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Invitation four for MCC members

The Bowls Section would like to extend an invitation to MCC members to participate in their MCC members fours tournament held on Sunday February 9, 2014 at 9.45am.

The event is open to members irrespective of their individual clubs and competition grade.

Lunch will be provided and prizes will be awarded to the tournament's winners and runners up.

When: Sunday February 9, 2014
Where: MCC Bowls Section - 19 Swinburne Avenue, Hawthorn 3122. (Melways 45 D11)
Time: 9.45am
Cost: $25 per person. Single entries only.
RSVP: Members are asked to please RSVP by Friday January 18, 2014.

For further information please contact the Bowls Section - secretary@mccbowls.org.au.


Mike Scandrett imortalised in bronze
Wednesday December 11, 2013

There are not many members of the MCC Bowls Section who are aware that our Mike Scandrett is immortalised in bronze on the panels of the lovely MCC bronze doors from the old Pavilion at the MCG, which are now on display in the new members stand, on Level 2.

The artist, Robert Ingpen, was commissioned several years ago to do the sculptures for each door, one of which was to display images of the various sporting sections of the Melbourne Cricket Club. When he noticed Mike bowling on the old bowling green behind the pavilion, he asked him if he would agree to be the subject for the image of a bowler, to represent the Bowls Section of the club.

When Mike was attending the 50-year MCC members luncheon at the MCG on Friday November 29 2013, he willingly agreed to be pictured alongside the panel which accurately displays him in his typical action of delivery.


Dean O’Neill selected in regional side
Wednesday December 11, 2013

Congratulations to out star junior and top side skip, Dean O’Neill (pictured right), who has been selected in the Yarra Region representative side.

Dean will play in the State Sides Championship to be held on January 11 and 12 next year.


Bill Hardy – A potted history
Wednesday October 9, 2013

Congratulations to Bill Hardy, who was recently presented his “500 Medallion” by chairman Manny Galanos. In his presentation, Manny described Bill as possibly one our best draw bowlers at MCC Bowls.

The medallion recognises 500 Saturday Pennant games played over a career which commenced in 1982. Bill, who has only ever bowled for MCC, says that he is “tickled pink” to have been selected to play for such a prestigious club as MCC.

Asked about his memories, Bill spoke about the time his team was holding six shots at the crossover and an elderly team member kicked all the bowls back before the skip had a chance to get on the mat.

Another time he was asked to “draw around this bowl and under that one and finish just here.” The opposing Third muttered that he had just bought a washing machine that didn’t have as many instructions.

Bill is still playing for the club and is looking forward to chalking up another century.


Opening Day 2013
Sunday September 1, 2013

MCC Bowls Section greens were opened yesterday with Local MP Ted Baillieu rolling the first jack for ladies champion Linda Moore to play the first bowl in front of the 101 members in attendance.

Patrick Grutzner, as is now the tradition, attended (for the 31st year) and raised a fantastic $650.60 to assist Legacy in their wonderful work. Congratulations Pat and his assistants Geoff Brewer and Don Graham and thank you members.

After an enjoyable afternoon of bowls, Norm Whitehead and his rink of Bob Watt, Roy Sloggett and Jan Whitehead received the glasses for being the best performed on the day. With the fantastic weather organised by MCC committeeman Fred Oldfield (and welcome to bowls, Fred) it was a great start to the year.


MCC bowler selected in U18 Victorian team

Congratulations to MCC bowler, Dean O'Neil, on his selection in the U18 Victorian team. Victoria will play a series against Tasmania in Tasmania from December 10 to 12.

We are extremely proud of his progress in bowls since joining us in October 2009.

Good luck, Dean!


MCC Bowls Section’s Biggest Morning Tea raises over $2000!

On Thursday May 31 the MCC’s Bowls Section held their Biggest Morning Tea to raise funds for cancer research.

Ninty-six members and guests attended the function held at the Swinburne Avenue bowls club in Hawthorn. Guests were treated to delicious scones and sandwiches made by the "bowling girls" served with tea and coffee.

The "stars" of the morning included Robert Ingpen, designer and artist of the bronze doors and tapestry at the Melbourne Cricket Club. Guests were blessed to learn and hear from Bob of his journey with these magnificent works of art.

The Honourable Alan McDonald, a former MCC Committeeman, was the auctioneer for a beautiful bottle of wine from Best's vineyards at Mount Gambier. McDonald declared he had never been an auctioneer before, however he was very professional, extraordinarily funny, and managed a very good price for the wine!

Jane Nathan, current MCC Committee member and great supporter of the women bowlers, was at her usual best when drawing the raffle. As you can imagine, lots of fun comments were made while presenting the prizes to the winners.

Finally, those that wished to join Gerry Teague on the green for a lesson on the intricacies of the game of bowls we were thrilled to do so in the sunny conditions. Well done Gerry, as I think we are about to have some new members join.

Thank you very much to those involved in this special day. Thank you to Ian Cave, Chairman of MCC Bowls Section, for giving us the opportunity to use Swinburne Avenue for this very worthwhile function for cancer research. Overall $2086 was donated to the Cancer Council.

Canny Coventry
MCC Bowls Section Ladies


April 2012
All events have been finalised for the current season and the results are:

                                                           WINNER                         RUNNERS-UP
Singles championships
    Men          Andrew Jackson                     Dick Meadows
                                        Ladies       Carmel Dowling                          Liz Cook

MCC pairs  
                      Men            Peter Marget                           John Smith
                                                           Ken Marshall                     Ron Butterworth
                                        Ladies        Karen Thomson                   Carmel Dowling
                                                          Rae Graham                          Ying Locock

MCC triples  
                                      Ian Smith                        Henny Cortenbach
                                                        Tony Quigley                         Chris Windley
                                                        Dick Meadows                     Culum Bennington

                                          Clive Morris                             Ian Cave
Chairmans Trophy                            Gary Eaton                              Ian Cave
Proportional Trophy                         Clive Morris                          Jeff Saunders
Two bowl singles                            Chris Windley                      Ron Butterworth


Another two flags for bowls

MCC 1 and MCC 2 played in the grand final and won both divisions of Inner City Night Pennant on Wednesday March 21.

MCC 1 defeated Caulfield Park, 49 – 23.
MCC 2 defeated Camberwell Central, 36 – 35.

MCC 1 lost only two games for the season and proved they were the strongest side in Division 1.
It was a fantastic effort by MCC 2 as Camberwell lost only one other game through the whole season, but we were able to win the one that counted.

Rink scores in the final were:

First Game 
Geoff Harding, Greg Thomson, and Bob Lloyd: 6 - 5
Ian Smith, Dick Meadows, and Andrew Marshall: 12 - 8

Second Game
Geoff Harding: 7 - 9
Ian Smith: 24 - 1

First Game 
Gary Eaton, George Ziller, and Jeff Saunders: 13 - 5
Keith Linton, Trevor Jewell, and John Graham: 11 - 6
Second Game
Gary Eaton: 3 - 12
Keith Linton: 9 - 12

Pennant Championships

MCC 1 are the Division 2 Open Tuesday Pennant Champions after a 62 - 50 win over Vermont South at Doncaster Tuesday March 20.

Rink results:
Ian Smith, Karen Thomson, Suzie Ziller, Don Graham - 23 - 24.
John Smith, Gerry Teague, Graham Winther, Geoff Rose - 14 - 11.
Greg Thomson, Ian Philpott, Rae Graham, Graham Thompson - 25 – 15.

Dean O’Neill is Regional U25 Champion

Congratulations to our youngest member, Dean O’Neill, who has been successful in winning the regional under 25 championship. The final was played in fine conditions at the Commonwealth Games complex at Darebin last Sunday.

Dean defeated Jack Woodhouse from Bundoora in a very tight game, with little more than a couple of shots separating the two players all afternoon.

Up-to-date scores were relayed on MCC Bowls’ twitter feed (@mccbowls), courtesy of section secretary Ian Smith.

Dean now goes through to the final 16 of the state under 25 championship.        

The prestigious clubs singles competitions have been completed for 2011/12:
    Men – Andrew Jackson defeated Dick Meadows.
    Ladies - Carmel Dowling defeated Liz Cook.
The results of the Club Pairs were:
    Men – Peter Marget and Ken Marshall defeated John Smith and Ron Butterworth.
    Ladies – Karen Thomson and Rae Graham defeated Carmel Dowling and Ying Locock.

Saturday pennant finals start Saturday February 25. We are well represented with MCC 1 and MCC 2 in Division 1 finals, MCC 4 in Division 4 and MCC 6 in Division 6.
With one round to play, both Tuesday pennant sides are guaranteed home finals with the first final to be played on March 6.
With three games to go in Wednesday evening pennant the number 1 side sits on top of the ladder and the number 2 side is in third place.

This season, members have achieved the following notable milestones:John Barnes - 500 game milestone.
    500 Games – John Barnes
                            Roy Kermode
    400 Games – Ron Butterworth
                            Clive Morris
    300 Games – Paul Finn
                            Ron Illman
                            Clive Locock
                            Jim Young
    200 Games – Angus McCulloch

Visit the official MCC Bowls Section website at: www.mccbowls.org for further information.