2017 State Multi-Disabilities Titles
Bad weather has forced the postponement of the 2017 State Multi-Disabilities Championships finals to a date to be fixed.
Severe thunderstorms and heavy rain late on day two forced players to abandon the greens ahead of the scheduled pairs finals at Yarraville-Footscray Bowling Club.
Play scheduled for day three – Sunday, April 9 – was also postponed because of predicted bad weather and concerns over safety of participants and volunteers.
Bowls Victoria’s Disability Support Committee and representatives from each group involved in the event took the decision to postpone the remainder of play in the tournament, which included finals and the vision impaired section of the championships.
Bowls Victoria is likely to play the remainder of the tournament and finals within the next month, and will make a decision soon as to when those dates will be, and a venue once they can determine when all bowlers are available.
Tournament director Scott Nicholas said: “Our main concern is the safety of our participants and umpires, and with the thunder, lightning and heavy rain, it just wasn’t possible to play.
“With more bad weather forecast for day three, we also made calls to other clubs and we were unable to secure an undercover green at such short notice.
“It would have been unfair to call players back for day three here, only to have to send them home again or keep them hanging around with little prospect of playing.
“Thank you again to all bowlers, parents and everyone else involved in the event for their patience and understanding while we made the decision. We look forward to playing the finals games as soon as possible to finish off what’s been a great tournament.”
Sectional play for physical disability pairs and singles and intellectual disability pairs and singles was completed on day one and day two.
The physical disability singles event is down to the last six.
In the intellectual disability semi-finals, Frank Krslovic (Clayton) will play Alison Caldwell and James Hosken (Elsternwick Park) takes on David Warner (Berwick).
Cerebral palsy world champions Josh Barry (Sebastopol) and Lucas Protopapas (Mulgrave) will play Aaron Emonson (Ballarat) and Ross Higgins (Shepparton Park) in the physical disability pairs final.
Krslovic and Jason Barrett (Mitcham) play Matthew Rushford (Gisborne) and Brendan Elliott (Somerville) in the intellectual disability pairs final.
Click here for sectional results