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Around the Zones



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he year is rapidly progressing and already we have seen some fantastic action on the Green, in the first week of March, NSW and Victoria played their annual Test at Wodonga. Two days of great bowling ended with the NSW Men’s and Women’s teams both undefeated and the under 25’s team also successful winners two tests to one. I had the privilege of attending the tests and I would like to thank Paul Carey and all of his staff for the excellent job they did running the event. To the players that have been selected to play in the Super 6 and Ally Shield in Burnie Tasmania later in the month, well done and I hope you have a great tournament. My congratulations are also extended to Ettalong

PATRON: Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC, Governor of NSW PRESIDENT: Vince Beard (The Rules Club, Wagga) DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Lyle Keats (Taren Point) FINANCE DIRECTOR: Ron King (Pennant Hills) DIRECTORS: Ian McKnight OAM (Cudgen Leagues) Bob Moran (Warrawee) Jay Porter (Dubbo Railway) Pete Rake (Blakehurst) The Bowls NSW Team: Greg Helm (CEO), Jennifer Hirama (Executive Secretary) Bowls Operations: Michael Beaumont (Manager), Andrew Lynn, Chris Green, Declan Kelly Administration: Courtney Allouche (Supervisor), Shontelle McKeown, Santosh Gupta, Tracy Bannister Communications: Tricia Breuer, Cheryl Strong

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Cover image: Mark Berwick, President of Honolulu Bowls Club

Bowling Club on their selection to host the NSW State Championships later in the year. In late February, Trish and I attended the 100th anniversary of Nowra Bowling Club; celebrations were enjoyed by all, a special thanks to President Michael Mitchell and his staff for a well arranged day. It was great to see the volunteers over the last 100 years recognised for all of their hard work with the Club. I am pleased to report that the first step of the Boundary survey has been completed. The next step is for us to compile all of your responses so we can move forward in this long process. Finally I would like to welcome the newest member of Bowls NSW, Cheryl Strong who has come on board as our new Marketing and Communications Manager, Cheryl has a wealth of experience in marketing and will be a real asset to our team. 3


The Unofficial World

Barefoot Bowls

Championships 4


Competing Players at Aloha Barefoot Bowls Finals

The Concept Chris Green


It all started in a little bar in Waikiki, Hawaii in early 2013 when Bowls NSW Operations Manager Michael Beaumont struck up a conversation with one of the few members of the Honolulu Bowling Club (the only bowling club in Hawaii). This random conversation, completely out of the blue, turned into one of the most unbelievable and, for the many who participated in both Australia and the World finals, most enjoyable experience. The conversation led Michael to the Honolulu Bowling Club and from there the idea of running an event in partnership with the club and Bowls NSW. On Michael’s return to Australia the ‘Aloha Unofficial World Barefoot Bowls Championships’ was created. An event which would create an opportunity to engage current bowlers and potential bowlers (each pairs team consisted of a registered bowler and a non registered bowler). The pilot event was established which would involve 10 different clubs, ranging from large to small, coastal to inland. From these 10 clubs, 5 sides would then win their way to Honolulu and the unofficial world championships. Joining these 5 sides would be one lucky side drawn at random from all the entries received from all qualifying venues. 5


The Event

The qualifying events saw a mix of different styles across the 10 pilot clubs (Fairy Meadow, Towradgi, Nelson Bay, Ettalong, Northmead, The Hills, North Manly, North Sydney, Taren Point and Griffith) including days, nights, weekdays and weekends – all suited to the location of the clubs and in a laid back environment, perfectly suited to the ‘Aloha’ style. With many sides dressing in Hawaiian gear, plenty of smiles, maximum enjoyment and relaxation seemed to be the main idea throughout the pilot clubs – the object of running the pilot program was to see what worked and what didn’t. With all the qualifying and knockout rounds complete the 5 ‘Hawaii bound’ winners were; John Orme and Adam Davidson (Central Coast), Leigh Csermak and Ken Baker (Nelson Bay), Chad Keating and Jamie Johansen (Wollongong), Hugh Westcott and Phil


Westcott (Sydney), Wayne Matthews and Rod McDonald (Griffith). The lucky winners of the random draw were Craig Armour and John Green (Wollongong). As the winners were decided a frantic search for passports then occurred, with a trip to Hawaii to play bowls obviously unexpected for some of the winning sides. At least one person had to apply for his passport. All the competitors then met at Sydney airport on the evening of Tuesday 11th February before setting off on their flight to sunny Hawaii and once they arrived it didn’t disappoint with a beautiful 28 degree day and nothing but clear sky. The travelling party arrived in Hawaii on the same day they left except in the morning due to the International Date Line. This gave the crew a day to explore the local surroundings and acclimatise themselves before the main event

started the following day. These activities including: beach walks, swimming, surfing, shopping, visiting many of the local bars and enjoying some of the local cuisine. The opening day of the ‘Aloha Unofficial World Barefoot Bowls Championships’ at Honolulu, saw the six Australia pairs broken into 2 groups of 10 sides that including teams from clubs over Canada, United States and a few sides from the local Honolulu Bowls Club. Each group played a morning session and an afternoon session involving 3 games a session over the first 2 days. The third day was finals day: the top four sides from each group would contest the quarters, semis and Championship final. The first two days of play had a very Australian feel to it as four of the six sides worked their ways through the group play and into the finals. These four sides included: BOWLS NSW • MAR-APR 2014

ALOHA BAREFOOT BOWLS Left: Unofficial World Barefoot Champions Jamie Johansen and Chad Keating Below: Craig Armour and John Green with Honolulu’s Mark Berwick

The first few days had a very Aussie feel to it Keating and Johansen (undefeated and topped their group), Armour and Green, Csermak and Baker (also topped their group) and Matthews and McDonald. Rounding out the quarter finals were two local sides, a Laguna Beach side and one from Canada. Friday 14th February 2014 was not only the finals day for the ‘Aloha Unofficial World Barefoot Bowls Championships’ but also after a Proclamation from the Governor of Hawaii Mr Neil Abercrombie, the date was to be referred to as ‘Aloha Barefoot Bowls Day’. With a wide international mix and the early favourites both still in the competition everyone was expecting the best and the spectators weren’t disappointed. In 3 of the 4 Quarter Finals, the highest ranked side claimed victory and a spot in the semi final. The biggest surprise of the event however came in the match between the top ranked side from Group B (Csermak and Baker of Nelson Bay) and the 4th ranked side from Group A (Robert Katzman and Mark Berwick of Honolulu) with the home side heros from Honolulu stunning the crowd and other quarter finals by claiming the last 3 ends to take out the match by 3 shots! After winning their respective Quarter Final matches the two Wollongong sides from Australia which most thought would battle it off in the Championship Final would instead meet in a massive Semi Final clash. A clash which saw the young pairing of Keating and Johansen lead from the start and dominate the much more experienced side of Armour and Green, 9–2 over the 7 end match. BOWLS NSW • MAR-APR 2014

The other Semi Final which pitted the only two Honolulu sides in the draw against each other saw the end of a fairytale for Katzman and Berwick with Robin Day and Norman Lockie claiming the semi final with a conclusive 9–1 victory. Before the Championship Final a quickfire 3-end shootout was played to determine the 3rd place. This match between the locals and Craig ‘Spider’ Armour and John Green had it all and the crowd was either standing applauding or barrelled over in laughter for the duration of the game. Coming down to Green’s last bowl on the third end he snuck in to force a tiebreak end where once again he stepped to the mat and delivered with his last to claim the match 4–3 and 3rd place. With one match left, the crowd all gathered around the club house and show rink to watch the Championship Final of the first ever ‘Aloha Unofficial World Barefoot

Bowls Championships’ and with a perfect scenario, a local Honolulu side from the Host club and an Australian qualifying side (the youngest and first pair to qualify). Singles shots were scored on the first 3 ends before Johansen really put his mark on the final playing a great conversion to make 3 shots. The Wollongong boys then followed this up with 2 shots to take control of the final and never look back. Keating and Johansen went on to claim the title 9–2 and be crowned the ‘Aloha Unofficial World Barefoot Bowls Champions’. Following the Final an event Luau (a Hawaiian party) was held at the club on the Friday evening. The festivities included a local band with traditional music, a wide banquet spread of local foods, fireworks and a great evening with all competitors, volunteers and local club members attending. After the event and before flying

home there was a chance for some recreation and tourism including: beach fun, bar visits, local dining, helicopter viewing of the island, outlet shopping, hiking and much more. Such a beautiful spot to visit and combined with a barefoot bowls event you don’t find many places better. Bowls NSW would like to thanks the Honolulu Bowls Club especially Mark Berwick who organised everything from the Hawaii side and his great team of volunteers, many of whom actually didn’t play in the event so they could help ensure it ran so smoothly.

The 2015 final of ALOHA BAREFOOT BOWLS will be held again in Hawaii. The Australian qualifying rounds will be happening around the state during October 2014. For more information please call 1300 286 392 7

Selection becomes the focus

Everyone has a view Greg Helm, CEO


ith the Pennant Season in full swing in most Zones around the state and just about to commence in others, it is the time of year that the issue of selection becomes a focal point within Clubs. Having been a selector myself in the past, I certainly empathise with the range of complexities that Club selectors are required to consider when trying to evaluate and allocate their peers into positions and combinations that will give the Club the best chance of success. It is fair to say that as a general rule not everyone is going to be pleased with the selections made 100% of the time, but such is the subjective nature of the selection process. Different people will always see things from varying viewpoints, and everyone is entitled to have their own opinions. Whether you have personally been in the ‘hot-seat’ on a selection committee, or you have just been selected in your Club’s pennant side, you have probably seen the best and worst come out in some of your own Club Members as a result of contentious selections. There is no doubt that the existence of a good selection procedure at this time of year can mean the difference between having a harmonious Club and an enjoyable season of pennants or playing a season which seems to drag on forever in a hostile environment. So what can be done to avoid or alleviate the potential for conflict or even the good old ‘dummy-spit’ at your Club each pennant season? First and foremost, it is essential that the Club adopts and implements a sound Club Selection Policy, which is not only made available to all players but is adhered to by everyone, especially selectors. A good policy will ensure that it outlines as objectively as possible the criteria used by the Committee when selecting pennant sides and take into consideration matters such as consistency, transparency and appeal rights and processes. Secondly, I believe that we as players need


“Not everyone is going to be pleased with the selections made”

to always keep in the back of our minds, but especially when we feel aggrieved by selections, that we play pennants alongside our team mates with a shared responsibility to perform and represent our respective Clubs to the best of our ability regardless of the position or the grade for which we are selected. If there is any position which has a greater responsibility for the performance of the Club in pennants and which deserves to receive a higher level of respect, I would say it is the position of the volunteer selectors. If your Club currently does not have a Selection Policy, feel free to contact the Bowls NSW Sports Development Team on 92834555 or download the Best Practice Selection Guidelines from the Bowls NSW Website.


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ost Australians are pretty good knockers. Most of us seem to think it’s pretty funny and sometimes it is very funny. I have certainly done it myself. There can be, however, a paper thin line between having a gentle dig and whingeing. I am not averse to criticism, god knows

I think we can all do to help turn the tide and help us all. Build a good culture. Culture building, most of the time, doesn’t come from the top, it comes from within, which means we all bear some responsibility for what happens in our club, on our green and in our team. Developing a culture that fosters constructive feedback processes but actively discourages cheap personal attacks is a great

whingers, we also have fewer people putting their hand up to help be a part of the solution. We need more volunteers, more people prepared to be selectors, be directors, serve on committees and help out. When you get around to serving on committees and start to understand why things happen you may be surprised at the outcomes. Listen actively. By that I mean provide feedback to people in a way that they start to hear exactly what they are saying. (There are plenty of books and internet pieces on active listening skills). Active listening skills are beautiful to watch when done well. Finally, by providing genuine feedback opportunities that people can use to provide legitimate feedback will take away the catchcry I hear from

I get enough of it, and on most occasions after a little pride swallowing, I can listen to it with a level of appreciation. But I loathe personal comments with no aim other than to attack and cause harm. Whingeing often seems to come from some sense of entitlement. Often I am not sure where that sense of entitlement comes from. It seems to me, and judging by your correspondence it seems to many others too, that our bowling clubs and our bowling greens are a hotbed of whingeing and whingers. If we aim to improve our sport and make it a more desirable place for new members to join, then one of the things we need to tackle is this issue of the big whinge. So here are five things

place to start. But having a collective responsibility is the tough part. Don’t feed the whinger. I don’t mean we should starve people, what I mean is, we each play a part in either satisfying the whinger by listening, or by not listening. In my experience most whingers just want someone to whinge to and they are not too fussy who it is, so don’t be that person. We should listen if the complaint is legitimate of course, but most of the time I reckon you can tell in the first sentence. It’s always someone else’s fault, it’s always too hard, and poor me etc. Be a part of the solution not part of the problem. It may just be a coincidence that at the same time as we have a burgeoning barrage of

time to time “no-one is listening to me!”. Without a legitimate point of contact or a legitimate opportunity to be heard, the level of frustration seems to rise to the point where people start to say things just to be heard, which is not edifying. We all have a role to play in making our sport a whinge free zone. Part of that is by providing better opportunities for people to be heard. I am now going to play my part in that process by saying you can call me in the office on 9283 4555, you can certainly email me, you can provide feedback in person by attending a small clubs forum, by reading and responding to JACK or just catching up when I come to your club.

5 ways to turn the whingeing tide Michael Beaumont, Bowls Operations Manager

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East Cessnock’s Michael Cronin, Simon Mitchell, Brodie Turner and Jon Dimopoulos

Hunter Valley group claim two of Australia’s most coveted titles Darebin International Sports Centre , February 16–20, 2014 Photos: Bowls Australia


ast Cessnock and Kurri bowlers secured their clubs’ highest honours in many years at the Southern Hemisphere’s most lucrative bowls event, the Australian Open, as the Cessnock Advertiser reports: East Cessnock quartet, Michael Cronin, Simon Mitchell, Brodie Turner and Jon Dimopoulos, took out the men’s fours event


while Kurri’s Andrew Rees and Brendon Baker staged a thrilling come-from-behind victory to take out the men’s pairs. Held in Victoria at the Darebin International Sports Centre from February 16 to 20, the Australian Open saw some of the best bowlers in the country and overseas converge for five days of play. This is the fifth time the championships have been held in Darebin, with 352 competitors taking to the greens. The East Cessnock men’s fours line-up consisting of Cronin, Mitchell, Turner and Dimopou-

los qualified for the event after success at the NSW Qualifying at Taree in November. They played six knock-out rounds to make it to the final, where they defeated South Australian contingent consisting of Matthew Northcott, Simon Dorr, Wayne Ruediger and Scott Thulborn 13–12. The defeat was not an easy one, with Ruediger a current Jackaroos representative and world champion, while Thulborn was most valuable player of last November’s $100,000 Australian Premier League.

East Cessnock’s Michael Cronin said that the team couldn’t be happier with the results (which included a $10,000 prize) and that while they weren’t favourites to win the title they always knew they had what it takes. “We certainly didn’t go in to the competition knowing we would win,” he said, “but you never go in thinking you can’t win.” “We were up against some pretty stiff competition, including all the Australian teams as well as some groups from Malaysia and Hong Kong. We knew if we played


Andrew Rees and Brendon Baker of Kurri Bowling Club

well we could beat anyone but we had to play our best.” The win is the first Australian title for East Cessnock Bowling Club since 1981, when Sam Clough was part of a team that won the men’s fours title. Cronin said it is a great feeling to be part of a team with mates, all from the same area. In the men’s pairs, Andrew Rees and Brendon Baker staged a thrilling come-from-behind victory to claim one of sport’s most sought-after titles, and the $8000 cheque that accompanies it. The duo’s five-day campaign


came to a stunning conclusion after progressing to the gold medal decider on the back of five emphatic victories, including an impressive 18–4 win over local Victorian hopefuls Scott Guymer and Michael Stanley (who had only just eliminated Australian Jackaroos Pair Matthew Flapper and Aron Sherriff in the first rubber). In the final they faced off against Victorian duo Graeme Spry and Ray Jensen and things looked grim after falling away to a 1–5 deficit early and then trailing 7–10 at the midway point, before launching their attack. Three

shots on the ninth end had them back on level pegging, before a mammoth count of five on the eleventh end saw them hit the lead, 15–11. Baker, whose previous greatest achievement was a semi-finalist finish at the 2011 Australian Indoor Championships, guided his teammate to a further seven shots over the last three ends to record a 22–11 victory, the biggest margin of any of the Open’s main draw finals matches. Rees said that they definitely came up against pairs that they weren’t expecting to, but they

held their ground right up to the last end. “We had a pretty cruisy time, with a lot of the big name teams getting knocked out early,” he said. “The semi was definitely our toughest game, but Brendon played his best bowls the whole way through.” Rees said that the win is the highest honour for Kurri Bowling Club in years, following on from Aaron Appleby’s runner-up title at the same event years earlier. The pair is now looking forward to defending the title at next year’s event.


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CG calls the shots Chris Green





Before the Trans Tasman rivalry ignited in the annual Australia v New Zealand Test Series, Bowls NSW’s Chris Green caught up with 3 of the stars competing in the annual Trans Tasman clash. These stars are Australia’s Aron Sherriff and Dylan Skinner plus the big hitting Kiwi Ali Forsyth.




Ali Forsyth NZ

Aron Sherriff AUS

Dylan Skinner AUS (u18’s)

Current NZ Singles Champion and CG’s skip in pennants D.O.B: 11th December 1979 Club: Taren Point, NSW (AUS) Havelock, Marlborough (NZ)

Current World Fours Champion D.O.B: 29th October 1985 Club: Ettalong Memorial, NSW

Current NSW Junior Bowler of the Year D.O.B: 5th February 1998 Club: Wiseman Park Wollongong City, NSW

Chris Green: Welcome guys and thanks for being part of the first ‘CG calls the shots’, I’ve got a couple of questions about the upcoming Trans Tasman Series and the rivalry which ignites it. Aron Sherriff: Looking forward to it, CG. Ali Forsyth: Let’s do it, mate. Dylan Skinner: Great to be part of it. Fire away.

CG: What makes the TT so special to you? AS: Naturally the rivalry between Australia and NZ is massive but also the friendly rivalry against great mates such as Richard Girvan and Ali off the green. On the green it’s just the natural sporting rivalry. AF: The Challenge playing against Australia as they are one of the top nations in the world and it allows you to see where you stand. It’s also friendly, great rivalry and huge respect all tied together. DS: Mixing with the Open, Under 25’s and all the amazing stars of the game.

AS: Every Trans Tasman victory. AF: Hopefully this year as I’ve never won one haha. DS: Last year after claiming the trophy yelling out Aussie, Aussie, Aussie in front of everyone!

CG: What’s the rivalry like between the two nations? AS: Well, naturally on the green you never want to lose when you put on the green and gold but off the green as mentioned before it’s still a great friendly rivalry. AF: It’s a very strong rivalry but not unhealthy; there is plenty of respect and that pushes each other along. It works well in preparation for the top international events such as World Bowls and Comm Games. DS: Very, very fierce and lots of sledging haha.

CG: Your 2014 Trans Tasman prediction? AS: A very tight fought series but a victory to Australia. AF: Very close, both teams have players vying for Comm Games positions but I think we have a great chance. My prediction is NZ men and women 2–1 and just scrape in for the overall trophy. DS: Australia clean sweep all the trophies, hopefully.

CG: How many Trans Tasmans (TT) have you each played before this year’s Series? AS: (Minutes go by as Omar counts them all up) Well, I debuted in 2007 but missed 2009 so this will be my 7th Series. I haven’t lost one yet! AF: Same as Az this will be my 7th Series. I also debuted in 2007 but missed a Series played in Brisbane. DS: This will be my second series, debuted in Auckland last year. CG: Where do you rate the TT in bowls events? AS: After World Bowls and Commonwealth Games it would be the next best. AF: Same as Az again: 3rd best event after World Bowls and the Comm Games. DS: 10/10 Pinnacle of bowls for me.


CG: Your favourite TT moment?

CG: Funniest TT teammate and why? AS: Bausy (Matt Baus): foot in mouth. Enough said. AF: Shannon McIlroy: he has a pretty cheeky sense of humour. DS: Aron Sherriff: always joking around and making people laugh. I can’t stop!

CG: Thanks, guys, good luck and just for the record I’m predicting another series decided on the last bowl, two streakers and the occasional wrong bias!



Turley brings up a double century Story & Photos: Port News


ayne Turley is a regular visitor to the Hastings and has featured highly and won numerous competitions in the area. He was back again, this time for the ultimate grudge match in bowls. He represented NSW while they did battle with the Maroons in the State of Origin bowls tournament. Turley said as far as bowls action goes this would be some of the best in the country. “The NSW and Queensland teams both have the majority of the players in the Australian team, and those guys are here for this,” he said. “It [the event] is really great for the town [Port Macquarie] and the

spectators have really gotten behind it. The facilities of the whole club are fantastic too.” It was a special occasion for Turley who will bring up his 200th match for the state after being part of this team since 1999. He said he was looking forward to the clash with northern rivals. “It’s very much like the footy feeling of the State of Origin,” he said. “There is a real rivalry on the green but we are all pretty good mates off it ... There is a bit of friendly banter that goes on but nothing too hostile. It’s always a really tight draw between the two teams. They’re always close battles but we’ve got a good chance to go two up on them now.”

Wayne Turley

KENO Blues roll on Photos: Bowls Victoria


he NSW KENO Blues have whitewashed Victoria 3–0 in Wodonga to notch up their 4th consecutive win against the Victorians in their annual series and in doing so have extended their Interstate series winning streak to 8 straight. Despite losses to the rinks skipped by Aron Sherriff and Shane Garvey, the KENO Blues were able to claim the first Test with a nail-biting 62–60 victory on the back of a 10-shot victory by the rink of Carl Healey, John Green, Ben Twist and David Ferguson over Nick McIntyre. The afternoon’s second Test saw the experienced Blues lineup come out firing to wrap up the series with a dominant 67–52 win. Sherriff’s team of Matt Baus, Terry Antram and Wayne Turley led the charge to record a 26–17 victory over Aaron Wilson, while Ferguson’s rink overcame Wayne Roberts 19–13 and Shane Garvey’s


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foursome of Ray Pearse, Zel Trbara and Mark Berghofer salvaged a 22-all draw against McIntyre. The third test saw the KENO Blues taking victory 61–56, again with just one rink win. The 16-shot thumping by Sherriff over McIntrye 28–12 was enough to counter the narrow losses of Ferguson and Garvey to complete the 3–0 whitewash. It wasn’t all smooth sailing however for the KENO Under 25 State Side young-guns who rallied following a 3–nil defeat in the first Test to win the remaining two Tests and claim a 2–1 overall series victory. Carl Healey was named player of the series for the KENO Blues, whilst Matt Miles was the best for the KENO Under 25s. The victory provided NSW State Selectors with a chance to finetune the KENO Blues line-up before their upcoming back-to-back series, first against Western Australia at Taren Point and then on to defend their Australian Side’s Championship title in Tasmania against all other States. BOWLS NSW • MAR-APR 2014

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Grafton men TNT over 30 yrs GRAFTON MEN’S BOWLING CLUB Tuesday Night Triples or TNT has a great 30-yr tradition for bowls in Grafton. It started out as a Fours game, then in 1994 a fellow called Terry Hardy can along and reworked the format to a triples competition that started 1st Tuesday night November to February. Playing seven rounds each competition it was set up to attract learner bowlers and potential new club members. TNT is designed to encourage everyone to play as you could lose every game and you can still win the overall competition. Each night has a winners/ runners-up and a lucky losers prize, then three lucky ends are drawn: the scores for those ends are added together and go on

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weekly tally. The comp winner is the team with the highest score. Teams are encouraged to play under a team name and can use substitutes throughout the competition. An example of names: The Buggers/Sloggers/ Booze Brothers/Kaos/Chippies/Cocky boys/Oasis/Bailey & Gough/Jim & 2 more Ron’s/ and so on. In the early years of the competition it was nothing to get 38 teams of fours each year but in 2002 the amalgamation of Graton City BC & Grafton District Service Club saw the formation of Grafton Bowling Club. The venue changed from three grass greens to two synthetic greens. TNT how has 28 teams of triples every night of the comp and we still keep attracting new members. Our youngest is 10-yrs old.

Our club enjoys seeing players come from this intro to bowls comp joining our club and going on to play higher levels helping the club to achieve success. In the past few years three Pennant Teams have made the State Finals with No.4 team Winning/ No.6 team Runner Up and the mighty No.7 team in the SemiFinal. But our Club was over the moon to be selected as finalist NSW Club of the Year with powerful St Johns Park/Belrose/ Taren Point/Harbord and to win the Best Performed Country Club NSW. What an honour. Our committee will continue to work hard for the game itself and our members, making great effort to improve/strengthen our position as well as staying connected with our community.

Pennants ready to roll TWENTY FOUR SIDES will contest the Zone 2 No.1 Grade Pennant Competition with defending Titleholders Valentine having drawn what I believe to be the toughest Section in Section 2. They will be tested by last year’s Section winners Beresfield and Belmont, with their other Sectional opponents being Soldiers Point, Charles-

town and Lambton. Nelson Bay will start favourites to win Section 1, with the improving Swansea Workers and Alder Park expected to provide their strongest opposition. Last year’s runners-up Raymond Terrace No.1 are Section 3 favourites, with last year’s defeated quarter-finalists Raymond Terrace No.2 favoured to win Section 4. BOWLS NSW • MAR-APR 2014


Stokes joins elite group

Swansea Workers claim Senior Pairs THE SWANSEA WORKERS DUO of Doug Wilson and Keith Rearden led all the way in the Final of the Zone 2 State Senior Pairs Championship defeating Joe Walters and 2009 titleholder Vic Papworth (Water Board) 19–16. Wilson and Rearden led 5–1 after 4 ends and maintained a narrow advantage to the last end

Kurri Kurri pre-season Pennant titleholders Jason Stokes celebrates winning the Grand Slam

CONGRATULATIONS are extended to Jason Stokes (Raymond Terrace) on becoming only the fifth bowler in the 116-year history of Zone 2 to win the Grand Slam of Zone 2 District Titles, viz. Major Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours. The only other bowlers to have achieved this rare feat are Ken Porter, Sam Laguzza, Pat Barwick and Darby Ross. Stokes and Australian representative Matthew Baus combined brilliantly to win their first Zone 2 Pairs Championship. They convincingly defeated clubmates Jamie Minter and Lennon Scott 26–12 in the quarter-finals and John Collins and Lee Such (Soldiers Point) 25–10 in the semi-finals. Their Final opponents the Lambton

duo of Matthew Dickinson and David Horne downed Josh Wilton and David Burgess (Raymond Terrace) 21–13 in the quarter-finals and edged out David King and Jason Pietraszek (Soldiers Point) 19–17 in the semi-finals. It was a classic Final that required an extra end to determine the winner. Dickinson and Horne led 10–6 after 5 ends, before Stokes and Baus scored a 3 on the 9th end to hit the front 12–10. The Raymond Terrace boys maintained a narrow lead to the last end, when Lambton scored a 1 to send the match into overtime. Two perfect draw shots from Stokes and Baus clinched them the title, as Horne could only remove 1 bowl with his last on-shot.

An historic win MICHAEL KEDWELL & BRUCE ILLIDGE created history by winning Teralba’s first Zone 2 State President’s Pairs Championship. They recovered from an 11–4 deficit after 6 ends to beat Charlestown’s Allan Welch and Geoff Matthews 23–17 in a keenly BOWLS NSW • MAR-APR 2014

contested Final. Both teams advanced to the Final with narrow semi-final victories. Kedwell and Illidge defeated Paul Delforce and Ken Morley (Kahibah) 18–14 and Welch & Matthews downed Trevor Gasson and Joe Taylor (Belmont) 24–20.

KURRI KURRI are the new Beresfield No.1 Grade PreSeason Pennant Competition titleholders after their impressive 64–50 Final victory over Beresfield. Michael Smith’s (Kurri Kurri) 23–12 win over Mick Brown proved decisive, as the other two rinks were shared. Nathan Dawson (Kurri Kurri) edged out Warren Shipley 21–19 and Michael Beesley (Beresfield) downed Brendon Baker 19–16. In the semi-finals Kurri Kurri accounted for Nelson Bay 49–36 and Beresfield beat Raymond Terrace No.1 49–43.

when they were in front 18–16. A toucher enabled them to score 1 and clinch the title. The semi-finals were both hard fought affairs, with Walters and Papworth downing Robert Aldred and John Gibson (Nelson Bay) 21–14 and Wilson and Rearden edged out Grant Boyce and Col Byron (Beresfield) 18–15.

Rod Robards Memorial Shield THE INAUGURAL “Rodney Robards Memorial Shield” was played at East Cessnock BC between Newcastle (Zone 2) and the Hunter Districts on Friday Evening, 7th February, 2014. Rod was one of the gentlemen of the game, who after playing at the top level in both the Newcastle and Hunter, contributed greatly to the administration of the Hunter and Zone 6. The game was played as 2 rinks of Open, Under 25’s and Under 18’s. It was fitting that the game was played in this format, as Rod was a great supporter of Junior bowlers. Hunter won on 5 of the 6 rinks in defeating Newcastle by 18 shots 110–92.

Wet weather disrupts Fours Championship WET WEATHER has severely disrupted the Zone 2 Fours Championship, with only the third and fourth rounds matches played being under the covered green at Soldiers Point BC. Jason Stokes and Matthew Baus (Raymond Terrace) are attempting to complete the 2014 Zone 2 Pairs/Fours double. They combined brilliantly with Ian Lean and Lennon Scott to comprehensively win their Third

and Fourth Round matches. They defeated Brett Gainsford, Robert Lisle, Jason Horne and Craig Hines (Nelson Bay) 28–12 in Round 3 and Paul Joyce, Scott Thoroughgood, Garry Young and Chris Holstein (Lambton) 23–7 in Round 4. The other team to advance to the quarter-finals was the Raymond Terrace combination of Tim Twining, Anthony Ellercamp, Haydn Bojkowski and Michael Abel. 19

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The strongest field ever for the Top of the Range Guyra Fours THE THIRD ANNUAL GUYRA FOURS event held on 18th and 19th January attracted entries from all over New South Wales and one Zone team came from Coolum in Queensland. Bowlers from New South Wales came from Dubbo, Bathurst, Blacktown, Tamworth (3 teams), Kootingal, Quirindi, Bingara, Manilla, Aberdeen, Gunnedah, Lightning Ridge, Goodooga, Inverell East, Inverell RSM, Warialda, Kempsey Heights, Scott’s Head, Macksville and Bellingen. Local club representation came from Armidale City, Armidale ExServices, Uralla, Glen Innes and a number of Guyra teams. A total of 32 teams nominated. Included in the representation were two State players, a State Champion, numerous District and Zone representatives and also the best New England District junior side taking part, which pointed to a tough competition. The conditions over the weekend were extremely hot, but players handled the situation well. The winners were a composite side, sponsored by Guyra Country Fresh Hot Bread Shop. They were the only five-game winners, with 5 wins +54, and included Col Stanley (Guyra), Paul Bullen (Armidale Ex-Services), Lindsay McIntyre (Armidale City) and skipped by Mick Pennell (Armidale Ex-Services). This team were third in this event last year, being 22

defeated in the final round by this year’s runners-up, who were Dale Scrivener (Scott’s Head), Barry Smith (Kempsey Heights), Bryan Cullen (Kootingal) and skipped by Peter Taylor (Kempsey Heights). This team had 4 wins 1 draw +40. A count back was required to split two Guyra teams, who both finished with 4 wins +45. Third place went to Andrew Sparke, John Hamel, Peter Brodbeck and Phil Kliendienst, and fourth place went to John Jackson, Barry Campbell, Dave Wilcox and Dan Kennedy. Fifth place went to the Quirindi team of Neville Ryman, Barry Longfield, Scott Ryman and Jason Heaver, with 4 wins +38. Three other teams also had 4 wins. The Guyra club, led by President Dave Wilcox, are to be congratulated on their organisation of the event, and the club staff were excellent in fulfilling their tasks, both catering and the bar. The Sunday morning breakfast was a feature of the event. Sponsorship came from throughout New England, and included Besta Group tomatoes, Anderson’s Carpets, Crowe Horvath, Auditors, Kleenheat Gas, Bridgewater Angus, Toots Potatoes, Sapphire City Security, Donna’s Bistro, Jacob’s Creek, BidVest and PFD. The Guyra club are very appreciative of the support given to them by these business houses.

THE ANNUAL MAURICE GLEESON Roll-up Charity Day at Narrabri Bowling Club was once again a great success. Twenty-four teams attended, with teams coming from the Gwydir and North-West districts, Moree Services, Wee Waa, Barraba, Bingara, Quirindi, Croppa Creek, the North & North-West Past Presidents, and an Umpires team, with players from Narrabri, Armidale and Bendemeer, as well as a number of Narrabri teams. The Bowls NSW team was led by State Match committee Chairman John Smith, who was accompanied by Zone 3 Councillor Greg Wilkins and former Zone Councillors Wilf Clark (Zone 1) and Bob Kennett (Zone 14). The hospitality of the Narrabri club was outstanding, with morning and afternoon teas and lunch being catered for by the club. Two games of 15 ends were played and at the conclusion of the day the winners of the day were Ray Dennison’s Moree Services team of Ben Hislop, Greg Jones and Mark Gammon with 2 wins + 37, closely followed by the Royal team. The morning winners were Ray Dixon’s team of C. & T. Anderson and P. Jonas, and the afternoon winners were Bev Ryan’s team of N. Ryan, T. Redman and M. Redman. The Bradman winners were last year’s overall winners of Doug Baguley, Kevin Baguley, Neville Baguley and Peter Small. Congratulations go to Chris McColley and Adrian Samuelsson, who were the chief organisers of the event, and also to the Narrabri women’s club, who did the catering. The thanks of the Narrabri club go to the various business houses, who sponsored raffle

prizes and the club activities generally. The New England District championships have been completed except for the State Singles final . The competitions commenced at Guyra on 1st and 2nd February, with the winners being Greg Harrison, Gavin Latham, Dale Smith and Graham Bourke (Armidale City). They defeated Justin Bullen, Glenn Graham, Mick Pennell and Paul Bullen (Armidale Ex-Services) by 22 shots to 20 in a close game. In the triples championships played at Glen Innes on 22nd and 23rd February, the winners were Peter Doyle’s Armidale City team of Graeme Porter and Dave McCann. In the final they defeated another Armidale City team of Todd Fuller, Steve Fuller and Brody Dexter by 26 shots to 21, having a six-shot advantage going into the last end. The State pairs were played at Uralla on 1st and 2nd March, and resulted in a win for Phil and Chris Kliendienst (Guyra), who defeated Greg Harrison and Dave McCann (Armidale City) by a good margin. The reserve pairs were played at Armidale Ex-Services and last year’s winners, Walcha’s Brian Lockyer and Matt Hamel, were defeated in their semifinal match by club-mates John Andrews and Mick White. They went on to win against another Walcha team, Noel and Brian Goodwin, by a good margin. The Senior pairs were played at Armidale City with eight teams entering. Dave Kliendienst and Graeme Smith were the winners, defeating Richie Clutterbuck and Ross Marshall 26–10. Dave was in outstanding form in this game.

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2014 CWDBA District Pairs Championship PARKES BOWLERS Arthur and Robert Corbett are again the Central West District Pairs Champions after defeating the Forbes team of Graham Rutherford and Bert Bayley in the finals held at Forbes Bowling Club on Sunday 9th February. After eleven ends the Corbetts led 9–5 and extended their lead win 17–11. In the semifinals Corbetts defeated Forbes Shayne Sharman and Brian Asimus 25–24 in a close game. In the other semi-final Bayley and Rutherford were victors over another Forbes team of Bruce Williams and Russell Dietrich winning 22–15.

Far West District Championships THE FOURS held at West Dubbo resulted in some 17 teams entering this event, and at the conclusion of the first weekend’s play, the event had just the final protagonists still standing: The Final Match featured two Dubbo Railway Teams, namely Terry McKenzie, Craig Jeffrey, Jae Marskell and Paul McKenzie, with the other team members being Michael Rea, Anthony Jarvis, Jono Davis and Jay Porter, with the final score being 17–16 in Paul’s favour. Most would have assumed this would have been a close match, but whilst the result was certainly close, the winners never looked like losing having established an early lead and stretching it out to 15–07 at one stage, and whilst Jay and team whittled away at this lead late in the match, it was the considered opinion of my spy on the ground that Paul & Co were never in panic mode, and simply toughed it out to the end. The Triples Championships

were once again hosted by the Narromine Bowling Club, and a big thank you to their Bowls committee on a well-run event. Some 27 Teams entered this event, and the upsets/ surprise results came thick and fast, but by the end of the first weekend’s play two teams who had played quality bowls right throughout the tournament had made it through to the final status. Dick Cobcroft, Eric Satchell, and Richard Clarke (Dubbo City) and Alex Rae, Mark Morton and David Dalton (West Dubbo) played an enthralling Final Match, with there not being more than 4 or 5 shots difference between the two sides for the first 20 ends, and even when Richard “Tangles” Clarke played a superb bowl to make a handy three on end 21, to stretch the lead out to what looked like a winning 6-shot margin, David Dalton countered that result on the next end to again be within a few shots of the lead. The last end had to be replayed a couple

of times, with David “killing” it, when he couldn’t make the three shots required to force an extra end, and even on what was the last end, a bold shot from David just went “sour”, for although they held a possible three, “Tangle’s” draw shot to the ditch was good enough to dampen any further counter measures, and so despite picking up one on the last end the final result read Richard Clarke and team (Dubbo City) 26 shots defeated David Dalton and team (West Dubbo) 24. A good crowd of supporters, mainly from Dubbo City, were on hand to witness this good win, and Richard Clarke in his acceptance speech acknowledged that terrific support by his fellow Club members, and with the influx of Players Dubbo City have garnered in the last couple of months they will certainly start favourite in the upcoming Grade 2 Pennant Competition, which incidentally along with all pennants right across the Zone Kicks off on Sunday 9th March.

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Dunedoo Swan Classic Triples Tournament DUNEDOO hosted its annual Swan Classic Triples Tournament in the usually sweltering January weather. 28 Teams (Maximum Number Allowed) turned up from all over the region, with the winners this year coming from the metropolis of Baradine, namely Darren Worrell, Paul Daniels and Tony Arndell. The runners-up cheque went to the Dubbo Railway trio of Michael Rae, Michael Williams and Timmy Wilkinson. Another Dubbo Railway team, consisting BOWLS NSW • MAR-APR 2014

of the well-oiled Lindsay Burden, Warren Towney and Dennis Gray, managed to fill the third spot in nicely, whilst John Mobbs and team from Gulgong enjoyed the spoils of the Fourth Spot Cheque. As usual getting a start in this popular tournament was pretty “tuff” and it won’t be any easier next year with that wonderful tournament director Mrs. Lizard advising me that 26 of the 28 teams entered for this year’s event have already indicated they will be back next year.

THE CENTRAL WEST BOWLS DISTRICT Fours Championship was held at Peak Hill Bowling Club on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of February. Thirteen teams coming from Peak Hill, Parkes Bowling and Sports, Forbes and Parkes Railway contested the championship. On the Sunday morning the semi finals were held. The Parkes Bowling and Sports team of Dave Johnson, Michael Went, Graham Fliedner and Brett Frame had a 25–20 win over the Forbes team of Marty Fitzpatrick, Robert Bayley, Greg Weekes and Shayne Sharman. After 19 ends Sharman’s team led 20–18 but Frame’s team rallied and won 7 shots in the last two ends to run out 25–20 winners. In the other semi final the Forbes team of Lenny Frail, Ron

Thurlow, Peter White and Wayne Burton played the Parkes Railway team of Allan Cameron, Tony Piesley, Allan Davison and Luke Ramsay. After 14 ends Burton’s team led 17–8, then Ramsay’s team won the last seven ends but Burton’s team held on to win 18–17. The afternoon final was between the Parkes team of Dave Johnson, Michael Went, Graham Fliedner and Brett Frame and the Forbes team of Lenny Frail, Ron Thurlow, Peter White and Wayne Burton In a close and exciting final Burton’s team led 13–6 after 11 ends and still led 16–15 after 19 ends. Frame’s team picked up a shot in the penultimate end to even the scores at 16-all and then gained two more shots in the 21st end for an 18–16 victory. 23

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NDBA Fours and Triples THE NDBA FOURS were completed at Wallacia and the winners were from Blacktown Workers, namely Tony Pelle, Wayne Cox, Chris Hainey and Paul Faorlin, who defeated Wayne Rixon, Ian Codner, Ross Antram and Steve Swan. It was a battle of two Austral teams in the Final of the NDBA Triples held at Springwood. Henry Bielderman, Chris Griffiths and Steve Wilcock defeated Steve McMahon, Tony White and Grant Rogers. Springwood and St Marys RSL were the semi finalists.

Five-A-Side Australia Day event PENRITH held a Five-A-Side Australia Day event and the winners were Haydn Scala, Noel Selby, Dave Jory, Donna Jory, Ruth Wood with a win over Brenda Burns, Jim Burns, Shirley Harmer, John Harmer and Cliff Fay.

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Bathurst City President’s Day I ATTENDED BATHURST CITY PRESIDENT’S DAY and I can honestly say that for a club that is administered by 95% volunteers they are doing a great job. President Ron Hollebone welcomed me from BowlsNSW and Secretary/Treasurer Kevin Newsome from the Western Districts. A very enjoyable day and I would like to thank Ron, Brian Burke and club members for the hospitality shown to the visitors.

Southern Tablelands DBA Triples Champions THE SOUTHERN TABLELANDS DBA Triples Champions for 2014 are Bob Lang, John Dawson and Eric Haynes (Picton) defeating Bob Coulstock, Hayden Ward and John Ensby (Goulburn Railway). Also their Junior Championships were held and the Fours winners were Zac Corr-Johnson (Campbelltown City), Brodie Halls (Goulburn Railway), Wil-

liam Hammond (Crookwell) and Tracey Lee Swift (Goulburn Railway) defeating the Camden Team of Joel Ringuet, Zane Droscher, Josh Lord and Sam Dukes. The Pairs was won by Tracey Lee Swift and Zac Corr-Johnson over Brodie Halls and William Hammond. And the Singles winner was Zac Corr-Johnson who was victorious over Tracey Lee Swift.

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The NDBA Pairs Championship

THE NDBA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS were held recently and the Fours were won by Andrew Watkins, Thomas Holburn (Glenbrook Panthers), Luke Millican, Emmett McLeod (Penrith) 31 defeating Brendan Maggs, Ryan Keen, Tiffany Ellis, Kane Shorter (all Kingswood) 14. This is the fourth time Thomas

Holburn has won the Fours and he is only 11 years old. The Pairs Winners were Andrew Watkins and Emmett McLeod defeating Brendan Maggs and Kane Shorter. The Singles winner was an all Wisemans Ferry Final with Luke Millican victorious over Andrew Watkins.

THE NDBA PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP was finalised recently at Wallacia and in the Final of the State Pairs Gavin Holburn and Greg Jeans (Glenbrook Panthers) defeated Troy Rodgers and Trent Whittingham (Penrith) in a great game by one shot. In the Senior Pairs Les Hickey and Ron Pittaway (Penrith) defeated Rick Perry and Mal Cameron (St Marys RSL). In the Presidents Reserve Pairs, Terry Hooper and George Bevan (Austral) defeated David Hoy and Kevin Smith (Windsor).

THE HUNTER DISTRICT AND NEWCASTLE DISTRICT played the first Rod Robards Shield at East Cessnock Bowling Club on Friday night 7th February. Rodney first played with Beresfield Bowling Club which is in the Newcastle District and represented them on a number of occasions. Rodney later joined Kurri Kurri Bowling Club as their first professional and then commenced his representation of the Hunter District. When Rodney finished his

representative commitments he took on the position of Chairman of Selectors and later became the District Secretary, a position he held until he passed away. This game was played with 2 rinks of juniors, 2 rinks of under 25 yrs and 2 rinks of open players with their scores being added together to find a winner. Hunter District were the winners winning on 5 of the 6 rinks. The best performed sides were the junior side of Lauren Gardner (Greta ), Tailor Appleby

(Kurri Kurri), Alex Hannah and Kallen Egar (Maitland City) on +7 and an under 25 yrs side of James Bennett (East Maitland), Daniel Hoffman (Maitland City), Zac Curtis (Kurri Kurri) and Brodie Jobson (Greta) also on +7. The final score after 108 ends was Hunter District 110 and Newcastle 92. On behalf of Rodney’s family Michelle Robards presented the shield to Greg Parrey, President of the Hunter District.

NDBA Junior Championships


AROUND THE ZONES Zone 10 Mark Waters 0428 277 012 Castle Hill Bowling Club

Brush Park Bowling Club THERE SEEMS TO BE MANY RUMOURS circulating about what is going on at Brush Park Bowling Club at the moment. As bowls secretary I wish to make all bowlers of zone 10 aware of the following: (a) Woolworths Proposal – yes, it is true that Woolworths made an informal proposal about a possible redevelopment of the Brush Park site (new clubhouse and shopping Centre). This proposal has been totally rejected by the board and members of BPBC. It is dead and buried. I suspect Woolworths has made many similar informal proposals in the past to other clubs throughout NSW. (b) Brush Park BC have closed the books on membership – completely false – like any other bowling club in zone 10 we would welcome any new members with open arms. (c) You need to book in 2 weeks in advance for a game at Brush Park – completely false – although our numbers on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday are healthy one only has to ring the Brush Park bowls office (9858 1166) between 9:30am and 10:30am on the day to get a game. Mick Hoban – Bowls Secretary BOWLS NSW • MAR-APR 2014

Sad passing of Merv Wright ON FRIDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2014 Wentworthville Leagues Club lost a most valued member and supporter of our Club with the passing of Merv Wright. His 85th birthday was to be the next day on the 15th February. Merv Wright joined Wenty Leagues Men’s Bowling Club on the 28th January 1994. Over the past 19 years, Merv was an extremely active member of our Club. He held positions on Committee, President, Vice President, Selector, Bowls Secretary and Assistant Bowls Secretary. Merv was our Publicity Officer and Sports Council delegate, roles that he has carried out for many years. Merv was made a Life Member of our Club at the last AGM on 17th February 2013. Merv was also a Companion Life Member of Wenty Leagues Club. Over the years Merv was a valued member of our Com-

mittee. He was a key part of the team that put Wenty Leagues Bowling Club on the RNSWBA bowls map with successful expressions of interest in hosting major bowls events such as many Zone and State Finals, the Australia vs Scotland Test Series, the Australia vs Tasmania (The Peat Kay Trophy), the English visit by Nailingsea Bowling Club, the Under 25 State Championships and of course our own Magpie, Blue Gum and Penguin Pairs Tournaments. Merv was a tireless worker and ambassador for Wenty Leagues Men’s Bowling Club and respected by all who knew him. Merv had also been a big part of Zone 10 bowls and he gave 17 years of service and retired his role of Zone Publicity Officer not too long ago. He was made a Life Member of Zone 10 Bowling Association in August 2012.

Dural report THE 1ST FINAL FOR 2014, The Drawn 4’s competition, has finally been won by Larry Gillespie’s team. This final had to be played over 2 days due to the high temperatures. Larry’s team consisted of Ray Ziliotto, Larry O’Connell and Greg Daniels and defeated Gary Tyrell (replacement), Phil Bonvino, Hein Sinteur and Richard Curtis with the score being 32–14.

Pennant Hills PENNANT HILLS will hold a “Fair Go – Super Six Sets” Tournament aimed at giving the 80% who support most tournaments a “fair go” and a chance to finish in the money. The tournament will be held Monday 24th March and is open to Grades 2 to 7. Teams will be required to make up a total 12 points based on 2013 or 2014 Pennant Gradings 6 Sets X 6 ends Triples – cost $30.00/team.

Hunters Hill Bowling Club Fours Championships IN THE FINAL OF THE 2014 Hunters Hill Bowling Club Fours Championships final played on the wet Sunday morning, Steve Crowhurst, John Herford, Ian Ross and

brilliant bowling time and again of the skipper Gary Schmidt pulled away to a 16–11 win over a brave Alan Doyle, James McDonald, Jerry Curtis and Craig Babic team.

Front Row: Alan Doyle, James McDonald, Gerry Curtis & Craig Babic Back Row: Steve Crowhurst, Ian Ross, Garry Schmidt & John Herford


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Goodbye to Liverpool club

Padstow Fours finalised WITH THE INTRODUCTION this year of a handicap points system, a record number of entries were received for this event. With the exception of a few holiday makers we saw all our competition bowlers entered in the “fours”. With these numbers an excellent competition was ensured. Congratulations to the team of John Feltl, Justin Ostler, Brad Mitchell and Chris Lawson defeating Col Kegg, Roger Hampson, Wal Browning and Greg Molla in the final. This match saw the game all locked up at 16-all at the 15th end, but then the younger players started to pull away winning the next 5 ends and not requiring the last, eventually claiming the title 26–16. With the inclusion of the same points system being adopted for the “triples” similar numbers are anticipated as teams are already being formulated for this

competition even though it is not starting till August. Our photos show our fours champs and also our victorious Georges River Tournament winners. This is a pre-pennants competition played along the same lines where clubs enter an “A” and “B” team and points are amalgamated to decide the winners. Handicap start points are awarded to some teams with lower gradings. Clubs involved this year were Bankstown Sports – Picnic Point – Padstow – Canterbury Tennis & Bowl – Revesby Workers and Revesby Workers Homelea. The conclusion of the rounds saw Picnic Point in 1st place with Padstow running in 2nd. The final reversed the placings with Padstow taking the trophy winning 4 rinks to 2 and 129 to 114. Congratulations to all players involved and let’s keep the good form through to Pennants.

Club championships and mini tournament held MOUNTIES HAS COMMENCED 2014 with the completion of two club championships and a mini tournament. The 2014 Fours Championship was completed in January. In semi-final 1 – Bob Wilson, Chris Hillier, Paul Dixon and Bert Eddy defeated Phil Tydeman, Richie Roberts, Greg Ryan and Keith Betts. In semi-final 2 – Stuart Dipede, Peter York, Rick Staats and Jim Winstanley defeated Ian Radford, Peter Deans, Steve Lennon and Matt Crossland. In the final the team of Stuart Dipede, Peter York, Rick Staats and Jim Winstanley defeated Bob Wilson, Chris Hillier, Paul Dixon and Bert Eddy in a very tight match. 26

The winning team took out the championship for the second consecutive year. On Monday 27th January the club held a Mini Australia Day Pairs Tournament. With only 1 green available we had a full card of 28 teams. A great result for a long weekend. 1st place went to the team of Ken Guttenbeil and Paul Dixon. In 2nd place were Phil Tydeman and Bob Reid. In 3rd place were Les Dwyer and Rick Staats. Best margin for game 1 went to Deva Nand and Jim Winstanley. Best margin for game 2 went to Peter White and Chris Hillier. Best margin for game 3 went to Wayne Turner and Warren Hopley.

JIM TATTLER reports that Ingleburn BC was pleased to welcome several bowlers from the Liverpool club which unfortunately closed its doors in 2013. We say welcome as the Liverpool club had helped our club get established 60 years ago and it was good to be able to provide a facility for these fine members. The men were quick to show their presence as the Men’s fours Championship got under way with 4 led by Jamie Sprice making it through to the final up against the very consistent 4 skipped by Chris Epple. A very high standard of bowls had the teams at 5-all on end 8 with neither wanting to yield a shot. A superb game with 14 ends decided by 1 shot showed the determination of both teams. The final result was R. Dyball, G. Weatherly, W. McInnes and C. Epple 19 defeated G. Tate, R. Howell, M. Kelly and J. Sprice 12. Well done.

The club played the mixed 4’s Championships on Friday nights due to the high participation rate in Club Championships. This year saw a magnificent game between L. McInnes, D. Earnshaw, C. Epple and W. McInnes against T. Archer, B. Pudo, D. Welsh and S. Holden. Although the McInnes team looked the favourites, the Holden team were not fazed. Many people in the club came out to the green as the game progressed and the score was 7-all on end 8. An end to McInnes then Holden took the lead until end 14. End 15 had them at 13-all but then McInnes took the lead and were 18 to 14 with 1 end to play. The Holden mob did not capitulate with 4 needed to force another end. Skip Steve delivered his last bowl for a 3 shot result. Congratulations to all for a fine game and a 1 shot win to McInnes 18 to 17.

Unfurling of the flag THE STATE PENNANT FLAG unfurling took place on Sunday 19th Jan at our REVESBY Spence St site. It was a well attended day, enjoyed by all present. In attendance were our RWC President Darryl Melham and board members Christine Benham, John Rodwell, Terry Semlitzki & bowls liaison director Ian Stromborg. Zone 12 President and RWC member Geoff Went together with State Councillor Barry Watson representing The Royal were also in attendance. Bowling Clubs represented were Cabramatta, Cant/B’town T& B, Greenacre, Merrylands Padstow, Picton & St Johns Park. Zone President Geoff Went presented the zone 12 flag & said he was proud to be a member of our club in one of its proudest moments Barry Watson was full of praise for our club as he presented the Grade 3 State flag to our club on behalf of the Royal and congratulated them

for such an achievement. Barry also presented John Banes belatedly with his Club Challenge medal, of which, unfortunately, they were one short of at the presentation in Warilla. RWC President Darryl thanked all players for their efforts and said that the board of directors was very proud of the bowling club players both on and off the green and assured all members of the board’s support into the future. Chairman of selectors Frank Schocher responded on behalf of the players and said the team was a credit to the zone not only the way they performed on the green but their exemplary behaviour off the green. The team’s strength was their mateship and was significant in the final. Towards the last ends of the final, Taren Point held a lead but the bond the team had allowed them to lift and win the state pennant. BOWLS NSW • MAR-APR 2014

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Engadine Bowling Club THE CLUB has embraced its new Bowls Manager in Matt Miles. Matt has implemented a number of programs and publications since his arrival and there is a new buzz around the greens. The Club Fours commenced under lights and finished on a humid Saturday afternoon with State Senior Bowler of the Year Peter Hughes and his perennial pairs mate Martin Kralj teaming with Bruce Turpin and Keith Hagner to claim the title. The Greg Helm-led team of Adam Charlton, Garry Borge and Shane Clinch settled for the minor prize for the second year in succession. The Handicap Night Fours was taken out by Stan Dent, Brian O’Grady, Vince Formica and Vince Moroney who held off a late challenge by Shaun Mitchell, Peter Paterson, Dave Clive and Harold Windschuttel to sneak home by two shots. The Handicap Night Triples is at the Final stage with that giant killer Dave Heymer and his team of Steve Higham and George Young (The Dogs) to be matched up against Tony Farrugia, Brian O’Grady and Dean Russell (The Sharks) in what looks likely to be a battle royale. The Major Pairs is also at the Final hurdle after Hughes and Kralj defeated the brothers Smith (Matt and Mitch) with Adam Charlton and Greg Helm edging out our new U/18 State Junior Shaun Mitchell and the highly talented Matt Miles in the other semi-final. The Top of the Shire is again on in March with a wonderful array of talent on display over four nights of bowls. The Tournament is named after our Bowls Secretary of twenty years Ken Broughton in recognition of the tireless efforts he has given to the Club. Our Wine & Dine on the first Sunday of the Month is now attracting around 100 participants mainly due to the fabulous company and great food and maybe even the free wine. Our co-ordinators Judy and Harry Membrey are putting on a great show. Our Friday morning Men’s Mufti Pairs is another strong drawcard and Ron Bowrey with Johann Kroes are building a strong competition for both the experienced and the not so experienced bowlers. BOWLS NSW • MAR-APR 2014

Grandviews Bowling Club THE CLUB FOURS has been finalised for 2014 with the foursome of Michael Vaughan, Blair Monin, Col Campbell and Cameron Curtis taking the title with a come from behind victory, 20–18. The runners up were Les Gersback, Bruce Bray, Rocky Robinson and Kevin Wheatley who were unlucky in defeat and cast aside many top sides along the way. It was two in-a-row for Monin and Curtis who followed up their fours championship victory at Roselands last year and were keen to retain their title albeit at a new club. Former Bexley member, Campbell, was ecstatic with his victory as it was his first major title in his career. Since moving from Bexley, Campbell has spent many long hours on the practice green under the

guidance of club coach Cameron Curtis. This has proved very successful for Campbell who has shown tremendous improvement with his shot-making ability over the last four months and now a coveted club fours title. It just goes to show that if you are prepared to put in the time and effort, the results will follow. Grandviews Bowling Club is also hosting a Sportsman’s Lunch on Friday 4th April. A fantastic afternoon is expected with comedian Kenny Graham in attendance along with the likes of Doug Walters and Laurie Daley. Plenty of great food and lots of tremendous auction items and raffle prizes to be won. For further information contact, Bowls Manager, Cam Curtis on 0412 089 833.

Bowls NSW Player awards IT WAS ANOTHER GREAT FINALE to the 2013 season with Zone 13 dominating the Bowls NSW Player awards. Taren Point were also the big winners taking out the Club of the Year title making it two in a row for Zone 13 after the Roselands ‘Flames’ won the inaugural title. Wayne Turley and John Green backed that title up by also claiming the ‘Player of the Year’ title. After a fantastic year on the greens which culminated in winning the State Pairs title, the duo followed in the steps of fellow Zone 13 players Carl Healey and

Cameron Curtis who also shared the title the previous year. Peter Hughes (Engadine) was named Senior Player of the Year. Peter has been a consistent performer on the bowls circuit for over 20 years and these days is playing as good as ever. Peter teamed up with good mate Martin Krajl (Eng) to win the NSW Senior State Pairs title last October. Pete has also been a member of the Zone 13 winning state interzone side over the last two years as well as representing the Zone 13 Senior side. 27

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Macksville Bowling Club AT THE MACKSVILLE BOWLING CLUB in the 2014 Club Championships we have completed both the Fours and the Pairs. In the fours the team of Frank Davies, Kevin Scott, Peter Bryant and Robert Foster defeated Les McKinnon, Rod Smith, Stan Moc and Alan Wilkinson 17–14. The Pairs was won by Dale Down and Adam Laird who defeated John Ryan and Joe Welsh 23–19.

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Kempsey-Macleay RSL Sports & Bowling Club THE KEMPSEY MACLEAY RSL Sports and Bowling Club held the annual Trial Bay Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Two Bowls – Triples Tournament on the weekend of 15th and 16th February 2014. Eighteen Teams competed in the event with players from Port Macquarie, Smithtown, Crescent Head, Stuarts Point and Kempsey. Three games, each of eighteen ends, were played on Saturday. Some rain had fallen overnight, and after a roll up, the competition commenced. All teams were finding the greens a little heavy and the light showers falling throughout the first few ends didn’t help. Play was interrupted for about 15 minutes when the heavens opened, sending players for cover. After it stopped, the game continued. Showers persisted for the rest of the match. Round one scores were calculated and on completion, Teams G & L each scored a win plus 33 points, Team E had a win plus 32 points, Team B a win plus 31 points and Teams J, Q and R were on one win plus 30 points. After the second round, Team G was narrowly in the lead (2W plus 65) followed by Team B (2W plus 64), Team E (2W plus 63) and Team N (2W plus 59). Players then made their way to the dining area of the club to enjoy the nice lunch and discuss the wins, losses and tricky conditions of the morning’s play. After lunch it was back to the greens for game three to get underway. The continually changing weather conditions had the players seeking shade when they

were not bowling and readjusting their deliveries as the greens dried to levels which were very different from the morning’s play. As the afternoon went on, a slight breeze sprang up; this grew into a strong breeze, challenging players once again. The clouds were starting to build but the rain stayed away and the game was completed without any interruptions. At the end of the first day’s play, three of the eighteen teams had won three from three games. Team G (skip B. Stephens) with 3W plus 98, Team E (skip G. McKay) was coming second with a score of 3W plus 92 and third was Team N (skip J. Williams) on 3W plus 90. Sunday morning saw the 54 players back on the greens, wondering what changes the heavy overnight rains had made. After the first bowl was rolled, they knew the greens were heavy. Skills and tactics as well as some good luck were going to be needed to achieve game wins. Team G managed another win giving them a total of 4W plus 130, with one game of the tournament to go. Team E was in second position with 4W plus 125, and Team N third, on 4W plus 119. The final game for the weekend saw some close scoring against teams resulting in a couple of upsets to the leader board. The Kempsey Macleay RSL Mens Bowling Club Vice President, Mr Shane Fuller, commenced the presentation by thanking the Trial Bay Refrigeration & Air Conditioning for once again sponsoring the tourna-

ment, the Kempsey Macleay RSL Club and the Kempsey Macleay RSL Sports and Bowling Club for providing assistance, bar and catering staff, Mr Geoff Aldwell for his umpiring and updating the event scoreboard, the Men’s club committee, and all the players who participated in the Event. Shane then went on to present the best cards for each day. Saturday’s winners were Bill Marriott, Greg Gill and Brian O’Meara (Kempsey - winning 14 ends in one game) and Sunday Winners – B. Chapman, T. Myllward and P. Gilligan (all Port Macquarie Players, winning 13 ends in one game). Shane presented the fifth place winners – Kempsey Macleay RSL players - G. Kliendienst, W. Hutchinson and N. McCudden (3 Wins 1 Draw 115 points) with their prize. Mr Richard Wade – Operations Manager of the Kempsey Macleay RSL Club presented the rest of winners with their prizes. Two teams, one Smithtown and one Crescent Head, shared equal third and fourth place, both had 4 Wins plus 125 points. The Teams were Smithtown - G. McKay, K. Brett and C. McKay and Crescent Head – M. Fenwick, W. Weekem and C. Hudson. Second place was presented to B. Stephens, P. Smith and T. Steele who finished the tournament on 4 Wins plus 130 points. First place went to a team from Crescent Head who achieved five wins for the weekend. Their final score was 5 Wins plus 148 points. The Team players were J. Williams, R. Turner and K. Williams.

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IN ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS ever seen at West Coffs, eight of the best bowlers in the club contested the Major Fours Final on Saturday afternoon 15th February in front of a big crowd of keen and appreciative supporters.

The Kent Price quartet looked to have the game sewn up mid way through the contest when they led 19 shots to just 6 but somebody forgot to tell the opposing skip Rob Wardrup and his three team members as they dug deep to fight their way back into champion-

ship contention. With the scores locked at 21 shots each after the regulation 21 ends, the game went into a sudden death extra end which the Price team managed to win by two shots to the well deserved acclamation of the almost 100 spectators. BOWLS NSW • MAR-APR 2014

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History of zone now on record FOR MOST OF US, the early days of the Central Coast District Bowling Association were somewhat of a mystery as there were no records about the formation of our association or of those bowlers that built the foundation of today’s game on the Central Coast. But thanks to our Publicity Officer Kevin Dring that has been corrected and we now have a condensed history of the association on our website under the heading “About Us” on the home page. For those interested in the evolution of our game on the Coast it is an interesting insight into a colourful history.

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Aloha Barefoot Bowls CONGRATULATIONS TO TOWRADGI’S Jamie Johansen who combined with Chad Keating to win the ‘unofficial World Championship Aloha Barefoot Bowls Competition’ at Honolulu Bowling Club in Hawaii. Another former Illawarra player John Green finished in 3rd place. From all accounts they both had a very enjoyable time (maybe a bit too much of a good time if some of the reports are to be believed!) BOWLS NSW • MAR-APR 2014

Breakers take President Reserve Fours Title FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW Breakers BC Wamberal took out the President’s Reserve Fours championship for Grade 5 pennant players and below. The Breakers team of Trevor Hilliard, Kevin Ivins and Kevin Dring skipped by Darren Morrison were most consistent in winning their three sectional games played at The Entrance BC the previous weekend and

then outplayed the Ettalong team of Colin Brooks substituting for Wal Quirke, Graham Beddy and Ian Hillhouse skipped by Bruce Rayner in the final played at Ettalong BC on Saturday 15th February. The Breakers boys were delighted with their convincing win and were never headed in recording their 23–10 victory. The President’s Reserve competition is keenly contested and

provides the lower grade players with good competition by players of a similar standard. It also provides the smaller clubs with an added incentive for their players to participate knowing they will be competitive and not run over by the big clubs. Bowls Central Coast is keen to see the President Reserve Fours become a state event like the Singles and Pairs.

Seniors perform well in East Cessnock trial IT WAS A NEW LOOK CENTRAL COAST Senior squad (6 teams of 4) that took to the greens at East Cessnock BC in a trial against the Hunter (Zone 6) and Newcastle (Zone 2) with seven new players seeking to stake their claim for selection to represent the zone in the State Inter-Zone Championships to be played at Lake Conjola in May. The new players

were Neil Dell (Diggers), John Aldersly (Breakers), Alan Jones (Everglades), Glen Jordan (Gwandalan), Peter Whitfield (The Entrance), David Peckam (Avoca) and Col Passfield (Avoca). The teams performed well against the Hunter winning five of the six rinks (109–84) with John Roberts team only going down by just two shots to former Interna-

tional and Australian skipper Rex Johnston. The afternoon game against Newcastle posed the additional challenge of being played on the under-cover synthetic green which Newcastle had also played on in the morning. The Coast trailed by 35 shots with five ends remaining but they came home strongly to just go down on the master scoreboard.

2014 Zone 16 Fours Championship THE FIRST EVENT FOR 2014 has been conducted with the Zone Fours being finalised on the 10th of February at Warilla Bowling Club. Warilla have been the sponsors of this event for the last three years. 54 teams entered and the standard this year was very high. From round one, many of the fancied sides were defeated including last year’s winners Bulli who were defeated in their first game. The semi-finals were both very exciting games, with the games

between Shane Garvey’s team from WPWC and Jeremy Henry’s Warilla team going down to the last bowl. The Warilla picked up a three on the last end to win 20–18. The other semi-final between Wes Falconer’s team from Towradgi and Paul Wood’s team from Oak Flats was close up until the last three ends with Towradgi winning 20–15. The final was played between Warilla’s Jamie Mitchell, Matthew McIntyre, Aaron Teys and Jeremy Henry and Towradgi’s Jamie Johansen, Brian Purdie,

Brian Harriott and Wes Falconer. The Warilla team, who had played some close games in the early tournament, came out firing from the first end and despite some good bowls by the Towradgi team, Warilla had all the answers and ran out winners 26–7. As this is Warilla’s 50th anniversary year they are determined to have a very successful year, and with results from the South Pacific Carnival and now the Zone Fours it appears that they will achieve that.

going into the last end was down 14–15. Brett picked up a 3 on the last end to obtain the lead to win a great game played in good spirit. Stuart Tyrrell’s team had done very well to reach the final and picked up the title of the giant killers after demolishing Warner Jones team (last year’s cham-

pions) in the first round, then defeating Tony Evans team in the second round, then a wellearned win against the defiant Greg Thurling’s team in the semis and to be only defeated on the last end of the play was a great achievement by all of Stuart’s team.

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Greens back in play but challenges always exist


danced around when the mushies start popping up on the greens. Obviously, this is just a general summary of disease issues we get during this time of year.

he pennant season is now playing in most Zones, and all Greenkeepers across the State will have most greens back in play. A few of us will be biting our finger nails trying to get that last rub in done and hoping the weather holds up just long enough to get the grass surface to close up. It is also that time of year we battle the many varied fungal diseases that plague us. From the ever present Spring Dead Patch that infest greens in the back end of summer and through Autumn, only to show its ugly head in the coming spring with small to medium circles of dead turf to the white patches of White Helmo, and root damaging Pythium sp. We seem to be in a constant battle with disease and keeping the grass healthy. So why is it this time of year we have these issues? Generally, fungal disease loves lush grass, high nutrient levels, humid and wet conditions – which are perfect for growing grass as well. When we renovate the greens, the weather is hotter and more humid, we feed the greens up so the nutrient content is higher and then the grass is lush and growing. Then we treat the grass like no other, by cutting it to 2 mm or lower and roll it, and basically keeping it in an unnatural way. This makes it far more susceptible to disease invasion. Your home lawn will have these pathogens present, either in the soil or within the plant, but your turf can handle the attack and thrive because it isn’t in a state of distress. What are the diseases we see and when? The most common disease we strike is the Helminthosporium disease. There are a few species that we get but they are grouped as black and white Helmo. Black


Helmo’s group of diseases appear usually as small black spots on the leaf of the plant; the effect can vary from just spotting to the loss of leaf. White Helmo on the other hand is less damaging; although we try to treat it, the disease rarely leads to loss of turf, just white patches on the crown and stem. Spring Dead Patch (SDP), as mentioned previously, infests the plant in the cooling soils of autumn. It is a soil-borne disease that basically chokes off the plant roots leading to circular patches of dead turf in the following spring, hence spring dead patch. Pythium or damping off is fast becoming a real issue in couch/ Tiff varieties. It too is a soil-borne disease that kills off the plants by invading the roots. Its appearance is subtler, with a yellowing of the leaf in sometimes-large areas of the greens. We are seeing a lot of other diseases that used to be mostly common in bent grass golf greens, not as much in bowling until recently. Fungal diseases like dollar spot, a small dead spot of turf the size of a dollar; I’m not sure what they called

it when we had notes. Brown patch, similar to Pythium with severe loss of grass. The new disease on the block is ERI, which stands for Ectotrophic Root-infecting Fungi. Simply it is a group of fungi that grow on the outside of the root before penetrating into the plant. It appears as discoloured patches, not dissimilar to SDP, and can lead to areas of dead turf. Of course I can’t forget the granddaddy of them all, Fairy ring. It is a soil-borne fungi that grows in a ring under the soil; it appears in the soils as mycelium, which looks like a fine spider web. Above the ground it will be either a darker green lush circle of grass, or the opposite with a dead circle of grass that is hydrophobic, repels water, or a circle of ball like mushrooms that are commonly known as powder puffs. This is because when they dry out and you kick or squeeze them they pop and release a puff of greyish powder. This fungi has been identified for thousands of years and was named as they thought fairies danced around them in the forests. I know plenty of greenkeepers that have

So what do we do about it? In a nutshell, we use a lot of varieties of chemicals. As with all chemicals we use they are getting far more targeted then ever before and therefore safer for us to use. The residual effect of chemicals (how long they hang around for) is greatly reduced these days because of this targeted effect of the fungicides. Sometimes we can use a preventative approach, dosing the grass when times of high stress occur, such as with SDP. Or more often we will use a curative approach, which can be dangerous if you get a severe attack, but in the long run is a cheaper option, as you know exactly what you are treating, not trying to second guess what is coming. We also have cultural practices, controlling the nutrient levels in the soils and plant, sharp mower blades and trying not to stress the grass in times of wet and humid conditions. There is also the natural approach, using friendly fungi and microbes to attack and maintain the healthy balance in the soil and on the plant; this has been a slow growing approach of recent times. Some people have used it to great success and others use a combination of fungicides and beneficial fungi/microbes. Either way it’s all about keeping the turf in the best possible condition, and hopefully the bowling surface as well. For any further questions or ideas for coming articles I can be contacted c/- Engadine Bowling Club, or email on Also, the BGA has a web site and facebook page: check them out and happy bowling. BOWLS NSW • MAR-APR 2014


New energy at Cabramatta BC T

he Cabramatta Bowling Club is certainly no stranger to success having won a plethora of state titles in recent years as well as tasting success at the highest levels of Pennants and Premier League. However after an uncharacteristically quiet 2013 season, which saw the “Bull-Ants” claim just one Zone 12 title with a win in the Fours and finish the pennant season without a flag, the Club has been busy working behind the scenes to re-establish itself as not only a force to be reckoned with on the green for the 2014 season, but also a recognised market leader amongst Bowling Clubs in the Country. As well as retaining the services of international representatives Rowan Brassey, Mat Pietersen and Dylan Fisher, the Bull-Ant 2014 ranks have been boosted by the injection of NSW’s most successful bowlers over the past few years, Ray Pearse, Carl Healey and Ashley Mitchell. Two-time NSW State Singles winner Pearse has taken up the BOWLS NSW • MAR-APR 2014

position of Assistant Bowls Coordinator after a long association with Alexandria-Erskineville Bowling Club, while Healey and Mitchell, who together won backto-back NSW State Fours titles in 2011 and 2012, have made the move from Roselands. Also joining the Club is the experienced former ACT State Representative and Bowls Australia Community Development Officer Peter Fahey. The Club has also embarked on a mission to re-establish its Junior (Under 18) Bowls program and consolidate its group of Under 25 bowlers under the watchful eye of Bill Farrell, who has been actively involved with Zone 12 administration and juniors for a number of years. Cabramatta General Manager and Club stalwart Barry Watkins believes that the key to the BullAnts’ future and sustainable success lies in building a competitive side with a blend of young and experienced players who are based at the Club for the whole season, rather than having ‘fly-in, fly-out’

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players from overseas or interstate just for pennants. “We want our top bowlers to be ambassadors for our club and lead our bowling members in a competitive and sportsmanlike manner,” added Watkins. With the recently renovated Club and its all-weather covered synthetic green being an attraction for bowlers of all ages

and abilities, its recognition as a world-class bowls facility has seen the Club enter into a partnership with Bowls Australia as the National Training Centre of Excellence for NSW-based Australian Representatives as well as host a number of major events including the respective annual City vs Country Test Series for Open, Seniors and Juniors. 33

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Outstanding achievements in the Bowls Community 2014 Clubs and Community Awards


he Clubs and Community Awards held by Clubs Australia recognise the outstanding and social contributions made by clubs in their local communities. This year Bowls NSW has nominated two members of the Bowling community in two categories: Thomas Holburn for ‘Heart of the Community’ award; and Albert Heath for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Club Community’. Thomas Holburn is a Junior Bowler with Glenbrook Panthers Bowling Club in the Nepean District Bowling Association. Thomas will turn 11 in May this year and therefore has another six full seasons of competition as a junior bowler; he already commands an impressive record. Thomas has stood as district fours champion for four consecutive years (2011–2014) – this is just one championship behind the current record holder Greg Jeans. He has also held the district triples championship for three consecutive years (2011–2013) with his fourth title to be contested in April, and was the district pairs champion in 2013. During 2013 Thomas took out the fours, triples and pairs district championships, only narrowly missing out on winning the singles event and he was a representative player of the Nepean District

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Juniors in 2012 and 2013. At Club Level Thomas won the Glenbrook Panthers Club Fours Title in 2011. His opponents in the final were all members of Glenbrook’s number one Pennant side which had just come back from the State Titles. Thomas has a very bright career in Lawns Bowls ahead of him. In contrast Albert Heath, who was featured in the January/February issue of Bowls NSW is a longstanding Administrator; in his 84 years Albert has recorded 25 years continuous service at Zone level. Albert first joined Canterbury-Bankstown Tennis and Bowling Club (at the time Nation Course Bowling Club) in 1958 so he could enjoy a drink on Sunday. Over the next 20 years or so he moved between clubs winning titles and representing the metropolitan in the City Vs Country games. In 1983 Albert moved to the Central Coast and began his long association with The Entrance Bowling Club. We wish the nominees the best of luck in the awards to be held on 9th May. For further information on the awards please visit: 2014-clubs-and-communityawards

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owls NSW will soon launch the 2014 Rookies events. Rookies is a chance for the relatively inexperienced bowlers in NSW to play with and against bowlers with similar levels of experience. The Rookies operates with the slogan of “have a crack” reflecting the ideal that the event is about playing the game and creating op-


portunities for our relatively new bowlers to get on the green. Play in the Rookies begins with local qualifiers, players drawn to play in sections giving each player or team at least two games. The best performed in the section play then proceed to the local play-offs until a Zone winner is found. Local singles qualifiers will begin on Saturday 30 August, with play-

offs played on Sunday 31 August. The pairs gets under way on Saturday 20 September, followed by play-offs on Sunday 21 September. Zone Finals of both competitions (as needed) will be played on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September. The 16 Zone winners then proceed to the State Finals, which will be played at Raymond Terrace BC,

starting with Pairs on Saturday 1 November, concluding with the singles on Sunday 2 November. The players also get the chance to attend a master class on the Friday before the finals (31 October) where they get hints and tips from one of the State’s leading bowlers. Go to for information and entry forms (coming soon!)


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hen Sam Clough stood for the position of selector in his third season playing the game at National Park Bowling Club in Newcastle, he had no idea where it would lead. “I ended up as the sole selector and thought ‘how easy is this?’ when every team won the first round of fixtures. I was the King of the World for a week, but then came round two, we lost every division, and I’m still pulling the arrows out of my back!” he said. Four decades on, and Clough has been honoured by the City of Cessnock, with their Australia Day Sports Person of the Year award. Clough is the first administrator to receive the award. As is the case in any sport, the limelight of bowls is permanently fixed on the star performers on the green, whether it be at State, National or International level. But, particularly in these changing times where competition for the viewing public is matched by the fight for sponsorship dollar, the onus for the ability to move with the expectations and demands of a changing world lies squarely with those people who share none of the plaudits the public reserve for the stars, but with whom the responsibilities for the survival and advancement of our sport are entrusted. Therefore it was good to see one of the country’s most respected administrators receive recognition for his decades of service to the game of bowls on Australia Day. Sam Clough was no slouch in his days on the green, either. Transferred in his capacity as bank manager to Cessnock in the NSW Hunter Valley, he found himself under the wing of club President and former State player Peter O’Neill, who rang him at the bank one day. “Sam, it’s Peter here, can you play a game at Tamworth with me?”, and so it was that Clough walked onto the Country Music Centre’s bowling green to lead for International Clarrie Watkins. After winning that Fours event,


Sam Clough has been honoured for his work with bowls

they entered the 1981 National Championships in Brisbane. Sam and Clarrie lost the Pairs SemiFinals to winners Wally Bonaguro and Keith Lindner. They went two better in the Fours: Clough led for Clarrie Watkins, and was directly opposed to West Australian Peter Sardelic, who was accompanied by John Rainoldi, Dennis Katunarich, and now great friend Steve Srhoy in the final, which the New South Wales four won. “I always said to Sardy, you killed me in that final,” Sam recalls. “Sardy would reply, ‘Yes, but you have the medal.’ ” The win qualified Clough for the North Manly Tournament of Champions run by NSW Chairman of Selectors, Tom Monaghan, where he and Rocket Thomson won the pairs. This in turn was to catapult him into the New South Wales side, with which he was to make fifteen appearances. In one of those he was pitted against a West Australian side as a member of Watkins’s

rink. When on one particular end WA held shot eighteen inches from kitty (in the ditch) surrounded by five NSW bowls, Rainoldi (on debut) was heard to mention to Geoff Oakley that it could result in five down, Oakley replied: “Six.” Geoff was spot on. A favourite anecdote of Sam’s is, at the time renowned New South Wales skip, Frank Soars had a new leader on a greased lightning surface. The new boy put his four rollup attempts into the ditch on the narrow hand, and followed that up with a similar result with his first bowl in the match. Prior to playing number two he called out to Soars: “Should I change to the wide hand,” to which the suffering skip retorted, “Please yourself but it’s only fair to warn you there’s a bloody ditch on that side too!” Clough’s Bowls selection path continued as a Hunter District selector, followed by his appointment as Zone Six Chairman, then a member of the State Selection Committee for five years, includ-

ing four as chairman, culminating in his present role as Australian Selector, in which capacity he took over when Rex Johnston replaced Cameron Curtis as National Coach. In his fifth year, Sam is the longest serving member of the current committee. Clough has no hesitation in naming Bob King, from Bomaderry, New South Wales, and a pair of Queenslanders, Rob Parrella and Steve Glasson, as the best Singles players he’s seen. He is enthusiastic about the work of Glasson as Australian coach. “Steve has a rapport with both the players and his Administrative team,” he says. “Having said that, Steve knows when to pull the whip.” Like most selectors, he gets a buzz from watching careers of players he has seen from junior ranks to stars of the game. To name a few, Kristina Krstic, Renee McPharlin, Dylan Fisher and the diminutive Scott De Jongh have provided him with plenty of satisfaction. To be a part of Australia’s record breaking 2012 World Bowls success will stay with Sam for the rest of his days. “I doubt many players appreciate we bleed with those who just miss out on selection – many times 7 or 8 just doesn’t go into 5.” On the other hand there have been many disappointments. “The young people with loads of talent that have fallen off the fence for varying reasons are the other side of the coin,” he said. Sam Clough has just finished the compilation of a pilot ranking system for Australia. It covers many tournaments and all National and State Championships, with over two thousand names and about three thousand lots of points allocation. He had a few closing pieces of advice for budding selectors. “Watch players when the score is eighteen-all or something with a couple of ends to go. See how they play shots in a pressure situation,” he said. BOWLS NSW • MAR-APR 2014


Heathcote An initiative to turn the Heathcote electorate into the healthiest in NSW by empowering local residents to take their health and wellbeing into their own hands has been launched by the NSW Minister for Healthy Lifestyles, Kevin Humphries. Mr Humphries joined Member for Heathcote, Lee Evans, in Engadine to launch the ‘Healthy Heathcote’ initiative, which will see hundreds of local residents join together to make a commit-

ment over the next year to eat less and exercise more. Over the next 12 months participants will have access to activities such as walking, yoga, lawn bowling, healthy cooking classes and complimentary gym classes. Information about activities will be provided via SMS alerts, a dedicated website and emails. “Australia is experiencing unprecedented overweight and obesity levels and NSW, as Australia’s most populous state, is no

exception,” Mr Humphries said. “By being part of this innovative program the people of Heathcote have made a commitment to improve their health and wellbeing and work towards becoming the healthiest community in NSW.” The concept was created by Lee Evans after he realised his own poor diet and lifestyle choices were making him feel tired and run down. Lee wanted to turn this around and decided the best way to do it

was to get his entire electorate on board so they can all support and motivate one another towards a healthier, more active life. While the program is being supported by The Diabetes Council of Australia, The Cancer Council, The Heart Foundation and Bowls NSW, the great thing about the initiative is that it is about the community taking ownership of their own health and supporting one another to realise their weight loss and healthy living goals.

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