- Victoria successful in the 2018 Australian Sides Championships 10 May, 2018
Quoting Bowls Australia “The sport’s most coveted state versus state event”.
Each state and territory is represented in the annual competition. Among those in attendance were numerous Australian Jackaroos squad members, world champions, and Commonwealth Games representatives.
Victoria claimed the men’s Alley Shield honour a game clear of NSW, with Tasmania finishing in third spot ahead of Queensland. The Victorian women coming second in the women’s overall title.
Melbourne had 3 current members; Curtis Hanley, Matt Ellul and Shane Fordham, with three former members, John McCarren, Barry Lester and Dylan Fisher in the side of 12.
It is always great to turn the tables on the likes of NSW and Qld.
Well done guys a truly impressive result .
- Bear 26 April, 2018
Bear’s Big Day Out
Life is a journey,
As somebody once said,
Some of us smell the roses,
While others race ahead,
Today is a day of reflection,
Of loving, of giving, of care,
On this special Anzac Day,
That we’ve dedicated to Bear.
Bear’s Big Day Out,
Is a result of many hands,
The more of life we experience,
The more each of us understands,
That, yes, our life is precious,
We don’t know where it ends,
But, the ride of all our lifetimes,
Is made better with great friends.
And, today, has been selected,
As a special day of care,
To highlight one big bastard,
The ever-loving Bear.
Most of us will know him,
From our love of playing bowls,
But, there’s so much more to Chris O ‘Meagher,
Than ever could be told.
Bear has been adept,
At many different sports,
Lacrosse, yes, many sorts.
And, in Bear’s interactions,
In his many walks of life,
He has so many mates,
Not least of all, Shirley, his wife.
The backing of Bear’s family,
His Mum, Dad, Elai, Chris, Andrew, Neil, Monika & Michael,
Has been a massive comfort,
As Bear battles through the cycle.
Of treatment for his illness,
The big C, the terrible cancer,
While each of us would love to eliminate it,
We don’t quite have the answer.
But, today, we all attempt,
To give all that we can,
As a mark of respect and love,
For this mountain of a man.
And, if our love was a healer,
Bear would be all cured,
So, know that we all love you Bear,
Of that, you are assured.
We’ve been with you through the battle,
In many different ways,
The culmination of efforts,
Is this most special of days.
But, the care isn’t just today,
We also have a fight!
Young Matty Ellul, on the 29th of June,
Is going to be punching cancer with all his might!
Yes, Matt has been in training,
Getting punched around the ring,
Another example of love & care,
And giving his everything.
So, thanks to you all here,
We each make a small fragment,
Of the love that’s there for Bear,
From those present & also absent.
Special thanks must go,
To those who have contributed,
And all of you for your dress up!
Good to see you aren’t inhibited!
To the 2 Bowling Clubs,
Melbourne & St Kilda,
Thank you both for hosting,
And helping us to build a,
Successful, collaborative effort,
That we’d love to do next year,
That’s our ultimate intention,
To see you all back here!
Special mention goes,
To Michael, Bear’s number one,
The main impetus of this day,
Of bowls, beers, caring & fun!
And, in no particular order,
A massive group thanks goes,
To the following for their assistance,
More than many of us knows.
Michael, Monika, and
The whole Bear Clan,
Shane Fordham, Rick Lawler, Jason Kuiti,
Matty Ellul, our boxing man!
Macca from Toorak, for the printing,
Bear’s family for the food,
To all those who helped out & dressed up,
To really set the mood.
To St Kilda’s President, Dan Manger,
And to Ewen Wilson, The President of Melbourne, Go Dees!
Thanks for the use of the bowls clubs,
It’s made that part a breeze!
To the whole bowls community,
You all know who you are,
A big thanks goes to everyone,
Any takers for a Matty Ellul spar?
Thanks to AFB,
St Kilda’s Andrew Fowler-Brown,
For the artwork & donations a plenty,
Working tirelessly in the countdown.
And thanks, of course, to Bear,
Yes, I know, not for getting sick,
But, for bringing so many together,
The spirit of the day to make it stick.
So, enjoy the day together,
And hats off to you all,
Thanks for your contributions,
No matter how large or small.
Your help, love and mere presence,
Shows just how much we care,
Raise a drink & here’s cheers from everyone,
To our dear mate, here’s to Bear!
Click here to see Justin reading his poem
- Bowls survey – future participation opportunities 21 April, 2018
Bowls Victoria with support from Gemba (a sports marketing agency) are seeking feedback from both the bowling and general community to identify future participation formats and opportunities to engage more participants and grow the sport of bowls.
The survey will take approximately 15 minutes and is to be completed by 5pm on Wednesday 25th April 2018.
Completed surveys will go into a competition to win 20 x $30 Coles-Myer Gift Cards.BV will be using the results to assist them in establishing how existing competitions might be modified and what new initiatives would have support.It is IMPORTANT that as many non-bowlers also complete the survey as possible. Depending on whether you are a bowler or not will depend on the questions you are asked
- 2018 Taylor Bowls Saturday Premier Division Grand Final 27 March, 2018
Picks up play after 58 ends with Altona ahead by 19. Concentrates on Shane Fordham’s rink with Bear putting down the last bowls.
- Saturday Finals 11 March, 2018
Two out of two wins in finals
Topside win qualifying final against Altona to move to Grand final. Final scores 89 to 80 with two rinks up and a draw. Altona to Play Deer Park next week. Deer Park defeated Clayton with only one rink up by 32 shots for an overall win by 9. Not a typical premier division score line.
Melbourne second side after a slow start came over the top of St Kilda (2) to win 85 to 74. Two rinks up.
Another big game for Melbourne 2 at Cheltenham tomorrow (Sunday) against Bentleigh (1) who beat Middle Park (1) 81 to 65.
A win in this game will secure promotion back to Division 1. It will be a tough match as this is Bentleigh’s top side and they are desperate to step up a grade. We have the talent and commitment to go all the way but the more support the side gets from members the greater the club spirit is displayed. Get out to Cheltenham to cheer on your 16 fellow members into Division 1 and the sectional play offs.
- Saturday Pennant Round 18 6 March, 2018
Top two sides in the finals.
Top side finished second overall holding Clayton out by 1 point and so go to the qualifying final against Altona next Saturday for direct entry into the Grand Final.
Second side finished top of Division 2 section 7 and have a home final against St Kilda 2 on Saturday for a chance to play in the section Grand Final the next day. (Sunday) A win on both days will seem them back in Division 1 next season.
Both sides deserve support from members. Go along and cheer them on. The Premiers are playing at Doncaster Green and the second side is at home on Saturday.
Third side finished sixth after an up and down season.
The real success of the season goes to the fourth side who at the halfway mark were fighting relegation prospects but in the second half with the new players improving each week came home winning their last 4 games to come fifth just out of finals contention.
The top performing team of the round was Arnold O’Brien’s crew of Gordon Lowing, Geoff Boucher and Rick Lawler winning by 27 shots,
- Water Tank Street Art 25 February, 2018
We now have street art contribution to the Windsor street art scene. As of Friday (16/02/2018) respected street artists Mikeyxxi and LuckyLucks ably assisted by Starsky on backgrounds created the scene facing the walkway coming from Windsor railway station. Great work Guys.
Who is the Melbourne Bowling Club
The Melbourne Bowling Club is more than just a bowling club it is a social club! It is arguably one of the most successful bowls clubs in the Metropolitan region with six premierships and seven runners up titles since 2000 in the Premier Division competition along with three State champion titles.
Not interested in bowling become a social member and enjoy the benefits of a relaxed friendly environment and members prices. It is becoming the gathering place for Windsor locals who like to have a quite break from the hurley burly of Chapel Street.
A place to drop in during the week after work before heading off down the C street.
Alternatively looking to have a function that is number one for breaking that awkward silence when acquaintances or work colleagues meet for the first time at a social occasion then barefoot bowls is for you!
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