High praise for club

The Cobram Courier - - SPORT - By Kenji Sato

The greens were packed last week at Co­bram Bowl­ing Club, where 120 peo­ple from all around Vic­to­ria gath­ered to play for the Co­bram men’s triples tour­na­ment.

Com­pe­ti­tion was fierce, but no­body was sur­prised when the vic­tory went to Aus­tralia’s num­ber one ranked bowler Bar­rie Lester and his team­mates Josh Thorn­ton from Shep­par­ton and Troy Mans­field from Echuca.

Co­bram Bowl­ing Club board mem­ber Andy Reeves said it was one of the most suc­cess­ful tour­na­ments the club had seen in a long time.

‘‘It’s a ma­jor event for us, a lit­tle club on the Mur­ray. It cer­tainly doesn’t hap­pen ev­ery day,’’ Reeves said.

‘‘We have peo­ple com­ing from all over re­gional Vic­to­ria, as well as from the met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas. We’ve filled all three greens, which is ab­so­lutely fab­u­lous.’’

The rain and poor weather cleared up just in time for the tour­na­ment, which had ideal sunny con­di­tions for a game of bowls.

‘‘Con­sid­er­ing the re­cent rains, the green­keeper and vol­un­teers have done a fan­tas­tic job,’’ Reeves said.

‘‘The greens are in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion and we’re get­ting a lot of com­pli­ments from the play­ers.’’

Club mem­bers were de­lighted to get a chance to meet in­ter­na­tional bowler Bar­rie Lester, who gave tips and ad­vice dur­ing a demon­stra­tion day on Tues­day.

Lester gave club mem­bers tips on their bowl­ing tech­nique, but he said the most im­por­tant ad­vice he could give was on how to run a good, ac­tive club that at­tracts new mem­bers.

‘‘The club mem­bers been re­ally re­ceiv­ing, they’ve en­joyed pick­ing up a few tips to help their own game and more im­por­tantly to help their club,’’ Lester said.

‘‘I gave a lot of ad­vice on club cul­ture, club be­hav­iours and the char­ac­ter­is­tics of be­ing a good club both off the green, inside the club and the run­ning of the club as well as a few coach­ing tips out on the green.’’

Lester said he was im­pressed by how the tour­na­ment was man­aged.

‘‘It’s an amaz­ing tour­na­ment, beau­ti­ful greens, just a great group of peo­ple.

‘‘There should be more of it, clubs like this run­ning great tour­na­ments.’’

Lester hopes to make it to the Com­mon­wealth Games next year with his bowls part­ner Josh Thorn­ton, who shares his goal of get­ting more peo­ple into bowl­ing and join­ing their lo­cal bowl­ing clubs.

‘‘Co­bram has a great club,’’ Thorn­ton said.

‘‘They’re very pro­gres­sive in terms of try­ing to get peo­ple play­ing the sport and they’ve got great fa­cil­i­ties.

‘‘If they keep do­ing what they’re do­ing, they’ll be go­ing strong for a long time.’’

Ex­pert: Bar­rie Lester in ac­tion last week at Co­bram Bowl­ing Club’s pop­u­lar Men’s Triples Tour­na­ment.

Top team: Josh Thorn­ton, Bar­rie Lester and Troy Mans­field grabbed the hon­ours at Co­bram Bowl­ing Club’s big triples tour­na­ment last week.

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