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Bowls In Focus : October 2011
44 Bowls In Focus Bendigo Campaspe In late August and early September a small group of Victorian bowlers took part in a three-week tour of Southern England, playing nine ‘friendlies’ against a number of local English clubs. The participants came from the Edithvale, Warragul and Bendigo clubs. Led by well-known Bendigo bowler Geoff Briggs, the group had a couple of victories over the program and all had a wonderful time, although the slower greens, mostly running around 10-seconds, proved quite a challenge. The first fixture at Frogmore Park, in the grounds of Windsor Castle, against the Royal Household Bowling Club was an outstanding experience and proved to be a wonderful opener to the tour. From there the group played matches at Ryde Marina and Ventnor Bowls Clubs on the Isle of Wight, then went on to Salisbury, Devizes, Bradford On Avon, Highworth and Marlow Bowls Clubs. The tour concluded at the Royal Leamington Spa which is the headquarters of Ladies Bowls England and is a magnificent complex of five greens and whose team included a couple of English national womens champions. All participants praised the amazing hospitality afforded to them by the host clubs. It says something about the game that we all play and love that a group of complete strangers can arrive at a club and after a couple of hours and a game of bowls can leave as friends of long standing. Wedding Anniversaries are in vogue at present at Eaglehawk Bowling Club. In July vice president Leo Morgan and his wife Elaine recognised fifty years. This event was surpassed last month when super veteran Hugh Pappin and wife Lillian celebrated their diamond anniversary. Congratulations to both couples. Central Murray Goulburn Despite the majority of bowlers visiting from city clubs, local players dominated Cobram’s recent Triples Classic. The annual two-day event attracted 120 bowlers from as far away as Weston Creek (Canberra) and Griffith in the Riverina, while 25 metropolitan clubs were represented. After the first day’s play there were eight teams who had won all three games, each setting their sights on the $1500 first prize. Heading the charge were teams skipped by Michael Szabo (Tocumwal) and Jason Kuiti (composite), closely followed by Max Scanlon (Corowa), Warren Blanch (Finley RS), Wally Bourne (Howlong), Duane Crow (Holbrook), Geoff Mitchell (Barooga Sports) and Mario Pardo (Cobram). However as the second day’s play unfolded, the unbeaten teams started to diminish in number, while the Cobram team skipped by Jeff Beasley continued to add to the two wins and a tie on the first day. As the final game commenced only two sides had five wins (Michael Szabo and Wally Bourne) and two teams were on four and a half (Geoff Mitchell and Jeff Beasley). Wally Bourne’s rink ran into a fired-up Cobram team skipped by Gordon Ryan, going down by five shots, while Michael Szabo proved too consistent for the Berrigan rink skipped by Mick Bush, giving them six wins for the tournament. The battle for second place then rested on the results of Geoff Mitchell and Jeff Beasley’s games. Mitchell struck a snag in the strong play of Cobram’s Mario Pardo’s rink and went down narrowly, while Beasley’s rink escaped with a win on the last end to be the only other side to go through the tournament undefeated. Once again players marvelled at the conditions of the Cobram greens, all congratulating greenkeeper Greg Dunn and his helpers for their preparation. Results: 1st Michael Szabo (s), Daryl Hazell, Rod Brown (Tocumwal) 12 points; 2nd Jeff Beasley (s), Ray Nye, Mario Crisafulli (composite) 11; 3rd Wally Bourne (s), Allan Pantling, Gordon Midson (Howlong) 10 (+56 shots); 4th Neville Cullen (s), Ray Wynne, Graham Kirby (Griffith) 10 (+44); 5th Mal Williams (s), Bruce Lorains, Jeff Anselmi (composite) 10 (+38); 6th Mario Pardo (s), Haydn Smith, Ross Simpson (Cobram) 10 (+36). Eastern Ranges Bennettswood Bowling Club was proud when two of its well-known members were among 69 citizens presented with awards for voluntary work in the community. So just a word about who and what the Caroline Chisholm awards are. The lady herself (1808-1877) was famous for her work among newly arrived migrants in the 1840’s - 50’s in NSW and later in the Victorian goldfields. The federal electorate of Chisholm is named after her and the Federal member is Anna Burke, who presented the awards in front of 500 people at the Syndal Baptist Church in September. The Bennettswood club forwarded the recommendations about the work its two members had done. These were assessed by a committee who arrived at their decisions. Each recipient was called to the front and a citation read out before Anna Burke presented their certificate and a badge Firstly John Frew, who has been a tireless worker for the club, a life member, club delegate and a committee member of the District group. He has earned the RVBA Merit Badge and the Club was proud to have him receive a Caroline Chisholm award to recognise his contribution in so many ways to bowls and the community. Secondly Ann Peake, who has made a significant contribution to the club for over 26 years as secretary, umpire, qualified coach for school children, plus new bowlers and ‘old’ ones. She has won the club championship at least three times and is a life member. Benettswood is proud and lucky to have her in our Clubs In Focus Club News • The Victorian-based UK touring group is pictured prior to play at the Marlow Bowls Club in southern England. • Bennettswood stalwart Ann Peake receives her certificate from local MP Anna Burke. • Cobram Triples Classic winners Michael Szabo, Daryl Hazell and Rod Brown.
August September 2011