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Bowls In Focus : November 2011
Bowls In Focus 11 Graeme Hosken President Anne & Greg Sherman 12 Nolan Street Bendigo, Vic. 3550 Phone: 03 5442 2199 Fax: 03 5441 6619 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.bendigobowlsshop.com.au WE SELL ALL MAJOR BRANDS ONLINE NOW! Save time and Money Country VICTORIA’S largest range of bowls clothing, accessories, new & second hand bowls. Order Online @ THIS current season is now well and truly underway and from all reports received it appears that it has got off to a very smooth start. Many regions already have their state events program underway with early rounds of some events now being played. I have just returned from the Australian Senior Sides Championships for both men and women, which was played at the Warilla and Shellharbour Bowling Clubs in NSW. The Victorian men’s side were defending champions, but on this occasion had to be satisfied with a disappointing two wins from seven games played. The men’s competition was won by Queensland, who suffered only one defeat, which happened to be against Victoria. The women’s event, which was being conducted for the very first time, was taken out by Western Australia. The Victorian ladies put in a very creditable performance in winning three games from five played. Their first game against Western Australia was won with the last bowl of the match when a WA skip played a magnificent bowl to sit what would have been the winning Victorian shot, out for victory. The Warilla Bowls Club, which was the main venue for the tournament, is something to behold. It boasts a fully enclosed seven- rink carpet green incorporated into the clubhouse as well as three grass greens and an external synthetic surface. Congratulations to Joyce Lindores and Brian Richards for winning the respective women’s and men’s ‘Player of the Series’ awards As announced at the recent Annual General Meeting, Betty Collins OAM has tendered her resignation from the Board of Bowls Victoria. This was accepted with regret and I am please to welcome Ruth Boschma to the Board to fill the casual vacancy until the next AGM. We thank Betty sincerely for her contribution and trust that she can be back on the greens in the not-too-distant future. We also welcome Gillian Jolly and Bill Johnston to the Board following their success in the recent elections. During the early part of October the Darebin City Bowling Club acted as host club for the Australian Junior Championships. The weather could not have been kinder for the four days of the event and the standard of bowling displayed by all who participated was exceptional. The future of Australian bowls is assured if we can maintain the interest of these juniors as they progress into senior ranks. Accompanied by Bowls Australia president Joe Aarons OAM, I attended Victoria’s Parliament House at the invitation of the Member for Caulfield, David Southwick, to witness the tabling, by 18 politicians, of petitions they had organised calling on the ABC to reconsider its decision to withdraw televised lawn bowls from their scheduling. The petitions, which contained 2413 signatures, were tabled and will be presented to the ABC along with those being organised federally through clubs around Australia in the near future. Bowls Australia is hopeful that in total close to 100,000 signatures will be obtained. I must say that I was delighted when Bowls Australia recently released the listing of those people who have been selected as inaugural inductees into the Bowls Australia Hall of Fame. Congratulations to the thirteen well- deserved nominations from Victoria. Whilst a number of our nominees are deceased, I trust that those who do venture to Adelaide in early December for the induction ceremony have a wonderful night. For spectators interested in viewing some good competitive bowling I would suggest a trip to Shepparton during the week of November 20-25 when the Victoria Open Championships will be conducted. Diary November 2011 13 International Day, Doncaster 50th Anniversar y, Sunbur y 16–18 Vic v ACT Men & Women, Wangaratta 20 50th Anniversary, Chalambar 25 Bowls Victoria Board Meeting, Shepparton • Victoria’s men up against NSW on the Warilla indoor stadium carpet during last month’s Australian Senior Sides Championship.