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Funds roll in for bowls club upgrade - Gisborne Gazette July 2022

To add to the good news of Gisborne and District Bowling Club's state midweek championship win, the club has also recently received funding of $245,000 to contribute towards the cost of constructing a new synthetic bowling green, new shade sails, fencing, seating and other improvements.

The bulk of the money comes from the State Government, with Macedon Ranges Shire Council proposing to also contribute $55,000 and the Bowling Club contributing $68,000.

The new synthetic bowling green will replace the current grass bowling green which is of a poor standard. Russell Walker, Chairman of the club, stated that the new bowling green will significantly reduce maintenance costs and enable the club to have two all-weather bowling greens to meet the growing number of participants.

Mary-Anne Thomas MP visited the club to announce the State Government contribution to the project and congratulate the club on its David and Goliath achievement of defeating the City of Geelong Bowling Club to take out the state championship.

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Mary-Anne Thomas  MP with Bowling Club Chairman Russell Walker, to announce the State Government's funding contribution.

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Gisborne bowlers win state title Gisborne Gazette July 2022

The Gisborne and District Bowling Club recently won the ultimate prize, the Victorian state title - Champion of State Midweek Pennant 2021-22.

The Club, which won the league midweek premiership, went on to win the Ballarat Highlands Bowls Region championship, and earned the right to represent the region in the state title over two days at Moama.

The midweek pennant winners from the 12 regions across the state, which included sides from metropolitan Melbourne, contested the event, battling through five sectional matches.

In Section A of the draw, Gisborne began with a 47 to 36 victory over Lakes Entrance (Gippsland Region), but then lost to Traralgon (Strzelecki Region) 35 to 51. Gisborne then rebounded strongly to win the last three matches, beating Karingal (Mornington Peninsula) 42 to 38, Kerang (Murray Mallee) 43 to 36, and Eaglehawk (Bendigo Campaspe Goldfields) 49 to 39 to top Section A. The City of Geelong (Geelong Region) won Section B and was widely seen as favourites for the title.

With the final played over 54 ends, the City of Geelong contingent held a slight lead for a significant portion of the game but Gisborne rallied over the last 10 ends to take the lead and eventually win the state title by nine shots - 53 to 44.

Congratulations to all the Gisborne representatives: Russell Walker, Ian Ball, Terry Kelly and Ethan Higgins; David Beardmore, Peter Williams, Tim Rogers and Alan Higgins; and Teresa Wlie, Paul O'Farrell, Graham Quaife and Garry Candy. Reserves: Kevin Jarred and Louise Ball. Team manager - Barry Wylie.

Club Chairman Russell Walker said it was a real team effort over the six games, and the Club was extremely proud of the efforts of all those involved in bringing home the title.

Double win for Gisborne  bowlers Gisborne Gazette May 2022

It has been an exceptional year for Gisborne Bowls Club with both third and first division wins in the pennant grand finals held at Kyneton Bowls Club late in March.

Division 1 midweek beat Romsey 1 67 to 56 (11 shots) and the went through to the State finals.

Division 3 also won the Saturday Pennant grand final by defeating Diggers Rest 2 74 to 67 (7 shots)

The barefoot bowlers enjoyed a good season although poor weather saw a couple of weeks cancelled.

The Wednesday competition was hosted for the last time by David and Robyn Wesney and Robyn was presented with a boquet of flowers in appreciation of the time and work put in to make the event such a success. Rob and Ailene Paterson also would up the Tuesday competition sporting 16 teams.


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2021-22 Grand Final winners: Division 3 Saturday Pennant team

2021-22 Grand Final winners: Division 1 mid-week Pennant team

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