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Bowls In Focus : February 2011
Bowls In Focus 7 Graeme Hosken President President Leading The Way Leading The Way Leading The Way THE second meeting of the 32 representatives who form the Victorian Regional Advisory Group (VRAG) will be held later this month and it will be interesting to ascer tain the progress that each of our 16 Regions has made in establishing the transition committees for their particular areas. Many of the draft constitutions sub- mitted by the Regions and Divisions have now been reviewed by Bowls Victoria and appropriate feedback given. I would expect that by the end of February most of these reviews will have been completed and that significant progress will have been made by each of the regions. Earlier this month I had the plea- sure of attending the official opening of the new undercover green at Shepparton Park. This is a magnifi- cent facility and the local council is to be congratulated for the tremendous support that they have provided to this club in further establishing them within the sporting complex at Kialla. The club is also to be congratulated on the planning and foresight associ- ated with this project. I am certain that it will receive great use. Elsewhere in this edition you will see a detailed report on the conduct of the 41st Annual Group Sides Championship that was contested at the joint venues of Corowa and Rutherglen. My sincere congratulations are extended to all at both of the above clubs for the manner in which they supported this event. My con- gratulations are also extended to all at Group 9 Metro West on their continued success in this tournament. To win four of the last five champion- ships indicates that the players and officials of this Group have a plan and a process that is working. Whilst on the subject of congratu- lations could I offer congratulations to the Victorian men’s side that retained the Loy Carroll Trophy against South Australia by winning the series three tests to two. Likewise to Nathan Bush on being adjudged as Player of the Series. The Victorian Ladies side played impressively in the first and last games of the five test series against the South Australians but suffered three defeats in the between. South Australia therefore retained the Mulga Cup. Congratulations also to Melissa Roberts from City of Echuca on her victory in the state ladies singles championship and to the Clayton team of Joyce Lindores, Mary-Anne Spizer and Lorraine Burke on their success in the triples championship that was run concurrently at Yarraville Footscray. Best wishes to Samantha Shan- nahan and Dylan Fisher on being chosen to represent Australia in the World Junior Cup singles and Under-18 Trans-Tasman competi- tions respectively. I am sure that both of these players will represent their country proudly. Bowls Australia is conducting a Strategic Forum just prior to the com- mencement of the Australian Open and I along with deputy president, Betty Collins OAM and chief execu- tive Peter Hanlon will be attending this important meeting. It will again give us an opportunity to do some networking with the presidents and executive officers from the others state and territories. My wife and I had the pleasure once again of attending the Under-18 Junior Provincial Shield played at the Daylesford Bowling Club recently. This day is one of the most pleasing on our bowling calendar with the junior representative sides trying their utmost to be successful and to claim the Flapper Family trophy. Well done to all involved with the organisation of the day. It seems no time since the pen- nant season started and here we are already counting down the final rounds. Best of luck to all clubs that have prospects of making the finals and I trust that the weather is kind to us in allowing the competitions to be successfully completed. Finally, to all of the bowlers who have entered the qualifying events for the Australian Open I wish you suc- cess on the wonderful greens that the host clubs within the City of Greater Bendigo will provide for you. Diary February 2011 3 President’s Day, Cheltenham 6 Official opening of Undercover Green, Shepparton Park 7 Australian Open Qualifying, Bendigo 9 Bowls Victoria Board Meeting 10 Delegates and Guest Day, Moorabbin 11 Bowls Australia Strategic Forum 12 Bowls Australia Awards Night 23 Bowls Victoria VRAG Meeting 24-25 Victoria v Queensland Test Series, Darebin City 26-27 Pennant Finals
March April 2011