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Bowls In Focus : June July 2011
36 Bowls In Focus Casey The launch of the first BCiB Mixed Champion Pairs at Berwick was an absolute hit with players and officials alike blessed by a bowls-perfect day. The original concept came from member Joan Heggart and was supported by the club and also BCiB (Bowling Club Insurance Brokers), who sponsored the tournament with a $1000 donation for the prizes on the day. Event coordinator Wendy West was overwhelmed with the interest shown by clubs and competitors for this new concept which saw 42 teams comprising the current men’s and women’s club champions compet- ing for the honour of clutching the inaugural trophy. Teams from all over Victoria en- tered and it was fantastic to see pairs from Elmore to Minyip, Camperdown to Bendigo, Benalla to Werribee, Paynesville to Wurruk, Korumburra to Sorrento and most points in between on the Berwick greens. The weather was just brilliant after the rain earlier in the week, and despite being a little heavy they ran very truly. All the com- petitors were full of praise for the idea behind this new event, and hoped they would be lucky enough to win their club championship again next season to allow them to qualify. Three games of 12-ends were played2x4x2andthewinnerson the day were Evelyn Martin and Mick Burge from Clayton, while Somer- ville’s Kirsty Tootell and Bill Johnson were runners-up. Then came Denise Eastick and Zac Storm from Hampton Park, followed by Marie Rowe and Geoff Boyd from Kangaroo Flat. Best game winners were: Karen Thomson and Geoff Harding from MCC); Yar- ragon’s Margaret Arnold and Ron Atkinson, along with Patricia Forder and Brett Dodd from Werribee RSL. Congratulations to everyone in- volved at Berwick on making the day a huge success. Central Mansfield ladies held a lovely morn- ing tea for their three newly badged Super Veterans recently and we offer our sincere congratulations to Elizabeth Christopher, Bonnie Purcell and Elsie McLeod. Central Highlands Central Highlands DLBA held a Farewell Dinner at the Kilmore Race- track with 140 ladies in attendance from Central, Central Highlands and Goulburn Valley, Group 8 as it was once known. It was a great day bring- ing everyone together to reminisce the years of friendships and rivalry with lots of tales and laughter. Bowls Victoria director Maureen Connolly was in attendance as were two of our past councillors Doris Maskell and Marj Thorn, while we were thrilled to have several Life Members join in the day. We all thought we would be strong but when the ladies lined the wall and sang ‘Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye’, there were tears everywhere. Central Wimmera At the CWDLBA closing day, Group 4 BVOR Edith Kuchel presented Super Veteran badges to Lorraine Edmonds (Murtoa), Coral Pelchen (Horsham City) and Helen Jackman (Sunnyside). Congratulations ladies. This closing day was not just the final of the season but also as Central Wimmera officially. Under sunny skies 55 ladies enjoyed a morning of bowls where the winners were Mavis Crome, Alys McQueen, Betty Dumesny and Elsie Bardell. We then shared in a lovely luncheon together, plenty of chat and many laughs. Gippsland We have had a very full year once again. It was a proud one for Gippsland as Yallourn Bowling Club hosted the state pairs and the cham- pion of champions finals. The weather was horrendous but Yallourn did a wonderful job of hosting the event. We hope this district will be looked on to host more finals, congratulations Yallourn on a job well done. Congratulation to Joanne Martin and Joyce Wardley from Yallourn on their great performance of finishing equal third in the state pairs. We would also like to congratulate everyone who passed the umpires or coaching accreditation. Presentation Day was held at Traralgon where Bowls Victoria rep- Horizons Women’s District Association News From Around The State • Berwick’s inaugural BCiB Mixed Champion Pairs winners Mick Burge and Evelyn Martin from Clayton. • Mansfield recently held a celebratory morning tea and amongst the attendees were Elizabeth Christopher and new Super Veterans Bonnie Purcell, Elsie McLeod and Margaret Adcock. • Among the many who toasted friendships, farewells and the future at Kilmore Racecourse were Group 8 BVOR Fay Ruthven, Bowls Victoria director Maureen Connolly, association president Dorothy Evans and secretary Bunny Johansen.
August September 2011