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Bowls In Focus : March April 2011
bers. During this time, they enjoyed a delicious barbecue and then most went back onto the green for some more bowls action. Nearly half of these people who were new to the sport showed suf- ficient interest to take further steps such as free coaching to help them decide whether or not to go further towards becoming a bowler. Metro North Recently the Glenroy Bowls Club ac- knowledged the hard work and dedica- tion of three of its members for their vari- ous contributions and work performed around the club over many years. Doug Kneebone, chairman of Group 10, was invited to present the awards at a gathering of the club members. Doug presented Jack Couch with the Bowls Victoria Medal of Merit, this award is the second highest award that Bowls Victoria presents to a bowler, and we then saw Doug called upon once again to present a Bowls Victoria Service Award to Vic Sparks and Laurie Costello for their tireless hours of services given to the club for many years. Jack Couch joined the club back in 1976 and since then has been an active member on no less than 12 different club committees in his time at the club. He is currently the men’s section secre- tary, a role that he has held for the last six years and he has been a director of the board of management since 1994. Since Jack retired in 1989 he has spent most days at the club doing many vari- ous task and is the ‘go-to guy’ in most cases, he was also given the affection- ate title of ‘minister for everything’. The club has also recognised Jack’s efforts and dedication over the years and they bestowed him with a life membership to the club in 1998. Vic Sparks joined the club in 1981 and since that time he has been an active member around the club. He has been on several committees over the years with one of them being the grounds committee, which he has been a part of for over 17 years. We often see Vic with a paint brush in his hands in the off-season and l dare say he has painted nearly everything at the club, Vic is a very keen bowler and enjoys a good laugh and is well respected by his fellow members. Laurie Costello joined the club in 1988 and since joining the club he has also been an active member around the club. He too has been part of several committees with over 18 years on the grounds committee and is always willing to use his skills on a variety of different repair jobs, which he has done for the club over the years. Laurie can also be seen at the club on Tuesdays serving up morning teas for the pennant sides. He also loves his bowls and is a quiet achiever and respected member of the club. People like Jack, Vic and Laurie, as well as many other members who also do so many hours of voluntary work around the club never look for personal accolades, but when people do so much for so long it is always nice to rec- ognise their achievements and efforts, without people like this the Glenroy club would not be the great organisation it is today. Mid Gippsland It’s all in the family when history was made in the recent Yarragon club championships when Rod Atkinson defeated Sam Mazza in a tense hard fought final, spectators were en- thralled with the quality of the bowls played. Rod is the third member of the Atkinson family to achieve the honour in becoming Yarragon’s club champion. It is 20 years since Ron won the first of his multiple champion- ships within the club. Last year it was his son Sam who took out the cham- pionship - he also defeated Sam Mazza in the process. To win a club championship is a high achievement, to have three generations of winners in the one family is remarkable and deserves the congratulations of ev- eryone at Yarragon Bowling Club. North Gippsland Stratford Bowling Club’s stalwart John Brisbane was honoured on Aus- tralia Day with the Stratford ‘Citizen of the Year’ award for his contribution to the Stratford community. John first came to Stratford as a policeman in 1971 to man the ‘one-man’ police station until he retired from the force in 1990. Being a spor ting person and wanting to involve himself in the community, John joined the Stratford Bowling Club in 1972; he also en- joyed tennis and played at Stratford Tennis Club until 1980. He returned to the bowling club and was well coached by the Davidson brothers Keith, Col, and Norm, especially at Country Week. John is a past club president and has been the men’s secretary from 1997 and still holds that position. On the green he has won the club pairs and fours. He also played bowls at the Boolara Bowls Club. John and his wife Wyda have also been foster parents to a number of children over the years since they adopted Stratford as their home town. He is a leading member of the Strat- ford Uniting Church and a member of the Stratford Cemetery Trust. Sunraysia One of Australia’s longest-running bowls tournaments, the Mildura May Carnival, is on again this year and a brilliant week of bowls in sunny Mil- dura is assured. This will be the tour- nament’s 79th successive year, with the marquee event, the Classic Pairs of $3200, on the weekend of May 8-9. The championship fours are on Monday and Tuesday, May 3-4 . Other events are the pairs on Wednesday, triples and fours. Contact tournament director Les Coldwell on (03) 5023 6458 for more details. Western It all came down to the last bowl of the 90th end of the Des Notley Clas- sic pairs held at City Memorial Bowl- ing Club in Warrnambool recently. Paul O’Donnell from Warrnambool needed to either draw a shot or push his partner Blackie Lenehan’s bowl in to make two shots. Paul was able to push the bowl in and make two shot and draw the final match. This gave the pair a draw along with five other wins to take the trophy home for the first time. Top three were P O’Donnell & B Lenehan 5-1/2 wins + 32 shots; M Flapper & P Cameron 5 wins + 37 shots; J Murnane & R Hannabury 5 wins + 17 shots. Wimmera Horsham Golf Bowling Club recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a dinners and get-together. Past members returned to the club from Wallan, Linton, Torquay and Geelong and joined present members for a pleasant and casual evening. A brief history of the club was presented, and many other stories were told. The club was honoured to have Bowls Victoria president Graeme Hosken and wife Betty as its special guests. Graeme informed guests about where Bowls Victoria’s unification process is at and some of the pitfalls they faced. He then presented a 50-year Anniversary plaque to Golf Bowls president Gary Scott and wished the club every suc- cess for the next 50 years. • Yarragon’s history-making Atkinson family, Sam, Rod and Ron. • Glenroy men’s president Peter Plumridge along with award recipients Vic Sparkes, Jack Couch, Laurie Costello and Group 10 chairman Doug Kneebone. • Horsham Golf Bowling Club president Gary Scott is presented with a 50-year Anniversary plaque by Bowls Victoria president Graeme Hosken.