Annual Dinner Report
The bowls section held their annual dinner in the Members Dining Room on Thursday May 28. Chairman Rob Rouch presided over the customary slick running sheet as the section celebrated their successes in the 2008/09 season. The highlight of the season was the premiership won by the Division 5 side, making it only the third time in the section’s history that MCC has won pennants in consecutive years. The challenge is now on for the treble to create history!
Many individual achievements were also highlighted during the night and presentations were made to Bruce Seamons and Norm Hayes who notched up their 600 and 400 games milestones respectively.
The prestigious club singles championship was won by Clive ‘The Ironman” Morris who defeated club coach Michael Constable in a gripping final. The first ever women’s singles club championship was conducted during the season and Agnes Moloney was the inaugural champion defeating Carmel Dowling in the final.
Club champion Clive Morris, pictured (left) with his iron bowling “stick” and chairman Robert Rouch, gave a wonderful and passionate address to the assembled members and guests on behalf of all the trophy winners on the evening. Chairman Robert did the honours in proposing a toast to the MCC which was duly responded to by club president, David Meiklejohn.
Premiers - 2008/09 Season
Congratulations to the Fifths who are Division 5 Metropolitan Champions for 2008/09!
The grand final was against the Vermont South Number 3 team and was played on the Ringwood green which had been slowed due to heavy rain. After a delay in the start time due to the inclement weather, all rinks started fairly well, however Miller Goodwin's rink was in early trouble to be 17-nil down after five ends.
Substitute Ken Pullin replaced Ron Purdue as Miller's lead after Ron became ill, and to the players credit, they fought back to finish the day at 28 to 21 down. The other three rinks plugged away all day, returning after a torential downpour to gain the upper hand. Terry Clancy's rink lead all day to run out 27 to 16 winners.
Clive Locock's rink had a tough tussle all day and finished up tieing 23 all, whilst Angus McCulloch and his team held sway to finish 24 to 12 winners.
All who participated played exceptional draw bowls in very trying conditions and were crowned Division 5 Metropolitan Champions following their 95 to 79 result, and are duly promoted to Division 4 for next season.
600 Game Milestone
On the second day of this years finals, long standing member Bruce Seamons played his 600th game, a magnificent achievement! Bruce joined the Section in September 1974. He spent six seasons on the Committee from 1982 to 1988, and in two stints, 13 years as Greens Director. At bowls he has appeared in a number of successful teams and has personnally won the Proportional Trophy, Chairman's Trophy and Runner Up in the Triples Championship.
Well done Bruce.
Free Bowls offer to young MCC members
An opportunity for Junior and Intermediate members to join the Bowls Section for no additional fees, has been introduced by the Committee of the Bowls Section.
There has been a large increase of younger people playing bowls in the suburbs of Melbourne, and the MCC Bowls Section, with two outstanding facilities at Hawthorn, are keen to welcome MCC members to come and play bowls and enjoy the facilities.
An application form can be obtained by email to the chairman, Robert Rouch on firstname.lastname@example.org.
400 Game Milestone
Club stalwart Norm Hayes graced the Saturday pennant greens for the 400th time on February 21. Norm joined the section in September 1986 and as well as being a valuable contributor on the greens, Norm has also been part of the Section's Committee in the past. Well done Norm!
Clive Morris Wins Club Singles Championship
On a 13 second green, Clive Morris won an intriguing game of bowls over 25 ends against Michael Constable, to win his first Singles Championship. Clive started well and held a good lead early in the game, however Michael fought back to have the score at 18 all. Clive scored one shot on the next end, and then scored the maximum four on the next. With a good conversion on the next end, Clive held game and Michael was unable to convert, Clive winning the event 25 to 18.
Well done to both finalists on a fine game and congratulations to our 2008 Club Singles Champion, Clive Morris.
Resumption of Season "Get Together"
Thursday January 15, 2009
To prepare us for the run home to the finals (all sides currently in contention), the club will be holding a sausage sizzle after practice at Swinburne Avenue on Thursday January 15. Chairman of selectors, Ian Smith, will address the meeting as will our newly appointed cCoaching and practice coordinator, Michael Constable, who will advise of plans for practice for the remainder of the season. All members are encouraged to attend. For catering, please add your name to the notice on the club's information bBoard
Michael Constable Wins State Final
Michael Constable, as winner of the Metro. Group 16 Veteran Singles, advanced to the State Finals. Michael won through to the final, winning three games against very good competition, and was successful in the State Final defeating B. Sewell from Yallourn, 21 - 17.
Congratulations Michael, Victorian Veteran Singles Champion 2008!
Season 2008/09 Up & Running
Season 2008/09 is up and running with two recent events heralding the start of the new season. The traditional start of season cocktail party was again a wonderful success, with members enjoying each others company and being entertained with a humourous welcome from Chairman Robert Rouch.
Opening Day was celebrated on Saturday September 6, with many members having their first game of the season, at both Swinburne Avenue and Glen Street. Part of the celebrations was the unfurling of the club's latest premiership flag, won by the Seconds last season.
It is extremely pleasing to see all the new members at MCC this season, which promises to make selection meetings for both the Men and Ladies very interesting, and should ensure strong performances through the divisions.
Many improvements have been made around the club since last season and the greens are in the best condition that members can remember for some time, for this time of the year. It augers well for a great season for MCC.
MCC win 2007/08 Division 2 Premiership
The pennant season reached a magnificent finale on Saturday 15 March, with the Second side defeating Keysborough by 17 shots to become Division 2 Premiers for season 2007/08.
The rinks skipped by Ken Austin, Ian McKay and Norm Hayes all recorded solid wins, while Peter Jones’ rink fought back magnificently from a 3/16 score line at afternoon tea, to only go down by two shots, against an opposition skip who was red hot.
Club secretary Ken Drury accepted the premiership shield after the match from RVBA Councillor John Frew. After that, it was back to Swinburne Avenue for a long night of celebrations. Congratulations to the following people who have now made a very special achievement in their bowls careers:
- Ken Austin, Graeme Bravo, Terry Roberts and Ian Storey
- Norm Hayes, John Kaloger, Greg O’Neill and Ron Butterworth
- Peter Jones, Greg Thomson, Ken Marshall and Gordon Elder
- Ian McKay, Simon Naughton, Peter Vryonis and Scott Meadows
Also, it’s worth making mention of club veteran Ken Austin, who has finally won a premiership flag after many, many years of competitive bowls.