19 March 2019

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Jack high: The successful Main Ridge Bowls Club dual pennantwinning team of Glenn Gebert, Bill Shearer, Lee Mellett, Mary Clarke, Jonathon O’Sullivan, Bob Wheeler, Michael Horan, Cesare Bonacini, Phil DeNeefe, Roy Farrell, Ian Sharkie and Peter Jackson. Picture: Supplied

Bowlers back up with flag wins LIKE the fabled Mouse That Roared, Main Ridge Bowls Club is standing tall and winning pennants. Last Tuesday 12 March the club won the Division 5 pennant premiership. Playing at Karingal, the Ridge came from behind to beat old foes Mt Martha by four shots – a feat they also achieved last year. Not content with that, Main Ridge last Saturday (16 March) beat West Rosebud by 16 points at Belvedere to win the Division 3 pennant premiership. The same eight players represented the club in both premierships.

One, Cesare Bonacini, is a regular bowler at Main Ridge. “He is turning 97 this year and is still as competitive and enthusiastic as when he started bowls 40 years ago,” club president Bill Shearer said. The Saturday win was a tight struggle until after the break. “We managed to forge ahead and hold the lead to the finish,” Mr Shearer said. Main Ridge Bowls and Petanque Club was founded as a bowling club in 1959 and enjoyed strong growth in the 1960s-80s when bowls was at its peak. Membership declined and, in 2014, the Red Hill Petanque merged into the bowls club which

brought new life to the club as well as increased membership. Nestled in an idyllic location surrounded by farmland, wineries and orchards, the club has 120 members, of which 25 are in the bowls section. “We have a truly loyal, dedicated group who support each other and don’t allow the politics and in-fighting of the larger clubs to get in the way,” Mr Shearer said. “The bowlers compete weekly against clubs with 200-300 members which, in itself, makes its recent success all the more remarkable.” Stephen Taylor

Drip feed: This young orphaned possum is one of hundreds being cared for in the wake of this month’s high temperatures. Picture: Supplied

Wildlife in the garden WILDLIFE carers say the deaths of hundreds of possums earlier this month could have been avoided if suburban gardens were made more wildlife friendly. The aftermath of successive days of high temperatures will see young orphan possums needing care for months to come. Wildlife carers and educators Janet Wheeler and Paula Rivera, from Living with Wildlife, say gardens can be easily modified to provide wildlife with food, water, shelter and “pathways to find a mate”. Their organisation Living with Wildlife will hold a free Gardening for Wildlife workshop 10am-midday this Saturday (23 March) at Karingal Place Neighbourhood Centre, 103 Ashleigh Avenue, Frankston. “With displays, presentations, take home information and an arborist to chat to those attending will learn simple ways to attract and support our local native wildlife” Ms Wheeler said. “With loss of habitat one of the major causes for wildlife needing rescue and rehabilitation, our gardens can make a big difference.” The workshop is part of Frankston Council’s Greening our Future program and bookings are essential at: frankston.vic.gov.au/environmentalevents. For help with injured or distressed wildlife contact a vet or call AWARE on 0412 433 727 or WHOMP, 0417 380 687.


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Western Port News

20 March 2019