Easter tournament a success
Our club has conducted a very successful Easter tournament again this year.
The greens were in great condition and looking a picture with the flags and banners of our wonderful sponsors placed around the greens.
It was so pleasing to see many visitors attending the two days of play from near and far across Victoria and Mount Gambier.
The Good Friday triples, with 22 teams competing, was won by the local Seymour VRI team of Jika and Luke Spargo pairing with Rob Chapman from Broadford. They were the only fourgame winners for the day.
Second place was a tightlycontested affair with four teams on three games plus a draw.
The eventual runners-up with 65 points and 31 shots up were Rob Sceney, Mal Williams and Paul McInnis from Kyabram.
The Easter Saturday medley playing singles, triples, pairs and fours, with a full field, was won by Fitzroy Bowls Club’s Matt O’Brien, Ryan Bevis and Ben Simmons with Mark Simmons from Alexandra with four games, 89 points and 56 shots up, from the Spargo team of Luke and Jika from VRI and Greg Brack and Robert Page from Nagambie with four games, 86 points and 51 shots up.
The club is grateful to the many sponsors who contributed enormously to the success of the weekend. Without sponsors, these events cannot be held.
The sponsorship for the winners’ prizes and the raffles are without doubt most important to the success of any bowling club.
Assistance from the members is also vital, and we thank catering staff Maureen Prudden, Jan Nichols and their many helpers, bar staff Mark Law and his wife Maggie, greens staff Rob Brown and his hive of workers, the markers for the singles games, umpires Mark and Jan Wesselman, ticket sellers and of course the members of the bowls committee who ran the tournament.
If club members would like to play in the Dot Carroll, the bone of contention and the mixed pairs tournament, they are still open for entries.
The winners of jackpot triples on April 12 were Ron Gardner, Lyn Meek and Bernie Dillon with +17, and on April 19 the winning team was M. Callaghan, Bill McLennan and Bill Solomon with +7.
Members were once again on the green on Sunday, albeit for the last time this season, as the men and women competed for the bone of contention.
The match was played under a sunny sky with much hilarity.
The usual cries of too long, too short, too wide and too narrow were frequently heard as bowls were delivered.
This year saw an alteration to the conditions of play — the jack was to remain where it stopped once delivered by the lead, instead of being straightened and placed on the centre line.
Several times the players were bowling to a jack very close to a boundary line without it having been moved by a bowl.
After the required number of ends the men were declared the winners and the bone was duly presented to them for another year.
The members then enjoyed a delicious meal before the presentations were made.
Women’s champion was Jenny Furletti and the runner-up was Iris Sidebottom.
The women’s 100-up winner was Barb Patterson, runner-up Kate Donovan.
Men’s champion was Noel Slater, runner-up was Dennis McGregor.
The men’s 100-up winner was Noel Slater, runner-up was Graham Lewis.
Men’s pairs winners were Noel Slater and Brett McDonald, runners-up were Graham Lewis and Russell Schwab.
Mixed pairs winners were Noel Slater and Pam Pedder, runners-up were Graham Lewis and Joyce White.
Congratulations to Noel for a stellar year.
Noel, in his role as president, then thanked those who had provided the casseroles and sweets for tea, the players who made themselves available for pennant each week, the greenkeepers for all their hard work throughout the bowling season and beyond, the two match committees and the women who assist with the catering for Saturday pennant and outside events such as funerals and birthdays and the bar manager for his efforts throughout the entire year.
A reminder that the club’s annual general meeting is on May 21, beginning with a meal at 12.30 pm followed by the meeting at 1.30 pm.
All members are urged to attend.
Nomination forms are now available and all members are encouraged to think carefully about who they want on the board and the match committees for the coming year.
Birthday greetings are sent to Barb S and Grace.
Get well wishes are extended to Madge and Mary B.
Our condolences are sent to the families of Mona Burns and Sandra Sidebottom.