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Bowls In Focus : August September 2011
46 Bowls In Focus Well here we are again folks – another exciting season of bowls is about to unfold and I’m looking forward to again sharing my thoughts and opinions on our great sport, its issues and its people with you. My sincere thanks to all the readers who have emailed and phoned to tell us how much they enjoyed my columns last season. Similarly, in my travels around Victoria visiting clubs as state manager of BCiB (Bowling Club Insurance Brokers), the number of people I have met who tell me how much they look forward to their monthly dose of ‘Dougie’ has also been much appreciated. By now most of you will be aware that later this year Bowls Australia is to announce its first inductees into the newly created Australian Bowls Hall Of Fame. Now, I have read the preamble which says that: ‘Athlete Members are those who have competed at international competition level for Australia; while General Members are selected for excellence and outstanding achievement in roles supportive to the sport of bowls including administration, coaching and officiating, media and history, sports science and technology’. I’m sure the list of nominations from across Australia will be gigantic and I don’t envy the selection panel’s task in selecting the inaugural inductees. There is no doubt that Aussie superstars Rob Parrella, Ian Schuback, Kelvin Kerkow and Steve Glasson will be amongst the first intake, but I’ll be interested to see which Victorians are announced on the big night in Adelaide on 7 December. The late great Glyn Bosisto was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985 and should be a shoe-in to the bowls equivalent having won four consecutive national singles crowns. He was selected to represent Australia in three consecutive Commonwealth Games between 1950 and 1958, and although he was unable to attend the Auckland Games in 1950, he did compete at Vancouver in 1954 and Cardiff in 1958. However one wonders if, considering the criteria, the fact that this superstar of his era failed to claim a medal on the international scene will hamper his inclusion in the first Bowls Australia induction? Should be interesting. It’s a certainty that past greats Norma Massey and Dot Jenkinson will come into calculations when the women’s inductees are discussed. Norma, Yarraville Footscray’s living legend, won the World Triples crown in 1985 while she also claimed the national fours in 1969 and singles in 1973. Similarly, the late Dot Jenkinson from Red Cliffs was triumphant in the 1973 World Pairs along with the 1977 World Fours and claimed the 1971 national singles title. Not to be outdone were her three national pairs titles in 1971, ’79 and ’81. However, one fine Victorian lady bowler who never received a fraction of the fanfare of the aforementioned champions is Berwick’s Marion Stevens who won three international gold medals in her glittering international career. A specialist lead, Marion won Triples and Fours gold at the 1989 World Championships in Auckland then a Commonwealth Games Fours gold medal a year later, also in Auckland, to make her Victoria’s most awarded female bowls gold medalist on the world stage. But one wonders how authentic and unsullied the nominating process will actually be. Word has it that the name of Victoria’s best-performed international bowler; a winner of Commonwealth Games Pairs gold, World Bowls Team gold, two Asia-Pacific Pairs and two Asia Pacific Fours gold medals, who also happens to be Australia’s interstate games record holder, won’t even be put forward. Figure that one out. Recognising Excellence Column asics bowls shoes now available Coloured Bowls Trackpants and Shorts Coloured Slough Hats Coloured Polar Fleece Vests Coloured Baseball Caps Coloured Bucket Hats Call us for a quote on club orders. Coloured pants from $37, Vests from $37, hats from $13 SHOP ONLINE www.thebowlsshoppe.com.au • Victorian great Norma Massey is certain to be a state nomination for the national Hall of Fame. Dougie Mark Jacobsen
June July 2011