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It was smiles all round on Aus­tralia Day with the 2018 Heath­cote Bowl­ing Club MND Su­per­chal­lenge fundraiser pro­duc­ing a great re­sult both on and off the rink. The team of (from left) Brett Mathieson, Tim Glee­son and Paul Ma­son— pic­tured with club pres­i­dent Greg Speirs — won the event but more im­por­tantly the whole day raised more than $6000 for re­search into Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease.

A STRONG lo­cal line-up tri­umphed in the third an­nual MND Su­per­chal­lenge at the Heath­cote Bowls Club on Aus­tralia Day.

Club sec­re­tary Paul Ma­son was joined by Brett Mathieson and Tim Glee­son to take out the main tro­phy in the pop­u­lar fundrais­ing event for Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease.

The Heath­cote club’s highly suc­cess­ful MND bowls day, which be­gan three years ago with a mem­o­rable 24-hour bowls marathon, this year raised more than $6000.

Aus­tralian pairs cham­pion and Com­mon­wealth Games team mem­ber Josh Thorn­ton was a spe­cial guest player in the event and Bendigo MHR Lisa Ch­esters also made a guest ap­pear­ance, briefly tak­ing part in one of the teams as well as con­grat­u­lat­ing the club on its Aus­tralia Day ac­tiv­i­ties.

A to­tal of 18 teams took part in the in­no­va­tive su­per­chal­lenge, which was played over three one-hour ses­sions, with teams ro­tat­ing po­si­tions and the non-bowlers play­ing as skip­pers in the fi­nal game.

The win­ning team — with for­mer Heath­cote foot­ball and cricket stal­wart Tim Glee­son bowl­ing as the non-pen­nant player — sur­vived three games of 10 ends in hot con­di­tions.

First prize was a care­fully se­lected Heath­cote dozen — 12 bot­tles of fine Heath­cote Shi­raz do­nated by lo­cal winer­ies for the event.

A high­light of the day was the in­no­va­tive Grand Bowls event, which saw Heath­cote bowler Glenn Saun­ders win an ex­cit­ing fi­nal over club­mate Glen Wilkie.

In Grand Bowls, play­ers paid for the priv­i­lege of bowl­ing one bowl in a sud­den death elim­i­na­tion over six rounds in an at­tempt to ad­vance to the fi­nal.

Many tried and failed un­til there were just two play­ers left.

Both Glenn Saun­ders and Glen Wilkie agreed be­fore the fi­nal that who­ever won would do­nate $500 of the $1000 prize to MND, a de­ci­sion which brought a mas­sive cheer from the crowd of on­look­ers.

It was, af­ter all, a fundrais­ing event.

The day was heav­ily sup­ported by a wide range of busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als with dozens of prizes in the fi­nal raf­fle. The $1000 prize for Grand Bowls was pro­vided by the very gen­er­ous phil­an­thropic group known as the Hind­sight Club.

A spe­cial quilt, cre­ated by Kate Tay­lor and Judi Cunningham, raised more than $2000 through a sep­a­rate raf­fle.

Photo: Bar­bara Sun­gaila

Photo: Bar­bara Sun­gaila

Lisa Ch­esters MP took to the green un­der the watch­ful eye of club stal­wart Peter Cunningham.

Heath­cote bowler Glenn Saun­ders ac­cepts the win­ner’s prize in the $1000 Grand Bowls event on Aus­tralia Day from Heath­cote Bowl­ing Club pres­i­dent Greg Speirs.

MND Su­per­chal­lenge am­bas­sador Josh Thorn­ton with Mem­ber for Bendigo Lisa Ch­esters

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