By Ian Milgate
Last Monday a team from Healesville Bowling Club went down to the Chirnside Park Country Club to support a special Charity day for the Bowls Gr8 for Brains which focuses on four key elements of improving Mental health, those being physical exercise, re-integration into social environments, stimulating brain functions and engaging in programs that divert attentions away from previous trauma, with a community based program that runs at local bowls clubs.
The four members from Healesville who bowled were John Clarke, Colin Lowe, Steve Graham, Steve Bulled who had the opportunity to play against the Australian Bowling Champion karen Murphy AM.
Healesville bowlers were blown away by the experience and were very proud to be supporting such a great cause.
John Clark organised the team in the event.
Both Tuesday’s teams played Wednesday due to the Melbourne Cup.
With many players still away due to illness, Healeseville managed to pull 2 teams together.
Team 1 were away to Warburton and expected a tough game against their old rivals.
They got off to a good start on 2 rinks and continued plugging away until we wore them down with some excellent bowling from the two Steve’s, who obviously picked up a few good pointers from Karen Murphy during Mondays match, finally over running Warburton by 6 shots 61 – 55.
Steve Bulled’s rink had the highest winning rink and won a pen each for their effort.
Steve Bulled, Robyn Turville, Damian Key, Ian Milgate 24 – 15
Effie Laban, Robert Ayres, Chris Hawting, Bob Brown 13 – 23
Steve Graham, Robert Broadhurst, Hilda Gurney, Gerda Otto 24 – 17
Team 2 played at home to Bayswater and wanted to keep their winning streak going.
Healesville were on song right from the start and by the lunch break had a handy lead. After the break with some good bowling from all the rinks they continued on to beat Bayswater by 36 shots 76 – 40.
The rink with the highest winning margin was Wally Mays rink and they will get a pen soon.
It now puts Healesville in 2nd place on the ladder, 1 point behind Chirnside Park.
Next week they play Mooroolbark at home.
John Fitzpatrick, Barry Parker, Colin Jarvis, Jodie Ward 23 – 16
Len Cosson, Gerry Gommers, Anne Holland, Glenda Graham 22 – 14
Wally Mays, Mike Adams, Leonie Fitzpatrick, Judy Veermann 31 – 10
Saturday’s Team 1 played at home against Heathmont who were sitting 2nd. on the ladder with Healesville sitting 3rd, so the team expected a cracker game as Heathmont always put in strong sides.
But, Healesville showed that even the top sides can loose, with Healesville winning by 31 shots 91 – 60.
The rink with the highest winning score was Adrian Beales rink, so they will receive a pen soon.
Steve Graham, Rob Broadhurst, Chris Hawting, Ian Milgate 22 – 10
Steve Bulled, John Clark, Wally Mays, John Howard 15 – 18
Adrian Beales, Effie Laban, Bob Brown, Gerda Otto 30 -17
Mark Ward, Colin Lowe, Robyn Turville, Robert Ayres, 24 – 15
Saturday’s Team 2 played away at Donvale with a full side of players who were keen to get a win, which would put them on top of the ladder.
To their credit, they fought hard all day to come away with a win beating Donvale by 16 shots 69 – 53.
All players put in a good team effort with the highest winning rink going to Barry Parkers rink who were very deserving of a pen.
Next week they are at home against Mitcham who are second on the ladder one point behind us, so it should be a nail biting game.
Len Cosson, Anne Holland, Russell Smith, Mark Cookney 18 -15
Barry Parker, Judy Veermann, Karl Tok, Leonie Fitzpatrick 36 – 8
John Fitzpatrick, Mike Adams, Glenda Graeme, Jill Cookney 15 – 30
Corporate Bowls is back on Wednesday 15 November for the hotly contended Charles Hort Trophy.
Everyone is welcome to come on down and watch some great bowling along with a snag and refreshments.