Chairman’s  Annual report 2021-2022

 

After completing my first tenure as chairman, I have the pleasure of submitting my annual report for the year 2021-2022

 

After a delayed start due to the covid pandemic, our members showed true grit and tenacity to get the job done.

 

Before the season began, we made some decisions about needing to have a team in division one for 2022/23 and, by 2025/26, a team in Premier League. We talked about building our competencies from within the Club and continuing to develop the capabilities of all teams. That meant investing more in how we trained and coached our players. We needed to provide them with an environment where they could all develop their games and to ensure all our teams in all types of play were competitive whenever they played.

 

Appointing a coach who could help develop the players’ skills was essential, and we were fortunate to win the services of Britt Jago. Wombat is a highly qualified level four coach who could focus specifically on the individual and team performance without the burden of meeting the expectations of running competitions and tournaments.

 

He brought a very structured training program and coaching that could be tailored to individual needs.

 

John Croughan, in his role as Vice Chairman and the Manager of Pennant play, ensured the coaches had the support they required, that people were in place with defined roles and responsibilities, and we never lost sight of the plan and steps ahead.

 

I need to congratulate and thank the selectors that have a really tough job.

 

Dean Kuran, Lyn Daniel and Phil Moody chaired their committees for all pennant competitions. After overcoming various obstacles, all selection committees completed their jobs with pride and dignity, resulting in the following. Rob Wilson remained a source of great support as the selector in the office. He solved many immediate issues and brought a wealth of experience to the selection process.

 

Team 1 Div 2 section 6 winners. They played their 14 week season with only one loss progressing through to the divisional semi-final

 

Team 2 div 2 section 5 winners. This team, for me, were awesome and deserved a huge shout out. They only lost a couple of games, all the while dealing with all the changes at various times due to either covid, unavailability and supporting team 1. Not only did they go and win their section, but they also progressed to the divisional grand final, narrowly going down to Lilydale. Not bad for a team that has risen through the divisions every year.

 

Team 3 Div 4 section 6 winners, Once again, as a support team being changed constantly, this team just kept going about their business and showed absolute determination and grit, resulting in a section flag and going right through to the divisional grand final.

 

Team 4 played solid bowls all year, and all represented the Club with pride. We were unfortunate to miss out on finals by the narrowest of margins.

 

Team 5 made the finals but sadly lost their game on Saturday, but again every player who wore the uniform for that team should be proud of what they achieved

 

Team 6, unfortunately, ended up a casualty of covid and vaccination rules, so we didn’t get to compete for as much as we would have liked. Thank you to the players that were always ready to step up when called upon.

 

What a year we all had, and I will never forget the grand final Sunday where we all arrived back at the Club as champions, and we were all able to celebrate together.

 

Congratulations and thank you to all the volunteers who never hesitate to put up their hand to help around the Club.

 

I want to thank the outgoing committee members John Croughan, Anthony Lee, and Rob Warren, who did a fantastic job.

 

A special thanks to our social manager Sally Lane. She stepped in and did an incredible job organising events like the BBQ, presentation night and our Saturday night $2 challenge.

 

This season resulted in some outstanding results outside of pennant play that further the Clubs efforts to grow its reputation and standing in the Victorian Bowls Scene.

 

We hosted the Australian Indoor State Titles, the Victorian BPL Cup Final, the BV Premier Final and six days of UBC competition. Whilst Dandenong Club staff oversaw much of the planning and management of these events. Our Members were instrumental in helping support the catering and much of the officialdom at these events.

 

More players than I can recall participated in Sandbelt events, and it was a huge thrill to have Nics McKenzie win the Sandbelt Pairs and then represent our Club in the State Finals, where she and Barabara Vaughan from Beaumaris Bowls Club were crowned Victoria’s State Champions.

 

This year Dean Kuran, Will Sciberras and Dan Cookson represented the Club in the national final of the BPL Cup. They defeated this year’s eventual winners in the state finals and last year’s winners in the national final. Undoubtedly they were very close to achieving a national title.

 

This has indeed been a year to remember. One that provides us with a solid platform to help us meet our aspirations for the future.

 

I want to make special mention of Ross Dunlop, whose recent health resulted in him retiring as Club General Manager. Ross was a crucial driver in the decision by the board of the Dandenong Club to invest more into bowls. His legacy is a significant one for which our bowlers are incredibly grateful. I am sure all members will join me in wishing Ross a long and fulfilling retirement.

 

On behalf of the Committee of Management, thank you to the Dandenong Club, their Board of Directors and staff, who have all offered their generous support to our Bowls Club.

 

Gordon Thomson

Bowls Club Chairman

Chairman Annual Report 2021-2022

 

After completing my first tenure as chairman, I have the pleasure of submitting my annual report for the year 2021-2022

 

After a delayed start due to the covid pandemic, our members showed true grit and tenacity to get the job done.

 

Before the season began, we made some decisions about needing to have a team in division one for 2022/23 and, by 2025/26, a team in Premier League. We talked about building our competencies from within the Club and continuing to develop the capabilities of all teams. That meant investing more in how we trained and coached our players. We needed to provide them with an environment where they could all develop their games and to ensure all our teams in all types of play were competitive whenever they played.

 

Appointing a coach who could help develop the players’ skills was essential, and we were fortunate to win the services of Britt Jago. Wombat is a highly qualified level four coach who could focus specifically on the individual and team performance without the burden of meeting the expectations of running competitions and tournaments.

 

He brought a very structured training program and coaching that could be tailored to individual needs.

 

John Croughan, in his role as Vice Chairman and the Manager of Pennant play, ensured the coaches had the support they required, that people were in place with defined roles and responsibilities, and we never lost sight of the plan and steps ahead.

 

I need to congratulate and thank the selectors that have a really tough job.

 

Dean Kuran, Lyn Daniel and Phil Moody chaired their committees for all pennant competitions. After overcoming various obstacles, all selection committees completed their jobs with pride and dignity, resulting in the following. Rob Wilson remained a source of great support as the selector in the office. He solved many immediate issues and brought a wealth of experience to the selection process.

 

Team 1 Div 2 section 6 winners. They played their 14 week season with only one loss progressing through to the divisional semi-final

 

Team 2 div 2 section 5 winners. This team, for me, were awesome and deserved a huge shout out. They only lost a couple of games, all the while dealing with all the changes at various times due to either covid, unavailability and supporting team 1. Not only did they go and win their section, but they also progressed to the divisional grand final, narrowly going down to Lilydale. Not bad for a team that has risen through the divisions every year.

 

Team 3 Div 4 section 6 winners, Once again, as a support team being changed constantly, this team just kept going about their business and showed absolute determination and grit, resulting in a section flag and going right through to the divisional grand final.

 

Team 4 played solid bowls all year, and all represented the Club with pride. We were unfortunate to miss out on finals by the narrowest of margins.

 

Team 5 made the finals but sadly lost their game on Saturday, but again every player who wore the uniform for that team should be proud of what they achieved.

 

Team 6, unfortunately, ended up a casualty of covid and vaccination rules, so we didn’t get to compete for as much as we would have liked. Thank you to the players that were always ready to step up when called upon.

 

What a year we all had, and I will never forget the grand final Sunday where we all arrived back at the Club as champions, and we were all able to celebrate together.

 

Congratulations and thank you to all the volunteers who never hesitate to put up their hand to help around the Club.

 

I want to thank the outgoing committee members John Croughan, Anthony Lee, and Rob Warren, who did a fantastic job.

 

A special thanks to our social manager Sally Lane. She stepped in and did an incredible job organising events like the BBQ, presentation night and our Saturday night $2 challenge.

 

This season resulted in some outstanding results outside of pennant play that further the Clubs efforts to grow its reputation and standing in the Victorian Bowls Scene.

 

We hosted the Australian Indoor State Titles, the Victorian BPL Cup Final, the BV Premier Final and six days of UBC competition. Whilst Dandenong Club staff oversaw much of the planning and management of these events. Our Members were instrumental in helping support the catering and much of the officialdom at these events.

 

More players than I can recall participated in Sandbelt events, and it was a huge thrill to have Nics McKenzie win the Sandbelt Pairs and then represent our Club in the State Finals, where she and Barabara Vaughan from Beaumaris Bowls Club were crowned Victoria’s State Champions.

 

This year Dean Kuran, Will Sciberras and Dan Cookson represented the Club in the national final of the BPL Cup. They defeated this year’s eventual winners in the state finals and last year’s winners in the national final. Undoubtedly they were very close to achieving a national title.

 

This has indeed been a year to remember. One that provides us with a solid platform to help us meet our aspirations for the future.

 

I want to make special mention of Ross Dunlop, whose recent health resulted in him retiring as Club General Manager. Ross was a crucial driver in the decision by the board of the Dandenong Club to invest more into bowls. His legacy is a significant one for which our bowlers are incredibly grateful. I am sure all members will join me in wishing Ross a long and fulfilling retirement.

 

On behalf of the Committee of Management, thank you to the Dandenong Club, their Board of Directors and staff, who have all offered their generous support to our Bowls Club.

 

Gordon Thomson

Bowls Club Chairman