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Bowls In Focus : February 2011
36 Bowls In Focus Casey Berwick Bowling Club is all abuzz with its new concept of the inaugural BCiB Champion Mixed Pairs event to be held Sunday 17 April. The idea is for current men’s and ladies club sin- gles champions to play in a combined championship event. The club is de- lighted BCiB, through its sponsorship officer, Steve Glasson, has agreed to be sponsor the inaugural event and is working very hard to get all clubs to enter their champions to take part in a fantastic day of bowling. Entries close 1 April and any enquiries to Wendy West on 9707 3578. Central Highlands Congratulations to Gisborne’s Dorothy Evans and her team of Mary Wilson, Joan John and lead Colleen Such, winners of the CHDLBA State fours played recently at Kyneton. The Gisborne girls were very excited to win as the club has not won this event for twenty years. Best wishes to the Gisborne team along with healthy doses of good luck and good bowling as they advance to Group level in March. Central Murray Tocumwal member Pam van Huizen writes about her bowling friend: ‘Kellie Butler is a new bowler at the club where she has been playing twilight social bowls, which is great fun and enjoyed by around 100 people. Kellie came with her mum, Pam Butler, to see if she could manage bowls, she has a genetic bone disease osteo- genesis imperfecta, which means brittle bones. During her lifetime she has suffered countless multiple frac- tures, a great deal of pain, is confined to a wheelchair, and is a very tiny 39-year-old. ‘I saw how gutsy and independent she is, cheerful and determined, all of which I admire, so I took her under my wing and got her some help (she calls me ‘her manager’). Firstly, we are very fortunate at Tocumwal to have Brian Ing, who has coached wheelchair bowlers and intellectually disabled people, and his team won the Australian ID Championships two years in a row. Brian was also chairman of the RVBA Coaching Committee for 5-6 years. Despite these impressive credentials, when I approached Brian for some help with Kellie, he immediately agreed and has been helping her ever since. ‘Then she needed size 00 bowls, because even 0’s were too awkward for her to manage, and with a great deal of help we managed to get a ‘demonstration’ set for her at a greatly reduced price which her mum and grandfather gave her as a Christmas present. She couldn’t wait to use them, as the photo shows, and in fact our team won that night with Kellie, my lead, putting down some good bowls, and the huge smile on her face all night was inspiring. ‘Bowls is one sport which can be enjoyed by people with disabilities, and we wish Kellie many years of good bowling’. Geelong The Geelong Bowls Club conducted its inaugural ‘City by the Bay’ Mixed Carnival over four days last month. Entries came from many clubs beyond Geelong, as far as Ruther- glen and Merimbula, and as near as Altona, Darebin, Bendigo, Ballarat, Glen Waverley, Balwyn, Diggers Rest, Hoppers Crossing, Mornington and Richmond Union. The opening day saw the four bowls open pairs played over four games of nine ends. The event was choc-a -block and keenly contested. Torquay pair Daryl Kitchen and Allan Sampson played great bowls to win over Lachlan Tighe and Rowan Sharp from Richmond Union/Balwyn, with the Somerville combination of Pauline Summerhayes and Danny Wise tak- ing third place. The next event was the mixed tri- ples and the winners were Geelong’s Bev Wilson, Colin Lucas and Richard Sinclair with runners-up Ron and Joan Dean with Ron Morris, while third place were Judy Rodgers, Peter Woods and Colin Knott of Geelong/ Bendigo. The heat was on in the open fours in more ways than one, as the temperature was up and the greens very slick. This did not prevent the Belmont team of Arthur Groves, Robin Hayes, Ron Stephens and David Ross prevailing from the crack Geelong West team of Ian Fitzpatrick, Stewart Williams, Darko Radoslav, and Jason Armstrong, with Geelong’s ‘four Ronnies’ Dean, Horizons Women’s District Association News From Around The State • Gisborne’s Colleen Such, Joan John, Mary Wilson and Dorothy Evans broke a 20-year drought for the club. • Tocumwal’s Pam Van Huizen and Brian Ing watch their charge Kellie Butler send one down. FOR ALL YOUR BOWLING NEEDS SUPPLIERS OF ALL MAJOR BRANDS: SHOP 4, 152 BELLARINE HWY NEWCOMB VIC 3219 (cnr Coppards Road) Ph.03 5248 0856 Fax 035248 1526 HENSELITE TAYLORS DRAKES PRIDE GREENMASTER DOMINO CATHEAD AND MANY MORE DEMO BOWLS AVAILABLE TO TRY BEFORE YOU BUY Seniors Support Making Technology Easy 1300 833 932 www.silversurf.com.au Seniors Discount We provide HELP in the comfort of your home!
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