What a great day!! Full rinks, with bowlers from both metropolitan and country clubs, graced our greens to enjoy a great day of bowls and social interaction.
The highlight was the luncheon, created by Gail VortRonald, where many were saying they would have paid their $20 just for the luncheon, let alone have the opportunity to play bowls. The incorporation of Beerenberg’s wide range of products used to accompany each dish was made known to all by Shelly prior to each sitting.
Competition throughout the day was fierce, with the overall result going down the wire between the rinks from Edwardstown and Aldinga. Both finished with
82 1/2 points, but Edwardstown won by 2 shots up.
Kathleen Hooker, on behalf of Beerenberg, presented the prizes. Her words leading up to the presentation gave all in attendance an excellent background to the history of the relationship between Beerenberg and the Paech family with the Hahndorf Bowling Club.
We thank all who made the day so memorable – the bowlers who attended, the volunteers who worked so hard, and most importantly Beerenberg Family Farm for their continued support for over thirty years.
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Schoolboy William “Will” Burt made his pennant bowls debut with his proud dad, Jamie, playing in his dad’s rink in first division. Showing no signs of nervousness, Will bowled consistently, particularly with a good line. He continually picked up members’ bowls, polished them, and was encouraged by both Hahndorf and Meadows bowlers throughout the game.
William, 10 1/2 years, is just able to hold his “00” bowls and is now awaiting his “000” bowls to make his grip much easier.
His interest in playing bowls started when he began playing social bowls and the encouragement and positive feedback he received from many members of the club. Whilst he plays soccer, golf, and karate, he has given cricket away to concentrate on his bowls. Dad, Jamie, maintains his main interest is that after bowls he can have a Bunderberg Tropical Mango drink plus a bag of chips.
Thank you to everyone who attended this afternoon’s practice. Over twenty bowlers were present and participated in a valued discussion regarding the Bowls Etiquette within our club. Many good suggestions were put forward and considered. Your Club Coaches are combining the suggestions and forwarding a revised draft Bowls Etiquette for our Club to our Club Committee for consideration. A draft copy will be placed on the Club Notice Board this Friday for members to view. If any member has any further suggestions, please let either Michael or Graham know by this Thursday.
As the weather remained inclement, two groups were involved in “reading and developing the head”, led by Geoff Deeble and Chris Button/Bob Edwards. Members were asked what shot could be played with the view to considering various shot outcomes and the associated risks.
Our thanks to Geoff, Chris, and Bob plus all who participated. From the feedback received, everyone was pleased with this afternoon’s late change.
Please note we plan to conduct the outdoors drills programmed for tonight next week. Could all in attendance tonight please bring your handout next week?
Hahndorf Bowling Club was the venue for the Minister of Recreation, Sport and Racing, Hon Katrine Hildyard MP, to officially declare the bowls season 2022-23 open and include the opening of their new verandah. A grant through the Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing provided the opportunity for the club to give bowlers, and supporters an area to socialise under cover. The verandah had been on the Club’s list of additions for some time and was also supported by the Mt Barker Council.
In bright sunshine, President, Phil Nagel, welcomed the Minister, along with the Member for Heysen, Josh Teague MP, Mayor of Mt Baker Council, Ann Ferguson OAM, and Councillor for North, Narelle Hardingham. The Minister spoke of the value sporting clubs provide to the wider community, especially in both physical and mental health. She commended the club for its involvement in supporting the local community by offering its facilities and providing a social and welcoming environment.
The Minister was then invited to “roll the first jack” followed by Mayor Ferguson to “roll the first bowl” to officially open the bowls season. The club is indebted to the Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing, and the Mt Barker Council for their continued support of the Club through various grants.
A great couple of days had by all. Waikerie hospitality was fantastic with mixed teams bowls Friday afternoon and dinner at the Waikerie Hotel. Saturday approx 32 bowlers again in the afternoon and a great BBQ organised by Waikerie club in the evening. A meat raffle was thrown in for fun and won by a Hahndorf newcomer, Maria. Friday was cold and wet but it did not matter as we were playing under the dome. Many thanks to Jenny, Wayne and Glen for organising the Waikerie end and many thanks to Val for organizing the Hahndorf crew. We came to Waikerie and were greeted with a handshake and after two days left with a lot of hugs.
An amazing combination of bowls, fellowship and camaraderie. We shall endeavour to have Waikerie come to Hahndorf and we will be back at Waikerie next year.