KORUMBURRA parlor bowlers put on the finishing touches to their season when they held their presentation night, including Lightning premiership round of games, at the Korumburra Italian Social Club on Thursday, June 21.
More than 50 bowlers, family, friends and South Gippsland bias bowlers gathered at the venue to enjoy three shortened parlor bowls games played on lightning fast, turning mats.
The non-playing spectators were thoroughly amused by the antics of the bowls and bowlers alike!
The results were close, with no team managing three wins and no team having three losses.
Arc, Denise, Ashley and new comer Lorraine bowled well to be runners-up whilst Joe, Michael G, Josie (from Foster) and Colin ran out winners scoring an extra five shots.
The more serious part of the evening began after supper, with the presentation of trophies and prizes.
These achievements recognised individuals, pairs and team events which were held throughout the past six months of the parlor bowls and bias bowls season.
President, Lee Armstrong was delighted with the 2018 season, noting that all recipients were fully deserving of their prizes.
Parlor bowls club champions, Arc Gammaldi and Lee Armstrong, continue to cement their unique place in the club’s history as they are the only bowlers to achieve both bias bowls and parlor bowls championships in one year.
Although Arc missed the honour this year, Lee has managed the double on four occasions but this year made it a worthy triple by adding the wooden spoon to her honour list!
This year’s men’s bias bowls champion, Joe Occhipinti, has also won the parlor bowls trophy but on a separate occasion.
The Open Doubles champions, Denise Corless and Lilet Wyatt have teamed together for several years with 2018 being their year, with the teams event being won by Pretenders in a strong display of draw bowling.
Their finals experience throughout the lifespan of the team was decisive in the Victory over Sicilians.
But I am sure with the ‘young’ talent Sicilians now have they will fire back next year.
Twenty-year service certificates were presented to Maria Arestia (a founding member of the Sicilian team which is itself 20 years old this year) and Arc and Sally Gammaldi whose loud enjoyment at bowls helped change the atmosphere in the bowls hall from staid, mouse-like to joyful participation.
A special acknowledgement was given to Joan Holden for joining the parlor bowls group this year at the age of 90. Her delight at having a go and doing well including pitching in to help where she is able has endeared Joan to all club members.
At the end of the season, the team captains forwarded names for the Rob Armstrong most improved bowler trophy.
Michelle Towers was the player selected from all the names, although everyone was a worthy candidate. Michelle has made outstanding progress in her bowling and will keep improving next year.
The parlor bowls side of the club is now having a winter break until September when they return for the social season but the bias bowls side of the club continues throughout the year.
Parlor bowls finale