Fundrais­ing fun Bowls club kept busy sup­port­ing good causes

Benalla Ensign - - Sport - By Fraser Walker-Pearce

The Be­nalla Bowls Club has had a busy week of fundrais­ing, the week­end pen­nant, and an allinclu­sive bowls event.

Be­nalla kicked off the Ovens and Mur­ray Bowls Re­gion’s week­end pen­nant A1 com­pe­ti­tion with a con­vinc­ing win over Wan­garatta.

The 112-78 win at home saw Be­nalla record its first points of the sea­son. The side sits third on the lad­der with 17 points, one be­hind joint early lead­ers Kiewa Val­ley and YMGCR.

This week­end’s ac­tion takes Be­nalla to Wodonga on Saturday in search of back-to-back vic­to­ries. Wodonga sits fifth af­ter a close loss to Corowa Civic in round one.

On Thurs­day the BBC held its an­nual dis­abil­ity sports day and bar­be­cue, which saw more than 50 bowlers with dis­abil­i­ties and their car­ers con­verge on the club for hours of fun.

The field of 50 was a step up from last year’s 40 bowlers and car­ers. Bowlers came from as far away as Mans­field and Alexan­dra to par­tic­i­pate in the day.

Af­ter two hours of learn­ing the game and bowl­ing to­wards targets laid out by BBC staff, a team of FCJ Col­lege stu­dents ar­rived at the club to show their sup­port in putting on a free bar­be­cue for the com­peti­tors, with meat do­nated cour­tesy of Ret­tke’s Car­rier St Meats.

BBC sec­re­tary and the sports day’s or­gan­iser Gra­ham Moore said the day was a ‘‘to­tal suc­cess’’.

‘‘Dis­abil­ity day was great and all the bowlers went well and had a lot of fun,’’ Moore said.

‘‘Al­though they couldn’t be there on the day, the coun­cil (Be­nalla Ru­ral City Coun­cil) got back to us and sent their apolo­gies for not get­ting down but said they will def­i­nitely be there next year.’’

On Sunday the club held the an­nual UGLY (Un­der­stand­ing Gen­er­ous Like­able You) Bar- ten­der com­pe­ti­tion with teams of three play­ing, in the hopes of rais­ing more than $1100 for leukaemia re­search.

With $10 as the en­try fee, the club reached the $1000 mark by the end of play, be­fore hold­ing a raf­fle and auc­tion.

Mr Moore said the club raised $1000 last year, but wanted to reach $1100 so as to re­ceive a gift val­ued at around $300 from the Leukemia Foun­da­tion as a raf­fle prize for next year.

‘‘But when we got to the auc­tion, auc­tion­ing off an UGLY Bar­tender T-shirt, a gen­er­ous man raised his hand and bid $500. We couldn’t be­lieve it,’’ he said. ‘‘It topped off a magic week for us. ‘‘It was re­ally fan­tas­tic.’’ More pho­tos, page 30

Spe­cial day: More than 50 bowlers with dis­abil­i­ties and their car­ers con­verged on the Be­nalla Bowls Club for the club’s an­nual dis­abil­ity sports day last week.

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