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From the Editor It is with a heavy heart that I write the editor’s column for this issue. For those bowlers who haven’t yet heard, Lawn Bowls News guru Greg Kelly passed away on 5 April 2017. Greg was a wonderful support to Bowls Plus and he and his wife Coral used to deliver the Gold Coast mags for me. Greg was also a great writer and wrote many pieces for the magazine. Most of all though, Greg was a lovely man. A true gentleman who promoted lawn bowls across various channels. He was always cheerful and kind, and this was echoed by many people at his funeral and by the comments I’ve received (see page 6). RIP dear Greg, you will be missed by so many people. Also, many bowlers have suffered the effects of Cyclone Debbie. Matt from Kingscliff Bowls Club suffered an enormous personal loss and the staff at Bowls Plus send their deepest condolences. Please see page 5 to see how you can help Matt.

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IN THIS ISSUE Vale Greg Kelly


Broadbeach Bowls Club News


BBBI Aussie Bowlers Golden Wins


Bowls South Australia Awards


Tweed Heads Bowls Club


Sunny Coast Chatter


The Bionic Bowler


Cyclone Debbie Assistance


World Youth Champs


NSW Singles Champ


Wellington Point Ladies




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This month we have new World Youth mixed pairs champions Billy Johnson from Australia and Malta’s Connie Rixon.

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Bowling arm regulation revision I applaud those who get out on the bowling green using a mechanical bowling arm. It’s a wonderful innovation that allows many people with disabilities to commence or continue in an outdoor sport, where, if the arm didn’t exist, they could be confined to being a sporting spectator, instead of a participant, for the remainder of their lives. However, the bowling arm is unquestionably, “performance enhancing”. Their use is a definite advantage over the majority of able bodied bowlers, in always being able to find and deliver on the correct line required more frequently. The arm provides the user with an almost certain ‘line’ delivery, particularly when the bowler uses the narrowest biased bowls available. I’ve e been watching mechanical-arm bowlers with great interest for years now, and in my view, nothing has happened to change my mind on this issue. Ridiculous as it may sound, over a period of around 5 years, I have witnessed ‘arm’ bowlers deliver almost a 98% success rate on their line accuracy (of those experienced in their use) compared to the able-bodied line accuracy in the same matches, rating perhaps around 65%-70%. That’s a huge difference, and too big a gap just to be a coincidence over such a sustained period of time. It can no longer just be ignored. So, it’s now time to introduce a regulation to bring the mechanical arm bowler back to an even playing field and take away this huge performance-enhancing advantage. It simply means their line delivery will need to be slightly wider to even up the contest which at present is around 20% biased in favour of the ‘arm’ user. The fair way to deal with this, without unduly penalising the ‘arm’ bowler, is to increase the bias on the bowl that the mechanical-arm user chooses, which is currently mostly of the skinniest variety. Make it a regulation that if a mechanical-arm is being used, then the bowler cannot use a bowl with a bias narrower than say the old ‘Classic-2’ or ‘Maestro. Certainly, they should no longer be allowed to use any narrow-bias-bowl they choose, which gives them this distinct advantage. A limitation on the permitted (wider) bias needs to be introduced, in Australia and around the bowling world, ASAP. For the administrators to do nothing would be negligent. Geoff Mathers MCC-Kew Sports Club Inc., Victoria

Important message from Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that one of our chefs, Matt, suffered a major personal loss as a result of a tragic accident on Monday 3rd April. Matt lost his beautiful wife Steph & 2 of his 3 children when their car lost control into the flooded Tweed River. His 9-year-old daughter miraculously escaped the car and raised the alarm. She is now being cared for by Matt & their extended family.

YOU CAN HELP The Club Managers Association of Australia (CMAA) has set up a Go Fund Me page to help financially support Matt & his daughter through this tragedy. Please go to the link and kindly donate, every little bit helps & is greatly appreciated.

Moe goes synthetic Moe Bowling Club in Victoria has recently won a grant from the State Government to help them install all-weather synthetic turf on one of their two greens. Work is expected to begin in February 2018. After announcing that the Government would provide some funding for the green, Sport Minister John Eren said, “We know the grass greens in Moe have been struggling recently, so this new weather proof green will give even more locals the opportunity to have a roll and get active”. Moe Bowling Club president, Les Stolarik, said that installing a synthetic green was an investment in the future of the club. The number two green (racecourse end) will be resurfaced with synthetic turf, while the number one green will remain grass.


Farewell Greg Kelly

For many bowlers, the name Greg Kelly evokes a response. A smile, a comment or statements such as, “Yes, Greg helped me with …” or “He was really supportive during …”. Sadly, Greg passed away on 5 April 2017. Greg was a tireless ambassador for lawn bowls and promoted the sport by writing regular columns for the local newspaper and Bowls Plus magazine, running Lawn Bowls News (the successful live score portal), assisting with organizing multiple events for various clubs and distributing the Bowls Plus magazine. 6 BOWLS PLUS APR/MAY/JUN 2017

He started playing bowls with his father-in-law, Reg Holmes, at Box Hill Bowls Club where he was the 1970 Runner up Club Champion during his first year. His bowling career included many wins, a five-year stint as the Bowls Coordinator at Tweed Heads Bowls Club, coaching and advising, and much more. He won multiple Singles championships, Champion of Champions Singles and numerous Pairs, Triples and Fours tournaments. Above all, Greg was a kind and decent man devoted to his wife Coral and two sons, Anthony and Ashley, and his two grandchildren. He will continue to hold a special place in the bowling world and in many people’s hearts.

Rest in peace dear Greg.

“We are certainly unlikely to find a more passionate ambassador for the sport; he will be sorely missed by all in the bowls community. Bowls Australia’s Board and Staff send their sincere

“Condolences to Coral and family. RIP Greg.” Rick Turnbull

condolences to Greg’s family and his many, many friends in the bowls community.” Bowls Australia

“His contribution to the TDN will be sorely missed not only by locals but by the broader bowls community. I hope Greg finds himself ‘jack high’ where ever he ends up.” Former Tweed Daily News sports editor Bob Anthony

“How terribly sad to hear of Greg’s passing, and I send my sincere condolences to his family. Since meeting Greg approximately 5 years ago I have had the utmost respect for him as a person and as a professional, and he has always been my ‘go to’ man when I needed advice as our travel company entered into the world of bowls. Greg has always been an absolute rock for me, and encouraged me to pursue my sometimes weird dreams for offering difference travel experiences. Blessings to his family.” Claire McErlane, Director Uplift Tours and Travel.

“Greg Kelly was a huge support to Bowls Plus magazines. He not only distributed the magazine with his wife Coral, but was also my ‘right hand man’ who kept me up-to-date with what was happening in the bowling world. He was also a strong business advisor and mentor to me. Bowls Plus would not be what it is today without Greg’s advice, encouragement and the generosity of his time. Much love to Coral and family. Farewell Greg – you are missed.” Jo Grey – Editor Bowls Plus Magazine Group.

“I had the pleasure of working with Greg Kelly as Publicity Officer of the Tweed Heads Bowls Club during his position as Bowls Organiser whilst a member of the club. Greg originally came from Victoria and teamed up with South Tweed Bowls Club before joining Tweed Head in 1999. During his membership at Tweed Heads, he won the Open Singles in 2010 and was a regular member of the Division 1 pennant side for several years. He took over the bowls column from Bob Foreman (the original “Man on the Mat”) at the Tweed Daily News (local newspaper) and was knowledgeable in all aspects of the sport of lawn bowls.

“Greg Kelly loved bowls, the Chairman and Board of

Greg worked tirelessly in the media reporting bowls news from

Management of Broadbeach Bowls Club believe he is one in a

the Gold Coast and Tweed District Bowls clubs and beyond on

million and believe Bowls in Australia will be set back without

a weekly basis.

his knowledge and understanding of the sport. He was a trail blazer.” Barry Gilbert, Chairman - Broadbeach Bulls

“I used to follow the Tweed website when I lived in Canada for all the results. Was a great man for the game and all the work he did to promote it.  He will be missed.” Ryan Bester

He left Tweed Heads in 2016 and re-joined South Tweed. R.I.P. Greg Kelly.” Bernie Fletcher - Publicity Officer, Tweed Heads Bowls Club.

“After meeting Greg on a bowling green in Melbourne 37 years ago I can honestly say that every fibre of Greg Kelly was the game and the advancement of our great game. Until the day he went to the sacred turf in the sky he was dedicated to changing

“I haven’t met anyone in the bowls community who had more enthusiasm and passion for our game than Greg, he was

the image of his chosen sport. Many bowlers only know Greg for his ideas and promotion of bowls in actual fact he was

constantly promoting our sport throughout the world. Greg was

a bowls Champion of Champions on many occasions and

extremely popular amongst the bowls world, he made an impact

collected many open tournaments along the way. You will be

on our game. Personally, I have known Greg for over 25 years,

impossible to replace my friend, R.I.P. Greg Kelly. “

he was nothing but kind, friendly and thoughtful - there is no doubt he will be sorely missed” Mark Casey

The Lawman

“I remember Greg well for always promoting bowls and offering format suggestions for tournaments and for always having a

“He will be missed by many. RIP Greg Kelly”

camera at the ready!”

David John Smith

Brian Baldwin – Musgrave Hills Bowls Club


Bulls Charge to First Premier League Win In Broadbeach’s fifth year in the competition, the club has won its first title. After building up a very strong team, the Bulls (who have won the minor premiership the last two seasons) put the last year’s two losses and being out of the playoffs behind them to beat a very strong Helensvale team twice in this year’s finals. The Bulls took on the Hawks on Saturday night to decide who went straight to Sunday afternoon’s grand final. The Hawks got off to a flying start, picking up counts of 5 & 7 on two of the rinks. The Bulls, who were more experienced now, did not let that faze them and fought back. Sean Ingham lead the way against Brett Wilkie, Kevin Anderson was up against Mark Casey while Ryan Bester took on Nathan Rice. The game came down to the last two ends with Ingham and Anderson left. The jack was killed on Sean’s rink and Sean drew two to the respot jack to put the pressure on Casey. Casey just missed with his last to put the Bulls in the grand final.

Braiden Leese played a bomb and half a side toucher with Jopson’s bowl only a couple centimetres short of the jack. On Anderson’s rink, Robbie Thompson landed a bowl to hold three. Casey drew the shot but the brilliance of Kevin Anderson’s shot making came to the forefront when he landed the bowl out to hold three again. Casey missed with his last so Wilkie had to try and make two on his rink to force an extra end. He was on target but when the bowls stopped Broadbeach were Premiers.

Sunday afternoon saw the rematch everyone wanted against the last to State Pennant Division 1 Champion clubs. In what was another thriller, it again came down to the last two rinks on. This time, Anderson and Bester’s rink against Casey and Wilkie. Sean Ingham’s rink won by 4 and had to watch the last ends unfold. The Bulls were down 1 playing the last two ends. Paul Jopson drew two fantastic bowls for Bester but

Well done to the teams of Julie Keegan, Jamie Smith, Robbie Thompson, Kevin Anderson, Paul Jopson, Chloe Stewart, Ryan Burnett, Ryan Bester, Ethan Lord, Chris Lanham, Jade Groenewege & Sean Ingham. Also well done to players who played in the top team throughout the year who were Phil Brandon, Robbie Allan, Tom Nathan & Ray Pickard.

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Aussie bowlers claim gold at IBBA World Championships The Australian Team are back on home soil after winning six gold medals, one silver and one bronze at the International Blind Bowls Association World Championships held in Cape Town, South Africa. After 26 hours on the road, the team arrived in Cape Town ready for their first practice session at Plumstead Bowls Club. On 19 March 2017, the opening ceremony was held with Australia leading the march wearing their green and gold uniforms. All countries wore white Lion’s caps in recognition of their 100 years’ celebrations and to acknowledge the support of World Lions for the tournament. Teams included Canada, England, Hong Kong, Israel, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Wales and Northern Ireland. On the same day, the team got to practice on the greens of Western Province Cricket Club, where the championships were held. It was a beautiful setting with the back side of Table Mountain always present. There were four greens with very high soft banks which don’t make it easy to get on and off the green. Grass ramps were at the end of each green to allow access. Greens were slow but the players quickly got the hang of it and played the tournament that started the next day with ease. After some competitive play and some nail-biting finishes, the team won eight of the possible 12 medals up for grabs, six of them gold. 10 BOWLS PLUS APR/MAY/JUN 2017

The team want to thank the following people and organizations who assisted them on this tour: • ABBA and its members • Bowls Australia for its continued support and supply of uniforms • Steve Glasson BA National Coach and the HP Team for their continued support • Graeme Clements and John Vance for their support and advice • Steve Fullard and his team at Drake’s Pride South Africa who supplied the team bowls • Bowls Clubs around Australia whose members made donations and ran fund raising events to assist the team to get to South Africa • Lions International • The volunteers at Plumstead, Constantia and Jaggers Bowls Clubs • The very helpful staff at Southern Sun Newlands, Cape Town • The many volunteers at Western Province Bowls Club; Sandy and the kitchen staff, the bar staff, the tuck shop staff, Jason Small (the stats man), the markers and umpires, the greens staff, Chris and Moira for transport • The Convenor Jenny Phillips, Technical Official Mike Connolly, and lastly but not least Graham Ward • All the players, directors, managers and supporters from around the world who helped make the last few weeks the experience of a lifetime.

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B1 Mixed Pairs: Jenny Skinner & Wayne Thomson Bronze B4 Mixed Pairs: Lynne Seymour & Dennis Wormald Gold

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Glam up for

The 2017 Bowls SA Awards Night will take place at the Donato Reception Centre on Friday May 12 starting at 6:30pm. The Awards Night continues to get bigger and better, thanks largely to the continued and increasing support of our clubs, members and sponsors.


This year Bowls SA have introduced a fun ‘Glitz and Glam’ theme and have invested in the event with unique and fabulous entertainment complementing the thrills and excitement of the award winners getting their well-deserved recognition. The 2017 Awards Night promises to be a night of entertainment and excitement for all concerned.

Ticket holders will enjoy a beautiful two course meal paired with an all night drinks package that includes a range of soft drinks and beer, as well as red, white and sparkling wine.



STAY WATCH & PLAY Tweed Heads Gold Coast is not only the perfect place to live but a popular holiday spot any time of the year. Boasting some of the best coastlines in the world, Tweed is renowned for its gorgeous ocean beaches, warm climate and tranquil rivers. With accommodation sure to suit every style of traveler and holiday budget, you won’t be short of options, from local holiday parks offering self-contained cabins and large caravan sites, to affordable motels, units and luxurious resorts. Ideally located, Tweed Heads Bowls Club sits amongst it all, offering great fun, free entertainment and fabulous food in a friendly relaxed environment. Are you a bowls enthusiast and interested in a stay and play holiday, the Tweed Coast Bowls Circuit will be at its best this winter!

TWEED HEADS BOWLS CLUB • Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th of June will see Tweed Heads run their Ladies Open Singles. With $1000.00 going to the winner, this event provides a great opportunity for women to compete on Gold Coast greens before the 2017 Aussie Open gets underway. • Following the world’s biggest bowls festival The Australian Open, THBC will be hosting their annual Tweed Open Premier Singles event “TOPS”. Sunday 25th to Wednesday 28th of June, this event is aimed at providing all bowlers the opportunity for top singles play not to mention a chance to win a wildcard entry into the 2017 Golden Nugget. TOPS has a total of $15,100 worth of prize money up for grabs. • Looking for mixed pairs carnivals on your extended stay? Tweed Heads have both their Tweed Open Pairs carnival on the 19th of June followed by the Winter Mixed Pairs Carnival on the 17th of July. Both events offer a generous $600.00 first prize.

Are you a social bowler looking to meet new people and have a good time? Look no further! Tweed Heads Bowls Club offers Social Bowls 7 Days a week. Indoor, outdoor we have it all. A game of bowls and afternoon tea for $8.00, now that’s great value! There are a number of other clubs in the Tweed Coast area that will running carnivals during this time. • Sit back and enjoy the action. Tweed Heads Bowls Club will once again have the worlds best on display in the 2017 Golden Nugget. Starting on Monday 31st of July with finals played on Thursday 3rd of August, this event is sure to draw a great crowd. • After the Golden Nugget why not stick around and watch the stars collide on carpet. Tweed Heads Bowls Club is the proud host of the Australian Indoor Finals. Played Monday 28th to Thursday 31st of August.

For 2017 event details please visit our clubs website or contact the Bowls Department directly on 07 5536 3800 or email


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Small clubs with big talent

Albert Bowls Club It was a fantastic effort from The Albert Bowls Club who featured in four of the five finals in the 2017 Great Eights Bowls Challenge. They finished with three titles and were runners up in the other. With a combined Men & Ladies membership of just 90 bowlers, that is a phenomenal effort. I can hear you saying where is the Albert Bowls club? Well, it is in Gympie, about a 45-minute drive north of the Sunshine Coast, and is well known for the discovery of gold back in 1867. According to history, Queensland was bankrupt before James Nash discovered gold in the area in 1867, making Gympie “The Town That Saved Queensland”. Chairman of Selectors, Garry Evans, told Bowls Plus that the club proved Kananga Bowls Club they were a competitive bunch after they landed around $9,000 in Not far south of Gympie is the Kananga Bowls Club, which has just prizemoney as a result of their wins. 30 bowling members. However, this doesn’t affect their performance. “We had three premierships and one runner up,” Evans said. They were Runners Up in the Ladies Restricted Section and Section 3 of the Men’s Restricted at The Great Eights. “We won the Open Men’s, the Division Three Men’s, runner up in Division Five Men’s, and won the Ladies Restricted.” A highlight of the final were brothers Ray & Jack Horn who skipped The Albert Bowls Club teams progressed through the rounds, playing the against each other in the fours. quarter and semi-finals on Saturday 25, then backed up with the finals on “That is the first time my brother has beaten me in twenty years!” Jack Sunday 26. said. “I am very happy with how the players played and the spirit of it,” Evans Kananga is remembered as the town that would have been wiped out in said. 2009, had the Federal Government not stepped in and rejected the Qld State Governments controversial proposal for the Traveston Crossing “A lot of people didn’t know where the Albert was, but they bloody do Dam on the Mary River. After getting over that hurdle, the club had to now,” he commented. bounce back from the 2010/11 floods which completely inundated the “Which is pretty good for a smallish town!” green and clubhouse. You really have to admire these country folk for Evans also said the GR8 Bowls Challenge has grown exponentially in only their resilience and tenacity. its second year. It’s these small regional clubs that need all the support they can get. Go “Last year we had only 20 men’s teams in the tournament. on line to and see the range of tournaments that Kandanga Bowls Club has lined up for 2017. “This year we opened the competition up to women and had a total of 80 Men and Women’s teams.” Jack Hi 14 BOWLS PLUS APR/MAY/JUN 2017

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In this issue, Dr Letchford answers some questions about high tibial osteotomy. Q: What is high tibial osteotomy? High tibial osteotomy is a surgical procedure performed to straighten the tibia (shin bone) and reduce uneven pressure and associated arthritic conditions in the knee joint. Re-alignment of the tibia is usually recommended for younger patients who are highly active, and who still have sufficient healthy cartilage to bear the redistributed weight. High tibial osteotomy is not generally a permanent alternative to total knee replacement, but it is an effective stop-gap procedure for those that want to maintain high activity levels for a few more years. Long-term success levels in pain reduction and mobility improvement in high tibial osteotomy procedures are around 60-70% at ten years.

Q: When is it recommended? High tibial osteotomy is typically recommended in patients under 55 who have high activity levels (e.g. sports and labourintensive work) who suffer severe arthritic pain in the knee that hasn’t responded to non-surgical treatments such as medication, physiotherapy and knee supports.

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, result-focused treatments and is a strong advocate of providing a private call trauma service for patients and GPs. Dr Letchford currently operates out of Allamanda Private Hospital and Pindara Private Hospital. He consults at his Southport rooms and monthly from the Beaudesert Family Practice, Beaudesert Fair, (Coles) William Street, Beaudesert.

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The Bionic Bowler with the Australian Singles Representatives

THE BIONIC BOWLER As I mentioned in my last article, I have moved to Mackay in north Queensland and am playing bowls at the North Mackay Bowls Club.

natural justice and sent cyclonic winds and heavy rain to southeast

This club is really a “home from home” for me as it has two large covered areas with 16 carpet rinks, very like my old club at Pine Rivers in Brisbane.

Although not reported in the mainstream media, I can imagine

I can now only play at weekends due to work commitments, but have been made very welcome at NMBC. Interestingly, an unsubstantiated fact shared with me says “NMBC has the largest number of Arm Bowlers per head of members in Queensland.” Certainly through observation, I would support the fact that there are a significant number of Arm Bowlers in the club. My original label within bowls of being a “novice” is rapidly fading. I am very fortunate in being able to improve my bowls and any credibility as a novice is totally rejected, as I regularly take on and defeat bowlers with decades of experience. Naturally, at many clubs, this “success” is put down to the use of my BIONIC ARM. Luckily at NMBC, so many bowlers use arms that it would be inappropriate to berate and criticize one of their own! For those in the southern regions of our great country, central Queensland went through Cyclone Debbie, which devastated many towns along the coast and islands in the beautiful Whitsundays. Mother nature then demonstrated her perverse 16 BOWLS PLUS APR/MAY/JUN 2017

Queensland and northern NSW. My thoughts and best wishes for a speedy recovery go to everyone affected.

many bowls clubs and immaculate greens were destroyed by the flooding. Hopefully our sport will pull together and the State and National bodies will offer assistance to clubs in order that members can resume their chosen game as soon as possible. To imagine that some playing surfaces will be heavy for many weeks is probably an understatement. As an Arm Bowler and now ex novice, the challenge of long ends would be significant. I used to struggle in a pennant game on an open grass after rain, not too sure how I would cope after a flooded rink! And for the clubs who are hosting a club, which plays on carpet – we know you always water the green the night before! As we head into pennant season and Club Championships, I again ask all fair minded bowlers to embrace their Arm Bowlers as contributing to the health of their Club and sport. THE BIONIC BOWLER Editor’s note: Bowls Australia are coordinating fundraising and offering financial support to clubs affected by the cyclone. See page 18 for further details.


from South Australia

The 2017 Australian Indoor Championships will be held at the Tweed Heads Bowling Club in New South Wales in late August this year. Bowls SA will be holding a qualifying round for those who are interested in participating in this event. This year the qualifiers for South Australia will be held at the Indoor Facilities at Wallaroo Bowling Club however if more entries are received than rinks available then some entries may be moved to Moonta.

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Support needed for clubs affected by Cyclone Debbie With Australia’s north-eastern states left battered in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Debbie, Bowls Australia is calling on clubs and associations across the country to lend support. A trail of destruction has ripped through Queensland and northern New South Wales in recent days, and while the full brunt of the devastation is not yet known, with further heavy rains and flash floods expected to continue overnight in the region, Bowls Australia has sprung into action through the national Bowls Disaster Relief Fund. A number of clubs throughout the states have or will be affected by the cyclone, including Bowen Bowls Club, which reportedly had its roof ripped from the building. Bowls Australia established the Fund in early 2011 in partnership with its state and territory associations, in order to aid its clubs in times of need. 

Applications for the Bowls Disaster Relief Fund are open for clubs who have been affected by all recent disasters.


Funding is available to assist with recovery, development and capacity of bowls clubs affected by the disasters in three categories; restoring social networks and functioning, restoring community facilities and replenishing loss of equipment.  Clubs affected by the disaster are encouraged to apply for funding through this application form, with 100% of all sums raised through the Fund to be redirected to clubs in need. Non-affected clubs are also being encouraged to schedule fundraising events to donate proceeds to the Bowls Disaster Relief Fund. Bowls Australia’s Regional Bowls Managers network will assist with the promotion of these fundraising events. 

Visit the Bowls Australia website to download the form and for more information: Donations to the Bowls Disaster Relief Fund can be made via: Direct payment Account Name: Disaster Relief Account BSB: 013-332 Account No: 2488-26455

For assistance in filling in the documentation or information regarding eligibility please contact Bowls Australia via or 03 9480 7100. 

Tweed Heads Bowls Club T.O.P.S Entries are continuing to be accepted for the “Tweed Open Prestige Singles” to be held from Sunday 25 June to Wednesday 28 June 2017. Entries close on Friday 16 June. Conditions: Sectional play, limit 84 players on days 1 and 2. Entrants are guaranteed 2 games of singles. Each player will mark on their allocated rink. Section winners play post sectional round reducing field to 32 for day 3. Entry Fee $40. Prize pool $15,100. Winner $3,500 and wildcard entry into Golden Nugget in August. All enquiries to Paul Girdler on (07) 5506 8157 or 0478 147 925 email

The winners of the Triples went to the team of Peter Phillips, Max Jaffray and Doug Kleinhans who defeated Rod Booth, Jon Bosisto and John Millington 15/13. In the Men’s Senior Pairs the winners were Frank McPhillips and Doug Kleinhans defeating George Mynott and Norm Bradbrook 19/18 in the final.

Queensland Maroon Arm Bowlers Tweed Heads hosted the Queensland “Maroon” Arm Bowlers Pairs Tournament on Monday 27 February with a total of 68 players battling the wet conditions.

The Women recently finished the Open Fours championship with Leigh Rayward, Barbara Mullens, Jessica Srisamrauybai and Wendy Wilson defeating Danielle Phillips, Di Cunnington, Estelle Bartrim and Denise Knight 21/18. This was Wendy’s teams’ second win following their 2016 success.

Winners of this event were Ray Collins from McKenzie Park and Rod McConachie from Red Hills with 2 plus 12; r/up: Harold Goggin, North Dalby and Tony Watson, Laidley with 2 plus 11. Third place went to Geoff Merriman from Urangan and Glen Norton from Red Hills with 2 plus 10 and fourth place going to David Johnson and Corrine Dennerly, Musgrave Hill with 2 plus 9.

The Men have now concluded the Open Triples and the Senior Pairs championships.

This was the first for the year of trials for the upcoming National Arm Bowlers titles to be


held at Moama, NSW commencing on Monday 11 September 2017. Currently the squad has 28 players but wants to extend this to 30. The final squad to contest the National titles for “Arm Bowlers” will be named after the final training session at Pine Rivers on Monday 22 May.

Dates to Remember for 2017 Tweed Open Singles Sunday 25 June to Wednesday 28 June (Entries close 16 June) Junior Golden Nugget (Indoor) Saturday 22 July to Sunday 23 July Golden Nugget Monday 31 July toThursday 3 August Australian Indoor Championships Monday 28 August to Thursday 31 August Note: All events and dates are subject to change so please check the club website at for the latest information. Bernie Fletcher Publicity Officer


Countries Share the Honours at the World Youth Championship Four different National Anthems were heard at the end of the World Youth Championships. The fourth instalment of the tournament was held at the Broadbeach Bowls Club from March 27th- April 3rd. It was the biggest event yet, with 42 players from 16 countries attending. It was great for new countries Botswana, Papua New Guinea and Malta to be in the tournament. The final of the mixed pairs was between Scotland and a composite team from Australia and Malta. It was Claire Walker and John Fleming vs Billy Johnson and Connie Rixon from the Sunshine Coast. It was a back and forth game until Connie and Billy pulled away right at the end. In the ladies single’s final, it was defending champion Ellen Ryan of Australia vs Pricilla Westlake of Canada. Ryan pulled out to a six shot lead after just two ends but the heart of the Canadian came back as she had done in previous matches in the tournament. In gusty conditions the Canadian managed to beat the champion and claim a gold medal for Canada 21-18.


The men’s final was all class with some great bowls being played. Both men were undefeated going in to the final. Daniel Salmon from Wales took on Corey Wedlock of Australia. The game was always close but Daniel just had the upper hand and with some amazing draw bowls took on the Gold medal back to Wales. It was a great event and the club would like to thank all the volunteers who gave up a week to mark and score games. Next year the competition is back at Broadbeach BC at the end of February. By Ryan Bester, Broadbeach Bowls Club See more on the World Youth Championships on page 21.

Australia claim one gold, two silver and six bronze medals at the World Youth Championships.

Nine medal haul for Australia at World Youth Championships There was a silver lining for Australia on finals day at the World Youth Championships; however late call up Billy Johnson bagged Australia’s only gold It wasn’t quite the golden finish to the World Youth Championships the Australian contingent was hoping for despite the day starting in style for the young Jackaroos. The coveted singles trophies will head overseas with the Australian finalist unable to fight off the rampage from their international raiders. Not enough can be said to describe the quality of the men’s singles final between Australia’s newest Jackaroos Squad member Corey Wedlock and recent PBA Pairs finalist from Wales Daniel Salmon.  It was fitting that the only two men in the competition with an unblemished record met in the decider and what a display of bowls they put on for all at Broadbeach.  The pair went blow for blow, hardly a draw shot outside two feet and pin point accuracy with their conversions, but in the end it was Daniel Salmon who will return to Wales a World Champion after a near perfect performance in today’s final.   It was a case of close not quite being enough on this occasion for Australia’s defending Women’s World Youth Singles Champion Ellen Ryan who was just one shot shy of a winning back-to-back titles.  Standing in her way was Canada’s Pricilla Westlake who has enjoyed a meteoric rise in World Bowls over the past 18 months, making the semi-final of last year’s World Cup at Warilla, selection in the Canadian World Bowls Team at the end of 2016 in Christchurch and now a World Youth Singles title to kick start 2017.  Westlake had already proven she was a player on a mission here at these Championships, defeating Australia’s Chloe Stewart in the semi-final earlier today, 21-16 and New Zealand Blackjack Tayla Bruce in the quarter-final yesterday.  Ellen Ryan may have relinquished her singles and pairs titles but the Australian Jackaroo has still picked up a silver and bronze medal, teaming up with fellow Defending Champion Aaron Teys in the mixed pairs.   Australia’s eleventh hour entrant, NSW/ACT NTC Squad member Billy Johnson has enjoyed a dream finish to his World Youth Championships debut after teaming up with Malta’s Connie Rixon to claim gold in the Mixed Pairs.  Whilst the afternoon had a silver lining for the Australian contingent, Billy Johnson starred for Australia in the first final of the day.  Rixon, a resident of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, was also competing in her first World event and combined brilliantly with Johnson to take down the Scottish combination of Claire Walker and John Fleming in a quality final encounter.   What is even more remarkable is the history created; Connie Rixon has etched her name into the history books as the first athlete, of any sport, to win a world title for Malta. 

AUSTRALIAN TEAM RESULTS Ellen Ryan (Cabramatta, NSW) Singles silver, mixed pairs bronze

Kristina Krstic (Manning Memorial, WA) Singles bronze, mixed pairs bronze

Chloe Stewart (Broadbeach, QLD) Singles bronze

Tiffany Brodie (Fitzroy, VIC) Singles quarter-finalist

Aaron Teys (Warilla, NSW) Singles bronze, mixed pairs bronze Corey Wedlock  (Cabramatta, NSW) Singles silver

Nathan Pedersen (Ascot Park, SA) Singles bronze, mixed pairs bronze

Billy Johnson (Cabramatta, NSW) Mixed pairs gold

Article and image: Bowls Australia BOWLS PLUS APR/MAY/JUN 2017 21

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The 2016 Bowls NSW Player Awards has once again proven to be a highlight of the calendar. This year’s event was the second edition of both Bowls NSW and Women’s Bowls NSW joining forces to celebrate and recognise the fantastic playing achievements of NSW bowlers, Hall of Fame inductees and the Volunteer of the Year. Held at the iconic Kirribilli Club, over 350 people including his Excellency General, The Honourable David Hurley, Governor of NSW and Mrs Hurley, were on


hand to witness just why New South Wales is such a dominant force in this country - not just at open level but juniors, seniors and bowlers with a disability across both sexes. Bowls NSW Player Awards are based on achievements in NSW Association events (Bowls NSW, Women’s Bowls NSW and Wheelchair Sports NSW). St Johns Park won the Best Performed Metropolitan Club of the Year. Congratulations to all 2016 Bowls NSW Player Awards Winners!

2016 NSW Male Bowlers of the Year Aron Sherriff (Ettalong Memorial) and Lee Trethowan (Ettalong Memorial) • NSW Men’s State Pairs Winners • NSW Men’s State Triples Semi-finalists • NSW Men’s State Fours Quarter-finalists Other finalists – Jono Davis (Dubbo Railway) and Mathew Pietersen (St Johns Park). 2016 NSW Female Bowler of the Year   Val Smith (Merrylands) • NSW Women’s State Champion of Club Champion Singles Winner • Women’s Bowls NSW Indoor Singles Winner • Women’s Regional Singles Winner • District Mixed Pairs Winner Other finalists - Margaret Smith (Avoca Beach), Ellen Ryan (Cabramatta), Karen Murphy (Cabramatta) and Kay Moran (Cabramatta).

2016 NSW Female Senior Bowler of the Year Julea Morgan (Warilla) • NSW Women’s State Champion of Club Champion Pairs Winner • NSW Women’s State Fours Winner • Regional Singles Winner • Regional Senior Pairs Winner • Regional Grade 1 Pennant Winner Other finalists - Leone Barnett (Warilla), Beth Quinlan (St Johns Park), Anne Gosden (Windsor) and Christine Myers (South Tamworth). 2016 NSW Male Junior Bowler of the Year Jayden Gebbie (Warilla) • NSW Junior State Singles Winner • NSW Junior 7-Aside Singles Winner • NSW Junior State Fours Runner Up Other finalists – Jono Davis (Dubbo Railway) and Luke Grainger (St Johns Park).

2016 NSW Male Most Improved Bowler of the Year

2016 NSW Female Junior Bowler of the Year

Jono Davis (Dubbo Railway) • NSW Men’s State Champion of Club Champion Singles Winner – youngest ever champion • NSW Men’s State Triples Quarter-finalist Other finalists - Adam Troth (St Johns Park), Daniel Mathieson (East Cessnock) and Nick Hancott (Hazelbrook).

Kate Matthews (Raymond Terrace) • NSW Women’s State Triples Winner • 7-A-Side Overall Runner Up with Zone 2 Other finalists – Briana Graham (Armidale Ex-Services) and Louise Cronan (Asquith).

2016 NSW Female Most Improved Bowler of the Year Molly Wilton (Raymond Terrace) • NSW Women’s State Triples Winner • NSW Women’s State Single Semi-finalist • Women’s Regional Fours Winner • Women’s District Pairs Winner Other finalists - Shirley de la Harpe (The Hills), Dawn Hayman (St Johns Park), Shendelle Smith (East Maitland) and Jan Sutherland (East Maitland). 2016 NSW Male Senior Bowler of the Year Crawford Linton (Belrose) • NSW Men’s State Senior Singles Winner • NSW Men’s State Senior Pairs Winner Other finalists – Wayne Crane* (Warilla) and Tony Taylor (Belrose). *Deceased

2016 NSW Disability Bowler of the Year James Reynolds (Merimbula) • Wheelchair Sports NSW State Championships Singles Winner • Wheelchair Sports NSW Singles Classic Men’s Singles Winner • NSW Men’s Singles Quarter-finalist • NSW Men’s Triples Semi-finalist Other finalists - Mark Whiteman (Mayfield West), Geoff Seton (Leichhardt), Sharon Dunk (St Johns Park) and Jo Hunter (Gymea). 2016 NSW Volunteer of the Year Cecily Johnson Cecily’s roles at Cumnock are many and varied and include, maintenance of the club grounds of lawns and flower beds, helping with counting the club takings, selling raffle tickets and drawing the raffles. Cecily is also involved in cleaning the club for at least 4 hours every week, preparing all sit-down meals for the bowlers and organises the club special days plus shopping for the club’s bar and cleaning supplies. This and many other roles explains why Cecily is a worthy recipient of the NSW Volunteer of the Year award. Images: Bowls NSW BOWLS PLUS APR/MAY/JUN 2017 23

Like a duck to water: Margaret’s journey to victory

Margaret Smith gives a little chuckle when I ask her why she is such a good bowler. “I don’t really know, it just happened,’’ she says. For the newly-crowned Ladies Singles champion of NSW, 2016 was the year when a great deal happened. Her triumph followed tragedy, and her happiness was overshadowed by heartache. Firstly, her father Jim, 87, the man who introduced her to lawn bowls, died after an operation. Then, only weeks later, her husband, Wayne, was diagnosed with lung cancer as well as thyroid cancer. Battling to keep her emotions in check, Margaret escaped to bowls as often as circumstances would allow. Firstly, she won her club singles at Avoca Beach Bowling Club on the NSW Central Coast. Then it was success in the district singles and regional competitions. At the State play-offs in Tuncurry in October last year, Margaret defeated Sarah Boddington and Molly Wilton en route to the final 24 BOWLS PLUS APR/MAY/JUN 2017

against NSW Hills District champion Shirley de la Harpe. It was a see-sawing and engrossing final with Margaret prevailing on the last end, although at one stage she was six shots down. Her journey to the top flight of bowls started in 1995 when Margaret went to the St Johns Park club in western Sydney with her parents. She played in various tournaments with her mother, Mary, and took to the game like a duck to water. Margaret’s winning running started in 1998 with the NSW Masters singles title, followed by various state representative honours, three years of National Round Robin titles, and victory in the Australian Open triples in 2007. She also played in a pennant team skipped by Australian star Karen Murphy before joining the Cabramatta club, also in western Sydney, and then heading north to the Central Coast when her parents retired. And what does the champion like most about bowling? “Trying to master the game itself. It can be so frustrating. Different greens, different conditions and different opponents. Concentration is the key.’’ Article: Tony Pointing



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Wellington Point Ladies Club record breakers Ree Patterson (left) and Noela Kopelke.

Wellington Point Ladies Club Records Tumble in Championship Pairs The recent Club Championship Pairs Final at the Wellington Point Ladies Bowls Club saw two new club records. 26 BOWLS PLUS APR/MAY/JUN 2017

Ree Patterson (Lead) and Noela Kopelke (Skip) won the Club Championship Pairs title for the 5th time following a thrilling and nail biting final against Sue Teitzel and Dell Batten. It was a close game. There was only a 2-shot difference on the 16th end until Ree and Noela picked up a 3, a 4 and another 3 on the next few ends, to give them a 12-shot lead going into the 20th end. Sue and Dell picked up 3 shots on the 20th end which gave Ree and

Noela a winning lead of 9 shots, win the opposition conceding defeat with only one end to play. What a great game of bowls it was, not only for the players, but all the spectators who had gathered to watch this final. The head was changing with just about every bowl that came down the green and into the head with all spectators applauding every bowl.

In winning the 2017 Club Championship Pairs, Ree and Noela broke the Club record for the most number of wins in the Club Championship Pairs with the same partner. They have now won this title for the 5th time after they first teamed up and won in 2012, followed by wins in 2013, 2014, 2015 and now 2017 (Ree and Noela didn’t compete in 2016). The club record was previously held by the mother and daughter combination of Linda Stollznow and Dell Batten who had won the Club Championship Pairs four times with their first win in 1998 and their last in 2002. Noela has another Club Record under her belt after previously winning the Club Championship Pairs five times with different partners. By teaming up with Ree Patterson in 2012, Noela now holds the Club record of 10 Club Championship Pairs titles. Ree’s bowling talents run in the family. “Mum and Dad were wonderful bowlers and I would love to emulate my Mum’s success in Club Championship Pairs, but I feel that this will never happen during my bowling career,” Ree said. “My Mum, Betty, played for the Camden District Women’s Bowling Club (NSW). “Besides many Club Championships, Mum and her bowling partner, Ellen Rowland, won the Club Championship Pairs 13 times with their first win in 1966 and their last in 1990, including a winning streak of 5 years running. “That’s quite an achievement for anybody, but to win with the same partner for all those years is remarkable.” It wasn’t until 2013, following their Club Championship Pairs win

that they went through with a convincing win in the Gateway District Champion of Club Champions Pairs. Following this win, Ree and Noela advanced through to the Brisbane Zone Champion of Club Champion Pairs. Once again they came away with a great victory, putting them into the State Champion of Club Champion Pairs. This would also be the very first time that any lady members from Wellington Point Ladies Bowls Club had ever reached this level. Although Ree and Noela did not have success in this event, they were still over the moon to be competing at such a high level for the very first time and it was a great experience. They competed in the Gateway District Champion of Club Champion Pairs in 2014 without success. But in 2015, they won and advanced to the Brisbane Zone Champion of Club Champion Pairs where they were Runners-Up (more records for the Club). After starting lawn bowls in 1994, Noela has a phenomenal 26 ladies Club Championship titles to her name, including Singles, Pairs, Triples, Fours, Novice and Consistency which is also a club record for Wellington Point Ladies Bowls Club. Ree, who started playing in 2009, has a commendable 13 Club Championship titles to her name from Novice, “B” Singles, Pairs, Triples, Fours and “A” and “B” Consistency. As well as these ladies Club Championship titles, both Ree and Noela also have won many other wins in Club Mixed Championships, Pennants, Gateway District events, State District Sides and the Taylor Bowls Super Challenge. Noela and Ree are truly a formidable pair of lady bowlers who not only love their lawn bowls, but are proud to be playing for the Wellington Point Ladies Bowls Club. BOWLS PLUS APR/MAY/JUN 2017 27


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If your New Year’s resolutions have come unstuck, here’s how to get back on track. It is often at this time of year that we give up our New Year’s resolution of being more active. Rather than abandon resolutions altogether, why not take time to re-evaluate them. Use our tips for finding and sticking to a successful exercise regime. 1 Remember what you loved when you were younger Did you love netball or riding your bike? Remembering what you enjoyed when you were younger can help you find an activity that is enjoyable today. If you loved dancing, for example, a Zumba class at the local gym might be a good match. Similarly, many sports have non-competitive competitions that you can join where the emphasis is on having fun. 2 Schedule exercise We diarise important work meetings, children’s extra-curricular activities and social activities but we often forget about exercise. Prioritising exercise in the same way that we do for other commitments is a great way to stick at it. Diarising exercise gives us a clearer idea of where there might be opportunities for any additional activity. Being able to identify how much time is available can also help you find the right activity. For example, a particular day might be too busy for a proper gym workout but there might be time to squeeze in a brisk walk. 3 Exercise with others In the same way that scheduling exercise works, exercising with others also provides people with an added motivation. No one wants to let their team down by not turning up for practice or game day. Similarly, you are more likely to go for that early morning walk or group personal training session if you know your friend is waiting for you. 4 Make it challenging When starting an exercise program we are usually advised to start gradually. While this is true from a physical health point of view, it means we often choose activities that are easy but not very mentally stimulating. Walking around the neighbourhood or using a treadmill at the gym can result in boredom, which often leads to us giving up the activity altogether. Instead, choose an activity that you can still start gradually but that is also challenging for you. Yoga classes, for example, are provided at many different levels so you can start out in a beginner’s class but later move on to more advanced classes. Alternatively, set yourself a goal, such as competing in a local fun run or half marathon.  

5 Plan for different weather The weather can become an easy excuse for those who are wavering on whether to exercise today or not. Whether it be rain, cold mornings or a heat wave, having alternative exercised planned for these events means you are less likely to stay under the doona or sitting on the couch in the air-conditioning. This might involve having a treadmill at home or knowing of a gym close by that allows casual memberships. Having completely different activities for different seasons, swimming in summer and bike riding in winter, for example, is also a way of reducing the weather’s impact on your exercise regime. 6 Listen to music There are numerous studies that show the benefits of playing music while you are exercising. It appears that listening to music can help distract us from the efforts of exercising and can also help to increase our performance. If you have ever forgotten your music or had it malfunction while out for your walk or run, you will know how true this is. Different types of music suit different people and different types of exercise. You can make your own compilation of music you like to exercise to or look online for a suitable playlist. 7 Choose activities that match your personality/lifestyle One of the main reasons people give up an exercise regime is it doesn’t match well with their personality and/or lifestyle. If you spend most of your working life in an office, then choose an activity that takes place outdoors rather than a gym workout. If your work is very stressful and fast paced, then a yoga or Pilates class might provide a good balance. Mums who care for small children might love the solitude of a run or swim on their own.

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Bowls Plus May/Jun 2017  

This issue pays tribute to Tweed bowler and Lawn Bowls News, Greg Kelly; World Youth lawn bowls champs; Blind Bowlers Word Champs; NSW Award...

Bowls Plus May/Jun 2017  

This issue pays tribute to Tweed bowler and Lawn Bowls News, Greg Kelly; World Youth lawn bowls champs; Blind Bowlers Word Champs; NSW Award...