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Bowls In Focus : December 2011
20 Bowls In Focus International Day With a stunning final round performance, the Cyprus ‘B’ side powered to victory in last month’s 38th Bowls Victoria International Day at Doncaster Bowls Club. This annual event, presented on the fourth Sunday in November each year since its inception in 1974, celebrates the harmonious multicultural society that Australia has evolved into since its borders opened to mass emigration in the 1950’s. These days, people from more than 120 countries call Australia home, and there is no doubt that multiculturalism has been a great success; economically, socially and culturally. At the recent Doncaster event, bowlers representing 15 different nations, conglomerated into 24 teams for the 38th celebration. It might have been a far cry from the 14 consecutive years between 1978 and 1991 when participation numbers were more than double - in 1986, at City of Frankston, 224 players from 48 nationalities took part - but it was still a rollicking affair in the grand tradition established at Carlton in 1974. Represented nationalities were Australia, Austria, Cyprus, England, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Poland, Scotland, Ukraine and Wales. Many chose to wear national dress, which added to the rainbow of colour. As usual the teams from Holland were highly visible in orange, and the Austrians could have easily been at Oktoberfest, while several Scots arrived fully kilted and ready for action. Who could miss the leather and plumed Austrians Hans Steindl and Ernst Espernberger from Mount Waverley, Yarra Valley Country Club’s Rudi Stummer and Adi Kautz from Ringwood; while Cranbourne’s well-known ‘Clog Wogs’ Matt Boltong, Hans Worsteling, Gerry Dudink and Harry Van Soest added new hats to their distinctive Dutch outfits this year. And what about Brighton’s Frank D’Agostino, who arrived resplendent as a Venetian gondolier, while the inscription on his shirt ‘Campion del Mondo’ was an obvious reference to Italy’s seven International Day victories? Of course there was plenty of mirth when the composition of the four United Nations rinks was announced and the ‘A’ side had Indonesian Oska Setyana from Vermont South as second to skipper Felix Woltersdorf from Somerville, who was representing Poland. Oska and Felix, now there’s an odd combination. Perhaps it’s a result of the high number of British retirees who have settled or regularly More Celebrations For Cypriots • Above: The winning Cyprus team of Len Warner, Chris Papettas, Albert Bertoli and Sophia Papettas. • Right: Italy A’s Frank D’Agostino was resplendent as a Venetian gondolier. • Below: Here’s Frank directing the head in a classic Italy v England confrontation.