Recruits for Deer Park

Deer Park hasn’t wasted time in strengthening its squad for next season’s Bowls Victoria weekend pennant premier division.

Having just claimed a second time premier division title, the Parkers have announced the signings of another two key players.

Lee Schraner comes to the club as one of Australia’s best players.

“Schraner needs no introduction,” the club said on social media. “He is without doubt one of the most successful players in recent history winning just about every title possible.”

Head of bowls operations Mark Casey had been working on signing for Scharner for a while. “Lee is just a super player,’ he said. “He always has been one of Australia’s best, but his last two-three years has been simply exceptional.

“Lee is such a tough competitor as well, he loves winning so we know he will add some real toughness, he’s going to be a massive asset!”

Schraner will join NSW and Raymond Terrace teammate Matthew Baus, with both stars being available for all games of the 2024-25 season.

Scotland’s rising star Dean Riva will also pile his trade at the Parkers next season.

Riva has already experienced premier division having played a season with the Fitzroy-Victoria two years ago and is eager to come back to be part of the Deer Park Club’s bowls program.

Riva arrives in September where he will be working at the club when he isn’t out of the greens.

“Dean has expressed a desire to come out to Australia for a couple of years,” Casey said. “Dean already has international experience representing Scotland so we are looking forward to seeing what he can bring to our team. He’s a great young guy so we know he’ll be a huge asset for us at Deer Park.”

Riva said it’s an honour to be able to sign for Deer Park.

“To be able to play amongst some of the best players in the country and the current premier division champions is a great feeling. I can’t thank the club enough for the opportunity and long may the success of the club continue.”