Bowls Victoria Arm Coaching Day

by Team BV

In near perfect weather, and with excellently prepared greens at Preston Reservoir, some 65 players from across Melbourne had a fantastic day of top class Arm Coaching by Player-Coaches from the State Bowling Arm Squad led by State Arm Coordinator Phil Gude.

Players came from some 30 Clubs : Ashburton, Buckley Park, Craigieburn, Diamond Creek, Doncaster, Deer Park, Donvale, Epping RSL, Essendon, Fleminton-Kensington, Glen Eira McKinnon, Glen Waverley , Greythorne, Heidelberg Golf, Heidelberg , Hoppers Crossing, Keillor, Lilydale, Mulgrave CC, MBC, MCC, Preston Reservoir, St Albans, Sunshine VRI, Templestowe, Vermont South, Willow Vale, Whittlesea Bowling Clubs.

Bowls Victoria Chief Executive Graeme Bridge said: “This proves the need is widespread and players across the Metro and associated regions came seeking help which they received in spades.”

“The improvements made by players during the day was remarkable . All it takes is a simple hint from an expert eye and things move forward.“

Phil Gude said: “Several players are very keen to have further coaching and intend taking this message back to their Clubs.”
Many players improved amazingly with coaching from the current Dual State Arm Singles Champion Michael Rose and Adele Ryan, a State Side Member now for several years who also helped with the coaching we did in New Zealand a short time ago. 
Add to this Mike Scotter a former State player and experienced Coach, AJ Parker who is an outstanding experienced coach and former State player and member of the State Coaching Committee, and Phil Gude, a State player since Interstate Arm Competition started some seven years ago and we have a top class support group.

Arm Coaching days consist of Arm Coaching in the morning session followed by lunch then back to the green for a short game of triples to allow the players to put the day’s coaching into a game setting.

Taylor Bowls Encouragement Awards are identified by the coaches who look to see which players took the Coaching into the Short Triples game played:

The awards went to : 
Ellen Coulson (Hampton BC) 
Margret Cunningham (Donvale BC) 
Cheryl Cochran (Craigieburn BC) 
Marnie Gregory (MCC BC) 
Vive Bennett (Vermont South BC).
The ladies each received a Taylor Bowls Cloth presented by Michael Rose.

Barry Vincent —Essendon BC 
Steven Moore — Diamond Creek BC 
Ken McLeod — Keillor BC 
Keith Parker— Werribee BC 
Michael Summers — Vermont South BC

The men were presented with Taylor Bowls Caps by Adele Ryan 

Bowls Vic State Bowling Arm Coordinator Phil Gude presented Ted Golledge with a Certificate of appreciation in recognition of the day’s activities sponsored by the Preston Reservoir BC, noting that this was the third occasion the club had sponsored an Arm Coaching day and the number coached had all but reached 200 players an outstanding effort.

Mr Gude also noted that he had been advised that there have now been just over 8,000 players registered at Bowls Victoria for use of an Arm device more than in any other State representing around 15% of all registered players.
He also noted that his Coaching Group have now Coached just over 3,000 players in both Victoria and New Zealand —an amazing effort by State Side players who volunteer their time to help others gain improved experiences when utilising a bowling Arm device. 

He started coaching with the State Side Members some five years ago and we feel this has been the defining thing in developing the use of Arm devices and in the long run State Side selection is impacted by this with perhaps the best example being Michael Rose, who attended a coaching day not so long ago and he now is the Phil Gude State Singles Champion.