Congratulations to the twelve of APBC’s finest who traveled the short distance to Port Melbourne on Sunday and successfully defended the Port Phillip Shield. This Shield is annually contested between the neighbouring clubs of Port Melbourne, Albert Park, Middle Park and Saint Kilda. This year due to green restrictions each side was limited to just three rinks. AP started off well, defeating St Kilda by 2 rinks to 1 and +4 shots overall. After breaking for a hearty lunch the second match saw AP defeat Middle Pk, again by 2 rinks to 1 and a few shots up overall. Our final match was against Port Melbourne who also seemed to have won both their matches although rink and shot details were hard to come by. This led to much speculation about what was needed to get past the winning post. However AP again did well and won by shots up overall, although they did narrowly lose 2 of the 3 rinks. Presumably the organizers would know what this meant in determining the overall winner. After some deliberation it was announced that both APBC and Port Melbourne had finished on the same number of points and so the result would be determined by total shots up of which APBC had +15 while Port Melbourne had just +2! So the Shield was retained by Albert Park. Well done!
Several important sign-up sheets have recently appeared on the noticeboard in the clubhouse. New members should note that the noticeboard, to your right as you enter the clubhouse, is the primary place to sign up for events and competitions. This is rarely possible by email and as yet never through the website. Although you should be advised of new opportunities via the Albert Parkers, and occasionally via the website, you will nevertheless do well to get into the habit of checking the noticeboard each time you visit the Club. So what has appeared there recently?
Firstly with both Midweek and Saturday Pennant competitions about to start, two important sheets have appeared for both. First is the opportunity to sign up for these competitions, for which full and junior members are eligible. Most who are interested have already signed up but it is never too late. The second Pennant related sheets are those indicating unavailability. Ideally all participants are available for all 18 rounds of Pennant but realistically there are going to be absences and it is vital to make the selectors aware of any known absences as far ahead as possible.
Secondly you will now find sign-up sheets for our Club Tournaments, also open to full and junior members. These include a diverse range of formats such as singles, pairs and triples. New members who have been enjoying early success with their bowling might like to consider signing up for either the Men’s or Ladies’ Minor Championships.
Our Open Day, Sunday 13th September from 10am to 5pm, is just days away now. Flyers have been distributed around the neighbourhood and we’re hoping for as good a response as last year. If you know someone who has expressed an interest in lawn bowls this would be a very good time to bring them along to the club. There will be coaching, a sausage sizzle, a raffle and bar facilities. All members are encouraged to come along and share their experience and enthusiasm with those new to the game. Plus there’ll be sausages – did I mention the sausages?