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NEWS ITEMS – April 2023.

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*** SOME TOPS – OURS AND FIVE OTHERS :———-

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*** AGM DONE AND DUSTED – (19th of April – Brian H) – The 2023 BMS AGM was conducted this evening with now ex – el Presidente Kevin in the Chair. The new Management team was decided…. New President is Craig Hurdsfield……. New Vice-President is Lyn Bryce…… The two new Directors on the Management Committee are Travis Preston and Phil Clamp (Graeme Inglis departs the Management Committee and Lyn Bryce is elevated to Vice President)……. The three Tuesday selectors are Lyn Bryce, Michelle Tait, and newly elected Di Hampson…….. The Saturday Selection Committee has two returning members – Judy Lindsay and Mick Hampson. The other three Saturday Selectors are Neil Ellard, Linda Johannsen, and Adam McLean…….. Our two ASCC reps are the perennials – David Lindsay and Craig Hurdsfield…….. Other members continuing to serve as part of our club management are Anthony McCabe (Secretary), David Lindsay (Treasurer) , .with Mick Hughes and David Schreenan fronting up again as Directors.

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GRAEME INGLIS – at the AGM, Graeme Inglis (GI) was awarded LIFE MEMBERSHIP – a very worthy recipient of this award. Graeme joins a select group of tremendous contributors to our club. Thanks Graeme, for you contribution over a very long time, first with Ballarat City, and now BMS.

Also, at the meeting, the club uniform was discussed (in particular, the club top). The Management Committee will oversee establishing a “sub-committee” with the task of coming up with suggestions for a possible change to the current (summer) top we wear……. Also at the meeting, the issue of making the “club memorial plaques” more visible was raised. Presumably this is another issue the new management committee will give consideration to.

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*** Surprise Birthday Party….

Sir Ronald, simply unable to contain his joy after being given a surprise birthday party by Lady Pam on Tuesday morning, the 11th of April………. 84 long years – you’re very patient Pam………. Ron was beaten to this “milestone” by Uncle Tom who reached it 5 days earlier. I am reliably told that there are two older BMS members. No names but I believe the oldest has occasionally been likened to a silver fox. Happy Birthday to the third and fourth oldest – Tom and Ron. That’s a marvelous achievement, and may there be many, many more longish afternoons of bowling for both of you.

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*** PHOTOS – Of both our Awards Night and the Lorraine White Memorial 4’s tournament are available in the PHOTOS section of this website.

*** RESULTS – PLUMBPRO EASTER SATURDAY MIXED PAIRS – (9th April – Brian H.) – A good days bowling despite the occasional showers of rain. The winners at the end of the day were Harrry and Linda Johannsen. Runners up were Stephen Byron and Rosie Hickman. Well done to these 4 bowlers – also well done to all of the bowlers competing. In particular, well done to PLUMBPRO and Lyn and Cameron Bryce. Knowing that we all try to do the best we can for our sponsors, Plumpro are the nearest plumbing supplies outlet for most of us – 179 Learmonth Street – a little way south of the new Apco service station.

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*** RESULTS – LORRAINE WHITE MEMORIAL 4’S – (9th April – Brian H) – The 4 evenings have finished and winners have been declared and rewarded. In the “GUNS” section, greeting the winners flag first were a side skipped by Matty Blackburn from the Webbcona club. Runners up were one of the two ladies shield sides skipped by Leah McArthur. In the Corporate Cup section, the winners were a rink “mustered” together by Dean Adams. The runners up were a rink put together on behalf of IGA supermarkets overseen by Adam McLean………… Well done to all winners and runners up – well done to all contestants. Especially, our thanks go out to Ralph White for making the tournaments possible and Kevin McLean, ably assisted by Lindsay Trounce, in making it all work.

*** RESULTS – LIBERTY FINANCE BLUEY’S DAY 4’S – (2nd April, Brian H.) – Another great tournament – thanks to GI and a good number of support staff, especially those in the kitchen all day……….. Winners were the “Jones boys + 1”. Well done to Pa – Ross, Dad – Craig and Oscar in the driving seat, with Cameron Bryce providing support and guidance. Runners up were a Colac Central based rink skipped by Rod Newcombe. Well done to these 8 bowlers and well done to all other contestants.

*** VIC OPEN LADIES TRIPLES GRAND FINAL – BUGGER AGAIN !! (1st April – Brian H.) – In a high standard grand final, the Ballarat team just didn’t quite get there. Skipped by Michelle Tait (BMS), with Debbie Gorrin and Jill Hopper (both from Victoria), they lost 17-14. Triples is played with the winner being the best after 15 ends. After 13 ends, they were only 2 down with a real chance but it didn’t quite work out. The side they played against were very capable bowlers. Sophie Kurzman, ex City Oval, led for the winners and bowled well. The second and skip were very impressive. All three of the ballarat ladies bowled well, Michelle in particular had a very good skippers game…….. So, it was disappointing yes, but a fantastic feat by all 3 of the Ballarat Ladies (to make it to the Grand Final of the Vic Open)…….. Michelle has had a very good bowls season capped off with two incredible performances in the Vic Open. Very well done Michelle and thanks (again!!) for flying our club flag so very high.

*** UPDATE – MICHELLE TAIT – VIC OPEN WOMEN’S SINGLES – (1st of April) – Brian H.). – Michelle made it through sectional rounds to the 3rd round of the singles finals played late yesterday. Unfortunately, she lost 21 – 16. It has been a tremendous couple of days for Michelle – not only qualifying to play in the Triples Grand Final, she has made it to the last 16 in the State Women’s Singles Championship. What a terrific achievement. Well done. And thanks again for representing our club so very well.

*** PENNANT SEASON 2023/2024. – (1st April – Brian H) – The completion of the mid-week grand finals mean the 2022/23 pennant season has finished. Hopefully, we can expect next season’s pennant to start early October (2023) – in another 6 months time.. Our current bowls seasons take place over about 5 months (which includes about a 1 month Xmas break – that is, we currently only bowl for 4 months).

Some interesting questions arise re going to a 14 week season. Would this mean a break of 8 months (instead of the 7 months we currently have)?….. Would Pennant bowls only be played over 4 months (but really only be played for 3 months – we have a 1 month break at Xmas)?…… And is this a considerable time each year for bowls greens, club rooms, etc (and bowlers?) to be “bowls-idle”?