Bowls Victoria Arm Coaching Days

by Team BV

San Remo BC
Forty-six arm bowlers including several novice players plus two coaches attended to learn the art of arm bowling.
State reps AJ Parker and Peter Gribbin took the clinic on behalf of state coordinator Phil Gude.
In fine weather, players were seen to improve in the drills and skills sessions.
After lunch 12 ends played and encouragement awards, donated by Taylor Bowls, were handed out.
AJ Parker thanked on behalf of Bowls Victoria the club for hosting the day and ladies for lunch. He presented the co-ordinator Geoff Coleman a Certificate of Appreciation for the club for a job well done to be passed on to the board of San Remo Bowls Club.

Horsham City BC

Twenty-five Arm players, including several novice players, attended the Bowls Victoria Arm Coaching Clinic at Horsham City BC on Tuesday 21 February in fine weather.

Players came from Horsham, Goroke, Edenhope, Dimboola, Warracknabeal, Stawell and Donald to be treated to a master class in the art of Arm Bowling.

State Arm Coordinator Phil Gude and State Arm Side member and Coach Arthur “AJ” Parker conducted proceedings.

Phil Gude said: “I was very pleased to see the Club Coach attend and become directly involved in the day”.

After the Coaching session led by AJ Parker the players broke into teams and the improvement on play was dramatically enhanced.

Encouragement awards donated by Taylor Bowls were given to H Bower (Edenhope), M Pilmore (Dimboola), R Goodwin (Warracknabeal) and B Hollis (Donald).

Phil thanked the Club for hosting the day, the Ladies who produced a magnificent luncheon and presented the organiser Geoff Gloury and Club President Graeme McDonald with a Certificate of Appreciation for hosting the day.
City Memorial BC Warrnambool

Some thirty players from as far afield as Colac, Timboon, Port Fairy, Koroit, Noosa (Qld) Dennington and Warrnambool came to get assistance from State Player/Arm Coaches, AJ Parker, Neil Crisp and co-ordinator Phil Gude.

“We were especially pleased to see several coaches join the group to get better informed on some of the niceties of Arm playing” said Phil Gude.

“It was great to have the added help of local Arm expert Neil Crisp who is one of the best performed State Arm players going around.”

Bowls Victoria Chief Executive Graeme Bridge reconfirmed that Bowls Victoria is very appreciative of all our volunteers and the State Arm Side players who’ve made themselves available to undertake coaching duties and pass on their tips for arm device use. 

They have been exemplary in this regard considering that they have now coached in excess of 2,600 players in the past five years since Phil Gude set the process in train.

We now want to see Coaches across the State engaged and aware of the three approved Arm types and their differing release options so that Coaching can be further developed at Club level everywhere.

At the Armed Coaching conducted at Warrnambool City Memorial BC Phil Gude presented Skeeta McMahon with a Certificate of Appreciation to the Club for its generous hosting of the event and handed Taylor Bowls encouragement awards to Keith Bunge (Port Fairy), Leo Smith (Mortlake), Kevin Harris (Port Fairy), Judy Dougherty (Warrnambool), Barbara King (Warrnambool) and Carol Williams (Colac).

Where have Bowls Victoria coaching days been held?

Dromana, MCC, Heathmont, Vermont South, Preston Reservoir (2), Geelong, Ballarat, Shepparton, Benalla, Yallourn, Horsham, Warrnambool and San Remo and North Island New Zealand at several clubs. All up over 2,700 players and coaches.