certificate commemorating the achieve- ment. The ladies commenced playing in the pennant competi- tion in October 1985 and it is believed the first match was played by a two-team side in section E1 against Ferntree Gully. However it is known that a game was played against Croydon City on 29 October 1985 at home, recording a win of 50-41. Two ladies from that side Cheryl Hudson and Beryl Harris were present on the day. Tribute was paid to Beryl, the only lady to have continuously participated in Tuesday pennant for all of those 25 years. Beryl played as a skip for many seasons and continues to enjoy being involved in pennant and social bowls. It has been a family affair as Beryl’s husband Norman played as a skip in the first RVBA side to represent Chirnside Park on 5 October 1985. Maribyrnong Valley Sunbury Bowling Club president Nan Smith recently welcomed BVOR Fran Reid, Group 12 president Margaret Hutton, vice president Lois Lynch and sec- retary Jacquie Carter together with club dignitaries, members and guests to her President’s Day. Guests of honour were past president Margaret O’Neill along with life members Millie Hall and Marie Page. Congratulations to Daisy Clifford who was pre- sented with her Super Veteran badge on a lovely day of friend- ship and fun. We congratulate Sunbury’s singles champions for 2010- 2011 with Elise Cowan winning the ladies title from runner-up Carla Odgers, while the men’s championship was won by Alan Langley who defeated Clive Moffat in the final. The spectators enjoyed two close and exciting matches. Ovens & Murray Ovens & Murray bowlers playing in the Group eliminations of the State triples and State singles have been victorious. In the State triples at Corowa Services, Anne Miles (s) Kay Smith and Claire Sanders (Ovens & Mur- ray) defeated Elaine Blizzard (s) Ruth Wood and Dulcie Barnes (Central Murray). The State singles was played in idyllic surroundings at Yackandan- dah Bowls Club overlooking the beautiful Kiewa Valley. As Laureen Smith (Ovens & Murray) had the bye, Kerry Scott (Central Murray) and Yvonne Williamson (North Eastern) played in the morning with Yvonne being the eventual winner. The highly entertaining final in the afternoon between Yvonne and Laureen resulted in a win for Laureen. We wish our girls well in the State titles at Yarraville-Footscray this month. Ovens & Murray also had a win over Goulburn Valley in the Challenge Match played at Shepparton Park recently. With work still in progress at Benalla Bowls Club repairing the carpet greens since the September floods, the last thing the club needed was another deluge to further add to their woes. However, this time the carpets were not pinned down so they floated on the floodwa- ters. One carpet was able to be attached but most of the other ended up on the bank when the water receded. With some hard work by volunteers the carpet and underlay was moved back on the green. It must have been heartbreaking for all concerned at Benalla to see the greens underwater once again. West Wimmera At our recent West Wimmera Day, we were thrilled to receive a surprise visit from Bowls Victoria director Maureen Connolly, who brought us up to date with the unification issues, answered many questions, had lunch with us and then continued on her way back to Melbourne. Congratulations to winners of West Wimmera state events: Over-60 Singles, Lorna Wallis (Serviceton); and State Triples, Pam Budde, Loraine Ross and Bev Gazelle (Dimboola). • Further bad luck for Benalla Bowls Club, being hit by a second deluge while their greens were under repair from September’s flood. • Finalists at the Group 7 State Singles play-offs, winner Laureen Smith (Ovens & Murray) and gallant runner-up Yvonne Williamson (North Eastern). edgebowls.com.au sign up for news and bag em up! , get yourself an edge