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Bowls In Focus : December 2011
Bowls In Focus 45 presented to members of each team at the end of the day and these were greatly appreciated. Hopefully, more events like this will be organised in the future as all participants enjoyed interacting with other bowlers of the same ages. Murray Mallee The Northern Country Bowls Carnival was held at Barham Services, Barham Sports, Cohuna, Cohuna Golf, Kerang and Leitchville Bowling Clubs recently with magnificent support given again from major sponsors, cluBarham, the Accommodation Houses of Barham and Koondrook, together with National Australia Bank. A terrific field of 136 pairs competed in the Accommodation Pairs, with the eventual winners being Barrie Close and Pat Monahan from Queenscliff, while runners-up were John Dagger and Rick Orchard from Shepparton Golf. Making a clean sweep of the competition, The Barham Services Club Fours was also won by the men from Queenscliff, Barrie Close, Barry Gladman, Pat Monahan and Ritchie McGovern. Wimmera The new Wimmera division has found its feet after months of meetings and negotiations; although change is not an easy process, everyone is approaching it with goodwill. At the end of the day bowls is about friendship, sportsmanship and most of all fun and common sense, fingers crossed that this is what we will all have. We started the season with our opening day held at Donald Golf, where it was wonderful to see men and women bowling together on this day. Our Super Veterans were presented to Bowls Victoria representative Edith Kuchel. Congratulations to Claire Scarce from St Arnaud and Thea Phillips from St Arnaud Country Club. Wonderful stories were told of both ladies lives at their bowling clubs. After the presentations we nearly succeeded in getting the three games in but the rain intervened, so after the two games the day was declared and we all went in to a beautiful afternoon tea. State events and pennant are now well underway, also our Gala Day at Ararat which was a wonderful chance to meet some of the people in our new division. We’re sure to get to know one another better as time rolls on. We have completed our 60+ Singles with Amy Roberts (Korong Vale) winning out over Thelma Moresi (Boort). Amy went on to make the regional final but unfortunately didn’t come away with the win. Our representative in the Novice Singles was Lindy Morgan (Donald Golf) who had the bye in the morning so went straight into the final. Lindy won the final and we wish her well when she travels to play the other Regional winners. Next up we will have the State Fours at Wycheproof. Congratulations also to Joy Johnson on her selection to the Senior State side. Joy is originally from Donald where she was coaxed into the game by the great Joan Beckham from Donald Golf and coached by Melva Matthews from Korong Vale. Everyone in North Central Bowls Division wishes her well especially me (her niece, I hope the talent runs through the family Joy). Warracknabeal Golf Bowls Club wishes to acknowledge the wonderful record of pennant attendances over many, many years of one of its members, Murray Anderson. Murray, now in his early eighties, has played 364 consecutive pennant games for the club. He first played on the 3rd October1981 against Horsham City in the days before the North Wimmera BA split from the Wimmera BA and played his last game against Brim at his home club in round two on 8 October this year. Unfortunately ill health has dictated that he has slipped gradually from his regular position as skip in our Division 1 side to third and then to second, while finally he lead in his last game. To fellow members he epitomises loyalty to one’s club and sport and is highly revered throughout our region and beyond. We hope he is able to get back on the green again one day. Murray‘s wife Joan, is an excellent bowler in her own right, and was runner-up in the ladies state singles at Sunbury a few years ago. Sadly she isn’t keeping the best of health at present so it appears that we in the north west of the state may well have lost the wealth of talent that so many of us strive to achieve in our bowling life. Congratulations to Murray and Joan on all they have achieved. We wonder if there are any other bowlers who may have reached or even exceeded Murray’s club record? 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: email@example.com • Northern Country Carnival pairs winners Pat Monahan and Barrie Close from Queenscliff, sponsor Bruce Venn and runners-up John Dagger and Rick Orchard from Shepparton Golf. Be the best informed player in your team... Go to www.insidebowls.com It’s a whole New World of Bowls - Going Live January 2012 Be the best informed player in your team... Go to www.insidebowls.com Go to www.insidebowls.com It’s a whole New World of Bowls - Going Live January 2012 It’s a whole New World of Bowls - Going Live January 2012 • Warracknabeal Golf great Joan Anderson with husband Murray, a veteran of 364 consecutive pennant games for his club.