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Bowls In Focus : December 2011
Bowls In Focus 13 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 @ AS we lead up to the Christmas and New Year break all clubs, Divisions and Regions throughout the state are particularly busy organising and conducting the preliminary rounds of the various state championship events that are presented by Bowls Victoria. This is the first season these competitions have been run by all of the local match committees to Region champion level. Whilst there have been a number of small problems along the way, I am sure that the experience gained by the newcomers to this aspect of bowls administration will learn from these problems, and future events will be free of these distractions. Many thanks to all of those involved in this process, your contribution is greatly appreciated. Regional Victoria will shortly experience the introduction of four Development Officers that are strategically located throughout the state. They will be available to all clubs to offer assistance in matters such as strategic planning, membership promotions, financial forecasting, local government liaison and any other matters of concern to clubs. Each officer will be allocated a specific territory and as part of their role they will be required to spend time at each club within their territory on at least one occasion every year. Funding for the employment of these officers has been provided by the Australian Sports Commission. The first of the interstate series commenced late November when the Victorian men’s and women’s sides hosted their counterparts from the ACT at Wangaratta Bowls Club. The host club again did a wonderful job in meeting the requirements both on and off the green of all of officials and competitors. Our women’s side in particular, had a new look about it and after a nervous first test was able to settle down and win the remaining two tests. The men wrapped up their series on the first day when it won both tests convincingly, while a further win on the second day was just reward and an excellent start to the interstate season. Congratulations to both sides, also to Aaron Wilson from Essendon and Sunbury’s Carla Odgers who were named as ‘Players of the Series’. This ACT series will be followed by a visit to South Australia early in the New Year when a brand new complex at Moonta will host the event. Congratulations to all who were responsible for the organisation and conduct of the Victorian Open, which was played late November at various clubs within the Shepparton area. The support provided by the Greater Shepparton City Council was fantastic and went a long way to ensuring the success of the event, while the competitors involved are also to be congratulated for supporting the event in which full fields were experienced in all disciplines. Early in January the first Regional Sides Championship will be played at Corowa. As indicated this will be the first championship played under the new Regional structure and it will be interesting to see just what impact some of the changes made have had on the strength of the sides taking the greens. I am sure that the level of competitiveness will be as fierce as that experienced under the former structure. This event is a great spectacle and I would urge you to make an effort to get to Corowa over the weekend of January 7-8 to support your region. At this time last year we were congratulating Grant Seeary on winning the national Champion of Champions singles and thus becoming Australia’s representative in the men’s world champion of champions to be played in Hong Kong. That event has just concluded and I am pleased to report that Grant represented his country with distinction, winning seven of his 13 games, to finish seventh in his section. I have no doubt that the experience gained by Grant from this event will stand him in good stead. I am looking forward to attending the inaugural Bowls Australia Hall of Fame dinner in Adelaide early in December when we will witness 13 Victorians becoming inaugural inductees into the BA Hall of Fame. Congratulations to those who will personally receive their award and to the families of those who are no longer with us. Obviously this will be my last column for 2011 and on behalf of the Board and the staff of Bowls Victoria I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our members a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year for 2012. I trust that we can all return safely to the greens in 2012 in a healthy state ready to enjoy the balance of the season. Diary December 2011 7 Bowls Australia Hall of Fame Awards, Adelaide SA 11 Centenary Dinner, Terang 21 Bowls Victoria Board Meeting January 2012 3–5 Vic v SA Test Series, Moonta SA 7–8 Regional Sides Championship, Corowa • Carla Odgers and Aaron Wilson were Victoria’s ‘Players of the Series’ against ACT.