Bowlers impress on home green

Ann Hunt

Ann Hunt

The Grampians Bowls Division dominated the men’s competition at the regional event in Ararat at the weekend.

The three-day event brought together the champions of the Grampians, North Central, Wimmera and North Wimmera bowls divisions to contest the regional bowls titles.

Stawell Golf won the fours and pairs events to follow up the 2016-17 Grampians division pennant premiership.

Stawell won the triples event to make it a clean sweep in the teams events.

Ararat VRI’s Clayton Holcombe also progressed through to the state bowls event after winning the singles final.

Jon Park followed up his division champion of champions title after the Lake Bolac bowler won the regional event.

In the women's side, it was not as successful for the Grampians division with no team progressing through to the finals to have a chance to playing in the state event. 

Grampians division board member Ann Hunt said she was glad to see such high quality bowling at the event.

“The standard was very high. There were some wonderful shots played during the three days,” she said.

“It was also great to see the Grampians division bowlers doing so well across the different events.

“The conditions were good with some rain overnight but that did not affect the green in any way, so credit to the Ararat Bowling Club for that.”

Even some spectators were seen on the sidelines watching on during the Labour Day long weekend.

Following the region wins, the men’s teams will progress to the state finals in Bendigo in April.

Hunt said she is confident they will represent the region at a whole level.

“The way they played at the weekend, I think if they can repeat that level, then they will do well,” she said.

“They will be up against strong opposition of course but I am confident they will achieve some good results.”

Stawell Golf Bowls Club secretary Mike Habben said it was a special moment for the club.

“We are very proud of the boys. They are four of our younger members, so they are the future of the club and to see them perform like they did was great,” he said.

“We have some very high class bowlers but maybe not more than two or three of the other clubs, so it is testament to them.

“They are extremely keen bowlers and practise frequently. 

“As I say, a bit of luck comes into the game and that helps along the way.”

Habben said it was a nice way to finish off the club’s season.

“It will help us going into next season, but it looks as though our membership may decline, so we are going to have to rely on the younger bowlers and hope they can attract some other players as well.” 

The region titles event is shared between the four divisions with the Grampians hosting it once every four years.