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Underbool  Vic  3509

 

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2021-2022 Board

President:  Colin Lockett

Secretary: Howard Crothers

Senior Vice President: Steve Simmonds

Junior Vice president: Colin Aikman

Assistant Secretary: Jennifer Wakefield

Treasurer: Raelene Winslow

Immediate Past President Robert Gloster

Additional Board members: Colleen Gloster, Marie Cummings, Les Stone, Noelene Crow

 

Match Committee Men  Ray Gloster, Robert Gloster, Colin Lockett, Alan Stone

Match Committee Ladies  Jen Stone, Jennifer Wakefield

Greens & Maintenance Committee Robert Gloster, Steve Simmonds, John Cummings, Alan Stone, Stephen Lynch, Col Aikman, Les Stone, Jen Stone, Rhonda Lockett, Robert Pole

Registered Coach Steve Simmonds

Press Corres.         Robert Gloster, Jen Stone (photographer)

Bowls Sunraysia Delegates   Robert Gloster, Jennifer Wakefield

Pennant Selectors -- -Saturday:  Alan Stone, Robert Gloster, Les Stone

                                    Midweek:    Colleen Gloster, Marie Cummings.

National Umpires     Robert Gloster, J Cummings.

Catering Committee    Wendy Stone, Nolene Crow.

Bar Managers   H Crothers, Jen Stone, Ray Gloster, Rob Gloster.

 *IF FORECAST TEMPERATURE FOR MILDURA IS 38 DEGREES OR ABOVE, SAT BOWLS TO BE IN THE EVENING

 Sat play – names in by 1.15 pm for 1.30 pm start

Wednesday twilights – names in by 6pm for 6.30 pm start.

BBQ on Saturdays when pennant is at home.

Membership $100

Social Membership $50

Bar Membership $5

All Green Fees $5, BBQ $10, Twilights $10 plus Green Fees

 Non Playing Visitors Meal $10 (includes Bus driver)

 Club Car Travel – All Pennant and Ladies Star days each player to pay driver $10, car to be paid $10 even if traveling in a different car. Ouyen, Murrayville – Nil

 Delegates Meetings car $30

 Club Room Hire for Meetings $25

Casual Clothes may be worn except for pennant and tournaments

 

December 2022

Saturday 3rd was the final round of weekend Pennant, where we hosted Mildura 2 at the Underbool Bowls club.  With harvest being in full swing, once again our wonderful Ladies came to the rescue and helped us put 3 teams on the green. Although Mildura won comfortably overall, Marie Cummings team comprising Jennifer Wakefield, Ray Gloster and Robert Pole recorded a great 8 shot win. Who knows what the format of Saturday pennant will hold next season, watch this space I suggest!! 

Monday 5th, our Midweek pennant team ventured to the magic carpet at Red Cliffs to contest the Preliminary Final against Mildura. An interesting experience to say the least, unfortunately that’s where our season ends, as we went down in both rinks. However, it has been a successful pennant season considering, as we probably achieved 2 more steps than we would have predicted at the beginning of the season. The selectors did a remarkable job to present 2 teams each week, given the numbers not available on many occasions. Thanks to the men who helped out in filling a side when required rather than having to forfeit any matches. Once again we will have to wait and see what next season brings regarding format, length of season and so on. 

 

November 2022

28th

The weekend of Saturday 19th  was the Vic Open weekend so no Pennant was allowed to be played for the week. Consequently a good number of Members enjoyed Social bowls with the winners being Col Lockett ( S ) & Lyn Pryse.  A good crowd enjoyed a BBQ tea to finish the evening. On the Sunday 2 teams represented the Club at Irymples Carnival Star day, where Howard Crothers ( S ), Rob Gloster, Alan Stone & Cam Gloster picked up the third place trophies.

Saturday 26th  was not only election day, but a rare fine day for harvesting. This like the election result proved a disaster for our pennant side, which was scheduled to play Workers at Workers.

With approximately 10 Members unavailable due to harvest commitments ( which due to weather has become critical), we had no option but to forfeit. However, social bowls was still well supported and gave some of the midweek bowlers good practice for their Semi Final on the Monday. Winners of the day were Rob. Gloster  and Frankie Gloster.

Monday 28th, Underbool hosted Workers in the Midweek cut throat Semi Final. What a final it was, both Underbool teams displayed some excellent bowls to record a much deserved win overall by 9 shots. A great win and just reward that sees them advance to the Preliminary Final against Mildura at Mildura next Monday.

With the weather on the improve and harvest in full swing, it may be a challenge to match Mildura 2 at Underbool this Saturday, the last home and away Saturday Pennant match.  

 

 14th Nov

Who would have predicted a Bowls pennant season - weatherwise - as we have witnessed this year. Barely a sunny Saturday, but consistently cold, overcast and wet, wet, wet. 

 Typically, the Irymple team no sooner pulled up in the Underbool carpark, removed their bowls from the vehicles and yes, more precipitation proceeded to fall for the next couple of hours. 

 Following a general consensus, the game was declared a washout, and after a few drinks, a raffle and early afternoon tea the visitors ventured back to the Cauldron. The weather took up about 3.30 pm so a couple of rinks were rolled and President Col decided along with the social bowlers, we would play the Presidents Mixed Cup. Following a round robin series of matches, the winners of this year’s Cup were: Col Lockett, Colleen Gloster, Frankie Gloster & Wendy Stone.

 We travelled to the Mildura bowls club on Monday for the last game of Midweek pennant before the Finals. Once again it was showery and overcast, but we managed to complete the match. It was a tough day for one rink, but the other one had a nice win to enable us to secure 3rd position on the ladder. The semi-finals will be played on the 28th Nov. - not sure of the venue. Well done to all contributing players, you have done remarkably well to make the finals.

 The Club wishes one of our veteran stalwarts, John Cummings all the very best for his upcoming hip operation this week, and sincerely hope he’s back on the green real soon.

We have Ladies representing at Wentworth’s Star day this week, and the Club will be attending Irymple’s Carnival star day this weekend also.

 There will be Social Bowls (weather permitting of course), on Saturday, as there is no pennant due to the Vic. Open week taking precedence.

 

Mid Week Pennant:

Monday 31st October we welcomed top team Irymple to Underbool and what a cracking match it was. After 24 ends both teams were 23 all with one end to play. Noelene’s team picked up 2 shots to win by same, while on the other rink Colleen was 1 down on the head with only her bowl to play. So she declared the bowl going down by 1 shot but the team won by 1 shot overall. A thrilling result to a great day with the green running beautifully which allowed for some excellent bowls heads.

 Monday the 7th November, we ventured to Workers on their beautifully manicured and prepared greens. Another excellent days bowls under blue skies and sunshine. Even with a rink win and a loss, we hung in gallantly to produce a somewhat surprising win overall by 5 shots, against a pretty strong Workers’ team. With one more pennant match before finals, the Midweekers should now have cemented their position in the four, a great achievement considering our small numbers.

 Saturday Pennant: October 29th we played Mildura 3 at Mildura. After a tough battle, we could only muster up 1 rink win to go down 64 shots to 78. Saturday the 5th we had the bye. Next week we welcome Irymple to Underbool for Round 12. Teams are: Rob Gloster (S ), Cam Gloster, C. Aikman & J. Cummings.  H. Crothers ( S ), John Stone, S. Brammer & A. Willsmore.  C. Lockett ( S ), Alan Stone, Ray Gloster & S. Lynch.

  Good to have Alan back on the green again with 2 new knees.

 The benefit of a bye was a great roll up for social bowls on Saturday. Pairs 2-4-2 was the order of the day with some keen competition. Winners were Alan Stone and Noeleen Crow with Runners up Rob Gloster and Courtney Brammer. Great to see new bowlers Courtney and Cherie Donnellan joining in for social bowls and both doing very well. A BBQ tea was enjoyed by a good crowd.

 Sunday Rob and Cam Gloster, Col Lockett and John Stone represented at Wentworths Murray Darling fours, which culminated in a pleasant scenic drive back home.  

 Friday evenings “Bare Foot” bowls has been run for those who are interested in giving bowls a go. Last Friday 16 players enjoyed some light hearted fun whilst gaining some input to the sport of bowls. If you are high school age onward and interested come and give it a go. Winners last week were Isobel McVicar and Cherie Donnellan.

 

September 2022

Saturday 17th, Jen Stone rolled the first kitty and Scott Brammer bowled the first bowl at Underbool Opening Day for the season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ray, Robert, Cameron and Frankie GlosterRay, Robert, Cameron and Frankie Gloster             Four generations played Pennant for Underbool on Saturday 3rd.

 

 

 

 

 

April 2022

happy winnershappy winnersWednesday 6th of April our Ladies travelled to Irymple for their Star day tournament and were ecstatic to be the only 3 game winners and therefore bring home the trophies. The team of Colleen Gloster (S), Jen. Stone, Jennifer Wakefield and Wendy Stone all played very well throughout the day and enjoyed the tournament immensely. On their arrival back to the Club for our Season Wind up twilight event, their joviality set the scene for a great fun night.

President Colin Lockett welcomed the large crowd of Members and Visitors and following a few pre dinner drinks, the ladies presented a beautiful dinner which was overwhelmingly appreciated. Following dinner a good mix of experienced and newer bowlers took to the green for a game of 2 bowl pairs, 2 ends per game with teams rotating left and right like a “ Barn Dance”!! To add to the fun everyone had to use the very old large draw bowls from the Clubs archive stockpile.

Winners of the Presidents donated prizes were presented to Howard Crothers( S ) & Alan Willsmore, with the Runners up prizes going to Scott Brammer ( S ) & Robert Pole. A multitude of raffles followed which were keenly sought after.

The evening concluded with Colin thanking all who contributed to keep our Club functioning as a great sporting and social venue. He then proceeded to present the 2021-22 seasons various Club Championship trophies.

Ladie's Singles Champion: Jenny Stone.  R/Up: Jennifer Wakefield.

Men's Singles Champion: Steve Simmonds. R/Up: Robert Gloster.

Ladies' Pairs: Jenny Stone & Raelene Winslow.

Men's Pairs: Steve Simmonds & Colin Lockett.

Ladies' 4’s: Colleen Gloster, Wendy Stone, Nita Wandel & Raelene Winslow.

Men’s 4’s: Steve Simmonds, Colin Lockett, Les Stone & John Cummings.

Men's 100 up: Scott Brammer.

Who knows what surface we will be playing on next season, will it be grass or synthetic, only time will tell. Thank you to all clubs in the Sunraysia playing area, it’s great to welcome you all to our small but very proud club and we love visiting your clubs. Renewing old acquaintances and meeting new bowlers is what the social aspect is all about with this great sport.

Speaking of meeting bowlers, how many would our Club's veteran bowler Ray Gloster have met over the years? Ray celebrates his 95th birthday during Easter and is still a very active club member. Happy Birthday Ray, keep on bowling.

 

Our Club is winding up the season on Wednesday the 6th April, with twilight bowls, tea and the year's Championship winners presentations. The green at this stage will still be available for social bowls prior to the Football/Netball season starting. I’m sure many will still be keen to attend the many Carnivals and Tournaments still on offer at our sister Clubs. We look forward to our new synthetic green project coming to fruition sooner rather than later, therefore giving us all year round bowling.

Saturday 2nd April social bowls winners were Rob Gloster (S), Alan Willsmore and Frankie Gloster. A BBQ tea was enjoyed by our Members to wind up a good day.

 Also, on Saturday, our Mens 4’s team of Steve Simmonds (S), Col Lockett, Les Stone and John Cummings played off in the Sunraysia Champion of Champions at Ouyen Bowls Club, where they won through to the Grand Final only to go down by 2 shots to old foes Nangiloc, after being all square on the last end. Well done to 2 of the smaller Clubs for putting on such a great exhibition, congratulations Nangiloc.

It is a shame the Sunraysia playing area appears to be in bit of disarray at the moment.  Several clubs weren’t represented at the 4’s C of C last weekend obviously for various reasons, and the dates for both Ladies pairs and fours C of C and Mens pairs C of C have been changed that often, the eligible teams for play off are going dizzy trying to plan whether they will be available or not. It has been pointless having a syllabus as the dates have been thrown out the window to satisfy a minority and some personal preferences. Certainly needs addressing if the future of Champion of Champion playoffs is to continue in Sunraysia bowls.

Scott and RobScott and RobWith Pennant all done and dusted, Saturday social bowls is still being reasonably attended.Friday evening the 1st April, the Club Mens 100 up Handicap Grand Final was played between the relatively new and upcoming bowler in Scott Brammer  on scratch and the more experienced  bowler in Rob Gloster who was on -45. It was always going to be a hard task as Scott has become very good at draw Bowling and consistently. After a very entertaining match, Rob couldn’t quite bridge the gap handing Scott the 100 up Championship -  very refreshing to have a new bowler progressing so well.

On March 26th a 2-4-2 competition was held, with the winners being Rob Gloster and Nita Wandel.


March 2022

100 up still has a few matches to complete, which we need to have completed before our Season wind up which this year is to be held as a twilight on Wednesday 6th April.

Not much happening on the Club Social side of Bowls at the moment, hopefully that picks up from now on. This Sunday we have 7 Members travelling to Bendigo Country Week, meeting up with past Club member Ken Byrne (Violet Town ) who continues to join us for 4 days of bowls.

Thank you to all the members who have represented our Club by attending tournaments over the long weekend at Ouyen, Workers and Murrayville, and this coming Wednesday to Wentworth, we are only a small Club but do our best to support as many Clubs as is possible.

Thursday 10th March the Mens Club Championship 4’s was played off, with Steve Simmonds ( S ), Col Lockett, Les Stone & John Cummings taking thehonours over Rob Gloster (S), Cam Gloster, Alan Stone & Steve Lynch.

 

With Pennant over for this season for our Club, it’s on with our Club matches and attending tournaments. Mens 4’s championship play off is this Thursday evening, 10th March . Several tournaments are on this coming weekend of which we have Members attending.

Raelene, Jen, Jennifer, AnneRaelene, Jen, Jennifer, AnneSunday 6th afternoon - both the Mens and Ladies Club Pairs finals were decided. Jen Stone (S) and Raelene Winslow played  Jennifer Wakefield (S) and Anne Stone in a very competitive match, with Jen and Raelene able to open up a small margin in the latter stages of the game and maintain that margin to be crowned Club Pairs Champions.

Alan, Rob, Steve, ColAlan, Rob, Steve, ColAlongside them the Mens pairs Championship between Steve Simmonds (S) and Col Lockett playing Rob Gloster (S) and Alan Stone was also being conducted, in what turned out to be a very difficult day at the office for Robert and Alan. Steve and Col played with extraordinary consistency and accuracy to outplay their opponents and take out the Club Pairs championship.

Saturday 5th saw a good number gracing the green for social Bowls, where a pairs event was won by Col Lockett and Frankie Gloster from runners up John Cummings and Anne Stone.

Raelene, Nita, Wendy, ColleenRaelene, Nita, Wendy, ColleenAt the same time the Ladies Club 4’s Grand Final was played off with Colleen Gloster (S), Wendy Stone, Nita Wandel and Raelene Winslow winning the Championship over Jennifer Wakefield (S), Jen Stone, Veronica Stone and Dorothy Brown.

The Men’s pairs Semi Final was also played off Saturday afternoon between Rob. Gloster (S) and Alan Stone and Cameron Gloster (S) and Stephen Lynch. It was a Crackerjack game being 18 all on the last end with Rob and Alan getting home by 1 shot to move into the Grand Final.

Last Friday night 4th  was the final night of 'try bowls' -'Jack Attack', We hope those who participated, enjoyed themselves and continue to come along to our social bowls on a Saturday.

 

February 2022

This week is the final Pennant game for season 2021/22, where we welcome the Mildura Bowls Club.

Club events need to be kept pushing along or they won’t get finished by seasons end.

Recently quite a few of our Members have attended Tournaments at Nangiloc and Ouyen enjoying the bowls and comaraderie.

Saturday 12th February we welcomed the very strong Irymple club to our green, once again going down overall 53/69. Howard Crothers Rink had a good win over John Harmer, but the other 2 rinks couldn’t overcome Irymples consistency.

Pennant team ventured to Red Cliffs on the 5th of February, with Steve Simmonds rink handling the carpet ok recording a good win, but the other 2 rinks struggled going down overall 68 /86.

January 2022

Sunday 30th, our Annual Triples Tournament was a huge success. 66 visiting Bowlers had an absolute blast of a day, many hailing it the best tournament they had attended in a long time. Once again it is a credit to our wonderfully committed members, who put in so many volunteer hours to keep this club successful. From the pristine surrounds, the beautiful country meals and cooking to the general tournament organisation, our Members can be very proud of their efforts.

Eight of the Nangiloc boys had camped overnight in preparation for the Tournament where some may have peaked a little early, or late whichever the case may be!!

Winners -Nangiloc team with Graeme Phillips (a major sponsor) and Colin Lockett (Underbool Bowls Club president)Winners -Nangiloc team with Graeme Phillips (a major sponsor) and Colin Lockett (Underbool Bowls Club president)Winners of our 2 Bowl Triples Tournament - very kindly sponsored by “ Findex Financial Services Mildura” and “Ontario General Store” - were  the Nangiloc team of Ben Mansell ( S ), Alan Erskine & Shane Moore.

 

 

 

 

Runners up - Merbein team with Graeme and ColinRunners up - Merbein team with Graeme and ColinR/Up were the Merbein team of Eric Watson ( S ), Bryce Midgely & Gordon Wallace.

 

3rd place - Ouyen team with Graeme and Colin3rd place - Ouyen team with Graeme and ColinThird place was the Ouyen team of Norm Latta ( S ), Joan Pohlner & Don Pohlner.

We are very appreciative of all the Clubs that supported us. Visiting Clubs included: Irymple (5), Ouyen, Workers, Murrayville, Parilla, Merbein, Nangiloc and Hopetoun It was very refreshing to see a couple of young school aged lads from Murrayville playing in the tournament, both very accomplished bowlers, which proves our sport is for all ages.

Also on Sunday 30th, Jen Stone represented our Club in the Champion of Champions ladies singles putting up a gallant effort in the first round against Irymple's young champion Emma Simmonds and although not winning, represented our club proudly.

Saturday 29th - round 11 of Pennant saw us take on Nangiloc at Underbool, where the Nangy team were trying to hang onto 4th spot on the ladder. However, Underbool were very keen to avenge 2 losses to them in earlier rounds and did so by winning all 3 Rinks in some very tightly contested games. Next week's round against Red Cliffs on the carpet will provide an interesting task for us.

Saturday was just the beginning of a very successful weekend of Bowls for the Underbool Club.

Social bowls was played Saturday with the days winner being Raelene Winslow. 

 

Saturday 15th January we resumed Pennant and played a very good side in Irymple at Irymple. Always tough to beat whether at home or away, we really took it up to them just going down overall 66/69. All 3 rinks were struggling before the afternoon tea break, but turned it around in the second half. We have quite a few unavailable at the moment, which was always going to be the case playing after Xmas, but thankfully our ladies have stepped in to assist and are playing very well.
On the 4th Jan. both the Mens and Ladies Club Singles Championships were played off before a very large crowd of interested members and onlookers. They weren’t disappointed as both games were very keenly contested with some excellent shots being played and the usual twists and turns that finals can produce.

In the Ladies Final, Jenny Stone held out a very determined Jennifer Wakefield, to win her second Club Championship, 25/20. Well done Jen, we wish you all the best in the Sunraysia C of C  to be held on 30th of January.

The Men's final between Rob. Gloster and Steve Simmonds was a game of 2 halves, with Rob flying out of the blocks early to hold a very good lead but when Steve found his radar, his consistency was very hard to reign in and he ran over the top of Rob 25/21. Well done Steve on another Club Championship.

Coming up, this Saturday 22nd Jan. we travel again, to do battle with Mildura Bowls Club.

 

Sunday 30th January is our Annual 2 bowl Triples Tournament, entries are pretty healthy, so we are looking forward to a wonderful day of bowls, fun and fellowship.

 

December 2021

winnerswinnersOn the 22nd December we had a great roll up for our Ouyen IGA Sponsored Xmas twilight competition, with our wonderful ladies presenting a fabulous meal, which was  the ideal lead into the festive season. The winners of the Triples event were, Steve Simmonds ( S ), Noelene Crow & Nita Wandel.

runners-uprunners-upRunners Up were Colleen Gloster ( S ), Raelene Winslow & Alan Willsmore. The rest had to rely on the numerous raffles. Thankyou sincerely Gary and Jackie for your generous support.

 

 

To assist in alleviating a situation at a later date in the pennant calendar for both Underbool and Nangiloc, both clubs were in agreeance to play what was to be a home match for Underbool, at Nangiloc. With the forecast temperature estimated to be at the top end of the scale, an early start was agreed upon, so as to avoid the mid afternoon heat. And didn’t they take advantage of their home turf as they stitched us up 2 rinks to 1, 91 shots to 66. Howard Crothers, Alan Stone, Ray Gloster and Jen Stone carried the flag for Underbool, with the other 2 rinks being outplayed. A very tasty BBQ lunch was enjoyed following the game, such is the hospitality of the Nangiloc club, thank you.

This week end was a double header for Div. 2, with another round to be played the next day (Sunday). We welcomed Red Cliffs to Underbool, where the temperature was ideal but unfortunately, the forecast high gusty winds turned out to be accurate, which made for a very testing time on the green. It was however, a good day for the home team winning 69 shots to 64 overall. Howard Crothers and Col Locketts rinks had good wins and were able to cover Rob Glosters rink which had a very tough day at the office. That’s it for Pennant until we resume again on 15th Jan.

Wednesday 22nd is our Christmas twilight night, sponsored by Jason’s Ouyen IGA; we look forward to a good roll up to conclude 2021. All the very best for a happy, healthy and safe Christmas and New Year, may you all come back refreshed and ready for bowls in 2022.  

 

Another cracker Saturday for bowls, when our pennant team came up against top team Workers at Underbool on Saturday 11th. Once again we backed up our first round encounter with them, by just going 63/68 shots overall. Rob. Gloster's rink had a good win 31/16 over Geoff Weller, but Steve Simmond's after closing the gap over Col. Gowers, eventually went down 16/27.  Howard Crothers' rink had no answer to Ron Dunn’s magic stick as it could do no wrong, but they did a great job holding them to a 16/25 result. We have had some good tussles with Workers, and this was no exception.

Social bowlers enjoyed a pairs competition with Winners being Raelene Winslow and Ron Elliott from Runners up, Colleen Gloster and Frankie Gloster.

This weekend the 18th & 19th of Dec. is a Pennant double header, we play Nangiloc at Nangiloc on Saturday and welcome Red Cliffs to Underbool on Sunday. This is also the final round before the Christmas break, after which we will resume on the 15th Jan.

Sunday Rob Gloster and Alan Stone played off one of the Men's Singles Championship Semi Finals, where Rob was able to advance to the Grand Final at a date to be decided when the other semi is completed.

Wednesday the 22nd of December is our Christmas tea wind up twilight night, sponsored by Jason’s Ouyen IGA - let’s hope the weather is kind.

Good to see Ken Taylor back bowling at the club again after some health issues, and a couple of younger bowlers coming along to our social bowls and enjoying the game. With harvest being wound up we should see a few more numbers on the green.

 

A few more team adjustments had to take place for Saturday 4th Dec. pennant match against Mildura at Underbool with harvest still in full swing. It’s actually quite a long time since Mildura have played at Underbool and word has it they were swatting up the “Australian Touring Guide” Friday evening. It was great to welcome them back again, to catch up with some old and new faces and enjoy a very light- hearted and social day albeit with some very keen competition.

Howard Crothers' strong win over Rob. Hanns was enough to cover the narrow losses of Rob. Gloster's and Steve Simmonds' rinks to give the home team a 3 shot overall win 67/64.

Midweek pennant home and away matches for Division 2 concluded on Monday, with all teams being hosted by Underbool, where the green and surrounds looked a picture in the natural bushland setting. Coomealla were able to clinch both rinks over Underbool by 9 shots overall in the morning match. However, the afternoon match against Euston was a complete turnaround with Colleen Gloster's rink winning 18/7 and Marie Cumming's rink winning 19/5, to finish the season on a high note.

Well done to all those Members who contributed to the Midweek competition, the experience in this type of match play is invaluable.

The afternoon tea provided by the Underbool ladies for the final Div.2 round was very much appreciated by all the visiting Clubs.

This Saturday December 11,  we welcome Workers to Underbool to begin a new round. Social bowls will also be held with the usual BBQ tea to follow the days Bowling.

 

November 2021

What a difference a week makes weather-wise, as both Saturday pennant and Midweek pennant were played in glorious conditions this week.

Our first home match in Saturday pennant, wasn’t the result we had hoped for, as Irymple gave us a lesson in how to play consistently good bowls. From the outset the visitors dominated, however following afternoon tea we did steady with a couple of teams making a good comeback, but still all 3 rinks going down. Not all was lost as the laughter and banter from all 3 greens, particularly about the performance of a certain “Collingwood” branded bowl, made for a humorous day. The green by the way, was pretty slick, and ran beautifully, a credit to the guys in charge.

Next week we welcome Mildura to Underbool to complete round one. Social bowls will also be available for Members and newcomers, with the usual BBQ tea to follow the days bowling.

11 Members including a few newbies, played social bowls, with the winners being Colleen Gloster ( S ), Dorothy Brown & Cherie Donnellan.

Friday afternoon the semi final of the Ladies singles Championship was played between Marie Cummings and Jennifer Wakefield. It was a marathon match and with both at 24 all, Jennifer prevailed in a thriller and now meets Jen Stone in the Final, at a date to be decided.

Sunday we had a representative team attend Irymple’s Trilogy day, acquitting themselves extremely well, at a very well run tournament.

Midweek 2nd Division pennant was played at Euston on Monday, where we played Workers in the AM, with one rink winning but not by enough to cover the other rink, therefore picking up 2 points. In the afternoon with the overhead covers drawn, we played Mildura with the same result as the mornings match, picking up 2 more points. Next week is the final round with all 2nd Division playing at Underbool.

 It has become a point of concern from some players, that bowls etiquette isn’t being applied correctly, particularly with regards to pennant. Quite often the lead and Second are on the green crowding the head and indicating where the skipper should be playing the shot, instead of being back on the bank, leaving the third player to give instructions and do the measuring. This is quite evident in Midweek pennant and has become a hot topic over the pennant season. 

 

As I finished off our notes last week, I did say we won’t get too optimistic about the weather for the ensuing season. How right that turned out to be. Saturday 20th we were enjoying a pleasant drive to Red Cliffs when just shy of the Hattah round-a-bout, we were informed it was too wet to play in Sunraysia, pennant cancelled. So, we went back to the Ouyen Club, had lunch then proceeded back to our own club where we had 22 members enjoy a very pleasant day of social bowls in perfect conditions. Three bowl triples was played with 2 pairs making up the balance. Winners were Rob. Gloster (S), Alan Willsmore and Wendy Stone from Runners up on a count back, Howard Crothers and Ron Elliott.

Next Saturday 27th, we welcome Irymple for our first home game. There will be social bowls as usual with a BBQ tea to wind up the day.

Midweek pennant was at Irymple where we played Euston in the morning and Irymple in the afternoon. The mornings matches were similar to the previous week's, winning 1 match, losing 1 match to just go down over all by 2 shots yet again. However, the afternoon's result was far more satisfying, with Colleen’s team winning by 13 shots and Marie’s team by 10 shots to finally enjoy an overall victory. This experience is invaluable to some of our newer ladies who haven’t played much pennant.

Next week Div 2 Midweek is at Euston.

Club Championships are well under way. Marie Cummings plays Jennifer Wakefield this Friday afternoon to decide who plays Jenny Stone in the Final.

The Men are out to the semi-finals, with Alan Stone to play Rob. Gloster and Howard Crothers to play Steve Simmonds. All other competitions are posted on the board.

 

It could be said it is the dawning of a new era of Bowls. Personally, I must admit with all the hurdles we have had to jump to try and play sport in general, Bowls included, has tested the will to remain enthusiastic, let alone bothered. What a difference one almost normal game of Pennant makes in rejuvenating that enthusiasm, and Saturday 6th of November certainly did the trick, even if the usually sunny Mildura presented us with some early showers.

However, since the inception of the 1st lockdown a long time ago, the Underbool Bowls Club has been far from dormant. When able we have had good numbers for Bowls practice, the Club house has had a few repairs and it has had a very refreshing new coat of paint.

We received some assistance to purchase some more equipment to help our wonderful Club volunteers maintain our surrounds, and have just been successful with a grant to purchase a new ride on mower, thanks to assistant Secretary Jennifer. But, the big news was that we have at last been successful in a major grant to put down a Synthetic green, which will be an enormous benefit in so many ways, both to the Members and the Community.

Last Saturday, 30th October we had a great roll up including some keen new Bowlers, who enjoyed a wonderful day of “normal” social bowls.

Winners were, Rob. Gloster, Jennifer Wakefield & visiting first timer & golfing fanatic, Colin Greed.

Saturday 6th, because Saturday pennant began, a smaller number played pairs, with Jenny Stone & Jennifer Wakefield winning the day.

The first round of pennant saw us travel to Workers in 2nd Division on Saturday, and contrary to “ Uncle Tony’s” prediction in Saturdays Sunraysia Daily, we had a cracking game taking it right up to Workers to just go down 70 shots to 66. Compliments to Workers, your greens were exceptional and the comradery likewise.

Our Midweek pennant players were also eagerly looking forward to at last being able to return to competition this week, all be it with a new format of 2 games of 15 ends being played on the same day at the same venue. The 2 Underbool teams travelled to Red Cliffs to experience the new carpet surface, and acquitted themselves very well. In the morning’s match against Irymple we just went down overall 34 shots to29 and backed up in the afternoon against Workers to be pipped by 30 shots to 27. The format was okay but, the lunch time break was a bit rushed, particularly for the team managers who, after filling in the results and ratifying the cards, were left with no time to have their lunch. Midweek Div. 2 travel to Underbool for next Mondays round. 

Mens and Ladies Club Championship draws have been posted so we need to make the playoffs a priority as harvest is fast approaching.

It’s good to be back look forward to catching up on the green.

 

April 2021

Windup, Presentation Day and President’s Day of Underbool Bowls Club 2020/2021 was held on Sunday afternoon of April 11th. A rather chilly autumn day but the warmth of the fellowship was most evident.

President Robert Gloster welcomed a good crowd, with special welcome to visitors Colin and Valerie Greed.

winners Ron, Murray, Colin with Robertwinners Ron, Murray, Colin with RobertA short afternoon of bowling with many sometimes trying but fun inclusions in the games, saw Colin Aikman, Murray Lockett and Ron Elliott come out winners of the day.

runners up - Colin, Raelene, Robertrunners up - Colin, Raelene, RobertClose Runners/up were Robert Gloster, Raelene Winslow and Colin Greed.

Roll to the very large spider was Anne Stone. One team who shall not be named won the encouragement award.

 

 

Underbool bowlers have certainly held their own in the Sunraysia District Bowls Championships this season. With Marie Cummings winning at home and then winning the Sunraysia Champion of Champions and going on to compete in the Murray Mallee Region Championships play off.

The Underbool Ladies Fours team went on to win the Sunraysia Ladies Championship Fours, with the Underbool Men’s Winning Fours coming in close Runners/up in the playoff of the Sunraysia Men’s Championship Fours.

Presentations were made to all winners and Runners/up Club Championships Singles, Pairs and Fours.

Wendy and MerleWendy and MerleCongratulations also to in Club 100 up winner Wendy Stone and Runner/up, Merle Pole.

A beautiful meal of cooked cold meats, donated by Colin and Rhonda Lockett and Les and Wendy Stone, along with a large array of salads was enjoyed by all.

And then “surprise surprise” a very large Ginger Fluff sponge adorned with cream and fresh raspberries appeared, birthday candles and all! A very surprised President Robert Gloster who is soon to celebrate a special O Birthday was lost for words! Colin Lockett on behalf of the Club thanked Robert for all he does not only for the Bowls Club, but for all his work in the community as well and wished him a very happy 70th Birthday. All responded in singing “Happy Birthday” and then shared in the Birthday cake made by Robert’s sister in law Anne Stone, for sweets. A fitting finale to another successful year at Underbool Bowls.

Work will continue on even though the season has closed. The Underbool Bowls Club Board has seen fit to have the toilet suites and plumbing updated, also to have assist rails installed in the cubicles.

The Club has also been successful in obtaining funding for a battery operated Trimmer including a petrol powered Edger. This will enable the Bowls surrounds to be kept neat and tidy. Funding has also been received for four new and updated scoreboards. The Club has “Good as New” Ouyen to thank for this generous donation. President Robert Gloster has extended thanks in appreciation to Good as New “who do a marvelous work with their volunteering and contributions to the community.

 

March 2021   

Steve Simmonds (s), Colin Lockett, Les Stone and John Cummings played in the Sunraysia Men's Championship Fours at Ouyen the weekend of 20th and 21st March. With a bye in the first round, the team won against Coomealla in the second round on the Saturday. Returning Sunday morning to play Workers team and having won that game, they went into the Grand Final against Nangiloc. Underbool trailed closely all the game until the last end when the score was 18 all. An exciting finish saw Nangiloc take the game by 1 point. Final score 18/19.
Social Bowls Saturday 20th March, fourteen bowlers played. Alan Stone and Jennifer Wakefield were winners of the day.
Friday 19th March: the Men's Championship Pairs was played out with Steve Simmonds and Colin Lockett playing Colin Aikman and Les Stone. Once again Steve Simmonds and Colin Lockett retain their status as Underbool Men's Pairs Club Champions. Best wishes to them as they go on to play in the Sunraysia Men's Pairs Championships at Irymple next weekend 27th and 28th March.
Also best wishes for good bowling to Bernadette Stone and Raelene Winslow as they play in the Sunraysia Ladies Championship Pairs at Euston on the same weekend.

Sunraysia Ladies Championship Fours winners 2021Sunraysia Ladies Championship Fours winners 2021Underbool Ladies are exultant in their win at the recent play off at Ouyen on the weekend of 13th/14th March in the Sunraysia Ladies Championship Fours. Defeating teams from Irymple and Coomealla on the Saturday and then returning to play in the Grand Final against Mildura Sunday morning.

The team of Marie Cummings (S), Colleen Gloster, Wendy Stone and Nita Wandel all played extremely well to come through to be Sunraysia Ladies Championship Fours winners of 2020/2021.

President of Underbool Bowling Club Robert Gloster congratulates the team on their three wins to take out the winning Trophy. Many thanks to those who attended to support the team and a special thank you to Anne Stone for acting as Emergency.

winnerswinnersMeanwhile back at the Underbool Club on a very damp Saturday, the menfolk were playing off thei