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Bowls In Focus : May 2011
Bowls In Focus 33 Over an eventful five days, the visitors played bowls at seven of the nine Grampians clubs and quickly adapted to the various greens surfaces on offer. The itinerary, apart from bowls and food, included a tour of the Stawell Gift Hall of Fame, the Stawell Goldmine and the local art gallery where our distinguished guests were right at home. The association was im- pressed with what this tour group has individually and collectively done in their own associations and for bowls in Victoria. Apar t from that they could sing, tell stories, and some could all bowl well. Many new friendships were made, and this truly was a goodwill tour. Maroondah Thirty juniors competed in the recent Heatherdale Recreation Bowls Club’s Under-18 2-Bowl Triples tournament. Dressed in their club and Junior Develop- ment Squad colours, they pre- sented a magnificent spectacle as well as amazing bowling skills for the assembled supporters and spectators. The day consisted of three games of 13 ends with a barbe- cue lunch after the first game. At the presentation of trophies every competitor received an engraved medallion to com- memorate their participation in the event, which was totally cost–free due to the generous sponsorship of La Manna Direct. The Heatherdale Club hopes to be able to increase interest and participation in the event next year and that it will become a regular fixture on the junior bowls tournament calendar. Congratulations to the win- ners, Bundoora’s Josh Corless and his team of Tayla Spence and Tynan Corless (all members of the Diamond Valley Vipers Junior Development Squad), with the runners-up being a com- posite team from the Eastern Cougars Squad skipped by Lloyd Iaccarno (Vermont South), Lucas Protopapas (Heatherdale) and Ross Peisley (Mt Waverley). The Yarra Valley Past Presidents Association held their Annual Charity Day at Lilydale recently. With perfect weather and thirty teams competing the day was a huge success. Win- ners were Len Clarke’s team of Mario La Mor ticella and Glenys Clarke. The big winner on the day of course was Healesville SES who were delighted to receive the $1000 raised which will be used to update their communica- tions system. Over the past 14 years the Yarra Valley Group has run this day for the Healesville, Lilydale and Upper Yarra SES. The amount distributed to date is $14,600. We thank our sponsors Wm Matthews Funerals, Sticks Winery and Yarra Valley Wine Growers for their continued support. Congratulations to Noel Allan (Box Hill RSL), John Andrews, Alan Kinder, Ar thur Watson, Dennis Chadwick, John Walker and Len Caldwell (all of Black- burn), Cliff Tebbet, Bill Burke and Don Page (all of Blackburn North), along with George Olney and Ken Greenaway (Yarra Glen) who received their Super Veteran badges recently. Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Fred Dodd (Blackburn) together with Gwen Gray and Bob Scibberas (Black- burn North) who passed away recently. Metro North Aberfeldie finished off its cen- tenary year in style. Both of its teams won pennants in Division 4 and Division 7. For a club of only 38 playing members this was truly a memorable cente- nary year. Mid Gippsland Traralgon RSL has had a boomer of a year and set a club record winning five of six premierships it contested this current season. We congratulate them on winning MGBA, Division 2, 4 and 6, then in the Gippsland District Ladies Association pennant finals they were was triumphant in Divisions1, 4 and 5. It is a record likely to stand for many years. Following the recent flooding around Victoria and the sub- stantial damage to many bowls clubs, the board of the Warragul Bowling Club decided to make a donation to help one of these clubs, and after careful delibera- tion it was decided that Cockatoo Bowling Club would be the club to receive our donation. At Warragul’s Invitation Day, Cockatoo had two teams present and players included their sec- retary Anthony Young, and trea- surer Max Moody. Board chair- man Roy Hammond presented Max and Anthony with a cheque for $2000 to assist in their club’s recovery. To say it was received with gratitude would be a major understatement. Ovens & Murray East Corryong Bowls Club recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with a morning of bowls, followed by lunch. Over 100 past and present members attended, along with special guests Bowls Victoria director John Fisher, local BVOR Mike Bodman, and NEDLBA president and secre- tary, Margaret Bates and Monica Galvin. The club, in the beautiful foothills of the Australian Alps, is run entirely by volunteers and has a strong following and a proud history. One of the early members was the great John Snell. Foundation members Ken Nankervis and Bill Lloyd cut the anniversary cake. Peninsula It was double the thrill for Pen- insula bowler Fleur McCrae. In this the year of unification Fleur played in the Hastings midweek pennant Division 2 team that won the premiership, then saddled up in Somerville’s suc- cessful Saturday Division 3 pen- nant side. Two premierships in a two weeks, how good is that? • Winners of Heatherdale’s Under-18 Two Bowl Triples: Tayla Spence, Josh Corless and Tynan Corless, all members of the Diamond Valley Vipers junior development squad. • A helping hand from Warragal chairman Roy Hammond who presented Cockatoo officials Max Moody and Anthony Young with a cheque. Choice of Champions For more information on Henselite products visit your local stockist or contact Colin Doolan, National Sales Manager on 0411 412 719 or firstname.lastname@example.org henselite.com.au Premier League Champions. CLAYTON BOWLS CLUB defeats MOONEE PONDS BC by one shot! Twenty-six of the 32 bowlers in the PL final used Henselite-made bowls. Congratulations to Barrie Lester and Robyn Thomassen, named Victoria’s male and female Players of the Series at the Australian Sides Championship. Congratulations Team Henselite young guns Dylan Fisher, Kristina Krstic and Scott De Jongh bring back the U-18 Trans Tasman trophy for Australia “Since picking up my White Dreamlines in the middle of March I have played in our Div. 1 (men’s) group finals in Warrnambool and we won our way to the State finals. I was named Victorian Women’s Player of the Series at the Australian Sides so I’m very pleased I changed to Dreamlines.” Robyn Thomassen ... ... • The Grampians Bowls Association played host to the Bowls Victoria president’s Goodwill Tour.
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