It was a rather special night last Saturday for four Dimboola Bowling Club veterans. Wimmera Bowls Director, Ann Hunt from Ararat attended the barbeque dinner to award four veterans their Super Veteran badges.
The first achievement to qualify for a Super Veteran badge is that the recipient must be over the age of 80. The award also recognises the service the recipient had given to bowls over their bowling career.
Max Walker joined the Dimboola Bowling Club in 1991. In that time he was a Division-3 premiership winner in 2007/2008 season, Fours Championship in 2001, Pairs Championship 2005. He had served on the committee from 1997 to 2001, sat as president in 1997 and 1998, Greens Keeper and assistant from 1996 to 2014.
He had participated in all areas of the club and is willing to share his wealth of knowledge with other members.
David Farmer joined the Dimboola Bowling Club in 1986. He had won the Division-2 premiership in 1992/1993, Division-3 premiership in 2007/2008, 2010/2011, 2013/2014, 2015/2015.
He had served on the committee from 2003 to 2014.
President Darryl Argall said, ”David, ‘Poll’ as he is affectionately known has given great service in many areas to the Dimboola Bowling Club.”
Geoff Gazelle has been a member of Dimboola Bowling Club three times in his career. He served twice at Kawana Waters in Melton and twice at Avenue Club. He started bowling after the end of the rowing season in 1987.
He had three Division-3 premierships (one in Melton and two with Dimboola), four club singles, eight Mens Pairs, four Club Triples, five Mixed Pairs, two over 60’s Singles, two bowls Wimmera singles and two bowls pairs just to name a few achievements.
Mr Argall said, “Geoff is a talented bowler and has achieved tremendous results. He also helps around the club by putting surrounds around A green and putting out the mats and kitties before each game. He also does the cleaning of the ditches and is a helper at working bees. He is just a good allround guy.”
Alex Orcsik came to Dimboola Bowling Club in 1994.
He won a Division-1 premiership in 2003/2004, Division-3 premiership in 2007/2008 and 2010/2011, two Triples championships , 2014/2015 and 2015/2016, Minor championship 2015, three Fours championships in 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016.
“Alex had not been able to help much around the club as much as he would have liked to, owing to his health, but has been a very keen bowler and loves his cigarettes,” said Mr Argall.
Alex responded by announcing he had not had a cigarette since February 1.
“David, Max, Alex and Geoff, the club salutes you all and thanks you for all your works,” Mr Argall said.