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Edition 110 • Winter 2017

Hall of Fame Inductee: John Ravlich Female Bowler of the Year

Men's Bowler of the Year

In this Issue: Awards Night

• Helen Morss


• Clive Adams


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Edition 110 • Winter 2017

Jack Hi Editorial


Awards Night Roundup Welcome to another edition of Jack Hi. In this edition we take a look at all the Bowls WA Awards winner from what was a fantastic night at major sponsor Crown Perth which included the induction of our 37th Hall of Fame member John Ravlich who gave a memorable acceptance. If you missed it get onto our Facebook page and check it out along with all the other winners. Whilst we are out of bowls season there is still plenty happening around the 206 clubs throughout Western Australia. Clubs who are featured with stories or news include Victoria Park Carlisle, Gosnells, Ledge Point, Halls Head along with a special article on the clubs along the North West coast of WA. There is also an article about the recently announced $9.4 million sports facility planned at Melville which will see a new state of the art bowls club in Western Australia. Until next edition good bowling!

Features in this issue Inclusive Practices


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Hall of Fame Inductee: John Ravlich Female Bowler of the Year

Men's Bowler of the Year

In this Issue: Awards Night

• Helen Morss


• Clive Adams

• Hall of Fame Inductee John Ravlich.

Contents President’s Report..................................4 CEO’s Report.........................................5 Inclusive Practices...............................6-7 From the Umpires..................................8 Country Director.....................................9 National Deaf Championships...............10 Over 60s Team Announcement..............12 John Hughes' 'touch of style a success'...12 Melville Facility....................................13 Gosnells Bowling Club feature...............14 Hall of Fame Inductee – John Ravlich.....16 Metro Club of the Year..........................17 Bowls Award Night feature...............18-19 Jim Sullivan Award..............................20 Coach of the Year.................................21 Mens Bowler of the Year.......................22 Womens Bowler of the Year...................23 Lifestyle article – Stop Whinging.......24-25 Eaton Primary School...........................26 O60s Male Bowler of the Year...............27 O60s Female Bowler of the Year............28 U18 Bowler of the Year.........................29 Country Club of the Year.......................30 Mens Country Bowler of the Year...........31 Womens Country Bowler of the Year.......32 Small Country Club of the Year..............34 Ledge Point Bowling Club feature...........35 Halls Head Carnival..............................36 Malibu Primary School..........................36 Focus on the North West..................38-39 Lifestyle Articles Legal Corner........................................33

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From the President


Successful Awards Night at Perth Crown As I write this column, the winter weather has finally arrived. Green keepers will be relieved that the greens have finally had a good soaking, though bowlers who play through the winter season will be sorry to see the end of the balmy weather that they have been enjoying. Our thoughts are with our country members and communities who are mostly experiencing dry conditions.

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BowlsWA Awards Night Bowls WA hosted a great evening at Perth Crown on May 26, when we celebrated the season past. Well known radio personality Clint Wheeldon was Master of Ceremonies for the evening and introduced the many award winners. Congratulations to Helen Morss of the Manning BC and Clive Adams of the Cambridge BC who were announced as the Bowlers of the Year. One of the highlights of the evening was the induction of John Ravlich into the Bowls WA Hall of Fame. John, a member of the Cockburn BC, has an impressive list of bowling achievements spanning 50 years, and is a worthy recipient of the honour bestowed upon him. It was wonderful to see John and his family receiving many accolades and congratulations throughout the evening.

Australian Open The Australian Open held in June, saw the largest ever contingent of West Australian bowlers travel to the Gold Coast. With numbers increasing each year, this event is now attracting overseas players who add to the prestige of the competition. Unfortunately the weather was inclement but I am sure all who travelled east enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to play against Australia's and the world's best.

Conditions of Play and Field of Play Rules The Fixtures and Events Committee is hard at work reviewing the Conditions of Play and Field of Play Rules for the forthcoming season. Feedback from the Forums is instrumental in the considerations for any changes to be implemented, subject to the approval of the Bowls Management Committee.

Therese Hastings Therese Hastings, Chair of this committee will unfortunately not be renominating for the position, due to other pursuits. Therese has been an invaluable member of the Board, and subsequently the Fixtures and Events committee. BWA will miss her expertise and we wish her well in her other endeavours. As we say goodbye to retiring committee members, we welcome the new members to the team.


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Annual Report The Annual Report has been published and it is pleasing to see that the association has declared a surplus for the financial year. I would like to thank Ken Pride, Liz Rolt and Lisa Featherby for their diligent management of the accounts to attain this result. I look forward to meeting many of our members at the Annual General Meeting to be held at the Manning BC on July 29 at 10am.

Strategic Plan This winter wrap up concludes the activities of the 2016/17 season, and with the new Strategic Plan in place, we look forward to the season ahead.

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From the Chief Executive Officer


Strategic Plan now to be executed Winter is upon us, yet there is plenty of bowls going on around the metro area in particular. For the majority of our country clubs they have bigger issues to contend with, with a patchy at best commencement to the autumn and winter rains.

A wet AO – again For over 15 months various committees have worked on Frustratingly for all involved the third Australian Open on the Gold Coast last month, was hit with plenty of rain – for the third time! A strong contingent from the West headed across to compete in what is a fantastic competition, win, lose or draw. Unfortunately there is not a lot to write about in terms of success but a strong performance from Scott Walker (South Perth) to make the last 16 in the Men’s Singles was perhaps the standout. After leading Commonwealth Games aspirant Wayne Ruediger 12-5, a high standard game slipped away from Scott eventually falling 15-21 – with plenty of West Aussies cheering him on. If you love your bowls the AO is a must to put on your bucket list.

Plans put in motion The Board has ratified the Association’s strategic priorities for the next five years, with Club sustainability a key outcome. It is acknowledged that the lifeblood of our sport – the club – is under pressure from many fronts. Local Councils querying the value of land, a shortage of volunteers, expensive infrastructure to maintain and increasing levels of required governance are all proving onerous for in the main volunteer committees. A key objective over the next period is to provide assistance to club executives in whatever form is sought. The formulation of a Club Resource Guide will be a starting point, which together with our Regional Bowls Manager’s Shenayde Heldt and Clive Adams on hand to personally assist on specific matters, all efforts will be made to ensure the long term future of our club structure. Of course it is a two way street and clubs are encouraged to seek assistance from the RBM’s or the office, before issues become insurmountable.

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• AO Singles winners: Nathan Pedersen and Ellen Ryan.

Directors returned unopposed The Annual General Meeting saw the return of Directors Lisa Featherby, Debbie Capper and Brian Lucas for a further two year term; their on-going support is appreciated. Specific portfolios will be allocated at the August Board meeting. My personal thanks to Therese Hastings who has stepped down from the Chair of the Fixtures and Events Committee. Therese’s common sense approach to matters whether be in her past role as a Board Director or her position on F&E has won her much respect in administrative circles. Of course her on-green work continues as a Bowls Australia NTC and as our Women’s State Coach. Thanks T.

Conditions of Play After discussion at various Forums a number of Conditions of Play have been reviewed for the coming season by the Fixtures and Events Committee. Recommendations for change have been forwarded to the Bowls Management Committee which has the final jurisdiction on such matters. Issues such as maximum number of club sides in Premier League, extreme weather outcomes (again!), cross gender requirements and clarification of the integrity in graded pennant competitions are just some of the areas considered. Information on any changes to the CofP for the upcoming pennant season will be communicated to clubs as soon as able.


Inclusive Practices Officer


Striving for Personal Achievement from Grass Root Inclusion Programs to National Events…

National Multibowl Championships Following the State Championships was the National Multibowl Championships held at Raymond Terrace Bowling Club NSW from May 21st to 26th. What a wonderful venue with 2 full under-cover greens! This event is run by Disability Sport Australia and is the pathway to International Bowlers with a Disability (IBD) Games – these are played every four years and other opportunities arise such as the first Asia Disabled Championships Games in the Republic of Korea at the Siheung Bowls Club. WA did not come away with medals from this tournament, but if an award was given for Team Spirt and Sportsmanship we would have given the other states a good run for their money! All of our players won games with some very close results – a few losing only in final ends after drawn scores.

• Steve Murray (Scarborough) and Eddie Gollan (Kardinya).

Next year this prestigious event will be hosted by WA from May 20th to 26th at Kardinya Bowling Club.

• NeoMetal Sponsor photo. Uniforms and travel shirts have been sponsored by NeoMetal.

• Bowling Arm practice at Rossmoyne BC.

WA Bowling Arm Side Practices for Moama The side to participate at the 2017 National Bowling Arm Challenge, in Moama from September 10th to 13th, the WA Side has been busy practicing at home clubs, tournaments and together at Rossmoyne Bowling Club against opponents organized by Allan Petchell. Uniforms and travel shirts have been sponsored by NeoMetal – a big thank you NeoMetal’s support! For more information on Inclusive Lawn Bowls please contact Denise McMillan on 0449 619 841 or 6

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Striving for Personal Achievement from Grass Root Inclusion Programs to National Events…


State Multi-Disability Championships The 2017 State Multi-Disability Championships were played the weekend of April 29th and 30th at Kardinya Bowling Club with 24 participants in three categories of Deaf, Intellectual and Physical. In a unique twist we had a component of Bowling Arm participants for the first time that were grouped into the physical category. As of next year the Bowling Arm players will bowl within their own category as a seeding process for the State Representative Bowling Arm Side. Our annual event next year will be titled the 'State All-Abilities Championships'. Pairs were played over 5 Round-Robin games, timed to either 1-hour or first to 10 Ends.

Thank You Kardinya Bowling Club A HUGE THANK YOU to Kardinya Bowling Club who helped to organise and run this event. Without volunteers from Kardinya and members of Safety Bay, Warnbro, Vic Park and Willetton we would not be able to host this event! We have had another fantastic year, 2017 being the 3rd Annual Event, and look forward to next year’s competition on the weekend of April 7th and 8th for the 2018 State All-Ability Championships!

2017 State Multi-Disability PAIRS RESULTS Player Category Winner / Runner-up Steve Murray (Scarborough) Wayne Allsopp (Dowerin) Physical Winner Ted Bowman (Halls Head) Judy Stein (Mundaring)

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John McKenzie (Gosnells) Anne Langford (Kardinya)



Harry Wong (Bedford) Andrew McLean (Belmont)



Joseph Lehane (Gosnells) Joseph Maiolo (Gosnells)



Robert Hughes (East Fremantle) Julie Srhoy (Spearwood)



Singles were played in a new format of Sectional Play plus Knockout Ends and the results were:


2017 State Multi-Disability SINGLES Category Winner/ Runner-up

Laurie Blurton (Bunbury) Eddie Gollan (Kardinya) Trevor Heal (Tuart Lakes) Kevin King (Bentley Park) Joseph Lehane (Gosnells) Joseph Maiolo (Gosnells)

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An album of pictures can be found on the Bowls WA Website Page at the following link:

WA International Representation Immediately following the National Multibowl Championships WA had two Players and an NTC Coach attend the Trans-Tasman and the Multi-Nation International Games. Both events were hosted at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast in May and June. Congratulations to Kristina Krstic (Manning) and Eddie Gollan (Kardinya) in representing Australia in the Main Stream and Para Squads, and a further acknowledgement to Therese Hastings in her role as Coach for the Development Squad. • Kristina Krstic, Eddie Gollan and Therese Hastings celebrating Australia's win at the Trans-Tasman

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From the Umpires


Laws of Bowls includes duty of players The Laws of the Sport of Bowls under which we currently play our sport, is by no means 100% complete as it so acknowledges in the Foreword which states that if a situation arises that is not covered by these laws, players, markers and umpires must use their common sense and a spirit of fair play to decide on the appropriate course of action. A not uncommon situation that appears to occur from time to time is one concerning the duties of players, in particular the Skips and the Thirds, when it comes time to deciding the number of shots at the completion of the end. Law 40.2 The third 40.2.1 The third can measure any and all disputed shots. 40.2.2 The third can tell the skip the number of shots scored for or against their team as each end is completed. In the 'old days' (prior to the 2006, internationally introduced Crystal Mark Laws of the Sport of Bowls) there used to be a reference to the 'director' of the end – Director means a player who for the time being is in charge of the head on behalf of the team, meaning that when the Skip is at the head, he is the director and when the skips swap ends to play their bowls, this role then passes to the Third in respect of all matters that require an immediate presence which the skip cannot do from the other end. The logic of this is clear, particularly as the players at the mat cannot realistically determine what has happened or is happening at the head from that distance. The Skip still remains in sole charge of all players as per the Laws. So when the Thirds do agree and/or measure and agree the number of shots to finish the end, it is generally accepted that the end is 'declared' (and thus completed under Law C.7) under the implication that the Skip has delegated this task to the Third, and the Skip should not then demand a re-measure. Law 40.1.1 The skip will have sole charge of the team and all players in the team must follow the skip’s instructions. And under Law 40.1.10 Skips can, at any time, delegate their own powers and any of their own duties (except those described in law 40.1.7) to any other members of the team as long as they tell the opposing skip immediately. However, it seldom if ever happens that the skips advise each other as directed under Law 40.1.10, so we sometimes see skips and thirds disputing the scores, particularly if skip believed his/her team was holding prior to crossing over. It is really up to the Skip and the remainder of the team to be clear on where each member's responsibilities lie and to engender sufficient trust that sees a cohesive team effort, for nothing destroys team spirit (nor the game) faster than internal disputes.


Finally, it is impossible for the Umpire to resolve the issue once bowls have been 'moved' out as they are agreed, other to advise the Skip and Third to sort out their own roles within the Laws. My suggestion is that we could play as if the role of 'director' does exist thus automatically implying delegation of the role to the Third, unless there are fundamental reasons for the Skip to assume the responsibility or delegate it to another player (physical or personal disability, etc.). Some FAQs: 1. From which end should we replay a dead end? “…should be played in the same direction unless the skips…Agree.” Because in most occasions skips do agree to play in the opposite direction, many bowlers appear to think that this is the only option. See Law 20.2 A dead end must be replayed in the same direction unless the skips or opponents in Singles agree to play it in the opposite direction. (If the jack and bowls need to be transferred to the opposite end of the rink before the end is replayed, they must be transferred in a way which avoids distracting players on neighbouring rinks.) 2. Who can stand at the head and offer advice etc.? While leads and seconds often join thirds at the head, they are not always good at stepping back when the possession of the mat changes and often verbally or physically obstruct the third of the team with possession. See Section 1.3 – POSSESSION OF THE RINK; Law 12 Position of Players and Law 13 Possession of the rink. 3. How much time should it take for changing of ends? - in Pennants and other games NOT specified as 'timed', the team with possession of the rink can take their time. Unfortunately it is not uncommon for the team without possession to be discussing their options half way up the rink, in breach of Law 13 Possession of the rink, hindering the progress of the game. Under these circumstances there are penalties that may be applied under Law 13 If the umpire, either by their own observation or on appeal by one of the skips or opponents in Singles, decides that the players in possession of the rink are being interfered with, annoyed or distracted in any way by their opponents, (and all the sub-clauses 13.3.) In the next edition of Jack Hi the Umpires Committee hopes to clarify a few issues with extreme weather in reference to the Laws and the Bowls WA Conditions of Play as they apply to BWA events, including Pennants, that cover rain; storm and heat and the relevant actions required to be taken by the Umpire of the Day in respect to individual abandonment etc.

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From the Country Director

Ross Warburton

Clubs begin to prepare for new season The annual migration to warmer weather has once again put many clubs into hibernation for the winter months and a chance to recharge the batteries for the coming season.

Country Award winners The annual migration to warmer weather has once again put many clubs into hibernation for the winter months and a chance to recharge the batteries for the coming season. My congratulations go to all the Clubs and Country Players who received awards at the Bowls WA annual awards night held at Crown in May. It was a fabulous night with congratulations going to the staff of Bowls WA for the well organised evening.

Country dates set The dates have been set for next season’s ILRR and IZRR competitions.

LADIES Eastern Zone Pairs 25/26 November 2017 at Boulder or Kalgoorlie Fours 3/4 February 2018 at Northam Southern Zone Pairs 25/26 November 2017 at Kojonup Fours 2/3/4 February 2018 at Gnowangerup South West Zone Pairs 22/23 November 2017 at Margaret River Fours 31 January 2018/1 February 2018 at Blackwood League Northern Zone Pairs 24/25/26 November 2017 at Denison Fours 2/3/4 February 2018 at Jurien Inter Zone RR Pairs 17/18 February 2108 at Southern Zone Fours 10/11 March 2018 at Jurien

MEN Inter League RR – 12/14 January 2018 Inter Zone RR – 10/11 February 2018 at Dalwallinu

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• Dowerin win Country Club of the Year. Accepted by Darryl Hudson and Trevor Gerrard.

CCES on again The venues and dates for the annual CCES (Country Coaching Enhancement Scheme) program have been decided with the Zone committees waiting for nominations. This year the criteria has been changed a little, with a maximum at each clinic to be 15. This has been decided with consultation with Presenters and Assessors to enable them to have more one on one coaching with participants. Also the clinic is not open for Juniors, nor aged players, it is aimed at those players showing exceptional ability with a very bright future to represent at Inter League and Zone competitions. Contact your Club, League or Zone representatives if you are interested.

Australian Open I had the opportunity to compete in the Australian Open and it was pleasing to see WA players from around our country Zones and Metropolitan Clubs competing. Support and camaraderie amongst Western Australian bowlers was very evident. My first year as Country Director has been quite a learning curve that I hadn’t quite planned for, however, I’ve had tremendous support from the late Graham Leeks and now Kerry Andersen, Ken Pride and his office staff as well as all the country administrators and players.


National Deaf Championships 2017

• The competitors at the National Deaf Championships.

WA excel at Championships Dudley Park Bowling and Recreation Club in Western Australia successfully hosted the 2017 National Deaf Bowls Championships from Sunday 30th April to Friday 5th May 2017. Over the six days, a total of thirty six bowlers participated in eight championship events. The competition was keen with some outstanding bowls. WA were well represented and competed successfully in finals securing Gold Medals in Men's Triples, Pairs and Singles. All competitors were complimentary of the Club’s greens and the service provided, at the presentation dinner Dudley Park was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation. The next event on the Deaf Bowls calendar is the Albury/ Wodonga Deaf Lawn Bowls Games 20th – 27th January 2018.

Following the championships Deaf Lawn Bowls Australia has announced the Australian team. The selected Men’s team is David Ravlich, George John Ravlich, Gregory Stachan (WA), Michael Barca (Vict), Brian Lockyear (NSW), John Price (Qld) with Barry Lynne (Qld) team manager. The ladies team is Robyn Larkin, Heather Wilson (Vict), Helen Cruden, Toni Rose Robsen (NSW), Gail Dellar (Qld), Kate Leese (WA) with Anne Jeavons (WA) team manager. The 8th International Deaf lawn bowls championships will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand in January 2019.

Championships Results Men Fours Runner Up: Harry Hughes, Peter Best, Robert Scoft, Graeme Rothnie (WA) Men Fours Winners: Barry Lynne, Gordon Heselwood, Barry Greentree, Ken Read (QLD) Men Triples Runner Up: David Ravlich, George John Ravlich, Peter Best (WA) Men Triples Winners: Greg Strachan, Hany Hughes, Robert Scott (WA) Men Pairs Runner Up: Barry Lynne, Gordon Heselwood (QLD) Men Pairs Winners: David Ravlich, George John Ravlich (WA) Men Singles Runner Up: Brian Lockyer (NSW) Men Singles Winners: David Ravlich (WA) Women Fours Runner Up: Kate Leese (WA), Jeanie Rothnie (WA), Penny Fogarty (WA), Helen Cruden (NSW) Women Fours Winners: Lyn Raeburn, Robyn Larkin, Natasha Hogan, Heather Wilson (VIC) Women Triples Runner Up: Heather Wilson, Lyn Raeburn, Natasha Hogan (VIC) Women Triples Winners: Robyn Larkin (VIC), Helen Cruden (NSW), Toni Rose Robson (NSW) Women Pairs Runner Up: Helen Cruden, Toni Rose Robson (NSW) Women Pairs Winners: Robyn Larkin, Heather Wilson (VIC) Women Singles Runner Up: Gail Dellar (QLD) Women Singles Winners: Robyn Larkin (VIC)


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• John Hughes with members of the winning team.


John Hughes touch of style – a success A very successful Touch of Style was held recently at the Victoria Park Carlisle Bowling Club. Sponsored by John Hughes the event included 96 of the state’s top female metropolitan and country bowlers. The event was won by Vicki Spragg (Dudley Park), Lee Leach (Sorrento), Dawn Peos (Manjimup) and Sue Syme (Leeming). Tournament Director Carol Lee announced all placegetters and prizes were presented to the winners by Mr John Hughes. She also mentioned that the event was the only one of its kind in Australia, as country and city players were placed together and this created a great spirit of friendship and comradery. Second place went to Sue Hogg (Manning), Helen Paganoni (Busselton), Coral Smith (Sorrento) and Karen Dye (Gnowangerup). Third was Tricia Forbes (Emu Point), Margaret Sitko (Bedford), Janet Millar (Yunderup) and Annette Campbell (North Beach). Fourth place went to Gwenda Andrews (Pingelly), Helen Birkbeck (Melville), Adrienne Bellairs (Waroona) and Erica Andersson (Leeming). The Perpetual Trophy was presented to the winners by Mr John Hughes. Club President Meryl Bolton thanked Mr Hughes for his sponsorship and he replied that it would continue. Congratulations once again to all the winners.

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• Noelene Abe

• Kerry Andersen

• Linda Warburton

Women’s O60’s team announced The Women’s State Selectors are excited to announce this years Over 60 Women State Side. The selection panel are confident that all the women chosen will give 100% at the upcoming Side Series to be hosted on the Copper Coast of South Australia from Monday 16th to Thursday 19th of October. The side contains several big name changes to the team that played at Osborne Park Bowling Club last year finishing out of medal contention. Former South Australian Over 60’s skipper Janet Cocks makes her WA debut in her former state. Over 60’s regular Bev Baker returns to the team after being a late out to injury last year whilst five times bowler of the year Noelene Abe will provide some terrific back end power to the team. The other inclusions are current Over 60’s bowler of the Year Irene Arndt along with Jenny Bruce, Liz Matthews and Debbie Rhine.

Women's Over 60s team Noelene Abe Kerry Andersen Irene Arndt Bev Baker Jenny Bruce Janet Cocks Liz Matthews Lee Poletti Rhonda Prosser Debbie Rhine Vicki Spragg Linda Warburton

Corrigin Mosman Park Safety Bay Mosman Park Busselton North Beach Manning Geraldton North Beach North Beach Dudley Park Mosman Park

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$9.4 million sports complex announced at Alfred Cove

New bowls facility in Melville Tompkins Park, off Canning Highway in Alfred Cove, is to become home for a new state-of-the-art lawn bowling facility. At its full council meeting (Tuesday 20th June), the City of Melville Council voted 8-3 in favour of a motion to spend $9.4 million on a combined new sporting hub at Tompkins Park with lawn bowls as its centerpiece. As part of the plan the Mount Pleasant and Melville bowling clubs will merge and a new club with a new name established on the site. The new bowls facility will comprise four 40 metre sand-filled synthetic, fully lit and fully reticulated bowling greens, two of which will be under cover. It will rival two of the best under-cover synthetic bowling facilities in Australia – at the Darwin Bowls Club (shown in the image above) and another on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. It is aimed to have the new bowls facility up-and-running by the start of the 2018/19 bowls season. Part of the deal will involve the refurbishment and expansion of existing pavilion infrastructure at Tompkins Park to accommodate cricket, rugby union, soccer as well as lawn bowls. A process of governance for the combined sporting hub is yet to be finalised. However, a sports association will be established to oversee management of the new facility at the eastern end of Tompkins Park, with representation from each sporting club involved, and the City of Melville. The City is currently carrying out financial modelling to ensure that all clubs will have sufficient income to deliver outcomes for their members including replacement of the synthetic playing surfaces for lawn bowls. As part of the deal, the City of Melville has agreed to waive about $180,000 worth of loan debt accrued by the Mount Pleasant Bowling Club. It will also give the club immediate access to about $45,000 in its sinking fund, which the club had set aside for greens replacement. Further, the council has pledged monetary assistance to pay for playing uniforms for all members joining the new bowling BowlsWA • Jack Hi • Winter 2017

club, an advertising program to promote the club, the relocation of honour boards and other club memorabilia, and $60,000 for a greens replacement sinking fund. If the new bowls facility is not completed before the commencement of the 2018/19 bowls season in late October or early November 2018, it is likely that members of the newly branded club will use the three existing greens at Mount Pleasant until the new facility becomes available. Shrinking membership at bowling clubs within the City of Melville area triggered a need for change. From this emerged the city’s Bowls Strategy and a proposal to merge the Mount Pleasant and Melville bowling clubs. Subsequently, a private enterprise group floated the concept of developing a $25 million Wave Park on the existing site of the Melville Bowling Club. Whether the wave park goes ahead or not – and there has been plenty of opposition for that project already including protests on the steps of State Parliament – development of the new multi-million dollar bowling facility at Tompkins Park will definitely go ahead. The City of Melville is currently seeking community input for the future development of land on which the Mount Pleasant Bowling Club now sits. The site is Crown land and worth a minimum of $8 million. It is of sufficient size to accommodate at least 18 R20 450 square metre-sized residential blocks plus roads, footpaths and public open space. Choosing a name for the new bowling club at Tompkins Park is likely to stimulate plenty of interest, although Alfred Cove, the name of the suburb where it is to be located, is an early favourite. A sub-title or nick-name will also get minds thinking and many tongues wagging, with 'The Cove' or 'Southern Spirit' among a couple of possibilities. Mount Pleasant Bowling Club has been buoyed by the recent commitment of 2005 Australian champion-of-champions Jeff Hall to play pennant bowls for the 'Mounties' next season. – Article by John Terrell (Mt Pleasant Bowling Club) 13

Club in Profile: Gosnells Bowling Club

Hard work pays off at Gosnells Gosnells, 20km south east of the Perth CBD, is not only a club, but also a city which is quickly becoming a cultural hub of Perth. This success is partially attributed to the hard work done by their Bowling Club. Gosnells Bowling Club has been a highly successful club since its establishment in 1938, and have always been on the forefront in thinking, even back in 1991 when they were the first of WA clubs to unify. The then president Brian Fox, is still on the planning and working committee and is one of many committed members who has helped the club be where they are today. One major project which Gosnells have just concluded, is that working in conjunction with the Curtin University Architectural Department, the City of Gosnells and a professional Architect, Robert Murray, who kindly donated his time and expertise to the club. The Curtin University third year architecture students were presented with a task to create, following a brief presented from City of Gosnells and the Bowling Club, a new clubhouse as their main university task for the semester. Working tirelessly over ten weeks, in collaboration with university lecturers and tutors, they selected the top three designs which met their brief, and awarded significant prizes to these students, from a club sponsor. It was phenomenal the results that the club have gained from this project, they now have some designs to work with for their new clubhouse, and they have the local council and Members of Parliament on board to support them with this project too. The club identified, due to their ever growing community involvement, functions, membership and participation numbers, that they need a new club house to facilitate their growth.


As part of the project, they had over 100 students visit the club for a presentation, to gather what bowls is and how the club house will work as a structure. They had a 'Have a go day' for Curtin students, exposing some students to the game who previously had no awareness of Bowls. This is just one small project of the community involvement within the last 12 months. In addition the club has finalised a 20 year Business plan, projecting succession and how they wish the club to progress. They held a successful five-week Corporate Bowls competition for local businesses, attracting 104 competitors. The inaugural Jack Attack competition was also held with 18 teams of up to five per team. They also ran Jack Attack for high school students as part of their sporting curriculum. One of these school groups was for autistic children, and showed that bowls really is for everyone. Gosnells have commenced running Junior Jack Attack at local schools in the community, as well as having programs at the club with their own Junior Jack Attack Kit. On the weekend just passed, the Gosnells Bowling Club were awarded Clubs WA Award of Manager of the Year, and I congratulate the hard work of the committee to win this state wide, multi sport award. Gosnells BC also won Clubs WA Small Club of the Year Award, which is very fitting considering the hard work and hours they put into the club. Lastly, they were awarded ‘Clubs WA Members Club of the Year’ for the third year running, showing just how fantastic the culture is that they have created for their members. This is simply reflected by their ever growing membership numbers, which is not a frequent occurrence in most bowling clubs. – Article by Regional Bowls Manager Shenayde Heldt Email: • Mobile: 0429 781 176 BowlsWA • Jack Hi • Winter 2017

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Bowls WA Hall of Fame 2017

Ravlich becomes 37th Hall of Fame Inductee Cockburn Bowling Club’s John Ravlich was inducted as Bowls WA’s 37th inductee into its Hall of Fame. Ravlich now join club mates Steve Srhoy, Peter Sardelic and Smiljana Jakovich in attaining the honour. It was only fitting that Hall of Fame Committee member Steve Srhoy announced the induction at the Bowls WA Awards Night. Steve has been not only a team mate of Ravlich for 50 years but also a neighbour to the family for over 70 years. “I’ve never heard anyone ever say a bad word about John, he was so popular, every club I ever went to, they just loved Johnny Ravlich and to see him here tonight with his beautiful family – thanks John”, said an emotional Srhoy to a huge round of applause from those in attendance. The much respected Ravlich has had a remarkable career spanning over 50 years in the game. A three-time State Triples winner, Masters Triples and Fours winner, Ravlich came to particular prominence when runner-up to the great Dennis Katunarich in the 1985 Australian Singles final, played at the Yokine Bowling Club. That success earned state selection in the undefeated 1987 Alley Shield winning side – a who’s who of the greats of WA bowls. However it is in the world of Deaf bowls that Ravlich has proved one of the game’s greats. A four-time World Deaf Championship winner, fivetime Australian Deaf representative and a member of the WA side for over 50 years he has been an ornament to the sport and a much deserving inductee into the Hall of Fame. John who answered questions through the aid of his interpreter giving the crowd plenty of laughs when talking about his life in bowls from the beginnings of playing bocce


then seeing ‘old guys walking up and down a green’ thus turning to bowls and having to wear a tie and whites to the high point of a runner-up at the Australian Championships and winning a state series with WA. One of the more touching moments of the evening also came from John during his thank you's, “One thing I do want to say, is to my absolutely gorgeous family. I would like to thank my family very sincerely for all of their support and everything they have done over the years, over my sporting career, with an absolutely special thanks to my late wife Lexie, love of my life, who has always supported me in everything I did through my career, through my sporting events, she has always been there for me. "It’s a shame Lexie unfortunately could not be here to be a part of this honour, this great honour I am receiving tonight. Thank you Lexie,” he said. Ravlich also made sure he thanked his club Cockburn. “I’ve been playing lawn bowls for 58 years and I’ve enjoyed every moment of it, with 51 of those 58 years staying with Cockburn and I’ve always felt very privileged, very thankful and grateful to the Cockburn club, all the players, all the volunteers, all the people there in the premier division over the last three decades of my tenure playing there. I’ve played along with some really great Cockburn bowlers like Steve Srhoy, Peter Sardelic, Marko and Tony Krajancic, Peter Novak, Les Holloway, Milan Bacich and Norm Pascoe, it was an absolute privilege being part of that team.” John was farewelled with a large standing ovation from everyone in attendance and his name now sits in history in the Bowls WA Hall of Fame.

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Awards Night 2017 Metro Club of the Year – Osborne Park

Osborne Park Caps off Season with Club of the Year Award Osborne Park Bowling Club are the 2016/17 Bowls WA Metropolitan Club of the Year. Club Manager Helen Stevens accepted the award on behalf of the club at the Bowls WA Awards Night. It’s the first time the club has won the award since 1977 despite its prominence in recent years. The award is about all the people in the club according to Mrs Stevens. “We are beyond stoked about this award,” she said. “It’s not just about the bowling fraternity, as far as I’m concerned we’ve got the best bowlers that are dedicated to a club, they do what they have to do.” The hard work put in by members and volunteer staff was a common theme throughout Mrs Stevens speech “We have the best volunteer staff,” she said. “They work their guts out in the club in every way shape or form whether it is on the greens, or our gardens. We have a great club, I’m very proud of that.” Osborne Park enjoyed a fantastic season on the green with seven of their pennant teams finishing in the top two on the ladder.

At the highest level the club excelled participating in the finals in both Premier League competitions as well as having members win both Player State Side Series awards, Over 60’s Male of the Year, Over 60’s Male of the Side Series, and two state titles won by all Osborne Park teams. Osborne Park have hosted a number of bowling and nonbowling events and groups across this season and have a strong community bowls program. Osborne Park also hosted various stages of every Bowls WA State Event and the National Over 60’s Side Series in October. Mrs Stevens said the Over 60’s Nationals was a highlight of the season. “I think holding the Over 60’s Nationals at the club was a big one for us,” she said “It was a great tournament, we enjoyed every moment of it. We had no hiccups because we have such a good group of people.”

• Men's Bowler of the Australian Sides Championships winner Cody Packer, presented by Graeme Wishart.

• Dual winners of the Women's Bowler of the Australian Sides Championships: Hailey Adams and Kristina Krstic.

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Annual Awards Night 2017 Western Australia’s best have been honoured at the annual Bowls WA Awards Night. Those that had earned awards either as players, clubs or volunteers were recognized in front of a packed crowd at the Crown Entertainment Complex. It wasn’t surprising to see Helen Morss (Manning) go home with her third Connie Hicks Brooch for Women’s Bowler of the Year. Morss won the first three State events of the season but could only manage a quarter final appearance in the Triples as she searched for a grand slam. As the State Singles champion she was also presented with her second President's Brooch. The Men’s Bowler of the Year went down to the wire as Clive Adams (Cambridge) just edged the competition to win his third Rosenthal Medal. His Champion of Champions win late in the season was a big part of his winning the award, as was his semi-final appearance in the State Singles and his second successive State Pairs final.

His club Osborne Park has now been home to half of the awards six winners. The female equivalent was presented to Safety Bay’s Irene Arndt whose performance in two events was enough to get her over the line. She won both the Mixed Pairs and the Women’s Singles in a superb season. Her club Safety Bay enjoyed a fine evening as club members took both on the off green individual awards. She introduced a program to teach new bowlers the game as well as weekly forums to help existing players improve their skills in a more formalized manner. Club Secretary Rowley Dickens received the Volunteer of the Year Award for his role in handling the Safety Bay’s recent building and restoration work in addition to normal secretary duties.

• Hall of Fame: John Ravlich and family.

• A trio of winners at Safety Bay.

The Vice Patron’s medal went to Dudley Park’s Mark Simpson as the outstanding country bowler for the season. His consistency across multiple events won him the award with a win in the State Triples going with runner up positions in the State Fours and Country Week Singles. There was a tie for the Women’s Country Bowler of the Year with both Jill Adam (Geraldton) and Jenny Parker (Northam) enjoying great seasons. Parker won the headline event at Country Week with her Singles title while Adam secured herself a Penny Needham brooch late with her semi-final appearance in the State Triples adding to her Country Week Pairs win. Another country player to feature was Country Week’s youngest Singles winner Kaleb Walding. The Karratha lad was named Under 18 Boy Bowler of the year thanks to a superb display at the Under 18 Championships including Singles gold, Pairs gold and Triples silver. At the other end of the age spectrum Grant Nicol was named Over 60’s Bowler of the Year. Nicol’s consistency saw him reach the quarter finals in all four Over 60’s events with the highlight being his victory in the Pairs.

Three clubs received awards based on their performance in a number of areas including promotional work, on green success and works carried out to upgrade or maintain club facilities. Dowerin’s consistency across all areas of the club coupled with on green success with two Pennants saw them take out the Jim Murray Award for Country Club of the Year. Gnowangerup have had a very successful season adding the Small Country Club of the Year award to their Champion Club award they earned at Men’s Country Week. Osborne Park are this season’s Metropolitan Club of the Year due to the work put in by the club this season both on and off the green. Regularly considered one of the states biggest and progressive clubs it is surprising to know they last won Club of the Year exactly forty years ago in 1977. The club fielded teams in the finals of the all three top grade competitions with the Men’s Saturday and Midweek both narrowly defeated however it was the work off the green with major renovations to the club house, excellent greens, terrific club run events and an extremely successful hosting of the Over 60’s National Championships that contributed to them being named as the Club of the Year. • Continued page 19


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Annual Awards Night 2017 One of the biggest cheers for the night was reserved for John Ravlich who was inducted into the Bowls WA Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievements as a player. Ravlich represented Western Australia in the 1987 Alley Shield winning side and won three State Triples and two Masters events. John was also a star of deaf bowls over his career which included four World Deaf Championship wins throughout a career which has spanned over 50 years at state, national and international level. A number of awards were recognised that had already been announced earlier in the year. Blake Nairn took home the President’s Medal as the Men’s State Singles winner while Cody Packer, Hailey Adams, Kristina Krstic, Gordon King and Linda Warburton were presented with their awards as the best players in their respective State Teams. Congratulations once again to all the awards winners.

The Full List of Annual Recipients 2017

Rosenthal Medallists Medal Under 18 Boy Bowler of the Year Kaleb Walding (Karratha)

McKenzie/Barns Award Over 60’s Male Bowler of the Interstate Series Gordon King (Osborne Park)

Trevor Barron Medal Over 60’s Male Bowler of the Year Grant Nicol (Osborne Park)

Beryl Brennan Award Over 60’s Female Bowler of the Interstate Series Linda Warburton (Mosman Park)

Norma Samuel Medal Over 60’s Female Bowler of the Year Irene Arndt (Safety Bay)

Bowls WA Volunteer of the Year Rowley Dickens (Safety Bay)

Bowls WA Club Coach of the Year Coralie Shattock (Safety Bay)

Bowls WA Small Country Club of the Year Gnowangerup Bowling Club Bowls WA Country Club of the Year – The Jim Murray Award Dowerin Bowling Club

Hall of Fame Inductee John Ravlich Bowling Club

Bowls WA Metropolitan Club of the Year Osborne Park Bowling Club

Allan Eddy/Rod Wishart Award Best Male Player Australian Side Series Cody Packer (Osborne Park)

Jim Sullivan Medal 200 State Games Clive Adams (Cambridge) Beryl Godfrey Award Best Female Player Australian Side Series Hailey Adams (Osborne Park) and Kristina Krstic (Manning) President’s Brooch Women’s State Singles Winner Helen Morss (Manning) President’s Medal Men’s State Singles Winner Blake Nairn (Bassendean) Vice Patron’s Medal Men’s Country Bowler of the Year Mark Simpson (Dudley Park) Penny Needham Brooch Women’s Country Bowler of the Year Jill Adam (Geraldton) and Jenny Parker (Northam) Connie Hicks Brooch Women’s Bowler of the Year Helen Morss (Manning) Rosenthal Medal Men’s Bowler of the Year Clive Adams (Cambridge)

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Awards Night 2017

Jim Sullivan Medal – Clive Adams

Adams joins WA greats with Jim Sullivan medal A Jim Sullivan Medal has been awarded to Clive Adams who accepted the medal at the Bowls WA Awards Night in May. The medal is presented to those who have played 200 games for Western Australia and has been given to just seven other players. Adams played his 200th game in the final fixture of the 2017 Side Series at Lockleys Bowling Club against the Northern Territory. Adams has played every position for WA since his debut in 1997 and has also been a part of numerous five a side and super six teams. Adams recalls his debut as something he’ll never forget. “I started my state career actually at Moama in the five a side series and my first game was directly against Steve Glasson in the triples,” he said. “So I certainly started against the best and that’s something I’ll remember forever.” The name’s Adams joins puts him in illustrious company which he reflected on when he accepted the award. “It is very humbling to join the amazing array of players, the small group but an amazing group that have played 200 games for WA,” he said He thanked his parents and the clubs he has played for as key figures in reaching the 200 game mark.

• Men's O60's Bowler of the Interstate Series – Gordon King.


“To my parents, there should be an award for watching 100 games because they’ve definitely done it,” he said. “The amazing support that they’ve given me not only in bowls but throughout my life, I’m indebted to them for their amazing contribution. Cambridge my current club, wonderful club to play bowls at but it would be remiss of me not to thank Wanneroo where I started and played for 25, 26 years and formed me as person as well as a player.” In his state career Adams was named the Eddy-Wishart Medallist as the best male player for WA once in 2012.

• Women's O60's Bowler of the Interstate Series – Linda Warburton.

• President's Medal. State Singles winner Blake Nairn.

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Awards Night 2017

Club Coach of the Year

Coralie scoops Coach Award Safety Bay’s Coralie Shattock has been awarded the 2016/17 Club Coach of the Year Award. Mrs Shattock received her award primarily for her work with new members, teaching them the fundamentals of the game. Her four session program is designed to give players the skills and knowledge required to play the game and is just as suitable for social players as it is for aspiring pennant players. Mrs Shattock explained her role in helping new players transition from community bowls to club members. “We do have a very very strong community bowlers club which is where I come in I suppose,” she said. “We have up to 150 playing over summer and so from that we hope to draw as many members as we can. • Coralie Shattock. So when we do get someone who’s willing to sign up to become a bowler then I’m in there and grab them and do a The results of these forums are evident in the performance coaching course with them to really bring them along.” The of Safety Bay’s ladies sides. Their top side gained promotion content of the sessions included basic delivery technique, back into Premier League while their 1st Green South and 3rd how to the place the mat and jack, rules and etiquette which White sides played in pennant or promotion finals. are all important knowledge for new players to adjust to the Mrs Shattock described her journey into coaching and how game quickly. she came to perform the role she does. Additionally Mrs Shattock introduced weekly coaching “Well I’m an old teacher,” she said. “I see something that forums for ladies pennant players and teams. needs doing like that and think well I can do that so yeah, I The forums were designed to cover skills, leadership and just went with it.” strategy in an attempt to maximise each players potential.

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Volunteer of the Year

Rowley wins Volunteer award The 2016/17 Volunteer of the Year is Rowley Dickens. The now ex-Safety Bay Secretary has been a major part of several major works carried out at the club in addition to his secretarial duties. Safety Bay has recently replaced two greens and upgraded a lot of off-green infrastructure. This includes a new alfresco area and the installation of solar panels. Mr Dickens was responsible for all grant applications and the co-ordination of the projects. Mr Dickens said he had been volunteering throughout his life so it was a natural thing to do at his club. “Since I was about 16-17, I’ve always been volunteering of some sort or other, whether it be fire brigades, sea rescue or whatever,” he said. “I joined the club about 12 years ago and there were vacancies for different positions so I took them on.” Mr Dickens also spoke about the great need for volunteers and the responsibility they have in clubs. “I think we need volunteers all the time,” he said. “All the clubs in Australia and Western Australia in particular, their income is all done by volunteers. I think every one of the volunteers in all the clubs do an absolutely wonderful job.” Mr Dickens has now concluded his four-year term as Secretary and will now move on to the role of Club Captain next season. • Rowley Dickens.

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Awards Night 2017

Lindsay Rosenthal Medal – Clive Adams

Adams wins third Rosenthal medal

Clive also won the Champion of Champion Singles for the second time in three years… Clive Adams has become the sixth person to win three Rosenthal Medals by winning the award for 2016/17. Adams joins Bert Sharp, Dennis Katunarich, Geoff Oakley, Anthony Provost and Thomas Mitchell as a three-time Bowler of the Year. He was on hand to accept the medal at the Bowls WA Awards Night and said that to win a third Rosenthal is, "amazing”. “To win one of these is a special moment, to think it’s the third one, yeah it’s amazing,” he said. “It is hard to put in to words.” Adams won the Champion of Champions Singles for the second time in three years, a competition he admitted was keenly on his radar. “I sort of set myself for the Champion of Champions,” Adams said. “I sort of let myself down a little bit in the State Singles. “Taking nothing from Anthony (Williams) beating me in the semi-final, I probably didn’t feel like I did my best in the last few ends of that game. “It played on my mind for a little while and that just steeled me a little bit more to go out there and do my best in the Champion of Champions to try and get that title so the Champion of Champions is definitely the highlight.” As well as his Champion of Champions title and semi-final loss in the State Singles, Adams made it to the final of the State Pairs, losing to fellow Rosenthal finalists Shane Knott and Anthony Williams, and the quarter-finals of the State Fours. Adams won his first Rosenthal in 2003 and his second in 2015 in the first ever tie, sharing the honour with Tom Mitchell. He is now just one Rosenthal off Mitchell’s record of four Rosenthal Medals and with both players still playing there is the potential to win more. 22

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Awards Night 2017

, Women s Bowler of the Year – Helen Morss

Dominant Morss wins again Helen Morss is the winner of the Connie Hicks Brooch for the third time in her career. She was announced as the winner at the Bowls WA Awards Night to no one’s surprise given she had won the State Singles, Pairs and Fours. She complemented her state titles with an equal third finish in the Masters Singles and a quarter final run in the State Triples to finish the year. Morss did have the opportunity to become the first woman to ever win all four State Events but couldn’t quite finish off in the triples. She said she didn’t set out with winning all four events as a goal but instead just dealt with each event as it came. “I think it just happened,” she said. “You don’t set out to win three or four, just one at a time. “One led to two and two led to three and three didn’t lead to four unfortunately but wasn’t through lack of trying.” Morss also reflected on the contribution of her team mates stating that you can’t win Bowler of the Year on your own. “You can’t win a bowler of the year without having great people play with you in the other State Events,” she said. “The State Fours with Therese (Hastings), Robyn (O’Brien) and Shenayde (Heldt) and it was Robyn and Shenayde’s first title so I’m very pleased to be part of that with them. “I’ve been playing for ten years now and Therese has been a really big part of my career. “She’s been a great mentor, great friend and I’ve just really enjoyed playing my bowls with Therese.” Morss also thanked her club and her family for the support she has received throughout her bowls career.

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Lifestyle Article

by Aaron Delaporte (Jack Hi Editor)

Think twice before you whinge! I’m going to have a little whinge about whingers and in doing so I’m putting my mind and body at risk – don’t believe me then read on. In an age of decreasing volunteers within the sport along with ever increasing avenues for making your feelings known (website forums and social media) I have noticed a disturbing trend. A lot of people like to have a whinge/vent/ rant, and whilst a lot of the time it’s just someone letting off a bit of steam, really what good does it do? Certainly nothing for the sport and what may surprise some – it’s actually not good for you at all. "People don't break wind in elevators more than they have to. Venting anger is…similar to emotional farting in a closed area. It sounds like a good idea, but it's dead wrong," psychologist Jeffrey Lohr, who has studied venting mentions in an online article titled Complaining Is Terrible for You, According to Science I’ve smelt that foul odour of an emotional farting in bowls circles a bit too often – more often than not through the advent of social media article specifically Facebook. Surprisingly I doubt the whingers even bother to make a genuine complaint or think about why they are doing what they are doing, let alone consider the possible impacts. The following is blatantly copied from an online article entitled Why Complaining May Be Dangerous to your Health Quit whining. The truth is nobody likes to hear it, and it’s bad for you. A half hour of complaining every day physically damages a person’s brain, according to research from Stanford University. Whether you’re the one griping or you’re the one listening, exposure to negativity peels back neurons in the hippocampus–the part of the brain used for problem solving nd cognitive function. Over time, complaining becomes a habit. If you’re surrounded by complainers, then you’re more likely to become one. “As a society, we complain too much, but more importantly we don’t complain effectively,” says Guy Winch, PhD and author of The Squeaky Wheel. 24

“We’ve lost a sense of what complaining is for; instead, we use it as an exercise for venting and that has consequences.” Winch explains venting causes two problems. “Research has found that 95% of consumers who have a problem don’t complain to the company, but they will tell their tale to eight to 16 people,” he says. “It’s unproductive because we’re not complaining to the people who can resolve our issue.” Venting also floods the bloodstream with cortisol, the stress hormone. “We tell ourselves that we need to get it off our chest, but each time we do, we get upset all over again,” he adds. “We end up 10 to 12 times more aggravated.” That’s right – whinging can damage your brain – oh my god!! How many bowlers are out there with brain damage right now? I often heard the word “Bowls Community” and it’s true, bowlers in general are very supportive and kind people. Having been involved in the sport for over 20 years I can honestly say 99% of people in bowls are genuinely great people who do great things for their club, the sport and the community. However that doesn’t mean the odd whinge isn’t forth coming, hey I’ve been guilty of it myself. It is also true many members have friends outside of bowls – these are people who one day may be potential bowlers. Seeing negative comments about the sport doesn’t do it any favours at all. The majority of time the more serious venting also comes after someone has decided to move on from their current club over a dispute or decision. If a player has left the club and continues to harp on about it in a negative way it is only making themselves look bad and what club will want someone who is a known whinger. Now back to that article! “These minor irritations can cost us mental health,” Winch says. “We need to practice emotional hygiene and get rid of habits that are bad. • continued page 25 BowlsWA • Jack Hi • Winter 2017

• From page 24.

Think twice before you whinge! If you choose to do the thing that is going to get you upset, you will just end up feeling victimized. But when you do the thing makes you feel more empowered, it increases your self-esteem. How you handle complaints is a good example of your overall emotional hygiene.” Not only does hanging out with your own negative thoughts rewire your brain for negativity, hanging out with negative people does much the same. Why? "When we see someone experiencing an emotion (be it anger, sadness, happiness, etc), our brain 'tries out' that same emotion to imagine what the other person is going through. And it does this by attempting to fire the same synapses in your own brain so that you can attempt to relate to the emotion you're observing. This is basically empathy. It is how we get the mob mentality.... It is our shared bliss at music festivals," Parton writes. "But it is also your night at the bar with your friends who love love love to constantly bitch." The takeaway lesson is, if you want to strengthen your capacity for positivity and weaken your reflex for gloom, "surround yourself with happy people who rewire your brain towards love."

Stress is terrible for your body, too. All of the above sounds like a good argument for staying away from negativity to protect your mental health, but Parton insists that quitting the complaining habit is essential for your physical health, too. "When your brain is firing off these synapses of anger, you're weakening your immune system; you're raising your blood pressure, increasing your risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes, and a plethora of other negative ailments," he says. The culprit is the stress hormone cortisol. When you're negative, you release it, and elevated levels of the stuff, "interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease…the list goes on and on," says Parton. Sometimes complaints are necessary, but only if you go about it the right way. That is probably going to be a whole lot tougher to do than a rant on Facebook but it may get you actual results, at worst you will get more real satisfaction in the long term. Whatever the outcome the experts say be prepared to let it go instead of dwelling on it. BowlsWA • Jack Hi • Winter 2017

WA BOWLS RANKINGS Based on prestigous events over 3 years

MEN Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 12 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Name Mitchell, Thomas Knott, Shane Slavich, John Nairn, Blake Harris, Pieter Adams, Clive Williams, Anthony Simpson, Mark Trewhella, Daniel Patterson, Daniel Mitchell, Matthew O'Neill, Steve Packer, Cody Grigg, Lewis Opie, Justin Lilburne, Ian Brown, Daniel Pickering, Kevin Ayres, Matthew Caffell, Pat

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 15 15 18 19 20

Name Morss, Helen Hastings, Therese Abe, Noelene Andersen, Kerry Krstic, Kristina Featherby, Lisa Warburton, Linda Heal, Helen Poletti, Lee Chalmers, Pam Adams, Hailey Heldt, Shenayde Dunn, Roma O'Brien, Robyn Saunders, Shaan Solly, Shari Stevens, Helen Spragg, Vicki Merz, Laura Leahy, Irene

Club Manning Manning Doubleview Bassendean Cambridge Cambridge Manning Dudley Park Osborne Park Cambridge Manning Osborne Park Osborne Park Osborne Park Bassendean Osborne Park Kardinya Osborne Park Manning Osborne Park

Total 260 175 159 155 143 141 136 126 122 115 89 86 86 81 80 78 77 72 68 64

WOMEN Club Manning Manning Corrigin Mosman Park Manning Mosman Park Mosman Park Manning Geraldton Osborne Park Osborne Park Manning Dudley Park Manning Manning Manning Osborne Park Dudley Park Manning Boulder

Total 316 242 192 186 183 152 141 128 110 106 102 82 81 79 72 72 72 65 55 54

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• Darcy Petersen, Cody Johnson, Zachary Pepper and Blake Lever.

• Mia Diudici, Tayla Meachem and Ashlyn Mosina.

Eaton Primary School

Taking on a new Sport EIGHTY SEVEN students in Years 5 and 6 from Eaton Primary School put their lawn bowling skills to the test on May 24th at a full-day bowling carnival at the Eaton Bowling Club. The students had trained for three weeks before the carnival with the help of four bowling club members and competed against each other in groups. The students used modified, age appropriate Jr Jack Attack bowls which are lighter and smaller than regular bowls and can be used on any surface, allowing them to practice on their school basketball courts in the lead up to the event. Physical education teacher David Ogden said it was great for the kids to learn a new sport they might not normally be exposed to. “It’s something different for the kids and not something they might have otherwise had an opportunity to play” Mr Ogden said. “It’s a fantastic sport which doesn’t require kids to be athletic and allows kids of all physical abilities to take part “ Mr Ogden said he was thankful to the club for helping to teach the students and allowing the use of their facilities. “Eaton Primary would like to thank Eaton Bowling Club and its members for making the bowling program and carnival possible” he said. After working up an appetite from all the fun they were having in the sunshine, the students were treated to a sausage sizzle and fresh fruit put on by the club. • Zoe Mellow, twins Hollie and Courtney Reynolds and Mitchell Barnett.


• Trinity Tawhai, Shakaya Stiles and Jaylen Penn.

• Breeanah Asman, Rosie Clothier, Hannah Draper and Dakota Graham.

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Awards Night 2017

Over 60s Male Bowler of the Year

Grant Nicol earns Men’s Over 60’s bowler award The winner of the 2016/17 Trevor Barron Award is Osborne Park’s Grant Nicol. Nicol was this season’s most outstanding Over 60’s player due to his consistency across all four Over 60’s State Events. Nicol made it to the quarter-final stage in every event this season. He made the quarter finals of the State Triples, Mixed Pairs and the State Singles losing to the eventual winners in both the Singles and the Triples. Nicol’s main accomplishment was his State Pairs victory with Osborne Park teammate Steve O’Neill. O’Neill and Nicol defeated Dudley Park’s Graham Needs and Bill Savell 17-14 in the competition final. During the competition they also defeated the likes of past Rosenthal Medalist Marko Krajancic and former Australian Pairs winner Reg Humphryson. In addition to his record in State Events Nicol represented Western Australia at the National Over 60’s Championships in Perth and was part of an Osborne Park side which finished second in this year’s Premier League competition. Nicol has been a consistent performer in Over 60’s events over the last few years and this isn’t the first time he’s been in contention for the award. He was very proud to have finally got the award under his belt. “It’s a great honor really,” he said. “I feel very proud to receive this, it’s great.” Nicol also paid compliment to how difficult it is to win Over 60’s events now. “It is getting bigger and bigger and it’s getting harder and harder to win,” he said. “There’s always some ‘young pups’ coming up.” Nicol becomes the sixth winner of the award and continues the recent dominance of Trevor Barron’s home club Osborne Park. The Saints have now had three of the last four winners and all four nominees for this year’s award were Osborne Park players.

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Awards Night 2017

Over 60s Female Bowler of the Year

Irene Arndt wins Over 60’s bowler award Safety Bay’s Irene Arndt is the 2016/17 Over 60’s Bowler of the Year. Arndt was presented with the award at the Bowls WA Awards Night. Arndt enjoyed a breakthrough year in State Events winning her first events in either Over 60’s or open level. She opened her account with Over 60’s Singles in February and followed it up in March when she and Gordon King became the second team to win the Over 60’s Mixed Pairs. The high point of the year would have to be her last two games of the Over 60’s Singles when she defeated two of the biggest names in WA bowls. Her semi-final was a gutsy victory over four-time State Singles Champion Therese Hastings which she only won by three shots. Her final against dual Over 60’s Singles Champion Kerry Andersen saw a superb second half performance by Arndt as she blew her opponent away. After being 11-11 Arndt would go on to win 21-13 against one of the most consistent draw players in the state. Arndt made her presence felt in open aged competition too with a strong performance in the Champion of Champion Singles late in the season. She made it to the semi-finals of one of the state’s most difficult event events before falling to eventual runner-up Lea Mias of Melville. When asked about the possibility of playing in the State Over 60’s team the currently uncapped Arndt indicated she would love the opportunity. “I’d love to be in that team, it hasn’t been selected yet, so hopefully.” said Arndt. This season will likely put her in contention if she can back it up with strong performances at the beginning of next season.


Safety Bay’s return to Premier League will give her more opportunities to show that she can match it with the best in the state.

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Awards Night 2017

Under 18 Bowler of the Year – Kaleb Walding

Kaleb Walding triumphs in Under 18 Award Newcomer Kaleb Walding is the 2016/17 Rosenthal Medallist’s Medal winner as the outstanding Under 18 bowler at this year’s State Championships. The Karratha lad announced himself to the bowling world at Country Week when he became the youngest ever Country Week Singles winner. His performance placed added expectation on his young shoulders in his first Under 18 State Championships in April, having moved to WA last year. The added pressure seemingly had no effect on the 16 year old as he produced his best to make the final of every event. He started his week with a runner up finish in the triples before embarking on a winning run in the remaining two events. He led fellow newcomer Jack East (Rossmoyne) to victory in the pairs before defeating 2015 Under 18 of the Year Patrick Quinlan (Osborne Park) in the singles final to cap off a successful week. The next logical step for Walding is to represent his state at under 18 level which, despite the difficulties of living in Karratha, is something he’s hoping to do. “I’ve got training coming up in about a week (now past) and it’s probably the only training I’m going to be able to attend because I live in Karratha but that’s definitely something I want to strive to go to,” he said. Despite the difficulties associated with attending training Walding’s impressive breakout season should see him towards the front of the queue for a WA debut at the Under 18 National Championships in New South Wales on the 30th September 2017.

• Kaleb Walding in action.

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Awards Night 2017

Country Club of the Year – Dowerin

• Minister Murray and the Dowerin Committee.

Dowerin swoops in to take Country Club of the Year The Jim Murray Award for the Country Club of the Year has been awarded to the Dowerin Bowling Club. Dowerin took out the award due to a combination of their performance on green and in recruiting new members to the club. Club President Darrel Hudson headed a sizeable delegation in accepting the award at the Bowls WA Awards Night who were all incredibly pleased. Mr Hudson explained how much the award meant to the club and what they did to get there. “This is the cherry on top of the cake,” he said. “We’ve had a pretty good year we won the two Men’s pennants in the Avon League, the ladies came from the bottom to sixth but probably more importantly we picked up ten percent more members.” When asked what the club had done to pick up that membership boost Mr Hudson had a simple answer. “You ask people to play,” he said. “When they play you take them somewhere, like we take guys to Country Week. I took a guy to Country Week this year that had never played on grass before.”


Dowerin has a big focus on participation, evidenced by the fact that every member played in pennant competition this season. Dowerin had strong participation in league events with twelve men and six women competing in the League Singles including the two winners. The strong representation carried on through to the other league events. Three men and two ladies were picked to represent the Avon League with Darrel Hudson going on to represent the Eastern Zone at the Inter-Zone Round Robin. The strength of the participation culture at Dowerin was summed up by Mr Hudson. “We’ve got a saying in Dowerin if you’ve got an arm and two legs you can play bowls, well we gave that away because we’ve got a guy in a wheelchair that plays bowls so you just need an arm,” he said.

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Awards Night 2017

Mens Country Bowler of the Year

Simpson wins third , Vice Patron s Medal Mark Simpson has won his third Vice Patron’s Medal as the most outstanding country bowler for 2016/17. Simpson combined a strong Country Week performance with good form in State Events throughout the year to push him over the edge as the best country player in the state. Simpson received his award at the Bowls WA Awards Night in May and explained that individual honours aren’t his priority. “I just enjoy playing the game with good mates and win or lose we enjoy the game and these sort of things just come along as a bonus,” he said. “Every week Keith Cannon rings me up and goes ‘you want a game of bowls?’ “I’m quite happy to play a game of bowls with him, that’s about all I’m thinking at the moment.” Simpson had two deep runs at Country Week with good performances in both the Singles and Fours. His Dudley Park Fours side made it to the quarter finals of the event and he made it the Singles final before being defeated by Kaleb Walding in a quality game. He started and ended the season well in State Events by making two finals, winning one of them. In the first event for the year Simpson was runner up in the State Fours with Manning’s Tom Mitchell, Shane Knott and Steve Withers. Simpson finished off the season by winning the State Triples with Justin Opie and Daniel Patterson, his first win in a State Event since 2014.

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• Mark Simpson.

Simpson now enters rare company as only the third player to win the award three times behind Pieter Harris and record holder Keith Doncon who won it seven times.


Awards Night 2017

Womens Country Bowler of the Year

Parker and Adam dual winners For the second consecutive year there are two players who have tied for the Penny Needham Brooch as the best female country players this season. Northam’s Jenny Parker and Geraldton’s Jill Adam were unable to be separated and were announced as joint winners. Parker made her mark at Country Week when she became Northam’s first female player to win an event in 61 years. Despite winning the Country Week Singles she said she wasn’t expecting the Penny Needham Brooch as well. “These are always a surprise when these things come along,” she said. Parker had a strong year and her Country Week title wasn’t the only highlight. “We’ve had a good year,” Parker said. “We had Country Week where I won the singles and I was also part of our zone team which won the Zone Fours for the first time in forever so that was pretty exciting as well.” Adam won the Country Week Pairs for the second time in three years with fellow Penny Needham finalist Lee Poletti. She also made the semi-final of the Women’s State Triples with Margaret Johnson and Robin Higgins. Adam cited Geraldton team mates and past Penny Needham Brooch winners Lee Poletti and Norma Follington as big influencers in her career.

• Geraldton's Jill Adam.


• Geraldton's Jill Adam and Northam's Jenny Parker were joint winners of the Penny Needham Brooch for the Women's Country Bowler of the Year.

“In the Geraldton Bowling Club we have some fantastic bowlers, one in Lee Poletti and the other great lady in our club is Norma Follington,” she said. “From the day I walked into the club these ladies took me under their wing.” Adam was thrilled but surprised to win the award. “I have heard lots about this Penny Needham country brooch,” she said. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be up here winning this and I have so I’m really happy.” The last two seasons are the only times in the award’s 39 year history that the brooch has been awarded to two players.

• Northam's Jenny Parker.

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Awards Night 2017

Small Country Club of the Year – Gnowangerup

Talented membership sees success The Gnowangerup Bowling Club has The women also had a strong year been announced as the Small Country with two Inter-Zone representatives Club of the Year for 2016/17. and semi-final appearance in the President Lex Martin accepted the Country Week Pairs from Mary award at the Bowls WA Awards Night Wellstead and Karen Dye. heading up a large contingent of club The club did face its share of hard members. times this season having to repair Gnowangerup received their award damage to the club and greens from primarily due to the success of its floods in February. small but talented membership. President Lex Martin spoke about the Gnowangerup won the Central effect of the floods on the local area. Stirling League pennant in both the “Yeah, the greens went under water men’s and ladies competitions as but they came through,” Mr Martin well as dominating league events said. with five wins and a worst result of “But generally, Gnowangerup and third. However, it was Gnowangerup’s other shires down there have had Country Week performance that set one hell of a time to fix the millions of them apart from other clubs. dollars of damage that’s been done.” • Gnowangerup President, Lex Martin. They were named the champion club Despite the setback Mr Martin is at the men’s event due to providing the winners of two events. happy with the state of the club and didn’t miss the opportunity Gnowangerup’s two most recent club champions Kevin to do some marketing while on the stage. Heberle and Victor Wellstead combined to win the Country “We have talent and there are only a handful of us,” he Week Pairs. said. “We have empty houses in Gnowangerup if you want to That same day Country All Star representative Arthur Crabbe come with the strength and come and join us. If not we have led his side of Michael Johnston, Alan Shaddick and Greg classics in November, come down and play bowls with us.” Stewart to the Country Week Fours title.

Spotted at the Bowls WA Awards Night


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• The crew that saw the project through.

• Hard working volunteers.

Ledge Point Bowling Club unveil new synthetic green Club President Angelo de Bari paid tribute to a loyal band Situated on the outskirts of Perth, 90 minutes from the CBD, of volunteers who amongst others included Jim and Helen the Ledge Point Bowling Club is celebrating the culmination Schell, Don Woodfield and Lee Di-Lena who were all integral of several years of hard work with the completion of the club’s in getting the project over the line. We should add that the new sand-filled synthetic green. President himself was also a key contributor, and certainly not In 2012, it was identified that the club needed to address scared to get his hands dirty. its existing synthetic green. The surface was becoming “Not wanting to single anyone out, but Don has been simply increasingly unplayable and the club was receiving complaints amazing throughout this project”, said President de Bari. from not only visitors, but from existing members, regarding “He’s not only loaned the club machinery, how frustrating the green had become to including a tractor, but he’s been here play on. probably every day throughout the whole “You just didn’t know where your process. It’s members like Don that make a bowls were going to end up”, said Club difference in our clubs”. Secretary Helen Schell, “you’d play a It’s estimated that the club has put nearly good bowl, only to see it to go against the $20,000 worth of volunteer work into the bias and take off in the other direction. project – amazing given the bowling club Good bowls simply became bad”. has just 20 or so members. The Bowling Club which comes under the “The success of this project shows that banner of the Ledge Point Country Club is when a Club puts its mind to something, and beautifully poised on the coastline of WA, involves its members and the surrounding however with a transient population, the community, great things can be achieved. club struggles to retain regular bowlers, It's a true tale of perseverance”, said instead relying on attracting visitors of the Bowls Australia Regional Bowls Manager town to enjoy the great facilities of the Clive Adams. “The club did its research club. These facilities include bowls, golf by visiting other clubs and sampling the or simply enjoying a meal or drink in the surfaces, and as a result they now have a relaxed surroundings. • Don Woodfield playing the first bowl (with Jim Schell) great surface which will serve the club well Whilst the club had been diligent in into the future”. Perhaps we can leave the final word to Club retaining a sinking fund for the replacement of the green, it Secretary Helen Schell… “The club is now looking for more found itself short in terms of the full requirements, and hence bowlers, particularly on the social side. Our bowls are now in May 2016, the club went ahead with sourcing different doing what they are supposed to, bending the right way, so funding options. The result was successful funding from there’s no reason not to give the club a try” multiple sources which included: “We will be holding some celebratory events in the coming • Department of Sport and Recreation CSRFF months and encourage everyone to visit our great Club. Don’t • Bendigo Bank just drive past – we are just off the main highway, so stop in • Shire of Gingin and check out everything our great Club has to offer.” • Stronger Communities Funding If any clubs are looking for assistance in obtaining grants, • Club Fundraising planning for new facilities, encouraging volunteers, or anything • In-kind volunteer work else towards the health of your club, get in touch with your The final piece of the puzzle fell into place when the CSRFF local Bowls Australia Regional Bowls Manager – they’ll be successful applicants were released in December 2016, and only too happy to pay you a visit. Ledge Point was on the list. Work on the green began in early May, and was completed very recently. BowlsWA • Jack Hi • Winter 2017


• The Winners!

Big day at Halls Head Carnival A total of forty bowling clubs from Perth to Albany were represented at the annual Halls Head Bowling Club Mandurah Quays Two Day Carnival. An exciting bowling format controlled by PAMI for Lawn Bowls had fifty teams of four fighting for the $11,500 prize money. A composite team from Halls Head, Yunderup and Osborne Park took home the first prize but because of the prize distribution format, a lot of players went away happy. An excellent weekend was enhanced by good bowling, good greens, great food and incredible weather, not forgetting the social interaction. The Club is grateful for the support from Mandurah Quay Resort, Mandurah Caravan & RV Centre, City of Mandurah and Sports First. To enhance the atmosphere on the day, the caravan sponsor had some of his products placed around the greens.

Malibu Primary School on a roll Malibu Primary school is an all ages, primary and high school in the south coastal suburbs of Perth. They have a school of 108 children, ranging from 3 years to 18 years of age, all of who at a minimum, have an intellectual disability. In term 2, 2017, their sports coordinator signed the school up to Junior Jack Attack, through the sporting schools initiative, having a teacher run program. Debbie went on to rave about the program, after running it for 4 weeks with over 60 students of different capabilities. Not only did they use the program with the primary school students as intended, but also with some of their high school students to help and develop their recreational skills. Often, the children at Malibu school are scared of balls and sport that involve balls, however, they did a slow introduction to bowls, including a sensory lesson to learn the softness and texture of the junior jack attack bowls. They had modified programs for each child, including the use of PVC pipes as ramps for children in wheelchairs, and the

use of their alternative communication systems within the program too. Many of the children don’t yet speak, and the use of these communication systems integrated into the sport was a big development for them to express their feelings of the sporting world! The school also used Junior Jack Attack to reinforce life skills for the children, such as sharing, taking turns, fair play and learning basic rules to follow. The children, who suffer a range of disabilities, from intellectual disability or autism to name a few, benefited from a slow progression, so most participants had short sessions of 30 minutes, but played 6 or 7 times each. It is fair to say that the program was a hit with both the teachers and the students, with one of the older students even saying “Bowls was the best sport- it was the best sport I have ever played in my life at Malibu”. – Article by Regional Bowls Manager Shenayde Heldt Email: • Mobile: 0429 781 176

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• The Port Bouvard Tennis Club courts.


Clubs in Profile: by Regional Bowls Manager, Clive Adams

North West Coast Bowls Australia’s Regional Bowls Manager, Clive Adams, made the long trip to the far north of WA last month, and he reports back here with a focus on the North West coastline clubs from Kalbarri, right up to South Hedland. Firstly, let me say what wonderful facilities our great sport has in the northern part of WA. As you make your way up North, it is easy to miss some of the great towns and sights as you travel. Trust me in saying that the detours off the main highway are well and truly worth it – there are some hidden gems and some picturesque places to visit. Funding through CSRFF and Royalties for Regions has provided many of our clubs with brilliant clubhouses, as well as great synthetic greens to play on. We need to celebrate these facilities by utilising them to their fullest.

Kalbarri Bowling and Golf Club

Carnarvon Bowling Club

A fantastic clubhouse which sits alongside a brand new synthetic green that was being installed whilst I was there, and an additional grass green alongside that. The club is always looking for new members but provides a friendly, welcoming and relaxed atmosphere for visitors as well. The club provides corporate bowls opportunities and is very family friendly.

Boasting two great synthetic greens, this is a very neat club. With a small but loyal membership, plus a solid band of social members, the Club was very pleased with its recent carnival, completed just a few days before my visit. Proud of its heritage and previous home to players such as Scott Walker and Keith Guelfi, the club is very keen to develop its players. It also has a great culture around juniors, with a couple of its youngest members involved in the State Junior Squad.

Shark Bay Bowling Club A great little club situated near the ocean, but a couple of streets back. It boasts a maintained grass green and an ample clubhouse that fills up when a selection of meals are available on Friday nights, or for a traditional Sunday night roast dinner. Denham is a big drive in from the main road, but it is well worth it – some great sights, some nice places to stay and wonderful little club that is just waiting to make you feel welcome.


Exmouth Bowling Club Two synthetic greens and a wonderful social atmosphere was what greeted me at Exmouth. A great town with plenty of accommodation options, the club recognises that travellers who stop in want a game of bowls. The result is plenty of opportunities to play socially, with chances to play nearly every day of the week. Whether it be for one of their great carnival events, or simply to partake in some barefoot bowls, the Exmouth club has something to offer everyone. BowlsWA • Jack Hi • Winter 2017

North West Coast Karratha Bowling Club Home to the current Country Week Singles Champion in Kaleb Walding, the club has a newly installed synthetic green which plays great. The green is a major milestone for the club which has really struggled for playing facilities in recent times, and is a great reward for the efforts of club management and the members. Technically, the club doesn’t have a clubhouse, but in such a great setting, in a great climate, they just don’t need one. Sitting outside, members and visitors could never be more comfortable, and with the wonderful views out over the golf course, and out over the bay it really is a great spot. Friday night scroungers was popular and open to everyone. A great club which is always looking for new members.

Dampier Bowling Club I visited the club on the day of the Dampier carnival and whilst I didn’t play, the atmosphere around the club was great. Music playing, a beautiful grass green full of players from all over WA, including Wonthella, Leeming, Safety Bay and plenty more. The layout of the club has the clubhouse set above the green making for a wonderful setting for sumptuous meal provided to all players. The clubhouse also incorporates the local Chinese restaurant, allowing those that wish to enjoy a great meal, the chance to come along and partake in a game of bowls beforehand. A wonderfully progressive thinking club, Dampier has already hosted a round of Jack Attack and is always looking for new ideas.

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• Junior Jack Attack setup at John XXIII College in Mt Claremont.

Bowls in Multi-Sport Bowls WA is asked twice a year to participate in the Associated Catholic College Multi-Sport Program. Originally we provided mainstream bowls with mats and jacks and then we added on a version of the Junior Jack Attack program to run two parallel programs at the same time. Both are popular; however, the Jack Attack kit does have added appeal to the kids participating in these activities due to the fun nature of trying to manipulate the softer bowls into various scoring equipment – as you can see by the setup above.

South Hedland Bowling Club Yet another fantastic clubhouse, with the Club catering for both bowls and tennis. Synthetic tennis courts on one side of the building and a synthetic grass green on the other, this is a great facility. Meals are available six days a week from the club bistro. The club is keen to get involved with the community and grow its membership base.

So, the moral of the story… These are just seven of the wonderful country clubs that we have throughout Western Australia. So whether you live in Country WA and haven’t visited your local club, or if you are a traveller, don’t drive past – stop in and see what these great clubs have to offer. To any Club that would like a visit from your Regional Bowls Manager, whether it be Clive Adams in the Metro North and Country North/East, or Shenayde Heldt in the Metro South or Country South, please just give either of us a call, and we will be only too happy to schedule in a visit. It may also be, for the more remote clubs, that we can assist immediately by phone or email. – Story by Regional Bowls Manager Clive Adams Email: • Mobile: 0408 136 831 BowlsWA • Jack Hi • Winter 2017

• Students enjoying the ACC Multi-Sport Program.

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