Most of us are missing our bowling but spare a thought for those whose season highlight is the dramatic presentation of the Most Valuable Player award. Due to the virus lockdown, Presentation Night was not held and there was no nailbiting anticipation as the presenter declared “with just 6 rounds to go the race for most valuable player looked like this … then came unlucky round 13 and our erstwhile leader was panned by rinkmates and opponents alike …“.
But wait! there’s a 2020 Presentation Night Report for all of us to digest in the safety of our own homes. True you’ll not be able to relive the tense drama of the contest for most valuable player but there are a couple of player ranking tables based on the match ‘exit polls’. Other sections of the report, which are arguably more concrete, sum up both the club’s winter and summer pennant performances while the final section contains a roll call of those who have triumphed in this season’s Club Championships. Enjoy!
The metropolitan pennant season is once again coming to an end. Sectional play is complete and just one of our five sides has made finals – congratulations to weekend pennant Side 1. See our competitions page for links to the final standings for each of our sides. Midweek sides struggled this season following the loss of several top players but both narrowly avoided relegation and achieved some notable wins along the way. With newer players refreshing their ranks, the weekend sides fared better and all had at least some chance of making finals with a couple of rounds to go. The highlight was Side 1 who were in the four for most of the season. Some results, however, did not go as hoped and our fourth place finish leaves us facing an away semi-final at Bentleigh. Strong support at the away venue could make all the difference so members are encouraged to make the trip to Bentleigh on Saturday to support our players.
This year we have an opportunity to support two club members in the final eight of the Sandbelt Ladies’ Champion of Champions competition. These quarter finals will take place at 9:00am on Sunday Feb 16 at Hampton Bowls Club. Both Kylie Murphy, our Ladies’ Champion, and Heather Brodie, Ladies’ Champion at RMGC but a dual member at our club, have reached the quarter final stage. Unfortunately the opportunity to support both players will be somewhat limited as they are playing each other! That does mean, however, that one of them will still be competing at the semi-final stage, which is scheduled for 12:00 noon at the same venue. Congratulations to both for their success so far.