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Bowls In Focus : October 2011
Bowls In Focus 45 local community and she fully deserves her Caroline Chisholm award as a true volunteer. Yarra Junction honoured Ivan Ferguson with life membership at its recent AGM, in recognition of many years service to the club. The life member badge was presented by Joy Britton also a life member of the club. Gippsland Attheir season’s opening day last month, Sale Bowls Club honoured the greatest player in its 116-year history when Bill Wain was given official ‘Legend’ status, being awarded the honour in front of his family and many of his bowls mates. Bill, who started bowls in 1972 but had to retire three years ago due to physical limitations, built an amazing record of success particularly on the national and interstate stage, mainly during the 1980’s and 1990’s. His achievements, read out by club chairman Andrew Stephenson included highlights such as: 45 appearances for Australia and 185 for Victoria; gold and bronze Medal for Australia in international competition; 1986 Victorian Champion of Champions title defeating the great John Snell in the final (a letter of congratulations from Snell was read out at the ceremony); while amongst dozens of club and regional successes were 10 club singles championships - a record at the club which has produced many outstanding bowlers. “Bill Wain was a humble player on the green where his demeanour and team spirit was exemplary,” said life member Frank Ryan, who nominated Wain to be the first-ever Legend of the Sale Bowls Club. Wimmera Last month Warracknabeal Bowling Club conducted its 20th annual BCiB Open Sets-Play Pairs Championship over three days. The event drew entries from Chalambar, Beulah, Brim, Donald Golf, Hopetoun, Horsham City, Jeparit, Murtoa, Nhill, Rupanyup, Warracknabeal Golf and naturally Warracknabeal. Day one saw 18 teams do battle in good weather with the format being sectional play using both synthetic greens. Daryl Tepper and Ken Schilling with 6 points +26 shots claimed section one, while Phil Hewlett and Mick Franklin with 6 +15 shots won section two. Section three saw Doug Mitchell and Calvin Pendlebury winning with 6 +14 shots. Section four of six teams came down to a play-off between mother and son team of Jing and James Robertson on 4 points 4 set points +7 shots and the team of Graeme Shalders and Rex Cozens with the same points and +6 shots. The play-off resulted in a set each with the tiebreaker going to an extra end and Shalders taking it out on the last bowl to win the section under lights at 7.30pm. Sunday’s second day saw section one being won by Brian Hogan and Govan Bellinger with 6 +22 shots; section two won by Josh Barry and Aaron Emonson with 6 +17. Kevin Clyne and Graeme Elderidge’s 6 +22 shots won section three, while Colin Morrell and Denis McIntyre finished with 4 +10 to clinch the fourth section. Sunday the 11 September (9/11) dawned to cool weather with a forecast temperature of 15 and the threat of rain, but the biting chilly wind from down south dragged the real temperature down to bone- chilling. However, the synthetic greens at Warracknabeal run well at 16-seconds and provide a good surface for the bowlers to strut their stuff. Being down to the last eight teams all games were knockout, best of two sets of five ends with a 3-end tiebreaker if required. Rink 1 saw battle between Morrell and Hewlett with the first set going to Morrell 11-5 the next to Hewlett 9-5 and after three ends of the tiebreaker the scores were tied, but an extra end resulted in two to Morrell to claim the game. Rink 2 long time combatants Clyne and Shalders in action with the first set going to Clyne 5-4 and the second 7-7 for victory. Rink 3, the scene of the Barry versus Tepper game, resulted in a straight sets win to Barry 6-1 8-4. And on rink 4, the Mitchell and Hogan contest saw the first set going to Hogan 7-4 while Mitchell claimed the second 5-3 and the tiebreaker 6-1 to progress to the semi finals. The first semi final between Morrell and Mitchell resulted in an 8-1 7-3 straight sets win to Morrell, while the second between Barry and Clyne was hard fought with Barry taking the first set 8-3, then Clyne the second 8-1, and Barry the tiebreaker 2-1. This left the final between Morrell and Barry which resulted in a 4-4 first set tie and a 4-1 win in the second to Morrell and McIntyre who took out the championship for 2011. Yarra Auburn Bowls Club feted its 125th anniversary last month when 85 members and guests held a celebration lunch at the clubhouse to pay tribute to those who had made this great club successful over all those years. Club president Noel Browne introduced special guests, who included the Minister for Health & Ageing David Davis, president of Bowls Victoria Graeme Hosken, local Member for Kooyong Josh Frydenberg, Boroondara mayor Cr Nicholas Tregas, and Pat Calabresi, a director of Bowls Victoria. During the festivities the Minister presented members Lew Jenkins, Norma Jenkins and Ron Jones with Waterford decanters in recognition of the many years of service to the club. Bowls Victoria president Graeme also presented a super veteran badge to member Ian Hunt. After the luncheon members and guests assembled to have a photo taken to record the event for the club’s history, which was followed by the opening of the new Tift Dwarf green by president Graeme along with long time members Lew Jenkins and Ron Jones. 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 • Sale’s Bill Wain has been elevated to legend status at his club. • Members and dignitaries pose for the cameras at Auburn 125th anniversary celebration.
August September 2011