Borough Burblings August 2019

 

The new season is slowly approaching and people are starting to look forward to the warmer weather.  I know that the snow in the region last week discouraged some bowlers from some practice and I do not blame them.

The club never shuts down over winter with Bingo and Jackpot pairs happening on a weekly basis together with a number of other activities.  The special members draw was won this year by Joan Costello...again.  Well done Joan.

Unfortunately it has been a sad winter with the passing of a number of members and former members.  June Barkmeyer, Joan Watson and Kevin White were the members that died. 

Joan Watson was our last link to when the club moved to its current site in 1907.  Her grandfather was the greenkeeper at that time (and for a few years after that).  Joan recalled playing with her sister around the club with her sister, going down to the cellar etc.  The cellar that Joan was talking about was filled in when the current building was erected and is not what we refer to as the cellar these days.

Former members Neil Gaskell, Noel Wilkinson and Ron Nicholls have also passed away.  Noel was a club champion (and looked forward to it every year) and was heavily involved in the building of the overhead lights around the grass greens many years ago.  Ron was a past president.

Our thoughts have been with the families of all of these people.

Pennant practice is to commence shortly.  For the mid-week competition, the first day is Friday 6 September at 11.00am and will continue on Monday's and Friday's for the rest of the month at 11.00am.

A practice match has being organised for the weekend competition on Saturday 7 September.  It will be "double-header", so to speak.  The first game will be against the RSL state trial squad when they make their annual visit to Eaglehawk; the second game, held at the same time, will be against North Bendigo.  This second game should be more competitive than the intra-club games that we have held in the past with the spill over of players from the RSL game.  There is a list on the noticeboard for names for this day.  Lunch is available and afternoon tea at the end of the day will be provided.

Another practice game (away V Tongala) is still being organised.  Further details will follow.

The first round of Weekend Pennant is Saturday October 19.  Unfortunately on that day there is a music festival at the football ground.  The car park will be closed that day to the general public, there are limited nominated carparks available for the participants in the games scheduled at Eaglehawk that day.  Also, with what we believe the numbers attending will be, on-street parking near the club will hard to find.  Parking for the festival has been arranged by the football club at the Pony club with buses shuttling between there and the oval.

We did ask the BBD to schedule no matches at Eaglehawk that day, but it was not considered possible and there are three home matches that day.  The selectors are giving this some thought and we will probably be in touch with the two other clubs visiting that day to suggest alternate arrangements.  Further information will be provided when it comes to hand.