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From the Editor Are you a novice bowler? You might find the letter on page 5 interesting, as well as our new column written by The Scotsman on page 13. It’s so important that novice bowlers are supported throughout their bowling apprenticeship. What does your club do to assist novices? Our feature this month is on Mark Casey, who also graces our cover. Read more about Mark’s bowling journey so far on pages 16-18.

Finally, please send in your news. We love receiving news and photos from your club!

Aspley Memorial Bowls Club need your support to help their blind bowlers travel and compete in South Africa next year. See page 28 to find out more about their fundraising event.


Until next time,

Congratulations to all the ladies who played in the 2016 Pennant Finals and Mudgeeraba Bowls Club last month. There are some wonderful photos on pages 24-25. There’s to be some change once again at Bowls Queensland, with Brett Wilkie as the new CEO from last month. Bowls Plus wishes Brett all the best in his new position, and I’m sure that all bowlers are looking forward to some positive changes within the organisation.

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Pine Rivers Ladies


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to the editor


I have just finished reading the article in your magazine by the novice bowler. I started bowling in 2005 and my situation when I started was similar. I was attracted to the sport of lawn bowls by a small news clip in the local paper concerning barefoot bowls. My partner and I attended that local club and was introduced to the game with four or so other novices and had a session of about one hour and enjoyed it and was asked whether we would be interested in coming back the next week which we agreed to. When we drove the 20 minutes to the club we found that there was a tournament on and all the rinks were taken up for the whole day. What didn’t impress me the most was that no one was interested or explained why the people I had seen the previous week didn’t know that this was happening, so we left disappointed. Over the next week I sent emails to the four local clubs in the area. I wanted information on costs, membership, uniforms, bowls and other equipment. One return email was received all be it two weeks later. We visited that club, was introduced to one of the club coaches and given instructions and lessons. This continued for approximately six or eight weeks and gradually introduced to the various days to play. That was the first problem for my partner and I as we both worked Monday to Friday/Saturday so it was decided to start on the Sunday social triples. This went on for a few months and on one of those Sundays my partner was asked if she was going to

Changing with the times only as a reserve because even though I was a better player than many that played, the selectors , as is probably in most clubs, would not play me every second week. Club championships and district events were practically impossible for the same reason. Let’s fast forward eleven years. In that time I have played in the qualifying for the Australian Indoors seven or eight times, in the Australian Open last qualifying at Bendigo and Darebin twice. Now that the Australian Open is on the Gold Coast, I have played in 2015 and 2016 and won my section in the singles. I also have semi-retired so I have played more often and practise as often as I can. This last twelve or so months have been my most successful with a runner up in the senior singles at district level and many top placings in various events. Now that I am having some success, bowlers who would not ask me to play in events are all of a sudden approaching me to play. I am happy with my achievements especially with very little help if any from the champions within my club, or from the District, Zone and State bodies. I am overlooked for District representation as I haven’t been able to play on consecutive weeks in Club and District Championships so it’s hard to win anything to make an impression. No coaching is offered unless you are a junior where if you show promise everyone is falling over each other to coach you, play with you and put you into sides and squads for your improvement.

occasional social bowls for her and only with

By the way I think it’s even worse for the new lady bowlers, unless you are a junior, or a retired lady who is available mid-week. Heaven forbid if you work or don’t show ability.


Yet another frustrated novice

My work situation was that I had a six day,

p.s. I have made hundreds of friends from all over Australia and that is the attraction of lawn bowls and probably the only reason that I didn’t give the game away.

play Pennants and she showed some interest. The reply to her, and I quote, “well you won’t be able to wear that”. That was basically the end of bowls for her. From then on it was

four day roster and often worked out of town, so mid-week bowls and every second Saturday bowls were out of the question. Pennants was

Do we change or remain the same? I don’t want to change the game I love, but I do want the game I love to change! I’d like to propose that we move with the times and adopt live scoring in bowls. For example, how often is the Master Scoreboard updated during your pennant match? How correct are the scores on the Master Scoreboard at any one time? How correct are the rink scoreboards? (updated every 2 ends)? If you think about it, we have 1 Master Board plus 3 rink scoreboards and we have the 6 seconds (2) on each rink updating score cards. 6 score cards - 3 rink score boards and 1 master board. And yet does anyone ever know the correct overall score at any given time? From a spectator’s point of view, it is always a challenge, especially when the overall scores are close and the finish is near...playing the last few ends! What about the spectators that can’t see the rink boards because they are too far away or there are players in front of the boards? I think that technology could be the answer. If you secure 3 iPads to the top of scoreboard, seconds and skips can update scores at each end. The Masters Scoreboard automatically updates each end. The iPads are connected to in-house television screens and are streamed live over the Internet (using a WiFi connection) so spectators can follow the scores on their own smart phones and viewers from all over the world can see live scores in real time. Can this work? Yes of course. Change to 21st century technology. Yours sincerely, “Technobowler”


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to the editor

My Military background lends me to take particular notice of Lawn

women. Times have changed. Very few women and even fewer men

Bowls Dress Regulations. Whether it be at Club, District, State or

now wear a hat as a fashion accessory. (We won’t talk about hats on

National level.

backwards) or those worn for sun protection.

Bowls Australia has made great strides in its efforts to bring the Game

Women have strived for equality and in most cases have achieved

of Lawn Bowls into the 21st Century.

this. They are now on a par with men in many, many areas. But what

However there is one area that I feel needs to be addressed; and that is the wearing of hats within a Bowls Club House by Lady Bowlers. I can hear the cries now, “sexist, misogynist etc.” Women have battled hard over the last 100 years to have equal partnership with men. And rightly

about laws/conventions that actually discriminate against men because of their gender? Shouldn’t these same women ensure they are not discriminating against members of the opposite sex as they themselves were discriminated against?

so. I have two adult Daughters and I always encouraged them to strive

If Bowls Australia wants to be the moral compass of the Sport of Lawn

to achieve whatever they set their minds to and believe in themselves.

Bowls, then this Rule/Regulation that protects this relic of a bygone era

Granted in days past a hat was considered a necessary accessory for the

must go. Equality for all.

fairer sex when going out in Public. One could also say that it was an

Yours sincerely

accepted courtesy for men to also wear a hat when in the company of

An Experienced Bowler

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Could the face of Bowls Clubs be changing? The town of Cooroy is located in the northern Sunshine Coast hinterland about 22 kilometers west of Noosa Heads. It is nicknamed the "Heart of the Hinterland“, has a population of 3,459 people and, until recently, had a popular and thriving Bowls club. Like a lot of other Bowls Clubs, the Club was struggling to survive. In an attempt to save the club, the local RSL offered the Club a lifeline. The lifeline seemed an attractive offer but as it turned out it, was too good to be true and the deal fell through. The local community was outraged and their loyal support is evidenced with the many posts on Facebook:

It eventually folded and the property was sold to a private investor, with the serious bowlers moving on to new clubs. But on a brighter note many of the clubs social bowlers are now back playing the game they love at their old club - now run under private ownership and known as the “Cooroy Sports Hub.”

“This is your town; this is your club; this is so very important; this land was donated to the people of Cooroy, not to the RSL Local clubs and sporting facilities are built on the back of local volunteers. It should remain the property of locals - Cooroy bowls club brings much pleasure to many from near and far for friendly games of bowls and competitions. It has been part of Cooroy’s history for many generations.”

The owner Ron McCarthy - a local Businessman - is focusing on catering for a host of functions and activities including continued promotion of the great game of Lawn Bowls within the community.

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After Ron took possession of the property, he completely gutted the old Clubhouse and transformed it into a vibrant, modern day entertainment venue with a bar, restaurant, meeting room, alfresco dining and a beer garden, whilst retaining the eight rink grass green.

2016 District Pennant Season wrapped up In Division 1 Mooloolaba cemented their position in the Yellow Section with a comfortable 80 – 62 win against close rival Club Kawana, eliminating them from the finals race. Mooloolaba were the front runners in both Divisions 2 and 3 securing top position in their respective sections. Other clubs through to the finals were Club Maroochy, Pelican Waters, Nambour Heights and Caloundra in Division 4. The top four in Division 5 were Woombye, Club Kawana (1), Tewantin Noosa and Club Kawana (2). For the first time, the finals format for Divisions 1-5 was a round robin playoff of three games over Saturday and Sunday with the winners determined by the most number of wins and margins. After two games on day one of the finals, Coolum Beach led the way with a win and a loss but with a healthy margin of 20 in division1. Mooloolaba set the pace in Division 2 with two solid wins and a margin of 19. Division 3 was headed by Caloundra with a margin of 25 and two wins. Club Maroochy was a stand out in Division 4 – two wins and a margin of 37. It was a tight tussle in Division 5 with Tewantin Noosa and Club Kawana (1) sharing the lead. Following some very close results on Sunday afternoon the declared Pennant Winners for 2106 were: • Division 1 – Caloundra • Division 2 – Mooloolaba Ron told Just Bowls he was optimistic with his plan to save the historic Bowls Club by offering club members lifetime use of the green as well as unlimited access to the revitalised Hub facilities. Unfortunately, members did not respond to this offer in the way the new owner had hoped. But, as one local said: “great to be able to go to the Hub for a fun afternoon of bowls – a cold beer – and a great feed”! Ron has developed the social/barefoot element of lawn bowls, which he has done with great success. So much so, that at the time of writing, there were 16 players on the waiting list for the Thursday night game. How many clubs can boast that stat? There is certainly a lot of truth in the adage: As one door closes another one opens. We all hope this is the case in the close knit community of Cooroy!

• Division 3 – Caloundra • Division 4 – Caloundra • Division 5 – Tewantin Noosa • Division 6 – Palmwoods • Division 7 – Pacific Paradise • Division 8 – Coolum Beach. Congratulations to all the winners. Clubs can now look forward to the 2017 Pennant Season. But word has it, the District may have to review the finals format for 2017, so watch this space for updates.

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Broadbeach Ladies Win Second Straight Pennant The Broadbeach Ladies are on track to defend their State Pennant Title after winning the Gold Coast Tweed Pennant last month. The Ladies defeated a star studded Helensvale side in the final. The Ladies only lost one game all year, with new players Chloe Stewart, Bolivia Millerick, Cassandra Millerick, Julie Keegan and Emma Brown combining well with the champions of last year’s team that included Cheryl Heaps, Dee Robertson, Val Jackson, Anne McClure, Sue McKenzie, Jesse Cottell and Christina Pavlov. The Ladies will now play Darra Cementco in the Group Playoff.

Broadbeach hosts successful National Arm Bowlers The Bulls hosted Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland in a four state round robin for bowlers using a bowling arm. It was a great success as it was Queensland’s first year entered in the event. Victoria continued their dominance in the event winning all three games. It was great to see so many bowlers keeping active in the game. A big thank you to Robbie Allan, Noel Parmenter, Cheryl Hutchinson, Peter Hutchinson and Colleen Gilbert for running the event. Next year the event will be held in Victoria and hopefully it returns to Queensland greens in the next couple of years.


FROM THE SCOTSMAN Let me introduce myself. I am a senior who started bowls in late 2014 at Pine Rivers Bowls Club north of Brisbane. Although nervous, I went to the Club and was immediately made welcome. After the necessary paperwork, I was allocated a Coach and booked in for lessons. Following several weeks of practice, it was suggested I start by trying out “scroungers singles”. I played for about three weeks and in consultation with my Coach, reached the conclusion that I consider using a bowling arm, as due to osteoarthritis, I could not bowl unaided for the 2-3 hours of a game. Let me pause there, as I will cover the bowling arm and move on to club triples and pairs next month. My experiences as a “novice” bowler had the inevitable highs and not so highs! My reception at the Club was most welcoming. One Saturday morning, I met a gentleman in a well-used t-shirt, well-worn work shorts and work boots, tending to the greens and tidying up the rinks. Naturally, I assumed this was a member of staff, but it turned out to be one of our hard-working volunteer Directors, who warmly welcomed me to the Club, gave me some history and guidance about becoming an active bowler.

where experienced bowlers can forget what it is like and how daunting it can be to be told as a novice, “it is your mat (correct side up), roll the jack to the skip, on the centerline, then follow up with your bowls as near to the jack as possible and never, ever be short!!” The other mistake I made was applying common sense to the game, rather than the rules! An early misdemeanor was stopping and picking up a bowl about to go through the next rink’s head. I was unaware of the “move the other bowl out of the way” rule, even though in my case the errant bowl was potentially going to scatter multiple bowls in the next rink’s head!

Although coaching covered the basics of lawn bowls about line, length and delivery, it would serve a novice well to cover game “etiquette”! As a novice, it is too easy to fall foul of experienced bowlers when participating in club competitions for the first time. Bowls is a sport,

I acknowledge that Clubs have different induction processes, but my suggestion is that it would help the game (and new bowlers) to receive friendly hints on game etiquette. The Scotsman


Where have all the bowlers gone?

By Greg Kelly Where have all the flowers gone? The old favourite hit by Peter, Paul and Mary holds a poignant truth when you change it slightly to sing “where have all the bowlers gone?” In 1983, Twin Towns Services Men’s Bowls Club, with its 556 members agreed to build four greens. And so, in October 1984 - 32 years ago - the four greens were opened and became so popular, that bowlers needed to book early to get a game. By 1985, in just two years, membership had grown to 1035. Today, however, times have changed. Even though lawn bowls has not changed in 31 years (especially pennant), for the first time in the club’s history, the men’ s bowls club at Twin Towns Services did not participate in the District pennant competition and even the club championships were poorly supported by the members. In the early 1990’s Twin Town Services Bowls Club hosted the $12,000 Mick Winders Memorial Fours, held over three days. A full field of 160 competitive bowlers from the Sun-

shine Coast and Northern Rivers, along with many of the southern visitors who visited the area participated. The Mick Winders Memorial Fours was followed up by the $20,000 Ken William Memorial Fours at South Tweed Bowls Club with pennant on the Saturday. The Tweed Gold Coast tournaments, including the massive Winter Carnival was the envy of all the southern states and attracted bowlers from other states as well as New Zealand. Today, the membership at Twin Towns Bowls Club has declined, and one hundred of the members are 78 years old or older. At the time of writing, members were preparing to cast their vote on September 28, either in favour of or against disaffiliating from Bowls Queensland and Bowls Australia. Will members play lawn bowls as a part of a social club once again, where the club originally started in 1967? So back to my theme: where have all the bowlers gone?  Not only on the Tweed Gold Coast but all over Queensland! The 2015 National Bowls Census Report Queensland report states that formal or


registered playing membership of bowls clubs has been decreasing for more than 30 years at a rate of 2.7 per cent per annum on average. However, in the past five years, the average annual decrease has escalated to 5.9 per cent. On the bright side, the decreases in formal membership has been offset by the growth in social and corporate bowls, as well as participation by non-members (barefoot bowls). Between 2010 – 2015, regular bowls participation increased at an annual rate of 3.9 per cent. The need for a well-structured membership drive to increase membership from the state and club administrators is well overdue. The opportunity exists for more commercial media exposure for our great sport with the upcoming Commonwealth Games in 19 months at Broadbeach. Administrators should be planning a marketing program now on how to attract new bowling members over this period. One can only hope. From a social and competitive bowlers point of view, one has to ask, “Where have all the bowlers gone?” In the words of Peter, Paul and Mary, “…long time passing/…long time ago”.

Pine Rivers Ladies Division 1 The above ladies played the Zone final against Caboolture district last Friday and were victorious on all 3 rinks, winning 6232. They are now eligible for the State Final and are much looking forward to travelling to Bribie Island at the end of November. Congratulations to all!

More on The Fixed Fee Membership Model on YouTube Bowls Australia CEO Neil Dalrymple answers some frequently asked questions about the new Fixed Fee membership model, why it has been adopted and the benefits to the sport of bowls. Visit: youtu.be/NHzBOrULpAI to watch this informative video.


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Mark Casey gives back to bowls When bowlers get together after a match for a few drinks and talk bowls, the topic around “Who is the best bowler you have seen, played with or against?” always creates a lively discussion. What with the names of many present and past great bowlers mentioned, Parrella, Schuback, Bester, Glasson, Kerkow, Wilkie and the list goes on with no definite outcome on the answer to the original question. If we change the question to “Who is the best left-handed bowler you have seen or played with or against?”, the answer that comes to mind and gets the unanimous vote from bowlers is none other than Mark Casey. From the tender age of 10, when he played his first season of Pennant for the Keilor Bowls Club in Victoria, Mark has had success on bowling greens all over Australia and across the world. As a 12-year-old playing lead for Australian superstar, Mark Jacobsen and his father Ric, Mark won the Victorian Master Fours in 1993 - his first major bowls achievement.

In 1996, Mark made the headlines being the youngest bowler ever to win a Victorian Open Title, albeit it in dreadful circumstances after close friend Brad Greening tragically passed away and best mate Shane Fordham asked Mark to lead in the Pairs for him. The rest is history. In 1997, after a short stint in the Victoria under-18 state side, plus reserve in the Open side, Mark and his family moved to the Gold Coast. This proved to be the best thing for the young, up-and-coming star. Playing with and alongside legend Kelvin Kerkow at South Tweed Bowls Club was surreal for the young teenager.


After the Premier League Queensland started, the combination of star bowlers Kerkow plus father and son team Ric and Mark Casey played a major role in South Tweed Sports' inaugural win. A career change happened in 2001, when Mark took up the position as Bowls Development Officer at Ipswich United Services Bowls Club before moving to Helensvale Bowls Club in 2003. Now 13 years on, Mark has signed on for another three years at Helensvale and acknowledges that without their support, there is no way that he would have achieved the success he has enjoyed over the years. Playing with and alongside team mates Brett Wilkie, Nathan Rice, Anthony Kiepe, Anthony Fantini and Mark Thatcher has united the Helensvale Hawks into one of the strongest clubs in Australia.

Mark started playing bowls at age 10 with support from his Dad, Ric.

Mark with his family, wife Trhysa, daughter Eva (2) and son Jackon (4)

Of course, playing 270 games for Queensland after making his debut for Australia in the 2002/3 season has made Mark a superstar in our sport of lawn bowls. Winning a Gold Medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in the Triples with Bill Cornehls and Wayne Turley, in his home town of Melbourne in front of family and friends, remains the highlight of a remarkable career spanning just 23 years. A short timeframe in the sport for life.

Mark Casey and mate Shane Fordham at the Victorian Open in 1996

In January of this year, Bowls Australia appointed Mark as their Events and Competition Manager. His responsibilities involve running all major national events including the Australian Open, Australian Indoor and the Australian Sides. His new role will also encompass the upcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games at Broadbeach BC. He is already working part time as sports manager but will be full time in 2017, preparing the biggest bowls event ever on the Gold Coast. With Mark’s time being taken up with his new position, the World Bowls in New Zealand in November will be the swan song for Mark for all representative games for Australia and Queensland. The World Bowls Championships occurs every four years and is scheduled to take place across four Christchurch clubs from November 29 to December 11, with eight gold medals up for grabs. Mark has been married to Trhysa for six years and they have two young children: 4-year-old son Jackson and 2-year-old Eva. He has always been supported by Mum Lyn and Dad Ric (who sadly passed away in 2013), and in more recent years, his wife Trhysa, allowing him to give back to our great sport that he so dearly loves. “Bowls has given me so much in my life, so I’m looking forward to giving a bit back,” the humble champion said. With so much Australian and international experience, taking on a behind-the-scenes role as BA events manager is a win-win for the sport of lawn bowls and we wish Mark well in this important role.


MARK CASEY Bowls Plus recently caught up with Mark Casey and he kindly answered some questions. How old were you when you started bowls? The first time I put down a ball was when I was a 5-year-old at the Moonee Ponds Bowls Club. I often hear stories of me always being at the club as my father, Ric was one of the better players at the club and mother, Lyn looked after all the catering. I played “bankers” with all the bowlers that were left over from the pennant teams every Saturday until I was about 9, as back in those days if you weren’t 18 you couldn’t be a bowling member of a club. Where was your first club? Moonee Ponds Bowls Club was the first club I played at, I’m really proud of the history that comes with the club and to know Dad was a major influence on their success is fantastic. My first actual pennant season was at the Keilor Bowls Club when I was 10. Please tell us more about your achievements as a young person in Victoria My first bowls achievement in Victoria was winning the Victorian Master Fours when I was 12. Dad and Australian Superstar Mark Jacobsen were in the team as well. I can always remember this game, as I was so nervous and had an absolute shocker in the final, but luckily Dad and “Dougie” were good enough to carry me to the win! In 1996, at the age of 15, I became the youngest player ever to win an Open Victorian Title. This always brings back good and bad memories for me. It was amazing to win this title with my best mate Shane Fordham, but in saying that it only happened because our close friend Brad Greening had tragically passed away so Shane asked if I was able to take his place. It was an honour in the first place just to be asked, but to go on and win the title in Brad’s honour was a wonderful feeling. When did you move to the Gold Coast? We moved to the Gold Coast in 1997 and at the time I had mixed feelings about the move. However, looking back now it’s been the best thing for me and I will always be forever grateful for my parent’s decision. Which club did you join on the Gold Coast? South Tweed Bowls Club was the club we joined. Of course, Australian legend Kelvin Kerkow was there which was a surreal feeling for me. It was only months before that I just used to love watching Kelvin play on TV, and then there I was playing in the same team as him. This is something that I will never forget.

Where did you go after South Tweed BC? In 2001, Ipswich United Services Bowls Club offered me full time employment as their Bowls Development Officer. I spent two years in Ipswich before moving to the Helensvale Bowls Club. This move has been incredible for my career, as without their support there is no way I would be able to achieve the success that I have. I’m going into my 13th year at club, and I’m pleased to have just signed another 3-year agreement. I can’t see myself playing anywhere else, we are all great mates on and off the green and the club is so supportive of its bowlers. Did you play for Victoria? I played for Victoria at the under-18 level and was in the Victorian Open Reserve side, however I didn’t play any games in the Open side. Can you tell us about representing Queensland? I have been fortunate enough to represent Queensland for the past 15 years, playing 270 games. When was your first debut for Australia? 2002/03 What were some of the best parts about representing Australia? Of course, winning Gold in the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games was a highlight, and to do so in front of my family and friends was an incredible feeling. I will take away some many wonderful moments from representing my country, I feel really grateful as there are so many outstanding players in Australia who haven’t had the opportunity that I have had. Can you tell us a little more about your participation in the World Games? I have announced my retirement from all representative games, which will mean I will play my last game for Australia in the World Championships at the end of this year. No doubt it will bring some mixed emotions, but I am confident that I have made the right decision. I’m really looking forward to spending more time at home with my amazing family, plus focusing on my career off the green. Will you continue playing for the Hawks? Definitely. We have a fantastic team together at the moment, all great mates that enjoy playing together so looking forward to sharing more success in coming years.  Can you tell us a little more about your new role? I started the role of Events & Competition Manager with Bowls Australia at the start of


the year, as I really enjoy the challenge of the role and managing our bowls events around the country. I also have the contract with CG2018 to be the Sport Manager for Bowls. I have been working with CG2018 part-time this year, but move to full-time next year, so I am very excited about working with such a fantastic organisation. How do you like working behind the scenes at the Australian Open and the Australian Indoor, compared to being on stage?  I guess it’s a strange feeling. Most of the time I don’t have time to really sit back and think about it but I must admit from time to time I do wish I was out there competing, especially when finals time rolls around. What can you tell us about your family? Parents: I owe everything to my family. Over the years they have sacrificed so much for me to be able to chase my dream of becoming an Australian Representative. In the early years, my Mum and Dad did everything for me; there was nothing that was too hard for them and I am so appreciative of them. Mum was forever driving me to practice or sport events on weekends. Looking back now I am so pleased and happy that I got to play in the same team as Dad for so many years. He taught me so much about the game. Since Dad’s passing in April 2013, there has not been a day where he hasn’t been in my thoughts. I really miss the little things like getting a text after an important bowls game asking how I went, or the messages going back and forth about the footy. I try to always remain positive however, feeling lucky to have Dad around for 31 years. Wife and children: Now, I have a beautiful little family that I just adore, wife Trhysa, son Jackson (4yrs) and daughter Eva (2yrs). Our little kids have bought so much joy into our lives; they both have their own cheeky personalities but nothing makes me happier than spending time with them. Knowing what my Mum and Dad did for me, I want to be able to provide as much support for both Jackson and Eva as possible. Trhysa and I got married in 2010. Over the years, Trhysa has been incredible with supporting me while I was away. It’s not easy being on the road competing throughout the year and it’s vital that the important people in our life are willing to give their support. Winning my last World Title in 2012 with Trhysa and Jackson in the crowd was a moment that will be with me forever.

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Health News with Dr Andrew Letchford – Orthopaedic Surgeon As we age, parts of our body often start causing issues that require further investigation. Hips and knees are often high up on the list of problems people face with their health. Dr Letchford, one of the South East Queensland’s leading orthopaedic surgeons, spoke with Bowls Plus and answered some commonly asked questions. Q: When is the right time to see a specialist about my hips and knees? A: The main indication as to when you should see a specialist is when your everyday life and activities are impacted by your general mobility. Another clear indication is when your pain levels are no longer being managed by general nonprescription medication such as paracetamol and anti-inflammatories. Q: Typically, hip and knee problems are associated with older people. Is this your experience? A: It is correct that joint degeneration both of hip and knees is a problem that comes with old age, but I am also seeing quite a few younger patients due to greater general focus on exercise to improve health. Q: What are the most common conditions you see in patients? A: The most common complaints that I see on a daily basis are hip and knee arthritic pain and knee injuries. I also deal with a large number of trauma cases from private emergency departments, with Neck of Femur (NOFs) and sport fractures being the most common. Q: What advice would you most offer to patients? A: Keep fit! Find something that suits your lifestyle, you enjoy and be consistent with it. Should you ultimately be forced to decide on surgery, then the best thing you can do for yourself, your surgeon, anaesthetist and rehab team is to be in the best physical shape you can.

In this issue, Dr Letchford answers some questions about knee arthroscopy. Q: What is knee arthroscopy? Knee arthroscopy is a keyhole surgery technique typically used to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the knee, including cartilage damage, loose bodies and other early-stage arthritic conditions. Performed through two small incisions in the knee, arthroscopy allows us to visually inspect and perform minor repairs to the knee without the need for large incisions. However, if larger problems are detected, more extensive surgery may be deemed necessary. Knee arthroscopy is a relatively low-risk procedure with a high rate of success and fast healing times. It is most commonly performed as a day case, although some patients may need to stay overnight for monitoring. Q. When is a knee arthroscopy recommended? Usually when scans and physical examinations fail to offer definitive information on what is affecting the knee. It can also be used as an alternative to open surgery to treat chronic pain or structural damage that has not responded to non-invasive treatments (e.g. physiotherapy, supports and medications). A knee arthroscopy can diagnose and treat the following: • Persistent pain, swelling or catching within the joint • Tears in the meniscus (cartilage lining) • Damaged or degraded joint surfaces and cartilage • Loose bodies in the joint • Inflamed synovium (joint lining) • Torn ligaments (anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments) As always, I only recommend surgery if it offers the most realistic chance of effectively diagnosing someone or improving their symptoms.

Dr Letchford firmly believes in providing an holistic approach to his patients. Surgery can often be an uncertain and traumatic experience irrespective of age, and Dr Letchford and his staff strive to ensure that all questions and queries are answered promptly and succinctly to ensure minimum stress to the patient and their family. Dr Letchford specialises in arthroplasty (joint replacement), knee reconstructions, sporting injuries, and acute orthopaedic trauma. He implements modern, resultfocused treatments and is a strong advocate of providing a private call trauma service for patients and GPs. Dr Letchford currently operates out of Pindara, the New Gold Coast Private Hospital (formerly Allamanda), and the Gold Coast Surgical Hospital located at Varsity Lakes, which has robotic-assisted surgery for hips and knees. He consults at his rooms located at Pacific Private Clinic Southport.

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SOFT DRINK Why we love it and why we need to stop drinking it. Australians love their sweet, fizzy drinks. We are one of the top 10 consumers of soft drinks per capita in the world. Last year, Australians consumed 447 million litres of regular cola drinks alone. If we include all sugarsweetened beverages, such as cordials, soft drinks, flavoured mineral waters, energy drinks and fruit and vegetable drinks with added sugar, the amount escalates to 1.28 billion litres. The United Kingdom recently announced they will introduce a tax on soft drinks in 2018 to target childhood obesity. In Mexico, a similar tax introduced in 2014, saw a 12 per cent drop in sales of taxed drinks. Without any plans in Australia to introduce a soft drink tax in the near future, we need to rely on educating people about the negative health impacts of soft drinks. Here are the top six health reasons why we need to reduce our consumption of soft drinks.


Obesity Regular soft drinks contain high amounts of sugar. For example, a 375 ml can of cola contains around 10 teaspoons of sugar. This climbs to 16 teaspoons in a 600 ml bottle. Both amounts exceed the World Health Organization’s recommendation of 6 teaspoons of sugar a day. Soft drinks are a significant contributor to a person’s total energy intake. It appears that when people drink them, they generally do not

What about diet soft drinks? While diet soft drinks may not contain the kilojoules of sugar, the various artificial sweeteners used in these beverages have their own unhealthy traits. Research has shown that drinking diet soft drink increases a person’s risk of metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It is thought that diet soft drinks might interfere with a person’s metabolism and/or insulin levels. Similarly, people who drink diet soft drink might eat more junk food as they feel diet soft drink allows them to eat more of these types of food. Diet soft drinks also taste intensely sweet, which can increase a person’s preference for other sweet foods or drinks. The acid they contain causes teeth erosion in the same way as regular soft drinks (see Tooth decay section). In addition, as people tend to drink larger quantities of diet soft drink than regular soft drink their teeth are exposed more regularly to the acidic effects of the soft drink.

Article written by Kirsten Braun from Women’s Health Queensland Wide Inc., a not for profit, health promotion, information and education service for women and health professionals throughout Queensland. Visit www.womhealth.org.au for further information.

compensate by reducing their intake of food. Therefore, the kilojoules consumed from soft drinks are add-on kilojoules and contribute to an increase in weight and obesity. Obesity is a risk factor for many conditions including some cancers, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes The Nurses’ Health Study included over 50,000 women and examined sugar sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption and diabetes risk. The study found that women who consumed one or more SSB a day had a 83% greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes over the course of eight years compared to those women who consumed less than one SSB a month.

Increased appetite Studies indicate the increase in kilojoules associated with drinking soft drinks is higher than what can be accounted for by the soft drinks alone. It appears that consuming soft drinks might actually stimulate the appetite and/or stop people from feeling full, resulting in people eating more. One study found that people given soft drinks consumed 17% more energy than in their typical diet, even after taking into account the extra energy from the soft drinks.

Less calcium-rich drinks When we consume soft drinks it often means that they replace the consumption of calcium-rich drinks such as milk. This is a particular concern for young people who are building their peak bone mass. To achieve the maximum peak bone mass, people need to consume adequate amounts of calcium each day.

Bone strength It appears that drinking cola, but not other soft drinks, is linked to lower bone mineral density (BMD) in women. A lower BMD places women at risk of osteoporosis. Cola contains phosphoric acid, which can leach calcium out of the bone. Cola may also contribute to a lower BMD if women are drinking cola instead of calcium-rich drinks such as milk (see section above).

Tooth decay Soft drinks affect the teeth in two main ways. The high amount of sugar in soft drinks contributes to teeth decay. In addition, soft drinks, including diet varieties, have high levels of acid in them which weaken the tooth enamel causing cavities. Cola, for example, was found to be 10 times more erosive than fruit juice.


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Palm Lake Resort – Tweed River Site 16 Immaculately presented home, just three years old and features spacious, light and airy open plan living areas with raked ceilings, bamboo timber flooring, ceiling fans, and reverse cycle air-conditioning. The home has three good-sized carpeted bedrooms with roller blinds and ceiling fans; master with an ensuite bathroom. The elegant kitchen has onyx stone work surfaces/bench-tops and 2-Pak white panel doors. The kitchen has Smeg stainless steel, built-in appliances that include an electric fan-forced oven/grill, ceramic cook-top, microwave, range hood and dishwasher. The stylish bathroom consists of a large shower recess, vanity unit and toilet. A tandem carport with a remote operated roller door adjoins the home. This energy efficient home has ducted reverse cycle air-conditioning throughout, a solar heat pump hot water service and solar panels with an inverter.

Price $579,000 Palm Lake Resort – Tweed River Site 31 Immaculately presented home featuring a large tiled entrance porch with views across to the Tweed River. The spacious, light and airy open plan living areas have raked ceilings, bamboo timber flooring, thermalite plantation shutters, ceiling fans, and reverse cycle air-conditioning. The home has two good-sized carpeted bedrooms; master with ensuite. Plus, there is a good-sized study that may be used as a third bedroom. The elegant kitchen has onyx stone work surfaces/benchtops and 2-Pak white panel doors. The kitchen has Smeg stainless steel, built-in appliances that include an electric fan-forced oven/grill, ceramic cook-top, microwave, range hood and dishwasher. The stylish bathroom consists of a large shower recess, vanity unit and toilet. This energy efficient home has ducted air-conditioning throughout, a solar heat pump hot water service and solar panels with an inverter.


Tweed Heads Bowls Club Australian Indoor Championships From a field of 32 qualifiers from all states and territories Jeremy Henry, from the Warilla BC in NSW secured his 2nd Australian Indoor title defeating the gallant Curtis Hanley [Melbourne BC, Victoria] 11/2, 9/8 in a thrilling final on the Indoor Complex at Tweed Heads. In the Ladies final Natasha Scott, Raymond Terrace BC, NSW added the Australian Indoor Championship trophy to her cabinet along with the 2016 Australian Open title with a 6/8, 8/6, 2/1 [tie-breaker] over Rebecca Van Asch from the Inverman BC, Tasmania.

Carnivals The Men’s club conducted their last carnival for 2016 with the running of the “Farewell Mixed Pairs” in August with the club’s members taking out the first 3 placings. Overall winners were Lyn and Max Jaffray with 3 wins plus 53 shots; runners-up were Melissa Larcombe and Abdul Latif with 3 wins plus 46; 3rd place went to Patti and John Griffiths with 3 wins plus 24.

The Ladies club held their Spring Medley carnival on 5 September and the overall winners were Nanette Wise, Gladys Evans, Barbara Mullens, Hiro Emura, Janyce Cooper, Alison Ebsworth [Tweed Heads] with 8 plus 34; Runners-up placing went to a composite team comprising Sue Hanlon, Leigh Rayward, Lolita Treasure, Linda Brack, Christine Hawkins and Carol Rembacher with 8 plus 22 and 3rd place went to Gail English, Glenys Lane, Annie Russell, Lorraine Arnold, Heather Johnston and Christine Puddick from Musgrave Hill with 6 plus 32.

Remaining Club Carnivals For 2016

07 5506 8157, or post to Games Director, Tweed Heads Men’s Bowls Club, PO Box 167 Tweed Heads NSW 2485.

LADIES CLUB Ladies Inter Club Indoor Challenge Monday November 7 prize pool $1000 Ladies Major/Minor Pairs Monday November 28 prize pool $1000. For more information and conditions of play contact Tweed Heads Ladies Bowls Club Games Director, Judy Pearce, c/- PO Box 167 Tweed Heads NSW 2485, email paul.girdler@thbc.com.au or phone 07 5506 8157. Note that these carnivals are open to all registered lawn bowlers where applicable.

MEN’S CLUB October Half Day Open Pairs Monday October 31 – 2 games total prize money $1000 All the carnivals held generally have a maximum of 40 teams with a blind draw on arrival. Entry Fee is $25.00 per player. For more information and conditions contact Men’s club website Entries can be emailed to paul.girdler@thbc.com.au; or phone

Note: All events and dates are subject to change, so please check the club website at thbc.com.au for the latest information. Bernie Fletcher, Publicity Officer.

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Minesweeper Patrols during Indonesian Confrontation NAME: Alan Smoothy UNIT: HMAS Snipe, RAN

DATE: 1963 LOCATION: Malaysia

Friction between Indonesia and the newly created Malaysia forced the Australian Government in 1963 to come out in support of Malaysia.

“After firing several rocket flares and pursuing these boats for quite a while, we were successful in turning them back.”

On 25 September, the Prime Minister, [Sir] Robert Menzies, told the House of Representatives that any “armed invasion or subversive activity, supported, directed or inspired from outside Malaysia”, would mean Australia adding its military assistance to the efforts of Malaysia and the United Kingdom in the defence of Malaysia’s territory, integrity and political independence.

“During patrols off the coast of Malaya and Borneo we would pick up several contacts on radar,” he said. “On picking up contact we went into action stations and proceeded to close the contact.”

Despite this action, Indonesia continued its campaign of attacks across the border and Australian troops from 3 RAR became involved for the first time against a group of infiltrators which landed from the sea at the mouth of the Kesang River.

“This always had the required result. We then brought the boat along side where an armed boarding party would carry out a search.”

There was a curfew on boats operating after 6pm.

“We carried a Malayan interpreter who called out for the boats to stop. If they didn’t we would open fire with the flag deck mounted Bren Gun, always over their heads.

But things didn’t always go according to plan, according to Alan.

Australian naval operations in Malaysia were increased to counter the threat of seaborne infiltration with HMAS Yarra and HMAS Parramatta involved in interception of fast patrol boats and submarines.

“One night we picked up a contact on radar and, after they failed to stop as requested by the interpreter, we opened fire with the Vickers machine gun which was mounted in the bow,” he said.

The coastal minesweepers Hawke, Snipe, Gulf and Curlew began to patrol off the coast of Borneo, Malaya and Singapore and were joined later by Ibis and Teal.

“We discovered that it was in fact an Australian prize crew from another minesweeper who were taking the boat back into harbour.

Alan Smoothy served on Snipe in 1955-56, taking part in patrols, searching of suspect boats, including fishing boats and mine sweeping duties. “Snipe, along with other minesweepers, picked up several contacts on radar which we suspected were Indonesian,” Alan Smoothy recalled. “These boats were small canoe like with large outboard motors and very fast.” 26 BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND OCTOBER 2016

“The following day the prize crew were returned to Snipe by the Malayan police boat and we, in turn, took them back to HMAS Ibis the following day.” Alan Smoothy kept a photographic record of events on board.

From: Australians at War www.australiansatwar.gov.au

Reprinted with permission from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs

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FUNDRAISER For Blind Bowlers When: Sunday, 13 November, 2 – 5 pm Where: Aspley Memorial Bowls Club, Nemira Street, Aspley Aspley Memorial Bowls Club is fundraising for two of their members and their directors to attend the International Blind Bowlers Championships to be held in Cape Town, South Africa in March 2017. The bowlers are Jenny Skinner, B1, and Marian Morrison, a B3, and their directors are Narelle Young and Beatrice Kassulke. Some of the entertainment for the afternoon will include fun horse racing for the Aspley Cup with Fashions on the Field, live music, trivia, sausage sizzle, Devonshire teas, cent auction, lots of raffles and prizes. A set of Aero bowls will go to a lucky raffle winner. Please come along and support our wonderful bowlers! Or contact us to see how you can help. Contact CÊcile Power at 0435 761 177 or email aspleyinquiry@gmail.com 28 BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND OCTOBER 2016





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Bowls Plus Queensland October 2016  

Featuring: Mark Casey's Exciting new BA roles; Cooroy Sport's Club; News from Tweed Heads; Musgrave Hill and Broadbeach Bowls Club; Supporti...

Bowls Plus Queensland October 2016  

Featuring: Mark Casey's Exciting new BA roles; Cooroy Sport's Club; News from Tweed Heads; Musgrave Hill and Broadbeach Bowls Club; Supporti...