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AROUND THE GREENS The Everest of Bowls is conquered by our ‘Lurch’, The ‘Wizz’ to become a Hall of Fame great, Queensland Gold for our Hawks, and much much more! What a busy and successful month of bowls around the traps last month for lots of our wonderful club members. Firstly, a big congratulations to Nathan Rice who took out the prestigious and lucrative $100,000 Everest of Bowls Singles Championship which was held over at Dudley Park, WA, from the 17th - 20th October. Lurch was in white hot form to take out the title, (after defeating fellow Hawk Aron Sherriff in the semi final), with a comprehensive 31 - 18 victory over local favourite Blake Nairn. A fantastic achievement to boast alongside a cool $50,000 first prize winners cheque. Congratulations Lurchy. Congratulations are in order for one of our longest serving

Hawks, Brett Wilkie. He has recently been announced as a deserving inductee in to the prestigious Bowls Australia Hall of Fame. A huge honour for Brett, but with an achievement list like his it was only a matter of time. Brett will be inducted at the annual Bowls Australia awards night which is being held at the Mantra in Surfers Paradise on Wednesday 30th October. Brett will also be joined on the night by two more of our Hawks who are up for awards. Aron Sherriff and Lynsey Clarke have been nominated for International Male and Female Players of the Year, while Aron will also be presented with his Men’s Player of the Year of award (declared at the end of June). Tahlia Camilleri has been

selected to play for the Maltese Women’s Team in the upcoming Multi Nations event which will be held at our Club, Musgrave Hill and Broadbeach in November. Congratulations to Tahlia. We have witnessed her growth and development in the sport since joining us through the Helensvale School program several years ago. Our outstanding club pairs champions Nathan Rice and Andrew Howie competed in the State Final of the Champion of Champions event which was held in Toowoomba on the 28th and 29th October. Our boys played exceptionally well to take out the title defeated Hamilton in the final 24-14. A fabulous achievement boys, well done.

Several of our players have been chosen to represent the Southern Queensland Team in the North vs South Challenge match which will be held in Townsville on the 25th and 26th November. Congratulations to Col Hayes, Brett Wilkie, Georgia White and Pam Fantini and best of luck for a successful event. Our fifth installment of Jack Attack night bowls has been running for five weeks already after the event commenced on Wednesday 2nd October at 6pm with a full field of 16 teams. Everybody has been enjoying the fast and fun sets play/tie break format and there have been some great matches throughout. Looking at the results table it’s still anyones title. The final night will be on Wednesday 6th November where our winners will be crowned. Stay tuned for full results next edition. Three club championships were completed in October. Firstly we had our Men’s Veteran Singles Champion crowned with Neil Donaldson taking the title after defeating Ron Lewis in the final 25 - 8. The Ladies Senior Singles championship was battled out between Sonja Smits and Marg Pickering with Sonja taking the chocolates in impressive form winning 25 2. And finally our Mixed Pairs Champions, going back to

back, are Amanda Haevecker and Darren Christie after they defeated Deryl Hardy and Barry Holmes in their final 23 - 5. Well done not just to our winners but all our fabulous participants. Coming up this month our Mixed Fours final will be played on Sunday 10th November at 10am between Rohan Wilson’s team and Gary Hanna’s team. Good luck everybody. Don’t forget our Ladies Club Pairs Championship is now open for entries and will close on 12th November. Pairs is always such a great event, so get involved and have some fun. Congratulations to our newest Hawks Junior Academy Inductee, Sophie Kiepe. Sophie has been part of our training squad for several months now and it has been great to witness her improving ability and now have her as an official part of our Junior Academy. With ‘Kiepe’ as your surname am sure you’ll be a talent to watch over the coming years. Congratulations to those members elected to our Board at the AGM held on Sunday 20th October. The positions elected for the ensuing two years are as follows – Jim Merrick elected

unopposed as Chairman (Dawn Wilson to take on the Deputy Chairman’s role vacated by Jim Merrick), Paul Wilson – Greens Director, and Carmel Gibb and Stu Willis - Directors. It would be remiss of me not to thank and pay tribute to our outgoing members – Greens Director Jim Jimmieson who has been an asset to this club and Board for the last 8 years in the Greens Director role, and Graham Brittain who for over TWO DECADES steered the Club Helensvale ship and contributed to making this Club the best in the country. You have both given your time and expertise so greatly to this club and it is much appreciated by all. THANKYOU! Finally, best of luck to all our Hawks that are competing in the many international events that are coming up over the coming weeks. We know you will play well and represent us with pride.


MEET YOUR STAFF NICKNAME: Whitto FAMILY: Mum, Dad, 2 brothers and a sister HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED AT THE CLUB: Close to 2 years WHAT IS YOUR ROLE: Bar/ Gaming/ Bingo/ Bus driver HOBBIES: Anything outside. Yet to play bowls but I’d still give Jayden Christie a run for his money FAVOURITE FOOD: Can’t go past a chicken schnitty with mash potato SPORTING HERO: Joey Johns – greatest of all time FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: Misono at The Marriott



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DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION: Anywhere, as long as I have plenty of money to enjoy it IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND, WHAT 3 THINGS WOULD YOU NEED: Unlimited beer, Kayo sports channel & a phone to stream the sport DREAM DATE: Wouldn’t call it a dream date, but a night on the beers with Andrew & Matty Johns PERSON YOU’D LEAST LIKE TO SIT NEXT TO ON A LONG HAUL FLIGHT: Donald Trump FASCINATING FACTS: I have completely torn my ACL (ligament in my knee) twice whilst playing footy and am still waiting on my second surgery. Don’t recommend it.

CHAIRMANS REPORT On the occasion of writing my first report as Chairman of Club Helensvale I would like to say what a privilege and honour it is to represent the members as Chairman of this great club. I would like to acknowledge the dedication and 24 years of service the former chairman Graham Brittain gave to Club Helensvale and wish him all the best for the future. Out on the greens one of our stars, Nathan Rice just achieved magnificent success at the $100,000 Everest of Bowls Singles Championship at Dudley

Park, Western Australia. What an achievement.

In another success for Nathan, he and fellow hawk Andrew Howie won gold in the Queensland Champion of Champion pairs event. Congratulations boys! I hope to see you all at the Bowls Presentation Night on Saturday 7th December. The tickets are on sale now at Reception. If you missed out on tickets to the Melbourne Cup function you can still join us for the race that stops a nation. The Lounge Bar,

TAB and Cafe 22 are open to the general public, walk-ins are welcome! There will be live music in the lounge after the big race and courtesy buses will be running from 9am in the morning. Christmas will be here before we know. The ever popular Christmas raffles start on Thursday 14th November. Turkeys, hams and Christmas cheer to be won. See you out on the greens!



(Photos L-R Top to Bottom) Ladies Senior Singles Finalists and President Margaret; Men’s Veteran Singles Finalists and Jnr Vice President Bob; Mixed Pairs Champions; Queensland Champion of Champion Pairs Winners; Our Hawks Everest Singles Players; Ocean Shores $10,000 Prestige Fours 3rd Place; and Hawks Junior Academy Inductee #9.


COACH’S CORNER The correct use of our senses plays a very important part in executing all shots from draw to drive. The ability to see these natural powers, such as sight, feeling, hearing, smell and taste, automatically control our thoughts. These thoughts being derived from our senses whether we are in the area of conscious or sub-conscious mind, stimulate the neuromuscular system. These senses permit us to judge distance, control our physical strength, analyse problems and allow us to make positive decisions on what shots are to be played through the game. The following paragraphs contain guidelines for you to use when playing any of these bowling shots. THE SHOT: The shot required is normally determined by sight or hearing, the tactical situation we see at the head or by what the skipper has predetermined and related to us through hand signals or verbally.


MENTAL COORDINATION: To appraise our thoughts, whether it is in practice or within the game, we must move into the area of the conscious mind and with the use of imagery, combine our sight and feelings to determine the required data to perform the shot to be played. In plain words, see and calculate the distance, feel the body force required to perform that perfect shot and visualise the path the bowl should take from point of release to completion. Continue this mental picture by retracing the path of the bowl back along the delivery line and, at the same time, determine the aiming line and the point on this line where your eyes should be transfixed throughout the entire delivery. Align your body to face along your aiming line and adopt the correct stance. Dependant on what body position you are able to adopt, or how you may have been taught, these appraisals can be carried out behind or on the mat.


Aron Sherriff Male Bowler of the Year & International Male Bowler of the Year

Brett Wilkie Inducted into the Hall of Fame

STOP PRESS: Congratulations to our Helensvale Hawks, Aron Sherriff and Brett Wilkie for their prestigious awards at the 2019 Bowls Australia Awards Night. 20-28 Discovery Drive, Helensvale QLD | PH: 07 55731491 |

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Hawk Talk November 2019  

ClubHelensvale's monthly Bowls Magazine

Hawk Talk November 2019  

ClubHelensvale's monthly Bowls Magazine