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Bowls In Focus : March April 2011
48 Bowls In Focus Bayside All members of Group 15 wish to congratulate Max Fielder of the Beaumaris Bowls Club who was recognised on the Australia Day Hon- ours List with the medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia. The prestigious honour was bestowed on him thanks primarily to his respective services to lawn bowls. Sincere condolences to the family and friends of both Keith Klemm and Len Lubcke (Cheltenham) who recently passed away. Eastern Suburbs Bayswater Bowls Club’s new synthet- ic green has been officially opened much to the delight of members. City of Knox councillor Adam Gill, who took part in a ‘cutting the ribbon’ cer- emony, said the new green would be a great boost for the club, helping to facilitate some exciting future bowls tournaments and the club’s flourish- ing Friday night barefoot bowls events. Council provided $95,000 in funding, with the club contributing a fur ther $80,000, as well as spending almost $20,000 in associated work to upgrade the surrounds. ‘This club provides a quality facility for locals to come and play bowls, as well as an important meeting point for social interaction,’ Cr Gill said, ‘it’s a place for friends and competitors, for serious spor t and for quality fun.’ Bowls Victoria was represented at the opening ceremony by Group 13 chairman Les Baker, along with Hill Views president Moira Milgate and secretary Lois Collier. Under the threat of 40+ degrees last month, Upwey-Tecoma forged ahead and hosted its Annual 4-a -side Medley tournament. The mercury didn’t get above 35 at the local level, which suited the participants just fine. With the drinks wheelbarrow, and the bar, keeping all players well hydrated, the tournament went off without a hitch. Four rounds played on a combination of synthetic and tift dwarf surfaces provided a great op- por tunity for bowlers to pit their skills against their opponents. The day started with a 12-end fours match at 10am, and this was hotly contested. As with many tournaments, a lot of the entrants were familiar with their opponents and this led to some light-hearted sledging on the green. Teams from clubs including Altona, Neerim South, Lakes Entrance and Keysborough joined the many teams from the Dandenongs and foothills area for the day. On completion of the first match it was lunch for half of the field - that is two from each side. The remaining half of each team played the first of two 2-bowl pairs matches while their teammates tucked into a sumptuous lunch. Once the 12 ends were up, the early-lunchers were ready to take to the green in the return bout of the 2-bowls pairs. It’s a cut-throat format! With the pairs done and dusted there was only one 3-game winner heading into the final round. Zac Woning’s Burwood team became the hunted! In the last 4’s match, team line-ups are changed by moving the skip and at least one other player. This proved no problem for Zac’s side and they came away as the only 4-games winners. Runners-up were a team led by John Bulmer from Lilydale. This tournament continues to grow and many thanks must go to the volunteer greens staff and our hired gun who keeps them on track. Congratulations to the winners and runners up, and big thanks to all entrants for a fantastic day. Flinders For 52 years Rye Bowls Club has been an integral part of the Rye Community precinct along with the Civic Hall, the Senior Citizen’ Club, and kindergarten, the Community House, The Rye Hotel, the Rye RSL and the Fire Brigade. So it follows that the club and its members want to take an active par t in the 150th Birth- day celebrations of the town. The an- niversary date was the 25 February 2011, but throughout the year there will be many events conducted by the various Rye clubs and associations. Bowls club members participated in the grand parade in February and on the same day conducted one of its premier events, ‘The Bendigo Bank Invitational Fours’. In March it will also host the Lamattina Invitational Fours arguably the top single day bowls event on the Peninsula. As a special anniversary event the club held an open ‘Try Bowls Day’ in January and opened its doors to the public so that local citizens and visitors of all ages could come along to discover the skills and fun associ- ated with bowls. This event was very successful with 30 folk attending who were shown how to deliver a bowl by accredited coaches and senior mem- Statewide Men’s Association News From Around The State • Bayswater Bowls Club executive director Alistair Smith assists City of Knox councillor Adam Gill cutting the ribbon at the opening of the club’s new green. • Rye Bowls Club opened its doors to the public taking its part in the town’s 150th birthday celebrations. 739 CENTRE ROAD BENTLEIGH EAST 3165 Ph/ Fax 9579-4440 www.baysidejackhighbowls.com.au BAYSIDE JACK HIGH BOWLS many items to clear, plenty of specials, shoes, clothing and more END OF SEASON SALE END OF SEASON SALE