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Bowls In Focus : June July 2011
Bowls In Focus 19 An enthusiastic crowd of parents, grandparents, teachers and friends lined the greens and cheered on their favourites in a captivating finish to the recent Bowls Victoria Schools Pennant finals conducted at the Burwood Bowls Club. Scores were so close, many until the last bowl of the day, that schools in five divisions prevailed in their finals by just one shot. However, it was the Caulfield Grammar juggernaut that scooped the silverware winning the coveted Bob Poulton Trophy for Division 1, and taking out Division 2 and Division 3 in an outstanding result. Coach Graeme Le Bransky was clearly delighted with his charges and their performance on the day. Their Division 1 team of Michael Tyrell (skip), Dan Gray and Ashlley Bur- ston clinched the title by an inch when the last bowl came to rest nudging out last year’s winner Balwyn High School, represented by Jerome Coles (skip), Alistair Cooper–Golec and Samantha McLelland, who had been unbeaten coming into the final. An added benefit for the clubs, with this young talent coming through, North Balwyn invited parents to a day of social bowls and in fact they had such a good time the club may well have picked up a couple of new bowlers. The schools competition is held over six weeks, with 44 teams playing at either the Burwood or North Balwyn Bowls Clubs. Bowls Victoria convener Doug Kneebone said it was pleasing to see an increase in the number of females in the program this year. Add- ing that this competition continues to provides a pathway to playing senior pennant as some of the youngsters have joined up with clubs. Both Doug and Bob Bennett have devoted many hours enthusiastically and gave grateful thanks to the Henselite company for its time-honoured support to the event. - Marnie Gregory Schools Pennant Grand Finals at Burwood Bowls Club Division 1: Caulfield Grammar A d Balwyn High School A 15-14 . Division 1 Bronze: Scotch College d Ivanhoe Grammar A 14-13. Division 2: Caulfield Grammar B d St Kevins College D 14-13. Division 2 Bronze: Scotch College B d Ivanhoe Grammar 16-15 . Division 3: Caulfield Grammar E d Ivanhoe Grammar C 19-7 . Division 3 Bronze: Caulfield Grammar D d Xavier A 16-11 . Division 4: Scotch College C d Camberwell Grammar E 12-11. Division 4 Bronze: Caulfield Grammar F d Victoria Deer Park 27-7. Acall to arms went out from City of Frankston Bowls Club for the third staging of the ‘CUA Battle of the Arms’ a month or so back. The inaugural event staged a few short years ago originally attracted twenty teams of triples. However, it has more than doubled since as this year’s event saw 42 teams represent- ing 43 clubs with in excess of 120 bowlers assembled on the greens with the bowling aid of their choice. An open event for bowlers registered to use a bowling aid - which must be used while competing - par ticipants may also enter as single entries, which can see the scenario of teams consisting of players from three different clubs creating a great atmosphere of camara- derie whilst also being highly competitive. Up for grabs is the right to have the winners names en- graved on the magnificent solid timber shield provided by former president Alby Ashley on the inauguration of the event. This year’s ‘CUA Battle of the Arms’ also attracted an interstate team from Newcastle, which will result in a challenge match between Victoria and NSW later in the year. Who knows, we may see the establishment of an annual event on the bowling calendar in the future? The display of skill exhibited by a number of the competitors and their bowling aids was bril- liant and testament to the many hours of practice that must have been undertaken perfecting deft touch with these implements. No doubt many have fine-tuned their ability to perform an array of precision draw and weighted shots to wrest an opponent’s closest bowl from the jack or a hefty drive when required to break open the head. Bowls Victoria’s operations manager Graeme Bridge was a welcome guest and happily pre- sented the prizes and addressed competitors, while highlighting the important part the bowling aid had played in keeping people on the greens and enjoying the game. He added that since 1995 there have been around 8,000 bowlers registered to use an aid in Victoria alone, and that many have been able to overcome incapacitation through illness or injury and maintain their involve- ment in the game. Mr Bridge also told of the many instances where people have turned to bowls because it offers the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor activity that permits the use of specific aids to enable participation in a mainstream sport. This year’s winners of the ‘CUA Battle of the Arms’ were Ian Ridley, Ian Laird and Des Riley from Karingal. At the completion of the day’s activities president Richard Keogh asked bowlers to register their interest in next year’s event, and by all accounts the event will put the ‘house full’ sign out again when it is conducted on Sunday 15 April 2012. Further enquiries should be directed to the club at PO Box 5108, Frankston South 3199. - Les Christie • Top: Winners of the coveted Bob Poulton Schools Pennant Trophy were Caulfield Grammar’s Michael Tyrell, Ashlley Burston, coach Graeme Le Bransky and Dan Gray. • Middle: So close: Balwyn High School’s Jerome Coles, Samantha McLelland and Alistair Cooper-Golec were runners-up in the Division 1 competition. • Above: Victoria Deer Park’s Shannon Wills, Jessica Dalton and Zaeed Ali may have lost their Division 4 final but they clearly had an awesome time. Close Finishes Highlight Schools Finale • Above: Bowls Victoria’s Graeme Bridge congratulates winners Ian Ridley, Ian Laird and Des Riley from Karingal • Below: Likely lads Alf Warfe and Barry Baker from Carrington Park get ready for action. FULLY ARMED AND MARCHING ON THE DOUBLE FULLY ARMED AND MARCHING ON THE DOUBLE
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