Well a week is a long time at a bowls club isn’t it!!
Let’s start with the really good stuff!! It’s not often you have amongst you someone recognized on Australia day for their services, not only do we have someone it’s not even their first recognition. In the Australia Day Honors Joseph Aarons was awarded an AM for significant services to Lawn Bowls particularly at the national and international level. The highlight of Joe’s career was his election as president of World Bowls, only the second Australian to be so honored. Joe had previously been awarded an OAM on the Queen’s Birthday in 2006 for his services to the Jewish community through the Maccabi movement.
A huge honor and from a club perspective we sincerely congratulate Joe and wife Sue on this recognition. It takes firstly an enormous amount of time, effort and knowledge to get involved at club level but to then take it to the highest post possible in Lawn Bowls not only in Australia but on the National stage takes courage and commitment. We certainly appreciate having both Joe and Sue at our club and hope that they become long term Malvernites!! Once again on behalf of all members, the club and committee, we congratulate you on this great recognition.
A tough win this week for Div 3 and a narrow loss for Div 5 leaves the Div 3 side in great shape coming up to finals. With the remaining 4 games for the regular season the Div 3 side plays a number of clubs at the bottom of the ladder and whilst having to be cognizant of not taking it easy it does set this team, ably led by Derek deKorte up well to host a final and look to move back up to Div 2.
The Div 5 side has also proven to be extremely competitive showing spirit every week and as we use this as a learning team for newer bowlers the bowling future certainly looks bright.
Tuesday Night Pennant:
Didn’t have to wait long for that elusive first win. On a beautiful still night last night that Malvern spirit shone through. If you consider that we had these bowlers with less than a handful of bowls games each:
Chris O’Keeffe (2 games)
John Turner (2 games)
Grant Lingwood-Smith (3 games)
Dean Egan (not many games)
and also having Rohan Quayle and Dick Allen killing it as inexperienced bowlers a win was inevitable and Moorabbin were the unfortunate victims. A game played in great spirit and with rinks led by experienced duo Roger Morrisson and Suzanne Gibbs how could we not have success. A great win overall and a great launch pad for newer bowlers. Thanks also to the cheer squad from last night:
- Dee and John Finemore (thanks for the food guys)
- Wayne Martin
- Neil Martin
- Roger and Pek Tee
and did I see Denis Kilmartin there too for a while?
all clearly bowling tragics with nothing better to do than enjoy the skills of the night.
A big weekend with away wins for both Div 4 and 7 setting up the season. A big game for Div 7 this week at Fairfield, a strong team will be selected and a win almost guarantees finals. I reiterate it has been clearly our stated goal to get this side to Div 6. From a club perspective Div 7 is tough, byes and walkovers and travel all over the place. I know this has meant that we have not been able to give everyone a regular game and I apologise for this but in the long run there will be benefit in a higher division so we appreciate the understanding and support. It’s fair to say with selection this has also meant some games to regular Div 7 bowlers in Div 4 which is a good experience and the support of regular Div 4 bowlers such as Joe Aarons, Roger Kimpton, Ross Stuart, Graeme Lee and Wayne Martin ably led by guru lama Roger Morrisson leading the way to hopefully a flag and promotion and a celebration!!!! Keep up the great efforts and let’s bring back a win against Fairfield to cement that position.
Div 4 also had a massive win at St Kilda against a side that had previously lost one game and sets up a couple of big weeks. This side needs one win from the final 5 games to guarantee finals so never before have we had two Saturday teams in finals. There is a first time for everything but we are not there yet and complacency is not what we are looking for, concentration, effort and most importantly ENJOYMENT of this great game.
1) Please continue to support our Wednesday night dinners, lists are at the club
2) I have placed new unavailability forms at the club
3) I will shortly be putting a draw together for the Novice Championship for all bowlers with less than 3 years experience for all to have a go…..all bowlers who qualify will be entered. It’s great experience and great fun.
4) There are still competitions to be plays for 100 up and 21 up and mixed pairs so good luck to all those entered
5) We will shortly advise of a couple of tournaments, Hocking Stuart Cup and Regis Cup and details surrounding these after season competitions
Malvern Bowling Club
Date – Thursday 7th February, 2019
Time – 6:00pm
Agenda Item – Induction of Michael Classon as a Life Member of the Malvern Bowling Club
Please be aware that in order to conduct this meeting we require one third (1/3) of all full members to be in attendance, this equates to approximately 17 members. Once the motion is offered we would then require 75% of attendees to be in favour of the motion for it to be carried.
We have scheduled this meeting for immediately after practice so encourage all full members to attend both practice and the meeting. Once the meeting is completed it is the intention of the club to run a small event at the cost of $10 per head where we will be providing food and running the movie “crackerjack” for all to relate to bowling clubs and members.
We will put an attendance sheet up at the club for this event.
I hope to see all full members attend the meeting to vote for the inclusion of Michael Classon as a life member of the club.
It’s that time of year again when we host a group of Tatts Bowlers for bowling and dinner. A flyer is posted at the club but the basics are: a light dinner at 6.00pm Wednesday Feb 13 followed by bowling until 9.00 – 9.30. We need a reasonable number of members to form teams (get your name on the list at the club or notify a committee member). Dress is mufti/club shirt and trophies will be presented to winners after the bowling.
President – Malvern Bowling Club