Div 1 BACK-TO-BACK PREMIERS!!

Doesn’t make a difference how you say it – “Back-to-Back”, “Repeat”, “Two in a Row”, “Twice” it all adds up to we won the Div 1 Premiership yesterday, again.

Yesterday, Saturday 26th March 2022, our Division 1 Pennant team completed a dream by downing the strong Woodside team by four shots.  Heading for Gumeracha Bowling Club, there was a quiet confidence in the team that they could overcome the last minor round loss to Woodside and we had the ability to do so.

Geoff Deeble’s team of Richard Crocker, Phil Nagel, and Sue Hutchinson together with Jamie Burt’s team of Tim Anderson, Roger Mableson, and Sue Maddern quickly jumped to early leads, whilst Glen McGough’s team of Bob Edwards, Rick Babidge, and Rob Hutchinson were having a difficult time getting on the board.   By the break at 3.00pm, the scores were well in favour of Woodside and there would need to be a turnaround in fortunes to see our team get home.

To the credit of all our bowlers, they continued to show they were not going to lie down and gradually got themselves back into the game.  The lead seemed to change over the last five ends with the result going down to the wire.  The old adjudge that the last five ends are the most important certainly came to light here.

With Geoff Deeble’s rink having comfortably won by fifteen shots it was now left to McGough and Burt’s rinks to hold their nerve and with both on their last ends, Jamie moved the jack to hold four shots to put the team in front and Glen to cover by not going down by any more than three shots.  When the Woodside skipper missed changing the head and only holding one shot, we were home.

The tension throughout those last ends was not only felt by those on the green but the fabulous number of Hahndorf spectators who supported the team.

Well done to all who have made this season such a successful one, with three teams making the finals and the other two playing creditable bowls by just missing out.

Here’s to a successful 2022-2023 season.

Golf Day Fun

Sunday 27th of Feb saw 24 HBC members descend upon the Oakbank golf course to demonstrate the diverse sporting skills we suspected they all had.

This day was suggested by Jamie as a day of fun and team building, and it achieved both outcomes. We had Shelly tootling around in a “gator” dispensing refreshments, we had Tali towing a cart full of twins, we had some very good golfers teamed up with some good bowlers, and we had a lot of fun.

When it was over a BBQ, which the versatile Shelly had cooked, then the presentation of prizes followed. Lucky winners of the day Pat Wakefield, Rob Hutch, Gail Vort-Ronald, and Geoff Deeble will have their names on the Trophy, donated by Bill Robertson.

We hope this becomes an annual day of fun.

Well done to the participants, helpers and organisers. I am sure the golf course will recover.

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End Of Season Dinner Date

Members are advised that our End of Season Presentation Dinner will be held on Friday, 1st April 2022 at the Club. (NOTE this is a change of date)

Time: 6.30 – 7.00pm

Cost: $27.50 per person (two-course meal – fully catered)

Please mark this date in your diary and place your name/number attending on the Notice Board notice.

 

Shelters Prove Their Worth!!

The upgrade of our bowls shelters, completed mid-January, have already proved their worth.  Inclement weather on the Saturday and Sunday after completion gave excellent protection from the elements for bowlers and spectators.   The temperature continued to rise for Wednesday and Saturday pennant and again, the new shelters provided shade and coolness for all bowlers.  Last Wednesday, the Beerenberg Australia Day Gala Tournament, again saw the temperatures rise to 35 degrees and with bowlers from all over the metro, hills, and country in attendance, the shelters came out with flying colors.

As project manager of the upgrade, I (Graham), wish to thank all the members who provided so much of their time to correct the framework ready for cladding. Over 80 volunteer hours went into this aspect of the project.  Another 30 hours went into supporting Pete Fairley, from Mt Barker Steel, to keep the project within our timeframes.   To those, thank you for your support.

Our thanks go to the Mt Barker District Council for their grant of $2500 and Mt Barker Steel for their sponsorship donation towards the project.

We now have bowls shelters we can be very proud of, and we look forward to continuing our push to make our facilities the best in the hills for all bowlers, social bowlers, and the wider community.

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Club Champions decided

The Club Champions have been decided.

Last Sunday, on a humid showery day 3 finals were played. We havent any photos as the conditions were so poor.

Ladies Club Champion, Sue Maddern. Sue defeated the “other Sue”  last years Champ, and HBA Champ of Champs, Sue Hutchinson, in a fairly close game.

Mens Club Champion, Glen McGough. Glen defeated Phil Nagel in a game that was very tight until they had a break due to showers, after which Glen skipped away.

Mens pairs Champions, Graham Evans and Tim Anderson. G and T beat Rick Babidge and Geoff Deeble reasonably comfortably, handling the conditions and the shower breaks better.

Ladies pairs Champions, Sue Maddern and Sue Hutchinson. Game played on Thursday in lovely conditions. The 2 Sues defeated Val Deeble and Shelly Howe, this game was a thriller, very close until the second last end when the Sues scored a deflating mutiple.

Well done to all players and good luck in the Champ of Champ events.

On the level!!

The photo shows our elite volunteers using all their initiative to ensure the bottom rail is “on the level”.

We are now for “go” with the bowls shelters having the cladding installed as from tomorrow (Friday).

Christmas Greetings

To all our members and their families have a safe and joyous Christmas and trust 2022 is a Happy New Year.  Enjoy the bowls break, albeit short, and for those who are traveling – safe travel and return.