Victorian Team Announced for Australian Senior Sides Championships

by Bronwyn Slatter

The Over 60s Victorian Team that will head to Ettalong in October for the Australian Senior Sides Championships has been confirmed after state trials were held at Club Sunbury. 

The selection for both men’s and the women’s teams ran over two days with 24 players from across the state selected.

Representing Victoria for the men are Graeme Spencer (Caulfield Park Alma), Mario Cipola (Bundoora RSL), Stephen Sullivan (Queenscliff), David Donaldson (Flemington Kensington), Barry Brennan (Moama), Ian Ross (Bendigo), Mark Cowan (Sunbury), Ray Emerson (Barooga Sports), Geoff Boyd (Kangaroo Flat), Craig Elliott (City of Geelong), Phill Godkin (Eaglehawk) and Ray Jansen (MCC).

Representing Victoria for the women are Marilyn Stephenson (Moama), Caroline Reilly (Yarrawonga Mulwala), Susan Howes (Kangaroo Flat), Anne Miles (Yarrawonga Mulwala), Veronica Kelly (City of Geelong), Helen Clough (Bendigo East), Robyn Thomassen (Grangeburn), Mary Tragardh (Yackandandah), Jan Morton (Sale), Desma Budd (Kyneton), Jennifer Salmon (Keilor), and Jean Sprague  (Rushworth).

Anthony Flapper, Chair of Bowls Victoria’s Men’s Selection Committee, is pleased with the Team selected.

“I think we have selected a great side to represent Victoria and could easily have had 4-5 different personnel without reducing the quality. The Over 60 ranks are extremely strong in this state,” Flapper said.

Judy Davey, Chair of Bowls Victoria’s Women’s Selection Committee, said her team was excited to be heading north.

“The selected team is incredibly excited about heading up to Ettalong to compete in October.”

The men’s team will be led by Coach Ian Ewing (Brunswick) who will be supported by Pat Clark (Rosamond) as Team Manager. Judy Davey (Bendigo East) will oversee the women’s team as Coach, with Patty Whorlow (Blackburn) as Team Manager.

The men’s team head to Ettalong as the defending champions, while the women will be hoping to bring home some silverware after finishing third at last year’s tournament.

The Australian Senior Sides Championships is a significant event on the national bowls calendar and sees that nations elite senior bowlers contend for the prestigious title.

The Australian Senior Sides Championships will be contested at Ettalong Bowls Club in New South Wales from October 21 to October 24, 2019.