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Bowls In Focus : February 2011
Bowls In Focus 37 Morris, Anderson and Rundell third. Trying conditions greeted the Ladies 3-bowl triples, how- ever the Bannockburn team of Heather Groot, Lyn Blake and Janine Merryfull won the day by two shots ahead of Anne Cot- terill, Marlene Fraser and Sally Hudson, with third place going to the Geelong West team of Jen- nifer McLean, Zdena Spacil and Marlene Hudgell. Tournament director Peter Woods said the inaugural carnival received great sponsorship sup- port and was voted a great suc- cess by the participants. The club has plans to run an event along similar lines in January 2012. Gippsland The season is going well regard- less of the how the weather has confounded us and the keenly contested Round Robin competi- tion between East, North, South and Gippsland was held at Traralgon Bowling Club recently. This is always a most enjoyable event and this year’s winners were Gippsland, congratulations to them on their great win. Our State triples and singles ladies played very well but un- fortunately did not make it past Group play-off. The champion of champions event was held over two days. We saw some very close games and the competition was fear- some. In the semi finals Lorraine Steel (Yallourn) defeated Rose- mary Shaw (Garfield) and Pat Hammond (Warragul) defeated Denise Hamilton (Drouin). In the greatly anticipated final Pat defeated Lorraine in a very close contest, which featured out- standing bowls from our ladies. Congratulations. Hill Views Boronia skipper Joan Con- nan was looking forward to the recent day of bowls with her teammates, which also just happened to be her 80th birthday and perhaps a slice of cake at the break would have topped it off the day, but she was astounded at what was to unfold. Joan along with Joan Shegog, Sheila King and Verma Fester had an absolute ‘day out’ on the green with a 43-8 win, but there is more, they scored the rarest of feats – a perfect eight. When it came to her turn on the mat Joan took one look at the crowded head and thought she only had to dolly two in and hope the opposing skip didn’t get too close. Fortunately this was how it played out and Joan says it was like living in a dream. After the match club mates were asking what they had to drink and eat! However, Joan says the sporting gods had their revenge and they all came back to earth with a thud the following Tuesday when the team ‘played like a pack of idiots’. But, despite the wind being taken out of their sails, the skipper reflected on the 80th birthday she’ll never forget. Maribyrnong Valley Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Margaret Lee (Buckley Park) who recently passed away. Northern We congratulate the winners of the following association state events: State pairs, Beryl Plier and Lois Mues (Barham Services), State triples, Beryl Plier, Lois Mues and Lorraine Burbridge (Barham Services). In the state over-60 singles Bev Berry from Barham Services was the winner and took her good form into the Group 5 final, then to Sebastopol for the state championship to mix it with the best 16 in the state. It was a very fine effort. North Gippsland Maffra Bowls Club held a special afternoon tea for its much-loved member Ena Mills to celebrate her 90th birthday. Ena has been a member of Maffra since 1965 when it was part of East Gippsland DLBA and held many offices until 1983, when she became inaugural president of North Gippsland DLBA. A life member of Maffra, she has been in many positions within her club together with numerous club and district titles to her name. • Maffra’s evergreen Ena Mills at her 90th birthday afternoon tea. • Boronia’s winning rink of Verma Fester, Sheila King, Joan Shegog and birthday girl Joan Connan had a ‘day out’. Choice of Champions For more information on Henselite products visit your local stockist or contact Colin Doolan, National Sales Manager on 0411 412 719 or firstname.lastname@example.org henselite.com.au to Clayton’s Dylan Fisher who has been named in the Australian U18 Squad to take on NZ in the Junior Trans Tasman Series in April. Dylan uses Henselite Dreamlines. He joins Kristina Krstic (WA) and Scott De Jongh (QLD), who also use Henselite bowls, in the four-member Australian Squad. At the 2011 World Indoor Bowls Championship where precision, consistency and accuracy are key, Henselite bowls once again proved they are the best. Gold and Silver medals in the singles and the Gold medal in the pairs were all won using Henselite. Good luck Dylan! Congratulations Has your club lost equipment in the floods? Club Secretaries may contact Colin Doolan on 0411 412 719 and ask about our Flood Assistance Package for bowls clubs. * NEWSFLASH! * Ode To Our Club Horizons readers may recall the amazing support Whittlesea Bowling Club members gave to com- munities ravaged by the Black Saturday fires. This is a verse from one of their newer members, Di Payne, who is so filled with pride to belong to such an amazing club. I get a bit emotional realising how I care, About this special club of ours, How we all take part and share. It’s not just the bowls we play, It’s being part of a team, Of pitching in and helping out, And sharing in a dream. We won’t always win the game, We sometimes lose and draw, It’s the challenges and rewards I think, That bring us back for more. And the friendships that we make, And the bonding that we do, Is what holds our club together, It’s our fabric and our glue. So I guess it’s the belonging, To our great bowling family, Of spending the time together, That means so much to me. • Whittlesea’s poet-in-residence Di Payne (centre) recites her poem surrounded by her bowling mates.
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