BV Bulletin No. 233

by Team BV

Issue 233 – 12 June 2015

New Bowls Victoria Communications and Marketing Manager
Bowls Victoria welcomes to the role of Communications and Marketing Manager Guy Hand.
Guy has an extensive and well-respected background in journalism having worked for the BBC, Australian Associated Press and News Corporation. Guy’s involvement in media for more than 25 years has been as a journalist in both news and sport. Most recently Guy ran the Australasian editorial operations for digital sports media company Perform, including Football Federation Australia’s websites and in Australia and New Zealand. Guy will be focussing on combining a strong communications and marketing strategy that will enhance the connection with members through new direct communication areas and platforms to be introduced by Bowls Victoria, and to establish, build and service vital commercial opportunities to assist in the growth of the sport of Bowls in Victoria.

Staff Departures
As a result of a review of the internal staffing structure of Bowls Victoria a decision was made to streamline certain operations within Bowls Victoria. As a result of this restructure we sadly have to announce that two positions were made redundant. Jenny Gilbert (Accounts & Membership Officer) and Natalie Vernon (Reception and Administration Assistant) have both done some great work for Bowls Victoria and will be missed but we thank them for their efforts and wish them well in the future.
Any queries regarding Membership can be directed to Amanda James on or to Finance Manager, Georgina Hodson, on or ring the Bowls Victoria offices on (03) 9861 7100

Under 18 Test Series vs South Australia
Last weekend an Under 18 Test Series involving Bowls Victoria & Bowls South Australia was staged at Moonee Ponds BC. In the first test the newer look Victorian girls side led by captain Tayla Morrison (Melbourne) , Tiffany Brodie (Fitzroy Victoria), Amelia Bruggy (Bendigo), Mikayla Long (Glenroy), Natasha Russell (Clayton) recorded wins in three out of the four disciplines with the only blemish a loss in the pairs to their Bowls SA counterparts 13-16. Enough was done in the other three events to secure a 3-1 win. The Victorian boys’ team under captain Joshua Corless (Bundoora), Jayden Christie (Werribee), Curtis Handley (Clayton), Alex Skilton (Clayton), and Jordan Yates (Glenroy) got off to a flyer and recorded four wins from the four events played even though the win in the singles by was by a slender one shot margin 21-20. At the end of Day One both teams had laid a solid foundation for the remainder of the weekend by winning the all-important first test. Click here to view all of the details of what happened on Days 2 & 3 and how the Victorians secured their overall wins in the event. For all the information relating to who has made it into the Gold and Silver Squads for the Under 18’s for the coming season’s activities click here. It’s from these squads that representative teams will be selected for test series in 2015/16.

Inaugural Lawn Bowls challenge for Primary Schools at Sorrento
Sorrento Primary School took out both the winner’s and the runner’s-up trophies:
The winners: were a Year 5 team called “John’s Jaguars” (inspired by Sorrento Bowls Club member John Shepherd who coached the children over 3 weeks leading up to the challenge). The team won with 22 shots up while the runners-up with 14 shots up were another Year 5 team named “Sassy Sorrento”.
Teams from Sorrento Primary, St. Josephs Primary, Sorrento and Rosebud Primary schools took part and played in teams of four over 14 ends. A supportive crowd of teachers and parents from participating schools came along to watch the challenge which was supervised by a team of ten Sorrento Bowls Club members measuring and scoring the matches and an official umpire for the day, Graham Woodrow of Rye. Trophies were awarded to the two winning teams and certificates to all participating schools by Sorrento Bowls Club President, Rod Bell. It has set the challenge for an ongoing event on an annual basis at Sorrento Bowls Club working closely with the P.E. teachers at local schools.
Our thanks to Judith Mordech from Sorrento BC for providing this feedback.

National Ranking Points
Have you had a look yet at the online information currently available that displays the National Ranking Points accumulated by participating bowlers in events and tournaments that are being staged right across the country? The majority of these events are open to all-comers who wish to enter. There are lists for male rankings and female rankings and Victoria has many players featured on both lists as a result of our State Championships being decided in April. Click here to have a look and be surprised at finding someone you might know!

Metropolitan Pennant Nominations for Season 2015-16
Just a reminder that there is only a little under three weeks left if you haven’t already put in your nominations for BV Metropolitan Mid-week and Saturday Pennant for season 2015-16. These are due at Bowls Victoria by Wednesday 1 July 2015. Click here to go direct to the Pennant Section of the BV website to see what is on offer for this year’s Metro Pennant competitions.

Bowlers Arm News
Arm Bowling Goes Interclub
Arm Bowling has its first interclub event! Two clubs from the Peninsula Casey Region, Dromana BC and Frankston City BC have set the date for the first official inter-club arm bowling event staged in Victoria and we believe possibly in Australia. The venue will be Dromana BC and the date for the event is Sunday 8 November 2015. This could be the start of something big according to BV Director and State Arm Coordinator Phil Gude who stated, ‘It is my hope that other clubs will conduct similar events even if several clubs combine to get sufficient players that would be great. There are over 4,000 registered arm players in Victoria so little wonder this development has occurred and we pay great tribute to the two Clubs and officials who have made this happen”, he said. Phil went on to state, “Bowls Victoria challenges our Regions to help develop similar interclub arm events, and if enough respond we will develop an annual Regional Arm Bowling Contest. If you like a mini version of the three day National Championship of which Victoria are the current Champions.

BV Chief Executive Graeme Bridge has stated that, “Arm bowling is moving forward and represents a great membership enhancement for clubs as many players who would be lost to our sport can retain a competitive edge and take part in social bowls, Pennant and a National event series. Clubs should not lose site of the membership income these 4,000 plus players generate in Club membership, green fees, bar, raffle and other club events,” he said.

Bowls Victoria Board Elections
Information and Nomination forms have been sent out to all Clubs, Divisions and Regions advising of the Election for Board of Directors for Bowls Victoria.
Rule 17.3 of the Bowls Victoria Constitution requires that the positions held by two female Elected Directors (Rosemary Varty and Pamela van Huizen) and two male Elected Directors (Murray Rowe and John Inglese – appointed casual vacancy for Graeme Kelly) shall be declared vacant at the Bowls Victoria Annual General Meeting to be held on Thursday, 22October 2015. Nomination Forms are available via the Bowls Victoria website.
Nomination Forms are to be correctly completed and signed by affiliated members representing two different clubs and supported by written consent of the person being nominated. Rule 18(c)(ii) requires that completed Nomination Forms be returned to the Chief Executive no later than the date specified (as below). Under no circumstances will late nominations be accepted. Assuming that the number of nominations received exceeds the number of vacancies an election must then be held.

The timetable for the conduct of such election is as follows:

Thursday, 11 June 2015 Nomination Forms distributed to clubs.
Friday, 31 July 2015 Nominations close at 4.30pm at Bowls Victoria.
Monday, 17 August 2015 Voting papers issued to clubs.
Friday, 25 September 2015 Voting closes at 4.30pm.
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 Votes counted.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 Declaration of election results.
Thursday, 22 October 2015 Annual General Meeting.

Expression of Interest – Bowls Victoria Finance & Audit Committee
Expressions of Interest are invited from suitably qualified persons for consideration for available positions as Committee members on the Bowls Victoria Finance & Audit Committee. The objective of the Bowls Victoria Finance and Audit Committee is to assist the Bowls Victoria Board to discharge its responsibilities by monitoring and advising on all aspects of the financial management of Bowls Victoria Inc.

It is intended that all members of the Bowls Victoria Finance & Audit Committee will have relevant qualifications and experience (ie be a qualified accountant or other finance professional with experience of financial and accounting matters) and be financially literate and have familiarity with financial management.

Please refer to the Bowls Victoria Finance & Audit Committee Terms of Reference (click here) for a complete explanation of the duties and responsibilities associated to members of this committee. Bowls Victoria is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Organisation and seeks gender balance where possible in all appointments to committees.

The time commitment in applying for a role on the Finance & Audit Committee is to attend a meeting every second Thursday of the month, plus meeting preparation and review time each month with an occasional extra meeting for budget review/special projects/Year End Financial Reporting and the like. Click here to obtain the Expression of Interest Form, Terms of Reference for the F & A Committee and to view the 2013-14 Annual Report and Financial Figures.

Expression of Interest – Bowls Victoria Committees
We thank those members who have already submitted expressions of interest for Bowls Victoria State Committees. We recognise and greatly value the important contributions made by all State Committees and the Committee members involved in the administering of the sport in conjunction with Bowls Victoria. Currently we require specific support on the Bowls Victoria Awards Committee and we make this approach to all members to consider their nominating for a role to assist in this area. Please refer to the Expression of Interest Form available from the Bowls Victoria website by clicking here to be completed by anyone interested in being considered for membership of a Bowls Victoria Committee for season 2015 – 2016. Should you be interested in putting your name forward for any of the Committees listed on the EOI Form, we welcome you to do so. If new to a Bowls Victoria Committee it would be helpful to include your CV, or a brief outline of your relevant experience in your area of interest. Terms of Reference for each Committee can be found on the Bowls Victoria website by clicking here. We would appreciate all forms and any accompanying documentation be returned to Bowls Victoria by Friday 17 July 2015.

Bowls Victoria – Volunteer of the Year Award
It’s great that information is coming in to Bowls Victoria referring to details of Club Nominations for the Volunteer of the Year Award. Hopefully the Nomination documentation required is being forwarded through to the Regions to enable them to consider their Region Volunteer of the Year, to then be considered for the Bowls Victoria Club Volunteer of the Year Award to be announced at the Bowls Victoria AGM in October 2015. Whilst we’ve been actively encouraging and promoting this for a number of weeks now and as we have now moved into the month of June, it won’t be long and the closing date for nominations of 30 June with the Regions and notification of Club Awardee details to Bowls Victoria will be here. Full details of how the Volunteer of the Year program operates can be referred to by clicking this link to the Bowls Victoria website.

Upcoming Events
Tongala BC: Geoff Cameron Open Singles on Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 September 2015.
Please refer to this flyer for further information. Sectional Play singles on Day 1, and then knockout singles on Day 2. $2,000.00 prize money on offer with an entry fee of $50.00 per player. For details contact Sam Lyon on 0478814123 or emailSamlyon_4@hotmail.comor click here for the event flyer. Entries close Sunday 30 August 2015.
Numurkah Golf & BC: Plumbtec 2 Bowl Golden Pairs in its eleventh year will be held at Numurkah Golf and Bowls Club on 18, 19 & 20 October. The event is run over the 3 days, with 3 games of two bowls x 21 ends each day. Prize money in total is $15,000, with winners paid down to tenth place. This tournament has had enormous success over the years it has been conducted and is attended by some very well-credentialed bowlers. For entries or enquiries please contact Bruce Agnew, 0408375189 or 58621849

Club Information Returns
We want to remind everyone that in order for Bowls Victoria to produce its Annual Information Guide and to ensure all our information is up-to-date we request that all clubs please take a small amount of time to fill in the online form listing office holders and information about their club.In excess of 200 Clubs have now provided updated information to Bowls Victoria, so that still leaves quite a few needing to please address this request. We appreciate that many clubs are efficient and inform us of their up-to-date information but ask that they please still fill in this form as it allows us to collate the relevant information in an efficient way. Please ensure if your club has not already submitted this information to do so as soon as possible to ensure that the Information Guide does not go to print with old information which we suspect will not be appreciated by outgoing office holders. The link to the survey is here – please fill it in as soon as possible and thanks for your assistance.

Feedback to Bowls Victoria – Weekly Bulletin
Thanks to everyone who has sent material through to Bowls Victoria for the Bulletin. Excellent feedback has been provided by Clubs who have benefitted from having their material included. In trying to make sure that we cover as much of the state as we possibly can, the invitation to provide news items or upcoming events is a rolling one and we’re asking for content to be sent in so we can get the messages out to everyone. If there’s a specific item that you want to submit, send it in via email to and where possible we’ll include it in upcoming editions of the Bulletin.


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