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Bowls In Focus : May 2011
Bowls In Focus 7 Graeme Hosken President President Leading The Way Leading The Way Leading The Way ITis now just over 12 months since the inaugural board of Bowls Victoria was elected. I said at that time that the immediate future was going to be very busy but that I was confident that given the quality of people elected to the board, good progress would be made in getting the unification process settled in and the necessary legalities completed. I am very pleased to report that over the past year significant progress has in fact been made and already a number of our newly established Regions and Divisions have completed the formalities and have been successfully incorporated. We have consolidated our operation into one office under chief executive Peter Hanlon, who is ably assisted by our bowls operations manager, Graeme Bridge. The composition of our new committees is all but complete with only the Greens Commit- tee and the Junior Committee still to be announced. Many of the new committees have in fact already met and are hard at work attending to the many matters that need to be resolved satisfactorily before the new season gets underway. My thanks are extended to all of our board members and to our committee members for their dedication to the cause. That being said now is not the time for us to sit back and relax as there are many matters still requiring our undivided attention. The past two months has been extremely busy with our pennant season coming to a close and our state championship finals being conducted. Congratulations to all clubs throughout the state that made it through to the finals of their respective pennant competi- tions. To those clubs that were successful in winning premierships well done and I certainly trust that you enjoyed the occasion. Particular mention should be made of Clayton’s performance in winning back-to- back premierships in the metropolitan premier division and to Glenroy for their effort in suc- cessfully claiming the metropolitan midweek Division 1 pennant. To all of the players who made it through to State Finals congratulations on your achievement and again I trust that you en- joyed the experience. To all of our champions well done. Special mention needs to be made of the performance of Lee Schraner who in the men’s titles claimed both the singles and the champion of champions crowns. This is the third occasion that Lee has won the Cham- pion of Champions and in doing so equals the record of our own great Bob Middleton. For only the second occasion the men’s championships were all played at the one venue over the period of a week. This again proved to be extremely successful Thanks to the sterling effort put in by the members of the Wangaratta Bowls Club in meeting and exceeding our every need. Un- fortunately the weather was not kind but this did not deter the workers at Wangaratta un- der the leadership of president Peter Morris. Players and officials alike were delighted with their efforts. Our planning for season 2011-12 includes this concept being extended to include the ladies state championships. Special mention should also be made of the hospitality extended to all at the Yallourn Bowling Club when they recently hosted the women’s finals of the pairs and the champion of champions. The inclement weather experi- enced made their job all the more difficult. Our men’s and women’s state sides trav- elled to Nelson Bay for the Australian Sides Championships and the inaugural Super 6 competition. The choice of venue by Bowls Australia was superb and the bowling, as it should be at this level, was excellent. Both of our Victorian sides performed creditably with the men claiming silver medals for the fourth consecutive year. Our ladies finished in fifth position overall. In the Super 6 the men’s triple of Peter Loe, Brett Dodd and Matthew Flapper com- bined together brilliantly to win their section and then go on to win the gold medal. The la- dies triple of Nicole Shortis, Paula Wood and Rebecca McMahon also won their section but had to be content with the silver medal. Given the quality of bowlers competing in this event to gain any medal was a fantastic achieve- ment. Well done to both teams. Subsequent to the Sides Championships the national selectors announced the new style Australian Squads. Congratulations are extended to Carla Odgers, Matthew Flapper and to Nick McIntyre on being selected in the Australia A squad. I certainly hope that all three of you can maintain your current good form and that an opportunity arises for each of you to represent your country. One of the final events on the mid week calendar was the State Pennant Sides Championship played at Darebin in April. In very ordinary weather conditions over the two days of competition the side from Yarrawonga & Border Golf performed best of all and defeated a determined side from Melton in the final. Our final event of the current season is the Champion of State Pennant played at Barham Services during late April and early May. Well done to the ten sides that qualified for this event and congratulations to the Bendigo East club on its ultimate success. A comprehensive coverage of this event will be published in next month’s magazine. Diary May 2011 1 Championship of State Pennant, Barham 18 Bowls Victoria Board Meeting, VRAG Meeting • Wangaratta president Peter Morris accepts a special Bowls Victoria ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ from yours truly.
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