November 2019 Newsletter

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News from all around the Club…

Welcome to New Members

We extend a warm Bentleigh welcome to Joel Sosbey and Michael Carmody who joined us in the past month. Joel is a highly experienced bowler and is expected to be a welcome addition to our top sides. We look forward to seeing Michael on the greens and around the Club.

Congratulations to Kris Allen

Kris has indeed been busy since the end of last season. As we will recall, he won the footy grand final last season, and in recent weeks has been diving with sharks off the coast of SA and now, we learn of his engagement to his girlfriend Kyrstie. We wish you both all the best for a bright and happy future together.

2019 – What a year to remember for Kris!

Renovations Update

What can we say but thank you to all involved in the renovations to date! The result is absolutely terrific and some fine-tuning work remains in progress. Reverse cycle aircon has been installed in the new bar lounge and the Pennant Selection boards moved into an “ante-room” next to the kitchen. If the latter works well, which it seems to so far, walls will be built to give the ladies more privacy.


Xmas Breakup Party

Mark it in your calendars now – the Xmas Breakup Party will be after the 2nd last Saturday Pennant matches – Saturday 14 December!

This is a free event for members and their partners again and will include ample finger foods and entertainment from class act: The Uptown Catz…

The Uptown Catz are a Melbourne based Rock & Roll band bringing together four of Australia’s finest musicians to deliver an entertaining performance for all genres of music – will be a great night!

Please add your name (and guest) so we can cater food for you!


Xmas Donations for the Salvos

Once again we want to contribute back into our Community so we’ll be taking gift contributions for the Salvation Army leading up to Xmas.

A table will be set up in the main hall for your donations of toys (unwrapped) and non-perishable foods. A little bit from us every now and again will go a long way to helping others who are doing it a bit tougher than us.

Hampton RSL Trivia Night – Fri 29th Nov

Our mates at the Hampton RSL have invited Bentleigh to a table for their Trivia Night on Friday 29th November at 7:00pm. It’s only $10pp (BYO nibbles) and they’re sure to put on a great night.

The Hampton RSL sent a table along to our night, so let’s see if we can reciprocate (and win all the good prizeds!). See Leonie if interested>

Calcutta Wrap

Calcutta night was very well supported with around 70 members and guests participating. Thanks to our Social Committee for organising the event, and of course to the very sharp Mr Keith Gillett – the MC / Auctioneer for the night! Congrats to all the winners!


Info for Bowlers…

Thursday Training this month…

This coming Thursday (14th Nov) please contact Jordan directly to book in 30 minutes of individual or group coaching between 4:00pm and 7:00pm. Ideally we can get groups of similar skills and experience together to make it very productive and enjoyable.

DON’T BE SHY – send Jordan an SMS or email to book in.

Mobile                  0415 865 927

The following Thursday (21st Nov) Jordan will run the mini Skins Tournament again – seemed to be a hit first time round! And please, if you put your name down, consider it a commitment! Last minute changes delay the start for everyone else!

Stick around on Thursday 28th November to watch the great Schools Challenge! Garry Waldron has organised the parents from Bentleigh West, St Pauls and Tucker Rd to hit it out to find out which is the best school! Should be fun for the parents – and us!

Pennant Results

You’ve probably all struggled getting to the right pages of the Pennant results on the BowlsVic website and it’s only going to get trickier as we move further into the season. HOWEVER, with some deft programming and a great deal of problem-solving skills, David Crook has written a little program that extracts the current ladder info for each of our sides. You can find links to David’s ladders on the Results page of our website:

It’s on Again – Bentleigh Block Party 2 – Sunday 1 December

Friday Night Barefoot Bowling kicked off on Friday 1st November with a free Bentleigh “Block Party”.

We were very happy with the evening with over 100 guests coming to visit – most for the first time!

Sunday arvos will kick off on Sunday 1st December, and will provide a similar event to the Friday Night.

And yes, this is a Sunday arvo for you to enjoy too and your family and friends are most welcome! If it’s anything like Block Party 1, you’ll enjoy the Sunday arvo immensely!

PS – Please don’t schedule Club Championship matches for the Sunday afternoon!

Monday Triples – Tatts Day 18 November

The entry form for Monday 18th November is up on the notice board. Always a relaxed and enjoyable day with the boys and girls from Tatts bowls so enter for this fun afternoon.

Public Safety Alert…

One of our most loved members recently had an altercation with a Wheelie Bin. Most us wouldn’t be aware of this, but after being left on the nature strip for an extended period of time, these Wheelie Bins (who are usually our friends) can turn nasty and cause quite significant injuries. Please respect your Wheelie Bins at all times, and reduce your risk of physical injury.

Commenting on the incident later, the victim said “I did try to pacify Wheelie but having nothing of that, it still took me down. I wish I had my baton; I would have given Wheelie a wheelie good flogging!

Thanks Marg M for this contribution to the newsletter.

(Ed – actually, the headline for this article could have been “Early Contender for Knucklehead of the Year”)


Joke of the Month…

Until next time my good friends… a few one-liners

The Grim Reaper came for me last night, and I beat him off with a vacuum cleaner. Talk about Dyson with death!

A mate of mine recently admitted to being addicted to brake fluid. When I asked him about it, he reckoned he could stop any time.

My daughter asked me for a pet spider for her birthday, so I went to our local pet shop and they were $70! “Bugger that,” I thought, “I can get one cheaper off the web.”

I was at an ATM in Bentleigh yesterday when a little old lady asked if I could check her balance, so I pushed her over.