Page 1

JUNE 2018

Print Post Approved PP 400063/0010

–– Games athletes recognised by QLD Govt Grant

42 District Sides Clash

Top bowlers tough it out at BQ State Champs State Arm Bowlers Champs Aussie Sides in Darwin too hot for Qld




THE CHAMPION'S CHOICE Aero the Golden Bowls, 16 Gold Medals for the World’s most accurately made bowls†

2016 World Outdoor Singles Champion (men)

2017 World Indoor Singles Champion (men)

2016 World Outdoor Singles Champion (women)

I just want to say a big thank you for Aero’s support as a sponsored player over the past couple of years. Getting on board with Aero was one of the best bowling decisions I’ve ever made and the success I’ve had since using the Aero bowl culminated with winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

They both agree that they are the world’s most Joshua Thornton accurately made bowls and if you're serious about buying the best then it has to be Aero.colours Speckled colours Duo/Trifecta/Quad † during the World’s & Comm Games

Ellen Falkner



Add $75 NRL Logos



Colours and price subject to change.

Kelvin Kerkows Aero Bowlsworld Burleigh 1300 13 25 75 AeroBowls Head Office Rockdale 1300 13 25 75 AeroBowls Perth 08 9240 6777 Good Bowls Shops nationwide (We don’t supply Resting Toucher Brighton)

OR order from or email Aero Head Office and Factory 9 Lindsay Street, Rockdale NSW 2216 Tel 1300 13 25 75 | | $10 delivery Aus Mainland

june 2018 queensland bowler 3


Cover O60s Pairs Winners, Linda Morish and Merril Ahern

Volume 41 Issue 5

10 – Who walked away with flags at the Domina-BCIB District Sides?

15 – State arm bowling champs

6 – Queensland game milestones reached

17 – State titles played over 14 days

20 Club news

26 Happy anniversary!

Club news from across Queensland

Henselite celebrates 100 years.

23 Conditions of Play

28 Qld Police Legacy Bowls Day

Umpire Joan talks about the rules

Retired cops raising funds - how you can help

24 BPL Across the ditch

34 coaching tips

Queenslanders showcase strategy and skill

Dotty talks about etiquette and gamesmanship

Editor: Jo Grey

Editorial contact:

Editorial assistant: Tom Sharman

Ph: (07) 3354 0777

Graphic designer: Tracy Small


Advertising: Lucy Livingstone


E: Ph: (07) 3354 0777

Subscriptions: To subscribe, send your contact details, together with a cheque for $44 (inc gst) to: Queensland Bowler Subscriptions PO Box 476, Alderley, Qld 4051.

Copyright: All material appearing in this magazine is copyright. Reproduction in whole or part is not permitted without permission from the publishers. Notice: While every effort has been made to ensure the information in this magazine is accurate, no responsibility is accepted by the publishers for material supplied by an individual, company or organisation or for any typographical errors. The opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the view of the publisher.

Bowls Queensland Patron: His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland 4 queensland bowler june 2018

june 2018 queensland bowler 5

From the President with BQ’s Peter Williamson

Well done to the Australian Sides players of the series, Nathan Rice and Cassandra Millerick

It’s been a busy month with attendance at the Bowls Australia Consultative Board meeting where BA’s Tony Sherwill made a presentation on an events review prepared by a consultative body, Suiko. Their suggestion was a slash and burn approach to discontinue a number of events, which was distanced by BA and rejected by all the state presidents. It was also a time to catch up with the other state presidents and discuss areas of concern throughout the sport, mainly the decline in membership vs. casual use of greens without any commitment to the sport. The consensus of opinion is that more work is needed to encourage casual barefoot bowlers to join and play in constructed games, with new formats of games to ensure all members of clubs may participate at a competitive level. Bowls is still the cheapest sport for all to play in Qld. At the Australian Sides in Darwin, the women and men played well in the oppressive conditions but unfortunately were unable to finish at the top, even though we had our chances. Credit must be given to our support staff who ensured players had plenty of fluids during the event. On a more memorable note, I had the pleasure of presenting Pamela Fantini her 100 games representative players badge and medallions to Lynsey Clarke for 200 games and Nathan Rice for 300 games. Lynsey and Nathan are not only players; they are leaders who help and encourage their team mates. The State Championships finals I attended were played at the highest level of competition and true sportsmanship, the results can be seen elsewhere in the magazine.

Peter Williamson

6 queensland bowler june 2018


to these players who achieved milestones representing Queensland during the Australian Sides: Lynsey Clarke (200 games, Nathan Rice (300 games) and Pam Fantini (100 games).

june 2018 queensland bowler 7

CEO REPORT with BQ’s Brett Wilkie Another successful Domina BCIB State District Sides and State Championships has been run and won. Many thanks must go to Bowls Queensland’s Match, Umpire and Selection Committees, Board and Staff for the hours of tireless work devoted to these events. Thank you to all host clubs who committed their greens, facilities, staff and volunteers to enable the success of these events. Congratulations to all players and officials who participated in these events, especially to those who travelled long distances and played in both championships. Well done to winners in each division of Domina BCIB District Sides and State Championships events. The Open Men’s and Women’s Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours winners will now represent QLD in the Australian Championships to be held at Club Sapphire in Merimbula, NSW (November, 26-30). I must say I thoroughly enjoyed playing in the Domina-BCIB District Sides again this year, this is a great event to catch up with many old friends and meet several more great people from across our state. This was a fantastic opportunity for me to speak to bowlers from all parts of QLD, gaining their valuable feedback on what we can do to keep our sport heading in the right direction. Thank you to Domina BCIB, Sunshine Coast Council, the Queensland State Government and Goodridge for their sponsorship of the District Sides and State Championships. The 2019 District Sides and State Championships will be held on the northern end of the Gold Coast. The live streaming of the State Singles finals on our website and Facebook was very popular with thousands of views of the coverage to date. It can also be watched on YouTube at any time. Thanks to Power Productions for all of their help. We also streamed other event finals on a phone/gimble which was well received. Thank you to volunteers Wade Mutzelburg and Nick Cahill who helped with live streaming, as well as Kurt Brown, Chloe Stewart and Troy Sommerville who helped with the commentary for the State Finals live stream. This is an area we are looking to improve on and cover more events in the future. 

8 queensland bowler june 2018

Australian Indoor Singles – QLD Qualifying The Men’s qualifying will be held at Tweed Heads and Paradise Point on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June. Seventy players will be vying for five qualifying positions in the main event which will be held at Tweed Heads (August, 20-23).  The Australian Open is shaping up to be another great event on the Gold Coast (June, 9-22). QLD v NSW U 18 Congratulations to players selected in the QLD U18 team selected to play NSW in July. Thank you to the Capalaba Bowls Club who have agreed to host this event as well as the Australian U18 Championships in October. Vale – Jenny Harragon It was very sad to hear about the passing of Jenny. She was a beautiful person who touched the lives of so many people. Jenny played 75 tests for Australia, cap number #58 and played 106 games for QLD. She first started playing bowls at Eastern Suburbs BC in Mt Isa until she moved back to the Gympie area where she grew up. She then played for many years at the Kandanga BC. Jenny was a selector when I first made the Australian Squad/Team. She will be sadly missed by the bowls world, condolences to John and family. Bowls QLD Committees Expression of interest is open for nominations for the following Bowls QLD Committees: Coaching, Match, Selection and Umpires. Nomination forms can be found at your local club or on the Bowls QLD website and close June, 16 (Friday) at 4 pm. Get Going Clubs Grants The State Government Get Going Clubs Grant is now open for applications and closes on the 29th of June, 2018. Get Going Clubs provides funding of up to $7,500 to local and regional sport and recreation organisations in Queensland. Contact your local RBM for assistance.

Brett Wilkie

s ’ d n a l e v e l C successful l promo tiona days The Cleveland Bowls Club in conjunction with Redlands Healthy & Active had their first Come & Try Day last month. With 23 children for the Jack Attack and 38 adults for the Barefoot Bowls, the day was a great success. The next Come and Try Day will be Sunday June 10 from 11 am to 2 p.m. The club also offers a corporate bowls Friday night dinner, with restaurant specials and bowls that caters to local businesses. So far, the response has been good and continues to grow.

AERO NIRVANA SHOES DESIGNED FOR BOWLERS Engineered for comfort and worn by all the very best in the world Mens Nirvana


Womens Nirvana




Order with total confidence...14 day wear guarantee, wear them, don’t like post them back to us at your cost for a full refund (excl. postage) Wrong size…Post Back and we’ll send you a new pair at our cost and refund the return postage.

P R O D U C T F E AT U R E S : >

Phylon midsole insert for lightweight, low-profile cushioning

> >


Correct Upper tension provides for a secure fit

The TPU outsole features a rubber compound to give the best grip possible for a flat sole


Aero articulated integrated Traction provides exceptional grip on a variety of surfaces

Nirvana is designed lightweight yet gives extreme support and creating a supple feel when bending to deliver


Engineered tongue provides comfort through the foot.


The Mesh upper stretches to provide a breathable, sock-like fit


Support from the outsole help secure your foot when walking and bending to deliver


A firm heel and lateral sole allows the foot to transition smoothly and naturally through the delivery

Kelvin Kerkows Aero Bowlsworld Burleigh 1300 13 25 75 AeroBowls Head Office Rockdale 1300 13 25 75 AeroBowls Perth 08 9240 6777 Good Bowls Shops nationwide (We don’t supply Resting Toucher Brighton) june 2018 queensland bowler 9

Gold Coast Tweed Men

Domina BCIB District Sides vie for top positions Brian Marshall & Vic Lord

Peter Williamson & Linda Gardiner

Gold Coast Tweed Women

10 queensland bowler june 2018

Brian Marshall & Linda Gardiner

Peter Williamson & Vic Lord

Peter Williamson with Sunshine Coast women’s runner up, Aileen Duckett

Peter Williamson with Sunshine Coast A runners up, Tim Phillips

It was yet another thrilling Domina-BCIB District Sides event (May, 9 -12) with more than 500 players from 21 districts battling it out over four days of competition for the right to call themselves the best district in the state. This year’s top dogs in Division 1 for both the men and women were the formidable powerhouse of Gold Coast Tweed. “This year’s Sides provided spectators with yet another display of bowling excellence across all divisions,” Bowls Queensland president Peter Williamson said. “Both Gold Coast Tweed teams were in fine form this year and it was great to see them take home the Division 1 titles after such an impressive performance.”

Division 1: Men

The powerhouse of Gold Coast Tweed is always at the top of every team’s list of sides they want to beat and for good reason, not only do they have an impressive roster of players which boasts Commonwealth Games medallists and Australian international heavyweights, but they have also claimed more district sides titles than any other side in the history of the event. This year’s performance was no different, with the Gold Coast Tweed men executing a clinical campaign with a win in all 12 rounds of the competition, to secure themselves their Division 1 title. This year’s win chalked up the Gold Coast Tweed men’s fifth successive win of the Harry Wright Memorial Shield.


It was the same story for the Gold Coast Tweed Women who went through with comprehensive wins in every round to pick up their fourth straight win of the Val Woodward Perpetual Shield. “It was absolutely amazing, words can’t really begin to describe how it felt to see our girls win this year,” Gold Coast Tweed women’s team manager Lind Gardiner said. “We were missing 10 of our regular players due to their commitments, so we relied on girls from around the district and clubs that we knew would have great compatibility with the rest of the team. “They really did an outstanding job and I’m really proud of what they achieved especially the debutantes; it just goes to show the depth of talent we have in our district and why compatibility is so important in an event like the district sides.”

Division 1 runners-up: Men

It was a case of déjà vu for the Sunshine Coast men’s “A” team who finished as runners-up behind the Gold Coast Tweed once again mirroring their 2017 performance with the Sunny Coast women following suit to finish just behind the Gold Coast side in the women’s event too. Both teams could hold their heads up high following truly great performances across the four days of bowls action. “It was a campaign we were very proud of as we won all nine of our sectional games and then won two out of our three games in Division 1, to get to Div 1 in itself is an achievement as we were the Div 2 winners last year,” Sunshine Coast women’s team manager Aileen Duckett said.


“We had an experienced and skilled team who worked well together and gave a really strong performance so I’m really proud of that, we only lost one game and that was to the winning side who are a very classy outfit and deserved to win on the day.” Gold Coast Tweed

Sunshine Coast


Sunshine Coast A


Cunningham Images: Justin Sayson & Morgan McSmith

june 2018 queensland bowler 11

division results Peter Thompson - Gold Coast Tweed


Division 1 winner: Gold Coast-Tweed Division 1 runner-up: Sunshine Coast Division 2 winner: North QLD Division 2 runner-up: Wide Bay/Gympie Division 3 winner: Cunningham Division 3 runner-up: Caboolture Division 4 winner: Mackay Division 4 runner-up: Central QLD Division 5 winner: Leichhardt Division 5 runner-up: Maranoa/ Warrego


Division 1 winner: Gold Coast-Tweed Division 1 runner-up: Sunshine Coast “A” Division 2 winner: Fraser Coast Division 2 runner-up: Brisbane North Division 3 winner: Mackay Division 3 runner-up: Bundaberg Division 4 winner: Condamine Division 4 runner-up: North West QLD Division 5 winner: Port Curtis Division 5 runner-up: North QLD Brisbane

Brisbane North

Brisbane North

North Queensland


Tropical Far North Queensland

Fraser Coast

Wide Bay Gympie

Division 2:

Sitting top of the class in Division 2 were the North Queensland women and the Fraser Coast men after both teams put in a respectable effort on the greens to secure their division’s top honours.


Fraser Coast proved to be unstoppable on Day 1 of the championships winning all three rounds. While they lost the plot on Day 2 with a big 84-42 loss to Gateway in the first round, they bounced back in round five with a 71-63 win over Mackay, before they hammered Southern Downs 96-40 in round 6. Day 3 proved to be equally fruitful for Fraser Coast who decimated Maranoa/Warrego 113-42 in the first round of the day before going down 71-57 to Downs in round 8 and sneaking over the line against eventual runners-up Sunshine Coast “A” 61-60 in the final sectional round. The final day of the championship saw Fraser Coast bag two out of three wins, only going down to Division two’s runners-up Brisbane North 70-59 which allowed Fraser Coast to take out the Div 2 title. 12 queensland bowler june 2018


North Queensland’s women picked up nine wins and a draw during their campaign, with one of their losses against the Sunshine Coast during the sectional rounds. “I was thrilled with this year’s result it’s one of the best we’ve had in a fair while, everything sort of fell into place for us this year and the girls played really well throughout,” North Queensland women’s manager Lidia Marbelli said. “The final game of the division finals had to be the most nerve racking for me, as we had led all of the way but the opposition came back towards the end and we were only three up but we came good over the last two ends and the girls managed to dig deep and win all three of our division’s games.”

Brisbane North


Division 3: Men

Sunshine Coast B

Tropical Far North Queensland

In Division 3, the Mackay men stormed through their last three games to claim the Div 3 title in style beating Sunshine Coast “B” 73-69, Tropical Far North 73-63 and capped off their performance with a 21-shot margin win over Bundaberg district men (70-49).

Women Cunningham Caboolture


Port Curtis

Caboolture district women were able to clinch the Div 3 title in the final three rounds of the championships with a 50-46 win against Downs before they pulled off another narrow 50-46 win against Port Curtis. Caboolture’s final game saw them beat Cunningham 53-40. Bowls Queensland acknowledges and thanks the Queensland State Government through the Sport and Recreation Department for the funding made available for this event. Thanks too to Domina-BCIB for their contribution in sponsoring the District Sides Championships.

LOOK GOOD FEEL GOOD PLAY GREAT City Club’s new Drawstring Styles in stock now. For enquiries or to locate your nearest stockist call: 1800 653332 email: web:

june 2018 queensland bowler 13

Division 4:

Division 5:

“We’re elated that we won Division 4, we didn’t start out as strong as we had hoped but we came home alright in the end,” Condamine District men’s team manager Roy Campbell said.

Port Curtis finished in Division 4 in 2017 and claimed top honours in Division 5 this year, winning all three of their games on the final day with wins against Burnett (74-59), Caboolture (69-62) and the North Queensland boys (69-61).


“Our most nervous moment was watching another two teams play as their result determined whether we made it into the division playoff or not but just got lucky. “We needed three wins for the Division 4 title. “We played a team that had beaten us earlier but we just managed to beat them, we then had an easy win in the second game, our third game went right down to the last bowl which managed to give us two shots for the win and the title.”


Mackay sailed through the final day of the championships beating all three of their opposing teams to take out the Div 4 title. Central Queensland



“We’d love to get up a division but we were thrilled to bits to win Division 5,” Leichhardt District team manager Loraine Baker said. “The final game for us brought up some nerves as I had calculated how much we needed to win and told them we needed to win their games to take out the title, they were a bit nervous but the girls hanged on and produced the win.” Burnett

Condamine Leichardt

North West Queensland

Southern Downs North Queensland


14 queensland bowler june 2018


Port Curtis

Burnett Condamine

Central Queensland





Southern Downs

2018 State Arm Bowlers Championships Brian Pownell (4th), Heather Hodgson (2nd) Terry McFadden (1st) & Peter Tappenden (3rd))

The inaugural State Arm Bowlers Champs was a smash hit enjoyed by both bowlers and spectators (April, 28 - May, 2).

Singles: The sectional rounds were hard fought with games going right down to the wire, after three rounds of play only 15 section winners remained, the post sectional rounds reduced the number of players left to just eight with Roger Goodridge sitting the round out on a BYE. In the quarter-finals Terry McFadden removed Roger Goodridge 21-13, Peter Tappenden dispatched John Thompson 21-12, Brian Pownell won 21-10 against Alan Eversham and the last female player Heather Hodgson beat Alf Hunter 21-19.

MABA president Cheryl Hutchinson, BQ’s Ron Somerville and MABA secretary David Johnson

The semi-final proved to be fruitful for South Tweed’s Terry McFadden who beat Mount Larcom’s Peter Tappenden 25-16, while Paradise Point’s Heather Hodgson secured her spot in the final with a 25-20 win on over Burnett’s Brian Pownell. The final saw McFadden open up an early lead and maintain a strong margin while Hodgson worked to close the gap. McFadden proved to be too relentless in his pursuit of victory and secured his gold medal with a 25-14 win. Match coordinator Ron Somerville said it was great to see a woman in the final and praised Hodgson’s play throughout

the competition as she had been in fine form. In the play-off for bronze, Peter Tappenden took control of the game from start, by end 11 Tappenden had 16 shots to his name while his opponent Brian Pownell held three. Pownell refused to go down without a fight and claimed seven shots over the next five ends. Despite Pownell’s best efforts, Tappenden’s six-shot advantage kept him ahead of the game and afforded him the breathing room he needed to chase down the last nine shots to bring the game to 25-17 and secure Tappenden’s bronze medal. june 2018 queensland bowler 15


After a tough battle in the pairs sectional rounds, the seven triumphant section winners were Graeme Tickle & Leigh Hewish, Heather Hodgson & Ralph Hunt, Ron Schofield & Roger Goodridge, John McGahan & Peter Tappenden, Brian Smart & Terry Lee, Cheryl Hutchinson & Jim Merrick and Terry McFadden & Geoffrey Geary. The quarter-finals removed three finalists from the competition with Goodridge’s rink defeating Leigh Hewish & Co 22-13, while John McGahan and Peter Tappenden edged over the line with a 19-17 win over Brian Smart and Terry Lee. Meanwhile, skip Geoffrey Geary and teammate Terry McFadden were ruthless in their hunt for a spot in the semi-final eliminating Cheryl Hutchinson & Jim Merrick from the competition with a 24-12 win. Bronze Pairs winners Graeme Tickle & Leigh Hewish

The semi-final clash saw Scholfield & Goodridge secure their grand-final berth with a 22-13 win over Graeme Tickle & Leigh Hewish (who had a BYE in the quarter-final), McFadden and Geary found themselves in a tougher battle for the final but were eventually able to overcome John McGahan and Peter Tappenden 26-12. The final proved to be a tight game and both teams struggled to stay ahead of their competition in the early stages of the game. However, skip Geoffrey Geary and Terry McFadden just managed to edge ahead of Roger Goodridge & Ron Schofield (Sk) in the last four ends to finish 24-20 in the gold medal bout.

MABA president Cheryl Hutchinson with Pairs gold medallists Geoff Geary and Terry McFadden

In the bronze final, skip Leigh Hewish and teammate Graeme Tickle were the dominant force from the start but John McGahan and skip Peter Tappenden collected some good multiples and closed the gap to just a one-shot margin. Despite closing the gap, they were unable to ascertain the lead which allowed Hewish and Tickle to stay in the lead throughout the final to finish as the bronze medallists with a 24-18 victory.

MABA National Team selected Submitted by MABA secretary David Johnson

The Maroon Arm Bowlers Association are pleased to announce the 2018 MABA National Team selected to represent Queensland at East Maitland in September at the National Arm Bowls Sides Championships (September, 10-13). Team selection is not only based on past history and current form but also on attendance and performance at MABA Tournaments throughout the year, including the Inaugural State Arm Bowling Championships. Other factors include team balance, compatibility and a willingness to support and work with teammates. Five Queensland Arm Bowlers will make their debut at the 2018 National Championships: Alan Arnold from Bargara, Heather Hodgson from Paradise Point, Lee Newing from Kawana, Ralph Hunt from Paradise Point and Terry Lee from Tweed Heads. They have proven their eligibility for selection over the last six months and will strengthen the team that finished third behind Victoria and NSW at Moama in 2017.

2018 MABA National Team: Alan Arnold (Bargara) Brian Pownell (Burnett) Cheryl Hutchinson (Broadbeach) Col Kingham (Pialba) David Johnson (Musgrave Hill) Geoff Geary (Mooloolaba) Heather Hodgson (Paradise Point) Lee Newing (Kawana) Leon Dwyer (Pialba) Ralph Hunt (Paradise Point) Roger Goodridge (Broadbeach) Ron Schofield (Musgrave Hill) Terry Lee (Tweed Heads) Terry McFadden (Tweed Heads) Wendy Usher (North Dalby)

As a self-funded Association, all team members are required to share the cost of accommodation, travel, meals, uniforms and incidentals.


This has resulted in a levy of $840 being placed on the team members, reserves and managers to cover accommodation, travel and uniforms.

Geoff Cooper (Kawana) Gordon Usher (North Dalby)

They will also meet their own out-of-pocket expenses for meals and incidentals.


Offers of individual or team sponsorship should be directed to MABA secretary, David Johnson at

Julie Johnson (Musgrave Hill) Peter Hutchinson (Helensvale)

16 queensland bowler june 2018

Singles: Men Tewantin Noosa’s Jay Dawe despatched young gun Jacob Nelson (Belmont Services) 25-22 in the thrilling final, both players battled to take control of the grand-final but a consistent lead proved to be elusive for both players. In the end, it was Dawe who would calmly collect the silverware after edging in front of Nelson over the last few ends of the game, the win marks the start of a comeback for Jay Dawe who has only just returned to the game after a decade long break from the game. “I’m loving being back,” Dawe said. “I didn’t think about bowls for about ten years while I was having a break but now that I’m back, I want to do nothing more than bowl.

Singles winner Jay Dawe with runner up Jacob Nelson

“This was a great start but outside of this I’m looking forward to the Australian Open in a few weeks, I’ll be looking to see what I can do down there on the Gold Coast and hopefully I’ll be able to go onwards and upwards from there.”

2018 State Champs Singles winner Bolivia Millerick with runner up Jessie Cottell

Women Millerick had defeated Club Kawana’s Judy Whaites 25-15 in semi to earn her grandfinal berth, while Cottell had defeated Tweed Heads’ Jessica Srisamruaybai 25-19 to advance into the final. Her 25-14 win over Cottell in the singles final completes a rare set for Millerick, who now has all State Women’s Titles to her name. After previously winning the pairs, triples and fours disciplines in past years, the singles was one that has always eluded her. “I feel proud, excited, happy & stoked,” Millerick said. “To complete the set of State Titles, is absolutely amazing. I couldn’t have done it with a better team and I thank them so much for being beside me in all the titles.”

Sponsored by: june 2018 queensland bowler 17

2018 State Champs

Pairs winners Jade Groenewege, Sean Baker (Open Men), Chloe Stewart & Jessica Srisamruaybai (Open Women).

Over 60s Pairs winners Geoff Jensen, Linda Morish, Merril Ahern & Barry Ward

Mixed Pairs winners Chloe Stewart and Ian Schubert. Image credit Kurt Brown

Pairs: Open Women

Over 60s Men

The three-day hunt for the Pairs title drew to its conclusion as Tweed Heads’ Jess Srisamruaybai & Chloe Stewart faced off against Broadbeach’s Jessie Cottell and Julie Keegan. The Tweed Heads contingent sailed through to a 29-10 finish.

New Farm’s Geoff Jensen & Barry Ward (Salisbury) managed to just outflank Enoggera’s Peter Balderson & Alan Howard (Souths Suburban) in the dying moments of the game to take out the prestigious state title with a narrow win of 18-15.

Open Men

Mixed Pairs:

Club Helensvale’s heavy hitters Brett Wilkie and Aron Sherriff were upstaged by Victoria Point’s Sean Baker and Jade Groenewege in the men’s final, with the boys from Victoria Point managing to pull off a coup over the final three ends to win 16-14.

Club Kawana’s resident legend Ian Schuback and Tweed Heads’ Chloe Stewart claimed this year’s State Mixed Pairs title in emphatic style, the old school & new school team defeated Elizabeth Walton (Burrum Heads) and Helensvale’s Aron Sherriff 23-15 in the thrilling final at Club Maroochy.

Over 60s Women In the over 60s women’s competition Club Kawana’s Merril Ahern & Linda Morish took on Thuringowa’s Kate Leverton & Wendy Jones with Ahern & Morish finishing 25-10. 18 queensland bowler june 2018

Schuback and Stewart assumed the lead from the start opening up a 4-0 lead, Sherriff’s rink put up a fight for each end but Schuback and Stewart made a push over the last few ends to 23-15.

Fours: Men The men’s fours team of Darren Christie, Reed Burgess, Sam White & Sean Ingham took this year’s title with gusto, winning the grand final 20-15. “The final was tough, we were behind for most of the way but just managed to get in front on the 18th end and stay there,” Ingham said. “Every game is tough when you get to this level, but the boys played brilliantly and we’re all pretty stoked; this is my first State Fours title win and this is the first State title win for the rest of the team too. “We were a bit nervous when we were behind but we just managed to get there in the end so it feels pretty good.”

Women North Dalby’s Wendy Usher and her team of Val Dun (Dalby), Cheryl Hutchinson (Broadbeach) and Heather Hodgson (Paradise Point) defeated Brenda Thompson, Nicole Williams, Adele Pershouse and Gail Crompton 19-14 in the grand final. Peter Balderson, Alan Howard & Mitchell Mears. Image credit Morgan McSmith

State Triples winners Chloe Stewart, Claire Turley & Jessica Srisamruaybai. Image credit Morgan McSmith

Triples: Women The victorious Tweed Heads threesome of Jessica Srisamruaybai, Claire Turley and skip Chloe Stewart chalked up a 22-5 win over just 14 ends of play against Jeanette Ward, Christine Scott and Terese McAlary. “It was awesome to win with a team all from the one club, as we are all mates and it was made better by the fact it was Jess’s first win of a state title,” skip Chloe Stewart said. “We just took each game one at a time and it’s always hard when you’re up against the top players in the state; we were just lucky enough to play well in each game and we had a few tough battles but we were able to get over the line and the end result was first prize.”

“We are euphoric!” Cheryl Hutchinson said soon after the end of the game. “Total disbelief that we won, we felt that we were playing above our league as we were up against the best in Queensland! “We are not used to having as many spectators who are all very good bowlers and we didn’t want to make a fool of ourselves, so really focused on our game and gave it our all.”

Men The win margin was significantly smaller for Alan Howard, Peter Balderson & Mitchell Mears who beat Greg Brown, Clinton Bailey, & Scott Chamberlain 24-16; Mears’s rink took an early lead but was soon chased down by Chamberlain who held a brief 8-9 lead on the eighth end. Over the next 16 ends of the competition Mears’s team fought back to sit in front on 17-9. The 23rd end sealed Chamberlain’s fate as Mears’s team picked up three and picked another shot on the proceeding end to secure a clean 24-16 win and etch their name into the record book as the winners of the 2018 State Triples title. “I feel over the moon with result,” skip Mears said. “It’s always a hurdle playing in the final but I’m happy with the result, it’s a massive milestone for me and it was great to play alongside Pete and Alan too.” Bowls Queensland acknowledges and thanks the Queensland State Government through the Sport and Recreation Department for the funding made available for this event. Thanks too to the Sunshine Coast Council for sponsoring the State Championship.

Women’s Fours winners Wendy Usher, Cheryl Hutchinson, Heather Hodgson & Val Dun

Men’s Fours winners Darren Christie, Reed Burgess, Sam White & Sean Ingham june 2018 queensland bowler 19

West Toowoomba Bowls Club Classic Fours Carnival 2018 By David Pratt Dalby, Pittsworth, Crows Nest, Rosewood, Hervey Bay, Carina and Ipswich.

Charity chook run proves a success by Nambour Heights Bowls Club president Ron Price The Nambour Heights Bowls club, one of two clubs in Nambour on the Sunshine Coast, has resurrected the humble Sunday arvo chook run to attract new members to the club and help raise money for charity. Since July 2017, the event has had an emphasis on having fun and runs for one hour to allow for people who work or who are time poor. Our games director, Baz Neil, came up with the idea of doing the chook run as a charity event after a small group of social members began a Sunday roll up as a social activity to support each other, following the direct or indirect exposure to the effects of cancer. The games director approached the group to see if they were interested in turning the session into an opportunity to learn the game of lawn bowls and raise money for charity, whilst still offering a setting for support and fun. It has since been well supported and on April 22, a cheque for $500 was presented by Nambour Heights Bowls Club to Cittamani Hospice Service in Palmwoods. The hospice is a community based organisation that provides professional and compassionate in-home palliative care on the Sunshine Coast. We are only a small local club and are proud to have been able to support such a worthy cause. 20 queensland bowler june 2018

Front L, sponsors, Peter Wenham Burstows Funeral Services, Mary Goodall Village on the Downs. Back L, Carnival Winners, Nathan Appleton, Graham Elton, Jake Rynne, Scott McLoughlin.

The West Toowoomba Bowls Club Classic Fours Carnival was played over the Labour Day weekend, with 28 teams competing for the $6000.00 prize money on offer. Players from all six Toowoomba Clubs competed, as well as Cunnamulla, Roma,

The team of Nathan Appleton, Graham Elton, Jake Rynne and skip Scott McLoughlin were the winners of the $2,400 first prize money on offer. As well, they bought themselves in the Calcutta and collected another $2,283. The Classic Fours Carnival has been running for over 25 years and this has only been made possible by the wonderful support we have received from local business over the years. A great weekend of competition fun and friendship enjoyed by all who participated.

Bowls Bash in the Bush by Peter Rookas

Winners are grinners: L to R Bogga Kath, Nathan Appleton, Sean Kiepe & Norm Head.

Skip Bogga Kath (r) and Lead Norm Head (l) oversee a close measure

Despite the tough times being experienced in the bush, the third annual Tara Open Fours Carnival was conducted recently at the small Queensland country Tara Bowls Club and was hailed a huge success.

The Chinchilla “Young Guns� David Jones, Jim Donnelly, Sam Roberts and Andrew Hammermister played well to finish in fourth place, also with three wins and a draw.

Backed by major sponsor Hencol Constructions, the maximum of 15 teams of bowlers from all over the region packed the Tara green in a sea of colours.

Saturday winners were the experienced Jandowae/Dalby line-up George Hoath, Brian Slatter, Rick Bellgrove and Noel Corban, while Josh Steffans, Anthony King, Nathan Wichlacz and Dion Benfer of South Toowoomba/Roma had the best score on the Sunday.

Pre-tournament favourites, the crack North Toowoomba/South Toowoomba combination of Shaun Keipe, Graeme Kath, Nathan Appleton and Norm Head completed the five game contest undefeated to take top prize money. Runners-up were the local Tara outfit of Joel Smith, John Smith, Jim Smith and Matthew Prain, recording four wins, with their only loss delivered by the eventual winners. Third place went to the Roma team of Greg and Melissa Caletti, playing alongside Russell and Regina Todd who recorded three wins and a draw.

The carnival organisers want to thank all who played a part in making the weekend a great success, from the sponsors, to the lovely ladies who prepared the sumptuous meals, the volunteer cleaners, BBQ cooks, volunteer bar staff, greenkeeper Jim Smith (who prepared an outstanding surface after 22 mm of rain the day prior to the carnival), but most of all the players! Bowls is very much alive & thriving in the bush!

been doing? Prawn day at Beaudesert May 20th saw 28 teams take to the greens for Beaudesert’s bi-annual prawn day. Two rounds of 16 ends interspersed with a magnificent prawn and chicken lunch provided by Bev, Brian and team, perfect weather and splendid greens prepared by greenkeeper Brian made for a memorable day. Only eight teams won their two games and the winners were determined by a unique method. Each member of the eight teams played one bowl on a fulllength jack to Wardy’s Yardstick. The team with most bowls inside the yardstick (1m) won the day. The day was proudly sponsored by Mrs Quick Foods. The successful team on the day were K Green, C Bower, N Rusbridge, S Tansey (pictured) and runners up T Swanson’s team from Red Hill.

Friendship Carnival

Margaret still a regular at West Cairns

Story by Bundaberg Past Presidents Bowls Association secretary Gary Jackson The 2018 Past Presidents’ 23rd National Friendship Carnival was hosted by the Australian Capital Territory Branch in Canberra over six days (April, 8-13). Five Canberra clubs were involved over the four days, competitors played two games of 18 ends each day. There were 38 teams of “Open Gender” fours nominated from Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. Queensland was represented by 12 teams and in the end, the Queensland team of Thelma Kemp, Marion Jackson, Gary Jackson and John Kemp received the best Team of Queensland Trophy.

John Kemp, Thelma Kemp, Marion Jackson and Gary Jackson

This team was from the Bundaberg Branch, with all four being members of the Moore Park Beach Bowls Club. The Carnival Committee of the Australian Capital Territory is to be congratulated for organising a successful Carnival. The 24th National Friendship Carnival 2020 will be in Queensland hosted by the Gold Coast Branch.

Chinchilla Mixed Carnival A good weekend was had by all who attended the Chinchilla Mixed Carnival, with 28 teams taking part in the event, which included a great night with free live entertainment.

There are 22 teams now nominated for our July Carnival, with plenty of room left for the pairs.

She joined the club in 1973 after several years of encouragement from husband Jock and they played together each weekend. In the early 80s, West Cairns formed a T.P.I. Memorial bowls Club Group especially for men, but after several years, ladies were allowed to join. Margaret jumped at the chance and has been a member for the past 32 years. She has also served as the Ladies’ President, Senior Vice President and has been appointed a life member of the T.P.I. Club. After an accident in 2012, Margaret had five months of recuperation, but what kept her going was getting back on the green and back to living in her own home. She now plays every Monday with her beloved T.P.I. friends, who she considers her second family.

by Ian Beard

The mixed team of Danny Holligan, Cheryl Lorkin, Bronnie Grant, Wayne Thatcher from Kandanga and Kingaroy were the eventual winners of this year’s carnival. We would like to say a big thank you to all our sponsors and congratulations to all players and volunteers.

Margaret Lindsay (96) is the oldest active member of the West Cairns Bowls Club It took several years of encouragement from her husband to entice Margaret to take up the sport, but as the children grew and were able to look after themselves, she finally decided to give it a go.

On 27th June 2016 Margaret was awarded “life membership” of the West Cairns Bowls Club, adding another feather to her already impressive list. Carnival champions Danny Holligan, Cheryl Lorkin, Bronnie Grant and Wayne Thatcher

The Men’s Pairs Carnival will be held on July 13 and entries close July 9. Don’t miss out another great weekend of bowls in July! Margaret on the green

Margaret enjoys selling raffle tickets for the club

june 2018 queensland bowler 21

been doing? North Toowoomba’s Skins carnival by Peter Rookas There was plenty of exciting bowls action at the North Toowoomba Bowls Club recently when the club conducted the inaugural McGrath Skins Carnival.

Very happy District Sides managers at Caloundra.

Mooloolaba to hold player reunion for Keith Poole Memorial The Keith Poole Memorial Top Draw Fours celebrates 30 years of success this year and Mooloolaba Bowls Club invites all past players to come along and catch up with old friends on what is sure to be a wonderful afternoon on Saturday, June 23 at 2pm. In 1988, Mooloolaba Bowls Club initiated a first in Australia, a men’s fours event with a revolutionary scoring system designed to create and maintain interest over three days of competition. This tournament continues to attract the country’s top bowlers. The original sponsor was FAI Insurance, followed by Cotton Tree Meats, while more recently the Poole Group Accounting & Investment Advisers is today’s major sponsor. Of the 168 participants in 1988, the winning four were Bruce Smith, Ron Davis, Tom Hamilton and Colin Pritchard. Some big names that missed out were Keith Poole, Rob Dobbins, Artie Booth, Kevin Henricks, Wacko Arnold, Barry Wegert, John Blake, Ken Mott, Col & Bill James, Stan Coomber, Rob Parrella ... and the list rolls on. KEITH POOLE’S RECORD - 3 x Australian Championships 4 x Qld Championships, Commonwealth Gold & Silver Medallist, Australia Games Gold Medallist, BCIB Hall of Fame, MBE 22 queensland bowler june 2018

The Skins carnival attracted a maximum of 32 of the best teams from all over the Darling Downs, playing for close to $2,000 in prize money. Following the popularity of bowls at the Commonwealth Games, spectators turned out in numbers and witnessed a hotly contested Open 3 Bowls Pairs competition that consisted of nine rounds for Skins of $180 each.

From left North Toowoomba’s board director Steve Barnes with winners Graham McCarthy & Ray Chicken and Toby Sandell from McGrath Real Estate Toowoomba (sponsor)

McCarthy who stepped up to win round five outright and collect the days biggest Skin of $540.

However, when there were two equal scores, the Skin jackpot rolled over to the next round.

Skins of $180 were won by West Toowomba’s Matt Cowan and Peter Viney, Norm Head and Jim Williams (Norths), Justin Weir and Graham ‘Milko’ Kelly (Souths/Norths), Len Rasmussen and Russ Stewart (Toowoomba), Boyd and Lynn Mott (Norths) and Jimmo Hagan and ‘Bluey’ Richters (Wests).

This happened when rounds two and three were tied and it was the Drayton team of Ray ‘Chicko’ Chicken and Graham

Such was the success of the event, sponsors McGrath committed to the 2019 event and vowed prize money will increase.

Similar to the golf format, each Skin went to the team with the highest winning score in each round.

Queensland’s clean sweep

Queensland RSL bowlers produced one of their best performances to date at the 51st Australian RSL National Carnival held at Tweed Heads, with a win of all three trophies up for grabs during the 10 day carnival from April, 28 to May, 5. The bowlers played off for the Jack Hamilton VC Trophy and the Dr Sydney Kranz Memorial Trophy during the test series played by 156 players from all six states, followed by the Sir Arthur Lee National Fours Championships which fields 192 self-selected players. “The selected squad of QLD RSL Bowlers achieved great success by winning all three trophies,” QLD RSL Bowls Assn state president Don Gibson said. “The Jack Hamilton was achieved through a tough fought draw in the first test against last year’s winners Victoria (93-93) and an outstanding

win against NSW in the last test (13084) with four rink wins and a draw. “The Krantz was achieved by a percentage win over NSW after a tough last round loss to NSW, however Qld had a margin of 10 shots over NSW, both had four wins and therefore Qld won on percentage. “The National Fours with a field of 48 teams competing came down to the final between our Queensland team of players from our Gold Coast Zone of Ian Wildman, Mick Carley, Ron Gurr and Paul Staggard (skip) against a well credentialed South Australian team led by Col Davies (Skip). “The Queenslanders won 21-18 but had to defeat another Qld team led by Peter Thompson in the semi-final. “It was a very successful carnival, congratulations to all who competed.”

Umpire with Joan Brotherton

Conditions Of Play

y a l P f o s n o i t i d n o C f o ample


Some of the main points to note that can differ are: As many of you are ›› Allocation of control and ›› Restricting movement of playing or approaching conduct of the event players during play/delaying entry into many events play in the coming months, I ›› Eligibility – this depends on the ›› Position of players when not thought that I would look type of game to be played playing ›› Nominations - closing date/ at Conditions of Play. All events, whether they are competitions or tournaments, have their own individual Conditions of Play. It is very important to read and have a copy of these, as they vary from one event to another – sometimes there is a lot of variation. Conditions of Play and what they should cover are defined in the main body of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls (Law 57.2 and Appendix A). Conditions of Play must be decided before details of the event are publicised for all club, district, state and national events.

entry fees/green fees/start and finish dates and times

›› Competition – type of games to be played/number of bowls/number of ends/time restrictions/duration of play/ prizes and awards ›› Withdrawals and forfeits ›› Substitutes and replacement players ›› Greens – width of rinks/speed of green/synthetic, natural or covered greens/lighting. ›› Trial Ends/Practice – arrangements

›› Respotting the jack ›› Attire ›› Disqualification ›› Scoring

›› Coaching during a match ›› Provision of Umpires/ Measurers/Markers ›› Electronic communication devices ›› Artificial devices ›› Score cards ›› Temporary adhesive markings ›› Extreme Weather Policy/ Smoking Regulations.

Note: If there is no Domestic Regulation to cover a specific aspect of the sport, all games are to be played in line with the Laws of the Sport of Bowls.

june 2018 queensland bowler 23

Helensvale Hawks soar to new heights at BPL07 Story by Sam Morton (Bowls New Zealand)

Three-time Australian International Bowler of the Year Aron Sherriff showed the world exactly why he’s one of the best players on the planet, leading the Gold Coast Hawks to their inaugural BPL championship and securing a remarkable fourth successive win in as many instalments.

driving the jack clean into the ditch with his bowl following and nestling in an unbeatable position, setting up a welldeserved second shot at the Hawks and consigning the Gorillas to third place to round out an impressive campaign.

Hosted at the state of the art Naenae bowls complex in Lower Hutt, Wellington - crowds piled in for the eagerly anticipated Finals Night for BPL07, with the top four franchises taking to the carpet for their shot at the silverware and a slice of the $100,000 winners purse.

With the two best performed sides of the tournament fittingly winning through, the final promised plenty and most certainly didn’t disappoint.

After a gruelling 14-rounds of qualifying, the Hawks and Brisbane Pirates finished first and second respectively, with the Murray Steamers and Illawarra Gorillas chalking up third and fourth place to remain in contention and advancing through to the Elimination Final. A determined Gorillas side comprising six-time World Indoor singles champion Jeremy Henry, reigning World Champion of Champion singles exponent Aaron Teys and two-time Commonwealth silver medallist and Scottish international Kay Moran, entered the televised rink in red hot form, dispatching Canadian superstar Ryan Bester and his side of Australian rising star Ellen Ryan and Moama representative Michael Walker in straight sets, 5-2, 7-6 - earning them a place in the preliminary final. 24 queensland bowler june 2018

The semi-final showdown saw a mouthwatering contest between two of the world’s best skippers Alex Marshall and Sherriff, both players who have been in scintillating form for their respective franchises all week, with Sherriff making his fourth-successive final after switching franchises from the three-time champion Sydney Lions to the Hawks. Aptly supported by fellow Jackaroo squad members Nathan Rice and Lynsey Clarke, Sherriff’s Hawks proved unstoppable as they progressed through to the Grand Finale taking the match-up in straight sets, 9-5, 6-3. Not ones to be disheartened, Marshall, a five-time Commonwealth gold medallist, recently crowned dual Commonwealth gold medallist Kelsey Cottrell and tournament debutante and decorated Queensland state champion Michael Breen bounced back in epic fashion, taking the first set against the Gorillas, 9-7 - with Marshall playing arguably the bowl of the tournament to propel the Pirates into the final. Leading the second set 4-3 heading in to the final end, Marshall wasted no time in

Trading bowl for bowl, all players put on a spectacle to remember with the highlights reel likely going down in BPL history as one of the greatest finals since the concept’s inception, particularly with Sherriff and Marshall treating the crowds to a bowls feast end after end. An eventual straight sets victory, 5-3, 7-7, likely flattered the Hawks, however an unprecedented fourth title to Sherriff, albeit with a new franchise, saw the 32-year-old retain the BPL Most Valuable Player tag - an accolade he was also awarded in BPL06. All focus will now switch to the BPL08 set to be held back at the magnificent Pine Rivers club in Brisbane on November 13-16. Grand Final Gold Coast Hawks Defeated Brisbane Pirates; 5-3, 7-7 BPL07 Most Valuable Player Aron Sherriff (Gold Coast Hawks) Photo: Bowls Australia

Insurance – Things to know and what to watch out for As we watch the money for insurance premiums get debited from our account, insurance can often feel like a waste of money – after all, we’ll only really need it if we need to make a claim or in other such emergencies. The worst thing that one can do is to either have no insurance or to be under insured. We’ve set out some general insurance concepts which may assist members as individuals with their personal insurance needs, as well as those who act on committees and are considering the insurance needs of their Bowls Club. As our society becomes increasingly litigious and prosperous, it is important to take stock of the insurance you have or ought to have as part of an asset protection/risk management strategy. Because we live in a first world country with strong social values, governments prescribe compulsory statutory insurance schemes to cover us if we are injured in motor vehicle accidents or at work. Medicare Australia defrays the cost of a lot of our medical treatment. For many of us, those compulsory schemes constitute the bare minimum of our insurance coverage but each person has different circumstances and such insurance does not always benefit an injured party. For example, a person injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by another person will recover damages from a fund, whereas a person injured in a motor vehicle accident which is their own fault may not recover any damages, regardless of the severity of their injuries.

A person injured in the course of their employment will receive compensation (as opposed to damages) if they are a worker, but not if they are an independent contractor. If you are one of these people who fall between the cracks, an Insurance Broker can advise on appropriate insurance. Some public liability policies attaching to home and contents policies indemnify the policy holder away from home and some don’t. Wouldn’t you like to know if the public liability policy attaching to your home covers you for an injury you might cause someone through an unfortunate accident on your way to work? Although the list could be virtually endless, here is a short snapshot of some more common types of insurance which might be appropriate to your needs: • home and contents (including public liability); • compulsory third party motor vehicle; • motor vehicle property damage; • fire and theft; • workers’ compensation; • life insurance and income protection; • private health; • travel; • professional indemnity; and • pets. Equally as important as identifying the type of policy, is ensuring the policy covers the intended risk. Policies are often dense and difficult to read. A surprisingly cheap premium is a good indicator that the policy might not cover the contingency you had in mind. Careful consideration should

be given to definitions, scope of cover, exclusions, as well as any loadings. Another very important contingent liability to check is the amount of any excess that might be charged by the insurer. This can be a particular trap where young people drive vehicles and have an accident. It is worth considering various options fully where this risk exists. Underinsurance is also often a trap. Although we apply our minds to the issue of insurance when we purchase an asset, we routinely merely pay the policy when it falls due, without considering whether the asset has increased in value. Although many policies increase annually in accordance with CPI, as these increases are only minor, the value of the asset may have increased well beyond the value of the policy if a claim is required in the future, leaving you out of pocket and potentially receiving only a portion of the value lost. If you need any advice regarding any insurances, feel free to contact me on 3224 0230 and I would be more than happy to discuss with you or refer you to one of our insurance specialists at Mullins.


june 2018 queensland bowler 25

1937 – Production line to turn the bowls

1939 – Exports loaded onto a cart outside the factory

1946 – Engraving bowls

1947 – The testing table and factory

Henselite turns 100!

In June 2018, Australian bowls manufacturer, Henselite, turns 100. Chairman, Bruce Hensell & his son, Managing Director, Mark Hensell, talked to us about the origins of the 4th generation family business and the changes in bowls manufacture and the industry over the past 100 years. “The sport of lawn bowls has been around for hundreds of years.” said Bruce. “Originally all lawn bowls were made of wood, called lignum vitae, and to adjust the bias, lead was poured into the ends. To hide the lead, a disk made of casein (a bi-product of milk) was placed over it.” Timber, however, was an unstable material and would change shape with variations in temperature, causing changes in the bias. “My grandfather, William D Hensell, worked in Melbourne for billiard makers, Alcock, Thomson and Taylor. It was my grandfather’s role to re-model these misshapen bowls and that’s how he developed his expertise.” Even after the reshaping, the wooden bowls in a set were still inaccurate and used to be individually numbered so the owner could get to know how they ran differently. William Hensell was convinced that there must be a more stable material for making lawn bowls and in 1918, met up with the Dunlop Rubber company. Together they came up with a plan to make a hard rubber bowl. W D Hensell left Alcock, Thomson and Taylor and in June 1918, started his own business – originally called W D Hensell. Dunlop would mould the rubber balls then engaged the services of W D Hensell to turn, bias and finish them – creating the first rubber lawn bowls. The rubber bowls were very popular and quick to take off with many leading bowlers discarding their old ‘woods’ for the new ‘rubbers’. In 1918-1924 they became so popular that the importation of wooden bowls completely ceased and Australia became an exporter of rubber bowls. Realising the success of the rubber bowl, in 1930 Dunlop brought the turning and biasing of their bowls in house and terminated the contract with W.D. Hensell. 26 queensland bowler june 2018

Undeterred however, W D Hensell and his son Raymond set about improving on the humble lawn bowl yet again.

product, we had created an environment where these big international sports brands couldn’t keep up.”

The 1930s was the “Age of Plastics” and the Hensells began to research other materials and found that “Phenol formaldehyde” or “Bakelite” met their requirements.

“Then came the 1980s which were the heyday of bowls”, said Bruce.

There was a catch, however. “The thickest mass of this plastic that had been moulded so far was only 1/4” (6mm) thick and to make a lawn bowl, it need to be more than 5” (125mm). The current understanding then was that creating this mass of plastic ‘just cannot be done’. But Ray took on the challenge and, through experimentation and research, perfected the moulding of a lawn bowl and the “Henselite” name was born in 1930 – a combination of its founders ‘Hensell” - and the material - “Bakelite”. The company swapped all bowls production from rubber to the new phenolic material. This took the bowls market by storm. This was the first time a bowler could ensure they had a perfectly matched set and it was an invention that changed the world of bowls. It was 1956 when Bruce, Ray’s son and the company’s current Chairman, began in the business.

“Our manufacturing record was 39,950 sets in one year. Bowls was just so popular in Australia and the Indoor Bowls scene in the UK was exploding.” “All the legends of the game at the time who had become household names were using Henselite bowls - Glynn Bosito, David Bryant and later Rob Parrella. In 1980, 99 of the 100 players competing at World Bowls used Henselite.” In the 1990s, Bruce’s son Mark, the company’s current managing Director, joined the company and more changes were afoot. “The coloured bowls that we make today look very different from the original black Bakelite versions my grandfather first produced back in 1930,” said Mark. “Instead of the manual lathes, engravers and polishing machines they used in the early days, these processes are all automated and computerized.”

However, soon Slazenger announced that they would no longer be selling lawn bowls.

“However, we still have the same passion and drive for precision and consistency in our product that led my great grandfather to set up the company 100 years ago this year. It’s why Henselite bowls have won more Gold Medals at World Championships and Commonwealth Games than any other brand. It’s why our Gold Medal Winning Dreamline XG is the currently the biggest selling bowl in Australia and has achieved such success for bowlers at club & state level as well as at Commonwealth Games and World Bowls.”

“My dad Ray and I went up to Sydney to buy some of their equipment and it was the most excited I think I have ever seen him.” recalls Bruce. “Here we were – an Australian family business – and through creating a consistent and superior

“We are very proud the company’s contribution to shaping the modern game of lawn bowls and hope that lawn bowlers will enjoy using our bowls, clothing and accessories for the next 100 years and beyond.”

He recalls that the main competitors in those days were sporting good giants, Dunlop and Slazenger. “Dunlop had ceased to make bowls once the popularity of rubber dropped away but recommenced later with a plastic version which they produced and was sold by Slazenger.

Development with Rachel, Wade and Andrew Rachel



Woongoolba Bowls Club By Andrew Howie

Woongoolba bowls club is a small, one green remote club situated in an area of 400 homes. They have struggled to engage with the local residents in recent times, therefore gaining membership and participation has been a challenge. Last year I began working with the club to help them move towards becoming a community venue that all local residents would like to use. We signed the club up to the Good Sports program where they are now at level 3. I worked with the club to obtain a grant to purchase equipment to run bowls events/days at their club and, as part of this grant, they had to run a Family Day and start a season of Jack Attack.

Last month, the club ran a family day on a Sunday, which attracted over 120 people, which is a great result considering the small pool of people to advertise to. The day consisted of Jnr Jack Attack activities for the kids, barefoot bowls for adults, BBQ lunch and a live band. Overall, the day was a huge success with everyone enjoying activities, which led to new social members of the club. The club profited over $6,000 over the bar,

raffles and food. The takings of the day were well and truly over the normal takings for a Sunday. Woongoolba will continue to run days like this throughout the year and continue to become a community hub while Jack Season 1 will commence in the month of May. Contact your local RBM for advice or for more details on how we can help your club.

BPL CUP BPL Cup 2018 is here, what an opportunity! The format for everyone! the Bowls Premier League (2 sets of 5 ends, with a one end tiebreak). Power plays are included in this fast-paced, fun format of bowls. Two couples could get together to form a team, families etc - the only rule is that all players must be affiliated to the same club. Entry for a qualifying event is $60 per team, and you can enter directly online along with further event information at Clubs around South East Qld are getting ready to host qualifying events for the BPL Cup, with the overall state winner set to compete on the national stage alongside the Bowls Premier League main event at Pine Rivers in November.

for BPL TV matches, free supporter gear for a QLD team, plus the opportunity to compete against other State winners for the BPL Cup. Semi-final and final matches for the BPL Cup will be televised.

The QLD State winners (3 players) receive flights (depending on location) and accommodation, hire car transfers to the venue, reserved rinkside seats

The BPL Cup is an open-gender competition for teams of 3 (or 4, with a substitute), with matches played in triples format with the same scoring as


Rachel Mulcahy 0429 213 207

RBM - CENTRAL QLD Wade Mutzelburg 0429 442 818

The following QLD clubs will be hosting qualifying events: Club Manly United (Ipswich) Burleigh Heads Geebung Tweed Heads Pine Rivers Musgrave Hill

West Toowoomba Caloundra Tewantin Hervey Bay Rockhampton Thuringowa City

RBM - SOUTH EAST QLD Andrew Howie 0409 498 786

june 2018 queensland bowler 27

Queensland faces stiff opposition at Australian Sides

28 queensland bowler june 2018

The Australian Sides proved to be a tough campaign for Queensland with the women’s side providing Queensland with their strongest result, finishing third overall in the hunt for the Marj Morris Trophy, while the men finished fourth in their quest to retake the Alley shield. Queensland, who had been the best performed overall side and winners of the Marj Morris Trophy in 2017, pulled off some great performances at this year’s event. The Queensland men produced a stunning 58-55 victory against a red-hot NSW contingent on day two while the women hammered Tasmania 80-35 on Day 4. However, it was Victoria who would claim this year’s Alley Shield honour a game clear of NSW, with Tasmania finishing in third spot ahead of Queensland, with those two teams splitting their seventh-round encounter to allow NSW to leap-frog to second spot.

It was Victoria’s tenth title win, and second in three years, which puts them nine wins off NSW’s record. The final rubber win for NSW also confirmed the Blues’ Matthew Pietersen, Corey Wedlock, Aaron Teys and Aaron Wilson as the best performed rink throughout the seven rounds, 20 shots better than their closest competitor also on six wins. The final round was somewhat of a formality for the women’s Marj Morris Trophy contest, which NSW had already secured regardless of any last round result against Victoria, and Victoria were guaranteed a silver medal. However, it did impact upon the Overall Champions Trophy standing, and the best performed rink honours in the women’s competition as well. NSW claimed the coveted overall honours one game clear of Victoria, after the Blues stunned the untarnished Victorian men, as well as the second-placed women. Congratulations to our players of the series, Nathan Rice and Cassandra Millerick.

june 2018 queensland bowler 29

ANTON B ROWN F UNERALS 100% Queensland Family Owned

We’re here to help with all your funeral needs in Brisbane and surrounding areas. 57 Balaclava St, Woolloongabba 4120

1285 Gympie Road, ALL AREAS, Aspley 4034 (07) 3217 3088 24 HOURS A DAY (07) 3863 4000

HATBANDS Made from fade-resistant polyester grosgrain and embroidered with your club name From just $4.96 + GST

Seen reading the Bowler this month is Lucy Livingstone, the Bowler’s newest assistant.

(07) 3391 6044 |

Kelvin Kerkow OAM Domina/BCiB – your insurance broker working harder for you. Domina BCiB is a family business operating since 1987 and today employ a dedicated team of 17 from our office in the Illawarra region of NSW. Our philosophy is to build long term relationships with our clients by providing great service, great products and professional advice. Our client base is a mixture of small, medium and large commercial operations, all receiving our high standard of professional advice.

Kelvin Kerkow OAM Mobile: 0400 767 837 Email:

Domina-BCIB Area Manager Kelvin Kerkow is not only a champion lawn bowler but also a champion insurance broker. L i ke u s o n F a c e b o o k and download the D O M I N A / B C I B a pp fro m t h e a p p sto re v i s i t u s o n l i n e W W W . D O M I N A .C O M . AU SUITE 8, 12- 14 GEORGE ST • WARILLA NSW 2528 NSW P O B O X 500 WARILLA NSW 25 28 Q L D P O B OX 3 9 2 W E ST B U R L E I G H Q L D 4 2 1 9

30 queensland bowler june 2018

k c a J e h t t o p S WIN A SET OF HENSELITE BOWLS!

Simply put an X where you think the missing jack was located in this picture, fill in your details below and send this page to:

Queensland Bowler Spot the Jack PO Box 476, Alderley QLD 4051 The first correct entry drawn will receive a free set of Henselite bowls. Winners can choose from a selection of models, colours and sizes. Name Address

State Postcode Daytime telephone *email

Entries must be received by 30 June 2018. Winner will be announced in the August 2018 issue. One entry per household. Original entry forms only, no photocopies.

This month’s winner From April Spot the Jack

Congratulations to:


You will receive a set of Henselite bowls of your choice from a selection of bowls colours and sizes. Conditions of entry: This is a game of skill and the judge’s decision is final. By entering this competition, you will be signed up to receive news from Henselite and from Bowls Queensland. You can automatically unsubscribe at any time.

june 2018 queensland bowler 31

Firm Up Your


Mackay Ladies’ 25th

The Mackay Ladies Bowling club celebrated its 25-year anniversary on April, 20 and Bowls Queensland’s Colleen Ryan was on hand to present Mackay’s president, Denise Becus, with the award after a fun day of bowls out on the green and a lovely lunch. The Mackay Ladies Bowling Club was founded in February, 1993 by foundation president Muriel Jaques. Mackay Bowls Club itself is more than 111-years-old but was the last club in Queensland to allow women to play bowls. Women were finally allowed to take to the greens following a 56 to 16 vote by members of the club. “We now welcome everyone although we are only a small club, we have a tight-knit group of members who are very compatible, get along well and love their bowls,” Becus said. “We still have foundation members at our club and one of them will turn 90 in June and we’re picking up a few new members as well.”

Are you ready for the Australian Open? The Gold Coast will once again be host to the world’s richest bowls festival, to be held June 9-22.

Visit Club Super’s Get Financially Fit program has a range of online articles and videos with info to help to put you in a better financial position today and in the years ahead.

The benefits are real. is optional.

32 queensland bowlerThe june 2018 lycra

The 2018 Australian Open boasts a total prize purse of $250,000, inclusive of a $2,500 prize for the player of the event, as determined by the person who accumulates the most national ranking points during the tournament. The Australian Open is a colossal affair, with over 4,500 total matches played each year and 13 clubs hosting the event. Clubs hosting hosting the ‘World’s Biggest Bowls Festival’: ›› Broadbeach Bowls & ›› McKenzie Park Nerang Bowls Club Community Club ›› Mermaid Beach Bowls ›› Burleigh Heads Bowls Club Club ›› Mudgereeba Bowls Club ›› Club Helensvale ›› Musgrave Hill Bowls Club ›› Club Robina ›› Coolangatta Bowls Club ›› Paradise Point Bowls Club ›› Southport Bowls Club ›› Gold Coast Bowls and ›› Tugun Bowls and Community Club Community Club

Queensland Police Legacy bowls day returns

The Queensland Retired Police Association will conduct their 12th annual lawn bowls day (July, 6) to raise funds once again for the Queensland Police Legacy at the Northern Suburbs Bowls Club in Brisbane. “This year’s event is an open fours competition and we hope to fill the greens at Northern Suburbs Bowls Club this year with 28 teams across 14 rinks,” Queensland Retired Police Association member Allan Dale said. “Last year, more than $7,000.00 was raised, which is a tremendous result for our sport.” Queensland Police Legacy is a non-profit organisation founded in 1971 with the aims and objectives of providing ongoing assistance to the eligible dependent families of deceased Queensland Police Officers. It has raised more than $66,500 since its inception. The primary focus of this assistance has always been on ensuring that the dependent children of those families receive the education their parents intended for them and that they may have been deprived of due to circumstance. Over the past 46 years Legacy has helped 228 families and 411 dependent children. The organisation currently assists 54 police families with a total of 86 police legacy children and Retired Police Association state President Greg Early says the help and care legacy

provides is immensely valuable to the families of fallen officers. “It’s a big thing for someone to lose their spouse and the service Legacy provides is a lifeline for many families; they make sure the children will not be disadvantaged by the loss of a parent,” Early said. “The money from Legacy helps the children with various things including computers for school; we also take the children on holiday once a year for a week to a good resort and we make sure they are never seen wanting. The scheme makes sure the children are looked after from kindergarten through to University, Early says he has seen the great work done by Legacy first hand. “I have a personal interest in the police legacy scheme, because some 40 years ago my late wife’s brother who was a serving police officer was killed on duty and he left four boys behind and the scheme cared for those boys all through high school,” Early said. The event promises to be another fun filled day of bowls action with some great prizes, entries close July, 1 so get in early to secure your spot and help raise money for a worthy cause.


Friday 6 July 2018 Morning Tea & Raffle Tickets from 8.30am Northern Suburbs Bowls Club (NSBC) 175 Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights

Entry Fee: $100.00 per team (Single players $25.00) includes lunch

$1,000.00 Total Prize Money Game 1: Lunch: Game 2:

9.15am to 11.30am 12.00pm 1.00pm to 3.15pm

Conditions of Play  Two games of open fours – 16 ends or the bell  Ten points for a win - One point for each end won  No dead ends – Jack re-spotted on the “T”

RAFFLES AND PRIZES GALORE !!!! **** All Proceeds in Aid of Police Legacy **** Providing Assistance to Families of Deceased Police Officers Entry Form

Lead Name: __________________________________________________________________________ Second Name: __________________________________________________________________________ Third Name: __________________________________________________________________________ Skip Name: __________________________________________________________________________ Contact name & phone:____________________________________________________________

ENTRIES AND ENQUIRIES TO: - Peter Ryan NSBC Chairman 0418 783 289 Ferny Grove Players: Chris Loane – 0412 443 618

Send all entries and enquiries to Peter Ryan NSBC Chairman 0418 783 289 or Chris Loane 0412 443 618. june 2018 queensland bowler 33

Coaching with BQ coaching committee





Etiquette – Where Has It Gone? Bowls Australia has supplied a Players Code of Behaviour. these are:

Bowlers from yesteryear who played with strong etiquette

As a member of the State’s Coaching Committee I am confronted by Players concerned about the level of Sportsmanship and common courtesy in our game at the moment. Questions centre around who should teach it etc. As a “Baby Boomer” I was taught etiquette by my parents and at school. Our coaches expected us to comment on opposition’s good play and expect it to be returned. Common decency and respect were on a whole “the norm”. Bowls is a sport that encourages social interaction and friendship. Individuals treat one another the way they expect to be treated back. This can basically be done by applying common sense, honesty, fairness and consideration of others.


Play by the Rules


Don’t argue with Officials. Let your Team Captain or Manager approach the Official.


Control your temper. Verbal abuse of Officials, sledging of other Players or deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent are not permitted behaviours in any Sport.


Work equally hard for yourself and your Team. Accept your position in the Team and restrict comments and opinions that undermine the compatibility in that Team’s environment.


Be a good sport. Applaud all good shots, whether made by your side or the other. Accept that lucky or fluky shots occur and will eventually even out.


Treat all participants as you expect to be treated. Do not bully or take advantage of another competitor.


Co-operate with the Coach, team mates, opponents and Officials. Without them there wouldn’t be a sports competition.


Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.


Spectators also need to display good Sportsmanship so that Players and other supporters are not distracted or offended. We all want our Team to win but there are acceptable and unacceptable ways to show support.


Clapping and cheering should be encouraged but should not be done whilst a Player is on the mat.

Australian Sport was recently exposed by the fiasco of the Australian Cricket Team. It shows how far we have declined in the eyes of the world with our displays of sportsmanship. It is the duty of each and every one of us to use a bit more common sense in our interpretations of what is deemed acceptable. I recently played in the “Arm Bowlers” State Championships and was treated to a show of etiquette and sportsmanship that I haven’t experienced for some time. Thanks to all the participants for a great time.

Upcoming courses Club Coach – June 6-7, Manly Bowls Club Introduction – June 30, Meandarra Bowls Club Skills – July 1, Meandarra Bowls Club Club Coach - July 2-3, Tweed Heads Bowls Club Skills – July 4, Tweed Heads Bowls Club Club Coach – July 14-15, North Toowoomba Skills – July 16, North Toowoomba 34 queensland bowler june 2018

DOTTY’S TIP Etiquette is not a defined rule it is practical common sense.

Last New Villas NOW AVAILABLE!

Renaissance Retirement Village Premium location – beside major shops and services Caring and supportive community Superior, spacious and practical living designs with high quality fittings Picturesque environment Breathtaking community facilities

36 Bunker Road, Victoria Point Ph (07) 3820 7700 Inspections 7 days 10 am – 4 pm june 2018 queensland bowler 35

June 2018  
June 2018