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Bowls In Focus : January 2011
Bowls In Focus 29 with the sole aim of raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and depression supported by the Prostate Cancer Foundation Council of Austra- lia and Beyond Blue organisations. The success of the day has prompted a few of the ‘new’ bowlers to commit to another game at Ar- madale and are returning on Sunday January 30 for the club’s ‘Try Bowls for Young Players’ with a BBQ and coaching from 12noon til 3pm. Metro North The recent Aberfeldie Bowls Club Centenary Lunch was a grand affair, and members were delighted that Bowls Victoria president Graeme Hosken joined with our special guests from Aberfeldy Bowls Club (Perthshire, Scotland) to share the occasion with them. There were members, past members, life mem- bers and guests amongst the 96 who attended. President Laurie McDonald opened proceedings with a welcom- ing toast of ‘Aberfeldie Bowls Club and its next 100 years’, while our Scottish Piper piped everybody in and played ‘Advance Australia Fair’ during the flag raising ceremony and ‘Flower of Scotland’ during the plaque unveiling. State president Graeme pre- sented a Bowls Victoria Centenary Certificate to the club and presented Centenary Medallions to members. A brief history of the club was shared with members and guests. The club was formed at a public meeting at Miss Dedrick’s School; corner Buckley and Washington Streets, Essendon on 16 March 1910. The founding committee quickly got to work and 1000 debentures at One Pound each were issued, to purchase land at Scott Street, Essen- don, with the green being opened on 26 November 1910. The club retains title to this land and has played there ever since. Wise stewardship over the years has seen the club survive the many ups and downs of bowls, wars and the depression. The club invited 101-year-old John Smith, son of Jean Smith our No.1 membership holder, to do the hon- ours by cutting the centenary cake. There was also an ‘international’ cameo match between Aberfeldie and Scotland’s Aberfeldy, with Laurie McDonald (president) and Manny Flores (club champion) representing the home team; while Dot Brown and Angus Stewart represented the visi- tors. The match was tied, so a return battle is now planned in Scotland next year, when Aberfeldy celebrates its 150th anniversary. Murray We congratulate 11-year-old Curtis Hanley from Tocumwal on his excellent win in the Group final of the State Under-25 Singles which was played recently at Wunghnu in excellent conditions, considering the recent deluges of rain we have had. Curtis defeated Andrew Brown from Eaglehawk with the final score 25-24, which reflected the brilliant bowls these young fellows played. Curtis is a member of the Bowls Victoria Under-18 squad and Murray Kraze Junior Development Squad, while runner-up Andrew has the responsi- bility of leading the Bendigo rink for the Group 5 North Central team in the Group Sides Championships at Corowa this month. The outstanding sportsmanship and conduct by all participants was truly excellent and assured the senior bowlers present that the game is in good hands. Northern Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Doug Miles (Pyramid Hill) who recently passed away. North Gippsland The Group 8 Round Robin event was played recently at the Yallourn Bowling Club to select the best 16 players to represent the Group in this month’s Group Sides Championships at Corowa this month. The asso- ciation is pleased to announce the selection of Matthew Higgins (Sale), Rohan Kelly (Heyfield) and Wayne Lynch (Yarram) who will represent the association this month. Best wishes to these outstanding bowlers. Ovens & Murray Central The annual L J Hooker Mixed Pairs Day was played at Benalla recently with 48 bowlers from the Commer- cial Club Albury, Moira, Whittlesea, Moyhu and Benalla competing. The event consisted of 10-ends of 2x4x2 pairs, 12-ends of 2-bowls pairs, t10- ends of 2x2x2x2 pairs and 12-ends of 3-bowl pairs. The winning pair for the day was Alan Hawes and Robyn Cooper (Moira) with Brent O’Rourke and Julie Dosser from Benalla being the runners-up. Sunraysia The district is saddened by the pass- ing of Laurence Crisp, known simply as ‘Milko’ to generations of bowlers in the Sunraysia District, Broken Hill and the Riverland of South Australia, because he was the milkman at Dareton for many years. He served his beloved Coomealla Bowls Club for over 50 years and was made a life member in 2006. An achievement list as long as your arm includes the many championships he won over that time. ‘Milko’ also played in many mixed pairs events with the late great Dot Jenkinson as his regular par tner with legendary arguments over who would skip or lead. One of the true characters of the game, ‘Milko’ was renowned for the jokes and yarns he would tell at the drop of a hat, along with sayings which have become commonly used in local bowls. Sin- cere condolences to the family and friends of the great ‘Milko’. Yarra Bowlers with various disabilities came from all over Melbourne traveled to Hurstbridge recently to compete in the inaugural Graham Fraser Triples tournament. A total of 14 teams competed including some top athletes who regularly bowl in state and national games - among them some paralympians. Members from Hurstbridge made up some of the teams and all were bowling at a standard that was a pleasure to watch. The Hurstbridge Community Bank generously sponsored the day’s cash prizes and their donation helped to provide a barbecue lunch which participants appreciated. Other spon- sors were Barry Plant Real Estate, Diamond Creek; Doncaster Spor ting Gear supplied a bowls bag and voucher; and Clint Meagher’s Quality Meats of Hurstbridge supplied a wonderful meat tray as a raffle prize. Daryl Brooke of the Community Bank opened the day by putting down the first bowl after a five-minute coaching session from president Ricky Neilson. This tournament is called the ‘Graham Fraser Triples’ to honour Graham who has been coaching the disabled at our club for nearly 20 years. The club salutes his compas- sion, time and expertise, while it is hoped that this tournament will now be an annual event. If the enjoyment experienced on this occasion is any indication, the club believes entries will multiply for next year’s event. 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SPECIAL INTEREST TOURING FROM Tour includes airfares, taxes, meals, sightseeing & attractions. $4269* PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE Book by 28 February 2011 and receive: Extra night’s accommodation. Grand Pacific Tours Jacket OR Vest. Grand Pacific Tours Cap. Eyewitness Travel Guide to New Zealand. FREE FREE FREE FREE ** • Winners of the L J Hooker Mixed Pairs day at Benalla were Alan Hawes and Robyn Cooper. • Hurstbridge recently hosted the inaugural Graham Fraser Triples for bowlers with disabilities. • Among Aberfeldie’s guests at the club’s Centenary Day were club president Laurie McDonald with Dot Brown and Angus Stewart from Ab- erfeldy, Scotland, along with current club champion Manny Flores.