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Robyn Procter Barbara Holden Pam Hockings Nanette Jemmeson Sue O’Keefe Eunice Roberts Beryl Watson



REGULARS Editor's Note 4 STATE PENNANTS 18 President's Message 5 Executive Officer 7 Governance Report 12 Match Report 14 AUSTRALIAN OPEN 20


Kathryn Chatillon Deby Brien Ruth Wood Jane Conlon


Lesley Swales Bev Mitchell Barbara Stonham


Coaching Report 17

Constitution Revision Beryl Watson Robyn Procter

Life Members 26 22 Club Spotlight 28 General News 30 Special Days 32 Meet a Bowler 24


Pamela Hockings Jennifer Palmer Joan Thomas


Club History 25



Umpire's Report 15

Bowl For Others Report 17


President Appointed Appointed


Gary Willis


Wendy Steyer Elizabeth Whelan Jean Clowes


Delsie Fardell

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4 Region 5 Region 6 Region 7 Region 8 Region 9 Region 10 Region 11 Region 12 Region 13 Region 14 Region 15 Region 16

Judith Padgen Carole Graham Elaine Radcliffe Frances Laker Tanya Jory - VACANTHeather Skinner Lyn Mulligan - VACANTJoan Stair Pauline Payne - VACANT Margaret Wicks Margaret Wicks Barbara Hazeltine Barbara Hazeltine

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Welcome to the September Issue of Bowls Matters! There are quite a few interesting articles in this issue of the magazine, but you will have noticed in the last one that the Club Championship and Competitions, as well as the District Association News are no longer printed. These are now being covered in the WBNSW e-newsletter The Roll Up, which is sent by email every two weeks. If you would like to subscribe to The Roll Up all you have to do is send an email to Club History this issue covers Lane Cove and makes an interesting read. Club Spotlight has articles from Cowra, Turramurra, Wauchope, Western Suburbs and Woy Woy. In General News there is an article about the 2016 Multi – Disability Lawn Bowls National Championships played in Adelaide from May 21 – 27. From the Magazine Committee, Congratulations to all played entered, you are all winners. There is also a piece about the Blind Bowlers National Titles played at Port Macquarie. It seems guide dog Pedro decided to go walk – about alone, “we’re so glad he was found safe and well”. In Letters to the Editor it’s always nice to hear from members with letters of praise for some aspect of Bowls. Thank you ladies for your input.

The “Bowler of the Month” is Sue Thurley from Commercial Club the Riverina District. Thank you Sue for sharing your story with us. There are 5 new Life Members printed in this issue. Congratulations ladies on your achievements. In Reports, the Governance Report covers the Ten Commandments of the Members Protection Policy. This is something all members should read. Coaching covers Pennants and Pennant sides for 2017, while the Umpires report asks “Are you Aware”. Special Days has 12 articles for you to read and find out what is going on in other clubs. The State AGM will be held on September 21. Good luck to all who have nominated for a position. To those who are leaving, good luck in your future endeavours. Yours in Bowls Wendy Steyer (Editor) Bowls Matters July - September 2016

President’s Message


"Don't be afraid to change You may lose something good, but you may gain something better" Greenlees Park 60th Birthday On June 9 I was delighted to be invited to join in the celebrations with President Margaret Truesdale, club members and visitors on this special occasion. A most enjoyable day included a game of bowls as well as a superb lunch and great company, which was made even more special when the hardworking and loyal recipients received their State Merit Pins. Australian Open 11-23 June My congratulations to all the New South Wales players on their achievements at the Australian Open. By all accounts a most successful Bowls Australia event, with Natasha Scott and Aron Sherriff taking out the Singles. Details in following pages. Mounties President's Day President Kath together with her Mounties ladies and representatives from the Lansdowne District provided me with a warm welcome on June 21, when I arrived to join in the celebrations for their President's Day. A very relaxed and most enjoyable day - my thanks to President Kath on her achievements within her club and best wishes for the future. Champion of Club Champions Singles There was great excitement at Oak Flats Bowling and Recreation Club from June 28 - July 1, with the running of the Champion of Club Champions Singles. Eighty-eight Club Champions from near and far vied for the State Champion title over the four days, providing spectators with many close and thrilling games. The finals saw Marion Crump (Maitland City) and Val Smith (Merrylands) each unwilling to give way to the other - when spectators were treated to a hard fought sizzling display of precision bowling with Val prevailing and earning her place in the National Champion of Club Champions to be held in Victoria during October. Well done Val! Sincere thanks once more to Chairman Kevin Granger and his Board for their generous sponsorship of this event and to President of the Women's Club Adele Bartolo and her dedicated ladies, our deepest gratitude for their assistance. Woy Woy President's Day & 80th Birthday What a privilege to be invited to attend President Dianne's special day and the club's 80th Birthday on July 14. A perfect day, marvelous company and beautiful

surroundings all adding to the rich history of the Woy Woy Club. My sincere thanks to President Dianne and her members, Central Coast District representatives as well as the many members from the clubs in the District for the very warm welcome. Metro v Country Having been presented with their red or green caps at the welcome dinner on Friday night, twenty-four very excited State selected players and their managers (WBNSW Directors ' Topsy' Roberts and Beryl Watson) arrived at St Johns Park prepared to take on their foes for the first and second Tests on Saturday July 22 - the third Test held on Sunday July 23. Mighty congratulations to the Metro side in winning the event for the first time, my condolences to the Country side having won the previous three events. Following the presentation of the trophy and medals, celebrations were definitely in order. Our hosts and sponsors for 2016 - St Johns Park Bowling Club - exceeded all expectations. The catering, hospitality and organisation provided by St Johns Park was exceptional, my most sincere thanks to the Club for their sponsorship, to Brett Murphy, thank you for your support and attention to detail, and to President Helen, our gratitude for your kindness and attention given to each of us over the weekend. Details and photos following in the Magazine and don't forget the new e-news ROLL UP! State Pennant Playoffs 15-18 August The Shoalhaven Region again provided over 500 players, as well as hundreds of supporters with perfect weather and fabulous bowling conditions. Hosted by Bomaderry Bowling Club, together with Berry Bowling Club, Culburra Bowling Club and Nowra Bowling Club, exceptional hospitality and friendly venues were the order of the day. My gratitude to the participating clubs and their members for their wonderful support.

Member Forums During July and August WBNSW conducted eight Forums throughout the State, with all members invited to attend. The Forums were an excellent opportunity for our members to understand and discuss the recommended changes to the State Constitution and ByLaws. All clubs were asked to discuss the changes - and I hope agree - and forward their decision in the envelope provided in time for an announcement to be made at the Association's AGM. District and Club Constitutions/By-laws will be updated by the Association following acceptance of the recommended changes. At each Forum there was also the opportunity for members to either give notice of questions in writing prior to the Forum or ask questions on any topic causing concern or requiring clarification. The number and variety of questions was amazing to say the least, and if the questions could not be answered at the time, these were followed through by email or by phone at the time. My sincere thanks to all those who attended the Forums; my deep appreciation to Melanie for her skills given to their organization, and to Beryl Watson, Pam Hockings and Melanie, I am indebted to each of you for your time, effort and a job well done. To the host clubs – Malua Bay, Tuncurry Beach, Armidale City, Ballina, West Dubbo, The Rules and Bomaderry – a huge thank you! Over the next two months a list of many of the questions asked and answers given will be made available to members either on our website or on our e-news ROLL UP. AGM The WBNSW 2016 AGM will take place on Wednesday, September 21, at the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts located on 280 Pitt Street Sydney (level 1 Mitchell Room) at 12pm. A Members Meeting will precede the AGM, and is scheduled for 10am – 11.30am. All affiliated WBNSW members are most welcome to attend!

Congratulations to Cabramatta Grade 1 Winners, Taren Point Grade 1 Runners Up, Park Beach Grade 2 Winners, MerimbulaImlay Grade 2 Runners Up, Gulgong Grade 3 Winners, The Rules Grade 3 Runners Up and Stuart's Point Grade 4 Winner and Cabramatta Grade 4 Runners Up. (See photos and details in this issue)

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EO’s Message


"Sport has many reasons to change: to adapt to the digital world, to the new time-poor lives of women.” What a busy few months it’s been since the June edition was released. WBNSW has travelled the country side, with 8 forums being held in Sydney, Tuncurry, Ballina, Wagga, Dubbo, Armidale, Malua Bay and Bomaderry. The forums were well attended and the feedback from all those who attended found them to be very beneficial. They provided an opportunity to ask a number of burning questions and the chance to network with other clubs (in a non-bowls environment). I have been working very closely with the Governance Committee and WBNSW Lawyers to ensure the updates in the Constitution and By-Laws comply with Federal and State legislation as well as a general tidy up the overall content. Preparations for WBNSW AGM have kept the office busy in finalising the Agenda, CV’s for the Director nominations and voting ballot papers to ensure we met the time frames required. For the first time in a number of years, WBNSW has received more nominations than vacancies which is very positive and healthy for the future of the sport. It’s very pleasing to have received Expressions of Interest for the various Committees from several new comers. I have been working very closely with the Board to review and finalise WBNSW Strategic Business Plan for 2016-2019, which will be launched at the AGM. I have been working closely with the Match Committee, Districts and Clubs to finalise the sponsorship agreements for the events in 2017-2018, which are now in place. It’s certainly a time of change in the office with Litsa Pladas (Finance Officer) sudden

departure at the end of July due to ill health and Kate Wingrove (Operations Manager) deciding it was time for a change and leaving WBNSW at the end of August, Kate will be missed. WBNSW hopes to have found replacements by the time you are all reading this issue of Bowls Matters. August has been a busy month sport wise with the State Pennants being played in Bomaderry. Congratulations to all the players who qualified and to the winning sides in each of the grades, I hear the competition was red hot. The highlight of course has been the Rio Olympics which if any of you are like me, have had the TV on constantly trying to catch snippets of coverage across all the sports. Sport certainly brings the highs of success as well as the disappointments when athletes miss out on finals or medals. Whilst many would be ready to criticise performances, we have to remember athletes give their heart and soul and sometimes the results just don’t go their way. The Olympics always produces some incredible results and athletes. I don’t believe the world will ever see the likes of Michael Phelps or Usain Bolt ever again, they are great inspiration for the future generations. Once the Olympics and Para-Olympics are over, the focus will then turn to 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast which Lawn Bowls will be featured, exciting times ahead for our sport.

Rio after watching the Women’s Rugby Sevens said “it was a beautiful, optimistic moment that reminded her that as a woman, there is no place we can’t succeed. It also demonstrated how a game can adapt and evolve, like a board, community group or organisation – to be more inclusive to the broader population. Women’s Sport has come a long way in Australia recently, particularly team sports such as AFL, Cricket, Netball, Soccer and Rugby. It helps that our female sporting teams have been performing so well, and that there’s a growing appetite to broadcast and watch women’s sport.” Carnival Australia CEO and ARU Board member Ann Sherry said “that while tradition in sport is really powerful, it is sometimes an anchor to the past… Businesses that are doing well move with their markets and anticipate markets. The challenge for all sports is to do that… You respect tradition, you understand what it brings, but you don’t use it as an anchor.” Sherry said, “Sport has many reasons to change: to adapt to the digital world, to the new time-poor lives of women.” Sherry commented, “that change needs to be deliberate and involves taking action… Change is deliberate. Change has to be planned. People have to be accountable for change”. Some very poignant comments which resonated with me with regards to the long term sustainability of our clubs and our sport.

I was reading an article recently following the Women in Business & Sport Leaders Luncheon and wanted to share some of the quotes as they were very relevant to our sport. Liz Broderick recently returned from

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// Letters to the Editor





Dear Editor, In response to an article in April/June 2016 concerning "common-sense", we at Mount Lewis welcome working ladies and accommodate them with Club Championships being played on weekends when required.

HASTINGS & MACLEAY DISTRICT UMPIRES Dear Editor, We all acknowledge and appreciate champion players and teams, and enjoy seeing their photos in our magazines, but we would like to throw the spotlight on our umpires. We cannot play or conduct Club and District championships, pennants or carnivals without the attendance of our umpires.

We would just like to let them know we appreciate them, and know how lucky we are to have them.

We are lucky to have a great group of umpires to call on, who give up their time, and sometimes the opportunity to play, so that we can take part.

Thank you for mentioning and giving recognition to their dedication.

How about a cheer for the “ladies in pink”? I agree the umpires do a great job and we couldn’t manage without them.

Wendy Steyer Editor

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The club is also very fortunate to have increased membership with 9 Korean ladies joining the club. We are very proud that 3 of these ladies were recently chosen to play in the inter-district match against Eastern Suburbs. The ladies are very enthusiastic bowlers, with 4 representing Mount Lewis in the 2016 Pennant Season. Ladies Club President Beverley Sharman felt it was important that non-English speaking members have a representative on the committee, and as such Sun Kim was recently warmly welcomed as a new committee member. Mt Lewis is an inclusive club and will continue to welcome ladies who would like to the learn the game of bowls as well as enjoy the comradeship and friendship that bowls can offer. Robyn Crawley Mt Lewis

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I arrived home on Saturday night after a very enjoyable State Carnival 2016. On reflection I would say it was the best I have experienced, especially the beautiful weather. The constant chatter, the laughter and then the quietness of the concentration whilst playing was typical of the atmosphere of each club every day. My State Carnival actually commenced when we joined in the “Rio night” on Sunday and we all enjoyed ourselves immensely. My wonderful teammates played awesome bowls throughout and we met so many old friends and made so many new ones.

Urunga was privileged to host a visit on July 17-18, from the State Coaching Panel - Kathy Chatillon, Deb Brien, Ruth Wood and Jane Conlon. On the first day the participants were mainly Urunga members while Mid North Coast District bowlers attended on the second day.

My special thanks go to the Secretaries of Wauchope, North Haven and Panthers who arranged for the steps to be placed on my rink, also the members of the opposing teams who allowed me to walk along the far side of the ditch rink, thus speeding up the game. The kindness shown to me was appreciated.

Right from the start it was obvious that the panel members, led by Kathy, thoroughly enjoyed imparting their knowledge, techniques and skills to their audience who, in turn, appreciated the opportunity to learn and participate in a high quality coaching clinic. Kathy’s quirky sense of humour and gift of theatre kept her audience enthralled as her comprehensive presentation focused on positional play and teamwork.

When the participants proceeded to the greens the panel was ably assisted by coaches from the District. It was now that the bowlers appreciated the value of Kathy’s presentation and attempted to put her advice into practice. Kathy, Deb, Ruth and Jane roamed amongst the groups constantly encouraging and advising. Although much planning by members of the Urunga Management Committee was involved in ensuring the success of the two-day clinic everyone agreed that it was well worth the effort and a welcome and invaluable service to country bowlers. A sincere thank you is extended to the Coaching Panel for their enthusiasm and willingness to travel to the country. It is hoped that the exercise can be repeated in future years.

The Match Committee must be congratulated on the success of the State Carnival 2016 as well as all the volunteers. Congratulations to the winners! I look forward to State Carnival 2017 in Illawarra. Lynn Smith (Roselands Flames)

(l-r): P. Russell (Urunga), N. Womersley (Woolgoolga), S. Willis (Urunga), R. Kaufmann (Woolgoolga), D. Brian (Coaching Panel), J. Conlon (Coaching Panel), R. Wood (Coaching Panel), K. Chatillon (Coaching Panel), J. Nicholas (Urunga), B. Fane (Urunga), J. Womersley (Woolgoolga).

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GOVERNANCE REPORT Congratulations to all incoming District and Club Officials; may 2016/2017 be one where there is open communication, education of members and above all the enjoyment of the sport of bowls.


You will adopt, implement and comply with the Member Protection Policy.


Even though articles on Governance have been printed in recent Bowls Matters, some members do not read or take seriously the information provided in these articles.

You will treat ALL persons with respect and courtesy and have respect for their dignity, rights and obligations.


You will be ethical, fair and honest in all your dealings.

The information provided in these reports is a means of educating members and to also help officials from inadvertently breaching any of WBNSW policies and guidelines.


You will always put the safety and welfare of children above all considerations.


You will provide opportunities for our Juniors and ensure that members involved with the juniors are properly screened.


You will not discriminate against any member.


You will not vilify or harass any member.


You will not victimise any member.


You will ensure that Complaints against a member are handled according to the Principles of Natural Justice.

With this in mind and to make it easy for all members but especially those who have not heard of The Member Protection Policy located on our website, the following rules were developed and printed some years ago by the Constitution Revision Board.

10. You will remember at all times Good Sportsmanship. Lawn Bowls is a sport and the principles of "being a good sport" should always prevail. Please Ladies READ and REMEMBER these Ten Commandments so that your club is a happy well managed and growing club.

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Bowls Matters July - September 2016

It is important that all clubs encourage the friendship and camaraderie that exists throughout the bowling world even in competitive events. Whilst friendly rivalry and good sportsmanship are expected inappropriate conduct, unpleasant attitude and aggressive behaviour can sometimes spoil the day. Members need to understand the rights of all those involved in our sport and know and understand their responsibilities on playing days so that a harmonious atmosphere prevails. To assist members, Clubs should ensure that all members are aware of the revised WBNSW Etiquette Guidelines, 2016. Some Districts/Clubs have developed a Player Code of Conduct which has been accepted by their members. Although many members are happy to sign this code of behaviour no member can be compelled to sign it, they have the right to refuse. The Player Code of Conduct and Etiquette Guidelines should be displayed on the notice board and all members [current and new] should be given a copy. Members should also be reminded of the code and the guidelines on a regular basis.

A Player Code of Conduct may use or modify the following examples: 1.

I will always play by the rules.


I will never argue with an official. If I disagree with a decision I will inform the skip/ manager in a break or after the competition.


I will control my temper. The verbal abuse of officials, sledging other players or deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent is not acceptable behaviour.


I will be a good sport and applaud all good plays from either team.


I will always play my best for my team and myself.


I will treat all players as I would like to be treated. I will not bully or take advantage of another competitor.


I will co-operate with my team mates and opponents.


I will be modest in victory and gracious in defeat.


I will respect the right, dignity and worth of all players regardless of their gender, culture or religious background.

10. I will thank the opposition and officials at the end of the game. 11. I will not through my body language or verbal abuse cause embarrassment to the members of my team. As well as a Player Code of Conduct, Clubs should have a set of Domestic Rules covering club competitions and other matters that the members wish to be included. Domestic Rules are developed and voted on by the members to provide a consistent guideline that allows members to make decisions based on what is written and not on what is “understood” or passed on by word of mouth. Every member must have the opportunity to know what is expected from them if they are to protect themselves from breaching any Club Rule or relevant WBNSW Policies and or Guidelines, including the Member Protection Policy. Clubs are responsible for issuing and displaying documents covering Club’s expectations. As players we have a responsibility to ensure that our sport is enjoyed by all who participate, both old and new members. The future of bowls must be a high priority for all members, be kept in safe hands and always played in the true spirit of the game.

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MATCH REPORT In recent months we have had many enquires from members, Clubs and Districts regarding the clash of Club and or District Championships or Pennant Playoffs with either the WBNSW State Carnival, the BA Australian Open or the recently selected Metro v Country series. These events are set down each year and the dates they will be held are published in various places and in the Program of Events distributed to all Clubs and Districts, via email, and posted on the WBNSW website in October/November of the previous year. This is before any Club or District Program should be drawn up and therefore these events must be factored into the timetable for the upcoming year's timetable. As it has been the ruling for a number of years, and not newly introduced, by Club and District executives ignoring the Conditions of Play - Order of Precedence would not indicate respect for either the WBNSW or be in the best interests of its members. Players are entitled and encouraged to enter the State Carnival and also the Australian Open as representatives of their Clubs. Also if any Club member is selected in the Metro or Country side in the yearly encounter, then surely the Club and District would take pride in this selection and give those players selected due credit for their selection and the full support of the Club. These events promote the game of bowls and give all entrants the opportunity to compete in an event against players of all standards and from other Clubs across NSW and in the case of the Australian Open, players from overseas as well. No Club or District Championships should be scheduled for these dates as set down in the Program and the scheduling of Regional Pennant playoffs during this period, seriously disadvantages any Club that may have players entering either the

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Carnival or the Open or selection in Metro v Country, as Pennants is not covered under this dispensation at this stage. Replacements for any absent players can be made for Regional Pennants playoffs, but to be excluded from this level of Pennant competition after succeeding in the preliminary stages, does not engender harmony or Club loyalty. Any Championship at Club, District or Regional level that clashes with these events would be disrupted as players who are playing in the Carnival, the Australian Open or Metro v Country, as well as any other priority events listed in the WBNSW Program of Events, cannot be carded for any Club or District or Regional championship until the priority events have concluded. Metro v Country selection criteria: queries have been made about how the players in this event are selected and the following is used as a guide during selection. No current State representative in the Under 18, Under 25's, Open or Senior Side are considered. Selection is based on District and Regional results as forwarded to the State Office, and also results from the previous year's State Championships, Pennants and State Events. These are used to recognise players success and by their selection give them the opportunity to participate in a unique level of competition against other consistent achievers and play for the magnificent trophy and the dominance of either Metro or Country players in that year. It should also be noted that no Club results are used during this deliberation and that numbers are limited to 24 players for each Side. The winners of this year’s event was Metro for the first time in four years and we congratulate all players for their enthusiasm and participation in this event, and the generous sponsorship of St Johns Park in hosting the 2016 series.

Bowls Matters July - September 2016


UMPIRES REPORT ARE YOU AWARE? 12.1.1 Players at the mat end of the rink who are not delivering a bowl must stand at least 1 metre behind the mat. 13.2 As soon as each bowl comes to rest, possession of the rink will transfer to the opposing player or team after allowing time for marking a toucher as soon as it comes to rest. 12.2 In relation to a neighbouring rink 12.2.1 A player must not go into a neighbouring rink where play is in progress. 12.2.2 A player must not go into or walk along a neighbouring rink, even if it is not being used, while an opponent is about to deliver or is actually delivering a bowl. 12.2.3 If the rink of play is an outside rink a player must not go into or walk along the section of green that lies between the outside side boundary of the rink and the side ditch while an opponent is about to deliver or is actually delivering a bowl.

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE 1. Player A on Rink 2 delivers her bowl which is heading towards a bowl on Rink 3. The skips on Rink 3 were not paying attention so Skip A on Rink 2 encroached onto Rink 3 and lifted the bowl at rest to allow Player A’s bowl to pass. a. Were her actions correct? b. What should have happened? 2. If one of the Skips on Rink 3 stopped Player A’s bowl from Rink 2 what would happen to Player A’s bowl? 3. In the above situation if Skip A [Rink 2] had stopped Player A’s bowl preventing it from colliding with the bowl at rest on Rink 3, what would happen to Player A’s bowl. 4. In the above situation if Skip B [Rink 2] had stopped Player A’s bowl preventing it from colliding with the bowl at rest on Rink 3, what would happen to Player A’s bowl. 5. Third A in a Fours game immediately steps onto the mat and delivers her bowl before her opposing Third’s bowl has come to rest. Is this allowed? ANSWERS. 1. a. No. Law 12.2.1. A player must not go into a neighbouring rink where play is in progress. b. Skip A [Rink 2] should have let Player A’s bowl continue. The bowl at rest on Rink 3 would then have been displaced by Player A’s bowl [ which would be a neutral object on Rink 3]. The skips on Rink 3 would then decide, depending on whether movement of the bowl at rest disturbed the head or not, what action would apply on their rink. i.e. Law – head not disturbed or Law – head was disturbed. 2. Player A’s bowl would be returned to be replayed provided it was on its correct bias. Law 3. Player A’s bowl would be declared dead by Skip B [opposing skip] on Rink 2. Law 4. Player A’s bowl would be returned to be replayed. Law 5. No. Law 11.2.2 would apply. The first time this happens the umpire must warn the player Law and if Third A continued to break this law, the player’s bowl on each occasion would be declared dead. Law If the head had been disturbed the opposing skip could choose to replace the head Law, leave the head as altered Law or declare the end dead. Law Page 15



All clubs should be starting to consider Pennants and Pennant sides for 2017. State Pennant Play Offs have wrapped up and the State Championships will take place in late October. Congratulations to all Clubs who are involved in these events, but to the clubs not having had the good fortune to have progressed to the next level, this is now the time to start planning towards 2017. Now is the time to grab the opportunity to build a stronger and more cohesive club and in turn generating stronger and compatible teams. Check back through previous issues of Bowls Matters from last year about selection and cohesion.

One of the biggest things that influence the manner and enthusiasm of a team is the body language of team members towards one another, the way the skips address their team and the way the team respond to their skip. It also works the other way around with the skip being very aware of the mood and manner of the players at the other end of the rink. We can all detect bad vibes and bad attitudes from the other end of the rink. So be very aware of your own manner and your own body language, own it, and do something about it. Only you can change it, so show to others how you would like to be treated. No one goes out to play a bad bowl or play a mediocre game, so don’t respond to a bowl that didn’t achieve its objective with frowns, stamped feet or a disgruntled expression. Acknowledge all good bowls and congratulate team mates on their efforts. If one team member is having a bad day take up the shortfall and help her along by lifting your game to the next level because tomorrow it may be you that needs to be lifted up and helped out because you’re having a bad day.

When your skip calls on you to play a shot and you are unsure of it put your bowl down and walk to the head, stand and discuss the shot with your skip. If you see it differently and feel more confident in the shot you want to play the skip should not feel put out or threatened because a bowl played with confidence will playout much better than a half-hearted bowl played with a question mark hanging over it. Remember the most important bowl in your game is the one you are holding in your hand, that one bowl could determine the final outcome of the game. Play your game with the idea that the bowls delivered should give you the best possible result for the least possible damage. A team with good open communication and a great rapport will be a formidable adversary for any side to come up against. The team/ side united in their desire to win this game and the next will also be united in their consideration for other team members and very aware of how body language, good and bad, will affect how a team functions as a winning unit.

BOWL FOR OTHERS AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY JULY 4, THE FOLLOWING OFFICERS WERE ELECTED: President Edna Arnold Secretary Gladys Barnes Treasurer Edna Arnold Committee Jessie Balk, Beryl Harmer, Margaret Portell Metropolitan Vice-President Jill Pastega

Bowl for Others wish to thank the Country Vice-Presidents who collect the annual subscriptions and donations, on their behalf. The time given and their good work is very much appreciated.

Wombara, Nelson Bay, Morisset Hospital, Shoalhaven Heads, Windang, Valentine, South Grafton, E.B.P. Sports, Killara, Merriwa, Denistone, St. Georges Basin Country Club, Gladesville.

The Annual Presentation of Cheques Luncheon will be held on Friday September 23, at the Masonic Club, 4th floor, 169 Castlereagh Street Sydney (also known as the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel). The cost of the luncheon ticket is $52. This is always a very interesting day and a representative from the several recipients will give a short talk on how the donated funds help their respective organisations.

The Annual Subscription of $1.00 given by members each year is appreciated, as well as the extra amounts received as donations. When including a donation with the subscription amount, please advise the break-up of the total figure as these amounts are recorded separately. Also, please include a stamped addressed envelope if a receipt is requested, to save costs.

Sincere thanks are given to the following Clubs for their recent donations:

The address of the Secretary Gladys Barnes, is 111 Holden Street, Ashfield NSW 2131. Phone number: 9799 1052.

Umina Beach, Brush Park, Pennant Hills, Leichhardt, Tigers Five Dock, Alexandria, Erskineville, Hexham, South Cronulla, Belmont, Berkeley Sports, Scarborough

Best wishes for good health and good bowling.

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// State Pennants

STATE PENNANTS The 2016 State Pennant Play- offs were once again Sponsored by Domina BCiB, Shoalhaven Council and the four host clubs: Bomaderry, Nowra, Berry and Culburra. WBNSW sincerely thanks each sponsor, as the event could not take place without their support. The officials at each of these venues were: Bomaderry - Barbara Stonham, Nowra – Pam Hockings, Berry – Jenny Palmer and Culburra – Lesley Swales. 56 Regional winners from throughout NSW played in the event over four days from August 15 to 18. Grade 1 Pennant play-offs preliminary rounds were played at Nowra as a round robin in two sections of five sides. These teams were Cabramatta, Kurri Kurri, Pennant Hills, Bomaderry, Warilla, Adaminaby, Taren Point, Charlestown, Harbord and Lake Cathie. By the end of the Preliminary rounds Cabramatta and Taren Point were the winners. The final was played at Bomaderry on Thursday and was a very close contested match, this was a great game to watch. Cabramatta took the lead and won 39 to 28 on the big board. Grade 2 pennant play-offs preliminary rounds were played at Berry as a Round Robin in three sections of 5 sides. These teams were: Nowra, Forbes, Neutral Bay, Merimbula-Imlay, Davistown RSL, South Tamworth, St Johns Park, Park Beach, Westport, Beresfield, Lawson, Double Bay, Castle Hill, Commercial Albury, and Windang. By the end of the preliminary rounds the Sectional winners were: Section 1 Merimbula-Imlay, Section 2 Park Beach, Section 3 Commercial Albury. On Tuesday morning a draw of the three sections had been made to see which side would go through to the final and section one was drawn out. MerimbulaImlay went through to the final, and Commercial Albury and Park Beach played Wednesday pm to decide the winner to go through to the final. Park Beach won the semi-final. The final was played at Bomaderry on Thursday between Merimbula-Imlay and Park Beach. Park Beach took an early lead which they maintained throughout the match winning 43 to 22 on the main board. Grade 3 played their preliminary rounds as a Round Robin of 4 sections of four sides at Bomaderry. These teams were: Western Suburbs, Tara Beach, The Rules, Condong, Kingswood, Fingal Bay,

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North Tamworth and Charlestown, Windang, Taren Point, Tuncurry Beach, Mollymook Beach, Leeton & District, Asquith, Lane Cove/ Warringah and Gulgong. At the end of the preliminary rounds the section winners were: Section 1 – The Rules, Section 2 – North Tamworth, Section 3 Mollymook Beach and Section 4 – Gulgong. These teams played a semi-final on Wednesday pm and the winners were The Rules and Gulgong. In the final on Thursday Gulgong ran away with the match winning 50 to 31. Grade 4 played their preliminary rounds as a Round Robin of 4 sections of four sides at Culburra. These teams were: Cooma, The Rules, Lake Conjola, Asquith, Armidale Ex Services, South Lismore, Stuarts Point, Tumbarumba, Sutherland, Lowlands, Dubbo City, Windsor, St Ives, Bellambi and Gosford City. The Sectional winners were: Section 1 – The Rules, Section 2 - Stuarts Point, Section 3 Lowlands and Section 4 – Cabramatta. These played a semi – final on Wednesday afternoon and the winners were Stuarts Point and Cabramatta. The final on Thursday was a closely contested match with Cabramatta taking the early lead but Stuarts Point came back with determination, and won the game 51 to 45. The weather was wonderful throughout the week and it was fantastic to see so many spectators enjoying the games at all the venues. It was also great to see so many of the teams that didn’t make the finals come on Thursday to watch the finals being played. At the flag ceremony State President Robyn Procter thanked the sponsor’s representative Mr Paul Constable from Domina BCiB for all their support of the State Pennants. She also thanked the Match Committee for their hard work in organising the event, the Presidents and the ladies who helped at all the venues, the spectators and players.

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Grade 1 Pennant winners: Cabramatta

Grade 1 Pennant runners up: Taren Point

Grade 2 Pennant winners Park Beach

Grade 2 Pennant runners up: Merimbula-Imlay

Grade 3 Pennant runners up: Gulgong

Grade 3 Pennant winners: The Rules

Grade 4 Pennant winners Stuarts Point

Grade 4 Pennant runners up: Cabramatta

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// Australian Open

AUSTRALI The 2016 Australian Open was staged on the sunny Gold Coast from June 11 – 24, over 15 host clubs: Beenleigh, Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads, Club Benowa, Club Helensvale, Club Robina, Coolangatta, Gold Coast, Mermaid Beach, Mudgereeba, Musgrave Hill, Nerang, Paradise Point, Southport and Tugun.

2016 Open Pairs Champions (l-r) A. Johns, R. Van Asch The world’s biggest bowls festival boasts a $250,000 prize money pool and had 2,000 competitors convene on the region to enjoy playing bowls with friends and elite bowlers alike, and also for a chance at claiming a title. This year, the festival also encompassed the inaugural Australian Open Mega Bowl and live panels, which both took place at Broadbeach Bowling Club. The panels consisted of Steve Glasson, Kelsey Cottrell, Lynsey Clarke, Lee “The Such” Such, and proved to be very popular as they dissected the day’s events and provided further insight to upcoming matches. After 2 days of play, a number of New South Wales players topped their sections in the sectional round for the women’s singles: M. Stephenson (Moama), M. Smith (Avoca Beach), K. Farrell (Cabramatta), B. Sprengel (Ocean Shores), M. Wilton (Raymond Terrace), G. Delves (Harbord), N. Scott (Raymond Terrace), K. Murphy (Cabramatta), M. Matsuoka (Neutral Bay), S. Hill (Warilla), S. Noronha (Merrylands), C. Turley (Cabramatta), J. Keegan (Cabramatta), K. Moran (Cabramatta), J. Srisamruaybai (Tweed Heads), S. Shannahan (Merrylands), B. Quinlan (St Johns Park) and E. Ryan (Cabramatta). Two NSW players made their way through to the semi-finals to go head to head with two QLD players on Thursday, June 23. As Natasha defeated Jackaroo team mate Lynsey Clarke 21 – 17, Molly Wilton was bettered by Broadbeach player Dee-Anne Robertson 21 – 6. Natasha Scott continued to display why she is the National Female Bowler of the Year for two consecutive years, as she claimed the Women’s Singles title after defeating Dee-Anne Robertson 21 – 7. Scott was awarded Player of the Tournament as she was a semi-finalist in the women’s pairs and fours, and winner of the singles title. New South Wales players paired up with women from other states across the country, and were competing against international

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players, displaying the truly open nature of the event. A number of NSW players progressed through to the semi-finals, including Harbord’s club pairs winners Genevieve Delves and Virginia Longfellow, however, their excellent run was cut short by Ellen Ryan and Julie Keegan with the final result of 28 - 8. Carla Krizanic and Natasha Scott were narrowly beaten by Anne Johns and Rebecca Van Asch 19 – 18. The women’s pairs final took place on June 24 at Broadbeach Club and saw Anne Johns and Rebecca Van Asch better Ellen Ryan and Julie Keegan 21 – 14. Winning the 2016 Australian Open Pairs title has enabled Anne Johns to join Lynsey Clarke in claiming the most Australian Open titles, as she has won six titles in eight years. The women’s fours had 88 teams split into 22 sections, with international team members from Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand and South Africa. A. Arshad (Malaysia), N. Ismail (Malaysia), N. Noh (Malaysia) and S. Ahmad (Malaysia) faced a formidable team consisting of T. Brodie (VIC), A. Bruggy (VIC), G. White (QLD) and C. Stewart (QLD) at the semi-finals on 22 June. The team skipped by Chloe Stewart progressed through to the finals, as the final score amounted to 9 – 18. The second semifinal game saw the 2015 Women’s Fours winners S. Noronha (NSW), N. Noronha (NSW), C. Krizanic (VIC) and N. Scott (NSW) suffer a loss against K. Whitehead (VIC) T. Spence (VIC), K. Kristic (WA), S. Shannahan (NSW), who narrowly progressed to the finals by winning 13 – 12. The final took place the next morning at Broadbeach, which was a closely fought game between the two teams skipped by Chloe Stewart and Samantha Shannahan, with the final score of 16 – 13 and the trophy being awarded to Stewart’s team. The 2017 Australian Open will take place on the sunny Gold Coast once more from June 10 – 23. With a myriad of entertainment and dining options, why not put in an entry to participate in the world’s biggest and richest bowls event on the planet!

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IAN OPEN Photographs and information courtesy of Bowls Australia

2016 AUSTRALIAN OPEN FINALISTS Men’s Singles final: A. Sherriff (Ettalong Memorial, NSW) df B. Wilkie (Helensvale, QLD) 21-15 Women’s Singles final: N. Scott (Raymond Terrace, NSW) df D.A. Robertson (Broadbeach, QLD) 21-7 Men’s Pairs final: S. Dennis (SA), N. Pedersen (NSW) df M. Miles (NSW), C. Herden (NSW) 16-13 Women’s Pairs final: A. Johns (NSW), R. Van Asch (TAS) df E. Ryan (NSW), J. Keegan (NSW) 21-14 Men’s Fours final: S. Dennis (SA), N. Pedersen (NSW), W. Ruediger (SA), S. Thulborn (SA) df J. Thornton (VIC), J. Coles (VIC), W. Wilson (QLD), B. Lester (VIC) 16-13 Women’s Fours final: T. Brodie (VIC), A. Bruggy (VIC), G. White (QLD), C. Stewart (QLD) df K. Whitehead (VIC), T. Spence (VIC), K. Krstic (WA), S. Shannahan (NSW) 16-13 Under-18 Boys’ Singles: J. Davis (Dubbo Railway, NSW) df J. Studham (Holdfast Bay, SA) 21-13 Under-18 Girls’ Singles: T. Brodie (Fitzroy Victoria, VIC) df J. Srisamruaybai (Tweed Heads, QLD) 21-19 Over-60s Men’s Pairs final: C. Lowry (NZ), P. Bellis (NZ) df J. Townsend (NSW), B. Wiltshire (NSW) 18-8 Over-60s Women’s Pairs final: F. Luke (SA), T. Hastings (WA) df W. Mackie (NZ), R. Stratford (NZ) 18-15 BWD Hearing Impaired Mixed Singles final: B. Lynne (Mareeba, QLD) df B. Taylor (Logan City, QLD) 21-11 BWD Intellectual Disability Mixed Singles final: N. Appleton (North Toowoomba, QLD) df B. Elliott (Somerville, VIC) 21-17 BWD Physical Disability Men's Singles final: J. Barry (Sebastopol, VIC) df T. Bonnell (Pine Rivers, QLD) 21-11

2016 Women's Singles winner N. Scott BWD Physical Disability Women's Singles final: C. Crawford (St Clair, NZ) df P. Walker (Fairfield, NZ) 21-7 BWD Vision Impaired Men's Singles final: C. Fountain (Dolphin Indoor, NZ) df D. Wormald (Narangba, QLD) 21-4 BWD Vision Impaired Women's Singles final: L. Seymour (Thuringowa City, QLD) df J. Forster (Chermside, QLD) 21-8 BWD Multi Disability Pairs final: J. Barry (Sebastopol, QLD), N. Appleton (North Toowooomba, QLD) df D. Currie (North Ipswich, QLD), D. McGarry (Burrum Heads, QLD) 17-10 BWD Vision Impaired Pairs final: J. Fehlberg (Burleigh Heads, QLD), C. Backstrom (New Farm, QLD) df J. Forster (Chermside, QLD), D. Wormald (Narangba, QLD) 17-15

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// CCC Singles

CHAMPION OF CLUB CHAMPION SINGLES The Women’s Bowls NSW Champion of Club Champion Singles event was sponsored and hosted by Oak Flats on June 28 – July 1. Due to the number of competitors, games were also held at Warilla, as over 88 Club Singles Champions from around the state competed in order to claim the top spot. The event was first contested in the 1931-1932 season and is always a highly anticipated event on the WBNSW calendar. This year marked the first time the results were uploaded at the completion of every round through the Bowls Connect portal ‘Sportsdesq’. The winner of the event has the honour of representing New South Wales at the National Champion of Champions. 2014 winner Katrina Wright had claimed victory at national level and went on to represent Australia at the World Champion of Champion Singles event earning a bronze medal. 2015 winner Natasha Scott has also claimed the 2015 national title and will represent Australia in November at Club Helensvale.

88 Club Champions participated in the 2016 event, which kicked off Tuesday 28 June. The quarter finals were played Wednesday morning and provided spectators with a display of fantastic bowls and closecalled games: Sarah Boddington (Tuncurry Beach) 25 – Katrina Wright (Taren Point) 24 – this proved to be a real nail-biter with both players demonstrating exquisite touch. At 24-all it was anyone's game with Sarah just edging out Katrina to reach the semi-final. Marion Crump (Maitland City) 25 – Kay Moran (Cabramatta) 22 – Marion proved to be a surprise package in this game and never let up. Her confident play stood her in good stead to reach her first semi-final. Bronwyn McPherson (Engadine) 25 – Elizabeth Blackwell (Neutral Bay) 24 - Another very close game and a pleasure to watch what turned out to be a real tussle, but Bronwyn just managed to finish it off. Val Smith (Merrylands) 25 – Deborah Wilson (Bomaderry) 17 - Also a hard fought game with Val eventually taking the honours. Semi-finals were contested Wednesday afternoon: Val Smith (Merrylands) 25 – Sarah Boddington (Tuncurry Beach) 17 Bronwyn McPherson (Engadine) 21 – Marion Crump (Maitland City) 25 Two terrific matches played out, to have everyone looking forward to the main event.

2016 Champion of Club Champion Singles winner V. Smith

The final took place first thing Thursday morning and saw a spectacular game between Marion Crump (Maitland City) 21 against Val Smith (Merrylands) 25. This was a wonderful game, and indeed worthy of a final. Neither bowler gave an inch and went shot for shot in windy conditions. Only on what proved to be the last end did the experience of the International Kiwi allow her to finish off the game in style. A fantastic game and both players should be applauded for their fine play. Women’s Bowls NSW would like to thank their longstanding partner Oak Flats for sponsoring and hosting the Champion of Club Champion Singles event once more. The efforts put in by the Board and members greatly attributes to the success of the event.

(l-r) M. Crump, V. Smith

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The State Match Committee also wish to thank the markers from the Illawarra District who gave their time to provide their expertise, and ensured the games were officiated at a high standard. Bowls Matters July - September 2016

// Metro v Country

METRO V COUNTRY The 2016 Metro v Country event was hosted and sponsored by St Johns Park Bowling Club from July 22 – 24. Players from around the state made their way to the venue on Friday July 22, in time to participate in a practice session in order for each side to get to know their team mates before the series commenced on Saturday morning, which was followed by a welcome dinner that night. The 24 selected players to represent the Metropolitan team this year were: J. Agar, M. Parcell, J. Thomas, L. Thompson, J. Bird, V. Ohmsen, S.L. Jones, B. McPherson, S. de la Harpe, L. Baker, R. Madgwick, D. Howard, K. Farrell, D. Owen, J. Worsley, J. Hayden, J. Watkins, S. Farrell, J. Clark, G. Delves, C. Keep, J. Hole, S. Renshaw, T. Keir and was Managed by Beryl Watson. The 24 selected players to represent the Country team this year were: J. Axon, A. Madden, L. McMahon, D. Brien, J. Brady, D. Quick, C. Myers, D. Amor, S. Sumner, S. Gilmore, L. Smith, M. Smith, K. McFarlane, D. Wilson, K. Philpot, G. Sheehan, J. Katon, D. Huender, A. Bowling, L. Demmery, M. Buckley, A. Wilkins, B. Barrett, C. Douglas and was Managed by Topsy Roberts. Saturday morning saw all players roll up on the greens, with each team wearing their respective green (metro) and red (country) caps, eagerly anticipating a win. The metro side came in strong despite the cold, blustery conditions, as they were hungry to put in an end to the country side’s 3 year winning streak. The first test was won by an impressive margin as the final score was Metro 143 – Country 96. The second test took place on Saturday afternoon and was a closely fought game as the Country side had to bowl with more

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precision in order to abate the Metro team’s determination to claim the trophy. After a fantastic test the metropolitan team pushed through yet again in order to claim victory, with the final score of 111 – 93. The third test was played on Sunday morning, and the final score of 90 – 85, displayed the Country team’s resolve to not go down without a fight. It was however, a hat trick series for the Metropolitan team, as they could finally proudly wear the winner’s medallions and claim the trophy after a 3-year hiatus. Women’s Bowls NSW extend their thanks to St Johns Park for their unfailing support and sponsorship of a staple WBNSW event, which brings all participants a feeling of pride to compete in. A tremendous amount of effort was put in by their management, staff and members to ensure the event ran smoothly. Thanks must also go to all selected players, who all put on a great show of bowls and it was highly evident that everyone had a wonderful time.


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// Club History

LANE COVE WEST SURVIVING THE CHALLENGES Lane Cove members in 1992 On 30 October, 1952, 75 enthusiastic bowlers supported the formation of the Lane Cove West Bowling Club at a General Meeting held in the local School of Arts, Longueville Rd, Lane Cove. In July 1953, a tin shed was bought and completed by voluntary labour. The old tin shed may have been cramped, but it provided members with the necessities for the club to function and flourish. In August 1953, the construction of the first green was commenced by Lane Cove Council, and with its support the Club purchased additional land. Two other greens were completed together with a 2 storey club house – all by volunteers. This was the peak time of the bowling era. When the club was founded over 60 years ago there were already 4 other bowling clubs in the area, but people still found it difficult to get a game so it was decided to form a Lane Cove West Bowling Club. However, one by one the other clubs have either changed their activities or gone to the wall. In the new millennium the Lane Cove West Bowling Club found itself the sole surviving registered bowling club in the district. A change of name at a Special General Meeting in 2008 to Lane Cove Bowling and Recreation Club has acknowledged that status as the only bowling club in Lane Cove, and the appropriateness of the change has been accepted by and strengthened the club’s status in the local community. The women’s group came into existence in 1979 with 31 members. Over the years the misfortunes of other bowling clubs in the vicinity resulted in a series of useful injections of talent from these closing clubs. The latest of these came from The Lane Cove Ladies’ Bowling Club situated on corner of Longueville and River Roads when it closed in 1995. At this time our women’s group had grown to a total membership of 122. Only one of the 1979 Foundation Members is still a member of the club. Over those 33 years Norma Wark has made a huge contribution to the club as both a player and an administrator. She is a Past President, and the sole Life Member of the Women’s Club. Norma reflects on the “fun days” of the club’s earlier times. “There was always something happening here in those days, both on and off the greens.” Major social happenings included much enjoyed bus tours throughout the state and beyond. Some other long term current members worthy of mention are Judy Magson, who was treasurer of the woman’s club for many years; Shirley McLean and Elisabeth (Libby) Scahill who were coaches for the club, and Nan Morris who was one of the Board members for several years. The women’s club used to stage an annual fashion parade from which the club could rely on an annual contribution, and added to the off green activity of the club. Countless thousands of dollars have been saved by the club through the work of its volunteers. Generous donations and sponsorship have been most helpful in keeping the club both viable and visible. Many handymen (Bob Willis, Geoff Oakes, Les Heap, Harold Holden, Bruce

Fleeting, Greg Moon, and beloved Tom Tait – just to name a few) have kept the clubhouse and its fittings intact, carrying on the tradition which has been a mainstay of the club’s survival and which began all those years ago. Here it is also worth mentioning the “Garden Party”, a group (including early outstanding volunteers such as Arthur Pearson, Jack Williams, Peter Bright and Nelson Johnston) which continues to embellish the environs of the club every Tuesday then solving the problems of the world over a cup of tea after their labours. In 1997 the club received a Premier’s Award for their contribution to the Lane Cove environment, and over the years due to the propagation and sale of plants by the group much money has been raised for the club. These days the suburb of Lane Cove has grown greatly in population and has changing demographics with young professionals as well as many young families mixing with the older residents. This has caused a change of focus in the latter two decades to that of the previous 40 years. Our vision, similar to other bowling clubs, is to increase the number of both bowling and non bowling members, to provide a recreational club facility for junior teams in other sports, and to provide outdoor family opportunities as well as corporate and recreational functions. The club has survived at a depleted level but remains viable due to the reasonably priced bar area, legalised gambling facilities and catering availability. In 1996 the total playing membership of Lane Cove West was a healthy 254. By 2000 it had declined to 176, a decade later it was down to less than 90. Our decline is not an isolated phenomenon, as many clubs were crashing in many parts of the metropolitan area at this time. One explanation was reality that in an increasingly busy world full time workers were no longer prepared to write off four hours of precious time to a sports competition, even for a social game. Our club’s response was to adopt an ‘informal approach’, by relaxing traditional bowls protocol as a means of attracting new bowlers of all ages. Dress rules were relaxed and mixed bowls became more popular. Mufti for social bowls on Wednesday and Saturday was allowed, but uniform is still required for all competition play. Currently a shortened 2 hour social game is getting consistent support, encouraging new and sampling bowlers. During daylight savings an evening game using the Jack Attack format together with a sausage sizzle has trialled well. Now the Lane Cove Bowling and Recreation Club has a unified club system, run by an elected Board of Directors which includes both men and women members. The men and women have their own bowling committees which run competitions and pennants games, but more and more games are mixed. There is now a lady’s name on the runner up board for the ‘consistency singles’ competition! We are sure that the club will continue to thrive and will be a continuing fixture in the community.


// Life Members

Elaine Cullen ( Blacktown Workers)

BLACKTOWN WORKERS ELAINE CULLEN At the A.G.M for Blacktown Worker’s, it was voted to make Elaine Cullen a Life Member. Elaine started at the club on July 20, 1985. She was on the Social Committee in 1988, Publicity Officer in 1990 Social Committee again in 1991 Welfare Officer from 1992 to 1999, Selector from 2001 to 2008. Elaine is always willing to help with anything that needs doing. She has also been successful in winning the Minor Singles in 1992, Pairs 19932004, Club Fours 1992-1996-1999, 20012007. Major Singles 2006-2007.

(l-r) Margaret King being awarded Life Membership by President Felicity White.


Margaret helps with coaching on Sundays, and has done so for a number of years.

Margaret joined the club in 2000, after previous club Pambula Beach had closed down where she had been a very active member for several years. Margaret became a Committee Member in 2007, Vice President and Almoner in 2008, President in 2009 – 2012, Chairperson Social Committee 2012 – current.

Her bowling achievements are: skipped in two State Pennant finals in 2002 and 2003, 2013 Grade 3 Pennant team – regional winners and 2016 Grade 4 Pennant district winners.

GUILDFORD LEAGUES JACKIE EWERS Club President Pam Wheeler and members of Guildford Leagues paid tribute to esteemed member Jacqueline Ewers, with awarding her Life Membership in appreciation for her dedication to her Club over a number of years.

Triples 2015, Consistency-2011, 2013, District Triples 2003-2005-2007. District Fours 1995-2003-2004, Selected Fours 2007-2008. Consistency 2011-2013.

Jackie joined the Club in 1998 but as a working member and became a full member a little later on. She also took on the position of Treasurer, keeping a sharp eye on the Club’s money for a period of ten years, then stood down for another position.

State Runner-up State Carnival 1998 and State Fours Runner-up. No1 Pennants – 1991-1999, 2006, 2009, 2010. Elaine is a great club member always willing to help the new ladies in her club, as she showed by playing with two of the newest members and win the triples this year.

This award was well deserved and she is still a very interested and active member. Well done Jackie. Congratulations!

She is a very worthy member to be awarded life membership. (l-r) J. Ewers, President P. Wheeler. Page 26

Margaret has been a keen club member, entering club and district events, and being successful in most of them.

Thank you for your support, to the Club’s and members’ needs - when problems arise. Bowls Matters July - September 2016

Barbara Pearce (NSSC Dalmeny)

NSSC DALMENY BARBARA PEARCE It was with the greatest of pleasure that the Members of NSSC Dalmeny elected current member and outgoing President Barbara Pearce be nominated as a Life Member. Barbara was welcomed with open arms to Dalmeny as their first National Umpire in 1987 having moved from South Australia only 3 years after the formation of the Club. Without hesitation Barbara stepped into the position of Bowls Organiser in 1988 - 1989, Match Committee from 1989 to 1991, Committee from 1991 to 1993, Treasurer from 1993 to 2002. It was during her term as Treasurer that the club's financial records were set in place, a system that is still followed to this date, with minor changes to allow for the use of computers. She was Club President from 2002 to 2005, Far South Coast District President 2006 - 2009 Club Secretary 2009 - 2010. Acting President 2012 to 2013 and again Club President 2013 to 2016. During this time she was also the Far South Coast District Delegate to State. She has represented NSSC Dalmeny at State level numerous times and has mentored countless new members. In fact, in 28 years at Dalmeny there has not been a year gone by when Barbara has not been actively involved in all activities. In the early days of the club she worked extremely hard assisting in the catering for some of the amazing functions the club held, and is one of the many members we have to thank for forming the basis of what we have now as a club. Her Championship results read like a "who's who": Singles Champion 5 times in a row, Pairs Champion 5 times, Triples Champion twice and Four's Champion twice. Barbara has always been the first to put her hand up to enter events at other Clubs within the area and encourage the newer players to come along well. Pennant season has always been her favourite time of the bowls calendar and she has been a representative at regional level at State Pennant Playoffs. During the last couple of years, Barbara has been the driving force of the Autumn Carnival, her organisation skills have kept us all on our toes. Barbara is and will be for some time yet a tireless worker for the club and NSSC Dalmeny is extremely lucky to have her as a member.

Delphine Verrall

SOUTH WEST ROCKS DELPHINE VERRALL Delphine Verrall has been awarded Life Membership of South West Rocks, in recognition and appreciation of her contribution to her club and the Macleay District. Delphine joined the South West Rocks Club in 1997, and from 2006 to 2015, a period of nine years, was a very dedicated Secretary and worked tirelessly for both Club and District. During her term as Secretary, she carried out her duties in a very professional and helpful manner. She assisted Presidents, committees and members both generously and courteously. She built up a wonderful knowledge of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Club, along with the etiquette of bowls and was an example and mentor to new bowlers. Delphine was Vice-President for the Macleay District for seven years. Over this time, she was a very worthy and supportive person to the District President. As a player, Delphine supported her Club in Pennants on many occasions and on the green at the Club, won several Club Championships. Delphine continues to join everyone on the green most weeks and is an asset to the club. Thank you, Delphine for your hard work. Everyone is very proud to have you as a member of the South West Rocks.

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// Club Spotlight

Turramurra blind bowlers

TURRAMURRA FOUNDATION MEMBER LEILA BURNS COWRA Foundation Member 1982-32 Positions Held: Head Selection, Committee Member Level 1 Umpire 1990 Level 2 Umpire 2006 ACHIEVEMENTS: • District Singles Champion 12 times • District Pairs winner approximate 4 times • District Triples winner approximate 7 times • District Fours approximate 5 times • Played State Triples in 2006 • Club Singles Champion 14 times • Club Pairs 7 times • Club Triples 4 times • Club Fours 3 times • Grade 2 and 3 Pennant Winner • Organised Master Pairs for 19 years

Recently, Turramurra hosted a Training and Information Day for Blind Bowlers NSW/ACT. The training day was basically for the State Blind Bowlers to practise for the National Titles and to provide an opportunity for the wider public to observe how blind bowlers play.

to instruct the bowler what length of delivery is required.

Each competitor is assigned a director who acts as their guide on the green. They position the player on the mat and hand the bowl with the correct bias ready for play. They then advise whether to play short, long, wide or narrow and to deliver gently or with pace.

It is truly inspirational to watch vision impaired bowlers in action and as State Member, Sandy White says, "it just goes to prove that if you want to do something, no challenge is too great."

There are metre markers on the side of the green so that the director is able

There are four categories of players, B1-B4, according to a person's level of vision impairment. The competition includes male and female Singles, Mixed and Open events.

Anyone requiring more detailed information may be interested in viewing NSW/ACT Blind Bowls website:



On Wednesday May 25, 2016, Annette Jones, President of the Wauchope, Dot Bransdon, a founding member and current Patron of the Wauchope and Robyn Procter State President of Women’s Bowls NSW were enjoying the bowls of the 26 teams playing in the BCiB State Carnival. The Wauchope Club rolled out 3 days of perfect weather and Westport Bowling Club’s Margaret Coombes who was bowling in her third State Carnival said the 2 greens were in pristine condition.

• 18 Pennant badges (l-r) A. Jones, D. Bransdon, R. Procter

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Bowls Matters July - September 2016

(l-r) Treasurer, Marina Deluchi and Chair of Match, Frances Sodaro

WESTERN SUBURBS ‘BOWL FOR OTHERS’ CHARITY CARNIVAL Western Suburbs raised $1,500 for ‘Bowl for Others’ at the highly successful Mixed Turnaround Triples Carnival, held on Sunday May,1. The carnival attracted 72 players from all over Sydney. The carnival format was designed so that women and men could enjoy a competitive day of bowling together, with everyone taking turns at being lead, second and skip. Early rain did not dampen spirits and it cleared to a beautiful autumn day. Thanks were expressed to sponsor, Wests Ashfield Leagues, for donating the prize money and waiving the green fees, and to the players for generously supporting the raffle and trading table. The overall winners were Dilys and Peter Kindleysides and John Morehead from Northmead. Western Suburbs plays its competition games on Saturday, to cater for working women, and welcomes visitors to join for social bowling on Tuesday and Saturday at 9.30am. Please call President Wendy Herbert 0402 065 585 if you would like to come along.

Western Suburbs bring a friend day 2016

WESTERN SUBURBS BRING A NON-BOWLING FRIEND TO BOWLS DAY In April, Western Suburbs ran a very successful ‘Bring a NonBowling Friend to Bowls’ morning as a way of introducing friends to bowls. We believe that if we love bowling, then the people we love, might love it too. The day was sponsored by member, Frances Sodaro, who feels it is her way of giving back to bowls for the joy it has given her. Seven non bowling friends came along and were looked after by eight members. In the space of a few short hours, we gave our friends a taste of bowling life. We kicked things off with a session on pre and post-game stretches run by professional trainer, Judy Cameron, followed by an outline of OH&S given by coach, Denyse Wicks. Then it was onto the greens for one on one ‘speed coaching’, a spider and mini game. A light lunch was provided and prizes given out. Four women are now undertaking coaching with a view to joining – a brilliant outcome for a small club.



Barbara Champion joined Woy Woy in 1984. In 1988 Barbara volunteered to become an umpire. In order to do this, Barbara had to undergo training which involved once a week training and a test on what was learnt the previous week for approximately twelve weeks, and then reassessment every three years.

younger members to take over. Over the years Barbara has been a tireless worker for the Woy Woy. Along with her umpiring duties Barbara has also been:

Barbara has continued to do this assessment each 3 year period for the last 28 years until now, when Barbara has decided that it is getting a little difficult to get down to measure and it is time for the

• Club’s Historian for the last 20 years.

• Coach between 2000 and 2010 • President from 2010 to 2013 • Vice President twice (6 years in total) Barbara was awarded Life Membership in 2006.

Umpire Barbara Champion

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// General News

B4 Mixed Pairs competitors (l-r) D. Hession, W. Johns, L. Johns, S. White

BLIND BOWLERS NATIONAL TITLES at Port Macquarie Blind Bowlers NSW /ACT hosted the National titles 2016 at Port City Bowling Club Port Macquarie. Oh what fun we had and wonderful bowls put down by all which would have been a challenge to sighted bowlers indeed. We lost 2 days’ play on the weekend of that terrible weather but it was nice to have a break from 2 and 3 games a day. The green keeper and his staff did a wonderful job getting the three greens ready for play on the following Monday. Once again guide dog Pedro was a source of entertainment and worry when he decided to go walkabout alone! He was having his morning brush outside when Fred went to put his collar on and whooska, not there! Panic buttons were hit. After a short while it was then necessary to ring the Police, radio stations in Port Macquarie and Facebook him. We were seen running up and down the streets dressed in PJs, half-dressed fully dressed calling “Pedro! Pedro!”, sounding and looking desperate as if chasing a forbidden lover. Poor Fred was beside himself at the thought of losing him. Pat decided to get in her car (which he knows as she usually drives him) and cased the neighbourhood. Fortunately, she found him fairly quickly. He obviously frightened himself and then wouldn't let Fred out of his sight. He then became the talk of Port, with members entering the club asking, "is that Pedro?" The bar man lying on the floor taking a selfie with him, the newspaper interviewing Fred and a picture of both and an article then followed. As Wayne said, "any publicity is good publicity." Back to the bowls, Queensland won over all which was expected as they had a huge team their numbers probably half the total of the bowlers playing.

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The staff at Port City, whether serving drinks for us or water for the dogs, waiting on tables and serving lunches, was an absolute credit to management and all employed there as it was second to none. The moral of this little episode is: if anyone reading this is losing their sight, either a little or a lot, DON’T give up bowls. Join the blind bowlers NSW/ACT, and you'll join a group of happy fun people and keep bowling with a new group of crazies. If you have a friend with impaired vision who would like to give it a go, please encourage them to make contact and go for it! By Sandy White

NSW RESULTS: B1 Men's Singles Gold: W. Thomson

B4 Women’s Singles Silver: S. Dunk

B1 Men's Pairs Gold: W. Thomson, G. Edman

B4 Mixed Pairs Gold: M. Donnelly (VIC), S. Dunk Bronze: S. White, W. Johns (VIC)

B1 Mixed Pairs Silver: F. Pomroy, M. Fenech (VIC)

Queensland were the winners overall.

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// General News

2016 Multi-Disability Lawn Bowls

National Championships The 2016 Multi Disability Lawn Bowls National Championships were held at Clearview Bowling Club in Adelaide, from May 22 – 27. There were representatives from each State to compete for national titles in the Singles, Pairs and Triples disciplines.

THE NSW SQUAD: Geoff Seton


Women’s Singles:

Gilbert Hicks

Bronze: T. Bonnell, S. Nicholls, B. Sellars (QLD)

Bronze: C. Nelson (NSW)

James Reynolds

Silver: J. Thornton, T. Slater, K. Argent (VIC)

Silver: K. Smith (QLD)

Gold: J. Mason, M. Barrie, S. Quinn (ACT/SA)

Gold: J. Hunter (NSW)

Women’s Pairs

Men’s B5/6 Singles:

Bronze: J. Hunter, C. Nelson (NSW)

Bronze: M. Barrie (ACT)

Silver: J. Morrison, A. Meaking (VIC)

Jo Hunter (Gymea)

Silver: E. Gollan (WA)

Gold: Smith, Bonnell (QLD)

Gold: G. Seton (NSW)

Carolyn Nelson (Engadine)

Men’s Pairs

Men’s 7/8 Singles

Cheryl Benbo (Raymond Terrace)

Bronze: C. Williams, D. Currie (QLD)

Bronze: J. Thornton (VIC)

Silver: J. Thornton, D.J. Weaver (VIC)

Silver: C. Williams (QLD

Gold: E. Gollan, S. Murray (WA)

Gold: C. Flavel (SA)

Doug Lambert Ryan Wood Brad Gilbert

Manager: Bryce Williams

The Interstate Trophy is awarded to the state who has the highest points on aggregate across disciplines and classes and divided by the number of players on the team. This year the Interstate Trophy was awarded to the ACT. Congratulations to the New South Wales squad on their achievements at the 2016 Multi Disability Lawn Bowls National Championships! Information and photograph courtesy of Disability Sports Australia.

(l-r) J. Hunter, C. Nelson

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CABARITA BEACH PRESIDENT AND PATRON DAY BIRTHDAY On July 26, Cabarita Beach Women's Bowling Club celebrated their President and Patron's Day with more than 60 members attending the morning of bowls, followed by a luncheon. Patron Kath Dimauro congratulated President Sue Goode for her outstanding achievements over the past 2 years, which saw numbers of participants increase dramatically at their Seashell Triples Tournament, Prestige Pairs Tournament and Gala Day. Under her leadership the club has had its best results in years at the District Championships taking out the Open Singles title (Michelle Freeman), as well as

the Open Triples (Lorraine Marsden, Karen Cranwell, Pat Moore). Following Sue's example, 4 members also entered the Australian Open this year with more players keen to give it a go in 2017. Sue has said she reads the "Bowls Matters" magazine cover to cover and takes her ideas from the inspirational articles published in it. You will see Sue and her Club Pairs partner Kate Potter at the Champion of Club Champions this September in Warilla; another first for this club that is 15 minutes from the Queensland border. Patron K. Dimauro and President S. Goode

CASTLE HILL PRESIDENT’S DAY Castle Hill was awash with the colour green when members of both the women’s and men’s clubs joined together for a social day to celebrate Evelyn Brien's last term as President. In recognition of Evelyn's Irish heritage, members dressed in green mufti and gave her a surprise guard of honour welcome to the tune "If you're Irish come into the parlour"! The Club looked fantastic decorated in green, orange and an Irish flag. After a delicious green tinged morning tea everyone headed out onto the green for an unusual "spider" - marked tennis balls were thrown to get closest to Evelyn's birthplace on a map of Ireland. Fun bowls followed, with "fines" to raise funds for the North Rocks Deaf and Blind School enforced. It was great to hear the laughter and Irish music on the green. A beautiful BBQ lunch cooked by members of the men's club and prepared by a very capable Social Committee was enjoyed by all. As this was a very casual social day, speeches were kept to a minimum. Everyone was entertained by member Dennis Little's beautiful rendition of "Danny Boy" tears were flowing freely - a fun singalong of Irish ditties led by member Keith Rowe, and a poem about Evelyn's term by Di Creed. Evelyn cut her decidedly green cake and thanked everyone for their gift and hard work. A great fun day was enjoyed by all!

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CHESTER HILL RSL CHARITY DAY Chester Hill RSL held their annual Charity day on Thursday May 12, attended by seven visiting clubs from the Lansdowne District. The amount raised was $1,000 to be shared between Westmead Children’s Hospital and Westmead Breast Cancer Institute. The spider collection of $75 will be donated to the Chester Hill RSL Big Cuppa Morning Tea in aide of cancer research. There were 68 bowlers present and everyone had a most enjoyable game of bowls, the weather was perfect although a little windy at times but all had a fun day and the company was great. The trading table had lots of goodies and cakes. The raffle tickets sold well and some very good prizes were there to be won along with the 100 sheet, so everyone had the chance to be a winner. President Narelle Glass would like to thank all of the club’s members for all their time and effort to make this such a friendly and successful day.

CARINGBAH TRIPLES CARNIVAL Caringbah recently held a very successful Carnival sponsored by Olsens Funerals. Twentysix teams competed with representation from all District Clubs and some visitors. The weather was good, just a slight breeze, and the Club looked its best thanks to the hard working Committee. There were two games of bowls followed by a very tasty

lunch. The overall winners were Matraville, who played very well. A raffle was held and also a charity table that was very popular, with a cheque going to Sutherland Shire Family Services. The day closed with President Faye Aubrey thanking everyone and wishing them a safe trip home.

COONABARABRAN VETERANS DAY Coonabarabran held their Veteran’s Day and there were 9 ladies eligible to receive their veteran’s badges. A great morning of social bowls was held followed by a delightful luncheon to mark this important occasion, which all ladies enjoyed. Back (l-r) R. Bower, J. McHugh, B. Evans, N. Waterford, A. Van Leeuwen, L. Kelly, President S. Franklin, Front (l-r) M. Harper, J. Howard, J. Williams, O. Berney. (Coonabarabran)

GORDON PRESIDENT’S DAY Gordon celebrated President Robyn Howard’s three years as President on Thursday May 12. Everyone was pleased to welcome WBNSW Director, Beryl Watson and North Shore District Match Representative, Trish Wilson. The club house was beautifully decorated and after welcoming visitors and having morning tea, everyone played bowls for a couple of hours on a beautiful sunny morning. At lunch time attendees were joined by Gordon BC Chairman, Mark Fisher, GBC President, Gary Lowder, Robyn’s husband Ken and greenkeeper Andrew Rogers. A

good number of ex bowlers also joined in for a lunch of delicious chicken sandwiches, with sparkling wine for the toasts, which were duly proposed and replied to. A toast to Robyn was proposed by VP Nola Poyitt who praised Robyn for her dedication, hard work and cheerfulness during her Presidency. Responding to the toast to WBNSW, Beryl indicated that feed back on the format and frequency of Bowls Matters would be appreciated, also giving some information on nominations for positions at AGMs. Beryl presented Merit Pins to Joan McKenzie, Liz Garnett, Bev Hollings and Kay Miniter, all

(l-r) T. Wilson, R. Howard, B. Watson of whom have given their time and talents to the club for a number of years. Beryl and Trish then joined Robyn in cutting the cake which was served as dessert. The day ended with President Robyn thanking all who had made her special day so successful. Page 33

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(l-r) Western District President J. Wild, Lawson President G. Brown, State President R. Procter

LAWSON 50th BIRTHDAY On Friday March 18, Lawson welcomed over 70 guests representing all the clubs from the Western District to celebrate the club’s 50th Birthday. Although the weather on the day only allowed a limited game of bowls, everyone enjoyed the occasion, which culminated with a very delicious lunch. This was followed by a presentation of Merit Pins, by the State President, Robyn Procter to three worthy and deserving members: Ann Leather, Judith Mead and Ruth Smith. The cake was then cut and enjoyed by everyone. Finally President Gwen thanked everyone for attending and all who contributed to making the day such a success.

(l-r) State President Robyn, Margaret and District President Fay Greenlees Park had a very happy President’s Day on June 9, for Margaret Truesdale, in her first year as President. It was also celebrations for the Club’s 60th Anniversary – date of affiliation was June 21, 1956. All members hold Margaret in very high esteem. Margaret always gives encouragement and advice to new bowlers, as well as guidance to Committee Members. A warm welcome was given Women’s Bowls NSW State President Robyn Procter, Macquarie District President Fay Langdon, and District Secretary, Fay Laney. Margaret’s husband, Eddie, the Club’s Coach, was also present with the Greenlees Park men’s team, together with representatives from bowling clubs in the Macquarie District. The table colour scheme was yellow and green, with a variety of coloured cyclamens as the table prizes.

A spider was held, and $100 raised for the Westmead Children’s Hospital. A friendly game was played till midday when nibbles and sherry were served, followed by lunch. Speeches and toasts were made during lunch and President Margaret cut a delicious chocolate cake, assisted by President Robyn and President Fay. Merit Pins were presented by President Robyn to Veronica Waring (Social Committee), and also President Margaret Truesdale, in recognition of the good work carried out by them. Both members were surprised and delighted to receive the Award. President Margaret thanked her Committee for their support and assistance, and also thanked the members and guests for attending and making her day so enjoyable.

MACLEAN DOTT SCOTT'S 90th BIRTHDAY Dot grew up in Canberra, was married to a war hero for fifty-nine years and reared five children. She was a dedicated nurse for most of her life, eventually attaining the position of Deputy Director of Nursing at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane. She has a very caring nature and still enjoys helping others, especially new bowlers to whom she gives great encouragement.

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After retirement, Dot settled in Wauhope where she soon became a keen bowler. A few years ago, she moved to Maclean to be closer to family. Apart from playing bowls, Dot enjoys swimming which she does daily when possible. A good lead bowler, she still plays on a regular basis and thinks Maclean is "a great club".

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60 YEARS OF BOWLING MANILDRA On Wednesday April 27, President Alison Shean, members of Manildra and visitors celebrated a combined Presidents Day and 60 years of bowling at Manildra Bowling Club. Women’s Bowls NSW special guest for this occasion was Director Sue O’Keefe. Everyone enjoyed a game of bowls and joined in the festivities of the day. Teams came from Young, Cowra, Canowindra, Orange City, Newstead, Millthorpe, Molong, Blayney. Parkes and Forbes to help the Manildra ladies celebrate.

Merit badges were awarded to four Manildra members for their dedication and service to the club. These ladies were Mary Hughes, Dianne Fliedner, Ann Murray and Coral Eagleston. Sadly Coral was unable to attend on the day due to illness. A celebration cake was made by Ann Murray and beautifully decorated by Kellie Nixon. Manildra may only have a few members but they are a great band of workers who are very dedicated to doing their best for their club. A great day was had by all and a special thank you to Craig Williamson and his band of workers for the lovely lunch.

SUSSEX INLET RSL 55th BIRTHDAY Fifty-six bowlers took to the green on June 20, to celebrate 55 years of Women’s Bowls at Sussex Inlet RSL. Bowlers from various parts of NSW attended as well as one lady from Ipswich Queensland who participated in the event. Starting with morning tea then a game of bowls with invited players from the RSL Men’s Bowling Club. The game was followed by a delightful luncheon from the Bamboo Restaurant in the RSL Club Auditorium.

WYONG CHARITY DAY The Wyong lady bowlers put on a magnificent “Biggest Morning Tea” at the Bowling Club in Panonia Road on Thursday May 12, to raise funds for The Cancer Council. They invited bowlers from other clubs and did a letter box drop in the local area. A plate of cakes/sandwiches and a cup of tea/ coffee were provided to around 100 people. There was a craft stall laden with everything from coat hangers and tea towels to knitted bed socks and crocheted bowls covers. There

was a tombola table with 28 prizes to be won, and a “50 Club” competition. Following this, 40 ladies played a fun games of bowls before lunch and further fund raising activities. Prior to this day one of the ladies had held a garage sale at her home with funds raised there being donated to the Wyong ladies Biggest Morning Tea. All in all, the ladies raised an amazing sum of $3369.50 from their Biggest Morning Tea. Congratulations and thanks must go to the organisers, the cooks, the workers on the day, and especially to the generosity of all those who supported them with their presence.

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SUE THURLEY This issue of Meet a Bowler, takes a closer look at a very active member within the Riverina District, Sue Thurley, who was born July 8 1951, and joined the bowls community in 2007.

FAMILY Father Fred born 1898, fought on the Somme in WW1 died in 1959 when I was 8. We moved to Quorn where we lived until I was 16 when we moved to Morisset where I finished my education before moving to Sydney to study at Sydney Uni. Whilst in Quorn, my mother Bertha started to play bowls. Career: I worked for the Australian Customs Service (in Sydney and later Canberra) for 33 years retiring in 2005 when I moved to Albury. Prior to retirement I was an Executive Level 1 (Assistant Director) and completed my Masters Degree in Public Management in 2003. WHY I STARTED TO PLAY BOWLS Mum was a handy bowler and although I am not sure how well she played I do have badges for Fours Champion (1973) and Pairs Champ (70, 73, 74 and 75) at Morisset. She also bowled at Rathmines for some years. I was however never, ever, ever, going to play bowls in those uniforms. On moving to Albury I was finding it difficult meeting people and was watching Jack High on TV and thought maybe. I rang the Commercial Club and within days had had some lessons and decided, “yep, I can do this!” It certainly got me into the Community! I joined the Commercial Club Ladies Bowling Club in 2007 and in May 2008 became the Club Secretary, a post I held for 2 years. I have also been on Club Selection and Match Committees, and this year I am Head of Club Match In 2014, I was Skip of the Commercial Grade 4 Pennant Side that reached the State Playoffs, and in 2015 was a member of the Commercial Grade 2 Pennant Side that was also in the State Playoffs. I was Minor Singles Champion in 2014 and

Runner Up Pairs Champion in 2013 and 2015. Commercial Club Albury is a great bowling club, with a membership of just over 50 ladies (we had over 70 when I joined in 2007.) UMPIRING While playing in a semi of Championship Singles in early 2009, I was given incorrect information by a marker, came home read my rules book and realised that I had been right. Still a newbie in bowls I nagged Barbara Leddin, who was then the Chair of the Umpires Sub Committee into running an Umpires Course, which she did with about 8 of us becoming umpires. I soon realised that I loved Umpiring and the challenge of understanding the rules of bowls (no coincidence here, as the majority of my Customs career was involved in the writing and implementation of Customs Legislation). Barbara became my mentor and wonderful friend and inspired me to be the best I could be. I became Chair of the Riverina District Umpires Sub Committee in 2013 (I think) so began to train umpires and markers. With the changes to the accreditation process in 2015, it was a logical progression that I undertook the Umpire Educator training and phew I passed! I have now run training courses in the Riverina District and Southern Highlands District. As an Umpire Educator I really enjoy the challenge of being “on top of my game”. To further my education I have umpired and marked at the Victorian Open. That was a totally different experience to marking and umpiring games at District and Regional level. I just loved it! I really enjoy mentoring bowlers and umpires. I Chair an Umpires Discussion group on a monthly basis during the bowling season.

RIVERINA DISTRICT WOMEN’S BOWLING ASSOCIATION In 2013, Barbara asked me to nominate for a position on District Match, which I did. Little did we know that, that would be Barb’s last year on District. The following year I took over as Head of Match and have been Head of Match 2014, 15 and 16. I love the challenge of running major events. This year is the 60th Anniversary of Riverina District Women’s Bowling Association and we are going to party. The Albury Library Museum offered to hold an exhibition celebrating this event. I have been coordinating the collection of artefacts for this exhibition (double fronted petticoats appeared from ladies closets as did cigarette lighter fluid hand warmers scary stuff indeed). We are also producing a Commemorative Booklet to document the event. I have also set up a Riverina District Women’s Bowling Association web page (with the wonderful help of Ayla and Kylie). LIFE AWAY FROM BOWLS As a result of being the child of an exserviceman, Legacy kept an eye on us kids as we were growing up. In 2006 I joined Albury Legacy as a Legatee and keep an eye on 12 war widows. My husband and I have also assisted the resettlement of two Bhutanese families in Albury who had spent 20 years in a refugee camp in Nepal. I am the wife of David, Mum of two daughters and Nanny to 4 boys and step Nan to 8 of David’s grandchildren. We have two beautiful German Shorthaired Pointers who keep us fit and healthy.

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