Roger Craig Cotton

26 December, 1945 – 12 June, 2020


The memorial service is a PRIVATE family service and will be LIVE STREAMED - the link for the live stream will be added here 30 mins prior to the service on
Friday 19 June, 2020 at 3.00pm


Bowling Club thanks Sponsors and Members - Gisborne Gazette August 2020

While the Gisborne & District Bowling Club has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 restrictions, membership remains strong and supportive.

The Club has worked closely with Bowls Victoria to implement social distancing and sanitising rules to allow limited bowls activity to be undertaken so that members can keep active.

Everybody involved with the Club, including sponsors, acknowledges that we each have an important role to play in maintaining our health in these uncertain times.

The Club would like to acknowledge and thank the sponsors, of which there are many, for their continued support over this period.

Champion Bowlers Make Their MarkGisborne Gazette June 2020

In May the Gisborne and District Bowling Club was delighted to learn that the Bendigo Bank had awarded $1300 sponsorship to the Club for its annual community bowls program.

The sponsorship deal replaces a previous lower level of annual sponsorship by the Bank. It also formalises a laissez-faire arrangement over the pat 10 years of bank support for the community bowls program.

So get excited all of you would-be bowlers out there - here's our chance to get serious about participating in a fun community bowls program. It runs for six weeks before Christmas (November/December) and six weeks after Christmas (February/March).

You need a team of four players (preferably five for interchange) who are prepared to go the distance. It doesn't matter if you haven't played before - the Club provides bowls and instruction to get you going. You have a choice of whether you play on a Tuesday night or a Wednesday night (both starting about 5.30pm for 6pm). There is a sausage sizzle every night and the bar is open.

The sponsorship funds enable the Club to award prize money to the lucky winners each night and at the end of the hard-fought but lots of fun competitions, the Bendigo Bank Community Bowls Shields will be awarded to the overall Tuesday night and Wednesday night victors.

To find out more about the Community Bowls Program contact Rob Paterson on 0417 283 382 for Tuesday nights, or David Wesney on 0413 838 548 for Wednesday nights. Let us know your interest by 30 September.

Gisborne Bowlers Celebrate Getting back on the Green - Gisborne Gazette May 2020

Pictured: Bowlers Roland James & Vlod Cyrulo practicing good hand hygiene.

Thanks to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, Gisborne bowlers have returned to the green from Saturday 16 May after a long absence, albeit under strict conditions.

 Our members are very excited to be able to get out and bowl again, and took advantage of the three days of wonderful sunny weather conditions on the weekend of the re-opening.

 The Club is strictly adhering to guidelines from Bowls Victoria, and ultimately, the Victorian Government and the Victorian Chief Health Officer.

 Conditions of play include only 10 bowlers allowed on the premises at one time, social distancing, and hand hygiene. Hand sanitiser it readily available around the green, as is spray sanitiser for the mats and jacks. Players are also required to register their attendance to allow for contact tracing in the unlikely event of an infection

 Unfortunately under the current restrictions only Club members are permitted to play, and the indoor facilities and bars remain closed. Hopefully restrictions will be eased further in the near future allowing for a full return to all activities and functions.

 Thanks go to Club Chairman Rob Paterson, and Deputy Chairman Russell A Walker OAM, for their work to facilitate the re-opening.

Smokey and the Bandits win Bendigo Bank Wednesday Community Bowls Shield for 2019-20

The Wednesday night community barefoot bowls competition sponsored by the Bendigo Bank drew to a close on 11 March 2020 after 12 weeks of fun, laughter, and fiercely fought games of lawn bowls among the 12 teams of players drawn from the local Gisborne community.

On the final night the top four teams played off in a finals format vying for the prized Bendigo Bank Wednesday Community Bowls Shield. In the first round of five ends, Smokey and the Bandits defeated the OCs (Old Chaps), and Mothers of Invention defeated the 3 Little Pigs. The play-off for the minor placings over a further five ends saw the OCs victorious for third place over 3 Little Pigs who won fourth place. In the grand final Smokey and the Bandits emerged as the winners of the shield after comfortably defeating the Mothers of Invention (runners-up).

The members of Smokey and the Bandits were Smokey Treloar, Ian Carmichael, Peter Taylor, Wayne Pegg, Jason Treloar and Graham Carmichael. Congratulations to the winners of the Bendigo Bank Wednesday Community Bowls Shield for 2019-2020. 

The Club is currently closed due to the health crisis, however if you would like to join the fun when life gets back to normal, get a few mates together and register a team by calling David Wesney on 0413 8838 548, or email him at In the meantime, we hope that you are all staying home and staying safe.

Pictured: Smokey and the Bandits with Dominic Andreacchio, Director of the Gisborne District Community Bank Branch of the Bendigo Bank after presenting them with the shield.

Chicken & Champagne Tournament Sponsored by TD Automotive Services

Pictured: The winning team from Bannockburn with tournament organiser, Dorothy Evans (centre)

The 2020 annual Chicken and Champagne Tournament was held on Friday 22 February. This much-anticipated annual event was bigger and better than ever this year and attracted 24 teams from Kyneton, Sunbury, Esendon, Trentham, Kilmore, Wallan, Maribyrnong Park, Golden Square, Lancefield, Melton, Bannockburn, Castlemaine, Broadford, Aberfeldie, Harcourt, Woodend, as well as Gisborne - a total of 96 players.

Participants enjoyed a day of bowling and fun, including raffles, door prizes, lucky numbers and a delicious luncheon and afternoon tea, as well as the champagne which flowed freely throughout the day. 

This year's winner was Geof Taylor's team from Bannockburn, which won both games and scored 34 points, beating Jenny Holburtn's team from Golden Square on a count back. Interestingly, a team from Bannockburn were runners up last year. The best last game was won by Dianne Marsh's team from Maribyrnong Park. 

Thanks go to all Gisborne cub members who assisted with organising the day, including (but not limited to) Teresa who was in charge of catering and her crew; all our drink waters and food servers; Robyn for the stalls and Dorothy for organising the teams.

A special thanks to the major sponsor - TD Automotive Services. Without our sponsors we  would not be able to run these events so we encourage all attendees and members to patronise our sponsors wherever possible.

Champion Bowlers Make Their Mark -  Gisborne Gazette December 2019

Congratulations to Gisborne bowler Kevin Jarred who on 7 November won the Central Highlands Bowls Division over 60s singles competition. Kevin played extremely well on the final day, defeating Kyneton players Wayne Turner in the semi-final with a score of 21 to 10, and Terry Kelly in the final with a score of 21 to 9.

This was an outstanding achievement as the event is open to players over 60 years of age from clubs within the Division, which includes Bacchus Marsh, Diggers Rest, Kyneton, Kyneton Golf, Lancefield, Macedon, Romsey, Trentham, Wallan, and Woodend, so there are a lot of contenders, making it a challenging title to win. Also, while the event is open to all players over 60 years of age, Kevin is on the cusp of turning 80 and is the oldest player ever to win the event.

On the same day, Teresa Wylie achieved runner‑up in the Ladies Over 60s singles. Teresa narrowly lost against state player from Kyneton, Desma Budd, with a score line of 18‑21.

Congratulations also go to Marg Ivory, Teresa Wylie, and Louise Ball on winning the Central Highlands Bowling Division ladies triples final on 20 October this year. Well done ladies.

Pictured: Teresa Wylie and Kevin Jarred

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