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Contents FEATURE STORIES PATRON Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC Governor of New South Wales DIRECTORS Robyn Procter Anne Emms Pam Hockings Denise Huender Nanette Jemmeson Sue O’Keefe Louise Tucker Beryl Watson


Mastering Mental Skills




Karen Murphy

Applying for Grants

Meet Judith Griffiths




Win a trip for two! Cook Islands Competition 46


REGULARS Editor’s Note


President’s Message


From the CEOs Desk


Match Committee Report


Umpire’s Report


Coaching Report


General News


Club Spotlight


Meet a Bowler


Special Days


Pamela Hockings Robyn Lewis Jennifer Palmer Joan Thomas


Lesley Swales Audrey Gray


Kathryn Chatillon Elizabeth McFarland



Constitution Revision Robyn Procter



Barbara Hazeltine Elizabeth Whelan Wendy Steyer Jean Clowes Jackie Lewis

Logo Design Competition



Pat Cousley Delsie Fardell

Around the Greens



District and Association News


Club Championships and Competitions


What’s On in Your Club 2014


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It is hoped that you enjoyed your break. It’s never long enough, I hear you say. In December there are all the Christmas parties and preparation for the festival ahead. Then following this excitement, it is time for a break before returning to work. Here, there is for you a different journal with many options for you to enjoy, some new articles and some of the same. Please tell us you like it and the time was well spent. In 2014, you are being asked to submit interesting articles, about your club and its members. You can find something about Kiama on page 23. There is a Meet a Bowler on page 24. Tweed Byron District sent four very interesting articles to us this month. Two are to be found in the District section while another two are in Around the Greens. The Tweed District ladies managed to put a positive light on the club’s flagpole coming adrift when they were unfurling the pennant flag. I must say I could see the funny side of this day when things did not go as expected. However bowlers are never bothered and how the ladies rose to this occasion and completed the day is on page 33. Congratulations ladies and thank you for sharing. Club Championships and Competitions are coming in very quickly and there has only been enough room for about half to go in this time and the rest will be appearing in

the next issue. Remember the “cut off” date for Club Championships and Competitions is the end of April as then it becomes old news. Districts are also sending in their results and the end of April should find Districts having had enough time for the results to be sent to town along with photos if necessary. Amazingly the journal work has all gone to computer over the holidays and thanks must go to the ladies in the office particularly Nicky and Nicola who have guided us through what once was thought of as being impossible or a bit too difficult and then was found to be absolutely “awesome”. My reason for telling you this was not to scare you into thinking you will face lots of changes but to ask you wherever possible, photographs need to come in via email, if not by the Publicity officer, then someone in the club who can send photos via email to the office. “Why is it so????”, does anyone remember a television programme with that saying? When the photos are emailed it gives Nicola the opportunity to send them electronically to the new printing firm. Most people are doing that anyway, so thank you very much. Read on and enjoy! Barbara Hazeltine Editor

IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE This magazine is published by the NSWWBA Inc. in the interests of the lawn bowling community of New South Wales. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of material published, no responsibility can be accepted by the publisher or staff for any errors which may occur. All advertisers and contributors must accept full responsibility for any claims or statements etc. made in their material. Advertisements are accepted on the understanding that the advertiser indemnifies the publisher, its servants and agents against all liability, claims or proceedings whatsoever which may arise from the publication of any material, and in particular but without limiting the generality of the foregoing, to indemnify each and all of them against any action for defamation, slander of title, breach of copyright or infringement of any trademark, name or description, invasion of privacy or breach of any provision of the Trade Practices Act. The Terms and Conditions stated on the official rate card of the publisher form part of any agreement to accept advertising material for publication. E&OE

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Bowls Matters January - February 2014


“Life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change” – J Rohn The final few weeks of 2013 proved to be extremely active and eventful for players of all ages when Cabramatta Bowling Club hosted the New South Wales Australian Open Qualifying Tournament for Singles, Pairs and Fours. Congratulations to all those who qualified to play in the Australian Open to be held in Darebin, Victoria, starting February 16, 2014. From November 19-22, Club Pine Rivers in Queensland proudly welcomed bowlers and spectators from across Australia and overseas to the inaugural Australian Premier League (APL), a significant event in the history of bowls in Australia. Congratulations must go to Bowls Australia, the State and Territory Associations and the licence holders of the six teams participating in this unique tournament. I thoroughly enjoyed the exuberant, loud and thrilling experience; including of course catching up with the many bowls enthusiasts I met along the way. Well done Queensland for a magnificent win and I am already looking forward to the next event! I was fortunate again to be at Cabramatta to witness City claim the deciding game in the Junior City versus Country Series. My thanks to all those involved in organising the series and congratulations to the City Junior Boys and Girls on their win. Following lunch, I felt honoured and privileged to have the opportunity to present the Trish Part Junior Girls Trophy for 2013 to Jamie-Lee Worsnop, a young lady with a promising future who is dedicated to the sport of bowls. Jamie-Lee’s achievements for 2013 were outstanding and included: Gold Medal Under 18 National Championship Pairs, Winner NSW Ladies Indoor Singles Event, Winner NSW Girls Pairs. Great excitement followed the presentations for many juniors present when the 2014 Under 18 State Squad was named. Good bowling and best wishes in the future. 2013 ended on a sky high note for the Association, Australia and our own Karen Murphy! Congratulations Karen on winning the World Champion of Club Champions Singles staged in New Zealand in late November, early December. Karen defeated Champion of Club Champions from The Netherlands, Wales, Singapore, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Canada, Japan and Malta, continuing in great style to

defeat Lorna Smith from Scotland in a hard fought final. November 2013 was also a momentous month for the Association. An event to go down in History was our Board Meeting held in Bathurst, the first we have held in the country, which was a promise made to our members quite some time ago. The following day, members travelled to the Bathurst City Club (some for hours) to learn more about the boundaries review and to ask other questions concerning many issues arising in their respective clubs and districts. Currently, the Board has eight Directors including myself as President. It is a very satisfying situation that we now have Directors from four country areas - Bathurst, Inverell, Sussex Inlet and Mittagong - with the remaining Directors from Warrawee, Pennant Hills, Taren Point and Ramsgate. The Directors have varying backgrounds and offer the Association work experiences covering many important areas, resulting in each Director having two or more portfolios relevant to the different areas within the Association requiring expert assistance. A number of initiatives emerged during our November and December Board Meetings which included an updated Dress Policy, the decision to officially change our name to “Women’s Bowls NSW” and the announcement of a competition for the design of a new logo. The updated Dress Policy contains a couple of surprises and I urge all members to bring themselves up to date by reading the Policy on our website or printing it off. In line with the Association’s Strategic Plan, our Marketing Manager Nicola introduced the new Marketing Plan to the Board in December detailing involvement with media, articles, club penetration and co-ordination with Bowls Australia where appropriate. The decision to change our name was a relatively easy one - we have been using “womensbowlsnsw” on our website for

many years. Officially changing our name allows us to update our image and hence the introduction of a competition for a new logo, with a $1000 cash prize awaiting the winner. This is a very exciting initiative with the competition being open to everyone, bowlers and non-bowlers, budding and professional graphic designers, as well as the many who feel they have an artistic flair. Entry forms and conditions are contained in this magazine and also available online for printing. The winner will be announced at the State Carnival Dinner. The Boundaries Review is ongoing; however we do expect to have a joint Board Meeting with the Men’s Association within the next two months. The office has been overwhelmed by the amount of feedback received! Responses to date have included constructive criticism, total agreement, don’t want to know and uninformed; all gratefully received and currently being collated. As soon as we have any information regarding progress (or not) re the boundaries we will be letting you know. Preparations for the State Carnival being held on the South Coast are well underway and again, we are looking forward to a very successful week. Our May Board Meeting will be held at the Bomaderry Club on Saturday, May 24 and will be followed by a forum. If you are in the area on that day, I urge you to come and have your questions answered. Pennants may have begun for many of you. Enjoy this special time, good luck and good bowling to everyone. 2014 promises to be a challenging, eventful and successful year for our great sport and I do hope to meet with many of you over the next few months. Wishing each of you a fabulous 2014 full of great achievements and experiences. A meaningful chapter is waiting to be written. Robyn Procter State President

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New Year, New Aspirations Whatever else Christmas and New Year represent, they are an appropriate time to take stock of the association’s welfare at the close of 2013 and beginning of 2014. It’s an opportunity to reflect on what’s been achieved, whether it was useful and the planning for the year ahead. On that basis, here is a brief recap of several significant events that occurred during the past 12 months at state level that has had a wide impact on the sport in NSW: MILESTONES AND ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2013 •• New IT system – after four years of planning, a nationwide consensus was reached with all 10 bowling associations accepting IMG STG’s tender to implement a national IT system. This is a substantial investment in the future for the sport of bowling and while we are still finalising the membership data uploads, we are nearing the point where we will be able to make the complete switch from the old system to the new. •• New website – a new association website was launched on 1 July 2013 and is in a continuing state of change. New events, competitions, association policies and all membership guidelines are available at the touch of a key. On-line registrations and entry to state events will be available sometime in 2014. •• Club and district websites – 84 websites have been created around the state, mostly clubs and also some districts. Lots of helpful information is available via the Women’s Bowls NSW website to assist with building smart, informative web pages that promote the clubs. •• 12 roadshows around NSW were conducted to impart IT information – a mostly impressive turnout to these roadshows gave interested clubs an idea of the potential of the new IT system and how the new websites will interact. Competition management, scoring, event registration and management of membership data are becoming available to everyone. •• End of an era with Magpro – 2013 marked the end of an era with our magazine publishers Magpro. After nearly 50 year’s association, we would like to say a big thank you and to wish Bob and Sue Ellis all the best in their retirement. •• Pennant moratorium – this was a fabulous example of democracy in action. I’m not sure if it resolved Page 6

everyone’s issues but it was a salutary lesson in making decisions for the majority and not the noisy minority. •• Close working relationship with RNSWBA – it has been interesting to work with the men’s association over the past 12 months with a high degree of cooperation. We are looking forward to continuing in this vein. The subject of unification does come up occasionally but is certainly not on either association’s agenda. There are substantial issues still to be resolved before this can be taken seriously. •• APL – it was terrific to see this event finally get off the ground in such an enthusiastic and innovative fashion. There is a shortened club format follow up planned in the form of ‘Jack Attack’ that is being rolled out (pun intended) in selected clubs over the next couple of months. Stay tuned for more information. And now we are looking forward to 2014. Some of the highlights will include: •• Implementing the marketing program in line with the Strategic Plan – there are several threads to overhaul our image which include: – Change of name to Women’s Bowls NSW. Technically, we are the NSW Women’s Bowling Association Inc. trading as Women’s Bowls NSW. As of 1st January 2014, we will become known as Women’s Bowls NSW. – New logo competition – this has been launched on the website and we are inviting anyone and everyone to have a go. We are offering a cash prize of $1000 for the successful logo and the winner will be announced at the State Carnival Dinner on Sunday 25th May 2014. See the website for details. – New sponsorship opportunities. •• Boundaries discussion and feedback – the feedback has been tremendous, the method of evaluation is yet to be determined as sheer volume is not always relevant. Change is inevitable, intelligent change is what we are

aiming for as the population density trends towards the north and east. If changes to boundaries are deemed necessary by the Board, it will be implemented in a highly consultative way, with Districts and clubs being part of the decision making process. •• Updated dress policy to bring us into line with the rest of Australia – valid from 1st January 2014. More options are now available, including sleeveless shirts and skorts, another step to removing any perceived barriers to taking up the sport. •• Flexible playing policies – the association will be continuing to encourage clubs, particularly those suffering membership losses, to embrace a more flexible approach to their playing schedule. Including options of bowling on weekends and afternoons may invite new membership from people whose time is limited by other commitments. •• On-line entries will become available – all part of the new IT system options •• Annual returns using the new IT system •• All our regular events – State Carnival, Metro v Country – will be conducted in the professional manner which all have become accustomed to. Sponsorship of these events will also be pursued vigorously. May I take this opportunity to wish you all the best for 2014 and I am looking forward to meeting new friends and interacting with the bowling community around the state in pursuit of improving access to our game and increasing enjoyment wherever possible. I do value your feedback and provided it is sensible and objective will do everything I can to offer help and assistance to you or your club. Nicky Bethwaite CEO

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Match Committee Report


Information & Reminders Following the conclusion of District Pennants for 2014 the usual elevation of winners and regression of last place in each Grade will apply. This will of course be dependent on the highest Grade played in each District. Any enquiries may be made to the State Match Office on any Wednesday, or by email.

each team must be listed either on draw (where space allows), or on a separate sheet. The full names and Club of the winning team must be listed on the completed Draw sheet. If this is not done correctly in 2014, the paperwork will be returned to the District concerned for correct completion.

CLUB - After a review of our requirements for recording Club results, copies of Club major singles and pairs are all that are now required in the Match Office, and only if accompanying entry into the Champion of Champions events.

STATE CARNIVAL – A reminder that the State Carnival draw is now available on the website. It is a condition of entry, as stated on the entry form, that all teams must be prepared to travel to Clubs within the host District. All games on the Thursday and Friday will be held at Bomaderry Bowling Club.

DISTRICT - On all District draws forwarded to the Match Office after completion of each District event, the full names of all team members, registration numbers and Club of

ENQUIRIES RE MATCH For some time, any Club member as well as Club and District executive and committees have been able to directly contact the State Office with

an enquiry. It is preferred that any enquiries are made in writing (email) and a written reply will result. A copy of any reply may be sent to the appropriate Club or District Secretary to ensure correct resolution of any issues. State Match Committee may be contacted on any Wednesday on 9267 7155 or email match@ It is preferred that Match Committee personnel are not contacted through their private email or mobile/home phone numbers outside of Match Office hours. As with all Committees, we are volunteers and not available 24/7. Urgent matters can be directed by the Office Staff if necessary. Pam Hockings Chair of Match


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Umpire’s Report


CONDITIONS OF PLAY It is necessary for State and all Districts and Clubs to have set out Conditions of play for Championships and Competitions.

In November each year, the State Match Committee sets out for the following year, Conditions of Play for all State Events played at State, District and Club levels. All players and umpires should make sure they are conversant with these conditions of play, both for Pennants and Championships. All clubs should make sure that their umpire’s kit contains an updated copy of conditions of play for Championships and Pennants as well as a current edition of Laws of the Game.

APPENDIX A 1.1 The Controlling Body should decide on the Conditions of Play for an event before details of the event are publicised. A 1.2 The Conditions of Play should be available to umpires and to entrants who ask for them and should be clearly displayed at all venues throughout the course of the event. Providing that Conditions of Play do not contravene the Laws of the Sport, Districts and Clubs may set out their own conditions for a competition to be played at District or Club. Conditions of Play should at least include information as set out in Appendix A 1.3 and if appropriate, details of the following should also be included in the Conditions of Play as set out in Appendix A 1.4.

GAME STOPPAGES – LAW 50. 50.1 If a game is stopped because of darkness, weather conditions or any other valid reason by: 50.1.1 The Controlling Body 50.1.2 The Umpire after an appeal has been made by the players or; 50.1.3 Agreement between the players when an umpire or a representative of the Controlling Body is not present; The game should be continued either on the same day or on a different day. The scores will be as they were when the game was stopped. 50.2 If an end has started but all the required bowls have not been played, it should be declared dead. (The end should be declared dead even if one or more players choose to remain on the green during the stoppage.) 50.3 If all the required bowls in an end have been played but the process of deciding the number of shots scored (as described in law 40) has not been completed, the number of shots scored should be decided before the game stops. 50.4 Substitutes in a game that is continued after a stoppage 50.4.1 If any one of the original players in a team is not available, one substitute will be allowed as described in law 51. 50.4.2 Players, however, should not be transferred from one team to another.

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Q 1.

A 1. If, during the course of play the position of the jack or a bowl is altered by the wind, a storm or any other unforeseen incident, the skips or opponents in Singles should put the jack or bowl back to its former position. If they cannot agree on the jack’s or the bowl’s former position, they should declare the end dead. Law 53.

When deciding the shot while measuring, the jack is moved by the wind. What action would be taken and by whom?

Q 2. The shot bowl is agreed upon and removed. Before the opponents at the head can measure to determine which bowl is second shot, one of the bowls falls. What is done? Q 3. When may a leaning bowl be propped? Q 4. When is the start of play? Q 5. When is the jack re-rolled by the opponent- i.e. when the jack is improperly delivered? Q 6.

If the last player in an end declares to her opponent that she will not play her last bowl, may she change her mind?

Q 7.

When playing a short end, a bowl hits the jack causing it to rebound from another bowl coming to rest within the boundaries of the rink and towards the mat line. When called, what action would the umpire take?

Q 8. There is a mistake on a scorecard of one of the Skips. How is it corrected? Q 9.

In a championship game, by the effect of play, the jack is moved outside the boundary of the rink of play. Third A wanted to place the jack on the 2 metre mark and Third B declared that the end was dead, and should be replayed. Which Third is correct?

Q 10. Under what circumstances would the jack be re-spotted in line with law 15.5?

A 2. If a bowl falls of its own accord, it should be left in its new position while deciding the number of shots scored continues, and all the shots agreed before the bowl fell will count. Law 40.6.3 A 3. At any time during the process of deciding the number of shots scored. Law 40.6 If a bowl is likely to fall, either opponent can use the best available means to secure it in its position. Law 40.6.1 A 4. In any game, the start of play is the delivery of the jack by the first player to play in the first end. Law 18.3.1 A 5. Law 23.1 states: The Jack has been improperly delivered if it comes to rest: 23.1.1 in the ditch 25.1.2 completely outside the boundaries of the rink 25.1.3 at a distance of less than 23 metres from the mat line (21 metres in Australia) as measured in a straight line from the centre of the mat line to the nearest point of the jack, after the jack has been centred.

25.1.4 on the rink after contact with the face of the bank, or 25.1.5 on the rink after contact with any object or person completely outside the boundaries of the rink. A 6. No. It is not compulsory for the last player to play in any end to deliver the final bowl of the end, but the player should tell the opposing skip or opponent in singles of the decision not to deliver the final bowl before the process of deciding the number of shots scored starts (as described in law 40.1) The decision is final. Law 42. A 7. The Umpire would measure to ensure that the jack was not less than 20 metres (For Domestic play in Australia this shall be 18 metres) (See appendix B 4.2.C) as measured in a straight line, from the centre of the mat line to the nearest point of the jack. Law 30.1.4 A 8. If during the course of the game, or at the conclusion before the cards are signed, a mistake is discovered and the opponents cannot agree, then the umpire shall be called and if no resolution is found, the end where the mistake occurred shall be declared a nil score end (tied end) and the cards adjusted accordingly. Conditions of Play - Item 7. Mistake in Scoring. A 9. Third B is correct. Law 30.4. If the jack is dead, the end is a dead end and Law 31 will apply. A 10. If it is in the Conditions of play for the competition that the jack be respotted. Law 30.4

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Coaching Report


Mastering Mental Skills... Or Psychological Game Plan In any game, skills are involved. In the game of lawn bowls the major skill is the delivery technique. Included in the other skills with lawn bowls, is the approach to the psychological side of the game and this is a skill that is often overlooked. The psychological side involves self motivation, goal setting and dealing with performance outcomes.

The two skills of physical health and tactical attributes balance the overall outcome of Mental Skills and should be addressed with your Coach. All bowlers experience performance problems during games, e.g. short bowls, that should be corrected immediately in the game – in the case of short bowls, correction might be a greater arm swing for a greater bowl release speed. So this is a technical situation and we would assume the problem could be easily solved. However, if the problem is continual then the cause may not be technical. It could be the result of always trying too hard to deliver the shot called for e.g. ‘resting – touchers’ or a ‘bowl placement for receiving.’ Rather than trying to play the perfect shot, it would be wiser to play half a metre beyond the jack or bowl (Tactical play). If a player is continually falling short of the desired area it could be due to many reasons. Firstly imperfect vision or ill health (physical). It could be the result of inability to judge distances, or lack of self-confidence to play a pressure shot, (Psychological). This is where, as

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a player, you must design a sustainable purpose to your problem. A Coach can set in place an ongoing solution for any psychological difficulties you are experiencing in a competitive game. Coaches are there to support the player to help appraise their game play situations – The coach then sets drills to improve perceptions of distances and monitor the ‘ weakness’ or ‘short play‘ ,through practice. There could be other circumstances that may be involved and the coach can suggest some solutions that might improve their game.

Mental Attributes: Mental attributes include keenness for the game, attitude towards winning and losing, your self-image and a tendency to experience anxiety during games. Listed below are some of the mental attributes important to lawn bowls. Motivation – is needed, a desire for success. Self-worth – is the image or opinion of one’s worth as a competent competitive bowler –belief in yourself.

Self-confidence – is motivation – to be successful, it goes together with levelheaded expectations of goal set success. Self-awareness – is awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions and sensory feeling, and of how your behaviours tend to shape your responses during the game. PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTOR – MENTAL TOUGHNESS In lawn bowls, the ingredients for success are up to 90 per cent mental. Most past and present champions learned their mental toughness the hard way – that is by unassisted trial and error. However the learning process is available to all players by availing yourself to a ‘Coach’ who would not only communicate sport psychology concepts, but also direct practice in related techniques if needed. Regular and purposeful practice over time will produce control and predictability in your mental approach. There are no quick fixes or instant miracles when working on mental toughness only hard work and self insight to your game. Bowls Matters January - February 2014

Imagery, visualization & mental rehearsal Stress management is a range of practice procedures, this includes relaxation skill, thought stopping or ‘Centring’ with ‘refocusing’ skills while playing. It is important to selfevaluate your game and be able to redirect your game plan. So ask yourself: •• Can you handle the pressure that develops during the game? •• Do you have the skills to be able to manage the ever changing circumstances that evolve in a game plus handling situations that may occur that are out of your control? If your answer is ‘No’ then you need to readdress your game plan.

Mental Skills: ALL PLAYERS: •• used mental skills in the early stages when learning how to play. They would have mentally rehearsed ‘Feeling’ or ‘Sensing’ the pace of the green, the weight of their bowl. •• visualize or see the curve of the bowl track when selecting the aiming line. •• control their breathing to avoid any feeling of anxiety or nervousness when they deliver their bowl. Then focus on achieving a consistent delivery routine, and in excluding outside distractions, to focus essentially on the aiming point on the green. This is called Pre Shot Routine (PSR). Unfortunately as players develop they tend to lose these skills Bowlers are ultimately responsible for their progress with mental skills but Coaches are there to help players rediscover these forgotten skills. Mental skills enable you to fine tune your

"In lawn bowls, the ingredients for success are up to 90 per cent mental."

approaches, to move forward with your desired outcome in performance and to reach set goals. Listed below are the skills important to lawn bowls. Attention or Focus – is the ability to focus on relevant matter in competition games – not on other distracting situations outside your control

Mental skills and sport psychology are now an important part of the game. If you wish to reach your goals then this must be included in your arsenal of skills for you to continue to reach your desired outcome as a player. Your goal could be to win the Minor Singles or to improve your overall game. A coach is always available to help with goal setting and the expansion of your skills – Coaches do not need to change delivery – they are there to help to modify your mindset towards the game. If you do not have a coach at your club then NSW Coaching Panel Members will be able to direct you towards an available coach in your area. All you need to do is call, we are only too happy to help.

Arousal – is the energizing of the mind and body in readiness for competition and coping with continual challenges and changes in a game, either, environmental or mental.

Remembering that with these new skills as a player you will be able to deal with the ongoing changes in a game and be able to play pressure bowls either in a Singles game or a team event. It only takes one shot to win a game.

Goal setting – is a process of planning of a specific standards for proficiency in a specified time frame.

Good luck with your self-evaluation and your ‘choices’, you can get what you want from the game of Lawn Bowls.

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// General News Photo courtesy of Bowls Australia: Karen Murphy now holds both the World Championships and World Champion of Champions singles titles.


on top of the world For the second time in just over 12 months, world number two Karen Murphy has won a world singles title and in so doing affirmed Australia as the dominant nation in world bowls. STORY COURTESY OF BOWLS AUSTRALIA In November 2012, Karen spearheaded the Australian Jackaroos at the World Championships in Adelaide winning two of Australia’s five gold medals including the women’s singles and also as a member of the women’s triples combination (with Lynsey Clarke and Natasha Van Eldik) and in December last year she captured the coveted World Champion of Champions title in Christchurch, New Zealand. Australia’s male representative at the singles event, Melbourne’s 19-year-old rising star Dylan Fisher dominated his section of the draw throughout dropping only one match before falling agonisingly short of making the men’s final by two shots after being beaten in his semi-final on Saturday by Scotland’s Alastair White 7-8, 5-6 in what shapes to be a career-defining tournament for the teenager. Karen had a stellar 2013 on the green which included Page 12

winning her sixth Australian Indoor title at Tweed Heads and bookended her year by winning the World Championships gold medal last November and now the World Champion of Champions gold medal both of which had eluded Australia’s number one female bowler throughout her career. “To win both titles in the space of about 12 months is an incredible feeling and I feel somewhat rewarded for the extensive training and travel I’ve had to do to get here,” Karen said after her victory. “This is such a prestigious event and has been won in the past by some wonderful players so I am just honoured and privileged to now be able to hold the title amongst some great names in bowls. “The path to simply qualify for the event is such a long one given the number of club, district, state and national titles you need to win over a long

period of time just to earn your ticket so that makes it even more special.” Karen becomes only the second Australian female to win the World Champion of Champions title after Kelsey Cottrell’s 2009 success in Ayr, Scotland. Dylan was attempting to emulate the feats of former Australian winners Leif Selby, Brett Wilkie and Aron Sherriff who claimed the champions trophy in three consecutive years from 2008-2010. National Coach Steve Glasson was rink side in New Zealand for the duration of the event and leaves proud and full of praise for his national representatives. “Karen’s performance was outstanding against some quality opposition from all parts of the world. “She embarked on a hectic schedule [last year] and particularly recently so to be in

such solid and dominant form and ready for this event, and her 14 matches in a week, is a credit to her,” Glasson said. “She has now got the chance to play the World Cup at Warilla in April and that presents her with an opportunity to hold all three major world singles titles in the one year which would be incredible for not only her but for the sport of bowls in this country.” “The performance of Dylan Fisher to play like he did in an internationally acclaimed event such as the World Champion of Champions cannot go without acknowledgement either as he dropped only one match en-route to making the semifinal which is a superb effort,” Glasson added. “He is a young lad with a very bright future and someone who we expect to represent our country with class and professionalism both on and off the green for a very long time.”   Bowls Matters January - February 2014

INAUGURAL UNDER 25 STATE SINGLES TOURNAMENT LAUNCHED A new tournament has been added to the NSW Bowls calendar in 2014, with the first Under 25 State Singles event to take place later in the year. While exact dates are yet to be finalised, the event will be held at Cabramatta Bowling Club and entrants must be aged between 18 and 25 as of July 23, 2014. The male and female winners will both receive direct entry to the Silver Nugget at Tweed Heads in July and assistance with travel.


Women’s Bowls NSW Conditions of Play will apply while the tournament structure will depend on entry numbers. The entry form for the event will be up on the website as soon as dates are confirmed.

Board meeting highlights & events

// BOARD MATTERS There has been only one Board meeting since the last issue of Bowls Matters. Significant discussions and decisions from the December meeting are as follows: •• Appointed Directors – under the Constitution the Board may be comprised of 7 elected and 2 appointed Directors. Pam Hockings and Anne Emms were appointed as Directors following the 2013 AGM. Their appointments start 6 weeks after the AGM and are for 12 months. Pam Hockings is the Chair of Match and has been on the Board for 2 years. Anne Emms has a strong background in governance and finance and works with CSIRO in Canberra. The Board now has 4 Directors who are country based, and 4 from the Metro area. •• The 2014 Dress Policy was amended and passed. It is available on the website •• The Match Committee advised that the draw for the 2014 State Carnival had been completed and was to be on the website by early December. This was to enable accommodation bookings to be made by competitors.

Congratulations to Jamie-Lee Worsnop, named New South Wales Female Junior Bowler of the Year for 2013. Jamie-Lee received the award after an outstanding year which was capped with selection in the Australian Junior Squad. The young St Johns Park bowler took away Pairs gold and Fours silver at the Australian U18 Championships in Perth and has also qualified in the Fours and Pairs for the 2014 Australian Open. Once again, congratulations Jamie-Lee! PHOTO: Women’s Bowls NSW President Robyn Procter with Jamie-Lee Worsnop.

•• An Under 25 qualifier for the Silver Nugget to be held at Tweed Heads was approved.

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Traditional Communication Methods are Not Obsolete The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) released an amazing piece of research early in 2013, titled “Market Segmentation for Sports Participation”.

The ASC in commissioning the research stated: “The purpose of the Market Segmentation Study for both Adults and Children was to uncover, explore, identify and clearly articulate the different motivations, attitudes, needs and barriers that influence people’s decisions and behaviours in relation to sport and, in particular, participation in club-based sport. The study is designed to help clubs understand the market and more effectively target their approaches to particular segments.” What the study found was that there were over 3.8m adults and 1.1m children who wanted to be part of a sports club but weren’t; an amazing statistic really! Over 20% of Australia’s population wanted to be a part of a sports club but wasn’t. The report identified a whole range of barriers but one of the most common was that nearly one in five people responded in the research that “they would get involved or do more sport but don’t know how to go about it.” The research is telling us that many clubs do not effectively communicate with the broader community to let them know even the most basic information such as: •• How to contact the club •• Who to contact •• What activities (sport and social) are offered by the club

(if any) resources to stakeholder communication or understand the complexities and time consuming nature of quality communication. It is funny in today’s digital day and age, when the topic of communication is raised the conversation automatically turns to social media and such applications as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. While social media is a vitally important part of a club’s communication strategy, traditional methods of communication remain just as powerful as they always have been. Clubs generally communicate with their players and members very well but generally not so well with those not involved in their club but who may want to be in the future.

CLUB WEBSITE Your club website is the most important way of getting information to people who are looking for information about your club and sport. It doesn’t matter how your site looks but what is important is that all the information is simple to access and easy to find. Put yourself in the shoes of a new person looking for club information. Does your site simply focus on providing information to your current members or does it invite new people to the club and provide all the information they will need?

•• When are these activities undertaken


•• How can somebody new to the club get involved

Posters and flyers are a fantastic way of communicating with your local community. They take a little time to produce but once you have them take a walk around town and ask shopkeepers if you can put them up in their windows.

DEDICATED CLUB COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER This lack of information coming from clubs is absolutely no surprise. Rarely do clubs specifically allocate sufficient

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Flyers are relatively cheap to print but are very powerful invitation tools when left at

the right places, where people gather, such as libraries, RSL’s and shopping centres etc. You may even like to have club members spend a couple of hours walking around the local community, putting flyers into letter boxes. You will be amazed how many people you talk to about your club while you do this.

SCHOOLS, COUNCILS AND OTHER COMMUNITY GROUPS Make sure you use the networks of community groups such as your local schools and council. Ask local schools to include club information in their regular newsletters to parents. Your local council will normally have information about clubs and community activities on their website so make sure your club information is up to date there also.

MEDIA RELEASES Another great tool is to regularly create topical media releases about your club and send them regularly to your local media. Having stories in the local media is a great way to connect with your local community. The perfect media release has three components: •• A story of interest to the local community •• A photo relating to the story •• A quote from a person related to the story. If you have all three components included in your media release, it will have everything required by media outlets and much more likely to be used. If your club is one of the many who are actively seeking new members, now is the time to begin inviting the community to your club and a strong communication strategy is the key to success. Bowls Matters January - February 2014

SPORTS COMMUNITY Defining culture is actually quite difficult and challenging. If you Google the word culture searching for the definition you will be able to choose from thousands of options. If we borrow the definition used by “The values and behaviours that contribute to the unique social and psychological environment of an organization” And then there is Pippa Grange’s definition (Pippa is the author of the Bluestone Report – a review of culture and leadership in Australian Swimming undertaken after the poor results of the 2012 London Olympics of the Australian Swimming Team. “Culture is a complex, multi-faceted and multi-layered phenomenon that is socially learned and transmitted between people. It is about behaviours, beliefs, symbols, norms and expectations. It grows over time and can be directed and shaped with strong leadership and sound methodologies.” Great club cultures arise through conscious behaviours that result in members and supporters having a positive and “pleasant” experience at the club.

The following factors should be considered and developed in your club’s attempt to establish a club culture: •• clearly defined competitive objectives of the club, i.e. is the club focused on maximising participation, maximising sporting performances (premierships, gold medals etc) or both •• a safe, non-threatening environment for all •• a strong sense of inclusion and belonging •• welcoming of new players, members and supporters and how they will be inducted positively into the club and its culture •• continual flow of positive and negative feedback delivered in a constructive manner •• a strong communication strategy so club stakeholders are continually informed and empowered with the information they need •• strategies for the club to develop its individuals as sports people and also as individuals who contribute to their club and the broader community •• a program that develops leaders at all levels of the club, ensuring each understands why the club culture is so important and their role upholding the club values and behaviours.


ABOUT SPORTS COMMUNITY Sports Community was established in 2011 by a group of sports administrators passionate about local sports. Their mission is to help build stronger communities by assisting ‘grass roots’ sports clubs to succeed through the empowerment of club volunteers. The Sports Community website – – is full of information covering just about every topic a club administrator will be faced with. Sports Community also offers training courses for club volunteers and administrators. They can be contacted anytime on (03) 5973 6404.

CODE OF CONDUCT CHECKLIST Does your club have a Code of Conduct? Is your club’s Code of Conduct as good as it can be. Here is a checklist that you can incorporate into you club’s Code of Conduct  Act within the rules and spirit of your sport.  Promote fair play over winning at any cost.  Encourage and support opportunities for people to learn appropriate behaviours and skills.  Support opportunities for participation in all aspects of the sport.  Treat each person as an individual.  Show respect and courtesy to all involved with the sport.  Respect the rights and worth of every person, regardless of their age, race, gender, ability, cultural background, sexuality or religion.  Respect the decisions of officials, coaches and administrators.  Wherever practical, avoid unaccompanied and unobserved one-on-one activity (when in a supervisory capacity or where a power imbalance exists) with people under the age of 18.  Display appropriate and responsible behaviour in all interactions.  Display responsible behaviour in relation to alcohol and other drugs.  Act with integrity and objectivity, and accept responsibility for your decisions and actions.  Ensure your decisions and actions contribute to a safe environment.  Ensure your decisions and actions contribute to a harassment-free environment.  Do not tolerate abusive, bullying or threatening behaviour. Page 15

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Successfully applying for grants Grants are a double edge sword for clubs. Many clubs successfully generate huge amounts of funds through grants while others spend many hours writing unsuccessful grant applications. So what are the secrets to writing a successful grant? WHAT IS A GRANT? Put very simply, a grant is a sum of money given by one organisation to another for a specific purpose. The critical point here is grants are offered for a specific purpose.

WHO OFFERS GRANTS? Grants are provided by a wide variety of organisations but the biggest providers are the different levels of government. •• Local government –allocate significant amounts to improving their community facilities while also offering smaller amounts aimed at building community activities and community group capacity through local clubs. •• State – much of facility development funding comes from state government. State government will also offer grants to community groups which compliment government policies. State government funding is also available to assist in supporting events within the state, especially in rural areas •• Federal – a lot of federal government funding is focussed on elite sport and also facility development. There are a lot of other places clubs can access grants including: •• Philanthropic trusts and foundations – for example the Ian Potter Charitable Trust or the Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation •• Many commercial organisations such as Australia Post Community Grants or Sports Cover Sponsorship Fund.

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Don’t waste your time applying for that grant.

The best place for sports clubs to find open grants is the grants page of the Sports Community website, Also, our fortnightly newsletter (which you can subscribe to free on the website home page) lists all open grants including those which have just opened and those about to close.

Other really important points to remember when writing your applications are:

The only grants not listed are those from local government because there are over 550 different local government bodies throughout Australia so make sure you regularly check your local government body to know what grants they offer and when they open.

•• Get support for your application from the broader community. Letters of support from influential people within your community will greatly enhance your chances of being successful even if they are not required by the funder.

APPLYING FOR GRANTS OK, first the reality when applying for grants. It is rare for clubs to be successful with all of their club grant applications. It is not uncommon for many clubs’ success rates to be as low as 1 in 4. Many clubs get really disheartened with such low success rates and stop applying all together, which is such a pity. While many grants are oversubscribed, we talk to so many local government bodies and other grant providers who lament the fact their grants are undersubscribed.


•• Build a relationship with the funder; prior to commencing the application give the funder a call and talk about your project and their objectives. They will quickly tell you if they are a potential funder while giving you an opportunity to “sell” your club.

•• Clearly define and understand what your club will use the funding for. •• Clearly define the problem or program that requires the funding and the solution the funding will provide •• Keep your application as short and concise as possible •• Be creative, you need to capture the attention of the reader, remember they may be reading hundreds of applications •• Make sure you answer all the questions in the grant application and provide all supporting information requested, such as financial statements, quotes or plans.


Most clubs nominate one person to identify and submit grant applications but ideally clubs should nominate a small group of people to work together on grant applications. The more grant applications your club writes the better your grant applications will become.

Writing successful grant applications may look very easy from the outside but the reality is grant writing is fraught with challenges. The more grants your club writes the better your club will become. Good luck!


Steve Pallas Managing Director, Sports Community

Once you have identified the grant your club wishes to apply for, the most critical part of the application process is to fully understand the objectives of the grant provider.

Web: Email: Phone: 03 5973 6404

You must tailor your grant applications specifically to meet the objectives of the grant provider. If you can’t meet the objectives of the grant provider STOP.

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A year ago Australian bowlers and Taylor Bowls were celebrating phenomenal success at the quadrennial world outdoor championships in Adelaide and if you need reminding about that amazing event, Australia lifted five of the titles while Scotland took the other three. More successes have followed for Australian’s and also for Taylor Bowls since then and we are continuing to ‘rock all over the world’ ... only a few weeks ago Karen Murphy once again delivered gold, this time  at the World Champion of Champions in Christchurch while the unheralded  Tom Bishop from England, an outsider to the international scene,  also flew the flag on his first overseas foray to lift the men’s title after edging a gallant effort by Taylor’s latest rising star Dylan Fisher from Melbourne. Flip that coin over and on the other side of the pond Taylor Bowls supported Australia’s Disability and Visually Impaired bowlers who beat the Brits in their own back yard, returning from the world championships in Worthing with a fistful of silverware after dominating the event in the UK. Continuing our journey of global boastings, Taylors also racked up more triumphs in the Hong Kong Classic in particular with Kelsey Cottrell chalking up her third title at the Asian event this time along with Carla Odgers, while a host of other competitors from far flung corners of the world also scored on the medal trail to make it another memorable event. A few weeks ago, six of the eight semifinalists in the WIBC Under 25 world indoor championships in Glasgow also sported our product and came away with all three titles. We could literally go on and on but I’m sure you’ve got a flavour of the pride we take in every challenge. Only a few months ago we launched our latest project where we offered you, our valued customer, a new online internet service facility for fast-track purchasing of our product. If you’re not aware of it why don’t you log on to and see just exactly what you’re missing.

We don’t just promote and sponsor the elite players in the sport. We are just as proud of our commitment to bowlers irrespective of their standing, whether they are just starting their journey towards their ‘field of dreams’ or whether they just want to share some enjoyable leisure time with friends.   We lend our support wherever we can because to get support, you have to give support at all levels. For us that starts at grass roots for all ages, we are hands on when encompassing schools programmes, we work with disability and visually impaired bowlers and amateur as well as the top flight players. We may be a Scottish based company but we have shown our wholehearted commitment to our Australia customers. Australia has been good to Taylor Bowls and in turn we hope that we have been good to Australia in the many varying ways we have supported the sport.   Australia’s elite squad are hard at work just now, trying to impress the selectors to earmark one of the five places that will be on offer for men and women to represent their country at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in just over six months time.  The Games are right on our doorstep and Taylor Bowls would like to take this opportunity to impress you off the green as well as on it.   Should you venture to Scotland, why don’t you pay us a visit. Call us and book a guided tour around our manufacturing plant to see how we pull our expertise, knowledge and innovative skills together to keep our product to the forefront of the sport.

When the Australian Sports Commission recently pronounced that for a sport to be successful it was essential to have good governance in place, it shook up the complacency and amateur attitudes that have been entrenched in sport for decades. So it is gratifying to know that Women’s Bowls NSW is ahead of the ball (bowls?) game by transforming itself with a new constitution in 2011.  Reduction of Board numbers from 19 members to 9, limiting tenure on the Board to 3 years, having an annually Board-elected Chair and also encouraging all associated Districts and clubs to do the same means that women’s bowls in NSW has undergone quite a makeover in the past three years. With assistance from insurance group BCiB, Women’s Bowls NSW was able to produce guidelines and pro forma documents for all Districts and Clubs on which to base their new constitutions.  BCiB recognised the commitment required to make these extensive changes and contributed financially to the process enabling legal consultation to ensure that ‘best practice’ constitutions and by-laws are in place.  By early 2014, all but an isolated few clubs have also made the transition.  It’s not sexy talking about governance but it is a vital element to restructuring ourselves for the future.  Limiting tenure on committees allows for fresh ideas and new attitudes to be heard to adjust to the changing demands of society as we all struggle to keep our heads above water financially and socially.  Like good architecture, if the framework is strong then the structure will survive. Good governance is ongoing.  It’s important that transparency and democracy be given the importance that both deserve.  Good governance is based on commonsense, fairness and natural justice and needs to be taken seriously to prevent corruption and collusion.  These may sound like grand words for small bowling clubs, but they are essential for good community, teamwork and good fun. Further information on governance can be found at the Australian Sports Commission website ( and also by calling us at the Women’s Bowls NSW office on 02 9267 7155.

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Glasg w A COMMONWEALTH GAMES SPECIAL Over the next three issues of Bowls Matters we will set the magnifying glass on Glasgow, taking a look at some of NSW’s top contenders, talking to our officials and hearing from one of our stars, Kelsey Cottrell, in a regular column.





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Karen Murphy’s dream to THE 2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES are fast approaching, with just six months to go before our Aussie team hits Glasgow in a bid to top the medal table once again.

win gold There are no certainties in sport, but Karen Murphy’s achievements over the past 18 months have surely caught the attention of the bowls world and Commonwealth Games selectors alike.

After battling through Delhi belly, extreme heat and security scares in 2010, more than 6000 athletes will head to Scotland in July for the third Games to be held in the British nation

IT’S BEEN A whirlwind year of success for the 39-year-old Cabramatta Bowling Club star. Coming off World Championship singles and Triples titles in Adelaide at the end of 2012 and a World Champion of Champions title in Christchurch at the end of last year, Karen is in her prime.

Seventy countries will be represented in 17 sports over 11 days of intense competition from July 23 – August 3.

It’s been 28 years since an 11-year-old Karen was hanging over the fence at Shoalhaven Bowling Club, nagging her father to give her a go with his bowls, and Karen is showing no sign of slowing down.

With the strength of the current crop of Australian bowlers, the stage is set for our best Games ever.

When she first started bowling down on the South Coast, Karen was the only junior girl at her club. While cricket, tennis and touch rugby were also on her schedule, it was bowls that stuck.

The lawn bowls competition will open at the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre on July 24 and run for nine days through to August 1.

“I guess I saw that there was longevity in the sport,” said Karen. “I really enjoyed the challenge of bowls and found that I was going OK at it so I kept with it.

There will be eight gold medals up for grabs across the men’s and women’s singles, pairs, triples and fours, beginning with a round robin format before knockout finals.

“I decided after Year 12 that I wanted to do it fulltime, it had never really been done before. I was lucky enough to get a job at Warilla Bowling Club that allowed me to have time off to play bowls and I’m very lucky to have been able to incorporate my work and bowls ever since.”

Integrated into the lawn bowls program will be two para-sport events – one for the visually impaired and the second for those with a physical disability. Over the next three issues of Bowls Matters we will set the magnifying glass on Glasgow, taking a look at some of NSW’s top contenders, talking to our officials and hearing from one of our stars, Kelsey Cottrell, in a regular column. Page 20

Holding down a job is an unfortunate consequence of the current position bowls is in. It is not a professional sport, with prize money the primary source of income on offer, and an unreliable one at that. Karen stands atop the podium after winning Singles gold at the 2012 World Championships in Adelaide.

While Karen has been a regular on the international scene for 16 years, she has established her own business – Karen Murphy Bowls Clinics – to support her as she goes.

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“There’s no real green in Australia that replicates what Glasgow is going to be like. You’ve got to be mentally tough... the greens are heavy and it’s raining.”

Karen after winning the World Champion of Champions Singles in Christchurch last year.

“Bowls isn’t at a point where you can play fulltime and make good money out of it. Every player in the Australian team still works, they just have to take a job that will fit in around their bowls schedule, which for New South Wales players is 12 months of the year.” The difficulties of working and being an international athlete at the same time have forced many out of the sport before their time, but Karen has embraced the opportunity her sporting career has given her. Developing her coaching business is an avenue Karen would like to explore further once she retires from the sport, but that’s a way off yet. “I’m still very much enjoying the sport and I feel like I’m at the top of my game. There will be a point when I’ve had enough of going away and competing at a high level, it’s not in the near future at the moment though.” What is in her near future is adding to her impressive collection of international titles. With her Champion of Champions win qualifying her for the World Cup in April, Karen will get the opportunity to chase a third world title in 18 months. If selected in the singles for the Commonwealth Games, an unprecedented quinella of titles will be on the cards. The World Cup will bring Karen almost full circle, back to Warilla Bowling Club where her impressive career kicked off. While the golden possibilities the year holds have an obvious appeal to Karen, the Jackaroos stalwart insists it is no longer what drives her. “[Winning all four] is a possibility but it’s only a possibility if I get selected in that position. To be honest, I never thought I would play singles at the Worlds so that was a huge surprise for me. You’ve got to be selected in that position and then you’ve got to win.

“If it happens I’ll give it 110 per cent but I’m not really dwelling on it. It’s a pretty far-fetched goal.” You couldn’t blame Karen for not looking too far into the future after her controversial snub from the 2010 Commonwealth Games team. At the time, Karen was Australia’s top ranked female bowler and was in career-best form. It was the one time throughout her illustrious career that thoughts of packing it in snuck into her mind.

as they attempt to navigate conditions they will have little control over. “There’s no real green in Australia that replicates what Glasgow is going to be like. You’ve got to be mentally tough to not get frustrated because a lot of the time your bowls don’t do what they’re supposed to, the greens are heavy and it’s raining.” The Commonwealth Games veteran – this will be her fourth Games – is also preparing for the inevitable target that will be placed on her and her teammates’ backs.

“That’s obviously your initial thought when you miss out on something like that but then you take a step back and have a real think about it.

After a record World Championships in 2012, Karen has no doubt the other nations would dearly love to knock the Aussies off their perch.

“As much as it was a negative at the time it really made me reassess that this was something I still wanted to do. I wanted to play for Australia and there were still things I wanted to achieve.

“Traditionally the Northern Hemisphere is not a happy hunting ground for Southern Hemisphere players. We have had success over the years though and the team that goes to the Commonwealth Games will probably be our most prepared ever, we’ve got the talent no doubt.”

“Since that time I’ve probably trained harder and worked harder than I ever did before. It made me reassess my career and I’ve won two World singles titles since.” This time around, Karen is taking nothing for granted. Her preparation is in full swing, readying herself both physically and mentally for the challenges the Kelvingrove greens will throw up. “Off the green I’m in the gym four days a week, doing a mixture of weights, cardio and core strength; if I’m physically fit then I’m mentally fit. On the green, we’re there four or five days a week, 6.30 in the morning training for an hour on heavy, uncut, unrolled greens.” Karen’s experience on UK greens should prove invaluable to the Australian team

Karen is realistic in admitting the golden haul from Adelaide likely won’t be repeated in Glasgow but she hopes a successful campaign will do wonders for a sport that continues to evolve. “I can say that from four years ago we’ve come a long way. The next Games will be on the Gold Coast, in our backyard, so for the profile to have been raised and to have a bit more money in the sport would be a real boost. “We’ve got a lot of depth as far as our younger players go and I think that will only improve. The sports only going to get better and better I think, I just hope I can hang around long enough to see it.” Page 21

COMMONWEALTH GAMES SPECIAL NSW representative, Jackaroo and New Delhi 2010 bronze medallist Kelsey Cottrell will be writing a regular column for Bowls Matters in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games in July.

Kelsey won bronze in the women’s singles in Delhi.


a whole different bowl game With the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games fast approaching, it has got me thinking a lot about the last. The 2010 Commonwealth Games in India were a highlight of my bowls career and it feels like it was just yesterday we were there.

We were all a 100 per cent chance of getting Delhi belly no matter what we did or didn’t do and we all spent some time in isolation over the course of the event.

The Australian team won three silvers and one bronze medal of a possible six, on greens that were impossible to replicate anywhere in Australia.

Playing on the Indian greens that sloped from right to left and then left to right required full concentration, but spending half the game in the portable toilets made bowling a little difficult!

As a team we were heavily criticised for poor performances, but I believe it was a great achievement and nothing could dampen the amazing experience I had. As funny as it sounds, the adversity we faced really added to the whole Commonwealth Games experience. I was so excited about competing in my first Commonwealth Games that the safety concerns leading into the event were not even on my radar! From the minute we arrived in the country there were strict security measures in place, we were transferred by armed guards holding rifles and escorted by police to the village. The village was huge; the apartments had four bedrooms and four bathrooms, a large kitchen and laundry, it was very spacious and five star ‘INDIAN’ standard! Page 22

There was a bigger picture to the Delhi Games that people don’t see. Another country took up our great game which makes bowls that little bit closer to becoming an Olympic sport. A country with nothing put on a great show despite the negative media attention they received, the children of Delhi now have world class sporting facilities and eight Australian bowlers walked away Commonwealth Games medallists after years of training and hard work.

or whether our bowls suited that particular rink were major factors. Some rinks were wide or tight, maybe sloped, a little bumpy or made our bowls boomerang back up the green off the ditches! To put ourselves in the position to win medals on greens that had to be seen to be believed was no doubt a huge achievement in my books. I lost one game all tournament in the ladies singles, the gold medallist lost two and one of those was against me in sectional, and the silver medallist lost more, so all and all I know it was an opportunity gone begging. With six months till the next Commonwealth Games, my personal result in India is motivation enough to firstly make the team for Glasgow and then go get gold!

Despite everything, I never felt like I wasn’t enjoying myself, I never felt unsafe and I never felt like I couldn’t win.

The greens in Glasgow are a pleasure to play on compared to those in India and we have greens in Australia that have been prepared to resemble Kelvingrove.

At times games felt like they were coming down to a toss of a coin and the rink draws were crucial (yes some rinks were actually okay!). Whether we were 100 per cent fit on the day to cope with the heat and humidity

We have a very talented group all going through the trialling process now and I’m very optimistic about the Australian team’s chances of bringing home numerous gold medals from Glasgow. Bowls Matters January - February 2014

Club Spotlight

KIAMA WOMEN’S BOWLING CLUB Lyn Wallace and Jean Clowes Kiama is situated on the south coast of NSW and has a small village atmosphere where life is laid back and the inhabitants enjoy many craft, social and sporting activities including bowls. The Kiama Ladies club was founded in August 1955, after the ladies had written to the men’s club asking permission to play when the men were not using the greens.  Permission was granted and the ladies were invited to play on Tuesdays. The club will be celebrating its 60th birthday in 2015 – and needless to say, the ladies no longer ‘ask permission’ from the men! The club holds two carnivals a year being the “Jarratt Cup” in February and “Spring Carnival” in September interspersed with various “fun” days and championships’ to make a full programme. Kiama club has produced many champions over the years winning many district events and a number of Pennant flags. Also, in 1987 Ethel Leslie & Evelyn Morris achieved the highest level of success when they were runners-up in the State Pairs and Ethel is still a member of the Club. Over the years a number of ladies have been picked to represent the District in the Anderson Irvine and Howard Shields. However, off the green, the star of the club is Lyn Wallace. Lyn is the Chair of the Social Committee and is an absolute treasure who goes far and beyond her normal duties.

Every Tuesday she is the first in the Club, setting up tables and preparing morning tea for the ladies. She, very often at her own cost, produces beautiful homemade slices and other treats for the Ladies’ Tuesday morning tea. It is not just play days that Lyn works, very often going into the Club throughout the week to stock up on supplies and clean the kitchen – in addition to taking home tablecloths, tea towels etc. to wash. She does so much behind the scenes that people do not see but never makes a big thing out of it, just quietly goes about her work.

DENISTONE SPORTS CLUB Denistone Sports Club is a small, ultra friendly bowling club, situated in pretty, park like surrounds, in Chatham Road, West Ryde. The club is in its 65th year. Although small in size, the club is very active in both women’s and men’s competition - its lady bowlers have won the District No 1 pennant 5 times in the last 7 years as well as many other awards. Regrettably, the men have not had the same level of success in recent years. The men and women play together on Wednesday and Saturday, with the Women’s Championships held on Saturdays to accommodate working members, the Men and Mixed Championships on Sundays. During the summer months twilight “fun bowls” are patronised by bowlers and non-bowlers alike, and a “Fun Sunday”- open to all is held on the last Sunday of each month. Barefoot bowls (we prefer the term “fun bowls”) is a growing feature of our integration into the local community, with local business and party groups taking advantage of our facilities. We also host bowling activity by two of the local schools. We are proud of our volunteers who keep the club going. The Club has a first class bistro with great meals at extremely low prices.

And it is not only the ladies who rely so heavily on Lyn. Whenever there is a function in the Club, men or women, be it Travelling Bowlers, District Veteran’s Day, Bowls Carnivals, Pennants, working parties, she can always be relied upon to do whatever is necessary with regard to catering. Even when the club was without a bistro for a few months, Lyn brilliantly organised, prepared and served lunches for up to 80 people and all without a proper kitchen. This year, for the first time, the organisation of the Christmas Party was passed over to the Social Committee and Lyn took on this extra task in her usual efficient and pleasant manner. The ladies enjoyed a wonderful day at Huskisson with a dolphin watching cruise, lunch at the RSL and time to shop!!!! Lyn is Kiama’s ‘unsung hero’ and the club is very lucky to have you.

NORTHBRIDGE BOWLING CLUB Surprisingly close to the bustle of the city, quiet, secluded Northbridge has 2 greens and a quirky, Crackerjack style clubhouse. An enterprising membership is at the heart of this club meaning that the atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and inclusive. The majority of play is mixed although the ladies have Tuesdays to themselves. Other play days are Monday and Saturday. The club may be booked through the website for an exclusive day of barefoot bowls on any day of the week with bowls provided and catering arrangements are flexible. Plenty of parking means that a visit to Northbridge is always easy. See the website for contact details. Page 23


This month’s bowler is Judith Griffiths, who plays bowls for Sutherland, lives at Illawong and has 2 daughters, 1 son and 4 grandchildren and is currently married to Richard who is also a bowler at Sutherland.

How long have you been bowling? I have been bowling for 8 years now. Please tell us how you came to be interested in bowling and what keeps you going on playing? I had retired from work and a friend asked if I would like to come to the club and try bowling at the” Bowls in Sneakers” day.. Memories of my mother and father bowling when I was a teenager, came flooding back and I remembered the fun they enjoyed every weekend, so I took my husband with me and we both enjoyed the experience so much we enrolled to take lessons. I was ‘hooked’ right from the start and after gaining experience I started playing four times per week plus the enjoyment I got every time I played and the friendly people I met, just made my week. I also noted that my game was improving because of the number of games I was playing. The day I most enjoy is Saturday afternoon, the men’s club allow the ladies to bowl on this day and a large number of ladies still work and cannot bowl at times during the week. I have now been looking after the Saturday ladies for the last four years and I have enjoyed giving encouragement to these bowlers especially the newer bowlers. What is your bowling club? I belong to Sutherland club along with my husband Richard and it takes about twenty minutes to drive there from home. Can you tell us a bit about your district ? Sutherland District covers a large area from Bundeena to Taren Point, with about 10 bowling clubs in this area. Page 24

What size and colour are your bowls? I bowl with Taylor XTL Size 2 bowls and they are brown jaffa in colour Tell us something of your history with bowls, is this the only club to which you have belonged and a brief summary of the high points at this club or others to which you have belonged. Sutherland has been my only club to date, and I have been fortunate to get to the final of a number of club championships and Pennants:•• 2008 runner-up in club Fours •• 2008 runner-up in the mixed Triples •• 2008 being a member of the District Grade 4 Pennants winning team from Sutherland and going to Tamworth for the State finals in 2008. •• 2009 winner of Under 5 years District Pairs •• 2009 runner-up in the club Princess consistency •• 2011 was my favourite win, when I asked 3 ladies from the Saturday bowls who had not been playing long, to play with me in the club Fours which we won. You should have seen the looks on their faces after the final was played. •• 2012 winner club Pairs •• 2013 – skipped the Grade 3 pennant winning team and then went to Fingal Bay to play in the 2013 State finals

Have you had any challenges in your bowling career? If you mean medical problems I lost my eye to a melanoma removed from my back nineteen years ago. I suffered with skin lupus four years ago and had a melanoma removed from my back plus other moles removed which may have become dangerous. The skin specialist said I could continue to play bowls as long as I covered up, in other words long pants, long sleeved shirts and of course a hat although I prefer a sun shade. The best thing that happened was the clothing rules being changed to allow Bowls Australia shirts to be worn when playing social bowls, these shirts have a 50+ sunscreen rating some of which I purchased. My club also had 2 club shirts made for me with a 50+ rating which I can wear in Pennants and club championships. Have you always been good at bowls? I think my success in bowls comes from playing up to 4 times a week in competitions at other clubs against other players, quite often being better bowlers than myself which I think improves my game. What is so special about playing bowls? The special thing is the number of nice people I meet at my own club and other clubs as well, someone always makes me laugh.

•• 2013 runner-up in the club Fours •• 2013 winner of club Triples

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“I think my success in bowls comes from playing up to 4 times a week in competitions... against other players, quite often being better bowlers...”

What information would you give to bowlers to help them along? Would advise all new bowlers to form teams and enter competitions at as many clubs as possible. Then you will gain more experience by playing different bowlers and seeing the difference in greens from club to club. Would you like to share your favourite television programme and what makes it so good for you to watch? My favourite program is anything David Attenborough produces. I get taken to places all over the world that I know in my lifetime I would never see. He makes you feel that every animal is special and should be protected forever. What are some of the funny things that have happened since you started bowling? I was asked to be a marker for a consistency game when I was very new to the game. The umpire was inspecting the bowls and said to the players that they had to take their rings off. I said out loud I had not read you had to take your wedding rings off in competition. You should have seen the looks I got. I was then informed that it was the pennant rings that had to be removed, as pennants had finished. Another time I was playing mixed Pairs on Friday afternoon when I had to use my paint toucher, when I put it back in my pocket it fell into a space in the leg of my slacks and it proceeded to go down my leg and get trapped. I started to shake my leg trying to get it to come out and when looked down the green the two male skips

were killing themselves laughing. When we crossed to change ends they said it was the first time they had seen a lady lay an egg on the green. What is it like to live in Illawong, can you give us an idea of where this is please and if you could change your life what would you do and where would you live? Illawong is between the Georges and Woronora rivers in the Sutherland shire approximately 25 kilometres, south west of Sydney. It is a leafy area with lots of trees and rocky out crops and a pleasant place to live with easy access to shops and schools.

HAVE YOU HAD A FAVOURITE PERSON? Tell us who she was and why you chose her in about 25 words please. Thanks, Barbara Hazeltine

I would not change anything other than have started bowling sooner as I have enjoyed every day. I made a decision when I had my eye removed that I would enjoy every day of my life as if it was my last day on earth. What makes you proud to be a bowler? Bowls is a game that can be played from the relatively young to the elderly and still be enjoyed and when some people say that’s only a game for old people I explain how difficult a game it can be, that makes me proud to be a bowler. We have had some amazing people for our Meet the Bowler segment. This is just another thank you Judith.

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Special Days Members celebrate on the green.



CRONULLA WOMEN’S BOWLING CLUB – 75TH ANNIVERSARY CRONULLA WOMEN’S Bowling Club celebrated their 75th birthday on Tuesday, 22nd October, 2013. President Lynn Leeson welcomed guests State Director Beryl Watson, Elaine Russell President Sutherland Shire District Womens Bowling Association, Chairman Board of Directors Terry Gallagher, Club Cronulla Manager Peter Harper, Representing Minister for Immigration Scott Morrison, Meredith Laverty, Councillor Kevin Schreiber, Representing Sutherland Shire Mayor and Member for Cronulla Mark Speakman M.P. Members of the Board of Directors and Club Members.

Congratulations to President Lynn Leeson, Vice President Beverly Todd, Doreen Burns and Lee Ann Scott, who were awarded State Merit Pins for their continued work for the Ladies Bowling Club. The room was beautifully decorated by Club Management and Ladies Club Members in Club Colours Blue and White. Coloured balloons decorated the room, complimentary 75th Birthday Glass was a gift to each person, place mats featuring vintage photographs of the club’s early years. Page 26

L-R: Beryl Watson, Lynn Leeson, Elaine Russell

A beautiful bouquet of flowers was presented to President Lynn Leeson in appreciation for the valued contribution she has made to the Club. A delicious meal was served by the club caterers and staff, including the delicious birthday cake. Presentation was made of the Australian Flag and Shire Flag to President Lynn Leeson. Club History was read by Secretary June Thornton which was very well received by all in attendance. Other celebration events were well supported during the month, Mixed Bowls Carnival, Ladies Carnival, Mixed Company Cabaret.

GREENLEES PARK hosted a Veteran’s Day on Friday, 15th November, with 19 Veterans from Concord R.S.L., Tigers Five Dock and Greenlees Park Bowling Clubs attending. This day is sponsored by the City of Canada Bay Council and is very much appreciated by the players, the majority of whom live in the area and are ratepayers. This day is held for the Veterans who were members of the above Clubs which formed Yaralla District – the District was disbanded in December, 2010. The annual get-together day is looked forward to by all players.

It was a cool day and only nine ends were played as light rain fell. A ham and chicken salad and a sweet were served at 1.00 p.m. Macquarie District President, Fay Langdon, and VicePresident, Evelyn Redaelli, also attended, and President Fay presented a Veteran’s Badge to Gina Caccaviello, a member of Concord R.S.L. – Gina turned 80 in January this year. We also had five non-bowlers from Tigers Five Dock attend for lunch, Merle McCarthy, Gloria Behrenger, Linda English, Betty Paske, and Connie Precians, who is 99 years. PHOTO: Fay Langdon and Gina Caccaviello

THE YEAR HAS come to an end with all our club games. We held our Presentation Day on the 19th November, which was well supported. The N.D.W.B.A representatives were Vice President Judy O’Brien and Vice President Marion Wilson with Cardiff Bowling Club’s President Bob Murdoch, and Life Member Isobel Baillie. Patron Pat Dooley was away on a cruise.

Vice President Pat Hoole presented the awards to the club fours winners of G. Robins, D. Mackenzie, S. Appleby and J. Law, and the runners up of J. Wright, F.  Mordue, J. Hutton and J.O’Reilly. NDWBA Vice President Marion Wilson, presented the awards to club triple winners of C. Rice, N. Williams and R. Hopkins with the runners up of J. Gordon, K. Wahlstedt and M. Rochester. Vice President Jeannie Hutton presented the pairs awards to the winners J. Law and J.O’Reilly and the runners up of N. Williams and R. Savage. Life Member Isobel Baillie presented the minor singles award to D. Twaddle and K. Brogan as the runner up. June Hancock presented the Daphne Hancock Shield (club consistency) to J. O’Reilly and K. Wahlstedt as runner up. NDWBA Vice President Judy O’Brien presented the Annis Young Consistency award to M.  Rochester and J. O’Reilly as the runner up. President Brenda Ott presented the Major singles award to J. Law with M. Rochester as the runner up. Marilyn Rochester presented her encouragement award to K. Brogan. PHOTO: L-R:  D. Twaddle, M. Rochester, J. Law, G. Robbons, D. Mackenzie, C. Rice, S. Appleby, N. Williams, R. Hopkins and J. O’Reilly Bowls Matters January - February 2014


HURSTVILLE DIGGERS WOMEN’S BOWLING CLUB – NANCE HAMMOND 90TH BIRTHDAY MEMBERS WERE very happy to join in the 90th Birthday celebrations for Nance on 10th October. She really enjoys her bowls, both the participation in the sport and the friendship as we meet week by week. She is a consistent player, and very hard to beat when it comes to Club Championships. There is never any problem in filling a team that Nance is to skip as she is a great encouragement to her players, especially when things are not going their way. “It’s only a game” is her motto. We wish her well in the years ahead as she continues to bowl, and hope that she may still be enjoying the sport at 100, as was her Mum. Thank you Nance, for all the pleasure you give us and Many Happy Returns.

PHOTO: Nance Hammond

BALLINA RSL Women’s Bowling Club held a very successful Charity Day in aid of the Westpac Helicopter recently. The weather was fine and sunny and many of the surrounding bowls clubs joined us on this day for a game, friendship and fun. The day was enjoyed by all with tombolas, raffles and prizes. The amount raised was $2,015. President Lois Cawley thanked all the members who donated prizes also for their time and effort. It helped make the day a huge success.

Pink Day Ladies Gladesville. L to R - Loris Maher, Stella McFarlane, Chris Bambach, Bobbie Turner.

GLADESVILLE WOMEN’S BOWLING CLUB CHARITY DAY CHARITY DAY – MULLUMBIMBY EX-SERVICES WOMEN’S BOWLING CLUB MULLUMBIMBY EX-SERVICES recently held their Annual Charity Day which was for Westpac Life Rescue Helicopter. On the day $500 was raised amongst our very small club of 16 members from their donations, a great raffle donated by Ex-Services Club and our red piggy box which was from penalties on the greens over the last 12 months.

It was a great fun day for such a wonderful cause.

A VERY successful Pink Day for Women’s Cancer Research was recently held at Gladesville. President Lyn MacDonald, and her team of assistants from the men’s and women’s clubs were thrilled with the support of local organisations and individuals who donated services and goods for this worthy cause.

A large crowd of participants wore pink, ate pink and won pink prizes in the raffle and tombola games, which were well supported. Following a homemade pink morning tea of great variety, a spider was held with pink prizes won by all participants, who then played a relaxed game of bowls. Club members

were joined by community participants. Our men’s club stalwarts manned the BBQ at lunch time for which we were most grateful. Twenty-five major raffle prizes donated by local organisations were won by entrants on the day and this event was followed by an auction of donated bowls equipment, which also raised a significant sum.  Prizes were also awarded for the best dressed and Prettiest in Pink which created a festive atmosphere. The day raised $4,000 for women’s cancer research, to add to the significant sum already raised by Gladesville Women. Congratulations to all concerned.


Maureen joined Wyong RSL WBC on 4th June 1985. Maureen is a quiet achiever who is always there to offer a hand and give help when needed. Maureen has been a selector and a social committee member and is presently on the social committee. She has won the Major Triples and Major Fours. Maureen was awarded the State Merit Pin in 2001 for all her services to the club. M. Doherty

A loyal member for the past 27 years Maureen is much loved by all her fellow club members and is very deserving of this award. Congratulations Maureen.

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ST GEORGES BASIN WOMEN’S BOWLING CLUB PRESIDENT LINDA Alexander welcomed the official WBNSW guests to the club including WBNSW Director Pam Hockings, Ingar Hall as well as representatives from 17 other clubs.

L-R: Paula Body, Janet Nash, Pam Andrich.

PRESIDENT’S DAY – WINGHAM WOMEN’S BOWLING CLUB WE HELD OUR special event “President’s Day” in glorious weather with a Guard of Honour, for our President Janet Nash and Special Guests – Pam Andrich (Director NSWWBA), District President of Lower North Coast Paula Body and Julie Scott – Secretary Lower North Coast.

Representatives – (our District friends) from all our surrounding bowling clubs were present to enjoy Janet’s day. Black Head, Bulahdelah, Forster, Gloucester, Harrington, Lansdowne, Leagues, Manning Point, Old Bar, Taree Railway, Tuncurry, Tuncurry Sports, and Wingham. Also in attendance was Joan Guthrie – Past President’s Association, Our Toast Mistress & Patron was Noreida Fotheringham. We felt honoured with the attendance of the Director of NSWWBA, Pam Andrich; who travelled from Sydney for our Page 28

special event. Pam mingled with all our lady bowlers laughing, joking, and had discussions on the direction & future of lawn bowls in N.S.W. The Day didn’t end there for there was the Plan of morning tea, home made slices, a friendly game of bowls, lunch was a beautiful bake dinner & dessert, speeches, raffles, toasts, and the presentation of Merit Awards pins to deserving ladies. Janet was called to cut the cake (decorated in turquoise colours) and was joined by Director NSWWBA Pam Andrich, Paula Body District President of Lower North Coast. President Janet concluded the day with a thank you speech for making this special day one to remember, along with Director Pam closing the Day with a fabulous joke & a thank you speech.

Pam Hockings gave an inspiring speech highlighting the need for new members and progressive changes with new ideas more compatible with modern day life. President Linda congratulated Pamela for her appointment as technical officer for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow. After morning tea the bowlers set off to the greens, however disappointedly due to very strong winds, were forced to return to the club. The social committee and many helpers led by Brenda Williams must be congratulated for doing such a beautiful job, decorating the tables with gold, white and yellow weighted balloons, centred on a mirror with gold stars scattered around - looked sensational. The anniversary cake made by patron Joan Shultz was beautifully decorated with frangipanis and a diamante 50 standing upright. State merit pins were presented by Pam Hockings to Linda Alexander, Ann Bennett, Margaret Sellars, Pat Pendleberry and Joan Schultz. Speeches from visiting club presidents and representatives gave many good wishes and comments. Sadie Brown was presented with an orchid arrangement for her 98th birthday.

PRESIDENT’S DAY – WINDSOR WOMEN’S BOWLING CLUB WINDSOR WOMEN’S Bowling Club celebrated President’s and Officers Day on 19th November 2013.

President Val Cant welcomed State President Robyn Procter, District President Nancy Willmington, District Secretary Lyn Skein, Regional Representative Fran Laker, guests and bowlers from our club and the many clubs in attendance. After morning tea a game of bowls with much fun and laughter was held, then in for a delicious lunch catered for by the Social Committee ladies. The tables were beautifully presented with floral arrangement and the President’s cake by Vice President Kay Quinton. State President Robyn presented 4 Merit pins to Sue Gallo, Sue Maker, Betty Cox and Cecily Foster. After cutting her cake for all to enjoy President Val thanked her Committee for their help and support during her term and thanked members and guests for attending and making her day so special. PHOTO: R. Procter, V. Cant, N. Willmington

Overall we had a great celebration on our very special day. Bowls Matters January - February 2014




PENNANT HILL’S WBC had great pleasure celebrating with Phyl Timms on the occasion of her 90th birthday on November 18th 2013. Morning tea and birthday cake were organised by the ladies from the Club to mark this special day.

ROSEHILL WBC recently celebrated its Patrons Day. Present was our District President, Mrs Fay Langdon and District Secretary, Fay Laney. During morning tea President Evelyn warmly welcomed all her official guests and visitors.

WYONG RSL Women’s Bowling Club held a Charity Day on September 28 to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House in Newcastle. It was a mixed day and 64 bowlers participated including members from other clubs.

Phyl joined Pennant Hill’s WBC in 1990, She has held many positions during her time at the Club, which includes Social 1991-1992, Selector 1993-1994 and 2001-2003, Committee 1995-1997 and held the office of Vice President in 1998,1999 and 2000. Among her many achievements, she was part of Club Triples Champions in 2011 and Winner of No 4’s District Pennant in 2012.  Phyl represented the Club last year as skip in the No 3’s District  Pennant Team and still continues to play very competitive bowls. Best wishes Phyl from all your friends at Pennant Hills WBC.

Following morning tea a friendly game of bowls was the order of the day and it was wonderful to see members of neighbouring clubs enjoying themselves and renewing old friendships. Following the game, Toastmistress – June Eckett invited all to the auditorium which was a sea of pink and burgundy, for the day’s official proceedings.

The day was organised by two members of the Women’s Bowling Club Ms Elenor Syron and Ms Beryl Bradbury who obtained sponsorship and prizes from numerous local organisations and businesses.

PHOTO: Phyl Timms

President Evelyn welcomed the club’s patron of 53 years, Mrs Jean Sheehy OAM. During the year the members play for her trophy, the Rose Bowl Pairs. Mrs Sheehy was delighted to present her trophy to this year’s winners Yvonne Gersbach and Evelyn Redaelli. Following lunch, the District President Fay, Patron Jean and President Evelyn cut the beautifully decorated patron’s cake which matched the theme of the room. President Evelyn then thanked everyone for attending and for their efforts in making the day so special. A wonderful day was had by all. PHOTO: L-R: Yvonne Gersbach, Patron Mrs Jean Sheehy OAM, Evelyn Redaelli

Total money raised was $2352. A great effort. The day started with a game of bowls followed by a sausage sizzle. A great day was had by all and the weather remained sunny despite a forecast for rain. The cheque was officially presented to a member of the Ronald McDonald House organisation on Tuesday October 29. PHOTO: L-R: E. Syron, B. Bradbury, F. Dent, M. Doherty, T. McFadden, Ronald McDonald representative Rohan

LIFE MEMBERSHIP – DEE WHY RSL WOMEN’S BOWLING CLUB DEE WHY R.S.L congratulates June Parker who was awarded Life Membership at the Annual General Meeting. June was presented with her badge at a special morning tea which was attended by her two sons. Since joining the club in 1993, June is very involved serving on social and selection committee and vice-president. June is a dedicated member of the club, particularly in her present position as Chairman of Selection and also plays a considerable part in the organisation of the Mixed Bowls. A very competent bowler, she has won many of the Club’s Championships and has consistently been part of Pennant sides and a representative in outside competitions. Always there when needed, June is a very constant part of Dee Why R.S.L Women’s Club and is truly deserving of this honour.

PHOTO: Life Member J. Parker (DeeWhy)

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Region 1 & 2 Game LIFE MEMBERSHIP – MORISSET HOSPITAL WOMEN’S BOWLING CLUB MORISSET HOSPITAL President Mrs Georgina Cottle and members had great pleasure in awarding Lorna Vitnell with Life Membership.

Lorna joined the club in 1988 and has held many positions of office amongst being Vice President, Delegate and Secretary/Delegate from 19942004 and was made a Patron in 1996. Lorna also held the position as National Umpire from 1992. Many thanks Lorna, you have dedicated so much of your time to our Club and to new bowlers. PHOTO: Life Member L-R: Lorna Vitnell and Georgina Cottle Morisset Hospital

LIFE MEMBERSHIP – KINGSWOOD WOMEN’S BOWLING CLUB IT WAS KINGSWOOD’S delight to honour Betty Hannan with Life Membership.

Betty was affiliated with the NSW Bowling Association on February 24th, 1976, making her a member of Kingswood Bowling Club for 37 years. Betty can recall the early days when the ladies did all the catering, spending many hours making sandwiches and cakes. She also recalls playing in the finals of the Pennants one year on Melbourne Cup day. It was pouring with rain, water up to their ankles and they were not allowed to come off until the game was finished. Betty has played Pennants in both Grades 3 and 5 and has won many Club Championships. She has been a longtime hard working committee member and selector for the past six years and has worked hard for the Travelling Bowlers, the Past Presidents Clubs and for her church. Betty is a quiet achiever who goes about things with a minimum of fuss. She is an asset to the club and all she does is appreciated. Congratulations Betty. Well done. PHOTO: Life Member B. Hannan (Kingswood)

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Players from Region 1.

Players from Region 2.

THE FRIENDLY Inter-Region 1 & 2 Games were held at Lake Cathie B.C. on November, 21st – 22nd 2013 conducted by Region 1 Representative Judy Padgen and Region 2 Representative Carole Graham. Region 1 Teams with 32 players combined from Clarence River, Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast Districts. Region 2 Teams were 32 players combined from Hastings Haven, Macleay and Lower North Coast Districts. This is the second year these games have been played and won by Region 1. Game wins 15, Draws 2. Total Score 461. Region 2 Game wins 7 Draws 2. Total Score 392. 2014 Games will be held at Grafton.

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Around the Greens


Saturday Morning Triples Six Zones played this year and a total of 104 teams entered (126 teams last year). This event was commenced by Petersham Women’s Bowling Club in 2000, Zone name, Inner West, with three Clubs involved. The late Chairperson, Margaret Osborne, would be pleased to see the Saturday Triples still being played. Lenore Dunn, a Past State President, was also instrumental in furthering the Saturday Triples since its inception by encouraging junior bowlers, and players in the workforce to play these Saturday games, which commence at 9.00am. The Annual Winner’s Trophy was donated by Lenore and all players appreciate the results of her foresight. Inner West – played 15th June to 20th July – 18 teams, 21 ends – won by Patricia Harvey, Lorna Hodge and Lee Leahey. “Lee Lee’s Ladies”, a composite team from Leichhardt and Roselands. Eastern Suburbs – played 3rd to 31st August – 14 teams, 21 ends – won by Pat Stewart, Jill Young and Gladys Barnes. “Greenies”, Greenlees Park. Gosford Waters – played 5th to 31st August – 16 teams, 15 ends – won by Julia Silvia, Pamela Colbran and Gwendoline Hardwick. “J.P.G”, Terrigal North Western – played 10th August to 14th September – 26 teams, 15 ends – won by Kathryn Betcher, Barbara Longworth and Jan Anelzark. “The Goannas”, a composite team from Western Suburbs and Guildford. Western Suburbs – scheduled to play 23rd February to 23RD March, but rain cancelled two Saturday games – 20 teams, 18 ends – won by Jean Reynolds, Colleen Smith and Sharyn Firth. “Merrylands Magic”, Merrylands. This team has won the last two years. Too Hot To Trot – played three games of 11 ends on 9th February as 2nd February

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(l to r): North Western Zone – J. Anelzark, B. Longworth, and K. Betcher.

was a rain day – 10 teams – won by Anthea Hart, Metua Teniak and Maerlene Mihaere, a composite team from Ashfield and Marrickville. Southern Tablelands did not compete this year and Northside Women’s has been disbanded. The winners of each Zone played the quarter-finals and semi-finals on Saturday, 9th November, at Marrickville Bowling Club. The results of the morning games were Inner West won over Eastern Suburbs, after a draw and an extra end played, Too Hot To Trot won over Gosford Waters. The results of the afternoon games were Inner West won over Too Hot To Trot and North Western won over Western Suburbs. The final, three-bowl Triples and 21 ends, was due to be played on Sunday, 10th November, but due to rain was not played. On Wednesday, 13th November at Marrickville Bowling Club, the final result was “The Goannas”, composite team, over “Lee Lee’s Ladies”, composite team. The standard of play for all games was very high and supporters enjoyed such good bowling.

State President, Robyn Procter, attended the Saturday play-offs and her attendance and support was much appreciated. The Winner’s Trophy was presented on the Wednesday by Sherron Wilson of Marrickville Bowling Club, and also the Runner-Up Trophy, which was donated by Margaret Borgenicht, a previous Chair of State Match Committee. Thanks go to Umpires, Kath Chatillon, Chair of State Coaching Panel, on the Saturday, and Shirley Lowe from E.B.P Sports, at the Wednesday Final. At the play-offs at Marrickville, all Zone winners were canvassed re 21 ends being played and it was agreed that the 21 ends would remain. Each Zone Committee organises their events, conditions of play, arranging the venues and an Umpire, and we thank those Committees for their good results, as they work independent of their Club. Sponsorships are obtained by some Zones and weekly raffles also go towards the trophy monies. Bowls Matters January - February 2014

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NSW EDUCATION DEPARTMENT BOWLERS VS. THE QUEENSLAND TEACHERS Forget “playing for a sheep station”, when NSW Education Bowlers go into battle against the Queensland Teachers, we’re “playing for a box of chalk” – equally as unwanted in this day and age, as the boards are white and they won’t let us throw chalk at the students anymore.

Encouragement Awards are given to teams with an Under Five Year player or a junior or a worker. Some Zones have regular teams who play each year and they have a Most Improved Award. We are pleased to advise two new Zones will commence next year. Northern Suburbs Zone is being organised by Pennant Hills Bowling Club with play from 22nd June to 13th July at Pennant Hills – these are Sunday games – play 11 ends, have light lunch, then play 10 ends. Illawarra Zone is being organised by Mr Gordon Lester at Fairy Meadow for 12 weeks from March to May and he expects 28 teams to enter. We wish these new Zones every success in their first competitions. At the November Committee Meeting, Sherron Wilson stood down as our Chairperson. Following the passing of Margaret Osborne in December, 2009, Sherron accepted the position of Chairperson and has carried out her duties in a fine manner giving advice and guidance at the meetings and on other related matters. The Committee thank Sherron very much for the time and great effort she has given. Gladys Barnes has been appointed Chairperson and Sue O’Connell has been appointed as Secretary.

At the end of September, 35 Queenslanders ventured south of the border for the 56th annual interstate test series. Day 1, held at Toongabbie Bowling club was a social day. It was the day to check out the opposition’s strengths. The first test day, held at Northmead Bowling club ended with a comfortable win to NSW. On the second day, held at Rydalmere Bowling club, a howling wind nearly carried us off to Kansas, so the Controlling Body worried about the members’ safety decided to discontinue the day’s play. On the third day, held at Hunters Hill Bowling club, Sydney turned on one of those picture perfect days that you just want to go on forever. Hunters Hill is a hidden gem, somewhat reminiscent of Raffles, Singapore. NSW had a magnificent day, winning 8 of the 9 rinks. NSW Education Department Bowling Club President, Peter Jones gladly accepted the Don Ross Shield and Pizzey Cup and flag that have resided in Queensland for the last year. The four days of fun, friendship and good bowling ended with an unruly scrum of blue (NSW) and maroon (Qld) on the green, singing Auld Lang Syne…. very badly. Next year, we are off to Queensland and determined to bring the trophies back with us. NSW Education Bowlers play one Sunday per month at clubs all over the Sydney metropolitan area, the Lower Blue Mountains and down to the Illawarra. If you have ever been an employee of the Dept of Education, then you, may be eligible to join. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION


Contact Secretary, Don Hazeltine

If anyone is interested in starting another Zone, please contact Gladys Barnes on 9799 1052, or Sue O’Connell on 9899 9337.

Wendy Herbert Assistant Secretary NSW Education Dept BowlingClub

Pottsville Women’s Bowling Club members look on as the flag is raised

POTTSVILLE WOMEN’S BOWLING CLUB – UNFURLING STATE GRADE 2 PENNANT RUNNERS-UP FLAG It was a proud day at the Pottsville Bowls Club (Tweed District), on October 31 with the unfurling of the State Grade 2 Pennant Runners-up Flag. On a perfect morning Snr Vice President Patricia ran the unfurled State flag up the pole in a ceremony attended by special guests District President Betty Croft and District Secretary Annie Revie together with the Pennant side and Club members. Without warning, the most unbelievable happened - the unfurled flag and ropes came crashing down. Well may you say “oh my gosh”! There’s more! Within minutes the Club flag (and ropes) on the opposite arm also came crashing down without warning, was this divine intervention?  Who knows?  With the greatest of dignity, the ceremony then went ahead at ground level with our proud pennant girls holding their precious flag aloft. Following the ceremony, high tea was served with a good sprinkling of humour generated by the earlier mishaps on the green.  Again, congratulations to Pottsville Grade 2 pennant side. N.B.  New ropes have now been attached to the flag pole! Page 33

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A SPECIAL TREAT FOR MILLTHORPE – bowlers, school children and thank you to Bowls Australia Millthorpe Primary School in conjunction with BCIB, Karen Murphy, Bowls Australia, Mathew Searle and Millthorpe Bowling Club, Daniel McAlister came together in an afternoon of Lawn Bowls. The children had a great day with Australian Player, Karen Murphy very impressed with the talented country kids. The students were

easily entertained with the various games and activities and enjoyed the prizes provided by Bowls Australia. There is a real possibility of getting the children back for some more Lawn Bowls next year as they really enjoyed themselves. As you can see from the photos, Bowls is truly a game for everybody and a sport for life!

(l to r): J. Lofts, K. Dexter, E. Beddoes, J. Wright, L. McCormick, J. Meinel Front B. Rose (Skip), D. Guest (Skip)

BRUNSWICK HEADS WIN THE PRESTIGIOUS TWEED BYRON DISTRICT SHIELD The inaugural competition for the Tweed Byron District Shield took place way back in 1988 (hey, that’s 25 years ago!) and the Shield was won by a very talented side from Brunswick Heads.

TOP: Karen Murphy with the Millthorpe Primary School bowlers. ABOVE: Karen Murphy gives some tips to the young bowlers. RIGHT: Student Kirralee enjoys her day on the green.

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As the years went by with many other clubs taking possession of the very prestigious trophy, Brunswick Heads won the trophy again in 1996. Stinging on the heels of a 17 year dry spell, the Brunswick girls apparently decided that 2013 was to be their year. In a contest over 3 rounds of 13 ends, the ladies worked hard to be in a good position by the end of round two. Coming into round three, several teams were all in contention to collect the shield. In a do or die effort from all contestants in the final round, the Brunswick ladies won both rinks and came out overall winners of the competition. Congratulations Brunswick Head W.B.C. ladies on your magnificent effort.

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Arms up, for bowling arms. By Gael Evans-Barr – Riverina CDO

Grenfell Bowling Club attributes much of its member growth to the support of bowling aids, specifically the bowling arm. The small NSW club has achieved a five per cent growth in membership over the past twelve months. Whilst some of this is due to the work of the club board, a new manager and increased promotion and events, much of the reduced attrition is due to the ability of longstanding members to continue their bowling career, regardless of disabling mobility issues, with the assistance of a bowling arm. Grenfell Bowling Club members Rosemary and Ray Walter have both been registered bowling members for over 30 years. Due to a recent decline in their heath and with the support of the club, they have both received approval from the relevant state bodies to use bowling arms. This has meant the world to both Rosemary and Ray, who are now able to remain an active part of their local Grenfell Bowling Club - both enjoying the participation and companionship the bowls community offers. President of the Grenfell Women’s Bowling Club, Pat Reid, said the club is grateful that many of their members are able to utilise the device. “It has helped us to keep many of our much loved members active within the club and helped our small country club to keep enough players for pennants and tournaments alike.” Coral Perceval, a staunch Grenfell Bowling Club bowler, also attests

“We need members and it’s important for us to keep active personally.”

to this. She too is thankful that the bowling arm has enabled her and other members to continue play. “It is so important to keep players on the green for as long as possible, especially in country areas. We need members and it’s important for us to keep active personally.” Rosemary and Coral both agree there is a common misconception that bowling arms assist players, however both chuckle at these claims and insist a bowling arm makes it no easier to decipher the green. “We have just as much trouble as any other bowler; it’s just luck of the draw most days!” said Rosemary. With a good few members at the Grenfell Bowling Club now registered to use approved bowling arms, the club encourages other small clubs to support their less mobile players in accessing and registering to use bowling aid devices. Not only does it enable valued members to continue in their much loved sport, aiding them in their own health and wellbeing, it also provides the club with continued membership and access to players for pennants and tournaments. So next time you’re out on the green, consider the benefits of the bowling arm and put your own arm up in support, to keep bowlers in the sport!

Rosemary Walter can still enjoy a day on the greens thanks to her bowling arm. MORE INFORMATION For more information on Bowling Arms can be found on the Bowls Australia website under the Club Assist tab. To apply for approval to use a bowlers arm, please contact the Umpires Committee on or phone the office on 9267 7155. Page 35

// District & Association News DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS: SNOWY MOUNTAIN DISTRICT Major Singles: H. Peuker (Cooma), runner-up: A. Ranta (Adaminaby) Pairs: A. Madden, L McMahon (Adaminaby) Triples: G. Daal, A. Madden, L. McMahon (Adaminaby)

DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS: CENTRAL NORTHERN DISTRICT Major Singles: M. Nagel. (North Tamworth), runner-up: C. Myers. (South Tamworth) Pairs: M. Brosie, P. Fletcher (South Tamworth) Triples: N. Hill, E. Smith, D. Kelly (West Tamworth) Open Fours: S. Musgrave, E. Radcliffe, F. Hamilton, V. Bruce (Quirindi) Senior Fours: H. Everleigh, J. Sills, R. Fordham, N. Ryman (Gunnedah) Grade 3 Pennant: M. Guest, G. Styman, R. McKinnon, P. Young, N. Hill, E. Smith, R. Schumacher, D. Kelly (West Tamworth) Grade 4 Pennant: C. Rooney, R. Wood, V. Wilson, S. Jones, J. Carthew, G. Franks, C. Brice, T. Wilson (Tamworth City) PHOTO: Major singles winner at Central Northern District: M. Nagel (North Tamworth)

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Open Fours: G. Daal, C. McMahon, A. Madden, L. McMahon (Adaminaby) Senior Fours: M. Obermaier, D. Jackson, R. Steinfort, C. Meillon (Cooma) Pennant 3: Adaminaby Pennant 4: Cooma

RIVERINA DISTRICT Results at District Level Singles: P. Beckwith (Commercial Albury) Pairs: L. Carmody, J. Merkel (Culcairn) Triples: M. James, F. McDonnell, H. Russell (Commercial Albury) Fours: A. Trethowan, M. Hallows, J. Haberfield, H, Russell (Commercial Albury) Seniors Fours: L. Heinjus, S. Rowland, M. Booth, K. Pressnell (North Albury) Pennants Grade 2: V. Gherashe, P. Beckwith, M. Dando, D, Clements, A. Harvey, R. Newman, J. Floyd, F. Warren (Commercial Albury) Pennants Grade 3: C. Hoffmann, L. Shipard, C. Churches, M. Pendergast, R. Schroeter, D. Richens, L. Wiesner, F. Good (Walla/Oaklands) Pennants Grade 4: E. Murphy, M. Hartwig, S. Ralston, J. Considine, E. James, M. Pallot, W. Whitten, S. Kitt (North Albury Gold)

The five new Presidents cutting the cake. L-R: Noelle Graham,Carolyn Newman,Dorothy Gleeson, Kathleen Sullivan and Sally Squires


Women’s Bowling Association Combined President’s Day CRDWBA HELD their inaugural Combined Presidents Day at the Grafton WBC on November 14th, 2013 with five new Presidents and 101 ladies attending.

After morning tea a light hearted game of bowls was played with much friendly rivalry. The ladies then adjourned to the clubs auditorium which looked a picture with the main table decorated with purple and white silk orchids and bowls of roses. Each new President’s place was set with a program bearing their photograph. District President Judy Abbott introduced the new Presidents and their Guests... Iluka’s Kathleen Sullivan and friend Marie Connolly, Maclean’s Sally Squires with husband Bob, Red Rock’s Carolyn Newman with daughter Sandra Murphy, Yamba’s Dorothy Gleeson and friend Maxine Holland and South Grafton’s Noelle Graham with husband Bob. After a delicious roast lunch President Judy proposed a toast to the new Presidents congratulating them on their election and wished them a successful and enjoyable term

of office..Maclean’s President Sally Squires responded saying that they had all enjoyed their day immensely and hoped that this new concept for Presidents Day would continue. Treasurer Gwen Ryan toasted the Grafton WBC, congratulating them on such a beautiful setting for the day. Grafton’s Vice president Vera Hall, responded with pleasure at their club being chosen to host this event. The five new Presidents then proceeded to cut the cake with a beautiful silver knife donated to the club by member Joyce Thompson in memory of her mother Lucy Bean, a star veteran. Secretary Lorraine Demmery then presented gifts and cards to the five incoming Presidents, who in turn, thanked the District in their own way, for such a wonderful day and the lovely gifts and cards. President Judy thanked each of her committee in turn for all of their hard work, also all those who attended saying that without their participation the day would not be so enjoyable and wished them a safe journey home.

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(back row l to r) F. Lucas, K. Signor, M. Bridges, D. Gee, O. Geshwend (front row l to r) K. Fayle, E. Crompton, J. Lubbe, (Malua Bay WBA) Pres B. Holloway, P. Hancock, D. Mooy


Lansdowne District Women’s Bowling Association LANSDOWNE DISTRICT paid tribute to their special members – that being our “Golden Oldies” – at a Veteran’s Day at Merrylands Bowling Club.

Club President Mrs Shirley Johnson extended a warm, friendly welcome to District President Mrs Barbara Munro and her officers, members, friends and all with the wish everyone had a happy, relaxed day with past and present friends. Numbers seem to drop a little each passing year but we noticed there are still a lot of champion bowlers with great skill on the greens. It was great to see these ladies enjoying their game and thankfully the weather was great – nice and comfortable! Following the game, a beautiful lunch was enjoyed, after which the District President Barbara presented badges to our Veterans with one lady, Mrs Peggy McMaugh from Ingleburn, receiving a 100 years badge to a standing ovation from all. What an achievement – she only gave up bowling in her 90s! Congratulations were extended to all these “Golden Oldies” with the wish we may meet again next year. A sincere thank you was extended to President Shirley and members of Merrylands for hosting this day and for their care and support shown to everyone which was most appreciated.

LANSDOWNE DISTRICT Results at District Level Pennant Grade 1: (St Johns Park) Grade 2: (Cabramatta), Grade 3: (St Johns Park) Grade 4: (St Johns Park) No 1 Pennant winners at Lansdowne District level: (l to r)M. Parcell, J. Agar, A. Johns, B. Quinlan, S. Renshaw, A. Jeffrey, S. Rumble, K. Boniface, J.L. Worsnop (St Johns Park) No 3 Pennant winners at Lansdowne District level Grade 3 (l to r): A. Chaplin, E. Field, L. McKierman, P. Crocker, S, Brooker, L. Mobbs, (Manager) M. Brooks, E. Felkin (St Johns Park) No 4 Pennant winners at Lansdowne District level (l to r) L. Scarcella, N. Dixon,J. Mclaean, A. Rumble, B. Stratton, A. Humphries, J. Matthews, J. Boulizos Man. R. Lean (St Johns Park)

FAR SOUTH COAST DISTRICT TEAMS OF TEN ladies from seven clubs in the Far South Coast District played off for the honor of winning the much coveted Anise Nader Shield Trophy.

The format is singles, pairs, triples and fours, all shots are counted and the club with the highest number of shots is the Winner of the Shield. This event is played over 2 days with each club playing each other, so there are 6 games over 2 days. A lot of bowls and well done to all the ladies. In 2012 the Club of Malua Bay won it for the first time in 20 years. Now they have made it 2 on the trot. Singles winner for 2013 is Cheryl Halls (Moruya WBC) Pair’s winners for 2013 are Leila Gosper and Dawn Kenny (Narooma WBC) Triples winners for 2013 are Janet Smith, Joan Colfax, and Colleen Beadon (Tomakin WBC) Fours winners for 2013 are Bess Holloway, Olga Geshwend, Margaret Bridges and Ellie Crompton (Malua Bay WBC) This year the event was hosted by Tuross Head Country Club and the District would like to take this opportunity to thank the Tuross Head CC Women’s Bowling Club for their support and also thank the green-keepers who did a wonderful job on all greens. Page 37

// District & Association News TWEED BYRON DISTRICT – Inter District Shield

THE 2013 Inter District Challenge conducted at Ballina in late September between the four Districts in Region 1 was a super event enjoyed by all

Following on from the 2012 successful tilt at this competition, the Tweed Byron squad was determined to return home with the shield once again. While the ladies had very good wins in rounds 1 and 2, the Mid North Coast ladies were not far behind on the score board at the commencement of round 3 and also determined to give this contest a good shake. In an absolute thriller of a game, with scores continuously

see-sawing between Tweed Byron and Mid North Coast, the Tweed Byron ladies were able to win enough rinks to ensure overall dominance of this event.  The squad had succeeded in accomplishing their goal and brought the prestigious Inter District Shield home again for the second year in a row “way to go” ladies. A big thank you to our hosts, Ballina Cherry Street B.C. for your friendship and hospitality, that ensured a wonderfully successful event. PHOTO:  Tweed Byron District contingent - Winners of the 2013 Inter District Shield


TWEED BYRON District Veteran’s Day was held at Condong Bowling Club. Grey skies with threatening rain, didn’t make for a pleasant day. Not to be deterred, the ladies took to the greens with a very positive attitude towards having a great morning of bowls. Unfortunately, after a short time, old “Huey” really sent ‘it’ down. However all was not lost. The very resourceful Condong President, Jenny Glasby, sent an urgent S.O.S. to hubby Barry who answered the call, arrived with guitar and a wonderful voice. Barry entertained the ladies with

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many old favourites - a great collection of sing-a-longs that was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Following lunch, presentations were made to our veterans with a supervet badge going to Lottie Wright. Congratulations go to all these wonderful ladies. PHOTO: L to R - Joan Duffy (Kingsciff), Heather Robb (Mulumbimby), Rae Mills (Mullumbimby) Lottie Wright (Ocean Shores), Barbara Stone (Ocean Shores), Isabella Dunn (Condong), Roma Woodbury (Cabarita Beach).

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Major Singles: D. Farmer, runner-up: C. Hill Pairs: S. Troy, G. Orchard Triples: A. Marron, D. Farmer, G. Orchard Fours: R. Stuart, R. Esler, B. Jones, J. Lowien

Major singles: D. O’Connell, runner-up: G. Holmes

Singles: D. Edwards

Major Singles: M. Treadwell, runner-up: M. Brady

PHOTO: (l to r: back row): S. Troy, B. Jones, C. Hill, G. Orchard, (front): J. Lowien, D. Farmer, R. Stuart, R. Esler (Alstonville)

Pairs: J. Hoenger, D. Fuller Triples: E. Witherdin, R. Clutterbuck, M. MacGregor Fours: D. O’Connell, J. Hoenger, N. Jemmeson, D. Fuller Minor singles: N. Jemmeson Three Bowl Pairs: D. O’Connell, D. Moloney PHOTO: (l to r back): G. Holmes, M. MacGregor, D. Fuller, R. Clutterbuck, D. Moloney, (front): J. Hoenger, E. Witherdin, D. O’Connell (Insert): N. Jemmeson (Armidale)

Major Pairs: F. Larkin, M. Stokes Triples: M. Bakon, M. Edwards, L. Cohen Fours: D. Edwards, L. Balfe, S. Ryan, D. Chalklin Minor Singles: L. Caswell Minor Pairs: M. Harrison, A. Little PHOTO: Major Singles: D. Edwards (Bateau Bay)

Pairs: E. Hay, L. Lindsay Triples: R. Gibb, L. Needs, M. Brady Fours: M. Treadwell, E. Glenn, E. Hay, L. Lindsay Minor Singles: G. Butters PHOTO: (back l to r): L. Lindsay, E. Hay, E. Glenn, M. Treadwell, (front): M. Brady, L. Needs, R. Gibb, G. Butters (Belrose)




Major Singles: K. Porter

Major Singles winner: S. Murray, runner-up: E. Bull

Major Singles: D. McGlashan

Pairs: K. Porter, M. Drozdowski

Pairs: S. Murray, E. Bull

Triples: L. Robinson, E. Brunner, D. Tremayne Fours: J. Bourke, L. Marshall, T. Miller, B. Johnson PHOTO: Armidale Ex-Service 2013 Club Champions


Triples: L. Wood, C. McFadden, K. Evans

Major Singles: M. Teinaki, runner-up: A. Hart

Fours: C. Schofield, S. Murray, S. Weekes, E. Bull

Pairs: M. McWilliams, F. Flint

Minor Singles: E. Bull

Triples: L. Stenhouse (sub Mei Wan Lam), A. Hart, B. Pendleton

PHOTO: (l tor): E. Bull, C. Schofield, S. Murray, L. Wood, K. Evans, S. Weekes, C. McFadden (Bathurst City)

Fours: L. Stenhouse, M. Dunn, A. Hart, B. Pendleton Minor singles winner: A. Hart


PHOTO: Major Singles winner: M. Teinaki (Ashfield)

Major Singles winner: H. Elliott, runner-up: M. Sly

Pairs: D. McGlashan, J. Edwards Triples: I. Sutton, J. Edwards, C. Luland Fours: I. Sutton, M. Coles, Y. Taylor, D. McGlashan PHOTO: (l. to r.): Y. Taylor, I. Sutton, M. Coles, D. McGlashan, C. Luland, J. Edwards (Bermagui)

Pairs: H. Elliott, L. Pearce Triples: R. Alcock, D. Grimes, N. Philipzen Fours: D. Bunnett, R. Alcock, N. Philipzen, M. Sly

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Club Championships & Competitions COONAMBLE Major Singles: N. Mayoh, runner-up: K. Canham Pairs: H. Crocker, V. Hooper Triples: A. Firth, H. Crocker, V. Hooper




Major Singles: J. Layton, runner-up: M. Farmer

Major Singles: B. Selems

Major Singles: M. White, runner-up: N. Glass

Pairs: A. Ball, J. Layton Triples: B. Lloyd, D. Frawley, J. Layton Fours: J. Bush, V. Salis, B. Lloyd, J. Layton Pennant 4: V. Salis, D. Bullen, A. Schultz, C. Aston, J. Rathborne, E. Bartlett, M. McIntosh, M. Reidy

Pairs: B. Selems, M. Fellows Triples: G. Murray, R. King (sub for M. Fellows), B. Selems Fours: D. Dallas, E. Smith, J. Conlon, J. Flook. Minor Singles: K. Humberstone Minor Pairs: B. Mulley, K. Price Major/Minor Pairs: G. Crouch, B. Selems

Minor Singles: A. Willett

Consistency Singles: E. Smith

PHOTO: (l to r back): M. Farmer, D. Frawley, J. Bush, A. Ball. (front) V. Salis, A. Willett, J. Layton, B. Lloyd (Blacktown Workers)

PHOTO: (l. to r. back): G. Murray, E. Smith, B. Mulley, B. Selems, (front): K. Humberstone, J. Flook, J. Conlon, G. Crouch, K. Price (Camden)

Fours: K. Shorter, H. Crocker, P. Webb, V. Hooper Minor Singles: A. Harris

Pairs: N. Hams, R. Rochester Triples: D. Quartermain, M. White, N. C. Brown Fours: R. Pearson, N. Howard, S. Ruback, N. C. Brown Minor Singles: L. Morgan PHOTO: M. White, N. Hams, N. Howard, N. C. Brown, S. Rubach, L. Morgan, D. Quartermain, R. Rochester, R. Pearson (Chester Hill)

CORRIMAL Major Singles: P. Purdie, runner-up: T. Clarke Pairs: T. Clarke, P. Purdie Triples: M. Elyard, N. Flanagan, Y. Wilson Fours: P. Sheens, D. Fursey, B. Clark, L.Neilson PHOTO: (back): Y. Wilson, M. Elyard, P. Sheens, B. Clark. (front): L. Neilson, N. Flanagan, T. Clarke, P. Purdie. (Corrimal)



Major Singles: J. Lawson, runner-up: E. Colefax

Major Singles: S. Handley, runner-up: J. Tucker

Pairs: C. Caine, M. Chisholm

Pairs: M. Scriven, F. Post Triples: Y. Chapman, J. Tucker, T. MacFarlan Fours: J. Tucker, R. South, C. Williams, F. Post PHOTO: (l. to r.): C. Williams, R. South, T. MacFarlan, J. Tucker, Y. Chapman, F. Post, M. Scriven, S. Handley (Bowral)

Triples: C. Caine, M. Chisholm, H. Dobbyn

CHARLESTOWN Major singles: R. Namutwong, runner-up: V. Fullick Pairs: F. Wells, K.Shuttlewood Triples: N. Noosornsri, R. Namutwong, L. Marchese Fours: R. Littlewood, J. Garry, K. Shuttlewood, H. Wuro


Minor singles winner: D. Harrison

Major singles: A. Scott, runner-up: M. Eggins

PHOTO: MajorSingles winner: Raweang Namutwong (Charlestown)

Pairs: P. Appo, S. Gordon Triples: M. Chaseling, P. Appo, A. Scott Page 40

Fours: B. Attard, C. Caine, M. Chisholm, H. Dobbyn


Consistency: J. Lawson

Major Singles: S. Hubber

Photo: (back standing): M. Chisholm,C. Caine, (seated): H. Dobbyn, B. Attard (insert): J. Lawson (Condong)

Pairs: R. Fogg, L. Burns Triples: R. Fogg, J. Day, I. Fogg Fours: R. Fogg, J. Nobes, J. Saurine, S. Hubber Minor singles: H. Winwood-Smith Minor Pairs: J. Davies, B. Bundy PHOTO: (l. to r. back) B. Bundy, H. Winwood-Smith, S. Hubber, I. Fogg, J. Saurine, J. Day (front): J. Davies, R. Fogg, L. Burns (Cowra)

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Major Singles: L. Wagstaff, runner-up: L. Webster

Major Singles: J. Halverson, runner-up: B. Peddell

Major Singles: R. Davidson

Major Singles: M. Hayman, runner-up: R. Brannon

Pairs: L. Wagstaff, K. Suckley

Pairs: E. Tulloch, B. Peddell

Triples: B. Taylor, C. West, L. Wagstaff, K. Suckley

Triples: J. Elliot, B. Hammond  L. Kemmis

Minor singles winner: S. Paseka

Fours: N. Roughley, M. Horne,  E. Whatmore,  B. Peddell

PHOTO: ( r.): L Wagstaff, C. West, J. Bonham, B. Taylor (Dapto)

Consistency: B. Peddell PHOTO: (front): E. Whatmore, B. Hammond, N. Roughley, J. Halverson, (back): M. Horne, L. Kemmis, J. Elliot, B. Peddell (Denistone)

Club Pairs: A. Wise, E. Bromley Club Triples: P. Watson, J. Marden, R. Cook Club Fours: P. Watson, B. Wood, R. Ansley, R. Cook Consistency: R. Ansley PHOTO: (l. to r.): E. Bromley, B. Wood, P. Watson, R. Cook, R. Davidson, T. Hezlett, R. Ansley (Dural Country Club)

Pairs: W. Fitzgibbon, D. Hayman Triples: W. Fitzgibbon, L. Frohmuller, D. Hayman Fours: W. Fitzgibbon, J. Williamson, L. Frohmuller, D. Hayman PHOTO: (l. to r.) M. Hayman, D. Hayman, L. Frohmuller, J. Williamson. (Fairy Meadow)

DAVISTOWN RSL Major Singles winner: A. Clark



Pairs: R. Webber, F. Irvine

Major singles: P. Donnelly

Triples: M. Love, S. Taylor, P. Jenkins-Green

Pairs: L. Williams, T. Ward

Major Singles: K. King, runner-up: M. North


Fours: K. Crotty, R. Davies, M. Love, F. Irvine

Major singles: A. McMillan, runner-up: J. O’Connor

Minor Singles winner: R. Davies

Pairs: N. Leonard, A. McMillan

PHOTO: (l. to r. front): R. Webber, A. Clark, R. Davies, M. Love, P. Jenkins-Green (back): K. Crotty, F. Irvine (Inset: S. Taylor) (Davistown RSL)

Triples: M. O’Sullivan, P. Roberts, K. McKenzie Fours: S. Marchant, K. McKenzie, K. Edwards, L. Lawson

Triples: D. Smith, G. Harris, M. Silvester Fours: B. Wright, B. Jessup, S. Black, J. Lee PHOTO: Major Singles winner P. Donnelly (Ettalong Memorial)

Minor singles: J. Purseglove

DEE WHY RSL Major Singles: M. Stephens, runner-up: J. Nichol Pairs: B. Graham, S. Thelow

PHOTO: (l. to r.): A. McMillan, J. O’Connor, N. Leonard, M. O’Sullivan, P. Roberts, S. Marchant, L. Lawson, J. Purseglove (Dubbo City)

Pairs: A. Millynn, M. Cliff Triples: S. Allen, J. Reed, M. North Fours: S. Allen, L. Foster, J. Wood, M. Cliff Minor singles: M. Cliff PHOTO: (l. to r. back): J. Wood, M. North, K. King, M. Cliff, (front): J. Reed, S. Allen, A. Millynn, L. Foster (Forestville RSL)


Triples: P. Hannan, L. McLean, J. Nichol

Major singles: R. Quinn, runner-up: L. Burton

Fours: P. Hannan, L. McLean, J. Nichol, R. Wingrove

Pairs: R. Quinn, L. Burton Triples: P. Hodson, S. Priest, L. Burton Fours: M. Kopp, S. Priest, A. Tisdell, L. Burton PHOTO: (l. to r.): M. Kopp, A. Tisdell, L. Burton, R. Quinn, S. Priest, P. Hodson (Forbes)

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GLOUCESTER Major singles: J. Ridgeway, runner-up: N. Relf Pairs: D. Groves, J. Ridgeway Triples: D. Groves, H. Crittenden, J. Ridgeway Fours: J. Stevenson, T. Collins, P. Maurer, J. Everett Minor singles: J. Stevenson



Major Singles: E. Ryan, runner-up: H. Thornton

Major Singles: J. McGuire, runner-up: D. Styles

Pairs: M. Lawless, H. Thornton

Pairs: S. Lewis, J. McGuire

Triples: M. Lawless, H. Thornton, J. Cooke Fours: K. Marshall, M. Lawless, H. Thornton, J. Cooke


Minor Singles: T. Swift

Major Singles: R. Lightfoot, runner-up: P. Stewart

Minor Pairs: A. Redhead, A. Davis

Pairs: J. Young, R. Lightfoot

Three bowl pairs: J. McCullum, H. Thornton Consistency: H. Thornton

PHOTO: (l. to r.) D.Groves, H. Crittenden, J. Ridgeway, J. Stevenson, T. Collins, J. Everett (Gloucester)

Triples: P. Stewart, J. Young, R. Lightfoot Fours: P. Stewart, J. Young, G. Barnes, R.Lightfoot Minor Singles: M. Truesdale Consistency Singles: R. Lightfoot PHOTO: (l. to r.) R. Lightfoot, M. Truesdale, J. Young, G. Barnes, P. Stewart (Greenlees Park)

HAZELBROOK Major Singles: J. Redwood, runner-up: I. Hurley Pairs: A. Preston, I. Hurley Triples: C. Warburton, L. Lennox, J. Redwood Minor Singles: P. Leverton PHOTO: (l. to r.): A. Preston, L. Lennox, C. Warburton, I. Hurley, J. Redwood, P. Leverton (Hazelbrook)

HURSTVILLE DIGGERS Major Single: S. Lam, runner-up C. Fiskerstrand



Major singles: B. Maas, runner-up: B. Nelson

Major Singles: J. Hunt, runner-up J. Shaw

Pairs: H. Stromsmoe, B. Nelson

Pairs: S. Weekes, P. Simpson

Triples: J. Hinds, S. Hashimoto, B. Maas

Triples: M. Teasdale, J. Hunt, J. Shaw

Fours: J. Mortimer, F. Vatiliotis, J. Claringbould, H. Stromsmoe

Open Fours: J. Bedingfield, T. Plunkett, M. Gwilliam, I. Mullen

Minor singles: D. Self Consistency singles: S. Hashimoto PHOTO: (l. to r.): S. Hashimoto, B. Maas, J. Hinds, J. Mortimer, F. Vatiliotis, J. Claringbould, H. Stromsmoe, B. Nelson (Gordon)

GRIFFITH EXSERVICEMEN’S Major Singles: G. Vearing, runner-up: M. Dinicola Pairs: M. Sosso, L. Barone Triples: C. Brown, C. Elliott, G. Vearing Fours: C. Agnew, P. Murray, M. Sosso, G. Vearing

Minor Singles: S. McCartney

Minor singles: R. Wade

PHOTO: (jpeg) (back row): P. Simpson, S. Weekes, M. Teasdale, J. Shaw, J. Bedingfield, T. Plunkett, M. Gwilliam, I. Mullen (front): J. Hunt, S. McCartney (Grandviews)

PHOTO: Major Singles: G. Vearing (Griffiths Ex- Servicemen’s)

Pairs: P. Leikvold, M. White Triples: P. Leikvold, A. Caceres, R. Rieger Fours: J. Sadleir, K. McGrath, N. Hammond, S. Lam Minor Singles: B. Graham PHOTO: (l. tor.): S. Lam, B. Graham, P. Leikvold, M. White, A. Caceres, R. Rieger, J. Sadleir, K. McGrath, N. Hammond, (Hurstville Diggers)

GUILDFORD Major Singles: S. Farrell, runner-up: B. Longworth Pairs: S. Farrell, M. Farrell Triples: K. Betcher, R. Smith, B. Longworth Fours: B. Nolan, S. Priem, J. Dempsey, J. Anzelark Consistency: J. Anzelark Minor Singles: V. Hannan

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Major Singles: P. Delavere

Major Singles: C. Key

Pairs: J. Grosvenor, A. Christie

Pairs: E. Sammut, L. Shorter

Major Singles: M. Soergel, runner-up: J. Wilson

Major Singles: L. Jordan, runner-up: G. Chapman

Triples: P. Cahill, M. Wright, L. McKenna

Triples: L. Becroft, R. Preece, P. Bentley

Pairs: J. Wood, C. Semmler

Pairs: A. Cheetham, D. Price

Fours: M. Dykes, J. Castle, E. Fleming, H. Easton

Fours: C. Key, J. Craig, S. Davies, D. Summerscales

Triples: G. Brown, B. O’Meley, D. Mackie

Triples: F. Fathers, S. Gunness, D. Volkerts

Minor Singles: W. Gribble.

Minor Singles: J. Ryan

Fours: J. Mead, C. Collins, R. Smith, R. Fitzpatrick

Fours: M. Lewis, R. Vidal, P. Jordan, L. Quigley

PHOTO: (back l. to r.) P. Delavere, A. Christie, J. Grosvenor, L. McKenna, M. Wright P. Cahill, E. Fleming (front): W. Gribble, M. Dykes, H. Easton, J. Castle (Ingleburn)

Consistency: B. Shepherd

Minor Singles: J. Wood

Minor Singles: E. Griffiths

PHOTO: (l. to r.) : B. O,Meley, G. Brown, M. Soergel, R. Smith, D. Mackie, C. Collins, J. Mead, C. Semmler, R. Fitzpatrick, J. Wood. (Lawson)

PHOTO: (l. to r., back): S. Gunness, G. Chapman, L. Jordan, D. Volkerts, E. Griffiths, L. Quigley, A. Cheetham (front): D. Price, M. Lewis, R. Vidal, P. Jordan, F. Fathers (Lemon Tree Passage)

PHOTO: (l. to r. back): L. Becroft, R. Preece, L. Shorter, S. Davies, P. Bentley, C. Key (front): D. Summerscales, E. Sammut, J. Craig, J. Ryan, B. Shepherd (Kingswood)





Major Singles: G. O’Donnell

Major singles: J. Young

Major singles: S. Ramponi

Major Singles: K. Jonsson

Pairs: E. Parkin, M. Leon

Pairs: P. Hogan, I. Watson

Pairs: J. Watson, B. Breed

Pairs: J. Maher, L. Turnbull

Triples: G. Hodgson, H. Joske, S. Read

Triples: P. Hogan, I. Watson, C. Doyle

Triples: V. Bloem, L. McKellar, M. McKenzie

Triples: P. Clarke, J. Maher, E. Aldous

Fours: J. Hair, S. Brown, M. Minet, E. Parkin

Fours: S. Ford, I. Watson, B. Blanch, H. Lavelle

Consistency singles: B. Howard

Fours: A. Enright, H. Johnston, J. Piper, L.Turnbull

Minor Singles winner: C. O’Niel

PHOTO: Major Singles: J. Young (Kyogle)

PHOTO: C. O’Niel, S. Brown, M. Minet, J. Hair, S. Hodgson, H. Joske, S. Reade, E. Parkin, G. O’donnell. Insert: M. Leon (Kiama)

PHOTO: (l. to r.): B. Howard, M. McKenzie, L. McKellar, V. Bloem, B. Breed, J. Watson, S. Ramponi (Leeton Soldiers)

PHOTO: (back l. to r.): K. Jonsson, A. Enright, H. Johnston, L. Turnbull, (front): E. Aldous, P. Clarke, J. Maher (Lismore City)

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Major Singles: L. O’Shea

Major Singles: V. Dundas, runner up: B. Holloway

Major Singles: J. Madden runner up: V. Christensen

Major singles: J. Hayden, runner-up: T. Czinege

Pairs: M. Kremmer, M. Mulcahy

Pairs: S. McFadden, J. Madden

Pairs: D. Owen, A. Maccallum

Triples: B. Holloway, V. Dundas, J. Lubbe

Triples: M. Howden, V. Christensen, D. Sheppard

Triples: E. Layton, T. Tamaoki, J. Moyes

Fours: K. Giannasca, S. Morgan, B. Vickers, S. Keir

Fours: J. Brown, R. Serich, J. Madden, L. Sirotic

Consistency: D. Mooy

Minor Singles: S. Starr

Fours: A. Jones (sub S. Addison), T. Czinege, T. Tamaoki, J. Moyes

Minor Singles: P. Hancock

Consistency Singles: G. Delves

Veterans’ Singles: J. Lubbe

Major/Minor Pairs: G. Delves, V. Christensen

Pairs: C. Leo, M. Wilson Triples: J. Abell, A. Kennedy, L. O’Shea Fours: D. Ryan, D. Wagstaff, L. O’Shea, A. Kennedy Minor Singles: M. Wilson District Annis Young representatives: J. Everitt, L. Wilkinson Lou Mortimer Patrons Trophy winners: S. Walz, K. Henshaw, M. Graham 2nd: C. Jones, C. Dixon, L. Wilkinson 3rd: M. Craig, Y. Marr, L. Orrett PHOTO: (l. to r.): L. Mortimer Patrons Trophy: M. Graham, K. Henshaw, S. Walz, L. Wilkinson, H. Turner, C. Dixon, L. Orrett, Y. Marr (Lowlands)

Major/Minor Pairs: K. Fayle, J. Shalders PHOTO: (l. to r. front): K. Fayle, D. Mooy, J. Lubbe, P. Hancock, B. Holloway, (back): J. Shalders, K. Giannasco, M. Mulcahy, M. Kremmer, S. Keir, S. Morgan, (Inset): V. Dundas, B. Vickers (Malua Bay)

PHOTO: (back, l. to r.) L. Sirotic, J. Brown, S. Starr, J. Madden, G. Delves, (front) V. Christensen, D. Sheppard, R. Serich, M. Howden, S. McFadden (Mona Vale)

Minor singles: S. Addison Consistency: B. A. Cleveland PHOTO: (Back, l. to r.): T. Tamaoki, T. Czinege, J. Moyes (front) S. Addison, A. Jones, A. Maccallum, D. Jones, (Insets: J Hayden, E Layton, B A (Cleveland)




Major singles: J. Hannah, runner-up: S. Squires

Major singles: F. Craig, runner-up: B. Lowes

Major singles: D. Heffernan, runner-up: J. Limb

Major Singles: B. Sampson

Pairs: J. Cotton, V. Daniels

Pairs: J. Dawbarn, F. Craig

Pairs: I. Muusers, J. Limb

Pairs: M. Hawkins, L. Dinning

Triples: I. Cutting, L. Eggins, J. Hannah

Triples: T. Brogan, K. Raymond, J. Blayden

Triples: G. Shanley, B. Campbell, J. Limb

Triples: M. Hawkins, B. Sampson, J. Colley

Fours: C. Johnson, I. Cutting, S. Squires, J. Hannah

Fours: A. Hughes, J. Bland, J. Dawbarn, B. Lowes

Fours: G. Shanley, D. Heffernan, B. Campbell, J. Limb

Fours: M. Hawkins, L. Dinning, M. Rochester, J. Mayman

Minor singles: B. Cross

Minor singles: A. Hughes

Minor singles: L. Bartel

PHOTO: (l. to r., back): B. Cross, C. Johnson, I. Cutting, L. Eggins (front): V. Daniels, J. Hannah, S. Squires (Maclean)

PHOTO: (l. to r.): B. Lowes, J. Dawbarn, J. Bland, A. Hughes (Merewether)

PHOTO: Major Singles winner D. Heffernan

PHOTO: (l. to r. , back): M. Hawkins, J. Colley, M. Rochester, L. Dinning. (front): B. Samson  J. Mayman (Mudgee)

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FEB 16,23,24

Blacktown City Topaz Pairs

K Murphy 96225468

AUG 11-12

Coffs Harbour Ex-Services Major Triples

T Welsh 66537655

FEB 17

Coffs Harbour Ex-Services 7 Years & Under Triples Carnival

T Welsh 66537655

AUG 11-12

The Entrance Pelican Pairs

M Saggus 43883851

FEB 24

Maclean Major/Minor Fours

L McKay 66476690

AUG 15

Sylvania Spring Carnival Triples

G Brooks 95246980

APR 18-21

Port Macquarie Easter Carnival

C Bowman 65849229

AUG 18

Lowlands Invitation Day

H Turner 0414015858


Beecroft Gala Triples

L Thornewell 0424291549

AUG 18

Springwood 8 Years & Under Triples

B Woolley 47543015

MAY 14-16

Dalmeny Ladies Triples, Pairs and Mixed Pairs

R Gourley 44767387

AUG 18-19

Ettalong Memorial Pot of Gold Triples

A Middleton 43445060

AUG 26-27

MAY 17-18

Canowindra Triples Carnival

C Crump 63441175

Port Macquarie Coca Cola Triples Carnival

C Bowman 65849229

SEP 1, 3

MAY 19

Lowlands Oncology Day

H Turner 0414015858

The Entrance Springtime Triples

M Saggus 43883851


JUN 2-3

Port Macquarie Versatility Fives Carnival

C Bowman 65849229

St Mary’s RSL Greta Finlay Rotating Triples

K McTernan 0451115931


JUN 16

Springwood Triangular Singles

B Woolley 47543015

Springwood Springwood in Springtime

B Woolley 47543015

SEP 15

JUN 23

Newport Beach Under/Over 7s Carnival

B Green 99991661

Yamba Blue Pacific Fours

S Carroll 66463230

SEP 19

JUN 28-30

Port Macquarie Mixed Pairs Tournament

C Bowman 65849229

Newport Beach Northern Beaches Shield

B Green 99991661

SEP 19-21

JUL 5-6

St Johns Park Encouragement Fours

K Boniface 46256301

St Johns Park Classic Fours

K Boniface 46256301

SEP 21

JUL 8-9

Coffs Harbour Ex-Services Beautizone Carnival

T Welsh 66537655

Beecroft Under 5’s Gala Triples

L Thornewell 0424291549

SEP 23-24

JUL 14

Springwood Rotating Triples

B Woolley 47543015

Ettalong Memorial Rainbow Carnival Fours

A Middleton 43445060

OCT 27

JUL 14

Yamba Blue Pacific Pairs

S Carroll 66463230

Lowlands Second Invitation Day

H Turner 0414015858

NOV 19

JUL 21

Ettalong Memorial Hen and Chicken Pairs

A Middleton 43445060

Port Macquarie Port City Gala Day

C Bowman 65849229

NOV 26

JUL 28

St Mary’s RSL Greta Finlay Open Pairs

K McTernan 0451115931

Port Macquarie Encouragement Day

C Bowman 65849229


Ettalong Memorial Open Triples Ham and Turkey

A Middleton 43445060

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Cook Islands

BOWLS CARNIVAL TOUR 2014 Incorporating the colourful Te Maeva Nui Festival This incredible, fully hosted tour represents outstanding value for money, and will provide you with amazing opportunities to play bowls alongside the friendly locals, see the very best sights, and rejuvenate… all in one island paradise! ‘Welcome’ says Commonwealth Games participant and Madam President Kanny Vaile of the Raratonga Bowling Club, as she extends a warm welcome to all the Australian Bowlers and travellers. With a smile as big as her heart, we knew that we were experiencing something special as she opened her arms and the doors of her club to us; we were in the beautiful Cook Islands… Paradise! Time to play bowls, make some new friends and have a cultural experience like no other. Kanny Vaile, a Commonwealth participant in the 2011 Games in Delhi, who proudly led the Cook Islands team into the arena in the opening ceremony, has been the President of the Raratonga Bowling Club for some seven plus years. Although as we soon found out, it was not just the love of this historic Bowling Club that was established in 1938 that captivated us, it was the social carnival atmosphere, the warmth, hospitality and the generosity of the Cook Islanders that made the carnival so special. With flower garlands around our necks, welcoming gifts in our hands and music serenading the greens, the social carnival began in earnest. Before long, laughter, high fives and ‘well done mate’, ‘great bowl’ could be heard from all participants. The odd impressive nod was given to new-found friends in the composite “Open Fours” teams. The main aim of the game was to have fun, make Page 46

new friends from other parts of Australia and the Cook Islands, and immerse yourself in the Island’s culture, while taking in the most beautiful of backdrops. The Cook Islands is a proud nation, steeped in tradition. Polynesian culture is at the centre piece of the Island and very much part of modern Cook Islands. Our visit was timed around the annual Te Maeva Nui Festival of Independence, the largest national festival which celebrates all things Cook Islands. It is an authentic festival held by the Cook Islanders for the Cook Islanders, and includes a huge dance, song and choreography competition between villages for National honour. The competition is held in the National Auditorium, built specifically for the annual festival. The villagers take the competition seriously as it is for pride and honour for their village. Preparation is key for this important occasion, and often Islanders prepare for the better part of 12 months, making unique traditional costumes and choreographing dance moves and song choices. The voices and Island singing need to be heard to be believed … truly goose bump worthy! We were privileged to have front row seating included as we immersed ourselves in the celebration of the Cook Islands’ independence as a nation. We even took part in the colourful Float Parade, waving to the crowd and showering the children with affection, smiles and the odd lolly or two!

The Cook Islands Bowls Carnival is presented by group travel specialists Uplift Tours and Travel, who have partnered with Air New Zealand, Edgewater Resort and Spa, and Cook Islands Tourism. This is a unique holiday and cultural experience, one that you will never forget. But be warned, this trip is not for the person who doesn’t want to have a good time! You won’t be able to help yourself as before you know it, you will be smiling, laughing, meeting new friends and immersing yourselves in the culture, saying “Mei taki” and wiggling your hips to the constant Island music. This trip is for you, the social bowler and non-bowling friends, who would like a fantastic cultural holiday whilst playing social carnival bowls in an island paradise! Bookings are now open for the Cook Islands Bowls Carnival Tour 2014. Travel dates are July 24 – August 2, 2014. WBNSW members and readers of this magazine receive a $30.00 discount per person if deposits are paid to Uplift Tours and Travel before February 28, 2014. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please contact the friendly team at Uplift Tours and Travel on phone (07) 3283 1966, email or visit Bowls Matters January - February 2014


Women’s Bowls NSW has two tickets to the 2014 Cook Islands Bowls Carnival Tour to give away to one lucky member! The carnival runs from July 24 - August 2 and the tickets include return airfares, accommodation, transport on the Island, meals, sight seeing, activities and green fees as specified in the itinerary. Valued at $3000 each, this incredible prize is well worth fighting for. The only cost to the recipient will be travel insurance and airline taxes, which are around $200pp.

TESTIMONIALS: “The most relaxing and happiest holiday ever! Everyone at the bowling club made us feel so welcome” “Getting to know the locals was certainly a joy. They are just the most amazing people with such a wonderful culture. Food was amazing!” “A very moving and uplifting experience at the local church service. They certainly do raise the roof with their beautiful singing. The children were amazing and the spread they provided for us afterwards was delicious and plentiful to say the least. The cultural performance concert was also a highlight. Everything we did was fantastic”

So, how can you win? Simply get as many people as you can to join your Club! The two tickets will be awarded to the Club and Club member who brings in the most new members that affiliate with Women’s Bowls NSW between September 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014. This will be judged on a percentage basis to make it fair for Clubs both large and small. Over the next three months get recruiting and you could be winging your way to the beautiful Cook Islands for a week of sunshine, sight seeing, relaxation and bowls! We will be updating our website every two weeks with the top five leading Clubs. Official Travel Partners: Air New Zealand, Cook Islands Tourism, Edgewater Resort and Spa and Uplift Tours and Travel Visit for more information on the tour. Any questions about the competition, contact Head Office on 9267 7155 or email

“Just wanted to comment on the recent Cook Islands Bowls Carnival Tour. My husband and I had a great time, this was enhanced by the fact that we had a very courteous, caring and fun loving tour leader Claire, certainly an asset to your company.”

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