Brighton Players Shine at the Australian Open Ė Darebin 13-19 February 2011

Menís Singles
Lee Schraner won through to the quarter finals beating Peter Gawthorne, Brett Wilkie (ranked No 2 in Australia) and Paul Jopson on the way. He was eventually defeated by Essendon Premier League skipper Aaron Wilson. Coincidentally, Aaron, along with Victorian State skipper Matthew Flapper, recently beat Lee in the pairs final of the NSW Menís Open, when again he teamed up with Neville Rodda from Richmond Union.

Menís Pairs
Neville Rodda (Richmond Union) and Lee Schraner won the final against Mark Berghofer and Aron Sherriff 5-12, 12-8, 5-1 (the reigning Australian Commonwealth Games pairs representatives) after beating Brett Wilkie and Leif Selby (ranked No.1 and No.4 in the world) in the semi-finals. What an outstanding performance by Lee and his partner. Congratulations

Menís Triples
Geoff Maskell, Neville Rodda and Lee Schraner won through to the semi-finals, only to bump into Brett Wilkie, Wayne Turley and Aron Sherriff who defeated them 8-6, 2-9, 3-1. Wilkie, Turley and Sherriff subsequently ended up winning the final. Another outstanding effort by our boys.

Menís Over 60 Triples
Brighton was represented by Geoff Maskell (with Walter Jacobs and Sam Laguzza) and a team comprising Terry Cashmore, David Shaw and Peter Gawthorne Ė both teams reached the Round of 16 but both were defeated by the eventual finalists.
Schraner Bows Out in Big Upset

After comfortably winning his first three games in the 2009/10 Singles Champion of Champions Group 16 finals, Lee Schraner was surprisingly beaten by giant killing Ted Russell from Elsternwick Club in the Final.

The game was a contrast of two halves. Early on, on what was a pleasant 14 second green, Lee lead by a whopping 14-4, and seemed to be in complete control. However following a short rain delay, which significantly reduced the speed of the green, Lee failed to regain his touch, and he allowed Ted to attain 16 consecutive shots. Despite a brief fightback, he ultimately went down 25-21 in what was a massive upset.

To his credit however, Ted Russell had also knocked over the legendary Russell Green Jnr in his previous game, so no-one could have denied him the credit for his achievement.
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Brighton Bowling Club wins 1st Divison Night Pennant.
After a very competitive year our night pennant side finished 3rd on the ladder and our first knockout final was against one of our toughest rivals Melbourne and after a tough tussle we prevailed.

The preliminary final was against Mt Waverley who are very competitive but our team played well ans we had a very strong win. This put us in the finals against our arch rivals Toorak. Toorak had been the top side throughout the season and prior to the game they were very confident that they wouldnt have much trouble putting us away. Brighton however had other ideas and was focused on every bowl and at the end of the night we won by 2 shots overall.

We have been in the finals for the last few seasons and it was great to finally win one and as a result we have been promoted to Premier Division next season.

Congratulations top all the players on the night and also to those who competed during the year and were a big part in helping us get there.

Thansk to everyone who came down to watch and gave support throughout the Grand Final series.

Kim Pidgeon Night Pennant manager

Open Day 28th March 2010

With the current lack of external signage and the remoteness of our location, several people within the local community and beyond are still not aware of our Clubs whereabouts, or even our existence in some circumstances.

In order to address this problem, the Club held our first ever Open Day at Dendy Park on the 28th March. After strongly publicising the Event through the use of local fliers and email chains, we were hoping for a good turnout. The intention was to invite the public (not necessarily existing bowlers) to walk around our new home and enjoy the great facilities that we have to offer. This included our indoor bowling and full sized snooker tables.

We were very pleased with the outcome. Throughout the day, approximately 240 men, women and children came through the Club and had some fun. The overwhelming comment was ĎÖWOW, we didnít even know this place existed, and that it was so big, and isnít it a fantastic set upÖí etc.

The Membership Committee took the opportunity to promote the Club through various means, including several handouts that were placed in show bags that were given to everyone who visited.

Several people expressed interest in joining the Club, particularly from a social perspective, so we are hoping to receive several new membership applications over the coming months.

The Committee would like to sincerely thank the many volunteers that either helped mail fliers throughout the local community prior to the Event, or those that helped on the day in various capacities from coaching to the barbecue to general escorting of visitors around the Club. Overall it was a great success.

Brighton Teams Have A Bumper Season

Both the men and womenís teams have had outstanding success throughout the 09/10 season just completed.

The Men fielded five teams throughout the year.

Our No.1 side finished an unlucky third after winning 16 of their 18 home and away games and finishing over 500 shots up for the year. In their semi final, they were narrowly beaten by Bundoora RSL, who ultimately went on to win the Division 1 title, and who will be a strong contender in next years Premier League.

Our No.2 side had a much improved year, brought about by the injection of new members to the Club, also finishing third after being beaten by Toorak in its semi final. Again our team struck the toughest of the Div 2 Sections, with Elsternwick Club, the team finishing on top, ultimately going on to win the Division 2 title.

Our No.3 side had a very successful year, finishing on top of their Section and being promoted to Division 4 for the coming season. They were surprisingly beaten in their chase for the Division 5 title after starting warm favourites against Melbourne, however they had done their job and achieved promotion for next year.

Our No.4 side went the furthest of all of our teams, after also finishing second in their Section. They comfortably won their first semi final in their chase for the Division 7 title, however they got caught out by a swift change in weather and a very slow 10 second green out at Ashburton and their season ended at the hands of Donvale. However like our 3rd side, their work was done and they gained a very important promotion to Division 6 for next year.

Our No.5 side had a good year, albeit they narrowly missed playing in the finals

The Women fielded three regular teams throughout the year.

Our No.1 side completed an excellent year, finishing on top of their A2 Section. Unfortunately they were beaten by Donvale in the first post sectional semi final, however they have achieved their ultimate goal, a promotion to A1 next year.

Our No.2 side also had a strong year, finishing second in their B1 Section, however just missing promotion for next year. Although disappointed about not gaining promotion, they have set the foundations for an excellent year next year.

Our No.3 side were a little out of their depth in B1, finishing ninth in their Section