Malvern Standard, Saturday 16 November 1912
HOSPITALITY BY THE PRESIDENT.
On Thursday evening, Colonel G H. Watson, President of the Melbourne Bowling Club, entertained the members and representative visitors at a smoke social at the rooms of the Club. There was a large atttendance. The Mayor of Prahran (Cr. Scott), was one of those who occupied a seat of honor on the dais.
In welcoming the company, the genial and popular Colonel said they were there to enjoy themselves, and in consequence he gave out the word of command. “There must be no long speeches !” He said it in a tone, too be tokening that he meant what he said.
The toast of “The King” was honored with an enthusiasm and loyalty that is common to bowlers.
Mr. C. Andrews proposed the toast of “The Victorian Bowling Association.” He would not offer any criticism as to the way that body managed affairs. They all thought they could do ‘better. (Laughter) However, the V.B.A. did very well (Applause )
Mr. A. Warner in the absence of the President and vice-President of the Association, (who sent apologies), responded. The majority favored geographical Clubs playing one another. He did not like it and did not think it would last long. They did not want to go into one another’s back yards every Saturday. He also referred to the Bowling Carnival that was coming on. He wished Colonel Watson a happy term of office, and the members of the M.B.C. a prosperous and successful season.
Mr McGeachy proposed the toast of ” The Mayor and Councillors of the City ofPrahran.” He recognised the progressiveness of the Prahran Councillors, especially in regard to tramway matters. The administration of the electric tram system by the Municipalities compared more than favourably with that run by the Government. If distant greens were to be visited as heretofore, the games should be started earlier than 3 o’clock, other wise the whole of the domestic household was upset, as it was too late when one got home. (Hear, hear, and laughter.) He coupled with the toast the name of the Mayor (Cr. Scott.)
The Mayor, in responding, said the Prahran councillors were cognisant that Prahran was a great city, and they acted accordingly. He praised the work of the officers. Business people, by putting down their dollars, had helped to push Prahran along. He and Cr. Naylor and the town clerk had waited on the Albert Park Trust with a view to pushing tramway extensions in that direction. The proposal was a good one, as at the present time in the summer the trams could not carry all the people to the beach. They warned to carry the Malvern people direct to the beach. A lot of them had seen the Prahran motor water cart. A voice:Not in High Street. (Laughter.)
The Mayor : There will be one there yet. He referred to the street cleaning machine he had seen that afternoon on the screen at the Lyric Theatre. It would be a good idea forChapel Street. He thanked the company for the kind manner in which they had honored the toast. (Applause. )
The hon. secretary of the Club, Mr. B. H. Pascoe, lead a number of notices in connection with Club matters. Trophies won during the season were presented by Colonel Watson as follows:
Championship, Mr. B. H. Pascoe.
Presidents Trophy, Mr. P. J, Tenny ; second prize, Mr. E. McIntyre.
Vice-President’s Trophy, for pairs, Messrs Paterson, J. Johnston and Dickenson.
Late Mr. G Thompson’s Trophy, Mr. E. M. Pascoe.
Electric Light Pairs, Messrs. E. J. Lewis and T. C. Pascoe, 1st ; Messrs F. Dunham and W. Dickenson, 2nd.
First Prize Billiard Tournament, Mr. E. A. Kirkwood ; second prize. Mr. W. Simms; third prize, Mr. G. Johnson; fourth prize (biggest break), Mr. M. H. Kemp.
Prize for Billiards won last year, Mr. Bridger.
The evening’s .proceedings were very pleasant. An excellent musical programme was provided.
Colonel Watson, who makes a splendid host, was accorded a cordial vote of thanks for his hospitality.