The players (ladies and men) come from all over Victoria to play and practice.
Generally, home base is Oz Tenpin Bowling Centre 53 Miller Street Epping and we play 6 games in a day unless otherwise stated.
All VRI Members are welcome to join in the fun – come and play, you may be good enough to gain a spot in our state side, that plays off against other interstate sides, for the Commissioners Shield and other trophies.
Our bowling season for 2019 finished in December 2019 with the Peter Hesketh / Marie Burdon Doubles Championship.
The winners were Rob Bate & Jessica McInnes
The Donald Smith Points Champion for 2019 was Deryk Stace.
The Peter Dwyer Handicap Masters Winner for2020 was Rhonda Hebbard.
Our team was chosen to represent the VRI in the ARI Championships to be held at Rooty Hill NSW from 22nd March 2020 to 27thMarch 2020. The team travelled to Rooty Hill for the championship and attended the welcoming function at the Blacktown RSL on 22ndMarch 2020. All teams and guests were introduced and then had a catered breakfast.
Following the welcoming function, the bowlers and guests proceeded to the Zone Bowling Centre in Rooty Hill for the Preview Tournament which is part of the qualifying for the Individual Scratch and Handicap Trophies and consists of 3 qualifying games. There is a small financial reward for the top 3 qualifiers in both the Scratch and Handicap Division. Ian Strahan from VRI was top qualifier in the Scratch Division and Parys Wells from VRI was 2nd highest qualifier in the Handicap Division in her first time representing the VRI. It was a strange day due to COVID19 restrictions applying to the number of persons allowed in the bowl however all ran relatively smoothly.
After the tournament all teams and guests went back to their hotel/motels amid speculation the tournament would be cancelled due to the impending harsher COVID19 restrictions. On Monday 23rd March 2020 bowlers attended Zone Bowling Centre Rooty Hill to informed the tournament was cancelled. Bowlers and guests returned to their hotel/motels, packed their gear and returned home.
The next ARI Championship is to held in Toowoomba Queensland in May 2021 pending the status of COVID19 restrictions.
John McCaig, Team Manager, Tenpin VRI Bowling