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Bowls In Focus : February 2011
Bowls In Focus 33 denied, Wes brought the scores level again at 24-all going into the last end. He was able to get fractionally closer to the jack leaving Stephen to send down the final bowl. The decision to drive and attempt to kill the end was brilliantly executed, but unfortunately for him, the jack struck the ditch wall with such force that it bounced back onto the green and nestled close to one of Wes’s bowls. As a result Wes ran out the winner 25-24 in front of a good gathering of club members. Added to the incredibility of this championship win is the fact that Wes has used the game of bowls to assist him rehabilitating after two operations to remove a serious tumour from his brain. A keen cricketer, he was forced after the operation, to give it up as the surgery has left him with no peripheral vision in one eye and little in the other. Turning to Bowls he has practiced long and hard making him a regular lead bowler in one of Garfield’s Division 2 sides. Late news is that Wes endured another 3-plus hour marathon in the final of the Mid Gippsland Champion of Champions where he succumbed to Drouin champion John Leighton by three shots. Murray In a first for bowls in Victoria, the Swan Hill Racecourse Bowls Club recently invited the Victorian Blind Bowlers Association and the Murray Valley Mavericks Under-18 squad to an afternoon entitled ‘Bowls for All’. The competition was run with teams made up of members of each group enabling all to learn the strengths and difficulties of the others in the group. Racecourse president Tony Scott said, ‘our members were honoured to host the event; it was like an awaken- ing for us to see how people could overcome adversities to still play the game at a top level. Not only that, but as an added bonus, lots of new friendships were made’. At the end of the day, a group photo was taken as a reminder to all of the historical nature of the day, one that is hoped to become an annual event. Winners of the day were Ian Sherriff with three juniors Travis Rolfe, Brad McDonald and Rachelle Williams whilst the runners up were skipped by junior Blake Vernon with Bruce McDonald, Max Parsons and Bill Haig. Resting touchers were achieved by Rob Naughton (blind bowler), Joy Rolfe, Peter Wynne and junior Rachelle Williams. North Central Great weather kicked off the bowls program for people of all abilities at Charlton Bowling Club. Rhonda Allan of the Mallee Spor ts Assembly once again approached the Charlton club to ‘open their doors’ for people of all abilities, and as expected the response was very encouraging and positive. Thank you to the Buloke Shire Council who once again be- came involved and provided support. Club members Kevin Willey, Russell Round and Vince Tormey volun- teered their time and were prepared with all the equipment required for each participant and gave some basic tips on how to send a good bowl down the green. It was great to welcome people of all different levels of abilities to join in with the activity of fun. Thanks to the club members on behalf of everyone who came along - everyone had heaps of fun and laughter and the skill levels have improved in some of the participants in just a week - well done. North Gippsland Wurruk Bowls Club celebrated its 25th anniversary with a lovely afternoon tea last month. Past and present members attended along with special guests Wellington Shire mayor and NGBA president Jeff Amos, BVOR’s Don Carmichael and Barbara White, together with North Gippsland DLBA president Deidre Relph. Club secretary John McBay hosted the af- ternoon with Wurruk mens president Dennis Potter and ladies president Shirley Hillbrich, while members Judy Tulip and Harold Watson gave some insight on the early development of Wurruk Bowls Club and as it is today. Some of the highlights included the raising of money and construc- tion of the green; the first organised bowling day on 1 January 1986; the official opening of the club on 9 February 1986; the planning and construction of the clubhouse which was opened 29 November 1987; the installation of the synthetic green in 2004; and the catering, social and entertainment events. This enjoyable day was completed with members playing twilight bowls followed by a barbecue dinner. Peninsula Young Matthew Arnold from Somer- ville had a few idle moments during the festive season break at home. Looking for some light enter tain- ment he turned to bowls, wondering whether he was able to stack his bowls vertically! He says took him a minute or so getting the first three to- gether but the tricky bit is getting the fourth one in place! Something worth a try if you have a minute or two! Tyrrell Quambatook Bowls Club is very proud of its young member Jac Shar- man, who was nominated for a Vic- torian Government 2010 Community Sport and Recreation Award in the category of ‘Young Person in Sport’. Jac has been involved in both football and lawn bowls in Quambatook for the last four years. In 2010 Jack played in the Under-17s and reserves for the local football club and was top goalkicker for both teams. He was also the vice captain of the Under- 17s and gained selection in the inter- league team, playing in two winning competitions. In lawn bowls Jac took out a number of awards for the 2009- 2010 season, being Quambatook’s junior and senior club champion and Tyrrell Association singles champion. He also the skipped one of Quam- batook’s A Grade pennant teams with his club taking out the premiership, and was selected to play with the Murray Mavericks junior team at competition level. Recently Jac was elected to his club’s committee and has also been given the job of selector, while he is assisting/learning greens mainenance. This speaks to Jac’s desire to contribute to his sporting community and also to the commu- nity’s willingness to encourage and foster his development. A fine young man. URGENT All Pennant Bowlers Are you disillusioned? I am! Do you agree with Yes/No Yes/No Yes/No Yes/No • Dignitaries enjoyed a great day celebrating the Wurruk Bowls Club’s 25th Anniversary. • Things are stacking up for Somerville’s Matthew Arnold who discovered some new holiday entertainment. • Quambatook bowler and all-round sportsman Jac Sharman nominated for a ‘Victorian Young Person in Sport’ award. • The Murray Valley Mavericks Under-18 squad and Victorian Blind Bowlers Association enjoyed ‘Bowls for All’ at the Swan Hill Racecourse.
March April 2011