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Bowls In Focus : October 2011
28 Bowls In Focus Profile Many of us find it a struggle to keep up with the activities of daily living. Benetas @Home can help. We support hundreds of older Victorians so they can enjoy an independent lifestyle in the comfort of their own homes. Our team of friendly, caring and qualified staff provide a wide range of services including personal care, assistance with domestic chores, running errands and transport to appointments. We also provide care at home so carers can take a break. You can receive a single service or any combination of services on a one–off or ongoing basis. Services are provided when and where you need them — available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Need a hand at home? Make life a little easier with Benetas @ Home For more information about Benetas @ Home call 1300 23 63 82 or visit www.benetas.com.au By his own admission Bendigo champion Ian Ross is ‘a bit of a hothead’ and to suggest being outspoken hasn’t got him into hot water on a few occasions over the years would be less than accurate. “I can’t stand by and watch people being victims of injustice or bullied, I hate thieves and liars, and if I feel something isn’t fair I reckon it’s my right to express my opinion,” he says. “ This is Australia after all, and freedom of speech is still in our constitution isn’t it? “And please don’t get me started about some sections of bowls officialdom. With them speaking your mind is definitely off the table and the penalties for having an opposing point of view can be harsh in the extreme.” But don’t think for one second that Ian is some sort of recalcitrant ogre – on the contrary - he’s got a heart as big as his body and is one of the most popular and respected competitors in the game. Furthermore, for someone so cavalier and fierce, he is one of the few elite level players who will actually acknowledge a good opposition shot in the white heat of battle, regardless of the match situation. A rare breed. “I can’t see anything wrong with saying ‘good shot or well played’ to an opponent who has done something special on the green,” he muses. “I know some blokes frown on it, but for goodness sake, it’s just a game after all and we haven’t become barbarians yet have we? ” Last year Ross made his state debut when selected to skip a Victorian rink in the National Over- 60 Round Robin at the Manning Memorial Bowls Club in Perth. His rink combined beautifully to emerge with just one loss for the week and were a major contributor to the state’s first victory in the championships since 2005. However, there are a multitude of good judges who believe he should have been seen in Victorian livery 20 years earlier, while many who know him are astounded as to why he has never ‘expressed an opinion’ about being overlooked for state honours until well into his career’s dotage. It’s a fact that Ian Ross is the only bowler in this country to have won two Australian championships and not be selected to represent his state. Goldfields Great: Hothead with a Heart
August September 2011