Sunday, 10 December 2006

Warrington Indoor Bowls Club

by Ruth Porteous

Warrington Indoor Bowls Club 

Our playing season concluded early in September, and despite our small membership, the Club finished the 2006 year with a number of successes. We won the interclub fours and singles and missed the pairs by only 2 points. Cliff Porteous and Alison Joyce won the Eastern District Pairs, and club teams were often runners up in other events. Six of our ten members were selected for the Eastern Districts' representative teams.

This year we decided to run a Warrington Club Triples Tournament, which was played in the Karitane Hall. Despite only six teams entering this event it, was very successful, with everybody enjoying themselves. The club wishes to acknowledge the support received from the Bendigo Trust, enabling us to purchase substantial prizes for the tournament. The following members won our club champion of champion events – Cliff Porteous, Andrew Thompson, Ruth Stevens and Alison Joyce for the fours, Cliff Porteous and Lyn Hastie for the pairs and the singles winners were Andrew Thompson and Ruth Porteous.  

To cap the season off, at the Sub Association Annual General Meeting, three of our players were made Life Members of the Eastern Districts Indoor Bowls Sub Association, in recognition of their contributions to the Sub Association. The citations for each were as follows;

Ruth Stevens has been a member of the Warrington club since 1962 and continues to play for that club. She has held office within her own club, and some years ago was award Life Membership to the club for her commitment and dedication. While she has not been a club delegate to Eastern Districts, Ruth has always supported the Sub Association at its tournaments and has been an Eastern Districts representative player for many years. Over her years of playing our sport, Ruth has won numerous Eastern Districts titles. She has also supported events run by other clubs within the Sub Association. Mrs Stevens is now the longest standing active member of the Eastern Districts Indoor Bowls Sub Association.

Cliff Porteous has been a delegate from the Warrington Club to Eastern Districts on and off since the Annual General Meeting of 1977. As well as winning a number of Eastern District's titles and being an Eastern Districts representative player Cliff has also represented E D as an Otago representative player. He has been an E D Delegate to Otago Indoor Bowls Association. As a member of the E D Management Committee, Cliff has held positions on the Hall Committee, been a Selector and held the office of Vice President and President.

Ruth Porteous was approached in 1984 to take on the position of Secretary-Treasurer. She has continued to hold this position since then. She has also had the opportunity to be a representative player for E D and has won one or two E D titles. 

Next year takes Warrington Indoor bowls Club to its 50th Jubilee and plans are afoot to celebrate this. We would love to hear from as many past players as possible, so they can be advised of the plans and have the opportunity of joining in the celebrations. If you are, or know of the whereabouts of past members please contact Cliff or Ruth Porteous, ph 4822849. There is to be a Jubilee Fours Tournament held in the Karitane Hall at the end of April and the Club plans to hold some activities in the Warrington Hall, although these have not yet been finalised.

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