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Funds roll in for bowls club upgrade - Gisborne Gazette Julyu 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

Food and bowls join forces at Gisborne Bowling Club - Gisborne Gazette December 2021

Gisborne Bowling Club began its Barefoot Bowling season on 9 November with 16 teams turning up for the first rollup of the evening.

The event was well organised by Rob and Ailene Paterson. Ron Formica kept the refreshments flowing at the bar while Louise Ball mastered the sausage sizzle brilliantly, which was evident by how quickly the snags were being consumed.

The weather held up well with a nice balmy evening and both the grass and carpet rinks were used to accommodate the superb turnout.

An added event of the evening was a vehicle collision outside the club on Kilmore Road which resulted in the road being blocked to traffic at both ends. Thankfully there were no injuries and the road was reopened just before the end of the bowling session.

Wednesday's session was called off on 10 November due to bad weather but successfully ran the following week, hosted by David and Robyn Wesney. Beau Warrener manned the refreshments while Maureen Warrener did a fantastic sausage sizzle for all. Twelve teams played on Wednesday.

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Gisborne Gazette Shield winners Gisborne Gazette July 2021

Gisborne Bowling Club members competed for the Gisborne Gazette Shield on 8 May. On the 10th anniversary of the tournament, the 2021 winner was the team of Ian Ball (left), Russell A Walker OAM (centre), and Judy Butterley  (right), whose names will be inscribed on the shield. An enjoyable day of competition was rounded off with a much-appreciated afternoon tea.


Gisborne Bowlers third in the State - Gisborne Gazette June 2021

Further to our April article announcing that the Gisborne and District Bowling Club made history by winning the Midweek Division 1 Pennant for the first time since the competition commenced 69 years ago, we have even more exciting news!

     The team subsequently went on to win the Central Victorian Regional Championship, resulting in them representing Central Victoria in the 2020-21 Champion of State Pennant, held in Moama NSW.

     The event was held over 2 days on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 April, with our team winning two out of three games played on the Monday, beating Cohuna and Seymour, and one of the two games played on the Tuesday, beating Timboon.

     One of the only two teams that beat Gisborne was Port Melbourne who went on to become the overall winners. This was an amazing achievement for our Club and the team performed extremely well to achieve the rank of third in Victoria.

     Congratulations to the team, and thank you to the Club’s selectors and officials who made this possible.

Mid-Week Div 1 team in 2020-21 Champion

Our team pictured under the fabulous dome at Moama Bowling Club:

Back L-R: Russell Walker OAM, Alan Higgins, Kevin Jarred, Ethan Higgins, Paul O’Farrell, Ian Ball, John Evans, David Beardmore

Front L-R: Bill O’Connor, Louise Ball, Dorothy Evans, Barry Wylie, Teresa Wylie

Bowling Club lauds winners of all levels - Gisborne Gazette April 2021

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2020-2021 Tuesday Winners - Jim's Battle

The Gisborne and District Bowling Club made history on 16 March by winning the Midweek Division 1 Pennant for the first time since the competition began 69 years ago.

The Gisborne team had a great season, finishing on top of the ladder and winning the first semi-final to go straight into the Grand Final, played at Kyneton Golf Club. The Gisborne team beat Romsey Bowling Club by 16 shots overall to take out the win. Congratulations to the winning Midweek Division 1 Team.

Pictured: Team members from front to back = Rink 1 (Left) Ethan Higgins (skipper), Ian Ball, and Russell Walker OAM. Rink 2 (Centre) Graham Quaife (skipper), Paul O'Farrell, and Dorothy Evans. Rink 3 (Right) David Beardmore (skipper), John Evans, and Teresa Wylie.

March also saw the finals of the Community Bowls. Congratulations to Jim's Battlers who took out the 2020-21 Tuesday Community Bowls shield. (Pictured Left)

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