LAWN BOWLS

The mea­sure of suc­cess

The Cobram Courier - - SPORTS -

Hall of fame in­ductees were an­nounced at Mur­ray Bowls Divi­sion’s pre­sen­ta­tion day at the Co­bram Ba­rooga Golf Club.

In­ductees Roy ‘‘Darkie’’ Rowan and Ge­off Sut­cliffe were there and Elaine Chap­lin (Fin­ley Bowls Club), Bon Sweeney (Ber­ri­gan Bowls Club) and Gor­don Grin­ter (Pi­cola Bowls Club) were awarded posthu­mously.

Sut­cliffe is un­doubt­edly the most suc­cess­ful bowler in the Mur­ray Bowls Divi­sion.

His record of suc­cess is out­stand­ing. He has rep­re­sented Vic­to­ria in 340 games and Aus­tralia in 38 games.

He was ranked the sec­ond-best player in Aus­tralia in 1992.

At the Vic­to­rian State Cham­pi­onships Sut­cliffe has won one sin­gles, two coun­try sin­gles, one state cham­pion of cham­pi­ons and one sets play cham­pi­onship.

At na­tional level he played 38 games for Aus­tralia, win­ning two sil­ver medals at the Pa­cific Games in Hong Kong.

He has won Tweed Heads golden nuggett, two Coolan­gatta mas­ter of masters, two Mur­willum­bah mas­ter fours, one na­tional un­der 35 sin­gles, one bi­cen­ten­nial pairs (Tas­ma­nia), one Gold Coast win­ter car­ni­val pairs, one west coast clas­sic pairs and one Wagga City mas­ter pairs.

Lo­cally he has won 33 club cham­pi­onships, 43 as­so­ci­a­tion ti­tles, 18 group ti­tles and par­tic­i­pated in 10 suc­cess­ful group sides cham­pi­onships.

He has played in nearly every Norm Knopp Tour­na­ment since its in­cep­tion 50 years ago.

At club level Sut­cliffe was pres­i­dent of Nu­murkah Golf and Bowls Club for four years (1994-1997), with life mem­ber­ship awarded in 2008.

He has been a mem­ber of North Goul­burn Val­ley Bowls and Mur­ray Bowls for more than 40 years and is a se­lec­tor in the cur­rent Mur­ray Bowls Divi­sion and Cen­tral Goul­burn Mur­ray Re­gion.

Rowan started play­ing bowls at Katan­dra West Bowl­ing Club in 1957 and has played at Shepparton Golf and Shepparton RSL.

At Katan­dra West he served as pres­i­dent from 1967 to 1973. He won the club cham­pi­onship nine times and was three times cham­pion of cham­pi­ons. He also won the 100-up five times.

In 1982 he moved from Katan­dra to Shepparton Golf, where he won the club cham­pi­onship 12 times. He also won three club cham­pi­onships at Shepparton RSL, in all a to­tal of 24 cham­pi­onships.

He par­tic­i­pated in state tri­als over five years. He won the coun­try sin­gles cham­pi­onship in 1972 and 1980 and was run­ner-up in the state sin­gles in 1999.

He played and won group five at state level five times.

He was selected to play in the Norm Knopp Shield com­pe­ti­tion for more than 20 years.

Rowan won the North­ern Goul­burn Val­ley as­so­ci­a­tion pairs cham­pi­onship in 1972-73, the triples in 1977-78 and the NGVBA state fours.

He was awarded the Shepparton News bowler of the year award five times and was run­ner-up three times in the Chan­nel 6 ‘bowls show’ se­ries.

He was in­ducted into the Goul­burn Val­ley Bowls Divi­sion hall of fame in 2016.

Hon­our: Mur­ray Bowls Divi­sion Hall of Fame in­ductees Roy Rowan and Ge­off Sut­cliffe.

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