Heads Up – 20 October 2017

by Team BV

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   October 20 2017


New major sponsor for Victorian bowls



Leading medium density property developer Steller has become a major sponsor of Victorian bowls, agreeing a lucrative five-year sponsorship with Bowls Victoria to assist the sport at all levels.
A key component of the deal is that Bowls Victoria’s marquee annual tournament will be known as the Steller Victorian Open until 2021, starting with this year’s Vic Open from November 18-24 in Shepparton.
The Steller Vic Open is one of Australia’s fastest growing sporting events, with entries doubling in the past three years to nearly 1,700 in 2017.
The event allows rank-and-file club bowlers to compete on an equal footing with world-class bowlers in an exciting, unseeded, seven-day knockout tournament.
As well as becoming Vic Open naming rights sponsor, Steller will soon become a familiar name within Victorian bowls at all levels from grassroots upwards.
Steller’s properties and developments now feature on the cover of our premier print publication – the annual Region & Club Guide which contains details of all 520 Bowls Victoria clubs – and Steller’s name will also feature on all Bowls Victoria scorecards for events starting from the 2018-19 season.
Bowls Victoria is one of three sporting organisations to benefit from Steller’s generous $500,000 sporting sponsorship package announced in October 2017, along with AFL South-East and Mornington Racing Club.
Steller owns a number of residential properties across Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs as well as developing a state-of-the-art residential development in Mornington.
Managing Director of Steller Nicholas Smedley says: “We believe sponsorships are one of the best ways to connect with the local community. They allow us to share and support their passions and interests as well as build a stronger and closer relationship with them.”
Bowls Victoria Chief Executive Graeme Bridge says the partnership is a huge win for Victorian bowls at all levels.
“Great news, and Bowls Victoria is extremely excited at commencing a long-term partnership with Steller,” Mr Bridge said.
“Bowls Victoria sees that many benefits can come to all parties from engaging with a high-profile company such as Steller who bring a number of alternatives to the table that will see direct benefits back to the sport and in return, enhanced opportunities for them as a Premier Partner.”
Bowls Victoria President Barbara Gilbert says: “This is proving to sponsors that bowls delivers.
“It’s a great sport and it’s wonderful that companies of the quality of Steller see that potential.
“We look forward to working together into the future for the benefit of both parties.”
Steller is a fully-integrated development company incorporating building, sales, property management and funds management. The company currently has over 800 apartments under construction and 1000’s in planning stages with a total future pipeline in excess of $3 billion.
For further information on Steller, visit www.steller.com.au & www.stellerestates.com.au






2016-17 Annual Report 
Bowls Victoria has published its Annual Report for the 2016-17 season.


Avoca bus crash – Bowls Victoria statement 
Bowls Victoria offers its deepest sympathies to husband Graeme and the extended Mitchell Family on the tragic loss of wife, mother and grandmother Carmel, tragically taken in the bus accident involving Ballarat District Bowls Division bowlers near Avoca on Saturday, October 14.
There is total disbelief that this has occurred and we are left to face the loss of a dedicated and truly respected member of her local and Victorian Bowls communities. 
It is hoped that all surviving members of the touring party involved in the accident can recover fully from this ordeal and begin their individual journeys back from this terrible ordeal that has affected the entire state of Victoria and our prayers and thoughts are with those in intensive care situations. 
The support of everyone who has rallied and offered messages of condolence and support for the Ballarat District Bowls Division members and Clubs involved in these tragic circumstances is greatly appreciated.
Sincere thanks also to all of the emergency response people who attended the scene and to the general members of the public who rendered assistance where they could, your efforts do not go unrecognised. 
Thank you to the other State Bowls Bodies who have conveyed their condolences and offered support. 
As a mark of respect, the Ballarat District Bowls Division cancelled its round of Midweek Pennant scheduled for Monday, October 16.

Who has the final say – umpire or measurer?
It’s the question that has baffled many on the umpiring reaccreditation exam.
The Lawman explains the role of measurers and answers the question – when it comes to the measure, whose decision is final?


Australian Senior Sides Championships
Victoria’s men were unable to defend their title after a slow start, while Victoria’s women played a vital role in determining who won the series held in SA.


Kids ready to hit the greens
Bowls Victoria’s new Victorian Schools Super Series is set for lift-off in November.
It features the best schools from our various schools competitions around the State competing head to head.


Club Upcoming Events
Looking for a tournament?
Bowls Victoria’s Club Upcoming Events Guide has a huge list of tournaments run by clubs all around the State.


Record numbers for Steller Vic Open, and draw is out now
The numbers are staggering. For the fourth successive year, entry numbers have risen for the Vic Open.
We’ve also released the sectional draw.
Click below to find out who you’re playing, and how many are taking part.


No Pennant during Vic Open
A reminder to Bowls Victoria Regions and Divisions that no Pennant or Region and Division Championships may be conducted by any Bowls Victoria-affiliated Region or Division during the 2017 Steller Victorian Open (between and including Saturday, November 18 and Friday, November 24, 2017).
This direction from the Bowls Victoria board has been widely publicised at the various Region visits conducted by Bowls Victoria President Barbara Gilbert and Board Directors.

Bowling With Babies – a new Bowls Victoria initiative
We’ve come up with a great new initiative to boost female participation in bowls.
In conjunction with VicHealth, Bowls Victoria has launched Bowling With Babies – a program targeted at mums and mums-to-be to get them to try our great sport and keep themselves active


Success for Jess at Australian Champion of Champions
Just a few months after becoming a mum, Lilydale’s Jess Wallace has won a bronze medal at the Australian Champion of Champions event in Darwin.
Commonwealth Games hopeful Barrie Lester also competed as a Victorian representative, and was in contention until the final match.


Volunteer of the Year 
State and regional winners crowned
We’ve crowned our Bowls Victoria’s State Volunteer of the Year for 2017, and her story is amazing.


Four Victorians
picked in Jackaroos squad
Barrie Lester, Carla Krizanic, Josh Thornton and Ken Hanson now have the inside running for places at next year’s Commonwealth Games.
All four have been selected for the Trans Tasman series in November – Australia’s last scheduled international hitout before the Games teams are announced.









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