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ANNUAL BOWLS TOURNAMENT ( 33 rd)  20/1/2020

Despite forecasts of storms and rain, the club’s annual tournament was conducted at the City Bowls Club on  20TH January  2020. There were 28  teams participating in the competition with representation from the following Probus Clubs:      Pt Lonsdale Queenscliff , Ballarat New Generation ,  Ballarat Southern Cross , Ballarat Central , Ballarat South  , Camperdown, Cobden, Geelong,  Grovedale,  Highton , Hopper’s Crossing, Leopold Combined, St Leonards,  Timboon & District,  Warrnambool Men's, Werribee, Clifton Springs Drysdale,  Dunnolly & District, Ocean Grove Combined.  3 teams from local clubs also joined in the tournament.

Play commenced at 9.30 after welcomes to all were made by President Graeme Robb and Bowls Director Maurice Middleton.After first session , all players and officials enjoyed lunch provided by the City Bowls Club

The afternoon session finished and the winners of the day were a local Team led by Tim Ryan who was capably supported by Gerry Mercuri,   Pat McCarthy, and Col McCready. Afternoon tea was served and then the bowlers enjoyed a relaxing hour recounting the day’s play.


The Annual meeting of the Probus Club of Colac was held on Monday 2/3/20 at the City Bowls Club. There were 50 members present and 10 apologies for the meeting.

Reports were received from the Treasurer John Malone, Welfare Officer George Roberts, Entertainment Officer Brian Murray, Guest Speaker Co – Ordinator Bob Isaacs Bowls Co-Ordinator Maurice Middleton on the activities under their leadership during the past year. President Graeme Robb and Secretary Jim O’Brien  thanked all the officers for their contributions over the past 12 months.

Election of the new office bearers for the ensuing year took place with the new Executive Members as follows:
President -  Jim Lang  Secretary Jim O’Brien  Treasurer John Malone.


 A very important motion of thanks was recorded at the meeting to thank  the outgoing Media Officer Arthur  Grant who has held the position for the past 16 years bringing out the monthly newsletter and organising the distribution to members residing in various parts of the Colac Otway Shire.  The motion was passed  and carried with acclamation.



The Probus Club of Colac had a trip to Bray Raceway on 4/3/20. 58 members and their guests travelled to Ballarat to witness a nine card event which included the Colac Probus Club Trot Race 6 won by rank outsider Flash Boy and the  Malcolm Hallyburton Memorial Pace Race 8 won by Machs Gold. Flash Boy’s win  ruined the Punters Club quadrella of which many of the Probus group had invested.

Ballarat & District Trotting Club named race 6 and Race 8 to coincide with our visit and in particular Race 8 to honour our former life member and Event Organiser between 2008 and 2017  the late Malcolm Hallyburton. Malcolm took 8 busloads of 50+ to Bray raceway in his time as Events Organiser. His wife Barbara, daughter Jenny Wallace and partner Trevor Farnsworth, Malcolm’s sisters Dorothy and Isabel and Malcolm’s close friends Mark and Leah Jacob were part of the Probus contingent on the night.



(L to R ) Denise McCarthy, Barbara                  (Above)  Trevor Farnsworth and Jenny Wallace
Hallyburton, Joy Middleton

(L to R) Jan & Dan McKay                                      Bob Isaacs (L) talks across the table to
Mark & Leah Jacob                                                  John Neale as Mick McGuane studies the form
Ron McCann on his way to collect                          (L)Maurice Middleton, Kelvin Cass, Kevin Weir
a winning ticket                                                      (R)Vonda & Stewart Carson, Lindsay & Jan Matthews

( L to R) Marj Hamilton,                                          (L to R)  Brian & Pam Murray Claudia McCann, Robyn Malone
Mick Washington, Alan Wilson
           June Lang , President Jim Lang                                                                     Frank Lawrence

LIST OF ATTENDEES at Ballarat Trots Night

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 Coffee mornings for members were held at the City Bowls Club Colac on 17th & 18th Nov, 24th & 25th Nov, 1st & 2nd Dec. 57 members attended the 6 sessions with members openly happy to see one another again. There was plenty of chatter as members recalled the Corona Virus period with lockdowns and restrictions