Boolarra Bowling Club – March 2020

As the pennant season 2019-2020 has finished for our Club, we can reflect on a mixed bag of fame and misfortune. Quite possibly the hardest opponent we had this season was the weather. Perhaps this could be followed by being able to field a team every week in both Division 3 and Division 6 in the West Gippsland Bowling Division.
Division 3 were fortunate to remain in this division for the 2020-2021 pennant season.
The team that earns last spot on the ladder is relegated to a lower division for the coming season. Boolarra managed to stay off the bottom and live to contest another season in Division 3.
Our newest members Jack Cleaver, Jolene Laukens, Mick Schelling and Bev Thompson have been a wonderful asset to our teams. Always first out on the green for practice and still there almost at stumps. This dedication has paid off with Jack and Jolene having a club match win just recently against more experienced bowlers in the club. Well done.
Our Club championships are well underway. The Men’s and Ladies Single Championships were completed first as the winners go on to represent their Club in the WGBD Championships. This year they were held at Warragul with Stan Williams and Pam Allen taking out their respective club singles finals to go on and represent Boolarra at the division finals. Pam played a determined and skilled opponent, Shirley Turner from Churchill who eventually won the match. Stan played against an opponent from Neerim South. Stan level pegged for most of the match but went down 22 to 26 shots. Well played Pam and Stan.
The Club hosts monthly triples and has had a steady level of attendance from visiting clubs with at times, seven out of the eight rinks being used. This year saw the introduction of a Thursday Parma/Schnitzel night being very capably catered for by Jackie Baker with Pam Allen assisting. Our Twilight Bowls night quite literally turned into a Pool night with a downpour but a great social evening was still enjoyed.
With events such as Under 60’s v Over 60’s, Presentation Night and the AGM still to be completed the club will go into recess until the 2020-2021 season. Just keep an eye on our Facebook page.
A former member and champion bowler of Boolarra Bowls Club, Iris Croft, died recently at the age of 102. Iris was a champion bowler at club, district and state level for many years. The Boolarra Bowls Club wish to acknowledge the considerable contribution Iris made to the club as a bowler and member.
This will be my final article as Secretary of the Boolarra Bowls Club. After five pennant seasons it’s time to hand over the reins. I have enjoyed working in the role and appreciate the Community Award given to me for this work. I will continue as a member and supporter of the club.

Roz Carstairs,
Boolarra Bowls Club.