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From the Editor The last letter to the editor (page 5) certainly created some heated discussion. We take a look at what you think about arm bowling and whether you think it’s fair competition, an advantage, or a cheat stick. Join our conversation on our Facebook page or comment on our website if you'd like to participate in the discussion. My view is that by welcoming arm bowlers to our clubs, we welcome new members and extend existing memberships. Arm bowling might mean the difference between someone being able to continue bowling after an injury or having an illness, and being unable to play at all. With some bowls clubs struggling to attract and retain members, wouldn’t it be good to extend bowlers’ playing opportunities and encourage arm bowlers?
The Australian Open was once again a huge success, so congratulations to all players and thank you to all the volunteers. There were some nail-biting moments and the play gets better every year. It was wonderful to be able to watch some of the Open live on Bowls Australia’s Facebook page. There’s still plenty happening in the bowling world, so don’t let the cooler weather slow you down - see page 16 for more future events. Finally, we love to hear from you! Please send in any interesting snippets about your club or your members to firstname.lastname@example.org for possible inclusion in the magazine. Until next time,
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From the editor... While there is much controversy over the use of bowling arms, it’s important that we raise any concerns we may have and engage on this very important topic. Thank you to everyone who has commented and responded to Geoff’s original letter (see below for a reprint). There are mixed feelings out there. What I’ve heard from the many discussions I’ve had, and read in your letters, is that bowlers are generally happy to share the green with someone who uses a bowling arm for their disability. Most people agree that the use of an arm means that bowlers who would be sitting on the sidelines are now able to play. With some of our clubs struggling to make ends meet, surely embracing arm bowlers and people who come to bowls later in life has positive financial and social advantages to clubs and members? What is coming through clearly, though, is that there are some rogue bowlers out there
who are using the arm without having a doctor’s certificate and thereby gaining an unfair advantage over others. Bowls Australia has some very clear guidelines on this (see below), and if bowlers are using the arm without needing to, or without a doctor’s certificate, then they are in breach of the rules and need to be held accountable. Please read on for comments and responses by bowlers, the Bionic Bowler columnist and some of the State Arm Bowling coaches. Follow us on Facebook to continue the discussion.
Bowls Australia Ruling A bowler’s arm is designed to assist a bowler who cannot continue to bowl without the aid of the artificial device and can be used in any competition within Australia. Typically, they are used where a person has hip/knee complaints which restrict their ability to bend down to deliver the bowl correctly. There are currently three types of bowler’s arms approved for use in Australia. They are
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
known as “The Bowling Arm”, the “Bionic Bowler Arm” and the “DHB arm”. Each device is manufactured in several lengths and some include varying release mechanisms. An affiliated member must gain approval to use an artificial device (bowlers arm) which can be completed by contacting your state/ territory association. A medical certificate stating that the affiliated member requires the bowler's arm to continue to participate in lawn bowls must accompany the approval form. Once you have lodged your form with your state/territory association you will be provided with a means of identifying your approval status from your state/territory association. This information will then be forwarded to Bowls Australia to maintain a national register.
Geoff’s original letter
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 BOWLS PLUS JUL/AUG/SEP 2017 5
Replies to Geoff's letter I was recently playing a Pennants game and my opposing Skipper was having some difficulty with my success as a “Bowling Arm - Cheat Stick” user against his somewhat lacklustre performance. He began to demand that I should not be using it as it was enhancing my ability to promote our team’s score. After much mumbling and grumbling from him, I indicated that I would cease using it on the proviso that he remove his spectacles during play (I was not wearing glasses!!) and at the following high tea, provided by our club, he should remove his false teeth... both being certainly “performance enhancing”. I didn’t think it was profitable to mention that: • he had spent several minutes at the commencement of the game putting polish on his bowls so that he could maintain a good grip during delivery and • he was wearing a cap to give him better vision to see where the jack and bowls were positioned. Some muffled expletives followed; we continued to play and I must say, I enjoyed the sweetness of victory for our team. The irony of the situation was that a matter of only a couple of weeks later, I received a call from that Skipper wanting to be shown and coached on how to use a bowling arm, as he was going to have his playing privileges withdrawn at his club due to his dumping and damaging delivery of the greens caused by developing arthritis in his knees. More importantly:
Alan Dawson says: I was forced to move to a bowling arm due to debilitating back and neck injuries. How many arm bowlers play premier league, or first division? How many make it through the state and national championships? Only one in Victoria, if my memory is correct. If you are a proficient bowler, you cannot put a bowl down any straighter with an arm than you can with your hand. What you can’t do with an arm is to feather a bowl out your fingers, step-out and round arm a delivery for a different trajectory, or vary your step greatly etc. There are pros and cons in everything we do. When someone starts telling me how easy it is with a bowling arm, I hand it to them and say “Show Me”. Guess what!
G’day Ed, Geoff Mathers got it wrong In simple terms 1. Hand delivering bowlers have to get 2 things right 2. Mechanical arm bowlers have to get 3 things right The third thing is the release timing and it has to be perfect or weight will be lost. The faster the swing is, the shorter the window of opportunity to release. To make it even worse, as the swing is accelerating the bowl is being dragged through so your hand leads the bowl making it even more difficult to release the bowl at the right time.
• Bowlers need to learn the skills of using a bowling arm and then apply it to all facets of the game.
I hand deliver on fast greens and mechanical arm deliver on slow greens.
• Most bowlers who acquire a bowler’s arm start to do something that has been foreign to their play for a while or they begin practising on a regular basis.
My disability is diabetes nerve damage to fingers and toes.
• Just using the bowling arm does not guarantee instant success most that have “miraculously improved” have gone through a firsttime intensive coaching regime to learn how to play bowls and earn their degree of expertise. • Strangely enough, all bowling arm players do not perform continually at the same International Level and always win every game they play. And, if you are a disgruntled out-of-the-hand-deliverer of bowls being beaten by players using a bowler’s arm, why not seek quality coaching to identify your areas of inability or lack of prowess and then employ regular practice sessions to enhance your playing expectations? Allan Starrett Chairman of NSW Bowlers Arm Committee Coach of NSW Woomeras Bowling Arm Team
Mick Mitchell says: I agree with these comments. A great advantage but I am unsure if this rule change should apply. Just as there are competitions solely for arm bowlers, should there not be competitions that exclude the devices? I think it is great to see many bowlers being able to continue solely because of the assistance the arm offers. 6 BOWLS PLUS JUL/AUG/SEP 2017
If I use a fixed stance and get down low with flat feet, then any dropped bowls are not too bad and my feet are OK the next day. But if the green is heavy, I lose control so on heavy greens I use the grabber stick. Noone who has tried my bowler’s arm has declared it to be easier. Anyone using a mechanical arm should be applauded when they do well. Maybe Geoff does not know that good hand bowlers are very good with getting a consistent grass line. Col Griffin
I read with interest about the article written by Geoff Mathers concerning bowling arms. I have to use a bowling arm because of my lower back. I tried to use a fixed stand and also tried with a walking stick for around three years. At one stage I didn’t bowl at all and it was very frustrating. I think going back to using old bowls is going back in time. I know using the bowling arm is an advantage, as Geoff said 98% success rate on their line accuracy. But the weight is everything, which bowlers out of the hand have lot more success rate. Cheers Des Manuel ( Victor Harbor Bowling Club S.A )
Great to see “balanced” comments about the use of Arms. Naturally, as a user of The Bionic Arm, I will be considered biased! But I am heartened always at Clubs when I hear top players at Club, District, State and National level applauding bowlers who could not continue in the sport through impairment or injury, staying as active bowlers solely because of the Arm. Any reference to “cheating stick” or similar is usually made out of ignorance and resistance to change. I too, often challenge doubters to use the Arm for a couple of games, just to satisfy themselves if it really does make it easier and give you this alleged “advantage”! Interestingly, not one has come back to support their original comments as the physics of using the Arm hits home and they realise just how challenging it can be to use the Arm on different surfaces and variable weather. Also glossed over by detractors is the fact that many Arm bowlers were highly competent bowlers BEFORE they were forced to convert to the Arm and could this possibly be the reason that they continue to be good bowlers with the Arm? I sincerely hope Bowls Australia does not bend to the “squeeky wheels” and continues to allow arm bowlers to compete at all levels with their own bowls and Arms. The Bionic Bowler
Ray Douglas says: I really do not believe this could even be considered. I have been bowling for nearly 40 years and when I tried a mate's bowling arm I was surprised at how difficult it was. I can only imagine what it would be like for someone with obvious physical problems that prevent them playing this great game without one. It is a shame that anyone should feel threatened by someone using a bowling arm. They should be rejoicing that these people are out there having a go.
Dear Editor, I would like to respond about the arm bowler in your issue of Bowls plus Apr/May/Jun. I am an arm bowler since 2012 because I have a disability that stops me from bending down to deliver the bowl. So I have had the bowling arm since then. First of all I will say that my bowling has improved using it but in my opinion I would say, and most arm bowlers say it, that it has nothing to do with the bias of the bowl, narrow or wide draw. I took a fair amount of time to use the arm the way that I use it and it took me a lot of practice before I even started to compete with it. I say all arm bowlers were the same. I have come under criticism and more than once been called a cheat to my face and told I had an unfair advantage, especially when I was in front. Once an opposing team member threw my bowling arm on top of the shade with the opposing Skip saying that I should not be playing because of the supposed advantage. The arm seems to generate sore losers and childish behaviour. For years we had the non-arm bowlers calling it a cheating stick and not playing with us. I am not saying all non-arm bowlers are the same. There are a lot out there who don’t mind playing with an armed bowler; we can take a joke when a witty jibe is offered in jest. Still, there is a lot out there whose pride is shattered by being beaten by an arm-wielding disabled person. Do the non-arm bowlers want us to give up the game that we enjoy and become spectators? I would like to say to all non-arm bowlers out there who have had their say about the bowling arm device, it would not have been approved if there was something wrong with it. I was stunned when I read about trying to bring in a regulation on what type of bowl we should or should not use. I say to you, and I think all of my fellow arm bowlers would agree, whether you are standing to deliver or getting down, it is the person who is delivering, not what sort of bowl being delivered that is important. If you think that we are so good why haven’t we been selected to play for Australia? I would like to say to all arm bowlers who love playing the game they enjoy: We Are Here To Stay No Matter What! We are grateful that the bowling device was invented and, with approval, introduced so that bowlers with disabilities can still enjoy the game of lawn bowls. Because without that a lot of bowlers like me would be still sitting in our arm chairs at home and becoming the norm. Instead we are down playing at our club, competing at club level, state level and hopefully one day for our dear Oz. So I say, stop trying to put regulations on our device and what bowls we should use. I say to stop your whinging and criticism of arm bowlers and we are here to stay. And finally to all parties; get on the greens and enjoy playing the game we love: Lawn Bowls. Magilla Arm Bowler Red Hill, Brisbane. BOWLS PLUS JUL/AUG/SEP 2017 7
Replies to Geoff's letter I write in response to the article by Geoff Mathers, MCC-Kew Sports Club Inc., Victoria. The article called for a new regulation requiring Bowler's Arm players to be required to use a bowl of bias at least equal to the old Classic Two-Bowl which, he contends, would remove his perception of advantage. This simplistic approach ignores the very reason for Bowls Australia authorising the use of artificial devices or the reason players revert to their use: 1. Players using an artificial device have a medically approved reason for using a Bowler's Arm. 2. Further handicapping, were it to be done, by requiring a wider delivery bowl, may well be contrary to the Equal Opportunity Act. 3. All players, with or without a Bowling Arm device, adjust their line according to the bowl they use. 4. Bowls Manufacturers have developed new bowls - some, yes very narrow ones - to meet the demands of players and in keeping with improvements in synthetic surfaces that already require the wider line he advocates. We should support new innovation, not oppose it. 5. Arm devices are affected in the wind more so than bowl delivery by natural means. 6. Perhaps Mr Mathers should devise a penalty for able-bodied players, to reduce the “performance enhancing” advantage they have from “feel using the natural hand.” I think not! 7. Our sport is one that has a proud history of inclusiveness, which the inventor of the Arm device, the late Trevor Harker, enabled. 8. However, there are additional benefits that should also be acknowledged. Continued player involvement in the Sport, Club affiliation fees, bar-taking, raffles, socialising etc, affiliation fees to State, National and International Bowls bodies etc. Manufacturers of bowling arm devices benefit, bowls shops benefit, logo revenue to Bowls Australia, Governments at every level stand to benefit as this arm bowler group keeps active and off the health money drain. Many of this group are our Sports Administrators at Club level and beyond. Rather than seek to ‘limit’, we should always be striving to find new and exciting ways of engaging our bowlers and prospective bowlers . The negative limiting approach advocated is to be avoided at all costs if we are to lift the participation of people playing bowls. Incidentally, the fastest growing area of fully affiliated players is arm bowlers. In Victoria there are now well in excess of 7,000 or 15% of affiliated bowlers using an arm device to keep playing and we believe over 15,000 Australia wide. Please do the math. Mr Mathers says the administrators would be negligent to not adopt his proposal. On the contrary our Administrators are to be commended for their commitment to ‘inclusive’ practices across our sport and I note that BA have recently approved another manufacturer of arm devices, following a thorough review process. I congratulate BA for doing so as it will offer further choices designed to meet the wide variety of specific reasons players have for using a bowlers arm device. In my own case Post Polio and Peripheral Neuropathy. Without the arm device I would no longer be physically able to play Bowls. I am very proud to represent Victoria in their State Bowling Arm Side. If Mr Mathers requires an Arm device at some time in the future my hope is that he enjoys the experience and continued fellowship of his Club mates. That is all we look to achieve anything else is a bonus. Your respectfully Hon Phillip A Gude Bowls Victoria Bowling Arm Coordinator. 8 BOWLS PLUS JUL/AUG/SEP 2017
As many readers will be aware there is growing comment in traditional bowls circles about the use of a bowling arm. I must “chip in” as a bowling arm user to the discussion. Sadly to date, I am reading a lot of ill informed and un-sportsman like comments. The bowling arm is approved for use by Bowls Australia. There are minor differences between State and Territory regulatory bodies, but all accept the Arm. It is normal for the user to have their disability confirmed by a medical practitioner and signed off by their own Club. I believe some Clubs do not require the player to obtain a medical certificate to use the Arm in Club games and competitions. I suspect this may be the cause of some “criticism” within these Clubs. Please don’t put all arm bowlers in the same basket! In the photo of bowlers with arms at North Mackay on page 5, the gentleman on the left is 87 years old! He is enjoying his bowls and even manages a game of Pennants. What other physical sport allows someone to play safely at 87? He could not do this without his bowling arm. This scenario is repeated throughout Australia, with thousands of bowlers, who through age or physical disability, needing to use a bowling arm to continue enjoying their sport. In the last edition of Bowls Plus, Geoff Mathers wrote to the Editor where he states “the bowling arm is unquestionably performance enhancing”. He supports his argument with self-generated statistics that arm bowlers deliver almost a 98% success rate in line accuracy. Able-bodied line accuracy in comparison is 65% - 70%. Really Geoff, I am not too sure about standards at your Club in Victoria, but here in Queensland, I have played with able-bodied Club players, District and State Reps and many bowlers in Pennants, who through the “muscle memory” in their human arm and vast experience in bowling, consistently bowl almost 100% of their bowls with line accuracy. Arm bowlers who consistently bowl well, in the vast majority of cases, were all good bowlers BEFORE they were forced to adopt an arm! Having said that, I would challenge Clubs with Arm bowlers to confirm your stats, as my observations of arm bowlers is that their line delivery is probably 60% - 90%. This is simply a result of the physics of using the arm and the moment of force and direction at the point of release. The arm is very unforgiving if you are an inch or so off line at release as this translates to metres at the head. If your timing is not spot on a fraction early or late in release produces very average results! All of these factors are better controlled by the shorter human arm and final adjustment as it leaves the bowler’s hand. The suggestion that Bowls Australia should legislate on the type of bowl, its bias etc. is just discriminatory and not in the spirit of the game. Can you imagine any other sport where people with a disability are forced to use different equipment from their ablebodied fellow athletes? THE BIONIC BOWLER
Champions Month at Broadbeach The Broadbeach Bulls had the biggest month of the club's history in June. The club successfully ran four of the biggest bowls events in the World. It started with the annual Trans Tasman clash between Australian and New Zealand. Australia dominated the three test matches winning all five trophies. Open Men’s and Ladies, Development Men’s and Ladies as well as the disability divisions. Scotland, Malaysia, Wales, Hong Kong and Canada joined the party to make up the Multi Nations event right after the Trans Tasman. In a prelude to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, each country sent their best players vying for spots for the upcoming games. It was again the host country who dominated, winning 8 of the 10 gold medals. New Zealand won the other two: the Men's Singles and Fours. Well done to our own Bolivia Millerick & Chloe Stewart on representing Australia at the senior level! Broadbeach’s pinnacle tournament then took place, the “$15000 Blue Diamond Pairs”. Teams from Wales & Scotland stayed for the tournament as well as the best of the best in Australian Bowls. Only two teams managed to win all six games. Topping the table was Wayne Ruediger and Corey Wedlock, second place was Jesse Noronha and Aaron Teys.
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To conclude the massive month of bowls was the Australian Open. Despite early bad weather, week two was perfect with great games going on all over the Gold Coast with the finals being held at Broadbeach live on Fox Sports. Broadbeach players had success in the tournament. Ryan Burnett playing alongside country men and legends Darren Burnett, Paul Foster and Alex Marshall took out the Men’s Fours competition. Our own Jade Groenewege was runner up in the fours playing in Sean Bakers rink. Chloe Stewart made it back to back in the Women’s Fours competition with an extra end win over Karen Murphy’s star studded rink which included Broadbeach’s Julie Keegan. However, Julie came back strong putting on an amazing performance to skip young super star Ellen Ryan to claim the Ladies Pairs championship. A big thank you to all of Broadbeach’s volunteers for helping make it a great month
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OAM for Newcastle’s John Smith John Smith was awarded an Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to sport in the Hunter region of NSW and to Lawn Bowls in NSW. John was recognised and honoured for his service, which includes:
Member. Secretary, 1973-1986. Member, Judiciary and Appeals Committee.
Lawn Bowls: Chair, State Match Committee, Bowls NSW, 2007-2014, and Member, 2002-2013. Newcastle District Bowling Association President, since 2007. Vice-President, 2002-2007. Chair, Match Committee, 1996-2006 and Member, 19862006. Chair, Mattara Carnival Committee, since 2007. Life Member, since 2012. Life Member, Kahibah Bowling Club, 2016, ‘for service over 40 years’.
Rugby League: Member, Newcastle Rugby League Referees Association, 1971-1976, serving terms as President and VicePresident. Member, Group of 21 Referees Association, 1968-1970.
Cricket: Newcastle District Cricket Umpires Association: Patron and Life
Roman Catholic Diocese of MaitlandNewcastle: Past Chair, Diocesan Pastoral Council, for four years and Member, for six years. Chair, MacKillop Parish Council, (Charlestown, Gateshead and Redhead), for 22 years.
Professional: New South Wales Department of Education - Primary Schools Principal, Teralba Public School, 1987-2000; Deputy Principal, Cardiff Public School, 1979- 1986 and Deputy Master, Woodberry Public School, 1976-1978. Teacher, various schools, 1962-2000. Awards and recognition includes: Recipient, Paul Trisely Award, The Hunter Academy of Sport, 2015. Recipient, Volunteer of the Year, Bowls Australia, 2015. Recipient, Volunteer of the Year, Bowls NSW, 2014. Well done John! Article and image: Bowls NSW
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Bowling for 35 years From Hervey Bay to Club Kawana, with Queensland and Australia inbetween
Player profile - Marilyn Emerton, Club Kawana. I started playing bowls in 1982 at Hervey Bay Bowls Club. We (my late husband and I) were introduced to lawn bowls while we were playing tennis. The sport appealed to us and we quickly adapted to becoming bowlers.
titles including Australian Pairs, Australian Fours and was Runner Up in Australian Singles.
We were coached by state rep, Max Fish. He was a great coach and it didn’t take long before we were sought after to play lead for some very good teams. I continued to lead for 15 years and never wanted to play anywhere else.
I have only been a member of Club Kawana for just over a year, and it is a great club to belong to. I am made to feel right at home in this club. Members have embraced me and have made me most welcome.
Three years later we moved to Brisbane and that’s where it all took off for me. I was selected in all the challenge matches, which was quite an honour back then, and before too long I was included in the State Side 1990. I continued to play for Queensland until just a few years ago. I was selected to play for Australia, which was an enormous thrill, as I had worked very hard on my game. I practiced at every opportunity and challenged myself regularly. The team went to Royal Leamington Spa in England to contest the World titles and I came home with a gold medal. I continued to play for both Queensland and Australia with very good success. I won gold medals in the Asia Pacific Championships in Two Bowl Triples and Fours. I also played Trans-Tasman, Commonwealth Games and brought home more medals. When I was selected to play singles for Australia in the Asia Pacific Championships, I thought nothing could come near to that. However, I also won the right to represent Australia in the World Indoor Championships in Ireland, where I went through to the finals. I had a great deal of success playing with my old mate, the now departed Ken Luck. We won Club Mixed Pairs, District Mixed Pairs and the State Mixed Pairs. The best win for us was the National Mixed Pairs, which was fantastic as it carried with it a holiday in Europe, a purse of $6,000 along with bowls bags and many other things including a holiday in Western Australia. State Singles, State Pairs, State Fours, Champ of Champ Singles, Champ of Champ Pairs and Champ of Champ Fours are among a few of my Queensland achievements. I have also won numerous National 12 BOWLS PLUS JUL/AUG/SEP 2017
Having played for Queensland and Australia for as long as I have, I have amassed a lot of medals. The agony of this is, when I die I don’t know what will become of them.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time playing Premier League for Club Kawana this year. Thanks go to Kurt for selecting me to lead for him and having the faith in me to do the job. As a coach, I would strongly recommend that anyone aspiring to succeed in this sport needs to put in a lot of hard work. Practice, practice, practice. I have been asked on several occasions why some people make it and some people don’t. I often advise people to put in the hard yards and usually the results speak for themselves. In my case, I was watching an interview with Ivan Lendl, the tennis player, early in my career, and he was asked what made him stand out from the rest. He said, “I am not a natural so I have to work twice as hard as anyone else.” This was something that struck a chord with me, as I thought if I am a natural, but worked as hard as I could, then I could become really good. I have had a few mentors in my time and also looked up to a lot of good bowlers and usually received good guidance. The game has changed a lot since I started, and the bowls, as well as the greens are no longer what they were, but the love of the sport keeps me going and the challenges ahead are still as possible as they ever were. Thirty five years is a long time to play the one sport, but it will always be on the top of the list for me.
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Musgrave Hill Bowls Club Special Events Coordinator: MHBC welcomes Chris Le Lievre to this new position in early July. Chris will help with the organising and hosting of special events. This will include corporate/barefoot bowls and club marketing. Bowls Premier League Cup (BPL): MHBC is hosting a qualifying event on Sunday 3rd Sept. Teams of 3 players must be from the same club. See full details at www.bowls.com.au/bpl-cup $3 Barefoot Bowls: Available on a casual basis 7 days (subject to green space availability). Bowls and free coaching supplied. Please phone ahead. The Friday Night Raffle now has 50 x $15 meat trays; i.e. better quality, larger trays! Plus free live entertainment from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Free Sunday Raffle: Drawn at 4pm each Sunday and consisting of 20 x $15 meat trays. Obtain a free ticket with any bar, café, keno purchase or gaming collect. Bistro: Unlimited prawns now added to the Wednesday night buffet. Also available Friday nights and Sunday lunch and dinner! Bingo: 5 nights per week, all cash prizes – eyes down 7.30pm Tues, Thu, Sat & 7pm Mon & Sun; Jackpots up to $5,000. FREE Club Bingo… Thursday & Sunday nights: Free to play, cash prizes, plus bought jackpot games.
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TWEED HEADS BOWLS CLUB
The club where the bowls don’t stop rolling! 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. Not a bowler? Not a worry, Tweed Heads Bowls Club is guaranteed to have something for everyone. With exciting club promotions and quality food at great prices, you’re sure to go home happy. Our friendly staff look forward to your visit. Download the free THBC Tweed Life App today or visit our website www.thbc.com.au Major events coming up in August:
The Golden Nugget Monday 31 July –Thursday 3 August
Australian Indoor Championships Monday 28 August – Thursday 31 August
Ready to show case their talent in one of the most prestigious Singles events on the Australian Bowling Calendar, Tweed Heads Bowls Club will have the crème of the crop on display in the 2017 Golden Nugget.
After the Golden Nugget why not stick around and watch the stars collide on carpet. Tweed Heads Bowls Club is once again the proud host of the Australian Indoor Finals.
Entry is free to both of these events, and we encourage all visitors to enjoy our first class facilities while you’re here.
Australian Indoor Qualifiers:
2017 THBC Club Carnivals
Queensland Women: A total of 27 women entered the Queensland
Heads Bowls Club from Monday 28 to Thursday 31 August:
Spring Medley Monday 4 September Indoor Fours Challenge Monday 6 November Ladies' Major/Minor Pairs Monday 27 November For more information and conditions of play contact Tweed Heads Ladies' Bowls Club Games Director, Ros Ash, c/- PO Box 167 Tweed Heads NSW 2485, email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or phone 0408 356 322.
Lynsey Clarke (Helensvale); Kristy Thatcher (Tweed Heads); Adele
Pershouse (Bargarra); Di Viterate (Kawana); Linda Morish (Pine
Winter Mixed Pairs Monday 17 July Farewell Mixed Pairs Monday 14 August For more information and conditions of play contact Tweed Heads Men’s Club’s Games Director Allan Nimmo email to mensclub@thbc. com.au; or phone 07 5536 3800.
qualifying rounds of the Australian Indoor Championships for 2017. Hosted by both Tweed Heads Bowls Club and Paradise Point Bowls Club on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April, the following women qualified for the Australian Indoor Championships to be held at Tweed
Rivers). Queensland Men: Men’s Queensland qualifying was held at both Tweed Heads Bowls Club and Paradise Point Bowls Club over the weekend of 27th and 28th May. From the full field the men representing Queensland are: Peter Thompson (Paradise Point); Alan Law (Mudgeeraba); Steve Halmai (South Tweed); Ian Law (Burleigh Heads).
Snippets Each year, Norman Park BC, Bulimba BC, Cannon Hill BC and Camp Hill BC compete for the Bulimba Cup. This year, Bulimba BC won the series.
Congratulations to Australian Open Bowlers with Disability Pairs Champions Bernie Wolland, Mossman Memorial BC in Queenlsnad and Phillip Plackett from NSW. Bowls Gold Coast Tweed 2017 District Singles is coming up on 9-10 September at Broadbeach Bowls Club. $4,000 is up for grabs, so contact email@example.com for entry forms.
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Note: All events and dates are subject to change so please check the club website at thbc.com.au; for the latest information. Bernie Fletcher, Publicity Officer
Enogerra BC claimed back the Harvey shield from Chermside BC.
Mudgeeraba BC celebrated young bowlers after St Michael 's College Year 11 students had their final bowl ing session and Cody Armstrong was awarded the Singles Cham pion for 2017.
U18 Girls Well done to lian ra st Singles Au Jessica p, am h Open C i, who won Srisamruayba ayla Long ik M st 21-6 again a. ri to ic from V
Well done to Sunnybank BC’s Joan Fox on winning the 2017 Ladies’ Club Champs!
KEEP YOUR CLUB IN THE GREEN Many bowling clubs around Australia are feeling the pinch due to fewer members and increased operational costs. However, with the right advice, you can ensure your bowling club remains the heart of your local community. Early intervention means you may be able to restructure and save a struggling club that is experiencing cash-flow issues, or run by passionate yet inexperienced members. Jirsch Sutherland is the insolvency firm of choice for any financially distressed organisations, or anyone seeking accurate and timely advice about their financial options. If your club is in financial difficulty, contact us for a free consultation to discuss your clubâ€™s options. Call Rebecca Hindson on 1300 547 724 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Local presence. National reach. www.jirschsutherland.com.au
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Events coming up EVENT
$4,000 King and Queen of the Hunter
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1 – 2 July
$9,000 Ladies' Encouragement Fours
St Johns Park BC
1 – 2 July
$910 Any Combination Endurance Pairs - 9am start
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$5,600 Kingscliff Men's Pairs CoP
Kingscliff Beach BC
10 – 11 July
$33,000 Open Singles
Park Beach BC
10 – 14 July
$5,000 Master Pairs
Park Beach WBC
15 – 16 July
$2,000 Winter Mixed Pairs Carnival
Tweed Heads BC
$1,200 Any Combination 2 Bowl Triples - 9am start
Mermaid Beach BC
$7,500 Men's Classic Pairs
Paradise Point BC
6 – 7 August
$910 Any Combination Endurance Pairs - 9am start
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$2,000 Farewell Mixed Pairs Carnival
Tweed Heads BC
$20,000 Men's Platinum 2 Bowl Triples
St Johns Park BC
19 – 20 August
$1,200 Any Combination 2 Bowl Triples - 9am start
Mermaid Beach BC
Weston-super-Mare Open - Ladies’ Open
19 – 25 August
$910 Any Combination Endurance Pairs - 9am start
Mermaid Beach BC
$6,000 Bruce (Spruso) Markham 3 Bowl Open Pairs
Queanbeyan R.S.L. BC
9 – 10 September
$20,000 Ladies' Diamond 2 Bowl Triples
St Johns Park BC
16 – 17 September
$910 Any Combination Endurance Pairs - 9am start
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$3,000 Mixed Pairs
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$2,400 Artie Booth Men's Pairs - 9am start
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Bowling Holidays Travel with your club for a social bowls competition and holiday on beautiful
The Norfolk Island Bowling Club welcomes visitors all yearround to play some games, use their greens and enjoy the Club’s amenities including a bar & fabulous bistro 7 nights ex Brisbane From $1029pp twin share
10 nights ex Sydney From $1219pp twin share
Travel from Brisbane and Norfolk Island Airlines gives the 11th seat for free with groups over 10 travelling together (*conditions apply).
Play with a world champion during ‘Carmen Anderson Escorted Bowls holiday’ 1 – 8 October 2017 Compete in one of 3 annual tournaments South Pacific Pairs 19 – 23 February 2018 Heritage Bounty Fours 29 April – 4 May 2018 TAB Triples 19 – 24 August 2018
h e i w a t a W or g’day from Norfolk Island
Norfolk Island is a great destination for clubs, groups and individual bowlers alike. Travelling to bowl here means you’ll experience not only great bowls and socialising with the locals, but also a fabulous South Pacific Island holiday. The Norfolk Island Bowls Club welcomes visiting bowlers at any time of the year. They’ll find times for your club or group to play with their members as well as access to the greens for your own games. The Club’s location right in the heart of town makes it easy to get to and with a number of accommodation places a few minutes’ walk away you can leave travelling hassles at home. The bar and bistro located alongside the greens are able to quench your after game thirst and hunger (bistro meals are excellent value and delicious – you’ll be sure to return). A bowling holiday on Norfolk Island really is relaxed and easy, but you can also enjoy as many of the broad range of activities and tours on offer as you’d like. Fitting in some of our famous fishing is often high on the list of many visiting groups as the lure of a haul of Kingfish, Silver Trevally, Amberjacks or Sweetlip (Red Throat Emperor) can be hard to resist. Joining a cliff-top Island Fish–Fry will find you licking your lips with the flavour of our fish which will, of course, have just been freshly caught. A game of golf will take you to a stunning beach-fringed course located within World Heritage listed Kingston. Our convict and Bounty mutineer heritages are presented in numerous tours, museums and walks. In October this year a special bowling trip is available to join as world champion bowler and Norfolk Island resident Carmen Anderson presents her “Carmen Anderson Escorted Bowls Holiday”. As the 2016 Women’s Bowls Indoor World Champion, you’ll have the chance to hear her bowls tips over five bowling sessions and a week of events. This will be a fabulous week for any bowling group considering a bowling holiday. There are also three major tournaments to join each year: February’s South Pacific Pairs; May’s Heritage Bounty Fours; and in August the TAB Triples are played. At each of these tournaments you’ll love the friendly transTasman battles as Kiwi’s and Aussies alike travel to compete and holiday.
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For bowlers flying from Brisbane, they now have the choice of travelling with Norfolk Island Airlines on a new weekly Saturday service. And the exciting news is that when a group of ten team together the 11th, seat will be FREE (taxes need to be paid and there are conditions). You can share the savings among yourselves or earn it as the organiser! Non-bowling members in a group are included. The Norfolk Island Bowls Club’s motto “There are no strangers in this club, just friends you haven’t met” is really taken to heart. You’ll possibly return home having learnt how to say g’day in Norfolk, ‘watawieh’ and no doubt want to start planning when to return.
7 night Holiday Packages include: • Return ‘seat and bag’ economy airfare to Norfolk Island • Meet & Greet at Norfolk Island airport • Return airport transfers on Norfolk Island • 7 or 10 night’s twin share accommodation • 7 or 10 day’s car hire (petrol is additional) + Norfolk Island Travel Centre bonuses *With every group minimum 10 seats booked for travel on the same flights Norfolk Island Airlines will provide the 11th seat free (excluding taxes and any surcharges). Enquire for details and full conditions. Prices are current at time of printing, subject to availability & change without notice. Travel insurance strongly recommended
The Norfolk Island Travel Centre is a proud sponsor of the NI Bowls Club and puts together Holiday Packages for visiting clubs, groups and individual bowlers including return airfares, accommodation, car hire, bowls playing times, tours, meals and inclusions of your choice. For a quote, to attend Carmen Anderson Escorted Bowls Holiday, any of the Club’s regular tournaments, or conditions for Norfolk Island Airlines 11th seat for free Call 1800 1400 66 or email Joyce Judd at firstname.lastname@example.org www.norfolkislandtravelcentre.com BOWLS PLUS JUL/AUG/SEP 2017 17
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Dr Letchford has some tips on recovery after your hip replacement surgery. Preventing injury or dislocation
After your surgery, try to take things slowly. Use a walking aid and try to avoid stairs. Try not to cross your legs, turn your feet strongly inwards or outwards, or bend your hips more than 90 degrees. You may also be advised to sleep with a pillow between your legs.
Keeping your wound dry and well dressed is very important. Make sure you change your dressing as instructed, and keep an eye out for any changes, including fever, chills, tenderness, excessive fluid, or increased pain.
Preventing blood clots
Our team will give you pressure bandages and anti-clotting medication to minimise the likelihood that blood clots will form. Contact a doctor immediately if you experience any unexplained pain or shortness of breath post-surgery.
It’s possible that your appetite may lessen post-surgery. Eating a healthy, well-rounded diet and maintaining high fluid intake will give your body the best possible chance of recovering quickly.
Exercise and physiotherapy
You will be appointed a physiotherapist who will help you to understand what kinds of exercises you need to do to regain strength and mobility, and explain what you can and can’t do with your new hip. It is important that you ease yourself back into light daily activity as soon as you can.
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 operates out of the Gold Coast Private Hospital at Southport and Pindara Private hospital at Benowa, as well as consults at his rooms at Southport.
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Wombats taste success at Multi-Disability Lawn Bowls Championships The South Australian Wombats competed at the Disability Sports Australia 2017 Multi-Disability Lawn Bowls Championships held at the Raymond Terrace Bowling Club in New South Wales from May 21 - 26. Six players represented the state over six days of intense competition, with our team not only winning a swag of medals but claiming the title of Interstate Aggregate Champions. Liam Buckley took out the B5/6 Singles Gold medal as well as gold in the Pairs alongside Chris Flavel. Chris tasted further success clinching the B7/8 Singles silver, while Steve Quinn, Simon Baker & Liam Buckley took out second in the Triples. The other members of the team were Darryl Willson and Mike Emberton who finished fourth in the pairs, missing a bronze medal by one shot. These bowlers all bowl at local clubs in South Australia and have won many state and national titles along with representing their country. This year the team was lucky enough to find a sponsor to help support the team reach the competition. Disability Recreation and Sports SA and the SA Wombats would like to thank Nocelle Foods for their kind support.
RESULTS Triples Bronze: Hoskins/Bonnell/Bonnell (QLD) Silver: Quinn/Baker/Buckley (SA) Gold: Barry/Hanson/Protopapas (VIC) Men’s Pairs Bronze: Barry/Protopapas (VIC) Silver: Bonnell/Sellars (QLD) Gold: Flavel/Buckley (SA) Women’s Pairs Bronze: Morrison/Meakin (VIC) Silver: Hunter/Benbow (NSW) Gold: Hoskins/Bonnell (QLD) Men’s B5/6 Singles Bronze: Matthew Barrie (ACT) Silver: Tony Bonnell (QLD) Gold: Liam Buckley (SA) Men’s B7/8 Singles Bronze: Ken Hanson (VIC) Silver: Chris Flavel (SA) Gold: Josh Barry (VIC) Women’s Singles Bronze: Louise Hoskins (QLD) Silver: Annette Goldsworthy (QLD) Gold: Debra McGarry (QLD) Clover-Lester Encouragement Award - Geoff Roberts (NSW) The Clover Lester Encouragement Award was established in 2000 recognising players that are relatively new to the sport at a national level and who set a good example at all times on and off the green, displaying good sportsmanship, encouraging others and having the potential to become a good bowler. This year’s recipient was Geoff Roberts (NSW). Interstate Aggregate Champions - South Australia The Interstate Trophy is awarded to the state who has the highest points on aggregate across disciplines and classes and divided by the number of players on the team. This year’s winner was South Australia.
Article and image: Bowls SA and Dave Bailey, Lawn Bowls Coordinator & Coach DRSSA.
8 Nations Singles Silver Champ, Chris Flavel, after a couple of days of recovery played some International events as part of the squad for the upcoming Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Chris competed in a Trans Tasman tournament against New Zealand and then an 8 Nations event. This culminated in Chris bringing home a gold medal in the triples at the 8 Nations tournament.
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Medal of the Order of Australia recipients
Bowls Australia congratulates the eight new recipients of the Medal of the Order of Australia from the sport of bowls. Eight people with ties to the sport of bowls were recognised with an OAM during the Queen’s Birthday honours last month. The majority of the individuals were presented the coveted medal for their contribution to the community of a local area, while Helen Hogan was acknowledged for her service to a broader region of Far North Queensland, and John Carnage was bestowed the honour for his service to people who are blind or have low vision, and to sport. Bowls Australia applauds the following people for their contribution to the sport: • Donald Barry (Melton West, VIC): For service to youth through Scouts, and to the community; • John Cornaggia (Mount Barker, SA): For service to people who are blind or have low vision, and to sport; • Malcolm Dempsey (Marmion, WA): For service to lawn bowls and to the community; • Helen Hogan (Mount Warren Park, QLD): For service to lawn bowls in Far North Queensland; • Kevin Rucioch (Victor Harbor, SA): For service to the community of Victor Harbour; • John Smith (Dudley, NSW): For service to sport in the Hunter; • Maisie Smith (Babinda, QLD): For service to the community of Babinda; • Mervyn White (Mount Gambier, SA): For service to the community of Mount Gambier. Article and image: Bowls Australia
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2017-18 Under 18 State Squads Announced 2017-18 Under 18 Girls' State Squad First Name
Morphett Vale Bowling Club
Two Wells Bowling Club
Arthurton Bowling Club
Wasleys Bowling Club
Angaston Bowling Club
Goolwa Bowling Club
Henley Bowling Club
Encounter Bay Bowling Club
2017-18 Under 18 Boys' State Squad First Name
Bowls SA is pleased to announce the 2017-18 Under 18 State Squad.
Yacka Bowling Club
Ardrossan Bowling Club
Keith Bowling Club
Freeling Bowling Club
Adelaide Bowling Club
Bute Bowling Club
This squad will train towards the two main events of the 2017 Under 18 Australian National Championships and the 2018 Under 18 SA v VIC Series, with at least one open training held throughout the season with the opportunity to add more members to the squad.
McLaren Vale Bowling Club
Adelaide Bowling Club
Adelaide Bowling Club
Riverton Bowling Club
McLaren Vale Bowling Club
Keith Bowling Club
Ardrossan Bowling Club
Happy Valley Bowling Club
Orroroo Bowling Club
West Lakes Bowling Club
Loxton Bowling Club
Holdfast Bay Bowling Club
Yacka Bowling Club
Holdfast Bay Bowling Club
Owen Bowling Club
Edithburgh RSL Bowling Club
Port Germein Bowling Club
Congratulations to all those selected.
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a i n a m e l t Bea Beatlemania was in full swing in 1964 and the spectacle was coming to Queensland. While the thought of the Fab Four visiting Brisbane was sending fans into a frenzy, it was causing headaches for the police.
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Drawing of crowd control arrangements at Brisbane Airport.
The VIP area was somewhat out of the way but presented security problems. Barricades would be needed to keep the estimated crowd of 30,000 people away from the workshops and clear of the access roads. Traffic control would be an issue with the public parking area expected to be full of excited Beatles fans. Extra police and private security would be needed to patrol inside and outside the fence line, terminals and other public areas. Two ambulances would be on hand, just in case. Then came the first spanner in the works. Instead of using a scheduled flight, the Beatles would be on a chartered plane from Sydney and would not arrive in Brisbane until after midnight. The news was broken by the Brisbane Telegraph on 17th June before even the police knew about the change. The plans were redrawn. Police and security would start to close off and barricade parts of the airport around 4pm. Queensland Police would guard the main fences, barricades and gates to public roads and assist control of entry to the airline terminals. In total, 210 uniformed police and 24 detectives would be on duty to manage the crowd. They were drawn mainly from the Brisbane and Fortitude Valley districts, but some were brought in from Ipswich and the South Coast. Commonwealth Police would attend the International Terminal and control the movement of people inside the perimeter. Private security would be increased around the terminal and administration buildings. An extra fire engine would be inside the fence, as fast access by road in case of an aircraft emergency was going to be difficult. The Ambulance Brigade would have six stretchers and dozens of blankets on hand. The Department of Civil Aviation would provide the tea. Crowds and media started arriving around 7pm but the later arrival was a blessing in disguise as only about 10,000 people were in the viewing area when the plane arrived.
The first problem was going to be crowd control at Brisbane Airport, then at Eagle Farm. The Department of Civil Aviation was so concerned that three meetings were held in May 1964, with representatives of the Queensland Police, Commonwealth Police, the private security company which looked after the airport perimeter and the airlines. At the time, the Ansett-ANA plane carrying the Beatles from Sydney was expected to arrive at 11.50am on Monday 29th June. After much discussion it was decided the plane would arrive at the VIP area, disembark the Beatles and their entourage (about 30 people in total), then proceed to the terminal. The Beatles would be driven along the fence then proceed to Festival Hall in Charlotte Street for a press conference at 1pm. The police would issue press passes to journalists and photographers.
The next issue was crowd control during the concerts. Festival Hall held 5,600 people and there would be two concerts on each of the two nights. The Commissioner of Police, Frank Bischof, wrote to his counterparts in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia asking for advice. Each provided very detailed reports on the arrangements they had made. After discussions with Festival Hall and Lennons Hotel, it was decided that another 202 uniformed police and detectives would be required. This included 40 outside the hotel and 35 inside Festival Hall. 12 police would be in front of the stage to prevent any attempt to rush the band. There were two incidents of note during the whole of the “visitation”. One occurred while the Beatles were being driven back and forth along the fence at the airport on an open table-top truck. Commissioner Bischof wrote that “this parade was somewhat marred by a small number of delinquent types said to have been university students who threw some eggs and tomatoes at the truck conveying the Beatles.” (One of those university students was future politician Bob Katter.)
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The other more serious incident involved several police officers, press photographers and reporters. The Secretary of the Australian Journalists’ Association wrote to Commissioner Bischof complaining that its members had been threatened with arrest and assaulted. He wrote that “some police officers adopted the view that photographing the crowds of teenagers at the Brisbane Airport and at the Festival Hall incited them to misbehave.” The AJA sent copies of the letter to the Premier and the Minister for Police. Another 100 police were on duty at the Airport on the morning of 1st July for the departure of the Beatles at 7.40am, but there was only a small crowd of about 500 people present to see them off.
Copenhagan [has been rendered] … a city of turmoil … and the same exciting scenes recurred in Amsterdam. Beatlemania is coming … So watch out Australia. The Courier-Mail, 8 June 1964
Letter from Marjorie Stapleton of “The Australian Women’s Weekly” to the Commissioner of Police requesting police press passes for herself, the assistant reporter and the photographer for the forthcoming visit of the Beatles to Brisbane, 29 May 1964.
For a teenager in 1964 in Australia, the most radical thing you could conceivably do would be to stand in a public place and scream at the top of your lungs. And to do that and to push against police barricades and to refuse the instructions of the order of the day to move on was an adrenalin rush that can’t be described. The Beatles in Australia, Nine Network, 1994
After investigations which continued until October 1964, Bischof wrote a report to the Minister describing the events as the police saw it: “On one occasion at the Airport it appeared that, owing to pressure from the dense crowd there, a fence would collapse. Had this happened, serious injury may have been occasioned to members of the crowd. Naturally, press photographers were eager to photograph the position, and in fact I believe some did … some photographers urged members of the crowd to “lean forward and have your photo taken”. This practice was dangerous, and quite rightly was stopped by Police.” The correspondence between the Police, the government and AJA continued until December when the AJA Queensland District “now considers the matters in dispute settled amicably” and accepted that “no deliberate attack was ever intended on Association members”.
Special duty arrangements for policing the Beatles concert at Festival Hall in Brisbane.
After the event, Bischof wrote that “No real trouble was experienced in the handling of the crowd throughout the whole of the visitation of these entertainers. Adequate Police were on duty on all occasions. The crowd at all times were good-natured and although at times they exhibited frenzied hysteria they were easy to handle and amenable to instruction.”
The Beatles arrival in Melbourne recalls similar scenes in Hitler’s Nazi Germany twenty-five years ago and scenes in Russia when there is a rally. If anyone told me that I would be witnessing such mass hysteria by our own beautiful Australian youth to greet these musicians from overseas, I would never have believed them! What does the future hold for us all when youth can be influenced so easily? The Herald, 15 June 1964 At first, there was a hush and respectful clapping … Suddenly it was on. All around, girls were screaming, pushing forward, trying to stroke their jackets … Young ladies who five minutes before had looked very correct … were screaming: ‘WE LOVE YOU BEATLES.’ The Sun, 19 June 1964
Letter from the Australian Journalists’ Association complaining about the action of police when the Beatles arrived at the airport.
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It saw girls who had demurely taken their seats at the opening as though attending a school concert writhing on the floor, crying, clenching their fists and … mentally in a faraway world of their own creation. Adelaide News, 13 June 1964
It was here that people staged the greatest outpouring of adoration the Beatles or any other pop group would ever witness. Less than a month later it was over. The Beatles were gone. And again it was a vastly different Australia with a vastly different view of what the world was all about. The Australian, 11 June 1994
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Primary School Championships
Registrations are open for our annual Primary School Championships to be held throughout October and November, 2017.
These championships provide the opportunity for all Primary school students to participate in an annual Lawn Bowls Championship against all other schools, run by Bowls SA. Students have the opportunity to play in a Boys/Girls Singles separately or Open Triples event. Bowls SA have multiple chances to get involved with Regional events being held at the Balaklava & Encounter Bay Bowling clubs, culminating in our State Championships to be held in the Western suburbs of Metro Adelaide with a club to be confirmed. Students are able to play in any or all of these championships separately. Don’t miss out on your chance to register a team and compete in this great event for junior bowls. Cost : $5 per player Equipment hire is available 26 BOWLS PLUS JUL/AUG/SEP 2017
Important dates for the Annual State Championships Friday 17th November, 2017 for Primary School Championships. Regional • Balaklava Bowling Club: Primary School Championships: Tuesday October 24th, 2017. • Encounter Bay Bowling Club: Primary School Championships: Friday November 3, 2017. Visit the Bowls SA website (www.bowlssa.com.au) for links to entry forms. Article and image: Bowls SA
2017 SA Senior Sides Announced Bowls SA, in conjunction with the State Senior Selection Panel, are pleased to announce the selected sides for the 2017 Australian Senior Sides Championships to be held in the Copper Coast, SA, 16-19 October 2017.
2017 SA Seniors Men’s Side SKIP
2017 SA Seniors Women’s Side SKIP
Senior Supa Series returns to Tranmere Bowls SA is pleased to announce the return of the Senior Supa Series to the Tranmere Bowling Club. After holding a hugely successful seniors’ event in 2017, Tranmere Bowling Club will play host to the first Senior Supa Series event of 2018. The 2018 Senior Supa Series will bring together around 100 over 60s bowlers, who will take to the green to compete in both pairs and fours. Supported by the Campbelltown Council, the Tranmere Bowling Club is expecting to host hundreds of visitors across the one day event. Bowls SA will release further information as it comes to hand.
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Changes to the way we screen for cervical cancer From 1 December 2017, important changes will be made to the National Cervical Screening Program, the program that aims to prevent cervical cancer by detecting early changes in the cervix. We answer a number of frequently asked questions. Why has the Pap smear test been replaced by a test for the human papillomavirus (HPV)? Since the introduction of cervical screening in Australia in 1991, a large body of scientific evidence has been accumulated, demonstrating that the HPV test is more effective than the Pap smear test for cervical screening. The current Pap smear test looks for precancerous changes in the cells of the cervix. The HPV test, however, actually looks for the presence of the HPV virus which causes these precancerous changes to the cells.
Why the switch to five-yearly tests? Is this still safe? As the HPV test is more effective, women can be screened less often, every five years instead of every two years. Cervical cancer is a very slow progressing cancer. The precancerous stage can last for many years before the development of invasive cancer. Therefore, it is safe for women to have five-yearly screening rather than two-yearly screening. If women display any symptoms of cervical cancer (i.e., bleeding after intercourse, unusual vaginal discharge or pain), between tests they should see their doctor.
Is having an HPV test different from a Pap smear? For women the actual test will look and feel the same. Women will still need to get undressed from the waist down, have a speculum inserted into the vagina and have a small sample of cells taken from their cervix. The difference will be the way the sample is examined in the laboratory.
What will the new HPV test cost? From 1 December 2017, the HPV test will be covered under the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS). However, women may still have to pay for the doctor’s appointment itself, if their doctor doesn’t bulk-bill. Women can ask when they book their doctor’s appointment if they will have any out-of-pocket expenses. 28 BOWLS PLUS JUL/AUG/SEP 2017
My Pap smear is due now? Should I wait until the new screening program begins? Until the new screening program is in place it is essential that women keep having regular two-yearly Pap smears. Women should not delay having their Pap smear until the new program is implemented.
How will I know when to have the new HPV test? From 1 December 2017, women over 25 who had a Pap smear test in the past will receive an invitation to have an HPV test when they are within three months of the date when they would have been due for their Pap smear test. Women will also receive a reminder from the National Cancer Screening Register if they are three months overdue for their test.
At what age can I stop having HPV tests? Women between the ages of 70 and 74 who have had regular screening and negative results will have an exit (final) HPV test. If this test is also negative they can then leave the cervical screening program and won’t need to have a further HPV test. 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.
Riddles Which One Does Not Belong? One of the four words does not belong with the other three. Which word does not belong? What is it that the others have in common? 1. Green, yellow, red, blue 2. April, December, November, June 3. Cirrus, calculus, cumulus, stratus 4. Carrots, radishes, potatoes, cabbages 5. Fork, comb, rake, shovel Answer: 1. Green. Yellow, red and blue are primary colors, green is not. 2. December. The other months have only 30 days. 3. Calculus. The others are cloud types. 4. Cabbage. The others are vegetables that grow underground. 5. Shovel. The others have prongs. A sharpshooter hung up his hat and put on a blindfold. He then walked 100 yards, turned around, and shot a bullet through his hat. The blindfold was a perfectly good one, completely blocking the manâ€™s vision. How did he manage this? Answer: He hung his hat on the barrel of his gun.
Codebreaker word puzzle The same number represents the same letter. Crack the code and fill the grid. To help you get started some words are already in place. 1
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Champion State, Le Mans Toyota Shield, Queensland
B1 Open Singles QBBA Silver Tray Wayne Thomson (NSW) Bryan Forster (QLD) John Ryan (WA) B1 Open Pairs QBBA Silver Tray Only One Medal Awarded Bryan Forster & Vanessa Hinton (QLD)
Australian Blind Bowlers Championships
Sharon Dunk B4 Singles Gold Champion and Wendy Cartwright (Director)
Congratulations to the players who competed in the 38th Australian Blind Bowlers National Championships in Coolangatta in May. 42 blind and vision impaired bowlers, their directors and six Guide Dogs represented Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland in the 10 day competition.
7 1 0 2 Lynne (Director) and Wayne Thomson B1 Singles Gold Champion
B2 Men’s Singles The Wormald Trophy Ralph Simpson (VIC) Le Roi Court (SA) Michael Pullinger (WA) B2 Ladies Singles B&B Tanner Cup Joy Forster (QLD) Lisa Condy (VIC) Sharon Ferres (WA) B2 Men’s Pairs Mick Kilpatrick Shield Ivan Shortis & Ralph Simpson (VIC) Des Mackay & Peter Uther (QLD) Wayne Forbes & Michael Pullinger (WA) B2 Ladies Pairs Bob Farmer Memorial Shield June Brittain & Joy Forster (QLD) Lisa Condy & Mary Price (VIC) Judy Phillips (NSW) & Kath Murrell (SA) B2 Mixed Pairs Syd Lingard Memorial Shield Ralph Simpson & Lisa Conday (VIC) Des Mackay & Joy Forster (QLD) June Brittain & Peter Uther (QLD) B3 Open Singles President’s Trophy Jake Fehlberg (QLD) Lynne Seymour (QLD) Craig Newbery (NSW) B3 Open Pairs Life Members Trophy Lynne Seymour & Marian Morrison (Gold) Chris Backstrom & Jake Fehlberg (QLD) Russell Hadley & Craig Newbery (NSW) B3 Mixed Pairs K &B Mcguire Shield Lynne Seymour & Jake Fehlberg (QLD) Chris Backstrom & Marian Morrison (QLD) Fred Pomrey (NSW) & Len O’brien (VIC) B4 Men’s Singles L&J Reed Shield Dennis Wormald (QLD) Mike Donnelly (VIC) John Vance (QLD)
Greg Kennedy (VIC) Encouragement award (Marlene Ireland Award)
Best Individual Performance Winner Ralph Simpson B2 Vic with Director Jennifer Simpson and BA President Nigel Smith.
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B4 Ladies Singles Kath Murrell Shield Sharon Dunk (NSW) Olwyn Conomos (QLD) Christine Henry (QLD) B4 Open Pairs John Vance Shield John Vance & Dennis Wormald (QLD) Peter Campion & Mike Donnelly (VIC) Olwyn Conomos & Christine Henry (QLD) B4 Mixed Pairs DML Construction Shield Olwyn Conomos & John Vance (QLD) Christine Henry & Dennis Wormald (QLD) Sharon Dunk & Craig Newbery (NSW)
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