Weekly Report April 14


Wednesday Social Bowls.

The fine weather and the promise of greens running freely saw a solid turnout of 24 players for Wednesday Social Bowls on the 10th of April. Games were played across both the west and east greens. The format was the popular 3 bowl pairs played over 2 games of 12 ends. Winners on the day, were the pairing of Gary Presnell (S) and Willy Lockwood (L), who won both games and finished with plus 21 shots. Runners Up with both games won and plus 15 shots were the combo of Col Withers (S), and Neville Coleman (L). Also winning well but finishing outside the prize money were the pairing of Mick Reilly (S), and Lynne Baxter (L), who won both games with a plus 13 shot tally. The Rolling Jackpot did not go off and next week climbs to $40.00. The Lucky Numbers were won by Keith Eade and Chris Horne.


Friday Social Bowls.

Fine weather saw 36 players enjoy the conditions on both greens on Friday the 12th of April. The 2 x 4 x 2 bowl format played over one game of 18 ends in many ways replicates a solid pennant practice session and seems to be very popular. The winners were the team of Bill Jenkins and Lynne Baxter. The runners up were the pairing of Shan and Mike Klodinski. The Consolation Prize went to the combo of Peter Verlado and Trevor Kilpatrick.


Vale Bette Clarke.

It is with sadness that we report on the passing of Bette Clarke who died on the 1st of April 2024 at the grand age of 102. Bette was a member of YMGCR bowls from the mid 1980’s to 1996.

Bette was born on the 18th of December 1921 at Nuneaton, Warwickshire England. Bette met her husband, Bill Clarke, during the Second World War. Bette and Bill were married in 1943 while serving in the British Armed Forces, Bill with the Army and Bette with the A.T.S. where she served in catering.

Looking to a better chance in life for their children, Bette and Bill emigrated to Australia in 1958 as part of the now famous 10 Pound Emigration Plan.

After moving to Yarrawonga in retirement Bette and Bill were active members of the local community, with Bette being a keen lawn bowler. Bill’s ill health saw the couple move back to Melbourne to be closer to their family in 1996.

Bette still enjoyed completing cryptic crosswords, with her daughter Chris, up to the time of her death and she also retained a sharp sense of memory.

Bette is survived by her 5 children, 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. To Bette’s family we pass on our thoughts and condolences.

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