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Bowls In Focus : March April 2011
26 Bowls In Focus A Cavalcade of Champions Finals that matter in Wangaratta The picturesque Wangaratta Bowls Club has been selected as host venue for this season’s Bowls Victoria Champions Week. From Saturday 9 April until Thursday 14 April the three superb greens at Wangaratta will reverberate to the strains of red hot competition when the cream of Victoria’s bowlers strive to claim one or more of the five men’s state titles being presented in the regional centre. Last year the Champions Week concept made its successful debut in the Melbourne metropolitan area at Darebin City Bowls Club, while this time around it moves to country Victoria, where it has been happily entrusted to the good folk of Wangaratta. This festival of bowls gets under way on Saturday 9 April when the state singles and fours play their first two rounds, while the semi finals and finals will feature on the following day. Monday 11 April will see contenders for state triples honours and the blue ribbon singles champion of champions Round of 16 and quarter finals contested, with the survivors to stake their claim in the semi finals and final the next day. There is an added impetus on the champion of champions event, with the winner being an auto- matic entry in the national play-offs. Titleholders in the men’s and women’s national championship go on to represent Australia at the 2012 world champion of champions. Chalambar’s Grant Seeary, who won the state title last year, progressed through the nationals and will represent Australia at the world event in Hong Kong later this year. In the final event of Champions Week a crack- erjack pairs field will commence its shot at the title on Wednesday 13 April and reach its conclusion on Thursday 14 April. Winners of this state title also rep- resent Victoria in the national champion of champions event. Wangaratta club president Peter Morris was naturally thrilled at the announcement and assures all players, officials and spectators that the venue and its superb greens will be in tip-top shape for this most prestigious event. “Visitors to the club will be made most welcome,” he said. “The members of Wangaratta Bowls Club warmly embrace the opportunity to provide their facilities and assistance for the staging of this event.” Competitors in all five championships and their first round opponents are listed here, and this year we have decided to call on twelve of the sport’s most knowl- edgeable judges to impart their wisdom by selecting the winners in each discipline. Names have been changed to protect the guilty, while our resident acid-tongued nark ‘Cyclops’ is among the celebrity tipsters who have provided their ‘Kiss of Death’ predictions. Defending champion Brett Dodd from Werribee RSL is outright favourite to make it back-to-back singles titles; while the Essendon quartet of skipper Matty Flapper, Anthony Flapper, Jarrod Burt and Peter Loe are odds-on to win the fours. The Bundoora RSL combination of skipper Nick McIntyre, Luke Aiello and Mario Cipolla has won favour with our tipsters in the triples championship; while two-times winner Lee Schraner from Brighton is hot favourite to be crowned champion of champions on the Tuesday afternoon. Obviously tipping a certain winner in the pairs cham- pionship was a tough assignment with eight different combinations being put forward. However, the Altona duo of Brenton Coad and Ben Loughlin topped the poll with four tipsters and go into the first round on Wednes- day 13 April as favourites. - David Allen Victorian Singles Championship Saturday 9 April 2011 Round 1: 9.30am Quar ter finals: 1.30pm Sunday 10 April 2011 Semi finals: 9.30am Final: 1.30pm Rowan Sharp (Burwood) v Barrie Lester (Moonee Ponds). Ted Bott (Inverloch) v Colin Morrell (Horsham City). Mark Ryan (Mooroopna) v John Clark (Edithvale). Lee Schraner (Brighton) v Graham Gebus (Bun- doora RSL). Steve Milsted (Blackburn) v Eric Sellenger (Dro- mana). Dylan Benwell (Clayton) v Brett Dodd (Werribee RSL). Nathan Bush (Geelong West) v Alan Mahar (Woo- dend). Bill Davidson (Corowa Services) v David Kelly (Woomelang). Victorian Fours Championship Saturday 9 April 2011 |Round 1: 9.30am Quarter finals: 1.30pm Sunday 10 April 2011 Semi finals: 9.30am Final: 1.30pm Dromana (David Lawrence (s), Steve Arthur, An- drew Hodgkins, John Occhipinti) v Inverloch (Mick Coram (s), Alan Easterbrook, Graeme Pope, Dave Roberts). Mt Waverley (Rob Huddle (s), Rob Wilson, Stephen Peisley, Martin Troster) v Lake Bolac (Mal Curnow (s), Murray Knight, Ron Treloar, Peter Upton). Altona (Len Callus (s), Ben Loughlin, Gary Matheson, Jeff Nisbet) v Melbourne (John Mc- Carron (s), Michael Vesikko, Victor Chett, Scott Mortimer). Mildura (Chris Mitchell (s), Peter Harrison, Marty Connors, John Wisneske) v Bundoora RSL (Nick McIntyre (s), John McIntyre, Lyndsay Perrin, Luke Eddington). Barooga Spor ts (Geoff Mitchell (s), Chris Philpott, Peter Russell, Ray Wright) v Wangaratta (Ian Brimblecombe (s), Rob Mitchell, Trevor Selwood, Maurie Braden). Webbcona (Ash McArthur (s), Beau Adams, Ben McArthur, Aaron Wood) v Camperdown Golf (Paul Cameron (s), Ron Cameron, Darren Page, John Lawlor). Mitcham (Peter Middleton (s), Matt Handley, Robin Shaw, David Sharman) v Hampton (Ian Roberts (s), Jeff Elliott, Ray Westcott, Sam Bucknall). Essendon (Matt Flapper (s), Anthony Flapper, Jarrod Burt, Peter Loe) v Mulgrave CC (John Leitch (s), Alan Hughes, Pat Phelan, Jeff Janetzki). Victorian Triples Championship Monday 11 April 2011 Round 1: 9.30am Quar ter finals: 1.30pm Tuesday 12 April 2011 Semi finals: 9.30am Final: 1.30pm Kilmore (Ben Winther (s), Graham Winther, Matt • Werribee RSL’s Brett Dodd is shown here with Hall of Fame member Bob Middleton after last year’s victory. • Defending state singles champion Brett Dodd is hotly tipped to repeat last year’s Darebin victory at Wangaratta.