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Bowls In Focus : August September 2011
Bowls In Focus 45 Southern Indoor. It was their first time in the event and they did very well with Wendy Baker and Sylvia Stevenson winning the pairs final. The former Group 8 Central Highlands DLBA is saddened at the passing of Shirley Russell (Whittlesea) and extends their sincere sympathy to her family and friends. Ovens and Murray Following the amalgamation of both associations the new committee for Ovens and Murray is under the leadership of president Ken Shields, deputy Pam van Huizen, secretary Darryl Hazell, assistant secretary Karen Peacock and treasurer Ron Bartley. Our best wishes to you all and we look forward to assisting in the future. However, whilst the new era was signalled, the ladies from Central Murray held a beautiful luncheon to celebrate their farewell. President Elaine Blizzard thanked all for their service to CMDLBA and presented small tokens of appreciation to the executive. Secretary Caroline Reilly recited a touching poem then presented president Elaine with a folding chair replacing the ‘falling to pieces’ one she had carried for many years whilst fulfilling her duties in Central Murray. It was a day of great fun and friendship and we look forward to the new season ahead. Wangaratta Bowls Club hosted a birthday afternoon tea recently to celebrate Dot White’s 90th birthday. It was a happy occasion with many of her friends and family in attendance. Dot has been a loyal and much loved member of the club since 1981. She enjoys her bowls and plays in club events and district Tournaments. In fact Dot was a valued member of the club pennant team that won last season’s premiership. The game was played in very hot conditions and she finished the day in better condition than most of the other bowlers. Dot is an inspiration and respected by all her bowling friends and we wish her well. Strzelecki Phillip Island Bowling Club recently welcomed bowlers representing 41 clubs from Victoria and interstate to its 17th Annual May Carnival. Following is a list of winners from each event starting from the first day with the Open 2-4 -2 pairs, won by Kieran Gardner and Mike Yates from Inverloch, with Graeme Lenden (Altona) and Dave Lenden from Phillip Island runners-up. The second day shortened as respect for Anzac Day, when played commenced after lunch with the Open Pairs sponsored by Bendigo Bank. Winners of this event were Dave Hanlon (Phillip Island) and Clive Padgham (Warragul), while runners-up were Peter Forrest (Phillip Island) and Graeme Jackson (Wonthaggi). Then followed the Open Triples where Peter Forrest, Chas Buchelli (Inverloch) and Dave Lenden ran out winners. Runners up were Don Dodds (Burden Park), Russell Taylor (Phillip Island) and Margaret Beechey (Burden Park). The major event of the Carnival, the Judith Wright Real Estate Open Singles, sectional play took place on with the winners moving through to knockout. The winner of the consolation singles was Jack Edwards (Berwick) with the runner-up being Allan Easterbrook (Inverloch). The winner of the singles championship was Neville Brown (Heathmont). This is the second time that Neville has won this prestigious event. Runner up was Dave Lenden with Tim Hill (Somerville) in third place and John Huxtable from Karingal fourth. The Affiliated Fours was the next event with the winners being Dennis Thoup, Gareth Rich, Jenny lamb and Ian Snell, all from Drouin, while runners-up were Kieran Gardner, Mick Coram, Mick Bowman and Allan Easterbrook from Inverloch. The Affiliated Pairs were won by George Mol (Phillip Island) and Sal Tesoriero (Murrumbeena) and the runners- up were Michael Wilson (Euroa) and Matt Allan (Phillip Island). The afternoon’s event was won by Mick Coram and Kieran Gardner from Inverloch with runners up Allan Hilton (Pakenham) and Rod Lillis from Cranbourne. Wimmera Ararat VRI has presented honorary life membership to long-time members of the club and congratulates the following for their wonderful contribution to the club. Helene Kelly, past president, club champion and champion of champions, 25 year membership; Rose Dohnt, 6-time club champion and 35 year membership; Geoff ‘Stumpy’ Harrod, dedicated member and 50 years membership; and Lance Cooper, past president, club champion successive years and 55 years membership. The club also recognised the contribution of Alan ‘Yorky’ Clark who has served as treasurer for 26 years. Congratulations to Ararat VRI’s Max and Gwenda Childs together with Stanley and Noelle McDonald for their recent golden wedding celebrations. Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Gwen Davis and Thelma Millington of Ararat VRI who recently passed away. Yarra Twenty-nine members of the Montmorency Bowling Club recently enjoyed a 12-day holiday in Singapore during which they were able to play bowls at two of that country’s most prestigious clubs. The trip was initiated by MBC member Kevin Kerkham, following an invitation extended to him while bowling during one of his earlier trips to visit his daughter and her family. On his return to Montmorency, Kevin posted the suggestion on the club’s notice board and, after a mad scramble by applicants, had a full complement of takers within about 48 hours! The first day game was played at the Singapore Cricket Club (won by Singapore) and the second at the Tanglin Club (won by Montmorency). The evening game, played under lights at Tanglin resulted in a draw! The keenly contested games and the spirited celebrations that followed demonstrated the outstanding social and sporting opportunities that are usually available wherever you play bowls. Montmorency members were most grateful for the wonderful hospitality and friendship extended during their visits and were super impressed with the facilities at both of these very prestigious clubs. The games at the Tanglin Club were played on a sand-filled green constructed on the roof top of the fifth floor of the club! From the green, we had outstanding views of the city’s skyline and, on one side, looked down into the American Club. The Singapore Cricket Club has a grass green and is in a beautiful location in parklands in the middle of the city! Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Joy Rollason (Kew Heights Sports) who recently passed away. Please note: Divisions, Clubs and individuals wishing to contribute items and photos to Clubs In Focus should be aware that we will only be accepting words and digital pictures via email to: bowlsinfocus@ bowlsvic.org.au • Wangaratta’s inspirational Dot White at her 90th birthday special afternoon tea at the club. • Mike Foenander from sponsor Judith Wright Real Estate presents Phillips Island’s May Carnival Open Singles winner Neville Brown with the perpetual trophy. • The final meeting of Central Murray DLBA with former president Elaine Blizzard trying out her new folding chair.
June July 2011