September 2016 | Volume 6 Issue 6
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Buderim Ladies Club celebrate 60 years
Why your club needs a professional website Another successful Golden Nugget
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From the Editor The Grumpy Lead has written a letter to the editor regarding the change to the fixed fee affiliation system proposed by Bowls NSW. Some Queensland bowlers may find this interesting and of some relevance. Have you visited Mt Gravatt BC? They now have a fantastic new synthetic green, which you can read more about on pages 8-10. They encourage visitors, so if you are interested in having a look at the new green, pay them a visit. Congratulations to Ian Rowan from Pine Rivers BC (page 12) who won the club’s novice championship using a bionic arm. Buderim Ladies Club will soon celebrate their 60th anniversary. Read more about how the women in the club were instrumental in forming a part of the area’s history on pages 14-15.
Finally, have a look at page 30 to see why your club needs a good website. Every club needs a good online presence to attract new members and inform current players of events and offerings. If you need a new website, there’s a special deal running for Bowls Plus readers on page 31. Until next time,
The Golden Nugget event was a great success with determined competitors and some excellent skills on display. See page 18-19 for more details.
IN THIS ISSUE The Grumpy Lead on fees
Mt Gravatt’s new green
Bionic Arm winner
Broadbeach Bowls Club news
60 Years for Buderim Ladies Club
The Golden Nugget
Is coconut water good for you?
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Graham Chattin and Reg Walls ready to enjoy Mt Gravatt Bowls Club’s new green. Read more about the club’s new green on pages 8-10.
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r e t t le
to the editor
I am a new novice bowler and I thought it might help to let clubs who are trying to recruit, and maintain new bowlers to their clubs, understand what may be happening in the bowls world through my experience. In November of 2015 I started to approach my local clubs to determine where my wife and I wanted to go through the coaching process and become members. We wanted to be coached together and after a few trial coaching clinics we made our choice and away we went. We enjoyed the coaching process and lodged our application to join which was successful. We completed our coaching and were given our certificates to bowl - and soon discovered that there was a serious lack of support given once you have become a member and finished your coaching. Our coach was as helpful as he could be, but over the next few months as I tried in vain to bowl at the club competitions, I was constantly told I needed a partner for pairs or a team for fours or triples. I am still working and was unable to find a partner, and my wife was unable to bowl as she had an injury that stopped her from bowling. I bowled in as many social games as I could but I was seeking more competition. My frustration grew when pennants came along and only the bowlers who show up each year for pennants were selected and the novices were left out. My club had teams in all divisions so I thought I had a chance to join in. I made sure it was not my ability that was in question.
Editor: Has anyone else experienced a lack of support from their club after the coaching process? How do we attract and retain members if clubs aren’t supporting novices? Please let me know if you have had a similar experience as The Frustrated Novice, or if you would like to respond on behalf of your club. Email email@example.com or use the contact form on the Bowls Plus website: www.bowlsplus.com.au
My frustration grew, all I constantly heard was “we need new bowlers in the club”. I ended up looking around other clubs to see if I could move on and find a club who will actively try to place me in team events and I believe that I have found a club to transfer to. My point is, if you are going to spend time and effort to recruit new players, there needs to be follow up to ensure they are then welcomed into the club comps if they want to pursue that avenue. To those novice bowlers that may have a similar problem I would suggest you look around for a club that will help you after they have you on board. To clubs I would suggest that you follow up on new bowlers and make sure they have been brought into the fold. Sincerely yours, The Frustrated Novice
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r e t t e l
to the editor
This letter, although referring to Bowls NSW, might be of interest to Queensland readers who may share or disagree with The Grumpy Lead’s perspective. Please send comments or replies to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dear Editor
some concessions being gained from BA and BNSW.
I see that our Bowls NSW is following the lead of Bowls Australia and Bowls Victoria of replacing the capitation affiliation method of affiliation fees with a fixed fee affiliation system.
To me, the options to increase membership are less constrained than in the past and rewards the members of clubs whose boards and committees expand the community’s bowls playing activities beyond our current stereotypical position. Adaptability is necessary in any economic situation to be alive to the future. It will be up to our boards and committees to grasp change and not even think of “the good old days” as something to be glued to, but as a pair of shoulders from which to fly into the future. Reactionary conservatism won’t cut the cake in bowls or anywhere else!
I refer to the following excerpts of BA’s “Affiliation and Eligibility To Play Policy” 4.1 All players within Australia must be affiliated with at least one (1) STA as a result of their being a full, financial member of an affiliated Club with STA and BA membership. 4.3 No beginner, social or recreational player shall be permitted to play in any competition or social games until they become financial, affiliated members of a Club with membership of an STA and BA. This policy is very clear at 4.3 that any club’s membership category that gives ANY right to play cannot avoid paying an affiliation fee based upon the capitation system. Some clubs have thought that by having a social or similar category of bowler whereby the bowlers in that category could not play pennants or officially sanctioned events, they could avoid paying affiliation fees and hence lower members’ subscription costs and more members. Some clubs may have even gone further by preventing these category members from executive positions in the club in the hope that they would fly under the BA radar in the annual BA paperwork. As a result both Bowls Australia and Bowls NSW have been short changed by this sort of “non-affiliated” bowling member. One could assume that NSW is no different from other states on this issue. The change to fixed fee offers an AMNESTY to this situation. Bowls NSW and Bowls Australia have provided readily available and detailed reasons for introducing the fixed fee system. I suggest that you check these reports out. The fixed fee system is simple; clubs pay a fee based upon previous years’ fees, adjusted for CPI; irrespective of the number of bowling members, irrespective of the categories of bowling members and irrespective of how a club imposes an affiliation charge in the club’s membership subscriptions or otherwise. We can’t avoid a downside. This is where a club has diminishing membership with little chance of reversing the decline. In this situation the affiliation fee per member would steadily increase without 6 BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND SEPTEMBER 2016
So here are some things to think of: • The board/committee now has to budget for the affiliation fees. Previously, a set amount was excised from the annual membership but now the affiliation fee will be fixed for the club and hence will be variable per member depending on the number of members and the costing structure of membership categories and any other income strategy to cover the affiliation fee. • Different membership category options for different sanctioned/ social bowling arrangements for cost sensitive members could lead to different conscience free variable subscriptions. New styles of membership categories could expand the playing base. How about budgeting a component of each game’s green fees by a member or player towards the affiliation fee? What is important is that clubs now have much more choice in how they manage their membership and how to meet their affiliation obligations. Sometimes I reflect on how my age group have the conservative attitudes they do when, if they looked back at their younger days, how they bucked the system with their two sandbags in the rear of their FJ utes and oh, those beaver tails on the FJ sedans. I still won’t tell my children or grandchildren what I got up to in my earlier years. So let us be open to younger ideas and let us be open to the younger starting to manage bowls in their way. Fixed fee has potential to open our minds to these opportunities. Cheers (or is it grumps?) The Grumpy Lead.
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Synthetic Green for Mt Gravatt Bowls Club 8 BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND SEPTEMBER 2016
Mt Gravatt Bowls Club undertook the huge decision to convert their remaining grass green to synthetic surface. The move was financially driven by the need to hire a greenkeeper, purchase chemicals and fertilizers, and equipment maintenance now gone. Club Business Manager, Reg Walls said that the Club previously converted one green to synthetic surface and erected a cover over the green 13 years ago, with the recent conversion effectively completing the job.
Angled view of the new green
Ross Vasta MP delivering a bowl
L-R Graham Chattin Chairman of Board of Management, Ian Walker MP State Member for Mansfield, Cr Krista Adams Cr for Holland Park, Graham Perrett MP Federal Member for Moreton, Reg Walls Business Manager
In early 2015, a proposal detailing what may occur in the future if the Club did not proceed with synthetic turf was put to the members who agreed to further investigation. A Sub Committee was appointed to fully investigate the proposal. At the Annual General Meeting in 2015, it was agreed that firm quotations would be obtained, and Berry Bowling Systems was the successful tenderer. Grant applications were lodged with Brisbane City Council and the Gaming Community Benefit Fund. The grant applications were successful with the Club receiving a $100,000 grant from Brisbane City Council Community Sport Clubs Program as well as a grant of $30,000 from the Gaming Community Benefit Fund. The grants were very much appreciated and enabled the Club to complete the works. The works were completed on 7th July 2016, with the first game played on the new green on 8th July. The Club members donated
funds to purchase new seats and scoreboards and the savings generated by the generous gift from the members was used to provide stencilled concrete around the green walkways. The generosity of the members demonstrates the positive feeling within the Club. A Grand Opening Day was held on Thursday 14th July. The day included a luncheon followed by the official opening by Cr Krista Adams Councillor for Holland Park representing the Lord Mayor. A plaque was unveiled in recognition of the opening. Ian Walker MP State Member for Mansfield, Ross Vasta MP Federal Member for Bonner and Graham Perrett MP Federal Member for Moreton also attended and were actively involved throughout the day. Following the official Opening Ceremony, two full greens of bowls was played to complete the day. Over 150 people attended either as members or guests. BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND SEPTEMBER 2016 9
Reg Walls said that the savings from paying for greens maintenance will be put aside to cover the eventual replacement of carpet on both greens. “However, the cost is nowhere near that of the maintenance of a grass green,” Mr Walls said. “This move is seen as “future proofing” the Club as much as possible into the years ahead.” The Club is very pleased with the overall result including the professional manner in which the contractors, Berry Bowling Systems, performed their task. Everything they said they would do has been achieved on time and under budget. Communication was excellent throughout the whole process, and they provided a follow up visit to demonstrate correct maintenance procedures. One week was lost through inclement weather; however the project was completed in time for the first game. Mount Gravatt Bowls Club is very positive about the future and would welcome anyone who may be interested in having a look at the new greens to drop into the Club.
Graham Chattin, Chairman of the Management Committee (left) and Reg Walls Business Manager (right) – Mt Gravatt Bowls Club
Mt Gravatt Open Pairs TOTAL PRIZE MONEY $5000
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Sectional Play: Saturday and Sunday Oct 15-16 Finals: Monday, Oct 17 - Winning 14 teams from each sectional day 3 Games - 16 ends or 2hrs min. Random draw each day. Games: 9am-11.20am 12noon - 2.20pm 2.50-5.10pm Tea and coffee available prior to game. Lunch available with orders to be placed with bar manager by 8.45am Skip
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Return to Men's nomination box or Games director, PO Box 34, Mt Gravatt 4122
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Novice champs won by bionic arm bowler On Sunday 24th July, Ian Rowan from Pine Rivers Bowls Club won the 2016 PRBC Novice Championship, beating Tom Lynch, a 27-year-old bowler currently playing in Div. 4 Pennants for the Club. Ian is currently playing in Div. 10 Pennants for the Club, but at 67-years-of-age, brought mental toughness and determination to the game. It was a marathon 31 ends with the last end standing at Lynch (24) and Rowan (23). Rowan held his nerve and delivered 3 bowls close to the Jack reaching the (25) winning score. Rowan uses a â€œBionic Armâ€? due to severe osteoarthritis and is the first Arm user to win a Championship at PRBC. He was also a Founding Member of the Maroon Arm Bowlers Association. Ian (or The Scotsman) will be starting a monthly column in Bowls Plus magazines on novice bowling and bionic arm bowling from October. Keep an eye out for The Scotsman!
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Ingham Wins Blue Ribbon Pairs Sean Ingham has claimed his second Blue
Bowling Arm Nationals
Ribbon Pairs trophy after a thrilling final
Broadbeach is proud to be hosting
against teammates Ryan Burnett and Kevin Anderson who lost the final for the second year in a row. Ingham, who teamed up with Helensvaleâ€™s Jayden Christie, won all seven games to claim the $1500 first prize. 56 teams competed, including a large contingent from Canberra and seven sides from the NTC squads. Ryan Bester, along with Chris Lanham, came third with Michael Sims from Tasmania and Tiffany Brodie from Melbourne rounding out the top four positions. Four qualifying games were played on Sunday with the top 8 playing quarter, semi and finals to find the true winner of the competition. The other 48 teams played in sections for money
the Bowling Arm Nationals. The tournament will take place from September 5th until the 7th of September. Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales will be up against the home Maroon Arm Bowlers from Queensland. It is the first time Queensland will have a team. The squad has been practising once a month at the club to gain a home field advantages. The club encourages all to come and watch some great bowls on those dates.
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Buderim Ladies Bowling Club
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This year marks the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the Buderim Ladies Bowling Club, and will be celebrated on the Sunshine Coast with a Gala Luncheon on 8th November for present and past members. How bowls came to Buderim is an important part of the community’s history and has been recorded by one of the inaugural members, Mrs Dorrie Herrington, who was awarded Life Membership of the club in 1966. After the war years, many retired people starting moving into the area and the population of Buderim was increasing, so the provision of a bowling club seemed a necessity. A small group of bowls’ enthusiasts called a meeting and a men’s club was formed. They persuaded a friend to donate enough land for two greens and work began to establish the club. In August 1954, the inaugural meeting of the Buderim Ladies Bowling Club was held and these few ladies set about raising money with garden parties, card afternoons and all kinds of social get-togethers. They received a loan of 500 pounds from Mr Chris Chapman for the purchase of an army hut, which was moved up from Brisbane and re-erected as a clubhouse complete with a kitchen, clubroom and amenities. The ladies club paid for much of the cost of this, while in 14 BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND SEPTEMBER 2016
the meantime, Mr Chapman had converted the loan to an outright gift. The clubroom was handed over to the men’s club debt free, fully furnished, insured and with complete electrical installation by the ladies’ President. The men’s President thanked the ladies for their wonderful gift which he said “was going to be an enormous help to the men”. Membership of the ladies club at the time was 24 and the annual subscription was fixed at one Pound one Shilling. The club was officially opened by the President of Queensland Ladies Bowling Association, Mrs Wiffen, on 20th November 1956. The kitty was delivered by the Buderim President, Mrs Chapman and QLBA President, Mrs Wiffen bowled the first bowl and opened the green. The club was one of 18 affiliated with the North Coast District Ladies Bowling Association. In 1970, eight of these clubs, including Buderim, broke away to form the Sunshine Coast District Ladies Bowling Association.
Patroness Alma Smith and her husband celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.
2016 Committee. Back row: Meg Elliott (Asst Secretary), Jan Hagan (Asst Games Director), Betty Agnew (Asst Providore), Val Hartley (JVP), Valda Barrable (Games Director), Jill McNeil (Committee), Marian Richards (Committee), Alma Smith (Patroness) & Carol Murdoch (Asst Treasurer). Seated: Alva Ogden (SVP), Sandy King (President), Margaret Catton (Secretary) & Judy Peard (Treasurer).
Winning Division 4 Pennant team 2015. Back row: Leona Johnson, Trish Norris, Jan Hagan & Sandy King. Front row: Pam Jones, Jill McNeil, Helen Young & Helen Hawthorne. Mother and daughter Pam Mitchell and Leona Johnson.
Club Singles Champion 2016 Jan Hagan (right) and runner-up Sandy King.
Social bowls at the club.
Christmas at the Club.
Buderim Bowls Club
The club has continued to thrive over the years and has won several SCDLBA Pennant flags, with the latest being in 2015 when the team took out Division 4, plus players have also won several district competitions. Members have also served on the SCDLBA committee, including four ladies who served as President. At present, there are 85 members of the Buderim Ladies Bowling Club with about 40 of these playing regularly on our Ladies Day Tuesday. We hold many special days throughout the year including President’s Day, Patroness/Past Presidents Day, Sponsors Day and Charity Day (to support the current President’s chosen charity for the year). Australia Day, St Patrick’s Day and Christmas Day are also celebrated with a fun day where everyone dresses for the occasion. In honour of one of the club’s founders we also celebrate Dorrie Herrington Day which is a mixed day to acknowledge the large part she played in establishing our club. Our annual Fiesta is held in July each year. Twice a year, 5-a-side mixed Medleys are held which have proved so popular that there is often a waiting list to play in these events. Open Pairs are also a regular event on our calendar.
The club would like to thank our very generous sponsors for their support, as without them, we would have difficulty staging our events. The Men’s club installed carpet greens and retractable shades on both greens in 2012 and this has made playing through the summer months a much more enjoyable experience. The Ladies club has a very harmonious working relationship with the Buderim Bowls Club (Men’s club). Our Patroness is Alma Smith who joined in 1995, and has held many positions including President and has been made a Life Member. In addition we have four other Life Members: Ethel Bretz, Linda Pampling, Pam Chadwick and Jan Muir, all of whom have made outstanding contributions to our Club. The oldest playing member of our Club is 88 years old and our youngest is 53. We have one mother and daughter playing. Our future looks very bright as the Buderim Ladies Bowling Club is a very vibrant and happy club and is very welcoming to any visitors or prospective members. Sandy King President 2016 BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND SEPTEMBER 2016 15
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In this issue, Dr Letchford discusses meniscal tears: What is a meniscal tear? Meniscal tears are a very common form of knee injury, usually suffered during sports or by twisting the knee. Patients tend to report a slipping, popping, locking or ‘giving’ sensation when the injury happens. Meniscal repair surgery is a keyhole procedure (arthroscopy) designed to remove or repair tears in the meniscus. As the meniscus – a C-shaped layer of shock-absorbing lining between the thigh and shin bones – has no direct blood supply, healing can be problematic. For this reason, meniscal repairs are typically only performed on outer meniscal injuries, as this area has a healthy blood supply. What does meniscal surgery involve? There are two types of meniscal surgery: removal and repair. Both treatments are performed arthroscopically through small incisions in the knee. • You will be given either general, spinal or local anaesthesia (put to sleep, numbed from the waist down or only in the affected area). • A tourniquet is place on your thigh to limit blood loss.
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.
• An incision is made over the knee, exposing the joint.
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.
How long will I be in hospital? Usually a day procedure.
• The damaged areas of your meniscus are trimmed, smoothed, returned to their original position, sutured up or removed. • The incision is closed. A drain may be inserted to remove fluid build-up. • You may have a cast or brace on your leg to help stabilise it.
How long will it take for me to recover? You can usually walk (with help) immediately, and unaided in one to two weeks.
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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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! t s a o C The Sunny
Nambour Bowls Club, previous winners Gr8's Open Division
Peter Nixon, BA's Regional Manager Sunshine Coast
Sunshine coast pennant season kicks off! Saturday 30 July saw the start of the local pennant season with the defending champions Coolum Beach making a good start with a handy win against Club Kawana 65-57. Mooloolaba‘s win against home side Pacific Paradise was a close affair, with the visitors getting up by just one shot 60-59. In Other Division one results Caloundra took the points against Pelican Waters 63-45, whilst Club Maroochy had a comfortable victory over Buderim 56-44. The format for this year’s competition has eight divisions, each with two sections of four - one called Yellow and the other Blue. Each section plays six rounds on a home and away basis followed by a finals series. Round Two on Saturday 6 August was one of surprises with defending champions Coolum Beach going down to Mooloolaba by just one shot 61/60. After two rounds the Division One section ladder leaders are: Mooloolaba and Caloundra.
Latest news! The great 8’s bowls challenge. The competition will have a new look after competing clubs agreed to make some changes for 2017. Controlling Body Chairman, Darren Colburn said the changes were made following requests from clubs regarding the running of the event. The committee were of the opinion that these requests had merit and as such have made some significant changes for the 2017 season.
The changes include: • Entry fee reduced from $880 to $600 per team • Sections reduced from 6 teams to 4 teams • Sectional play reduced from 10 weeks to 6 weeks • Season commencement date moved from 14 January to 4 February • Finals moved from 1/2 April to 25/26 March • Rink wins increased from $40 to $50 The committee felt that these changes will improve participation in the event, as bowlers will be more willing to commit to 6 weeks instead of 10 weeks. The shorter season will also reduce pressure on the clubs allowing them to play their club championships in a timely manner. The committee also thought that a change to entry fees may encourage smaller clubs to participate, as the outlay to enter has been significantly reduced. Furthermore, it may inspire other clubs to enter extra teams, thereby encouraging more players back to the greens. By moving the commencement date to February, the Green Keepers have more time to prepare and return the greens after the renovation period. It will also allow bowlers to return from Christmas holidays, ensuring that clubs have their best players available. Having four teams per section will reduce the incidence of having two teams from the one club in the same section. All the information including a nomination form can be found at the Great Eights Bowls Challenge website. www.greatbowlschallenge.com
Bowls Australia appointment for the Sunshine Coast Peter Nixon has been appointed to the position of Regional Manager on the Sunshine Coast tasked with helping develop clubs from Coulandra to Longreach. He held a similar role in Victoria before moving north and settling in Nambour. Peter’s aim is to help clubs increase participation and grow membership, as well as encourage clubs to change their formats to attract people to use club facilities for more than just bowls, including trivia nights and similar activities. Peter said that bowls was, in some ways, battling. “It’s like all sports – membership numbers are dwindling everywhere. But the positive is that there are more people playing now than 30 years ago because of barefoot bowls and jack attack and other similar programs,” Peter said. “Young people in the cities are flocking to bowls clubs on weekends to have a one hour game and party. We have to get clubs around here to do that!” “Beachside clubs have got a good market to get holiday makers to come down and play bowls, and we can help them with business planning and grant submissions.” Peter can be contacted through Bowls Australia for further information. Jack High, Editor - Justbowls.www.justbowls.info
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The Golden Nugget Since the commencement of this event in 1986, it has become known as one of the most prestigious tournaments in Australia. Each year, the Tweed Heads Bowls Club selects a field of outstanding bowlers to compete in The Golden Nugget within Australia and New Zealand across four days. Since South Tweed legend Ken Williams beat Rob Parrella 31-30 in front ofâ€™a packed grandstand of more than 1500 in the first final back in 1986, the tournament has been recognised as the best and most successful singles event in the nation. This year, The Golden Nugget took place from Monday, 8 August to Thursday, 11 August, with an edge of the seat set of finals that kept spectators mesmerized.
DAILY RESULTS Golden Nugget Invitational Singles August 8
Golden Nugget Invitational Singles August 9
Round 1 - Monday pm
Round 2 - Tuesday am
Round 3 - Tuesday PM
Scott Thulborn def Ryan Bester 25/22
Ryan Bester def Steve Halmai 25/16
Jeremy Henry def Ryan Bester 25/24
Steve Glasson def Aron Sherriff 25/13
Scott Thulborn def Aron Sherriff 25/17
Scott Thulborn def Steve Glasson 25/12
Jeremy Henry def Steve Halmai 25/21
Steve Glasson def Jeremy Henry 25/22
Aron Sherriff def Steve Halmai 25/12
Aaron Wilson def Kelvin Kerkow 25/8
Kelvin Kerkow def Paul Girdler 25/10
Kelvin Kerkow def Aron Teys 25/8
Paul Girdler def Aron Teys 25/19
Aaron Wilson def Leif Selby 25/24
Aaron Wilson def Brett Wilkie 25/16
Leif Selby def Brett Wilkie 25/16
Brett Wilkie def Aron Teys 25/12
Paul Girdler def Leif Selby 25/24
Lynsey Clarke def Anne Johns 25/22
Kelsey Cottrell def Rebecca van Asch 25/18
Jo Edwards def Carmen Anderson 25/2
Jo Edwards def Kelsey Cottrell 25/10
Jo Edwards def Anne Johns 25/5
Kelsey Cottrell def Anne Johns 25/11
Rebecca Van Asch def Carmen Anderson 25/16
Lynsey Clarke forfeit to Carmen Anderson
Rebecca Van Asch forfeit from Lynsey Clarke
Sandra Keith def Karen Murphy 25/22
Ellen Ryan def Chloe Stewart 25/16
Ellen Ryan def Natasha Scott 25/14
Natasha Scott def Sandra Keith 25/13
Carla Krizanic def Chloe Stewart 25/23
Karen Murphy def Carla Krizanic 25/21
Karen Murphy def Ellen Ryan 25/23 Carla Krizanic def Sandra Keith 25/10 Natasha Scott def Chloe Stewart 25/24
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With 4 outdoor greens and a fully air conditioned Indoor Green, Tweed Heads Bowls Club caters for all its bowling members and guests 7 days a week. With newly installed lights on our outdoor greens we can also play most nights of the year. Tweed Heads Bowls Club is guaranteed to have something for everyone. With exciting club promotions and quality food at great prices, youâ€™re sure to go home happy. Our friendly staff look forward to your visit. Download the free THBC Tweed Life App with all the latest and greatest Information.
Visit our website thbc.com.au/bowls
Images: Kristy Thatcher, THBC Bowls Assistant Coordinator
Round 4 - Wednesday PM
Round 5 - Wednesday PM
Semi Finals - Thursday AM
Aaron Wilson def Scott Thulborn 25/18
Jeremy Henry def Scott Thulborn 25/22
Jeremy Henry def Aron Sherriff 25/15
Jeremy Henry def Kelvin Kerkow 25/20
Steve Glasson def Steve Halmai 25/18
Ryan Bester def Steve Glasson 25/10
Aron Sherriff def Ryan Bester 25/12
Scott Thulborn def Steve Halmai 25/19
Kelvin Kerkow def Leif Selby 25/18
Brett Wilkie def Kelvin Kerkow 25/22
Aron Teys def Aaron Wilson 25/23
Paul Girdler def Aron Wilson 25/12
Brett Wilkie def Paul Girdler 25/13
Aron Teys def Leif Selby 25/7
Jo Edwards def Rebecca Van Asch 25/12
Jo Edwards def Lynsey Clarke 25/20
Kelsey Cottrell def Lynsey Clarke 25/15
Anne Johns def Rebecca van Asch 25/19
Carmen Anderson def Ellen Ryan 25/21
Kelsey Cottrell Def Carmen Anderson 25/18
Chloe Stewart def Sandra Keith 25/14
Karen Murphy def Chloe Stewart 25/24
Natasha Scott def Karen Murphy 25/19
Ellen Ryan def Sandra Keith 25/10
Carla Krizanic def Ellen Ryan 25/20
Carla Krizanic def Natasha Scott 25/24
Jo Edwards def Ellen Ryan 25/23 Kelsey Cottrell def Carla Krizanic 25/9
Final - Thursday PM MEN Jeremy Henry def Aaron Wilson 25/16 (first Golden Nugget win for Henry)
WOMEN Jo Edwards def Kelsey Cottrell 25/19 (fourth Golden Nugget win for Edwards)
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NEWS F RO M T HE PBA
There was a great effort by Alan Law with a semi-final win in a 2/1 tie break and close match in the final. More live streaming next year onÂ www.lawnbowlsnews.com. Watch out for the 2016 Scottish International Open on November 5th -12th. The PBA Australia Qualifiers are Jamie Smith (QLD) and Lisa Featherby (WA). The World Indoor Singles & Pairs are coming up on January 12th - 29th, with PBA Australia Qualifiers for Singles - Paul Butler (WA) and Pairs - Des Cann & Kurt Brown (QLD). The International Open on March 5th - 10th sees PBA Australia Qualifiers Kurt Brown (QLD) and Dave Rankin (WA) on the green. Stephen Halmai (South Tweed BC and Ballina BC member) travelled to the USA and played in the PBA USA qualifying events and will represent USA in the Scottish and International Open.
Congratulations to Jamie Smith (Broadbeach BC), the PBA Australian representative in the Scottish Open next year. Also, congratulations go to both Jamie and Bec Smith on the birth of their baby daughter. Little Penelope Violet Smith was born at 10:10 am on 20 August and weighed 3.552 kg. Penelope is Allison Roseâ€™s (almost 2 years) new baby sister.
PBA Blast from the Past
Televised at Tweed Heads in early years - L to R: Steve Glasson, Ben Twist, Kelvin Kerkow, Karen Murphy, Brett Wilkie
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Bowling Over the High Seas A report by Ann Armstrong - passenger The idea was simple and just my idea of heaven. A 14 night cruise for a maximum of 50 lawn bowlers, sailing Brisbane to Brisbane on the Sun Princess and a game of bowls at a local Club near each of the six ports of call around the east coast of New Zealand. A member of the Kallangur Bowls Club, Phil Blank, a gentleman with a passion for organising, hand delivered flyers advertising his plan to most Brisbane Clubs including Cleveland and posted more to Clubs far and wide. The trip was booked out six months before the departure date 24th January, to the surprise of the local travel agent Phil had approached. The Sun Princess proved to be a very comfortable home. We had 4 days of cruising and a scenic sail through the Fiords to enjoy before our first call at Port Chalmers near Dunedin. Phil had arranged for a coach to collect us for a tour of the city before delivering us to the Westpac Bowls Stadium. This is an indoor facility like the one at Tweed Heads. We were put into teams and played three short games with some of the locals. This setup is mainly used in the winter when it is very popular because playing outside is not possible. Most of the bowls group were seated together for dinner each night so much fun was had talking over the happenings of the day. Even our waiters were memorable, one preferring to be known as Bond, James Bond and Ketut (Kiss me Ketut). They were a side show every night. Our next stop was Akoroa a French flavoured town of 600 inhabitants 85 kilometres south of Christchurch. The ship anchored and we clambered aboard a tender for the trip ashore. Akoroa is situated around a pretty bay. The bowls club, so Phil told us, was an easy walk away. Just as well we had a couple of hours to spare because it took all of that time as some of us looked into every shop and the markets along the way. This club had never hosted a visiting group before so the members all pitched in to try to kill us with food and friendship. There was only one green, an old artificial type of surface and it was lightning fast.
We were getting into our stride now and the next morning the ship docked at Wellington. The Wilton Bowls club members welcomed our group with a large lunch then a game of bowls on their weed greens. These strange looking greens consisted of what looked like tiny dandelions. They looked wet and slow but ran like our fastest greens. We had a good look around Wellington and a great guide to tell us all about the effects of earthquakes and volcanos on the landscape. We heard a lot about earthquakes everywhere we went but didn’t experience one thank goodness. Napier Bowls club was our next call and then on to Tauranga to the Maunganui Sports Club; different again, very flash and modern with two good real grass greens and one artificial one. We enjoyed a tour and a visit to the local shopping centre where we discovered we had made the local paper as the Australian bowlers coming to play New Zealand (underarm bowling was mentioned! very funny). We played bowls with the ship for a backdrop. For each day’s play Phil chose one team at random for a challenge match against a team of locals. The locals didn’t play fair and chose their best, even importing players from other clubs. Fearing a 6 zip drubbing Phil picked his best team for the last game against Mt Eden in Auckland. The format was arranged before the game, 18 ends, but when New Zealand was just in front at 16 ends they rang the bell! I’m glad that Australian cricketer bowled underarm! After six days in a row of bowls, the four day trip back to Australia allowed tired muscles to recover. It was a wonderful trip, beautifully organized, the food and service top notch, even the weather was perfect, no wind no rain and smooth seas all the way. The 47 bowlers from 30 different clubs and three bowls supporters from around Brisbane and as far north as Tully will I’m sure agree it was a cruise with a difference that will be fondly remembered.
The next available Bowls Cruise departs Brisbane on 11 February 2018 (2017 cruise is fully booked). Visit www.bowlscruise.com for further details. BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND SEPTEMBER 2016 21
From Jack to King About Doug Williams Not too many of you may have heard of Doug Williams, but then again, maybe you have. The reason is because not only has he been playing our wonderful game of bowls for the past seventeen years, he has also been entertaining us both as an amateur and a professional actor since 1963. Doug began bowling in 1999 at Port Macquarie, having been “coaxed” into it by his then neighbour, David Fox, who, at that time was heavily involved as an umpire of the game at the highest level. David was one of the umpires who officiated at the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games and he and Doug became great mates. David eventually managed to convince Doug to study for, and become, an umpire in 2001. 22 BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND SEPTEMBER 2016
Doug has always enjoyed the game as a player, never rising to any great level other than Pennants, but after moving to Banora Point in 2004, he joined Twin Towns Men’s Bowling Club and in 2006 he was elected to its Committee. Doug took to the “Administration” side of the game like a duck to water and in 2008 became Senior Vice President. Unfortunately, illness struck at this point and although he remained on the committee, he was unable to play for just over 18 months. Returning to the game in 2010 and still an active committee member, he was elected as President in 2011. In 2012, he was back as a committeeman, but was re-elected as President in 2013 where he remained for the following three years. 2016 finds him back on the committee as a committeeman and umpire too, trying desperately to reduce his work-load in order to re-kindle his first love of acting.
Doug began acting in 1963 at Narrabundah High School in Canberra, but didn’t take it up seriously until 1973 when he joined a local amateur group, “Alpha Theatre”. From then on, he was “hooked” and trod the boards almost continuously until 2004. As an amateur, he has played Alfred P Doolittle in “My Fair Lady”, Mack the Knife in “The Threepenny Opera”, Sancho Panza in “Man of La Mancha”, 1st Gangster in “Kiss Me, Kate”, J Pierpont Finch in “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” and Senex in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”, just to name a few. His talent as a performer was soon recognized and he was offered professional work in Theatre Restaurant from 1975. Such shows included “Dimboola”, “Girls Night Out”, “Cruise of a Lifetime”, “Vaudeville Capers”, “Dirty Dick’s Queen’s Show”, “Dirty Dick’s King’s Show”, “Carry on Blackbeard”, “Up the Jolly Roger” and “Where’s Me Buccaneers?”. It was while performing in “Kiss Me, Kate” that Doug found his soul mate, Trish. They married in 1982 and performed together all over Australia (mainly in Theatre-Restaurant) until they decided to retire, moving to Banora Point in 2004. Unfortunately, Trish contracted acute leukaemia in late January 2013 and passed away just two weeks later. Two years after this devastating event, Doug decided to “get back into it” and joined the Tweed Theatre Company and has worked continuously as an actor ever since, appearing in “The 12 Dancing Princesses”, “Noises Off ”, “Over my Dead Body”, “Seven Little Australians” and is currently rehearsing as KING Marmaduke in “The Princess and the Pea”, which opens at the Tweed Civic Centre at 2pm on September 24th.
So, roll the JACK, but take some time out to come and see the KING. Happy bowling!
Tweed Theatre Company Inc. proudly presents...
The Princess and the Pea Written & Directed Music & Lyrics by Natalie Trengove by Jim Fury
Backings arranged and recorded by David Fennell
September 24 & 25 ~ October 1, 2, 8 & 9 all Matinees at 2pm ~ Theatre seating at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre Tickets online: www.tweedtheatre.com.au 1800 674 414 or at the door Tweed/Murwillumbah Information Centre BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND SEPTEMBER 2016 23
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Australian Indoor Championship At the time of going to print, 15 men have won the Australian Indoor Championship across 28 years, and eight women have won the Australian Indoor Championship across 14 years. Multiple Winners (Men) Ian Schuback 1995, 1996 Rex Johnston 1990, 2000 Steve Glasson 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 Kelvin Kerkow 2006, 2007 Jeremy Henry 2011, 2015 Multiple Winner (Ladies) Karen Murphy 2007, 08, 09, 11, 12, 13
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Australians in the Boer war Many Australian Boer war volunteers were from the bush or the rural suburbs of cities, and were good at handling a rifle and a horse.
Was It Discipline Or Was It Skill? While the British troops often excelled on foot, Australian soldiers gained respect for their horsemanship if not their discipline.
“The English troops as a rule have a heavy, vacant look about them while our compatriots, on the other hand, looked smart enough to steal a policeman’s watch if they were given half a chance.”
The Australians had to learn the army ways as they went. The British forces had had years of training, but were often not as skillful on horseback as the Australians.
Some of the Australian troops may not have been as well trained as their British counterparts, but often their skills and tenacity made up for it.
The nature of the terrain meant it was a war fought on horseback rather than on foot.
Report From The Front One of our greatest poets, Banjo Paterson was a newspaper reporter during the Boer War. The stories he filed while containing fact, also had an air of patriotism about them.
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DATED APRIL 28, 1901
“Australians are thought a lot more of over here than English soldiers. The Boers say the English Tommy are too damn slow, and that if the Australian had never chipped in they might have had a chance to hold their own. The Englishmen are very poor horsemen at the best of times.” Trooper Richard Henry Edwards
Boer War: wounded soldiers returning to Ladysmith camp after a battle Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Reproduction after a watercolour by F. Dadd after photograph. By: Frank Daddafter: C. H.
Banjo Paterson c1930 Image courtesy National Archives of Australia From: Australians at War www.australiansatwar.gov.au Reprinted with permission from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs
The Second Anglo - Boer War, 1899-1902. Mounted British troops and wagons of Sir Redvers Buller’s relief column advance on Ladysmith in February 1900. This image was created and released by the Imperial War Museum
Would You Have Made The Cut? Imperial Bushmen had to have the following experience: • Good shooter • Good rider • Good eyesight • Good hearing and be practical bushmen of experience • Be between 5ft 6 inches and 5ft 11 inches tall • Not over 11 stone 10 lb.
Rate of Pay • Qrt-M Sergeant 8/6d per diem • Trooper/Private 5/-d per diem • Special War Gratuity for service in South Africa £5
Going Under Cover Aussie know-how was not just restricted to good horsemanship. They had to stay on their toes to avoid the Boers infiltrating their ranks. The Boers got to know the skill of the Australians, and rather than fire on them would sometimes try to infiltrate their camps to gain information by wearing an Australian uniform as a disguise. To counter this, a constantly changing signal was developed. If the person on horseback did not respond correctly, our soldiers would know they were Boers.
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Coconut water: Is the hype true? Coconut water is the liquid from inside an immature coconut. It differs from coconut milk or coconut cream which is produced from the grated coconut flesh. There are many claims of the health benefits of coconut water including: It’s a natural sports drink Partly true Coconut water is a natural source of electrolytes, in particular potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Unlike commercial sports drinks, however, it contains no artificial flavours or colours. In one small study of 12 men, little difference was found between the rehydration properties of coconut water, bottled water and a sports drink. However, as sports drinks have been specifically designed and formulated for rehydrating athletes this group may benefit more from a sports drink as typically they contain more sodium. Similarly, those requiring rehydration due to severe vomiting or diarrhoea should use a product designed for this purpose rather than relying on coconut water. One study, for example, also found that coconut water didn’t contain the amount of electrolytes claimed on the packaging. For the rest of us, drinking bottled or tap water will probably provide the same hydration as coconut water and for less cost. Frequent drinkers of sports drinks (who are not elite athletes), however, might benefit from switching to coconut water as at least it does not contain as many artificial ingredients.
Helps combat urinary tract infections Partly true In Asian countries where coconuts are plentiful, coconut water is used to prevent urinary tract infections. Coconut water is a natural diuretic so it helps flush out bacteria from the urinary tract. However, a more effective strategy is to drink cranberry juice as it actually prevents E.coli bacteria, the bacteria most likely to cause a urinary tract infection, from attaching to the walls of the urinary tract. 28 BOWLS PLUS QUEENSLAND SEPTEMBER 2016
Helps weight loss True (but only through fluid loss) As previously mentioned, coconut water acts as a diuretic. So while it may cause a drop in weight on the scales, it is really only a loss of fluid. The other way coconut water could contribute to true weight loss is if a person substituted it for another type of drink that contained more kilojoules. For example, switching from a sugar laden fruit juice to coconut water could result in less kilojoules consumed and, therefore, weight loss.
Reduces high blood pressure Maybe One of the benefits of coconut water is that it contains high amounts of potassium which can reduce blood pressure. One small study involving those with high blood pressure found that those who drank coconut water experienced a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure. However, further randomised trials are required before coconut water could be recommended as a treatment for high blood pressure. In addition, while coconut water’s high potassium level may have health benefits it can also be a health risk (see below).
Too much of a good thing As with most things, too much coconut water can actually be bad for you. The high potassium level of coconut water can cause too much potassium in the blood (hyperkalemia). Hyperkalemia can lead to changes in heart rhythm which can be fatal. People with heart conditions or kidney disease need to be particularly careful about the amount of coconut water they consume. Similarly, older people should also be cautious because as we age our kidneys become less efficient at removing potassium from the blood. 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.
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Why your club needs a professional website Have you heard the phrase “Google is King”? In many ways, this is true. The internet is generally the first port of call when people are looking for entertainment, addresses and other information. Yet there are still many clubs that don’t have websites. Even if they do, the websites don’t always showcase all the club has to offer.
search for things to do over the weekend, new hobbies, sports news, events and interesting things happening in their community. A website that adapts to the display of a computer screen, tablet or phone will allow people to find out about you quickly, and contact you using an online form for you to deal with at a time of your choosing, from wherever they are.
Promoting your club online is essential, no matter how many members you have or how big your club is. People want to know where you are, what you offer and what you do.
The goal of any advertising campaign is to increase customers, or in a bowls club, to increase the number of members or visitors. Bowls clubs that have a website are more likely to be contacted, get new bowlers and increase their earnings with supplementary activities because people know about them.
Here are 7 reasons why your club needs a professional website.
It’s open all day, every day Having a website is like opening a door and inviting potential customers into your business 24 hours a day, every day. People might not know that you are nearby, or what you offer. The best way to reach these people, as well as other members in your community and those further afield, is online. By having a website, your chances of being found are much higher than another club which has little or no online presence. Think of your website as being your club’s online brochure.
You get to make a good first impression Chances are many people will first learn about your club and what it offers from visiting your website, which then becomes your first opportunity to make a lasting, positive impression. A website that looks fresh and is easy to navigate makes a big difference with prospective new members. If your website content is outdated, oldfashioned and looks like it needs a spruce up, you’ll drive them away.
You can tell people about your wonderful club You have a message to share with others. Maybe you’ve got great greens, a wonderful social atmosphere, or an expansive bar. Or maybe you’ve got a series of tournaments coming up. Whatever your club offers, people should know about it. A website is the ideal way to show off your services and events. Players from other areas that want to visit your club are likely to visit your website first. If bowlers are visiting your area as tourists, then wouldn’t it be good to show them what your club has to offer?
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It’s an opportunity to increase membership
You gain credibility Before the Internet, most people combed through the yellow pages for when they needed a service or to find out information about a business. If you weren’t listed, then you probably weren’t credible (or rather, weren’t seen as being as credible as the businesses that were listed). Simply having a website gives you instant credibility with existing and prospective members. Also, if you have a website, then your existing members will be glad to promote the website, especially if they feature in some of the images! Most people will visit your club’s webpage first to check out what you offer. It gives them a sense of the club without ever setting one foot inside. Without having a website, people searching for a new club might go with your competitor – not because they are better, but simply because they gain credibility through their online presence.
Communication with existing and future members You can update members on upcoming events, ladder rankings, tournaments, raffle winners, meat tray winners, onsite restaurant deals, photos or any other club news by simply ensuring that your website is up to date.
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Create your own native bird haven. Creating a native bird haven in your garden is a simple and fun way for you and your family to get closer to nature. Plant some native trees, put out some clean water in a bird bath & some seed in your bird feeder and you’ll be well on your way. HARMONY ™ Wild Bird seed mixes and cones have been specially formulated with a selection of seeds, fruit and nuts to attract a wide variety of native birds into your garden, whilst providing them with a healthy supplement to their natural diet. HARMONY loves Lorikeets too! — Lorikeets are nectar eaters, not seed eaters. The HARMONY Lorikeet & Honeyeater mix is specially designed to meet their unique needs.
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