Last weekend saw the launch of the club’s inaugural Cannonball Open Triples event.
Some 84 bowlers from far and wide, from Wagga, Weewaa, Sebastopol, Mt Eliza and Shepparton plus local bowling clubs, battled it out over two days of fierce but enjoyable competition.
The Cannonball format, introduced to the club by member Max Scanlon, consisted of 10 games of 8 ends with 2 alternating team members firing the ‘cannonball’ after the completion of each game.
With mat and kitty set at the maximum distance the object is to hit the kitty and thus score another point for the team.
The attraction of the event was the prize money, in excess of $4000, including the chance to be one of the 10 best game winners.
Bowlers were very complimentary of the format and particularly the calling of the cards on the completion of the event keeping all participants in suspense as to their chances of sharing in the prize money until the very end.
Winners of the event were a team from Sebastopol comprising Glen Sargent, Ian Warner and Shaun Ingram with 9 wins.
Runners up comprised Greg McDonald, Willy Hall and M Braden.
Third prize went to Ian Brimblecombe, Gary and Clare Sanders from Yarrawonga.
All winners were complimentary of the format and the facilities provided by the Civic Bowls Club.
Many club members were involved in the 2 day event with the ladies cooking hot meals in the warm weather conditions (plus screaming security alarm for part of the time).
President Ian Bilney was delighted with the overall success and thanked the organisers Max Scanlon and Lynton Ford, in particular, for their efforts.
Very little social bowling this past week or so with warmer weather prevailing.
This weekend will see the resumption of club events, ‘100 Up’ plus singles championships.
Also state events will be played at the club over the next week or so.
It saddened members to see the passing of member Kevin Creswell after a fairly long battle with illness.
Kevin’s work around the club as a general handyman was much appreciated.
Our thoughts are also with Alec Richards, who is not enjoying the best of health at present and we all wish him a speedy recovery.
New Year’s Eve went off with a bang at the club - some 80 odd members and friends enjoyed a relaxed night culminating with the brilliant fireworks display at 9.30pm.