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Family goes green at bowls launch THE opening of Mt Eliza Bowling Club’s season last week with new synthetic greens and floodlights helped members showcase bowls as a sport which the whole family can play. The additions mean the club can open all year and stage twilight and evening bowls events. A highlight of the night was watching three generations of club life member John Gregson’s family – aged seven to 70 – take part in a special bowling demonstration. Gregson’s grandsons – Victorian and national representative Dylan Fisher and seven year old Jett Simmons – joined him on the green along with Jett’s father, Todd, for a special moment in their family’s, and the club’s, history. Fisher, 21, is the youngest male bowler to represent Australia and is a world under-25 singles champion. Todd Simmons has played more than 300 games for Victoria and Gregson has won club championships in both singles and pairs at Mt Eliza and is described as an “integral part of the club�. Their opponents were Mt Eliza reigning men’s and women’s club champions and runners-up Phil Crowder, David Gibbon, Kim Ronan and Liz Eccles-Smith. The match for Gregson and Dylan was like winding the clock back 10 years to the the time they teamed up to win the pairs championship – with Dylan then an 11-year-old. As it was a demonstration game no scores were recorded, although the current champs won the match. Club president Ken Broadbent presided over the night, with Small

Business Minister and Dunkley MP Bruce Billson, Mornington MP David Morris and Bowls Victoria director Phil Gude among the guests.

“It was hard to tell which shone brighter: seven year old Jett Simmons or the club’s new floodlights at the wonderful opening night celebration,� member Guy Hand said.

Family style: Grandfather John Gregson, seven year old Jett Simmons, Stepson Dylan Fisher and father Todd Simmons bowl at Mt Eliza Bowls Club season launch. Picture: Gary Sissons

Exploring history of peninsula By Joan Yalden, U3A Mornington THE Mornington Peninsula has been recognised by the National Geographic organisation as one of the most beautiful – read “must see� – regions of Australia. Capitalising on this interest, with a focus on retired or semi-retired people, the University of the Third Age Mornington has launched five short courses on the peninsula’s history. “The courses bring together the various geological, botanical and cultural aspects of the history of the peninsula,� course coordinator Eileen Wilson says. The first course is about the physical development of the peninsula from pre-European settlement to the pioneers of the early settlement period. Things got off to a good start on Thursday 3 September at the U3A campus with talks by two guest speakers, Ms Wilson said. Botanist, botanical illustrator and author Leon Costerman outlined the geological origins of the peninsula and the constituent landforms that have influenced the vegetation and human practices. He is the author of Native Trees and Shrubs of South-Eastern Australia (1981). Boonwurrung man and archaeologist Adam Magennis, a cultural heritage advisor with Mornington Peninsula Shire, spoke on indigenous culture before European settlement. U3A tutor Gill Condie said those who had lived on the peninsula all of their lives would also enjoy the series. It continues throughout October and November discussing flora and fauna of the peninsula, bays and beaches, land use, art, culture and tourism. Details: U3A Mornington Campus office, Currawong St, Mornington, open 10am-2pm weekdays. Call 5975 9773 or visit u3amornington.com.au

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