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Bowls In Focus : May 2011
32 Bowls In Focus Bendigo A rare honour for most citizens, let alone a member of a lawn bowls club, was bestowed upon Rodger O’Hara on Australia Day. A member of the Eaglehawk club for two years, Rod- ger received the Order of Australia Medal in recognition of his services over many years to Scouting. Rodger has served Scouting in a variety of roles and still finds time to compete at Eaglehawk in both night and Satur- day pennant bowls. Central The Central Explorers, young bowl- ers from clubs largely in the Central Bowls Association, have achieved their best result yet in the annual Zone 3 Under-18 championship. They travelled to Euroa to compete against the Kelly Gang and the Murray Kraze line-ups where they finished runners- up in a tight finish. The teams enjoyed the grass greens, ideal weather and Euroa’s hospitality and produced a high standard of bowls. Of the 12 players of the Explorers line-up, nine compete in Saturday pennant competition and this experience has developed their skills, which was clearly evident. The Murray Kraze was victorious with 10 points and the Explorers on eight, while Ryan Davies was the top skipper for the Explorers, winning his two matches. Explorers began the day with a clean sweep victory against the Kelly Gang. Skippers Grant Woodward won 14-10; Luke Chapman won 11-7 and Ryan Davies (s) 9-8 . In the key game against Murray Kraze, Davies won 11-8, but Woodward and Andrew Johnson were defeated 6-18 and 3-18. The event, sponsored by the Dyson Group of Companies, saw Colin and Anita Dyson present the shield and individual medallions to members of the winning team. Corangamite Celebrations were the order of the day recently at Colac Central when Norm and Jean Foley reached their 70th wedding anniversary. Norm (93) and Jean (89) are both life members and past presidents of the club. Norm still enjoys playing; leading in pennant while Jean rests on her laurels, hav- ing won seven club singles titles. The district is saddened by the passing of Michael Finn (Central) and extends its sincere condolences to his family and friends. Eastern Suburbs Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Bruce Hamilton and Jim Young (Bennettswood) who recently passed away. Geelong For a club with only 100 members and one green, season 2010-2011 was a great one for Bell Post Hill. Tuesday pennant in Divisions 2, 3 and 4 all making the finals with two divisions successful in winning grand finals. Division 2 won the shield for highest points in the GDLBA. Satur- day pennants had Divisions 2, 6, 8 and two Division 11’s. Four divisions played in finals with one winning a grand final. Brian Bottrell was suc- cessful in winning the skipper’s award in the district for D1 to D4 and Peter Bartlett won the skipper’s award in the district for D5 to D8. Congratula- tions to all players on their achieve- ments. Queenscliff had a super season as well, winning three premierships; Division 2 Saturday pennant, Divi- sions 1 and 2 Tuesday pennant and runners-up in the Premier Division of Saturday pennant. The Division 4 and Division 8 of Saturday pennant also finished in the final four. Well done! The men won the Geelong District fours, triples and pairs titles as well as the singles and 0ver-60’s singles to win the Group 2 title and play off in the state finals. It is an exciting time in the bowls world. Next season will see the clubs from Bellarine District Ladies Association linking with clubs of the Geelong District Ladies Associa- tion, as they become part of a new Geelong Bowls Region, which will no longer involve Colac, which will be associated with another Region. With unification and a re-struc- turing process, the Geelong District Bowling Association which operated Saturday pennant and other champi- onship competitions will also be part of the proposed new Geelong Bowls Region which will have an elevated status as one of 16 Regions through- out the state. Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Glen Shiels (Geelong) who recently passed away. Grampians The Grampians Bowls Association hosted the 2011 Bowls Victoria presi- dent’s Goodwill Tour, and what a suc- cess the five days of activities turned out to be. The 22-strong touring party was led by Bowls Victoria president Graeme Hosken and meticulously managed by Arnold O’Brien OAM. All Grampians clubs apart from Willaura and Landsborough hosted a dinner or lunch visit, with Landsborough and Willaura joining up with Lake Bolac and Stawell to help swell the numbers. Statewide Men’s Association News From Around The State • Colac Central life members Norma and Jean Foley celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. • Queenscliff’s Division 2 premiership players are clearly thrilled with their win. • Central Explorers junior develop- ment squad members after their much-improved performance in the Zone 3 Under-18 championship.
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