MBC is getting ready for a big pennant season. The pre-season work starts in August.
MONBULK WINS BOWLS FINAL
There was just one remaining Monbulk side in the pennant competition on Sunday. It was the Section Final between the two Division 8 sides that finished 1st and 2nd on the ladder, Monbulk 3 vs Box Hill RSL 4, played at Blackburn on a grass green. Both Monbulk and Box Hill RSL come from synthetic home grounds so both sides had to adjust quickly to the slower and narrower green. It came down to who could learn the line and length first. It was always going to be a close one. Monbulk stayed handy at the start of the game, the lead changed a few times, but never by much. Then, as more and more of the Monbulk supporters arrived to give their vocal support, and our Monbulk banner was displayed proudly beside the rinks, our Monbulk teams started to pull away, from having level scores halfway through, to having definite leads for the last 3 ends. The supporters knew, on the last end, that we couldn’t lose. Our lead could not be overtaken. The cheering just got louder. The final result was Monbulk 46 shots to Box Hill RSL 32. Monbulk are now the Section winners. The Monbulk teams today were Doug Elliott, Heinz Daross and Alan Hamilton; and Allan Brooke, Mike Dowling and Jim Anderson. Well done to the Monbulk side.
Teams: left to right: Alan Hamilton, Heinz Daross, Allan Brooke, Doug Elliott, Jim Anderson, Mike Dowling
Sausage sizzle and bowls raise funds for Monbulk Fire Brigade
Monbulk bowlers recently enjoyed a sausage sizzle and then competed in a Wednesday social bowls event. And all the money raised went to the Monbulk Fire Brigade.
Mike Gill, who organises the Wednesday bowls competition, thanked the bowlers for their contributions and handed over the giant-sized cheque with some appreciative words to the fire brigade officers.
“Volunteers at Monbulk Fire Brigade are dedicated members who make endless contributions to support our community before, during and after disasters.” Mike told the Wednesday crowd.
“At this time of the year we are very much aware that we are in a high-risk fire area and we rely on our local fire-fighting volunteers. But then, there’s all the other jobs they do, like attending car accidents and rope rescues, that go on all year round. And we mustn’t forget that the training for the brigade members never stops. This money we raised, with a sausage sizzle and bowls competition, is going to a good cause and is a way for the bowlers to say thank you to the fire brigade volunteers.”
Sally Rutzou, Treasurer of Monbulk Fire Brigade, accepted the cheque on behalf of the brigade and thanked the bowlers for again giving their support.
“It’s really great to see the bowlers return the commitment to our local community by this fund-raising effort. This money will provide more resources for our emergency volunteer services,” she said.
The Executive Manager of Monbulk Fire Brigade, Peter Edyvane, then invited the bowlers to an Open Night down at the fire brigade, where the bowlers, friends and families can watch the brigade officers go through their tricks.
“You can watch our brigade officers chop a car apart with the jaws of life, learn about our emergency gear and even get your photo taken in the fire truck.”
Photo, from left:
Mike Gill – organiser of Wednesday bowls
Sally Rutzou, Brigade Auxiliary President
Peter Edyvane, Executive Manager of Monbulk Fire Brigade
Nicole Gathercole, Brigade Communications Officer
Brian Rutzou, Brigade member
Barrie Lester at Monbulk
Barrie Lester, current member of the Australian team, has just been to Monbulk to give our bowlers a few tips.
He inspired the Monbulk bowlers with his professional attitude and practical tips. Now we just have to put it all together on the green!
Mavis Matthews has passed away
Mavis Matthews passed away this week, October 12, 2016. She was born in December 1922 — a long innings and a very active innings. She was our longest serving member, having been a Life Member and one of the original Foundation lady members (Associates) at MBC from 1967.
A list of her achievements at Monbulk Bowling Club, on and off the green, take up more than a whole page, so, just to summarise a few of them:
- Regional Delegate from 1966/67 to 86/87, that is 19 years
- Team Selector for 7 years
- Ladies’ President for 2 years, Vice President for 8 years, Committee Member for 7 years
- Umpire Level 1 for 8 years
- Monbulk Club Champion NINE TIMES
- Club Champion R/Up twice
- Presidents Hcp Champion 7 times
- Proportional Hcp Champion 6 times
- Regional Champion 3 times
- Numerous pairs and teams titles at Regional level
- Played in 4 winning premiership Division 1 sides, 3 times as skip
The MBC flag that we currently fly was actually made by Mavis. And that is the third MBC flag she has made for the club. The first was burnt in a clubhouse fire, the second wore out.
The life story of Mavis was written up in the April 2011 club newsletter. It gave an interesting historical view of the club because Mavis was there from the early days in the 1960’s, along with her husband, Arthur. She saw the club grow from an ordinary paddock and she was an important part of the bowling club life.
Margaret Ross, Ian’s wife, has been a long term good mate of Mavis. They bowled together and went on many bowling trips together. Margaret and Ian have been constant visitors during the last couple of years when Mavis’s health was declining – a testament to the lasting friendships to come from the bowling fraternity.
Just a few months ago, another of Mavis’s bowling mates, Betty Michelson, passed away. At that time the MBC Ladies Pairs Championship trophy was renamed the Betty Michelson/Mavis Matthews trophy, (the M & M trophy) in honour of these two amazing ladies.
For her many services to the club, Mavis was made a LIFE MEMBER, and, for the life of the club, she will be remembered.