Italy v Australia Annual Challenge Event

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Oh what an amazing day. Full house. All greens full. Certainly makes one proud to be a member of a club capable of hosting 168 bowlers from across Melbourne Metro and as far away as St Leonards, Golden Square and Wonthaggi.

Our invited guests included Peter Maynard (Lord Mayor Wyndham), Joanne Ryan (Local Federal MP), Steve Pallas (Local Member, State Treasurer and Minister of Resources), Mervyn Clifton (Werribee RSL), John Faranda (President ISCW), Leone Brunato (Sponsor) and family members – Anthony Porto, Mario Pisano and Alex Angelini.

This event has been sponsored by the Brunato family (Lifestiles) for the past 42 years which is truly amazing. The day commenced with cooked breaky, a three course lunch, cheese and biscuits for afternoon tea and then BBQ prior to leaving. We are most fortunate to have the support of the Brunato family who make this annual event possible. Please ensure that you support our sponsor whenever you have the opportunity.

Despite the inclement weather it was a wonderful day with all four ten-end games played with great spirit and comradery.

The winning teams were:
– Aussies: Wal Stammer’s team from Golden Square
– Italian Winners: Jim Vernino’s team from Keilor

Overall Italy won by 23 shots and managed to retain the shield for the third year in succession.

Congratulations to Col Thompson for running yet another fabulous tournament despite the difficulties.

What can one say about the catering? Yolli and the ladies in the kitchen did a magnificent job yet again. So proud of you all.

Events such as this are testament to the best of multiculturalism and what our club has to offer.

On behalf of the Board, I would like to personally thank all who participated, assisted with the running, set up/down or played in the event.   (George Cairns – President)

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