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Bowls In Focus : March April 2011
Bowls In Focus 9 Graeme Hosken President President AAAT Resort Sunshine Coast Long term tariffs from $595p/w in a 1 bedroom apartment (minimum 5 week stay).* Book now, call 1800 809 062 or www.coolumseaside.com Coolum Seaside is fast becoming the preferred destination for lawn bowlers escaping the southern winter chill. You can enjoy Coolum Beach Bowls Club which is an easy walk away. Take a stroll along the beach, or satisfy your appetite for food and fashion along the promenade. Choose from designer one or two bedroom apartments. So whether you’re keeping ahead of your game, or enjoying a day trip to one of the many tourist spots the coast and hinterland has to offer, Coolum Seaside is your luxury by the green. *Conditions apply: offer not valid during s/hols. Security parking, lift access Fully compliant disabled unit Tennis court, swimming pools, spas, heated lap pool, gym and BBQ areas Library and internet lounge Award Winning landscaping Long term rates for over 5 weeks Proud Sponsors of Coolum Beach Bowls Club Coolum Seaside has the holding shot Leading The Way Leading The Way Leading The Way SEASON 2010-2011 has in some ways been one of frustration, but we have also seen significant progress throughout the state towards the legal establishment of the new Regions and, where required, Divisions. The frustration of course emanates from the most unusual weather pattern that has played havoc with our Saturday pennant competition and of course caused considerable damage to a significant number of clubs by way of water inundation. Frustration and disappointment has also been experienced because some of our bowlers, both male and female, in spite of the hundreds of hours that have been spent in explaining the legal situation regarding Equal Opportunity, still refuse to accept that a legal decision given some 10 years ago restricting the playing of single gender events, including pennant, applies to all areas of the state. The majority of clubs and individuals have accepted the decision and are now living with it, but a minority continue to fight the issue with, on the basis of legal advice provided to us, little if any chance of success. Congratulations to the administrators in the Sunraysia Region who on February 17 had the honour of becoming the first of our new regions to complete the processes required to enable the legal formation and incorporation of that region. I would expect that over the months of March and April most of the other regions will follow suit. Representatives of all regions met at Bowlers House late February for our second VRAG meeting. This was another successful information gathering meeting and the board of Bowls Victoria was pleased to learn of the progress being steadily made by most. Bowls Australia conducted its inaugural Awards Night at the Crown Entertainment Complex during February and they are to be congratulated on a wonderful night. Victorian youngster Dylan Fisher from Clayton won the Under-18 Male Bowler of the Year; Harvie Hele from Glen Waverley took out the Male Volunteer of the Year award; while in the Volunteer Administrator section Graham Howard from Donvale won the award from another Victorian in Margaret Radford from Hampton. Well done to all. Victorian bowlers also figured prominently in the recently concluded 2011 Australian Open played at Darebin City. Seventeen-year-old Lisa Phillips from Richmond Union became the youngest player to take out the women’s singles when she defeated fellow Victorian and current Under-25 world champion Samantha Shannahan. Lee Schraner from Brighton and Richmond Union’s Neville Rodda clinched the men’s pairs title while Nick McIntyre from Bundoora RSL and Essendon’s Matthew Flapper teamed up with Ali Forsyth from New Zealand to take out the men’s triples final. A future rising star in Dane McKinnon from Werribee RSL was successful in the Under-18 singles, while at the other end of the age scale the Mitcham trio of Peter Selby, Gil Frederic and Phil Haynes secured a great win in the Over-60 triples. These results certainly indicate that Victorian bowlers can more than hold their own with bowlers from all over the world. A great result. Over the last week of February I had the pleasure of leading a Goodwill Tour to the Grampians Bowls Association. This was one of four tours that were conducted to various parts of the state at that time. Our tour was based at Stawell and we had the pleasure of visiting and enjoying the company of members of many of the clubs within the association. My thanks are extended to our hosts who made our party most welcome. The highlight of the Metropolitan Pennant season is the Premier Division Brunch and Grand Final conducted at the Mulgrave Country Club. This year’s event was another success with Clayton taking out the grand final and therefore earning bragging rights for the next 12 months. In the mid week pennant competition the Division 1 premiership was taken out by Glenroy from a determined Glen Eira McKinnon. Congratulations to all clubs that participated in the finals series and I trust that your club enjoyed some success. Following a recommendation from the Match Committee the board has approved the Wangaratta Bowling Club as the host for the week of state finals, which are to commence on Saturday 9 April. Diary March 2011 6 40th Anniversary, Moyhu 9 Bowls Victoria Board Meeting 13 Premier Division Grand Final and Brunch 16 Group 7 Ladies Day, Corowa 24 Victorian Women’s Pairs Championship and Champion of Champions, Yallourn 30 Midweek State Pennant Sides Championship, Darebin April 1 Bowls Australia Council Meeting 2-6 Australian Sides Championship, Nelson Bay 9 Men’s Champions Week, Wangaratta 20 Bowls Victoria Board Meeting 29 Women’s Country Carnival, Yarrawonga 30 Champion of State Pennant Div 1, Barham