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The Dandenong Club went to Broadbeach last week for the first ever Ultimate Bowls Championship (UBC) draft as a minnow in the Australian bowls scene. It left with Wayne Turley added to a team that already had Aussie Jackaroo star Barrie Lester and Irish gun Gary Kelly firmly committed to the franchise and a growing interest in just what Dandenong Club might be up to.
UBC is a new concept for Australian bowls and Dandenong Club was an early entrant in the competition. Its fast fun and furious with high scoring where every bowl counts. Clearly looking to punch well above its weight Dandenong Club has decided to go hard at making an early impact. They have an eye for talent too, as since Kelly was recruited, he has taken out the All Ireland Indoor single and pairs titles.
Kelly just 29 is based in NSW but was in Melbourne recently for the Dandenong Club’s Australia Day tournament. He left a lasting impression with Dandenong Club members not just for his wizardry on the green but for his enthusiasm for his participation in the UBC. He has a Commonwealth Games Medal from 2010 as a twenty year old and a silver medal from the 2016 World Championships
Lester is well known to the Australian Bowls scene, He was dual medal winner at the Brisbane Commonwealth games, has held the Australian number 1 ranking recently and well known for talent in media roles.
From Tweed Heads where he managed bowls operations, Turley joins this group to add a level of ”been there, done that” to the team. He is a competitive beast and he too is a Commonwealth Games medalist. Aside from his playing abilities brings a wealth of game knowledge that will be invaluable in a competition that will need some quick thinking and imaginative tactical planning. He may well be that X factor to take Dandenong Club deep into the finals of a competition with $500,000 in prize money on offer.