Cock­burn leg­end in hall of fame

Cockburn Gazette - - DRIVEWAY -

COCK­BURN Bowl­ing Club leg­end John Ravlich has been in­ducted into Bowls WA’s Hall of Fame.

The Spearwood res­i­dent be­came the 37th per­son to at­tain the honour and the fourth mem­ber of the Cock­burn club, join­ing club mates Steve Srhoy, Peter Sardelic and Smil­jana Jakovich.

“I was shocked ini­tially,” Ravlich, who is deaf, said through a trans­la­tor. “I thought it can’t be me. “It was quite a nice sur­prise to re­ceive the ac­co­lade.

“I’m very proud in­deed.”

Ravlich took up the sport af­ter mov­ing to Syd­ney, but it was back in WA where he truly made his mark.

Over a mam­moth ca­reer which con­tin­ues to­day, the 80year-old is a three-time State Triples win­ner, Mas­ters Triples and Fours win­ner and was part of the in­vin­ci­ble 1987 Al­ley Shield-win­ning side, de­scribed as “a who’s who of the greats of WA bowls”.

Ravlich is also a four-time World Deaf Cham­pi­onship win­ner, five-time Aus­tralian Deaf rep­re­sen­ta­tive and has been a mem­ber of the state side for more than five decades.

He said his only big dis­ap­point­ment was los­ing the 1985 Aus­tralian Sin­gles fi­nal to fu­ture Com­mon­wealth Games bronze medal­list Den­nis Katu­narich at the Yokine Bowl­ing Club.

“It was a knock-out com­pe­ti­tion and into the grand fi­nal was me and him,” he said.

“He beat me. I got run­ner-up. That was the only real big dis­ap­point­ment.

“It was a world com­pe­ti­tion which threw me off a bit.”

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John Ravlich has been in­ducted into the Hall of Fame.

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