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Bowls In Focus : August September 2011
22 Bowls In Focus If you can’t beat ‘em then join ‘em was the philosophy adopted by Jean Chick, one of Victoria’s greatest and most-loved bowlers, in October 1971 when she took to the green for the first time. “My late hubby played here,” she said as we sat enjoying a morning coffee next to one of Melbourne’s historical venues, Thornbury Bowls Club. “If I couldn’t beat him so I had to join him,” she laughed recalling her early days at the club where she has remained from the time she put her first bowl down. “I was conned by Eric to play indoor and then kidded into playing outdoor.” The fact that the playing area we were overlooking has ‘Eric and Jean Chick Green’ emblazoned on the fence shows that this champion has given a great deal more to her club than just getting her name on the honour boards and skipping pennant sides. She is one of those rare sports who simply give more to the game than they ever get out of it. Her love and knowledge of bowls is obvious and anybody who has had the benefit of her advice is going to count him or herself lucky as she brings it back to simple sound basics. There is also a string of quite hilarious terminology that would suggest it might be a good idea if one day she did write a book! Jean, who a collection of state titles to her credit, represented Victoria in no less than 142 test appearances and her country against New Zealand, only ever missed out on the state fours title in her heyday. “Fay Dunn and her Rainbow team put an end to that, they were beautiful bowlers and surrounded the jack like a rash,” she said recalling the 1990 final. She is not one for remembering what she won where and whom she beat. “I’m more likely to remember who beat me,” she laughed recalling her last loss in a state champion of champions when she went down to Paula Wood at Clayton five years ago. On that occasion her middle daughter, Cheryl, of who Jean says may have been the one out of three daughters who could turn her hand to bowls if she wished, came out to watch her play. “Cheryl said ‘Mum if you want to be competitive you’ve got to change your bowls’, and if she hadn’t said that I might never have changed,” said Jean leading into a lively disitation about the pros and cons of the modern lawn bowl. With her attention and heart well and truly on club matters, Jean had to get up from her chair and The Pride Of Thornbur y Interview • Custom club colours available at extra cost • Easily replaced numbers • Strong Mig Welded construction • Electroplated & powdercoated finish • Excellent rust resistance • Blackboard on back of club name panel • Sponsor advertising panel, we can print COMBINATION $340.00 + GST AGGREGATE $375.00+ GST Cake tray $13.50 + GST Sandwich Tray $12.50 + GST Sets Adapter for Rinkboards $100.00 + GST Rink Markers Spring Loaded $25.00 ea + GST Rink Markers Clip On $12.00 ea + GST Rnk No sets $75.00 + GST Agg No sets $95.00 + GST RINKBOARD $300.00 + GST Scoring Paddles $20.00 set + GST Ballis Plastics Australia P/L 7 Remont Court, Cheltenham Vic 3192 Email: email@example.com Our “Scoreman” bowls club scoreboard, have been in use for over 25 years Enquiries: Janet or Tony Ph 03 9583 2216 Fax 03 9583 5626 Our boards have the following features: Boundary peg complete $32.00 each + GST Steel base and spring $18.00 each + GST
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