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AROUND THE GREENS BPL09 results; Men’s and Ladies Singles Champions crowned; Asia Pacific representatives announced; Jack Attack progression and Premier League and Premier 7’s results. BPL09 was played at Naenae Bowls Club in New Zealand on the 25th - 28th of February. Our Gold Coast Hawks played absolutely brilliantly and did one better then BPL08. They made and unfortunately lost the elimination finals against the Brisbane Pirates. Our Gold Coast Hawks team of Georgia White, Nathan Rice, Aron Sherriff and coach Mat Lucas lost the first set 6-3, won the second set 8-2 and in a very tense tie breaker lost 1-0. Congratulations to our Hawks on playing so well and placing higher this year. We are so proud of all

your efforts at BPL09, look out BPL10. Our Ladies Club Singles was played on Thursday 7th March between Lynsey Clarke and Margaret Pickering. It was a great game with a brilliant effort from both ladies, however Lynsey’s experience and fine form prevailed. Margi, however played very well putting the pressure on at the beginning of every end, but in the end only one could be the winner. Congratulations Lynsey Clarke on your win! 25-9 In Men’s news, our Men’s Club Singles champion

has been crown, and what a game it was! Congratulations to Nathan Rice who defeated Aussie teammate Aron Sherriff. It was a slow start for Aron, sitting at 12-22 at one point. Aron then began his fight back but unfortunately lost 23-25 to Nathan. Great game Hawkies! In early February we had the Jackaroos here at Club Helensvale as part of their training camp and selection process for the Asia Pacifics, to be held here in late June. Bowls Australia has announced that three of our Hawks have been selected to

represent Australia at the Asia Pacific Games. Congratulations to Lynsey Clarke, Nathan Rice and Aron Sherriff. This is such a great opportunity and we are so very proud of you! You can guarantee that all of our Hawks will be here to cheer you three on! Jack Attack has been running for just over a month now and is a big hit! Our 18 teams have been going hard out battling each other to be the ultimate winners at the end. We currently have three teams at the top of the ladder with just 1 point separating all three. What a battle these next few weeks are going to be. Jack Attack is a great game for anyone with any skill level in bowls. With a fun and exciting atmosphere, be sure to get in on all the action every Wednesday night from 5pm or even better, get a team together for our next addition of Jack Attack. Congratulations to our Premier Grade Premier League Champions for 2019! Back to back champions, Helensvale Hawks defeated the Pine

Rivers Pirates in the final 74 - 36. A Sherriff defeated J Fleming 28-9, B Wilkie defeated R Wild 21 - 14 and A Howie defeated S Tong 25 - 13. A fantastic effort by the entire team!! In the Reserve Grade Tweed Heads defeated Enoggera Eagles comfortably to take out the title for 2019. Well done to Club Helensvale for hosting the finals series and their ongoing support of this great competition. A big congratulations also to our Reserve grade side for another great season, just going down to Enoggera in their Minor semi-final by 1 shot. Well done to all involved! Thank you to our wonderful volunteers for all their hard work throughout the season and over the weekend. It was very much appreciated!! Some excellent results for the Hawks in our last round of the Premier Sevens , winning 3 divisions out of 5! Division 2 defeated Broadbeach 2 rinks to 1, division 3 lost to Mermaid Beach 3 rinks to 0, division 4 defeated Tugun 3 rinks to 0, division 5 defeated

and Tweed Heads 3 rinks to 0, division 6 lost to McKenzie Park 2 rinks to 1. We are proud to announce that after the final round, three of our teams have qualified for the finals. Congratulations to divisions, 2, 4 and 5. We are very proud of you and good luck in the finals! This will be my last newsletter as Lynsey Clarke will be returning to the office on April 1st from maternity leave. Thank you to everyone for all your wonderful support, it has been a blast! I am sure to see you around the club, but as the Bowls Coordinator, I will say good bye!

Tahlia Camilleri


MEET YOUR STAFF NICKNAME: Kell FAMILY: Husband Matt & 4.5yr Levi HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED AT THE CLUB: 4 and half years WHAT IS YOUR ROLE: Cashier gaming, Trainee Duty Supervisor HOBBIES: I love my travel and motor racing FAVOURITE FOOD: Pasta and Seafood SPORTING HERO: Daniel Riccardo from F1 FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: Shuck at Main Beach

Kelly Gaming

DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION: Africa, really want to see the animals IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND, WHAT 3 THINGS WOULD YOU NEED: Alcohol, Ann and Leash, if I’m stranded I want to have fun. DREAM DATE: Ryan Reynolds, I think he would be fun! PERSON YOU’D LEAST LIKE TO SIT NEXT TO ON A LONG HAUL FLIGHT: Chad Elger FASCINATING FACTS: I used to have a pilot license

CHAIRMANS REPORT It’s hard to believe that we are here in April already; As always May has been another great month for bowls, with our Hawks proving again that they are the best of the best! What a fantastic turn out we had for the Premier League QLD Grand Final held right here on our greens on the 24th March 2019. Congratulations to our Helensvale Hawks who won back-to-back Premier League Queensland titles after demolishing Pine Rivers Pirates in the grand final. Well done Hawks! Easter is all about getting the family together but a bit of chocolate never hurt too! Bring the kids or grandkids and join us for a hopping good time on 18th April for Thursday night Easter celebrations. Delicious Egg Hampers and Seafood Trays to be

won on the night plus a visit from the Easter Bunny! Get your tickets early to avoid queuing on the night, with tickets available for purchase at reception now. Please remember Club Helensvale is CLOSED Good Friday.

On Anzac Day Thursday 25th April join the Helensvale Community in commemorating the Returned and Services League of Australia. Club Helensvale will open with a dawn service from 5.20am at Remembrance Park (rear of the Club car-park) and as tradition, a Gunfire Breakfast following the service will be available from 6am for $10 per person. Have you had a chance to try any of our current evening dining specials? On Monday nights we

have delicious slow smoked Crackle & Hops Riblets for only $19 or enjoy Hawker-style Thai food every Tuesday night for just $12.90 a dish. Dine at blu bistro from 5.30pm. Not yet a member? Join from the 1st April to get up to 3 months membership free. Plus renew your membership by June 30th for a chance to win with 4 x $500 cash prizes to be won. Now that’s easy money! Join online or at reception now. Wishing you all a great Easter and I hope to see you around the club this April! Graham Brittain CHAIRMAN


Singles Finalists Lynsey Clarke & Magaret Pickering.

B Grade Triples Champions, Sally, Christine & Sharon.

Premier League Premier Grade Champions 2019

Premier Reserve Grade Champions 2019


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Winning the majority of close ends: Can be the difference

Experience alone can provide you with a sound basis for shot selection, but there is a guideline that should apply to novices and experts alike. During trial end, when you are trying to establish line and length, you will notice if the rink is two-paced but it may take an end or two to decide which side suits you best, then try to stick to it where possible - one hand one way, backhand the other. As the head develops, there will be situations in which you must play the more difficult side and you should not hesitate to do so, but as soon as possible revert to your favourite side. You will want to settle into the groove with line and length as quickly as possible striving for equal confidence on your forehand and backhand deliveries. Remember that length is more difficult to achieve than line, and because the green will quicken during play you should try to get into the drawing groove immediately so that you can respond to subtle changes in length. When drawing the jack, close can look good, but not all close bowls are equally good, just behind or just in front is ideal, but jack high and just to the side can be a poor result. The jack high bowl is perfectly placed for a rest shot, if it escapes that fate, it could still be left high and dry by a trail shot. It is wise to work on the assumption that it is by winning the majority of close ends that you are most likely to win the game. So develop the habit of keeping things tight from the outset. If you are fortunate to get away to a flying start, by all means press home your advantage, but do not risk squandering that precious lead to do so. The only real exemption to this policy is when you are streets ahead and a big count will get you past the winning post. In such circumstances you are likely to be feeling both aggressive and confident, and it would not be advised to suggest you “throttle back� and coast home. You are to gain enjoyment as well as victory. Just bear in mind, however, that every once in a while you will come a cropper and see that unassailable lead disappear like a mirage. In a match played over a specific number of ends you really should do everything possible to curb any reckless impulse, however much it may go against the grain. If there is a golden rule for the chancy shot, it is this. During the last third of the match, if you are winning, do nothing to jeopardise your position. The pressure is on your opponent, and you should tighten it ruthlessly. If you are losing, look to claw your way back bit by bit, rather than gamble on a dramatic counter strike, although of course that principle should be abandoned if you are running out of ends.


Thursday mornings from 9am or by appointment Bob Hill

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRY LAWN BOWLS? Lawn Bowls is a game the whole family can play. It is a great way to socialise and meet new friends while also enjoying a competitive game. Coaching is provided free by one of our friendly coaches who are keen to help get you started. Bowls equipment can be provided free to use until you decide to buy a set of your own. Coaching is provided every Thursday morning at 9am or by appointment. We also have free coaching for our members only, with none other than Australia representative, Aron Sherriff. Join in on his circuit training on Thursday 9am-11 and 3pm-5pm or book a 30 minute one on one session between 11.30am and 3pm. Barefoot Bowls sessions are held every Sunday from 2pm - 4pm (except when major bowls tournaments are scheduled). Equipment is provided. Corporate groups and barefoot bowls parties can be catered for on request by contacting our Bowls Coordinator. Men’s Bowls: Men play social bowls every Friday and Saturday. This includes self selected pairs on Friday morning starting at 9am. Championship games are usually held on weekends at different times throughout the year. Saturday afternoon Open pairs (can be mixed) commence at 1pm. Ladies Bowls: Ladies play every Tuesday morning starting at 9am. Each Tuesday morning ranges from social bowls to special events and sponsored days on occasion. Championship games are usually held on Tuesday or Thursday mornings at 9am throughout the year. Mixed Bowls: Mixed triples are held every Wednesday afternoon starting at 1pm. These days vary from club selected days, self selected days and sponsored days. Open men’s, ladies or mixed pairs are held every Tuesday and Friday starting at 1.30pm. These are great events for beginners (Mufti). Junior Bowls: Junior bowls sessions are held every Saturday morning at 9:30am or by appointment. For more information contact our Bowls Coordinators. For enquiries regarding lawn bowls, coaching, events, sponsorship and bowls promotions, please contact our Bowls Coordinators: Lynsey Clarke 0401 643 958 or Anthony Kiepe 0411 321 605 Email: Membership Fees: Full Membership - $130.00 Junior Membership - $25.00 Admin Fee - $15.00 Social Membership - $5.00 (Admin Fee: New bowlers or bowls members that are transferring from another club outside QLD) 20-28 Discovery Drive, Helensvale QLD | PH: 07 55731491 |

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Hawk Talk April 2019  

Club Helensvale's monthly bowls magazine.

Hawk Talk April 2019  

Club Helensvale's monthly bowls magazine.