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Annual Report



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Bowls Australia Annual Report 2011-2012

Table of contents ceo and president’s report. ..................................................................................................................................................................... 4 Bowls Australia board. ................................................................................................................................................................................. 8 BOWLS AUSTRALIA BOARD DIRECTORS AND COMMITTEES. ................................................................................................... 14 State and territory associations.................................................................................................................................................... 16 ASC message............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 18 Membership growth and development...................................................................................................................................... 20 CDO program........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 24 High performance and pathway events..................................................................................................................................... 26 ASIA PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS....................................................................................................................................................................... 28 2012 Australian Open...................................................................................................................................................................................... 32

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NATIONAL EVENTS.................................................................................................................................................................................................... 34 BCiB HALL OF FAME................................................................................................................................................................................................ 36 2012 Bowls Australia Awards Night.............................................................................................................................................. 38 Honour Roll............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 42 Commercial development and promotion.............................................................................................................................. 44 Finance report...................................................................................................................................................................................................... 48 Sponsors and Club Partners............................................................................................................................................................... 74

CEO and President’s report “One of the great achievements throughout the 2011/12 year was the successful appointments of 16 Community Development Officers (CDO) and five National Training Centre (NTC) Coaches.”

Strategic Plan 20132016 A long and diligent process to develop the next strategic plan for the sport of bowls in Australia is nearing its conclusion – a process which began in April 2012. A delegation of people with a diverse suite of expertise from various sections of the bowls community have been exchanging ideas and meeting throughout the process to develop the next strategic direction for bowls in Australia. Bowls Australia has been working with each of the groups under the key strategic pillars which is being convened by Professor David Shilbury of Deakin University in order to bring the process together and develop the final plan. A key focus of the compilation of the strategic plan will be to address flagging membership figures throughout Australia and develop strategies to encourage greater participation at all levels and ensuring that robust procedures are in place to capture the important data of those who play the game so that these people can be converted to regular competition playing bowlers over time. The 2013-2016 Strategic Plan will

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present an exciting and opportunistic future for the sport over the next four years and we look forward to working with all participants to deliver the strategic objectives that will be outlined in the plan.

Whole of sport initiatives Throughout 2011/12, the Board and staff at Bowls Australia have continued to implement programs to streamline and enhance the operations of bowls in Australia. Two major projects include the creation of a whole of sport IT system and the introduction of a national insurance program. With the support and input of many representatives of our state and territory associations, these projects have progressed steadily and it is expected that recommendations surrounding potential partners will soon be made to the Boards of BA and the STAs.

Finance Further detail on the financial performance of Bowls Australia is outlined in the financial statements contained within this report. The operating surplus of $6,596, compared to the $66,779 profit of

the previous year is a reflection of some strategic initiatives employed throughout 2011/2012 as part of our commitment to reinvesting funds into the development of the sport highlighted by the introduction of 16 Community Development Officers and five National Training Centre coaches.

Servicing the Community One of the great achievements throughout the 2011/12 year was the successful appointments of 16 Community Development Officers (CDO) and five National Training Centre (NTC) Coaches. In conjunction with the state and territory associations, the establishment of the program sees devoted and committed bowls representatives visiting bowls clubs, schools and community groups both in the metropolitan and regional areas of Australia to assist in the growth and development of bowls across areas such as club membership, participation, business planning and event coordination of clubs. To access the assistance of these qualified and passionate people, refer to the CDO’s section on the Bowls Australia website under the ‘Club Assist’ menu.

Neil Dalrymple Chief Executive Officer

2011 Asia Pacific Championships Adelaide performed a credible dress rehearsal for the 2012 World Championships when they hosted the 2011 Asia Pacific Championships at the Lockleys and Holdfast Bay Bowling Clubs. It was a highly successful event for the host nation as Australia stamped itself as a powerhouse in world bowls with the overall team title courtesy of medal winning performances in every discipline of the event including silver medals to Brett Wilkie and Kelsey Cottrell in the men’s and women’s singles while claiming the gold medal in the women’s triples and men’s fours. We congratulate Bowls SA and the Lockleys and Holdfast Bay bowling clubs on staging a successful Asia Pacific Championships prior to the World Championships heading back to Adelaide in November and December 2012.

7, 2011 at the Stamford Grand Hotel with over 200 people in attendance. The night was a wonderful celebration of the contributions made by 38 inductees from all aspects of the sport from player to administrator to volunteer to media. Bowls Australia is committed to ensuring this event remains the most prestigious night held every two years as our sport continues to honour outstanding achievements by so many over such a long period of time and we look forward to you joining us for the next induction ceremony in Bendigo on April 27, 2013 during the Australian Sides Championships.

National Census It is pivotal for bowls administrators to know who and where our members and players are playing the sport. The second national census was undertaken during 2011/2012.

Hall of Fame

The national census provides us with key data about the current landscape of bowls in Australia and allows us to strategize about the future of the sport and use our resources to the best of our ability to grow and develop the sport through membership acquisitions and also servicing existing members.

The inaugural BCiB Bowls Australia Hall of Fame was held on December

The national census has identified some areas of concern in

All the information you need for the World Championships can be found at

Joe Aarons OAM President

membership numbers in some parts of Australia and as a result of that information, we are committed to reversing the trends and will work closely with the state and territory associations to achieve that.

Advanced Coaching Course During the past 12 months the Advanced Coaching course was launched and further enhances our commitment to ensuring that bowls coaches throughout the country are of the highest order. The feedback on the initial courses has been overwhelmingly positive. More details in relation to the program are covered in the Membership Growth and Development report.

World Bowls Review In late 2011, Chief Executive Officer Neil Dalrymple participated in a comprehensive review of the governance of World Bowls. This two day conference occurred in Edinburgh, Scotland and as a result, a number of changes to the World Bowls constitution was agreed to by the national member federations at a Special General Meeting held in April 2012. A new board structure has been

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implemented and the elections for these positions are set to occur and be finalized at the AGM which will occur in December 2012. Australia will be fielding candidates for the positions on this new Board and we hope to be able to make a very strong contribution to the health of the sport at the world level.

Partnerships We would like to acknowledge the loyal support and generous contribution from the federal government through the Australian Sports Commission and in particular CEO Peter Hollingsworth and Senior Sports Consultant Peter Minchin who have provided invaluable advice and support. Sincere thanks also to President Sam Coffa AM, CEO Perry Crosswhite AM and the Board of Management of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association for their continued support of bowls and our High Performance program. We continue to have a strong

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relationship with each state and territory association and during 2011/2012, we have worked collaboratively on a number of projects and initiatives that will continue throughout 2012/2013 and we thank the Presidents and their Boards, Chief Executive Officers and all their staff for their support. A special acknowledgement to our broadcast partners, Fox Sports, ABCTV and BSkyB, for their support and efforts in taking bowls into the lounge rooms of so many bowls fans around the country and abroad. It still remains a priority for us to ensure that bowls has a strong presence on television and through these partners we have been able to ensure this. To our many and valued sponsors who are outlined in the Commercial Development section of the annual report, we thank you. We trust your association with our sport is a rewarding one for you and look forward to continuing that relationship well into the future. Special thanks to the Bowls Australia Board of Directors, staff and national

committees and volunteers for their continual commitment and dedication to the growth and development of the sport and brand of bowls in Australia. We also sincerely thank the Bowls Australia directors who concluded their terms on the board in 2011/2012 – Glenn Ashcroft, Roz Davey, Geoff Nethercott, Beverley Shannahan and Patrizia Torelli. Bowls Australia’s flagship event, the Australian Open was once again held at the Darebin City Bowls Club and we thank them, the Darebin City Council and the Victorian Government for their support of this terrific event. In the build up to the 2012 World Championships in November, we would like to thank the Board (Geoff Nethercott, Bob Cooper, Ben Scales and Neil Dalrymple) and everyone associated with World Bowls 2012 for their efforts thus far to ensure the sports pinnacle international event is a successful one. We wish to acknowledge World Bowls President John McArdle, CEO Gary Smith and the directors for their efforts in the past 12 months.

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Bowls Australia also extends its thanks to SportingPulse, our charity partner Beyondblue, all of our National Merchandise licensees for their ongoing contributions through the past year. To all the club and association volunteers across Australia, we congratulate you on your tireless contribution to the sport. Finally, Bowls Australia is looking forward to a very busy 2012/2013. With the excitement of the 2012 World Championships in Adelaide together with the challenge of addressing membership decline, the Bowls Australia board and staff remain committed and will work extremely hard to deliver positive outcomes on these important projects.

In Memorium Throughout the past year, bowls communities throughout Australia have lost many loved and respected friends and members and we offer our prayers and thoughts to those clubs and bowls families. Bowls Australia would like to also extend its sincere condolences to the families of two revered figures in our sport – Perry (Norm) Cunico and Stan Coomber OAM. During a long and distinguished bowls career, Norm spent more than 17 years as the bowls delegate

to the Australian Commonwealth Games Association, during which time he served on the ACGA board of management and Australian Commonwealth Games Foundation investment committee.


The employment of 16 Community Development Officers nationwide;

The successful staging of the inaugural BCiB Hall of Fame in Adelaide;

Norm was also actively involved with BA, assuming the presidency from 1994-95, and was inducted as one of only five life members in 1996. In recognition of his outstanding work, Norm received life membership of the ACGA in October 2010.


During a long and decorated career, Stan also made a significant mark on the sport of lawn bowls. Stan was the 48th capped male Australian player, pulling on the green and gold outfit on no less than 28 occasions, and representing the nation during the 1972 World Championships. He was a member of the first Queensland coaching panel and a selector at state, district and club levels for many years.


Largest sales total gained in the history of the National Merchandising Program;

The second edition of the national census;

In 2000, Stan was inducted into the inaugural Queensland Hall of Fame and received an Australian Sports medal. Neil Dalrymple Chief executive officer Joe Aarons OAM President


Effective preparation for the 2012 World Championships in Adelaide.

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Bowls Australia Board

Joe Aarons OAM

Geoff Nethercott

Robert Webb


Elected Director

• Bowls Australia President since 2010

Vice President (retired October 2011)

• Bowls Australia Independent Director 2009 to 2010

• Bowls Australia Board Director 2006 – 2011

• Philani Pty Ltd Managing Director • Level 3 Umpire, Level 2 Coach

• Bowls Australia Vice President 2010 2011

• Member RVBA Council 2004 - 2008

• World Bowls 2012 Chairman

• Bowls Victoria State Coaching Committee 2006 - 2008

• Australian sports medal for services to lawn bowls 2000

• Maccabi Victoria Board Member 1999 2006

• Salisbury Bowling Club President and Chairman (1993-95, 2003-04 & 200709)

• Group 16 (Melbourne Beaches) Chairman 2005-10 • Board Member Gansel (Aust.) Pty Ltd 2001 • Board Member Glen Eira Bowling Club 1995 - 1997 • Board Member City of St Kilda Bowling Club 1993 - 1995 • Caulfield Park Sports Club Inc. Chairman 2008 • Caulfield Park Advisory Committee • Maccabi Ajax Lawn Bowls Inc. Life Member • Order of Australia Medal (OAM) 2007 • Maccabi Victoria Hall of Fame – Inducted 2011 • Melbourne High School – Distinguished Past Pupil - 2011

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• Salisbury Bowling Club Life Member 2009 • RSABA and Bowls SA Executive member (1991-93 & 1997-2005) • National Selector 2003-2006 • SA state selector and team manager 1996-2003 • Bowls Australia representative to the Australian Commonwealth Games Association 2010 – 2012

• Bowls Australia Board Director since 2006 • Robina Bowls Club President 1992 1993 • Gold Coast/Tweed Heads Bowling Association President 1996- 1997 • Royal QLD Bowls Association Senior Vice President 2003 - 2004 • Royal QLD Bowls Association executive member 1998 - 2003 • Bowls QLD men’s section President 2004- 2005 • Bowls Queensland Life member • Bowls Queensland District Club Advisory Committee Chairman 2007 2011 • Australian sports medal in recognition of services to Bowls 2000

Roz Davey

Des Skinner

Beverley Shannahan

Bowling Director (Resigned February 2012)

Elected Director

Bowling Director (Retired October 2011)

• Bowls Australia Board Director 2010 2012 • WABLA Treasurer • Bowls WA Unification Committee

• Bowls Australia Board Director since 2007 • Beresfield Bowling Club (NSW) Chairman and President since 2006

• Bowls WA Director of finance

• Beresfield Bowling Club Life member

• Bowls WA Deputy President

• Morpeth Bowling Club President 20052011

• Warnbro Bowls Club Deputy president, treasurer and member of the ladies match committee

• Zone 2 (Newcastle) Match Committee since 1993 • Vice President Zone 2 (Newcastle) 1997 - 2003 • State Councillor and board member Bowls NSW 1997 - 2003

• Bowls Australia Board Director 2009 2011 • VLBA President 2005 – 2007 • VLBA Vice President 2000 – 2005 • Women’s World Bowls 2000 umpires board • Elected to VLBA council 1997 • Chair of numerous VLBA committees including umpire board, competitions, selection, junior bowls and promotion and development • VLBA delegate for the Commonwealth Games commission

• NSW Premier League Controlling Body 2001 - 2003 • Australian Sports Medal for services to Lawn Bowls, 2000

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Bowls Australia Board (cont.)

Jewel Buchanan

John Hannah

Barbara Gilbert

Elected Director

Elected Director

Elected director (Casual vacancy)

• Bowls Australia Board Director since 2011

• Bowls Australia Board Director since 2011

• Bowls Australia Elected Director since 2012

• New South Wales Women’s Bowling Association (NSWWBA) President 2008–2011

• Bowls WA administration committee (1999-2002)

• Bowls Victoria Championship Committee Chairman 2011 - current

• Bowls WA Director (2002-2006)

• NSWWBA Vice President 2005-2008

• Bowls WA Transitional Board (during the Unification of bowls management in WA) (2004)

• Ocean Grove Bowling Club tournament secretary 2009 - 2011

• Northern Suburbs District President WBA- 2002-2005 • Northern Suburbs District WBA Vice President 2000-2002 • Northern Suburbs District Delegate to NSWWBA 1997 - 2002 • Dural Country Club WBC President 1997-2000 • Dural Country Club WBC Vice President 1995-1997 • NSW Child & Family Health Nurses Association Founding President 1990–1993

• Bowls WA Vice President (2007) • Bowls WA State Team and Squad manager (2005-2007, 2009) • Bowls WA Deputy President (20102011) • RSL: State Junior Vice President, Country Vice President, and Subbranch Secretary, member of the State Executive. (1993-1999) • Hilton Park Bowling Club President 2001 - current

• Trustee of the NSW Nurses Association 1985-1989

• BP Australia national branch manager (1978-1993)

• Council of the NSW Nurses Association 1982-1989

• Bachelor of Commerce - University of WA

• Life Member NSW Nurses Association

• Justice of the Peace • Shire Councillor (1997-2001) • Six years of service in the Australian Army including 2 tours of duty in South Vietnam, honourably discharged with the rank of Senior Non Commissioned Officer.

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• Kew Heights Board member 2003 2004 • Kew Heights sponsorship, selection and tournament committees 2000 - 2009 • Smartlink International company secretary 1994 - 2012 • FAI Insurance manager of data entry and telesales 1992 - 1994 • State Street Bank manager of trade instruction area 1990 - 1992

Glen Ashcroft

Russell Hoye

Darryl Clout

Independent Director (retired October 2011)

Appointed Director

Appointed Director

• Bowls Australia appointed director since 2011

• Bowls Australia appointed director since 2012

• Doctor of Philosophy - Griffith University, 2002. • Master of Public Policy and Management - Monash University, 2000. • Master of Environmental Studies - The University of Melbourne, 1993. • Bachelor of Arts - Recreation (Distinction) - Victoria University of Technology, 1991.

• Media Advisor, Policy Advisor, Chief of Staff to several NSW Ministers for Sport

• Bowls Australia Independent Director 2005 - 2011 • Bachelor of Business (Accounting) • Diploma in Insolvency (IEP) • Member of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) • Member of the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Australia (IPA) • Member of INSOL International – International Federation of Insolvency Professionals • Member of the Institute of Public Accountants (MIPA) • Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) • 9 years in banking industry (customer service, investments and lending roles) • 17 years in a US multi-national (in functions of accounting, treasury, credit mgt, sales & marketing, mergers & acquisitions and ebusiness & sourcing) • 2004 onwards consulted as an Insolvency Practitioner (specialising in Corporate & Personal Insolvency and Turnaround Mgt). • Current Principal at de Vries Tayeh Accountants since 2007. • Past Director and Chairman of the Board of North Manly Bowling & Recreation Club (2002-2005) • Past Chairman and current member of the Club Advisory Committee for the RNSWBA since 2004 - 2011 • Member of Manly Bowling Club • Level 1 Bowls Umpire • Introductory Bowls Coach

• La Trobe University - School of Management Professor (School of Management) and Director, Centre for Sport and Social Impact, 2010 - current Associate Professor, 2007 - 2009 (School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management) Senior Lecturer, 2004 – 2006 (School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management) • Griffith University - School Of Leisure Studies Lecturer in Sport Management, 2002 – 2003 • Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia Manager, International Development, August 1999 – June 2000 • Department Of State Development Sport and Recreation Victoria Project Manager – Victorian Masters Sport Strategy, July 1998 – August 1999 • Victoria University - Department of Human Movement, Recreation and Performance Lecturer in Recreation and Sports Management, July 1997 – June 1998 Associate Lecturer in Recreation and Sports Management, February 1993 – June 1997

• NSW Sport and Recreation General Manager 2006 - 2012 • NSW Softball Association Executive Board Member 1996-2000 • Softball Australia Board Member 1996 – 2009 • Softball Australia President 2000 – 2004 • NSW Institute of Sport Board Member 2010 – 2012 • International Softball Federation Vice President, Oceania, and Executive Board Member, 2009 – present • Johnny Warren Football Foundation Board Member 2006 – 2012 • NSW Sporting Injuries Committee Board Member 2006 – 2011 • Standing Committee on Recreation and Sport Member 2005 – 2011: Chair for 2 years

• Published a number of sport management texts and publications

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Bowls Australia Board (cont.)

Kelly O’Dwyer MP

Patrizia Torelli

Appointed Director

Independent Director (retired October 2011)

• Bowls Australia appointed director since 2011 • Federal Member for Higgins (elected in a by-election in December 2009) • Member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics

• Bowls Australia Independent Director 2010 - 2011 • Bowls Australia Audit and Risk Committee Chair 2010 - 2011

• BA/LLB (Hons) University of Melbourne

• President, Asia Pacific World Sport & Women Organising Association Inc (2011 - current

• Member of Malvern Bowling Club, Victoria

• Independent Director, BalletLab (2009 2011); • Chair - Onside Victoria Inc. (2006 -); Multicultural Sport & Recreation Victoria; • Committee Member, Victoria, Harmony Day Partners, Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) (2009-2011); • Director – Spheres of Influence International Pty Ltd (2007 -); • Director – 360 Personal Brand (2010 -); • Director – Connecting Corporate Australia to the Classroom (2011 -) • Fellow, Williamson Community Leadership Program Scholarship, Leadership Victoria • Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors, AICD • Dip. Arts (Prof. Writing & Editing), Monash University • Certificate in Marketing for Education, Centre for Marketing Schools (CMS) Sydney • Certificate in Marketing for Small Business, Chisholm Institute • Certificate in Advertising for Small Business, Chisholm Institute • Certificate Community Child Care Australia, Department of Children’s Services, Victoria • Certificate of Computer Programming, Chisholm Institute

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sporting environments with a difference

Bowls Australia Board directors and committees

Board directors Bowling Director – Joe Aarons Oam

Bowling Director – Des Skinner Bowling Director – Jewel Buchanan

Committee member – Beth Young (SA)

RNSWBA president – Ian McKnight

Bowls Australia – Tamara Mason (Convenor)

RNSWBA chief executive officer – Greg Helm

National selection committee

Bowling Director – John Hannah

National coach – Steve Glasson OAM

Bowling Director – Robert Webb

National selector – Jenny Harragon

Bowling Director – Barbara Gilbert (Casual Vacancy)

National selector – Sam Clough

Independent Director – Russell Hoye

National selector – Kelvin Kerkow OAM

Independent Director – Kelly O’Dwyer MP

ACGA bowls delegate

Independent Director – Darryl Clout

National officiating committee

Geoff Nethercott

World Bowls 2012 representatives Geoff Nethercott

NSWWBA president – Patricia Reynolds NSWWBA Chief Executive Officer – Heather Welch Bowls Queensland chair – Ron Chambers Bowls Queensland chief executive officer – Keith Fullerton Bowls SA president – Ivy Kluske Bowls SA chief executive officer – Ben Scales Bowls NT president – Rosemary Packham

National officiating director – Mark Cowan (Victoria)

Neil Dalrymple

Bowls NT chief executive officer – Jan Palazzi

Committee member – Peter Delaney (Victoria)

State consultative body

Bowls Tasmania president – Max Minns

Committee member – Janice Thomas (NSW)

Bowls ACT president – Kevin Antoine

Committee member – Terrie Crozier (NT)

Bowls ACT executive officer – Kate Lyttle

Bowls Tasmania chief executive officer – Maxine Viney

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Bowls Victoria president – Graeme Hosken

Bowls Victoria chief executive – Peter Hanlon

Bowls Australia operations and STA services manager – Meghan Albert

Bowls WA president – Patrick Buller

Bowls Australia IT systems coordinator – Simon Fuller

Bowls WA chief executive officer – Ken Pride

Historian Margaret Radford

Whole of sport IT system working party Bowls Queensland chief executive officer – Keith Fullerton Bowls Tasmania chief executive officer – Maxine Viney NSWWBA chief executive officer – Heather Welch RNSWBA chief executive – officer Greg Helm

Australian Premier League management committee Neil Dalrymple - Chair Des Ryan

National Insurance program steering committee Bowls NSW finance director – Ron King Bowls Queensland deputy president – Doug Murray Bowls WA chief executive officer – Ken Pride Independent Executive – Peter Delaney Bowls Australia president – Joe Aarons OAM Bowls Australia chief executive officer – Neil Dalrymple Bowls Australia finance manager – Daryl Rogers

Daryl Rogers Paul Leeds Brett Wilkie Andrew Holmes

National Development Advisory Panel Andrew Larratt (chair) Michael Beaumont Garry Dillon Simon Morrison Josh Thornton

World Bowls 2012 Ltd. Geoff Nethercott - Chair Bob Cooper Ben Scales Neil Dalrymple

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State and territory association contact details Bowls ACT

Bowls WA

Canberra North BC Annex 54 McCaughey Street Turner ACT 2612 Phone: 02 6257 3560 Fax: 02 6257 4229 Email: Web:

PO Box 123 Osborne Park WA 6917 Phone: 08 9340 0800 Fax: 08 9242 1866 Email: Web:

Bowls NT


GPO Box 728 Darwin NT 0801 Ph. 08 8945-4800 Email: Web:

7/309 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000 Phone: 02 9267 7155 Fax: 02 9267 7254 Email: Web:

Bowls QLD


PO Box 476, Alderley QLD 4051 Phone: 07 3355 9988 Fax: 07 3855 0010 Email: Web:

Bowls SA 3A Rowells Road Lockleys SA 5032 Phone: 08 8234 7544 Fax: 08 8351 8220 Email: Web:

Bowls TAS 114 Hobart Road Kings Meadows TAS 7249 Phone: 03 6344 1174 Fax: 03 6344 7435 Email: Web:

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PO Box A2186 Sydney South NSW 1235 Phone: 02 9283 4555 Fax: 02 9283 4252 Email: Web:

bowls Victoria PO Box 6080 Hawthorn West VIC 3122 Ph: 03 9819 6177 Fax: 03 9819 5453 Email: Web:







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Message from the Australian Sports Commission The Australian Government is committed to increasing participation in sport and for our high performance athletes to excel on the world stage. Sport not only inspires and unites; it also promotes community involvement and active lifestyles. The Olympic and Paralympic Games is an exciting time for Australians and highlights the substantial contribution of sport to the Australian community, from athletes competing in the Games to those involved in weekend club competition and social play, as well as parents and volunteers. Australia’s performance at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games is the culmination of extensive long-term efforts across the Australian high performance sector. Following the Games, there will be opportunity to celebrate our success and critically review our next steps to ensure we focus and align our efforts to deliver the best possible results on the world stage. It is two years since the Australian Government delivered its new vision for sport through Australian Sport: The Pathway to Success. As a result the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) received an increase in recurrent funding. Since then, we have focused on implementing our new plans, delivering key programs, supporting national sporting organisations (NSOs) to deliver participation and high performance outcomes while also assisting with building there capacity and improving collaboration, alignment and effectiveness within the Australian sport sector. The 2012 Budget delivered a continuation of the Active After-school Communities program. This will enable primary schoolaged children across the country the opportunity to embed sport and physical activity into their daily life. We will continue working with sporting organisations at all levels to ensure the program provides maximum value to sports and supports the transition of program participants into local clubs. The Prime Minister’s Olympic and Paralympic Challenges were a unique way for primary school children to capture the Olympic spirit and create their own Olympic journey. This initiative encouraged and inspired children to get active, have fun and earn rewards. This, coupled with participation programs delivered by NSOs, continues the Australian Government’s commitment to ensuring greater access to the benefits of sport. The support received from the Australian Government for Australian sport is essential and plays an integral role in connecting our young sporting participants with their dreams of podium success in the future. This is an exciting and challenging time for Australian sport. The Australian Sports Commission looks forward to working with sporting organisations, state and territory institutes and academies of sport and departments of sport and recreation, to promote access to, and participation in sport. Together we can promote an active lifestyle and develop sporting champions now and into the future. Mr David Gallop Acting Chairman Board of the Australian Sports Commission

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The Australian Sports Commission proudly supports Bowls Australia The Australian Sports Commission is the Australian Government agency that develops, manages and invests in sport at all levels in Australia. Bowls Australia has worked closely with the Australian Sports Commission to develop bowls from community participation to high-level performance.


Bowls Australia is one of many national sporting organisations that has formed a winning partnership with the Australian Sports Commission to develop its sport in Australia.

Membership growth and development “Bowls had a staggering 935,000 participants in 2011-12, an increase of 9.6% on the previous year.”

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2011 age ranges. This has allowed us to make evidence based decisions for strategic planning and identify where our resources are best spent, which would not be possible without Street Ryan P/L and in particular Wayne Street and Ed Biggs, who have been very generous with their time and expertise. Our coaching pathway also received a significant boost in the 2011-12 financial year with the rollout of the Advanced Coach accreditation and the two modules – ‘Selection’ and ‘Competition’. The dedication of Bowls Australia coaching and officiating coordinator Tamara Mason in completing this incredibly large task has created a legacy to coaches and volunteers for many years to come.

Bowls Australia has forged ahead strongly in our partnership with the Australian Sports Commission. Testament to the strength of our relationship is the funding for the CDO program and the partnership in important initiatives such as the ASC’s Club Health Checklist. Bowls Australia would like to to publically express its sincere thanks to the ASC for their continued support and guidance as bowls begins its transformation from an ailing sport to a formidable offering in the Australian landscape. While we aim to increase our

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numbers, some clubs have already been able to capitalise on the increase in the sports’ profile. We know this because of the increase in the number of participants as identified by the National Bowls Census 2011. Bowls had a staggering 935,000 participants in 2011-12, an increase of 9.6% on the previous year. Using an external provider Street Ryan P/L and comparative data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, we have been able to identify trends in various areas such as gender, geographical, game types and

Following a successful trial, the first of the Advanced Coach courses was held in Queensland. Coaches from Queensland, NSW and ACT gathered at Coorparoo Bowls Club to participate in the four-day course. The 12 coaches, who were identified by their state and territory association as having a significant impact on the coaching structure of our sport both currently and into the future, undertook course topics such as psychology, biomechanics and methods of analysing movement, planning and skill acquisition during the first three days.

Delivered by experts in their respective fields, the coaches were exposed to various methods of planning and how to best create a plan that is flexible yet appropriate to the needs of their players. On day two, the coaches were presented with four different methods of recording a player’s delivery, the most popular and user-friendly being the iPad. The coaches learnt how to download coaching applications that can pause, rewind and analyse a player’s technique literally seconds after they have delivered the bowl, with the ability to provide instant feedback to players on a large screen proving extremely popular. The four-day course also featured on-green sessions with national assistant coach Robbie Dobbins. While the Advanced Coach accreditation is for coaches at the high performance end, the Competition and Selection Modules also provide development for the grass roots member.

After consultation with national coach Steve Glasson and the high performance team, BA designed the modules to provide the next step in the pathway for bowls coaches in Australia and also serve the additional purpose of providing valuable education to players and coaches nationwide. The Selection Module is designed for club coaches, selectors and others

who are keen to ensure their club has best practice selection standards. Coaches should attend this workshop to learn more about benchmarking players, which can assist with selection, while selectors and committee members are advised to attend this workshop to learn how to create a selection policy and a healthy philosophy for their club.

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The Competition Module focuses on the aspects of competitive bowls. Coaches should attend this workshop to gain further information on how to best prepare players for competition, where to find the laws of the sport and conditions of play and understand how to educate players to focus on the elements they can control. The workshop contains practical on green elements where players can discover what their own shot timeline is and how best to collect statistics. The workshops will definitely add to the repertoire of a coach, however, they are open to players, committee members, selectors and other interested persons. Contact your state and territory coaching committee to

find out when the modules will be conducted in your area. Also in the 2011-12 year, the national officiating committee and STAs continued reviewing the bowls officiating structure. Such a sizeable task is not taken lightly and the plans to incorporate a more user friendly and modern system are well under way. Along with a new structure, there are also plans to release two new measuring devices to assist in both accuracy and speed of determining shot. For more information stay tuned to Best regards to all members and their clubs for the next year! We wish you success on and dare we say almost more importantly off the green.























































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An increase in the number of participants in the sport of bowls from 853,000 to 935,000 in 2011;

The introduction of a nationwide ‘Club Health Checklist’ which will assist clubs to identify areas where they can improve the business side of their operations;

The release of the Advanced Coach accreditation and course;

The release of the Competition and Selection modules;

The approval of new equipment designed to assist bowlers for multi-bowl measures.

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CDO PROGRAM “The jewel in the crown is the CDO program which is designed to provide support and assistance to our clubs in a face-to-face manner never seen before in our sport.” This last 12 months have allowed us to implement some of the key building blocks in our future success.

the hub of the town is something we believe is valuable for both the sport and the community.

The jewel in the crown is the CDO program which is designed to provide support and assistance to our clubs in a face-to-face manner never seen before in our sport. The key advantage is having regionally based CDO’s who will be in touch with local issues and provide support to their portfolio of local clubs (in all states except QLD who declined receiving funding to participate in the program).

The program, made possible by Bowls Australia, the Australian Sports Commission, the National Merchandise Program and state and territory associations, has 15 community development officers, servicing metropolitan and regional areas nationwide.

Our change in philosophy from being ‘metro-centric’ to supporting regional areas is a significant decision. Financially it is incredibly important –with an annual cost of approximately $1.2 million. Equally as significant is our belief that regional areas have for too long received the short end of the stick. Having staged numerous national events within regional communities, Bowls Australia is well aware of the challenges facing these areas and keeping the bowls club as

Collectively, the officers share a wide range of experience in bowls, club development and importantly in the delivery of community programs. Along with their previous experiences, the CDOs became versed in topics such as business presentation skills, time management practices, safe driving tips and many others complimented their base skill-set by way of a two week induction program. As a result, we can confidently say they are equipped with the necessary skills to have a significant impact while out in their region. Several success stories have

emanated of the community development program already in its short life span, which highlights the importance, benefits and effectiveness of implementing such an initiative for almost 470,000 bowls club members in the country. Over 83 percent of clubs across Australia have already been visited in the first six months of the program, which aims to improve service delivery for clubs nationwide. Furthermore, many clubs have been serviced multiple times with the introduction of programs or assistance with club operations. In addition, relationships and links between key stakeholders of the sport and Bowls Australia have strengthened and the breadth of these connections has grown, particularly in regional areas. One case that illustrates the success of the program comes from the survival of the Corowa Bowling Club, thanks to some hard work from community development officer Garry Dillon and other key members of the area. Another example comes out of the Gladstone Bowling Club, located in South Australia. Thanks to the community development program and CDO for the North and Western SA region, Richard Law, two talented young bowlers were able to secure equipment that allowed them to practice and play the sport of bowls regularly. When Richard visited the Gladstone Bowling Club, the secretary Graham Smith commented that they had two

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indigenous players that were very good at the sport, but did not have any equipment and needed to borrow bowls whenever they practiced or played. Richard facilitated assistance from the Office of Recreation and Sport’s indigenous program, resulting in inroads being made to secure the equipment for the two players. Richard found that there may be some money available via the ORS Indigenous program which resulted in a $2000 grant to purchas e two sets of bowls, bags and equipment. After making the presentation to the two new indigenous bowlers, they then gave three sets of bowls to Gladstone for their club members to use as they wish in the ultimate win/win situation. Each state and territory is seeing benefits with the following collection a small sample of the positive feedback being generated via the CDO program: “Paul has got us going. We are very fortunate to have his enthusiasm. He has been most generous with his time that has involved late night hours.” “Many thanks for making your wonderful club available for the lawn bowls training day on Monday. A great venue and your very helpful staff certainly assisted in making the day a success. We had 12 lawn bowlers in attendance (many thanks to Fiona for her diligence) who are now ready to get involved with the AASC as soon as their prohibited employment screening checks are completed.” “One of the things I was going to mention when I was to meet with you last week, was the excellent job that Barrie Lester did when he visited the

Berwick Bowling Club on Monday 28th May, to present to a gathering of some 50 of our members who are interested in working with Bowls Vic and with Barrie in his role as Bowls Australia Community Development Officer for this corner of the State. Barrie’s presentation was a complete success and we look forward to his advice and assistance in a number of areas in the coming year. Please congratulate him when you see him next.” “Thanks Mark for doing a fantastic job of coordinating the day. It ran very smoothly and the kids absolutely loved it. It has even made a few teachers think with the kids so excited when returning to school. It was a great success from our schools point of view and they would love to do it again sometime.” “Thank you very much [Rene] for your support on our coaching day. I found it quite inspirational. I believe we are rapidly developing into a bowling force to be reckoned with. We had two more juniors join last night, making a total of twenty young bowlers... and they are all as keen as mustard which is absolutely great. Please call into our club any time if you are in our neck of the woods.” Coordinating a program the size of the national CDO program is no easy task –but the assistance and support for all involved from the Bowls Australia CDO Administrator Holly Simmons has been much appreciated. To access the assistance of your local CDO, which is free of charge, contact your association or visit for further details.





The employment of 16 Community Development Officers nationwide;

A comprehensive two week induction program for each of the new CDO’s;

In excess of 83 percent of clubs in Australia receiving assistance in the first six months;

Regionally based CDO’s providing greater service to regional areas; and

Better links with external providers – increasing the profile of our sport.

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High performance and pathway events “Whilst World Bowls is the imminent focus, the preparations for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games are also well underway.”

international competitors • Increased pathway opportunities through the creation of the Australia A and Australian Emerging squads • Revised player contracts and selection policy and criteria • Interaction with other sports for bowls’ high performance development • Increased funding directly channelled to the sport and its players • A detailed, rolling three-year national calendar of events

Now into the second year of the current four-year High Performance plan, much has already been achieved or implemented into the Bowls Australia HP program for future development and naturally, much of it remains an ongoing process.

• Athletes Village

The planning for the 2012 World Championships has been a focus for our team and will remain at the forefront of our immediate focus and the Australian contingent will be leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to achieve the goals set out in the program.

• Accommodation options

However, whilst World Bowls is the imminent focus, the preparations for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games are also well underway with reconnaissance having already taken place in Glasgow. Some of the areas investigated include; • The Games venue

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• Pre Commonwealth Games international series • Host clubs • Medical support operations and providers • Bowls suppliers Some of the ongoing projects relating to HP program include: • Specific individualised programs for all Australian squad members • Revised national ranking system • Detailed roster for attendance by national selectors at identified events • Comprehensive national player database • Player tracking system for Australian representatives and

• Greater and more regular association and support to organisations like the ABBA and Athletes with Disabilities

International events Australia commenced its campaign on the international stage against South Africa in August, with the green and gold army recording a comprehensive whitewash of the tournament during a dominant display in Moonta. Dropping just four of the 24 games throughout the three-test competition against one of its fiercest rivals ensured preparations were well underway for the Asia Pacific Championships, which is covered in greater detail on page 28. Keeping the focus on the Festival City, only five months after the conclusion of the Asia Pacific Championships, Australia was again displaying its

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strength on the world stage, claiming the overall winner’s trophy at the SA International Series against five of the lawn bowls powerhouses. As we gear up for the 2012 World Championships held in November and December of this year, the following athletes have come through a rigorous selection process and will proudly and diligently represent our nation -

Women Singles: Karen Murphy Pairs: Kelsey Cottrell & Rebecca Quail

• Individual case management • Sports medicine and sports psychology • Participation in specific identified events

The National Training Centre Coach program is now well under way with the following coaches in place throughout the following STA Associations –

• NSW/ACT – Gary Willis

Pairs: Leif Selby & Aron Sherriff Triples: Brett Wilkie, Wayne Ruediger & Mark Casey Fours: Brett Wilkie, Wayne Ruediger, Mark Casey & Aron Sherriff Reserve: Nathan Rice The national team, affectionately known as the ‘Jackaroos’ continues its specific build up to the World Championships with a focus centred on the following –


• SA/NT – Faye Luke

Fours: Natasha Van Eldik, Lynsey Armitage, Kelsey Cottrell & Rebecca Quail

Singles: Leif Selby

Overall victory at the Asia Pacific Championships;

Future of the program

• VIC/TAS – Mark Cowan



• Position and discipline specific training

Triples: Natasha Van Eldik, Lynsey Armitage & Karen Murphy

Reserve: Claire Duke

Dominant series victory at the Australia v South Africa test series in Moonta;

Overall victory at the SA International Series;

• WA – Pieter Harris

• QLD – Brett Wilkie Some of the tasks the NTC Coaches are primarily responsible for include – • Individual daily case management of Australia A, Australian Under-18 and NTC squad members


Implementation of the NTC program;


Advanced Coach Course participation.

• Ongoing talent identification • Coach development • Continued development of relationships specifically focussed on High Performance with the STA and individual state institute of sports • Working closely with STAs through direct communication, advice, assistance and support.

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2011 Asia Pacific Championships “The result assured the host nation of the overall winners’ trophies at the event, but it has since set itself a new goal and turned its attention firmly to the 2012 World Championships, which looms as perfect occasion for a bigger gold rush.” A final medal haul of two gold, five silver and a bronze barely reflects the campaign the green and gold contingent waged in Adelaide at the Asia Pacific Championships, but nor should it be diminished either. The result assured the host nation of the overall winners’ trophies at the event, but it has since set itself a new goal and turned its attention firmly to the 2012 World Championships, which looms as perfect occasion for a bigger gold rush. Australia clinched only one of its four gold medal chances on the final day of play, but completed the 15-nation biannual tournament with eight medals from as many disciplines to reaffirm its position as one of the world’s genuine bowls superpowers. The women’s triples line-up of Kelsey Cottrell, Rebecca Quail and Lynsey Armitage commenced the country’s

Lynsey Armitage Triples (skip) and fours (third) - Club Helensvale • 2011 Asia Pacific Championships Gold medal - Triples • 2011 Asia Pacific Championships Silver medal - Fours 28 2011-12 Annual Report

Mark Berghofer

Triples and fours (lead) – St Johns Park Bowling Club • 2011 Asia Pacific Championships Gold Medal - Fours • 2011 Asia Pacific Championships Silver Medal - Triples

Mark Casey

Pairs (skip) and fours (second) - Club Helensvale • 2011 Asia Pacific Championships Gold Medal - Fours • 2011 Asia Pacific Championships Silver Medal - Pairs

campaign for glory, securing the first gold medal of the tournament against the Philippines, with Rebecca Quail topping her first international dais after making her debut at the Australia v South Africa test series only four months earlier. Despite all but one of our disciplines playing off in the ultimate deciders, it was never going to be an easy feat to snare a swag of gold medals.

New Zealand, but were pushed to near breaking point before succumbing to Dan Delany and Richard Girvan on the measure, 17-16.

In the men’s pairs, world number two Brett Wilkie and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Mark Casey got off to a flying start against their fiercely competitive trans-Tasman nemesis,

With the Helensvale duo going down to the nation’s arch rival in the morning, eyes turned to the men’s triples contingent of Mark Berghofer, Nathan Rice and Aron Sherriff to make amends,

Kelsey Cottrell

Karen Murphy

Rebecca Quail

Pairs and fours (skip) – Cabramatta Bowling Club • 2011 Asia Pacific Championships Silver Medal - Fours • 2011 Asia Pacific ChampionshipsBronze Medal -Pairs

Triples and fours (second) – Invermay Bowls Club • 2011 Asia Pacific Championships Gold Medal - Triples • 2011 Asia Pacific Championships Silver Medal - Fours

Singles and triples (skip) – St Johns Park Bowling Club • 2011 Asia Pacific Championships Gold Medal - Triples • 2011 Asia Pacific Championships Silver Medal - Singles

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with the unbeaten trio pitted against a Fijian team that it had defeated in the preliminary rounds. Again, local crowds were left disheartened when the result failed to go their way, but were suitably impressed with the sportsmanship on display by the charismatic Fijians who had overcome substantial odds to triumph 17-11. The women’s fours team of Natasha Van Eldik, Rebecca

Nathan Rice

Triples (second) and fours (third) - Club Helensvale • 2011 Asia Pacific Championships Gold Medal - Fours • 2011 Asia Pacific Championships Silver Medal - Triples 30 2011-12 Annual Report

Aron Sherriff

Triples & fours (skip) – Ettalong Memorial Bowling Club • 2011 Asia Pacific Championships Gold Medal - Fours • 2011 Asia Pacific Championships Silver Medal - Triples

Quail, Lynsey Armitage and Karen Murphy also fell narrowly short of capturing the coveted gold medal after losing to New Zealand during a titanic tussle which saw the scores tied on four occasions, including the penultimate end. In the only final match to not feature an Australian team, the women’s pairs were claimed by the New Zealand’s powerhouse team of world number one Jo Edwards and three, Val Smith, who edged out Australia’s Natasha Van Eldik and Karen Murphy in the semi-final. Putting their previous losses in the

Natasha Van Eldik Pairs (lead) and fours (lead) – Raymond Terrace Bowling Club • 2011 Asia Pacific Championships Silver Medal - Fours • 2011 Asia Pacific Championships Bronze Medal - Pairs

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pairs and triples behind them, Mark Berghofer, Mark Casey, Nathan Rice and Aron Sherriff tasted ultimate glory with a blinding performance against the Black Jacks in the men’s fours final, sealing the nation’s second gold medal. On the final afternoon, the men’s and women’s blue-ribbon singles combinations of Brett Wilkie and Kelsey Cottrell were both cruelly denied gold by the Malaysians. Wilkie tried valiantly to hold off former world number one Safuan Said’s attack, coming within one shot on the fifteenth end, before Said piled

Brett Wilkie

Singles and pairs (lead) – Club Helensvale • 2011 Asia Pacific Championships Silver Medal - Singles • 2011 Asia Pacific Championships Silver Medal - Pairs

on eight shots to secure victory, while Cottrell’s hopes were dashed by world number five Siti Zalina Ahmad. Australia’s hard work in the tournament did not go unrewarded however, with the host nation claiming both the overall men and women’s trophies.


The powerful showing on the international stage was a step above the nation’s 2009 Kuala Lumpar effort in which it took two gold, two silver and three bronze medals.


steve glasson


National Coach - St Johns Park Bowling Club • 2000 World Championships – Gold medal - Singles • Nine-time Australian Indoor Championships winner

The successful staging of the 15-nation 2011 Asia Pacific Championships at Lockleys and Holdfast Bay bowls clubs; The invaluable support and assistance received from volunteers and technical officials throughout the tournament; Eight medals from as many disciplines for the Australian team, encompassing two gold, five silver and a bronze medal; The women’s triples team featuring Kelsey Cottrell, Rebecca Quail and Lynsey Armitage, and the men’s fours line-up of Mark Berghofer, Mark Casey, Nathan Rice and Aron Sherriff’s gold medal wins; The on-going training for international technical officials in the lead up to the 2012 World Championships. 2010-11 Annual Report 31 2011-12 25 21

2012 Australian Open “The rationale behind the ‘last chance’ event was to give players that had not been able to qualify or had previously missed out another opportunity to compete in the event.”

Bowls Australia’s premier event, the Australian Open, continues to grow from strength to strength and provides the bowls community with the chance to participate in the nation’s marquee tournament. Once again this year the Darebin City Bowls Club in Thornbury, Victoria hosted the event. With funding support from the Victorian Department of Sport and Recreation and the Darebin City Council, the event was once again a great success. For the second year, the weather played an important factor in the lead up to the event, but to Darebin City Bowls Club greenkeeper Shane Waddington’s credit the greens were in immaculate condition and ran the best they have since the establishment of the facility. Qualifying saw more changes to its structure, giving players more

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opportunities to qualify. The major change was the introduction of the ‘last chance’ qualifying event held just prior to the start of the Open. In a change from previous years, the Victorian qualifying event was held in conjunction with the inaugural Victorian Open, staged by Bowls Victoria in November 2011. This provided Bowls Australia with the opportunity to run another qualifying event for all players from around the country on the eve of the event. The rationale behind the ‘last chance’ event was to give players that had not been able to qualify or had previously missed out another opportunity to compete in the event. With a very small number of positions allocated in the event, it was projected that entries would be low, but this was not the case, with all the draws being larger than draws of the Australian Open. This caused a number of issues, as

the event had to be expanded to five days and held as a knockout competition. Following the success of the qualifying structure and the subsequent popularity of the event, the entry eligibility for ‘last chance‘ qualifying will change in 2013 to control the number of entries. The interstate qualifying was again well supported by players from around Australia as well as the state and territory associations that assisted in running very successful qualifying events. This process continues to expand with more opportunities for players to qualify locally into the event. With a change of TV production companies, Bowls Australia introduced televised night finals for the first time in the event’s history. This change of schedule was made only in the weeks leading into the

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event, which unfortunately restricted the level of promotion that it could receive. However, the initiative was well received and it is planned to continue in 2013 with a stronger and longer marketing campaign In the second year of the expanded Bowlers with a Disability category, we have started to see great support for the event across all state and territory associations. In working with the newly appointed Bowls Australia Community Development Officers it is hoped this division of the Open will continue to grow. The under 18 competition continues to be fiercely competitive. This year saw the expansion of the competition to allow open entry into the event and only one direct entry from each state. Numbers were strong in each gender and consideration will need to be given as to whether pre-event qualifying will be required for 2013 and beyond. Bowls Australia continues to have a good relationship with Focal Promotions, who conducts the AERF Mixed Pairs Challenge finals during the Australian Open. Unfortunately, 2012 was the final year that Focal Promotions will be able to support the event, however, due to the success of the program, Bowls Australia in conjunction with all the state and territory associations will look to continue a mixed pairs discipline at the Australian Open in 2013.

The over 60’s category found it difficult to attract entries. The format of this competition will be reviewed prior to the 2013 event.


Bowls Australia would like to acknowledge the continued support provided by the volunteers and technical officials that worked at the Australian Open. Special thanks must be given to Harvie Hele, Val Savage and George Vayonitis for coordinating the volunteers and to Bill Sheedy who managed all the technical officials and Russell Covell for his efforts as the Tournament Director. Without the financial support of the Victorian Department of Sport and Recreation, Darebin City Council and the many valued sponsors of Bowls Australia, the Australian Open could not have been staged as successfully as it was. We thank all involved for their continued support of the event.

2012 World Bowls Championships The 2012 World Championships will be held from November 24 to December 9. Months of planning has already taken place and aspects of the event are well advanced with the showpiece tournament shaping up to be a great success for the sport in Australia.




The successful staging of the 2012 Australian Open at the Darebin International Sports Centre;

The presence of inter-state qualifying for the Australian Open and the opportunity it affords bowlers nation-wide;

The immaculate condition of the Darebin greens;

The introduction of televised night finals;

Introduction of a mixed pairs event in 2013.

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National events “Nonetheless, the 2011/12 calendar proved to be another particularly big season of national events, delivering on its promise to provide high quality, entertaining bowls from across the country, and provided a fitting final farewell to the GP circuit.” Late last year Bowls Australia completed a review of the national events calendar, focusing particularly on the Grand Prix format of our major competitions. The merit of each event was carefully considered through a range of criteria, including their link to the high performance pathway program, the relevance to bowls members and the opportunity for further participation initiatives. As a result of this review, and the loss of free to air broadcasting on the ABC in addition to the increasing costs required to stage these events, the NSW and Queensland Open’s were removed from the Bowls Australia event calendar. This decision effectively brought an end to the much-adored GP circuit for the 2012 season and beyond. Bowls Australia will continue to stage

its marque events on the national calendar well into the future, with the Australian Open, Australian Sides Championships and Super 6 Challenge, Australian Indoor Championships, Australian Under18 Championships and National Champion of Champion remaining an integral part of the fixture. Nonetheless, the 2011/12 calendar proved to be another particularly big season of national events, delivering on its promise to provide high quality, entertaining bowls from across the country, and provided a fitting final farewell to the GP circuit. Commonwealth Games gold medallist Mark Casey kicked off the circuit in style, turning heads at the Ipswich United Services Bowls Club during the Queensland Open, breaking his recent grand prix hoodoo by capturing his maiden GP singles title from five attempts.

The former world number one was also a finalist in the pairs during a home coming of sorts at Ipswich, after relocating to the club as a junior, and went on to reaffirm his status as one of the greats of the modern game after securing the coveted Australian Open singles silverware, and the $18,000 prize cheque that accompanies it, during an unforgettable year. Casey’s club, state and national teammate, Nathan Rice, and current world number two Leif Selby proved just as dominant, with a string of victories that included the Queensland Open pairs and triples titles and the Australian Open pairs crown. Neil Burkett may have over 550 international appearances and a litany of Commonwealth Games gold, silver and bronze medals to his name, but a NSW Open singles victory proved to be something special for the former South African star, recording his maiden national title against his Club Merrylands’ prodigy Zeljko Trbara. In the women’s events, another former international ace created waves on the national circuit, with Cabramatta’s Kay Moran falling agonisingly short of securing an unprecedented treble after reaching all three finals at the Queensland Open. Moran, who took home the singles and triples trophies, enjoyed success alongside Karen Murphy and Julie Keegan; both of whom also claimed multiple titles over the course of the year.

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Four separate players captured the women’s singles crowns of the GP events, with Kay Moran, Karen Murphy, Anne Johns and Lynsey Armitage all tasting victory. World number four Murphy, the preeminent player on Bowls Australia’s GP circuit, added a further two milestones to her already impressive resume, with consecutive Australian Indoor Championship victories in 2011 and 2012. World number six Brett Wilkie and NSW’s Jan Agar were the big winners of the National Champion of Champions this year, earning the honour of donning the green and gold uniform at the world event in Cyprus, while NSW’s Kelly Richards and Natasha Van Eldik put the finishing touches on a near perfect week after triumphing in the women’s pairs final, and Queensland father-andson team Jeff and Ben Twist claimed the men’s crown. At the Australian Under-18 Championships, NSW put the finishing touches on a dominant performance, claiming a staggering five gold, one silver and a bronze medal from just eight disciplines to secure the boys and overall trophies, while Queensland took home the girls’ trophy. In contrast, at the 2012 Australian Sides Championships, host-state Queensland clinched the coveted Alley Shield with the Maroons’ Brett Wilkie taking home the best performed rink honours, while NSW

secured their first Marj Morris Trophy victory since 2007 and the Blues’ Natasha Van Eldik awarded the best performed skip accolade on a countback.





Karen Murphy’s fifth Australian Indoor Championships crown.

Mark Casey’s dual success in the singles at the Queensland and Australian Opens;

Kay Moran, Leif Selby and Nathan Rice’s twin victories at the Queensland Open;

Lynsey Armitage’s double wins at the Australian Open;

Kelsey Cottrell, Anne Johns and Lynsey Armitage becoming the first team to reclaim their title at the Australian Open since the event’s inception;

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Inaugural BCiB Hall of Fame “Coinciding with the year’s biggest international lawn bowls event, the Asia Pacific Championships, the Hall of Fame commemorated the sport’s most deserving figures for their achievements both on and off the green, with induction representing the highest level of peer recognition for an individual’s performance or contribution to the sport.”

Australia’s greatest ever collection of lawn bowls champions gathered at Adelaide’s Stamford Grand in December 2011 for Bowls Australia’s inaugural Hall of Fame. Coinciding with the year’s biggest international lawn bowls event, the Asia Pacific Championships, the Hall of Fame commemorated the sport’s most deserving figures for their achievements both on and off the green, with induction representing the highest level of peer recognition for an individual’s performance or contribution to the sport. Hall of Fame membership has been divided into two categories, with 29 athletes and nine general members

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awarded induction. Athlete members are those who have competed at international competition level for Australia, while general members are selected for excellence and outstanding achievement in roles supportive to the sport of bowls including administration, coaching and officiating, media and history, sports science and technology. Of the 38 members inducted, one was elevated to legend status, with champion Glyn Bosisto MBE bestowed as the sport’s first ‘legend’. Bosisto, who was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1976 and inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985, was one of

the most successful and colourful performers in Australia’s lawn bowls history. In his prime, press writers described him as the ‘Bradman of bowls’. New members will be subsequently inducted into the Hall of Fame during the Bowls Australia Awards Night every second year. Bowls Australia would like to thank BCiB, Moama Bowling Club, MakMax, Australian Sports Commission, Taylor Bowls and the Stamford Grand Adelaide for their support and sponsorship of the Bowls Australia BCiB Hall of Fame. Without their generosity, an event of this magnitude would not have been possible.

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1975-99 General Catherine (Mimi) FROST OAM NSW. Charles FROST NSW.

Bowls Australia wishes to congratulate the following inaugural inductees in Bowls Australia’s Hall of Fame, who were honoured at the function in 2011. Pre ‘49 General Alfred ALLEY Vic. * John MONRO Vic. * John YOUNG NSW. * Athlete Charles McNEILL NSW. * 1950-74 General W Jack SPEAR Vic. * Keith WILSON Vic. * Naomi WOLINSKI NSW. * Athlete Glyn BOSISTO Vic. * Errol BUNGEY OAM S.A. John DOBBIE Vic. * Connie HICKS OAM W.A. Dot JENKINSON Vic. * Mary ORMSBY OAM S.A.


2000-10 General Betty COLLINS OAM Vic. Athlete Lynsey ARMITAGE Qld. Steve GLASSON NSW. Kelvin KERKOW OAM Qld. Karen MURPHY NSW. LEGENDS Glyn BOSISTO* * Indicates that the inductee is deceased

Bowls Australia’s inaugural Hall of Fame was a sold out affair at Adelaide’s Stamford Grand;


The induction of 29 athlete members;


The induction of nine general members;



The elevation of Glyn Bosisto MBE to ‘legend’ status;

The support and contribution from partners BCiB, Moama Bowling Club, MakMax, ASC, Taylor Bowls and Stamford Grand.

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BA crown nation’s finest “Ettalong Memorial’s Aron Sherriff was rewarded for a standout year, with the Australian ace capturing two of the night’s major accolades, while state and national teammate Natasha Van Eldik secured the third.”

International Bowler of the Year award over Van Eldik and last year’s inaugural winner Mark Casey.

Amongst the glitz and glamour at the Park Hyatt Melbourne in February, Bowls Australia crowned the year’s finest bowlers and administrators during the annual BCiB Awards Night. Ettalong Memorial’s Aron Sherriff was rewarded for a standout year, with the Australian ace capturing two of the night’s major accolades, while state and national teammate Natasha Van Eldik secured the third. Shortly after Van Eldik edged out Cabramatta’s Karen Murphy to be crowned Female Bowler of the Year, Sherriff claimed the first of his trophies when he was announced as the Male Bowler of the Year. The 26-year-old was back on stage moments later after securing the BCiB

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Having ended 2010 by claiming the World Champion of Champions title, the world number four continued his rich vein of form on the international stage in 2011 with a dominant display against New Zealand at the Trans Tasman. This was followed by a sublime performance at the Moama International series that assisted the home nation secure an overall victory against old enemies England and Scotland. The performances assured Sherriff of a position in the Australia v South Africa test series, with the green and gold contingent producing a whitewash of the series, dropping only four of the 24 games played against one of its fiercest rivals, after the Springboks ended Australia’s gold medal hopes twice at the Delhi Commonwealth Games. The defining moment in Sherriff’s stellar year came at the 15 nation biennial Asia Pacific Championships, where a powerful showing on the international stage saw him skip his fours team to gold and his triples to silver medals, in the process ensuring Australia of the overall winners’ and overall men’s trophies.

In a testament to his outstanding year, Sherriff secured 44 votes to finish 27 clear of his nearest rival, as voted by his peers. During the other awards for the evening, Warilla’s Sean Mawdsley and Cronulla’s Jack Hawkins continued NSW’s domination of the evening, in which it secured five of the 11 awards on offer, by winning the Under-18 Male Bowler of the Year and ACEIT Coach of the Year respectively. Mawdsley enjoyed a dominant year, commencing with victories at the NSW Under-18 Championships in the pairs and fours, before producing a stunning national campaign during his first attempt at the Australian Under18 Championships. He collected two gold medals from as many disciplines; capturing the singles title against defending champion and last year’s award winner Dylan Fisher and triumphing in the pairs event; in the process assisting his state secure the overall boys’ and overall winner’s trophies. It is no surprise that after such a successful year, Mawdsley’s state coach, Jack Hawkins, scooped one of the sport’s biggest gongs, winning the ACEIT Coach of the Year award. Hawkins coached the NSW under-18

boys’ team to the overall champion’s trophy at the Australian Under-18 Championships with a clean sweep of all four disciplines by a record margin of 12 points, and was recognised as the NSW coach of the year. Western Australia’s Kristina Krstic secured the Taylor Bowls Under-18 Female Bowler of the Year, while Victoria’s Valerie Savage was awarded the Bowlswear Volunteer of the Year.

Krstic commenced 2011 with a stunning performance against New Zealand that assisted the nation reclaim the Junior Trans Tasman trophy with a test to spare, before defending her singles title at the Australian Under18 Championships and capturing silver in the pairs discipline. She capped off the year by claiming the WA Women’s State Pairs. Webbcona’s Valerie Savage was an exemplary volunteer throughout

2011 and was a deserving winner of the Bowlswear Volunteer of the Year award. In addition to assisting with weekly pennant within her region, Savage served on the Ballarat Division Transitional Committee who assisted with the implementation of Bowls Victoria unification and worked tirelessly to schedule volunteer shifts during the 2011 and 2012 Australian Open. The Professional Administrator of the Year accolade was presented to the Moama Bowling Club’s Paul Barnes, while Victoria’s Mark Cowan and Peter Delaney were recognised as the Rising Stars Volunteer Administrator and Official of the Year. Barnes has been involved in the club industry for 24 years, but it was the staging of the 2011 Moama International Series, which featured old enemies Australia, England and Scotland and the tremendous community support shown by the Moama Bowling Club that earned him the reward. Through pokies revenue, the club supported numerous community groups in sponsorship and in kind

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services to the value of $300,000 in 2011.

Mark Cowan for the Rising Stars Volunteer Administrator.

Joining Barnes on the winner’s list was Mark Cowan, who spreads his time between three demanding volunteer committee positions while also heading up the role of Victoria and Tasmania’s National Training Centre coach for Bowls Australia.

With in-excess of 30 years experience, international technical official Delaney officiated at the 2011 Australian Open and Asia Pacific Championships, while serving on the Bowls Australia national officiating committee and as chair of the Bowls Victoria laws and rules committee.

Having represented Victoria on 232 occasions, Cowan is currently involved at Sunbury Bowls Club, while also acting as Bowls Australia’s national officiating director and part of World Bowls laws and constitution committee.

Lawn Bowls World radio show’s Pat McErlean won the story of the year thanks to his reporting of Bowls Australia’s national and international events throughout 2011.

Meanwhile, for Peter Delaney it was a case of second time lucky as he triumphed in his Official of the Year category after being edged out by

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McErlean’s radio show has substantially raised the profile of lawn bowl and its athletes worldwide. Bowls Australia wishes to congratulate the nominees, finalists and winners from the 2012 BCiB Awards Night.

2012 BOWLS AUSTRALIA AWARDS BCiB International Bowler of the Year Winner: Aron Sherriff (Ettalong Memorial, NSW) Finalists: Natasha Van Eldik (Raymond Terrace, NSW), Mark Casey (Helensvale, QLD) Male Bowler of the Year Winner: Aron Sherriff (Ettalong Memorial, NSW) Runner-up: Nathan Rice (Helensvale, QLD) Female Bowler of the Year Winner: Natasha Van Eldik (Raymond Terrace, NSW) Runner-up: Karen Murphy (Cabramatta, NSW)

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Taylor Bowls Under-18 Female Bowler of the Year

Runner-up: Peter Delaney (Mulgrave, VIC)

Winner: Kristina Krstic (Manning Bowling Club, WA)

ACEIT Coach of the Year

Runner-up: Renee McPharlin (Balaklava, SA)

Runner-up: Faye Luke (Bowls SA)

Winner: Jack Hawkins (Cronulla, NSW) Official of the Year

Under-18 Male Bowler of the Year

Winner: Peter Delaney (Mulgrave, VIC)

Winner: Sean Mawdsley (Warilla, NSW)

Runner-up: Beth Young (Mt Barker, SA)

Runner-up: Dylan Fisher (Melbourne, VIC)

Story of the Year

Professional Administrator of the Year Winner: Paul Barnes (Moama, VIC) Runner-up: Greg Kelly (Tweed Heads, NSW) Rising Stars Volunteer Administrator of the Year Winner: Mark Cowan (Sunbury, VIC)


Winner: Patrick McErlean (Lawn Bowls World radio show) Runner-up: Tim Noonan (Channel 7, SA) Bowlswear Volunteer of the Year Winner: Valerie Savage (Webbcona, VIC) Runner-up: Pamela Hockings (Engadine, NSW)


The continued success and positive reception Bowls Australia’s annual Awards Night receives from the bowling community; The corporate support of BCiB, Taylor Bowls, Rising Stars, ACEIT, and Bowlswear; World number four Aron Sherriff collecting the male bowler of the year and the BCiB international bowler of the year; The respective wins of Natasha Van Eldik, Sean Mawdsley, Kristina Krstic, Jack Hawkins, Valerie Savage, Paul Barnes, Mark Cowan, Peter Delaney and Pat McErlean along with all the other nominees; NSW’s stunning trophy haul at the Awards Night evening, in which it secured five of the 11 awards on offer. 2011-12 Annual Report 41

Honour roll (results) BOWLS AUSTRALIA GRAND PRIXS 2011 QUEENSLAND OPEN – IPSWICH UNITED SERVICES BC (QLD) Singles: Mark Casey (QLD), Kay Moran (NSW) Pairs: Leif Selby (NSW) and Nathan Rice (QLD), Kelsey Cottrell and Julie Keegan (NSW) Triples: Anthony Keipe (QLD), Leif Selby (NSW) and Nathan Rice (QLD), Kay Moran, Julie Keegan and Karen Murphy (NSW) 2011 AUSTRALIAN INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – TWEED HEADS BC (NSW) Singles: Jeremy Henry (NSW), Karen Murphy (NSW) 2011 NSW OPEN – WAGGA WAGGA RSL CLUB & WAGGA WAGGA WOMEN’S BC (NSW) Singles: Neil Burkett (NSW), Anne Johns (NSW) Pairs: Tim Cunningham and Scott Dalton (NSW), Claire Duke and Julie Keegan (NSW) Triples: Bruce Lack, Tim Farrell and Adam Lee (NSW), Judy Croft, Jan Rolph and Gloria Clifton (NSW) 2012 AUSTRALIAN OPEN – DAREBIN CITY BC (VIC) Singles: Mark Casey (QLD), Lynsey Armitage (QLD) Pairs: Leif Selby (NSW) and Nathan Rice (QLD), Victoria Troster and Elise Cowan (VIC) Triples: Ray Lawerson, James Pearce and Alan Dove (VIC), Kelsey Cottrell (NSW), Anne Johns (NSW) and Lynsey Armitage (QLD) Under-18: Bradley Mabb (QLD), Ellen Ryan (NSW) Over-60: Lachlan Tighe, Rowan Sharp

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and Dene Milner (VIC), Shirley Raglus, Beverly Thorn and Bev Cahill (VIC) AERF: Trentan Healey and Janet Healey (NSW) Men’s ABBA: Tony Scott (VIC) Men’s AUSRAPID: Ross Brown (VIC) Men’s AAWD: Josh Barry (VIC) Men’s DSA: Richard Strong (QLD) Women’s ABBA: Joy Foster (QLD) Women’s AUSRAPID: Joanna Lomagno (VIC) Women’s AAWD: Lynne Smith (NSW) Womne’s DSA: Gail Dellar (QLD)


Singles: Aron Sherriff (NSW), Lisa Phillips (VIC) Pairs: Mathew Pietersen and Brody Pitham (NSW), Natasha Van Eldik and Karen Murphy (NSW) Triples: Matthew Baus, Ben Twist and Shane Garvey (NSW), Kelli Rogalski, Noelene Abe and Therese Hastings (WA) Best performed rink: Dean McWhinney, Alex Murtagh, Sean Baker and Brett Wilkie (QLD), Jan Agar, Sharyn Renshaw, Katrina Wright, Natasha Van Eldik (NSW) Alley Shield: QLD Marj Morris Trophy: NSW Overall title: NSW

2011 AUSTRALIAN UNDER-18 CHAMPIONSHIPS – DAREBIN CITY BC (VIC) Singles: Sean Mawdsley (NSW), Kristina Krstic (WA) Pairs: Sean Mawdsley and Beau Prideaux (NSW), Cassandra Millerick and Bolivia Millerick (QLD) Triples: Tom Hull, Haydn Bojkowski and Aaron Teys (NSW), Jessica Parolin, Lauren Wilson and Natasha Jones (QLD) Fours: Tom Hull, Haydn Bojkowski, Beau Prideaux and Aaron Teys (NSW), Boys’ title: NSW Girls’ title: Queensland Overall title: NSW


2011 NATIONAL CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS – MANDURAH BOWLING AND RECREATION CLUB (WA) Singles: Brett Wilkie (QLD), Jan Agar (NSW) Pairs: Jeff Twist and Ben Twist (QLD), Kelly Richards and Natasha Van Eldik (NSW)

Second test: Australia clinched the series, dropped just one rubber en route to a 7-1 test win.


2011 AUSTRALIA V SOUTH AFRICA TEST SERIES – MOONTA MEMORIAL BC (SA) Australian representatives: Sean Baker (QLD), Nathan Rice (QLD), Brett Wilkie (QLD), Mark Berghofer (NSW) and Aron Sherriff (NSW). Lynsey Armitage (QLD), Kelsey Cottrell (NSW), Karen Murphy (NSW), Natasha Van Eldik (NSW) and Rebecca Quail (TAS). First test: Inspired by the debuts of Rebecca Quail and Sean Baker, Australia claimed a 6-2 victory to clinch the opening test after winning the final five rubbers on offer.

Third test: In a show of strength, the host nation claimed the third test match 7-1, dropping just four of 24 games throughout the contest. 2011 ASIA PACIFIC MERDEKA CHAMPIONSHIPS – BAYUEMAS BC (MAL) Australian representatives: Lynsey Armitage (QLD), Nathan Rice (QLD),

Aron Sherriff (NSW).

Sherriff (AUS) 17-11


Men’s singles final: Aron Sherriff (AUS) bt Sunil Bahadur (IND) 6-6, 9-0

Women’s triples: Kelsey Cottrell, Rebecca Quail and Lynsey Armitage (AUS) bt Joy Tordoff, Asuncion Bruce, Milagros Witheridge (PHI) 16-6


Women’s singles final: Noor Zafirah Mohd Noor (MAS) bt Tammy Tham (HKG) 9-1, 9-4 Mixed pairs final: Azwan Shuhaimi and Noor Zafirah Mohd Noor (MAS) bt Krishna Xalxo, and Lovely Coubery (IND) 14-10

Men’s fours: Mark Berghofer, Mark Casey, Nathan Rice and Aron Sherriff (AUS) bt Tony Grantham, Dan Delany, Ali Forsyth and Richard Girvan (NZL) 23-16

Mixed triples final: Angelo Morales, Rosita Bradborn and Maila Witheridge (PHI) bt Kairul Anuar Ab Kadir, Mohammed Hizlee Abdul Rais and Maisarah Aminludin (MAS) 17-10

Women’s fours: Leanna Curry, Genevieve Baildon, Jan Khan and Jo Edwards (NZL) bt Natasha Van Eldik, Rebecca Quail, Lynsey Armitage and Karen Murphy (AUS) 17-15 Men’s overall country rankings:

2011 WORLD CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS – HONG KONG Men’s singles: Thomas Greechan (JER) bt Jonathan Ross (SCO). Grant Seeary (AUS) finished 14th. Women’s singles: Jo Edwards (NZL) bt Alison Merrien (GUE). Riina Bradbrook (AUS) finished 7th.

1. Australia, 66 points

CROQUET CLUB (SA) Australian representatives: Mark Berghofer (NSW), Mark Casey (QLD), Dylan Fisher (VIC), Nathan Rice (QLD), Wayne Ruediger (SA), Leif Selby (NSW), Aron Sherriff (NSW), Brett Wilkie (QLD). Lynsey Armitage (QLD), Kate Carriage (NSW), Kelsey Cottrell (NSW), Claire Duke (NSW), Karen Murphy (NSW), Carla Odgers (VIC) Rebecca Quail (TAS), Natasha Van Eldik (NSW). Men’s singles: Brett Wilkie (AUS) lt

Women’s overall country rankings:

Paul Foster (SCO) 13-21

1. Australia, 56 points

Women’s singles: Kelsey Cottrell (AUS) def Tracy-Lee Botha (RSA) 21-


20 Men’s pairs: Leif Selby, Nathan Rice

Men’s singles champion: Jeremy Henry (Aus) bt James Talbot (Ire) 8-5 10-7.

(AUS) lt Paul Foster, Alex Marshall


Women’s singles champion: Alison Merrien (Gue) bt Jo Edwards (NZ) 7-6 9-5.

Cottrell (AUS) lt Emma Saroij and Noor

Australian representatives: Aron Sherriff (NSW), Brett Wilkie (QLD), Nathan Rice (QLD), Mark Casey (QLD), Mark Berghofer (NSW). Lynsey Armitage (QLD), Kelsey Cottrell (NSW), Karen Murphy (NSW), Rebecca Quail (TAS), Natasha Van Eldik (NSW)


(SCO) 11-13 Women’s pairs: Carla Odgers, Kelsey Zafirah Mohd Nor (MAS) 19-6 Men’s triples: Dylan Fisher, Wayne Ruediger, Aron Sherriff (AUS) def Matt Gallop, Shannon McIlroy and Ali Forsyth (NZL) 22-9

Men’s singles: Safuan Said (MAS) bt Brett Wilkie (AUS) 21-12

Australian under-25 representatives: Matt Baus (NSW), Max Kleinig (SA), Nick McIntyre (VIC), Mathew Pietersen (NSW), Ben Twist (NSW). Sarah Boddington (NSW), Lisa Phillips (VIC), Kristina Krstic (WA), Samantha Shannahan (VIC), Carla Odgers (VIC)

Women’s singles: Siti Zalina Ahmad (MAS) bt Kelsey Cottrell (AUS) 20-16

Men’s title: New Zealand retained the men’s development trophy 2-1.

Selby, Nathan Rice, Aron Sherriff

Men’s pairs: Dan Delany and Richard Girvan (NZL) bt Mark Casey and Nathan Rice (AUS) 17-16

Women’s title: Australia secured the women’s development trophy 2-1.

Richard Girvan, Ali Forsyth (NZL) 11-14

Women’s pairs: Val Smith and Jo Edwards (NZL) bt Ainie Knight and Rosita Bradborn (PHI)

Australian under-18 representatives: Sean Ingham (NSW), Rohan Wilson (QLD), Renee McPharlin (SA), Chloe Stewart (VIC)

Khan, Mandy Boyd, Jo Edwards (NZL)

Men’s triples: Danial On, Samuela Tuikiligana, Semesa Naiseruvati (FIJ) bt Mark Berghofer, Nathan Rice and Aron

Junior title: Australia wins 3-0 and recaptures the Junior Trans Tasman trophy.

Women’s triples: Claire Duke, Rebecca Quail, Karen Murphy (AUS) def Silva Burns, Tracy-Lee Botha, Santijie Steyn (RSA) 23-12 Men’s fours: Mark Berghofer, Leif (AUS) lt Tony Grantham, Andrew Kelly, Women’s fours: Lisa White, Jan bt Carla Odgers, Natasha Van Eldik, Lynsey Armitage, Karen Murphy (AUS) 18-9 Overall rankings results: 1. Australia, 63 points

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Commercial development and promotions “Virtual advertising was introduced in 2012 with the integration of inprogram branding of sponsor logos, providing an enhanced value proposition for our commercial stakeholders and taking the television production of lawn bowls to a new frontier.� broadcast partner in McGuire Media in 2012, with the Australian Open being screened in high definition for the first time on Fox Sports. Fox Sports remains our exclusive broadcast partner and we thank them for their ongoing support. The introduction of McGuire Media to our production team bought lawn bowls to life on the small screen in high definition, with a far greater emphasis on the players and the stories that evolve in each game whilst also providing a more engaging broadcast for our TV audience.

Bowls Australia would like to acknowledge the great support it has once again received from our sponsor family.

participate in premier competitions and demonstrate their skills along the pathway to donning the green and gold.

With a comprehensive event schedule in 2012, the commercial revenues derived from our partners assisted Bowls Australia present the world class events we are renowned for, whether it be it the grass roots AERF Mixed Pairs Challenge through to our elite national events such as the Australian Open, the Australian Indoor Championships or the SA International Series.

With a changing broadcast world, Bowls Australia ended a long and successful partnership with the Australian Broadcast Corporation when the curtain fell on the Australia v South Africa test series. Bowls Australia would like to acknowledge the terrific support received from the ABC over a long period of time in ensuring bowls remained a prominent sport on the free-to-air Australian TV landscape.

This comprehensive event schedule allowed bowlers from all levels to

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Bowls Australia gained a supportive

Virtual advertising was introduced in 2012 with the integration of in-program branding of sponsor logos, providing an enhanced value proposition for our commercial stakeholders and taking the television production of lawn bowls to a new frontier. The SA International Series held in Adelaide in May 2012 provided a vehicle for the sport in Australia to be showcased internationally as it opened the door to a new broadcast market, allowing Bowls Australia to distribute programming to Sky NZ.

Bowls Australia Commercial partners Australian Sports Commission Principle partner Bowls Australia

Taylor Bowls Premier partner Bowls Australia Events SA Presenting partner World Championships 2012 Victorian Government Presenting partner Australian Open Australian Commonwealth Games Association beyondblue Community charity partner SportingPulse Website and competition management partner Kombat Preferred partner apparel MakMax Preferred partner bowling green roofing Asics Preferred partner footwear Foundation of Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) Presenting partner AERF Mixed Pairs Challenge Sundog Eyewear Preferred partner eyewear

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Host venues partners Bowls Australia would like to acknowledge the great support extended to our events team along with the regional councils who supported our national and international events in 2011 and 2012.

International host clubs and partner organisations

South Australian Tourism Commission

Australian Under-18 Championships

SA International Series

Darebin International Sports Centre, Victoria

Holdfast Bay Bowls and Croquet Club, South Australia National host clubs and partner organisations Australian Indoor Championships Tweed Heads Bowls Club, NSW Qld Open

Australia v South Africa test

Ipswich United Services Bowls Club, Queensland


Ipswich City Council

Moonta Memorial Park Bowling

NSW Open

Club, South Australia

Wagga RSL Club

District Council of the Copper Coast Asia Pacific Championships

Wagga Wagga Women’s Bowling Club, NSW

Holdfast Bay Bowls and Croquet

Wagga Wagga City Council

Club, South Australia

Australian Open

City of Holdfast Bay Lockleys Bowling Club, South

Darebin International Sports Centre, Victoria


City of Darebin

City off West Torrens

Victoria State Government

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Australian Sides Championships and Super 6 Broadbeach Bowls and Community Club, Queensland National Champion of Champions Mandurah Bowls and Recreation Club, Western Australia

Broadcast Partners Fox Sports Sky NZ British Sky Broadcasting Highlights: • Ongoing broadcast partnership with Fox Sports • Broadcast deals with Sky NZ • McGuire Media high definition broadcast

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National Merchandise Program The success of the National Merchandise Program again demonstrated how important it is to the development of the sport, with the funding generated assisting to implement the ground-breaking national Community Development Officer program. A royalty increase on renewal of all licensees for the first time in the history of the program was a major milestone for the sport. With revenue targets of $600,000 in 2012, the

royalty increase along with record sales totals reached in the history of the program provided the best revenue result achieved to date. This is an important milestone for the sport as all funds are directed towards maintaining the successful CDO program. The continuation of a targeted auditing program in 2012 along with non-renewal of underperforming licensees has maintained a high level of integrity across all reporting and licensee performance. A significant drop in cases of unlicensed apparel reaching bowling clubs was achieved in 2012.


Largest sales total gained in the history of NMP;

Best revenue result achieved to date;

Increased royalty percentage to licensees for the first time;

Non renewal of eight contracts of non-complying and underperforming licensees;

A significant reduction in cases of unlicensed apparel reaching bowling clubs.

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Finance report The operating result for the 20112012 year was a profit of $6,596 compared with the $66,779 profit of the previous year. The 2011-12 year demonstrated significant strategic advances being made in the development of the game and sport of lawn bowls. With the assistance of grant funds from the Australian Sports Commission and further support from the national merchandising program: • 15 new sport development positions (Community Development Officers) were rolled out throughout Australia aimed at assisting bowls clubs; and • Four new national training coach positions were created to actively promote the quality of coaching for player development in most major states and territories of Australia. Expenditure on events continued at level of previous years. However the cost of television has risen by 60% following the withdrawal of the ABC from the sport at the middle of the financial year. The year saw a continuation of tight control over governance and administration costs although the successful staging of the inaugural Bowls Australia “Hall of Fame” night and the second year of the Awards night, did see some increased expenditure in this area.

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Revenue overall revenue increased by $861,000 during the year to be $4.84 million. The access to funding from the Australian Sports Commission was significant for the year. The provision of monies enabled new national initiatives to be undertaken in sport participation programs and high performance funding for the three year period 2010 -2013. With additional support from the Australian Commonwealth Games Association, total grant monies brought to account during 2011-12 were $1.14 mill compared with $0.58 mill for 2010 -11. These grant monies, with the additional support of funds from the national merchandising program, has enabled a significant leap forward to be made with the establishment of national community sport development and coach development programs at club and region level. Once again, some concern surrounds the ongoing decline in capitation fee paying membership numbers and its capacity to provide the adequate monies for the development of the sport in Australia. Fee paying membership numbers again fell at a significant rate particularly in Queensland (8%) and Victoria (6%) compared with the national figure of 5%. Whilst surveys indicates that

there exists a significant attraction to participate in the sport at a social level, there continues to be a decline in the fee paying competitive pennant membership category playing our current style of game. Revenue from commercial sponsorship continues to struggle to be available at the national level. Potential sponsors are seeking “new initiatives” from the sport, to which they can associate their products and services. It is noteworthy that a number of sports have now added a short version of their game to their sport with significant success at the participation level and increasing sponsorship monies as a consequence. During the year, the ABC dropped the showing and production of bowl’s major events from their “free to air” television. Whilst Bowls Australia has been able to continue television revenue at a level similar to last year, the costs of production has risen by over 60% and now significantly exceeds revenue. Bowls Australia does see the continuation of television as being of significant importance to its members and the sport in general, and are examining various options to minimise the adverse financial position that exists presently. There has been a significant drop in revenue from saleable items following the publication of a new “Laws of the Sport of Bowls” Crystal Mark last

year. This book was supplied to all state and territory associations for sale to clubs and bowlers. Despite the development of new publications on coaching, revenue from this merchandise category was well below last year.

Expenditure overall expenditure has increased by $921,000 to be $4.33 mill. for the year. Assisted by the high level of grant and merchandise monies, spending was directed towards the major projects outlined in the Bowls Australia 200912 Strategic Plan. This involved the two major “long term targets” of: • Achieving 280,000 registered participants in the sport; • Having Australian teams ranked as number one in the world. During the year, some $2.28 mill of expenditure was directed specifically towards sport development, coaching and player progression in the following specific areas. • In November 2011, initiated a national sport development and club / region support visitation program through the employment of 15 community development officers throughout all capital cities and major country regions (excluding Queensland which chose not to participate) (2011-12 spending was $1.53 mill); • Commenced a national high performance player development

program (2011-12 spending was $0.75 mill) involving: o The employment of four new national training centre coaches (in addition to the national coaching squad) into various states, territories and regions to identify, encourage and develop talented players. o The development of player and team performance enhancement programs involving a high level of competition at local and international events / training camps and the assistance of sports science. o The setting of objectives and plans for success at the upcoming 2012 World Championships in Adelaide and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. During 2011-2012, Bowls Australia also initiated and managed nine (last year - eight) domestic and international competitions throughout Australia for both the benefit of active club and high performance players. As Bowls Australia spent $1.53 mill on these events during the 2011-12 year, it has become necessary to re-evaluate the “gains” from funding such a large number of events as part of a “national” program. One option being examined is a move towards funding only “national” events (e.g. Australian Open, Australian Indoors, Australian Juniors, Sides and Champion of Champions) for active club players, in addition to providing a small number of international player

events for high performance players. This could be a more effective use of monies. The Australian Open event was once again held successfully at Darebin in Melbourne with the financial support of the Victorian Government. The consequence of the ABC ceasing to participate half way through the financial year as the “producer” of television film promoting the sport of bowls, has lead to a significant increase in production costs from the use of alternative commercial sources available at the time. This new position is not financially sustainable and Bowls Australia is reviewing its event and broadcast plans to find a more cost effective way to provide television of its sport to its members. Saleable items revenue reduced during the year from the abnormal high of 2010-11 relating to the availability of the new rule book, Laws of the Sport of Bowls Crystal mark 2nd edition. Governance and administration costs have continued to be contained across the organisation. Notwithstanding that many communication meetings and strategic forums are being held with state and territory association board members and executives during the year, in addition to the holding of the inaugural Hall of Fame night in Adelaide and the annual Awards Night in Melbourne.

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Balance Sheet and Cash Resources Members should note that Bowls Australia which was previously registered under the Associations Incorporations Act (Vic), has now been registered as a public company limited by guarantee effective from 8 July 2011. The assets, liabilities and operations of the association were transferred to Bowls Australia Limited with effect from that date. The financial numbers denoted for 2012 reflect the full operations of Bowls Australia Limited for the period 8 July 2011 to 30 June 2012, with the financial results for the period 1July 2011 to 8 July 2011 not considered

significant for separate reporting. The financial comparative numbers denoted for 2011 are those applicable to the association Bowls Australia Incorporated for the year to 30 June 2011. The balance sheet of Bowls Australia Limited as at 30 June 2012 continues to be strong and liquid with 84% ($2.5mill) of total assets invested in cash and term deposits with Australian major banks. Similar to last year, the significant value of grant monies paid to Bowls Australia for ongoing sport participation and high performance programs, has enabled the continuation of a large investment in

Income - Year Ended 30th June, 2012

interest bearing bank term deposits albeit now at a reducing interest rate of return. Management has also continued to employ a tight credit management policy with trade debtors and in particular those related to the national merchandise program. Accumulated funds have moved slightly higher to be $1.3 million at year end. This figure continues to provide Bowls Australia with a very sound and liquid financial base to meet any unforseen economic challenges. Daryl Rogers Finance Manager August 2012

Capitataion Fees 38% Saleable Items 1% Operating Grants 25% TV Income 5% Other 7% Interest 3% Sponsorship 7% National Merchandising Program 14%

Expenditure - Year Ended 30th June, 2012 Administration 14% National Bowls Events 22% High Performance 16% Governance 3% Television Production 10% Development 33% World Bowls Affiliation 2%

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