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What a great time of year - the season is well and truly underway, the sun is shining and everyone is hopeful that the hard work over the off-season will equate to a successful year on the green. The same applies to Bowls SA, where reviews of the different programs that are run are undertaken over winter and considerable planning for the upcoming season and beyond occurs. The framework for this is the Bowls SA Strategic Plan 2010-2013 and one of the key strategies of the plan is to enhance the formats and styles of play to be more appealing to the participant and spectator. With this in mind, Bowls SA is setting up an Innovations Committee to undertake a review of all Bowls SA competitions and events to make recommendations to the Bowls SA Board on the future composition and direction of these programs. I encourage members who feel they have something to offer this process to refer to the article on Page 6 for further information, and give consideration to nominating. In an exciting initiative, Bowls SA has formed an affiliation with Bowlscast to produce a weekly podcast that will be available to be downloaded via the links on the Bowl SA website. Scott Nicholls and Mark Ulpen, both from the Grange Bowling Club, will host the weekly wrap-up of all things bowls and content will include both metropolitan and country news and information. The appealing aspect from a Bowls SA point of view is that the podcast will be available to be downloaded by all members regardless of where they reside. Further information on the Bowlscast can be found on Page 6. Unfortunately we have seen yet another act of arson at a bowling club, this time at Holdfast Bay. Although the Club was fortunate in that the fire was contained before engulfing the entire building, there was still significant damage to the toilets and entrance foyer which contained a great deal of irreplaceable club memorabilia. Fortunately the Club is still operational and the greens were not SA Bowler November 2010

damaged, but the impact of an incident such as this could have had significant ramifications on a club, especially at the start of the season. A full report is on Page 11. In the last edition of the Bowler we highlighted the need for all clubs to ensure that they have the appropriate measures in place to protect their property and themselves against serious unforeseen circumstances such as fire and natural disasters. This senseless act should be yet another reminder to prepare for the worse as you never know when a tragedy could occur. This will be Travis Moll’s last issue of the Bowler as he finishes with Bowls SA in early November. Travis has made a valuable contribution to the organisation over the last two years in his roles of Programs Coordinator and more recently Marketing Manager and everyone at Bowls SA wish him well in his future endeavours. Finally, Night Owls has commenced for the seriously challenged bowlers of the ‘Chalks’. The lack of commitment to preparation is evident early, and at 0-3 questions are already being asked by the Selectors. Fortunately there is no talent in the lower grades so the current members may be able to hold their spots for a couple more weeks. Further updates to follow… Regards

Ben Scales General Manager

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Features 4 President’s Message 6 Bowls SA Update 8 Upcoming Events 10 Night Owls Super Series 11 Arson at Holdfast Bay 13 Ascot Park 50 Years 14 Country V Metro Shields 16 A Jewel in the Triangle 18 U18 Championships 19 Moama U25 20 Development 21 Junior Classic 22 Ready to Roll 24 Silver Tier Camp 26 Region Round Up 28 Spot the Jack 30 Past Presidents 31 Unbiased Opinion 32 We Will Remember Them 34 You be the Umpire 34 Classifieds

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President’s Message

The Season is well on its way and isn’t it great to be back on the green and playing pennants! I’ve recently had the opportunity to visit a number of clubs throughout the State for special events which has made for a busy, but enjoyable time. Thank you to the following clubs for their kind hospitality during my visits: Murray Bridge - Season Opening LMWBA - Season Opening at Tailem Bend LSEBA - Opening at Millicent Region 7 - Opening at Victor Harbor NWBA - Opening at Crystal Brook Encounter Bay - Opening of new greens Justices Bowling Club - Opening at Novar Gardens. Ascot Park - 50th Birthday celebration and Jervois, my club, also celebrated their 50th Birthday. With the season now underway the Bowls SA office has been hectic over the last month with registrations to process and State Events commencing. Please check the closing dates for events to avoid disappointment and to ensure the ongoing success of these events we encourage everyone to ‘have a go’. State events offer a great opportunity to play with, and get to know, people from other areas of the State. Information on upcoming events can be found on Page 8. Recent changes to the Laws of the Sport of Bowls were ratified at the recent World Bowls meeting held at the Delhi Commonwealth Games. Upcoming

meetings of the Bowls Australia National Officiating Committee and Board will decide on the timeframes for the implementation of these changes. A new partnership between Bowls SA and the Gotta Getta Group (GGG) has seen all Clubs supplied with scorecards for the 2010/11 season, advertising in the SA Bowler, plus an excellent fundraising opportunity offered to metropolitan Clubs. The GGG Lottery, where 80% of the proceeds go back to the Clubs and 20% is retained by Bowls SA, will see 20 lucky winners receive 1.5kw PV Solar Systems with free installation. While only offered to metropolitan Clubs as a trial at the moment, if successful it is hoped that it will be expanded to Country clubs next season. At the GGG Lottery launch an outdoor stainless steel kitchen was provided as a door prize; congratulations to the Hope Valley Bowling Club, lucky winners on the night. Our U18 bowlers have just competed in the National Championships at Broadbeach, Queensland and full details of their impressive performances are on Page 18, as well as the U25s recent visit to Moama on Page 19. I look forward to seeing many of you at the Men’s and Women’s Prestige Medleys to be held at Payneham Bowling Club later this month, and also to catch up with many more of you at the Finals of State Events - may be even to present you with your winner’s cheque! Good Bowling Ivy Kluske

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At the Board Meeting on 20 September 2010 the Board appointed John McDougall as an Independent Director in accordance with Clause 35 of the Bowls SA Constitution. The clause has been included in the Bowls SA Constitution since the merger in 2003 providing the option for the Board to appoint an Independent Director with a particular skill set that was deemed to be of benefit to the governance of the organisation. The Board saw John’s appointment as an ideal way of continuing his invaluable contribution to the governance of Bowls SA, utilising his extensive employment, and bowls administration experience with the Royal SA Bowling Association, Bowls SA, Bowls Australia and World Bowls. As an Independent Director John is also entitled to attend and participate in all meetings of the Council with a voice and no vote. The one year term will expire at the conclusion of the Bowls SA Annual General Meeting in September 2011, but reappointment may be made at the discretion of the Board.

The sport of bowls has seen a decrease in Member Club membership across the country, as well as a decrease in participant numbers at pennant level and in State Events. Other sports have developed alternative competitions and different formats of play to maintain and attract participant numbers and if bowls doesn’t evolve and adapt to the changing profile of the sport and the needs of leisure participants then this trend will continue. One of the Key Strategies of the Bowls SA Strategic Plan 2010-2013 is to enhance the formats and styles of play of all Bowls SA competitions and events to be more appealing to the participant and spectator. With this in mind, Bowls SA is setting up an Innovations Committee to undertake a review of all Bowls SA competitions and events to make recommendations to the Bowls SA Board on the future composition and direction of these programs. Bowls SA is now seeking expressions of interest from nominees to assist with this task and sit on the Innovations Committee. The Terms of Reference and Nomination Forms available on or by contacting Bowls SA.

Lawn Bowls in South Australia has a new voice in Bowlscast. Hosted by Scott Nicholls and Mark Ulpen, will be the home of a weekly lawn bowls podcast that is free to download. Each show will highlight the news and issues in and around the bowls community in South Australia and across the country. Including country and metropolitan bowling, Bowlscast will showcase clubs, results, interviews and exclusive releases direct from Bowls SA keeping you up to date. Bowlscast will also be announcing major club events and tournaments, so Clubs can email their information to Bowlscast. The site will be updated weekly with a new show, and the occasional special event, so make sure you visit often so you don’t miss out on the latest news.

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The SA Bowler is your magazine and we are always on the lookout for content that members want to read. Is something interesting happening at your Club? Have you some quirky stories to tell that highlight the characters that play the sport? If so, let us know by contacting Nola on 8234 7544 or via email There’s no need to be a proficient writer just provide us with the information, and some good quality digital photos, and we’ll do the rest.

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2010 Night Owls Super Series Bowls SA is proud to announce that the sponsorship of the Bowls SA Night Owls Super Series has been renewed for a further season by Freemasons SA & NT. The inaugural season of the Super Series, which provided Night Owl participants with a competition to take them to a higher and more challenging level playing against top Night Owl teams from other clubs, was well supported and deemed a huge success in the metropolitan regions. It is envisaged that the event will attract even greater interest this year with the introduction of the event into country areas. Once again the competition will be run over a two week period with week one commencing on Monday 22 November. Grange, Modbury, Kensington/ Marryatville and Ascot Park will play host to the four metro events and we invite all metropolitan clubs to get their entries into Bowls SA. The top four teams from each metropolitan night will then advance to the Metropolitan Night Owls Super Series Final, to be held on Sunday 28 November from 2.00pm at the Edwardstown Bowling Club.

The second week will see the event branch out to the country with events being held at Berri, Kadina, McLaren Vale, Mt Barker and Clare. These events will be a ‘winner takes all’ event with great prize money on offer at each evening. Unlike the metropolitan event, a final will not be held due to the logistics of travel. However, the prize money on offer at each club will reflect the metropolitan final, encouraging all country clubs to enter and enjoy this fantastic concept. Clubs in the nine State regions where events are being held have been sent an information pack, including an advertising poster and information regarding the format for the evenings. The evenings consist of three games of six ends, giving every team the chance to participate against different teams from different surrounding clubs. Each event will kick off at 7.00pm with either a free BBQ or post game supper provided. In all circumstances, each participant will enjoy a great night of bowls and supper at no cost.

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Arson Attack at Holdfast Bay Yet another bowling club has succumbed to an arson attack. More than 50 guests were inside the Holdfast Bay Bowling Club celebrating a 50th birthday at the time of blaze, but with the fire starting in the foyer they were able to be evacuated unharmed. Fortunately a fire crew was in attendance at a nearby house fire and was able to limit the damage to the foyer and adjoining men’s toilet. The fire destroyed more than 70 years of history with photos and honour boards naming club officials, life members and winners since 1939 razed. Fortunately the Club will be able to use photos of the honour boards to replicate replacements. This certainly highlights the value of keeping a back up of memorabilia

and records off site, and even more important is having an evacuation plan in place. Members rallied to clean up the extensive smoke and water damage and the Club was back functioning within a week and ready for the first pennant game. Damage to the roof, insulation, power and phone lines has been estimated at $100,000 and while insurance will cover the cost of these repairs, the process will take a little longer than the original clean up. The Club is confident of being completely restored and ready to host the International Police Bowling Championships in April 2011 and the Asia Pacific Championships later that year.

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50 Year Celebrations Ascot Park Bowling Club is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and while many clubs have achieved this feat, Ascot Park is unique in its unusual beginning. Alf and Judy Douglas lived at 29 Third Avenue, Ascot Park and decided to build a two-rink bowling green in their backyard for their own enjoyment. As this was in the 1950‘s there were not a lot of sporting facilities in the area so their friends were invited around to join them. It became so popular that Alf changed his garage into a makeshift clubhouse. So popular in fact that they had enough players to challenge other bowling clubs to play friendly games. It was inevitable that this industrious group would seek to play in a regular competition with a delegation approaching the Marion Council in 1957 to see if they could acquire land for a permanent home. In January 1959 the current site was chosen with the Ascot Park Bowling Club being in Park holme, and with a grant of £1,000 from the council work began on the Clubhouse and first green.

The first Opening Day for the Club was held on the 17 October 1959 at Alf Douglas’s house. A delegation from Victoria visited South Australia in 1961 to introduce Indoor Biased Bowls and Ascot Park was the home for this Association until 1967 when it became a subcommittee to the RSABA. In those days the Marion Council Chambers were next door to the club and because they did not have the amenities they have now, the club assisted the Council by lending facilities to host functions such as Parliamentary Dinners. SA Bowler November 2010

The new club was officially opened in October 1960 with both men’s and women’s teams playing in the 1960/61 season. Additions to the clubhouse and greens were completed in 1968. Since its inception Ascot Park has won over 200 pennants from its involvement with the South Australian Women’s Bowling Association, Royal South Australian Bowling Association, Bowls SA, South Australian Indoor Bias Bowls Association, Metropolitan Electric Light Bowling Association and the State Night Owls Competition. Ugis Freidenfelds was President in 2002/03 when the Club won an amazing 13 flags in the one season. Ascot Park is one of only four clubs to have Premier One sides on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday in the current Bowls season. The Club held 50th Birthday celebrations at the Clubhouse on Sunday 17 October with over 100 members attending, including past presidents Hilton Pike, Rhonda Cooper, Barry Woolman, Ugis Freidenfelds and Peter Ryan along with Life Members Kevin Beer, Barbara Keldoulis, John Kennedy, Bob Rorrison and Doreen Walding OAM. The guests were entertained by Malcolm Hammond and a number of speeches by City of Marion Mayor Felicity Lewis, Federal Member for Hindmarsh Steve Georganas, Bowls SA President Ivy Kluske, local council member and our No. 1 ticket holder Irene Whennan, Mary Lou Corcoran (filling in for Patrick Conlon MP), Region 11 Chairman Winston Ellis, Andrew Smith (Lion Nathan), Doreen Walding OAM and Hilton Pike. Plans are in place for work to begin on a complete refurbishment of the Clubhouse in April 2011 which will no doubt see the Club continue to build on its success over the last 50 years.






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Country v Metro Shields

Players from Port Lincoln, Upper North, Riverland, South East, Fleurieu, and Yorke Peninsula, joined to battle the metropolitan sides to secure the Schroeter, Kennedy and Under 18 Shields at the Marion Bowling Club on Sunday 24 October. Marion as usual offered top class greens to provide an ideal venue for this annual Country versus Metropolitan event. Despite a beautiful spring day with clear blue skies it was once again a bleak day for the country with the Metro sides dominating the results.

not much better for the Country with the Metro side winning 90 - 64. In the Singles, Cassandra Harvey went down to Renee McPharlin 20 – 25 and Candise Jenke Skippered the Country Fours to a 22 – 14 win against Prue Goonan. Nathan Pedersen and John Voigt teamed together in the Pairs to record a 29 - 5 win over Jake Golding and Brandon Whiley, whilst in the Triples Josh Thompson defeated Luke Brind 27 - 12 to take the overall scores to Metro 184 – Country 125.

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In the women’s competition in the morning Riina Bradbrook went down to Jenny Sharpe 7 - 24, while Katrina Miller was also defeated 14 - 18 by Kerry Treloar. The country girls got away to a very slow start against Sandra Wallace trailing 0-13 at the sixth end, while picking up a single and five shots in the next two ends, the lead was far too great to bridge with a severe loss recorded. Winners for Metro were Lyn Prosso 20 defeating Merrilyn Lovelock 12 and Sandra Wallace 27 defeating Heather Richards 10. In the afternoon game Riina returned to form to win 21 - 15 against Heather Richards. Things looked good at the ninth end when Bradbrook lead 16-3 but then the country girls got their act together and came back to be down 15-16 at the 15th end. Unfortunately for them they allowed the opposition to score five shots on the final three ends. In other games, Katrina Miller

The winning Metro U18 side

In the morning game of Singles John Voigt defeated Luke Brind 25 – 17, whilst the Fours teams Skippered by Josh Thompson and Brandon Whiley resulted in a win for the country when Whiley won 23 - 22. In the Pairs, Danielle Fuss and Prue Goonan 28 defeated Sarah Voigt and Candise Jenke 6 and the Triples, Skippered by Breeanna Dickson, won 19 to 15 against Renee McPharlin. The winners of the morning events were Metro 94 - 61 and the afternoon was


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20 defeated Merrilyn Lovelock 12 and to make a clean sweep in the afternoon Lyn Prosso 22 defeated Kerry Treloar 15 and Sandra Wallace 19 defeated Jenny Sharpe 15. In this game Sandra was up 11-9 at the 10th end, 13 all at the 13th and went on to win three of the final five ends.

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The Metro men showed their strength in all games to win the shield ‘in a canter’ by winning their morning games 71 - 42 and running away to win their afternoon games 102 to 43. Best skipper for the Metro was Scott Taylor who defeated Andrew Hill in the morning 19 - 7 and Mario Valcic 34 - 3 in the afternoon, with Mario’s three shots scored on the 12th end of the game. Darryl Steinwedel was the only two game winner for the Country, defeating Jeff Aworth in the morning 14 - 10 and recording a two shot win against Wayne Ruediger 22 – 20 in the afternoon. In the afternoon Jeff Aworth bounced back against Chris Kearns winning 13 of the 18 ends to win 29-9. Whilst the scores were a long way apart they did not affect the camaraderie on the green and after the games. A review of the format of the Schroeter, Kennedy and Under 18 Shields is underway to ensure this event remains relavent and viable in the future. SA Bowler November 2010

Bowls SA is excited to announce a new partnership with Adelaide Shores that is sure to make the 2010/11 MGA Country Carnival a fantastic event. Adelaide Shores provides accommodation, golf and function facilities at West Beach, in close proximity to many of the 2010/11 Country Carnival host clubs, and has been named as Bowls SA’s preferred accommodation supplier. Adelaide Shores offers a huge range of accommodation from caravan sites through to budget cabins and deluxe accommodation across two properties – Adelaide Shores Caravan Park and Adelaide Shores Resort – so there’s sure to be an option to suit all Country Carnival participants. Both properties include many free facilities like swimming pools and barbeques, plus guests have access

to the beach, Café Neptune and golf facilities which are all located alongside the accommodation. Bowls SA General Manager, Ben Scales, believes that the Adelaide Shores precinct offers bowlers the perfect environment to enjoy the Country Carnival. “The location of Adelaide Shores and the facilities offer an ideal solution to the bowler looking for accommodation across the Country Carnival week,” Scales said. Adelaide Shores CEO, Kate Williams, agrees. “We think our social atmosphere and all of the recreation options within our precinct will make Adelaide Shores a great place for Country Carnival participants to stay. I know these events are as much about catching up with friends as they are the competition itself.” For more information about Adelaide Shores, bowlers can visit their website: or alternatively call Adelaide Shores for free on 1800 444 567 (Caravan Park) or 1800 222 345 (Resort).



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A Jewel in the Triangle The port town of Wallaroo sits on the western side of Yorke Peninsula 160 kilometres from Adelaide. Along with Kadina and Moonta it forms the copper triangle, an area that seemingly forever has been known as “Little Cornwall.” The land around Wallaroo was first settled in 1851 primarily for sheep grazing. However when copper was discovered at Kadina in 1859 the port of Wallaroo provided smelting facilities along with an ideal base for exporting the product. Wallaroo itself was settled in 1861 and proclaimed as a town in 1862. It was the Yorke Peninsula’s main port until copper production ceased in 1923. The first bowling club in the area was the Wallaroo Mt Lyell Bowling Club located on the premises of the present Pivot site, Wallaroo Mt Lyell Fertilisers. The club which had 32 members, each paying two guineas annual subscriptions was formed in 1922 and closed on the 12 October 1937. For several years members had been working towards a purpose built bowling club in the town. In 1936 a meeting of interested citizens led to the formation of the Wallaroo Bowling Club, Wallaroo Coronation Croquet Club and Quoits Club on land prepared in the railway reserve by the Wallaroo


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Centenary Committee. The area was named Centenary Park. On Saturday 25 September 1937 the Clubs were declared open by Mr J Morley Bath. In attendance was one Mr J A Gibson, secretary of the Royal SA Bowling Association who congratulated the Wallaroo Bowling Club on its affiliation with the State Association. It was a time when country clubs outnumbered city clubs 49-36. The bowling club executive consisted of President Dr W H Harbison, Secretary Mr A B Mansfield and Treasurer Mr R J Humphreys. With a membership fee of 10s and 6p the club fielded a first division side and two second division sides each consisting of four rinks of four players. From this rich history comes the impressive development of the “Wallaroo Community Sports Club Inc.” It has been a monumental undertaking and a well planned project of which townsfolk and sports people alike will be justly proud. It will be a “Jewel in the Triangle.” On the 12 November 2007 Mr Paul Thomas, Mayor of the District Council of the Copper Coast called a meeting of delegates from the Wallaroo Golf Club, Wallaroo Coronation Croquet Club and Wallaroo Bowling Club. It was

An artist’s impression of the new Sports Club

proposed that with the redevelopment of the Wallaroo Town Centre the clubs would be relocated to a joint facility at the Wallaroo Golf Club. Each of the sporting clubs held Special General Meetings and all approved the proposal. On 6 March 2008 the first meeting of the combined clubs was held at the Wallaroo Golf Club and a constitution was adopted. At the same time the first board of the combined clubs was elected. This Board consists of three delegates each from the Wallaroo Golf Club and the Wallaroo Bowling Club along with one delegate each from the District Council of the Copper Coast and the Coronation Croquet Club. The inaugural President is Mr Kevin Taylor ably assisted by Secretary/Manager Peter Graham and Treasurer Mick Rucioch. Although each Club is independent of the others, all will share in the proceeds generated from the WCSC. The end result of years of planning and endeavour, the complex will consist of

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one outdoor 10 rink synthetic croquet/ bowling green and two six rink carpet bowling greens, completely indoors and combined with the clubrooms. A dining room will seat approximately 300 people. The project, which includes 80 x 60 metres of facilities undercover has been a great example of people from within a country community working together to achieve a common aim. The end result will be a sporting facility second to none in our State. One of the more interesting facts which will be of interest to many readers pertains to the roof area and the catchment of water. For each square metre of flat surface one millimetre of rain will produce one litre of water run off, much of which will be harvested in rain water tanks. This is but one of the major benefits of the development. The project is District Council of Copper Coast funded and will be completed within the 2010/11 bowls season. If you are travelling in the area and looking for a game of bowls rain, hail or sunshine there will be no better place to enjoy some great company.

First sod being turned


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Under 18 Golden Girls

September and October proved to be a productive period for the High Performance program with successes at the Under 18 National Championships and the annual South Australia versus Victoria Under 25 challenge. With both events attended by Bowls Australia‘s National Selectors, they provided a great opportunity for our talented young bowlers to show their abilities. The U18 National Championships, were held at Broadbeach BC, Queensland, an outstanding Club, boasting four greens and a wonderful clubhouse. All States and Territories attended the event with teams playing in two pools of four. The boys and girls teams played Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours and at the completion of pool matches teams competed for medals in each discipline.


South Australia’s U18s were placed in Pool 1 which included New South Wales, Tasmania and Northern Territory. The boys and girls performed well in the first match against fancied NSW with an overall result of five wins, one draw and two losses. This was followed by a match against Tasmania where we got off to a slow start but then recovered to finish with an overall result of four wins and four losses in a hard fought match. Next was Northern Territory where we were expected to have a strong showing, and our side didn’t disappoint with an overall result of seven wins and one loss. At the completion of the pool matches our girls Singles, Pairs and Triples were all competing for Gold medals, while in the boys Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours we were competing for Bronze medals.

Prue Goonan, Cassandra Harvey and Danielle Fuss

The boys fought hard but were only successful in the Triples where Blake Fiebig, Josh Thompson and Matthew Northcott won Bronze. Ben Johnson competed strongly in the Singles, as did his partner in the Pairs Nathan Pedersen. The girls had a higher success rate with Breeanna Dickson winning Silver in the Singles, Renee McPharlin and Breeanna Dickson winning Gold in the Pairs and Danielle Fuss, Cassandra Harvey and Prue Goonan winning Gold in the Triples. In overall team results the boys finished fourth, the girls second on a count back to Queensland, and in the combined points tally the South Australian team finished a commendable third. Congratulations go to the girls and boys coaches, Faye Luke and Leon Crane who worked tirelessly to prepare their teams for the challenge of the nationals. During the year Matthew Northcott will be the only player to celebrate his 18th birthday, therefore selection for next year’s U18 National Championship side will be hotly contested. While SA has drawn a tough pool in next year’s draw, which includes Queensland and Victoria, it will encourage players to to prepare well for the challenge this provides.

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Under 25’s Master moama The Moama Bowling Club played host to the South Australian and Victorian U25 teams and in a first for the annual event, it was decided to increase the playing number to six to mirror the Super 6’s event to be held post the National Sides Championships in April 2011. The format provided Singles, Pairs and Triples each day with all players playing in all positions which added to the development aspect of the event. To add to the prestige Sam Clough, an Australian Selector, was present and took a keen interest in the event and individual performances. He also had discussions with State Selectors, Managers and players and came away with a better understanding of bowls in SA and Victoria. In a strong showing by all of our players, SA took the points and after Day 1 held an eight points to four lead, winning both Singles matches and one of two in the Pairs and Triples.

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Day 2 saw a stronger performance with SA drawing two and winning the remaining four matches. With the points score standing at SA 18, VIC 6, SA only needed one win on Day 3 to secure victory. This came in the fifth test when Pairs combination Mark Haines and Josh Chopin had a resounding win. With the sixth and final test being washed out the final points tally saw SA on 20 points and VIC on 10 points. State Selector and Team Manager Trevor Lloyd believed that all players contributed to the pleasing result and that the event provided much needed experience and development to ready these players for senior State events. Congratulations to Mark Haines, Max Kleinig, Ryan Digby, Sam Dietrich, Josh Chopin and Will McPharlin for their outstanding individual and combined performances.

Ryan Digby, Will McPharlin, Mark Haines, Max Kleinig, Josh Chopin & Sam Dietrich

State Squads

Dave Stockham and Faye Luke have continued to prepare their playing groups during trainings at Holdfast Bay and Lockleys with State Selectors also attending. A further training in November will allow Selectors to make their final evaluation of players to form the Sides, to represent SA against VIC in Victoria in early January.


Development Paul Williams The year may be drawing to a close, but there has been no rest for the Bowls SA Development team with a number of different programs on the go.

AASC Program In positive news, the Australian Sports Commission’s Active After-school Communities (AASC) program, which has been very successful for Bowls SA, will continue on in 2011 after a $43m guarantee from the Federal Government. This is critically important for Bowls SA as it is a great vehicle for promoting our sport and our junior programs, specifically the Henselite Junior Development Squads. In 2010, the Lawn Bowls AASC program will have been delivered in almost 40 primary schools across the State, and when you consider that the number of SA Primary Schools taking part in the program is capped at 300, that is a very positive outcome. Given the success of the program we have no doubt that numbers will only grow in 2011 and we are preparing for that and formulating ways to better link the AASC program to our junior programs.

School Clinics

A number of other school clinics have also taken place across the last few months, with clinics being conducted at: • Elizabeth North Primary School • Woodville High School • Victor Harbor R-7 School • Wallaroo Primary School • Kidman Park Primary School • Henley High School Bowls SA also presented sessions for various Primary Schools at the Premiers be active Challenge Reception at ETSA Park on Wednesday 3 November. The children at all of these sessions have shown great enthusiasm for the sport and we have already had a number sign up as members of a Junior Development Squad.


Coaching There are great benefits in coaching juniors but knowing what activities to run to maintain their interest has often been an issue. That is until recently when a group of 11 coaches participated in a Junior Coaching Day where new games created by Bowls SA, which include variations on cricket, football and much more were demonstrated. The coaches were able to play the games to experience how much fun they really were and were then encouraged to consider inventing their own games. During the afternoon session Wallaroo Primary school students participated in the activities and the coaches did a fantastic job involving all the children and highlighting just how successful these sessions can be. Thanks go to the Wallaroo Club for their facilities, and Emily Donnell, Active Afterschool Regional Coordinator, who helped on the day. Over 30 people attended a Club Coaching day at Goolwa Bowling Club which included sports physiology, goal setting, new drills and tactics to use on the green. This was followed by on green activities which highlighted that practice can be fun and there is great value in setting goals. This was evident when these tactics were put to good use to win their first pennant match for the season. Bowls SA are currently looking to compile a list of accredited coaches who are willing to assist with clinics, programs, and courses. We’re also on the lookout for more Presenters & Assessors to help us conduct more Coaching Courses across the State.

Kelli Wray conducts a Club Coaching Clinic at Goolwa

Kelli Wray at the Coaching day in Wallaroo

Holiday Activities Encounter Bay Bowling Club was the place to be for kids during the September school holidays. With lunch provided, music playing and the help of coaches and volunteers, two days were held for the youngsters to enjoy fun activities on the newly laid synthetic greens. Following on from this success a new Henselite Development Squad is being established which will encompass Victor Harbor, Goolwa, Encounter Bay and surrounding areas.

Junior Classic The Junior Classic, which has been such a great success in previous years, is on again in 2010. Open to all bowlers under the age of 18, it is a fun, enjoyable day out and with any luck the weather gods will be nice and we will have a warm, sunny day to finish off the year. There will be prizes and giveaways on the day as well as a couple of special guests, plus lunch and some drinks will be provided. Entry is only $3 per child and you can enter via the Entry Form on Page 21 or contact your Junior Development Squad Coordinator.

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Our eight current Henselite Junior Development Squads continue to flourish, and are set to become nine with the advent of the new squad on the Fleurieu Peninsula. A date for their first training session is being set at which their name, colours and logo will be selected. Over the last few months a number of new members have signed, with the program gaining momentum. On Sunday 7 November the Bowls SA Development Staff, Junior Development Committee and JDS Coordinators met to discuss the future of the program and innovations for next year and beyond. The meeting was very productive and a number of new initiatives will be rolled out over the coming months that will see interest in the Henselite Junior Development Squads grow.


CLASSIC PRI ZES Giv & eaw ays Where: When:

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Brighton BC, 13 Keelara Street Brighton Tuesday 14 December 9:00am Registration $3 pp on the day (single entries ONLY)

Entries close 7 December and are only open to players under the age of 18. (Teams & format will be decided once all entries have been received.) For more information: Phone or email Paul Williams, Development Manager on 8234 7544 or Ron Mitchell and Nicholas McBride Keep an eye on the Bowls SA Junior website for updated information on training times, player profiles and much more. cgi?assoc=7472 If you are interested in booking a Club Coaching session, becoming a Presenter & Assessor, assisting with clinics, programs and courses, or would like details of starting a Junior Development Squad, please contact Paul Williams at Bowls SA on 8234 7544 or email

Name: ___________________________________ Address: __________________________________ _________________________________________ Age: _______ Phone: ________________________ Email: ____________________________________ Junior Dev Squad:__________________________ I (Parent/Guardian) ______________________________ authorise my child to compete in this event. Signed: ___________________________________ Date: ____________________________________ Return to:

Bowls SA PO Box 59 BROOKLYN PARK SA 5032


Pressed, Dressed And L

IKE it or not, it’s true, the majority of us know very little about how a lawn bowl is produced, and the number of different theories on the vagaries of bowls manufacture grows daily. Accordingly, in response to the many requests we have received seeking the facts, a decision was taken to approach Australia’s only lawn bowls manufacturer, Henselite, and we thank them sincerely for their assistance in preparing this feature. Fact: The modern day lawn bowl is a precision-engineered sporting apparatus made from the hardest moulded plastic known to man. Called ‘Phenol Formaldehyde’ it is probably best remembered under the product name of ‘Bakelite’, from which the old black telephones, which disappeared in the 1970s, were moulded. Prior to the arrival of the modern-day bowl in the 1930s, our game’s unique spheres were made of moulded rubber, and before that, machined Lignam Vitae hardwood. Nobody knows when the era of wooden Lignum Vitae bowls began in the UK, but it goes back many centuries. The island of San Domingo in the West Indies - where Lignum Vitae, the hardest and most dense of all woods, originates - was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492, so it is definite that this timber was unknown in Great Britain prior to that time. It became the popular material for bowls manufacture in the UK, during the 18th century, by such makers as Thomas Taylor, Vitalite and others. Bowling was first introduced in Australia when the early colonists, who had played the game in England, brought their wooden bowls with them. It is claimed bowls was first played on a green built alongside the Beach Tavern at Sandy Bay, Tasmania, in 1844. It might be said that bowling, as an established sport, really commenced in Australia in 1864, when billiard ball producers Alcock & Co, turned several sets of lawn bowls from lignum vitae skittles balls, for the newly formed Melbourne Bowling Club. The game of bowls was making great strides in Australia, but the wooden bowls were not stable, and frequently required re-biasing, as they did not comply with the Australian Bowls Council standards of weight and bias. Before the end of 1918 the first vulcanite or ebonite ‘rubber’ bowls in the world were being used, and with success, on Victorian greens. As a result, during the period from 1918 to 1924, rubber bowls became so popular that importation of wooden bowls ceased. Contrary to the belief of many bowlers, and particularly those of the younger generation, the bias of a bowl is not brought about by extra weight on one side of the


bowl, but by the shape of the crown or running surface, which is slightly higher on the non-bias side. The faster a bowl is delivered the straighter it will run. As it loses momentum, because of the shape of its crown, it gradually changes its running surface, and the bias takes effect. Eventually it reaches its maximum draw as it slows down and comes to rest. By 1930 very few wooden bowls were seen on the greens in Australia, as rubber bowls, which were being constantly improved, ruled the roost. They were being extensively used overseas, too, particularly in New Zealand and South Africa. At this time the Dunlop Rubber Co. made a decision that was indirectly and unintentionally designed to usher in a new era of bowls development. They decided to turn and finish, as well as mould, these rubber bowls in their own factory in Melbourne, under the stewardship of bowls pioneer William Hensell. After completing his contractual commitment to Dunlop, Hensell and his son Raymond, also a trailblazer in bowls manufacturing development, formed a company which would eventually become Henselite Australia Pty Ltd. After experimenting with many different materials, they discovered Phenol Formaldehyde - its properties promised to be the ideal material for which they were searching. It was Raymond - father of the company’s current chairman, Bruce Hensell - who perfected the making of the thickest mass of plastics in the world, and was able to make perfectly matched sets of bowls that were stable under all climatic conditions. This invention revolutionised the game as we know it today. He also designed and developed the machinery to produce a wide and varied range of lawn bowls. Climatic conditions, types of grass and green surfaces vary considerably in different countries. Consequently, special models of bowls are made to suit these variables. At that time, in New Zealand, for instance, the greens were the fastest in the world, and windy conditions are common. As a result, New Zealand model bowls had a flatter crown, with slightly less bias than Australian bowls. South African greens are usually hard and bumpy, and a special heavyweight bowl was used to suit these conditions. In the British Isles, greens are invariably wet, soft and heavy. To get the best results a lightweight model bowl was used. In this pictorial/editorial feature we take you through the various steps of the manufacturing process, in which a measured portion of industrial strength plastic powder is given a pedigree.

• Phenol Formaldehyde powder is weighed to exact specifications for the size and weight of the bowl to be produced.

• After being polished to a brilliant finish, lettering and emblems are added using a high-tech laser beam engraver.

- David Allen

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Ready To Roll... • The powder is subjected to extreme heat and pressure in a purpose-built industrial press until it is cured as a solid moulding.

• Mouldings are extremely accurately shaped to the desired profile of the model required, and its grooves and grips are cut on a precision turning machine.

• Although various attempts have been made to mechanically decorate bowls engravings, manufacturers still prefer the time-honoured hand painting method.

• Following final quality control, which includes further random table-test sampling, bowls sets are packed and ready for sport’s most level playing field.

• Every bowl produced is individually tested against the World Reference Bowl, on an internationally approved testing table facility.

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Silver Tier Camp in SA In conjunction with each State and Territory Association, Bowls Australia is conducting Silver Tier and Emerging Athlete Program camps to uncover Australia’s next superstars. Athletes chosen by the National Selectors are invited to join the Silver Tier and EAP program. Silver Tier athletes receive tailored training programs from the National Coaches and sport science team to develop their game. Results of Silver Tier athletes are closely monitored and regular feedback is provided to the athletes. These programs are overseen by National Coach Rex Johnston and Silver Tier/EAP Coach Faye Luke, coincidentally a South Australian. South Australia’s opportunity to unearth talent will be on 13 and 14 November at the Holdfast Bay Bowling Club with the following players afforded the opportunity to participate: • Scott Taylor (SA) • Courtney Hobbs (TAS) • Prue Goonan (SA) • Martin Miller (NT) • Nathan Pedersen (SA) • Mark Haines (SA) • Lisa Phillips (VIC) • Cassandra Harvey (SA) • Breeanna Dickson (SA) • Renee McPharlin (SA) • Andrew Howie (ACT) • Kate Carriage (ACT/NSW) The two day on and off green camp will cover topics including: • What is expected of athletes in the national high performance program • Strength and conditioning • Drills and skills • Match practice “We’re pleased that Bowls SA has been supportive of the Silver Tier and EAP camps” Silver Tier/EAP coach Faye Luke said recently.


Bowls SA Stars of the Future, Prue Goonan, Danielle Fuss and Renee McPharlin

“With the National and State bodies working together to find the best talent across the country, Australia will continue to be successful on the international stage long into the future.” Bowlers aspiring to State and National representation are encouraged to apply for inclusion into the talent identification group.

There is no limit to the number of athletes to be included in the group; however there are specific skill and fitness prerequisites for inclusion. Athletes in this group also have their results closely monitored by the National Selectors. For further information on the pathway to national representation visit or contact Bowls SA High Performance Coordinator Harvey Jolly on 8234 7544.

Elite Coach Workshop

An elite Coach workshop will be held by Bowls Australia at the Holdfast Bay Bowling Club on November 13 and 14. The workshop provides an opportunity for BA coaches to interact with Club coaches who have been invited to attend this workshop, enabling them to identify coaches who have an interest in exploring future opportunities in High Performance coaching.

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Regional Round-Up

Region 5

Ceduna Oysterfest

A field of ninety six bowlers took to the Ceduna Greens for the 2010 Ceduna Oysterfest Classic, which was held on the Saturday and Sunday of the October long weekend. Whilst a short sprinkling of rain on Saturday morning dampened the greens, it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the bowlers who had travelled from Darwin, Weipa, Port Headland, Adelaide, Bordertown, Alice Springs, Moonta, Port Lincoln, Cleve, Streaky Bay, Tumby Bay, Morphett Vale and Wudinna to take part in this prestigious event. Held in conjunction with the Ceduna Oysterfest, this event has become very popular since its inception and this year’s event lived up to expectations with greens that were presented in excellent condition and sumptuous catering all weekend. After two days of highly competitive bowling a team from Moonta entering for the first time, Skippered by Ian Hatcher, took out the major prize. They bowled exceptionally well and won all of their eight matches. A team from Port Lincoln Skippered by Gerardo Perone was Runner-up. Mark Lange from Ceduna and his team from Darwin filled third place. This year the winners of each of the Saturday and Sunday competitions, not featuring in the major places, were presented with winning envelopes. Saturday’s winning team was from Morphett Vale with Mick Walsh as Skipper and Sunday’s winner was Allan Stagg’s team from Port Lincoln.

The winning team from Moonta


Region 7 Goolwa

On 30 September Bowls SA Development Officer Kelli Wray together with Development Squad coach Trevor Gregory conducted a three hour interactive Coaching Clinic for members of the Goolwa women’s pennant sides. Topics included team positions, team values, psychology of performance, effective goal setting, fitness and hydration and basic skill drills. The session was followed by a 90 minute on green circuit which although enjoyable proved to be very challenging.

Region 8 Tarlee

Following extensive recruiting, the small club at Tarlee has entered another side in the Wooroora Bowling Association’s second Division this season. Bowls SA coach Kelli Wray held a coaching session for new and old bowlers at Tarlee and encouraged them to be more confident in their approach to the game. Amongst the group were several junior bowlers who joined the Junior Development Squad which is being formed in the area. Club President John Perry said that the club is very enthusiastic about the coming season and that juniors, in particular, are showing great skills at the sport. The club is now seeking additional players to enable the two sides to be filled consistently during the season.

Region 9

Hope Valley Approximately 60 members, including Tea Tree Gully Councillors and Mayor Miriam Smith and special guests Club Patron Frances Bedford MP and Tony Zappia MP, attended the Club’s Opening Day on Sunday 26 September. The day was an excellent opportunity to showcase the club to the community and demonstrate its growth over the previous twelve months. A highlight was the presentation of Life Membership to club stalwart Ron Peters. Ron is well known in the bowling fraternity and is a very deserving recipient of this prestigious award. He has given many years of dedicated service to Hope Valley, and is still doing so.

The Club had a stroke of luck when representatives attended the Gotta Getta Group Lottery launch and won the door prize of a stainless steel outdoor kitchen valued at $5,000. A fabulous prize which the Club will put to good use.

Region 11

Clarence Gardens

Over 100 members, including some of the 20 new bowling members recruited from the Winter Bowls competition, attended the Club’s 2010/11 Season Opening Dinner on Saturday 18 September. Joining the Club’s only other current Life Member, Betty Poland, two new Life Members, David Plunkett and John Jenkins were presented with badges. David Plunkett has been the Club’s Night Owls convener for 14 years, a Past President and Committee member, top side Skipper for 12 years, and has filled many and varied other positions, including Selector, Tournament Director, Social Organiser and Sponsorship Officer. John Jenkins has been a member since 1969, is a Past President and has been Secretary since 2002. John has also been a senior coach and registered Umpire since the 1970s, and an Umpire Tutor for the then Southern Zone. He is currently the Clubs’ winter bowls organiser, has won the Club’s Singles 11 times, Pairs 10 times, and was the State Champion of Champions in 1985.

David Plunkett and John Jenkins Two members Mary McCouaig and Margaret Kurno were also presented with their Bowls SA 90th Birthday Certificates. Mary McCouaig who celebrated her 90th birthday on Australia Day, 26 January, still bowls regularly and continues to make herself available for selection for pennants. Margaret Kurno has been a member of the Club since November 1971 and celebrated her birthday with a party at the Club on 19 September. Margaret regrettably retired from playing at the end of last season. The Club evidently provides a nurturing environment with another 90 year old, Ben Beglar, awarded the prize for being the most consistent bowler in the Club’s Wednesday winter Triples competition. Member Gary Stone, who carries the SA Bowler November 2010


main brunt of the voluntary bar work, was presented with his Bowls SA Coaching Accreditation. Having recently spent more than $15,000 on upgrades, including the kitchen area, new tables for the lounge etc., the Club is now looking to install a $40,000 plus solar electricity generating system to alleviate rising electricity costs.



Happy Valley

Founded in 1983, approximately 100 members attended the official ceremony to mark the start of the 26th season for the club. President Ray Steer introduced Patron Janny Wagenaar, Life Members Dot Finn, Malcolm Geisler and Bob Booth to members. Assistant Councillor and Past President Mike Colvill presented Super Veteran badges to Colin Willcox and Robin Hughes. Malcolm Geisler officially declared the 2010/11 season open and also bowled the first bowl after Bob Booth had rolled the kitty. In other news, the Board of Management has recently approved setting a No-Smoking policy within the grounds and clubrooms.

Marion RSL

A fundraiser was held at the Club on 20 September with 55 students and lecturers, including the head of the department from the Flinders University Facility of Chemistry and Physics. Dressing up provided a zany element to a fun and memorable afternoon.

Region 12

Port Adelaide

Lois Daviess and Bob Thomas were recently honoured with Life Membership of the Port Adelaide Bowling Club. Bob joined the Port Adelaide Bowling Club in January 1988 after transferring from West Lakes.





Lois Daviess and Bob Thomas In 1998 he joined the committee and was elected as Treasurer in 1999; a position he still holds. Bob has also been Public Officer since 2004, and was elected as Chairman for the 2008/09 and 2009/10 seasons. Under his guidance the Club has prospered with Bob being instrumental in upgrades to the Club facilties. Since 2001 Bob has also been involved at RSABA, Zone and Region level and was elected as Bowls SA Treasurer in 2007 and consequently a member of the Board. Lois joined Port Adelaide (then known as Alberton) in 1994 and within a matter of months was elected Women’s Treasurer, a position she has now held for 16 years. Other roles saw her as Women’s President for a total of five years, and Club Secretary for two years. Lois has been active in all facets of Club life, organizing teams for the Mixed Electric Light Bowls competition, Tournament Director, Managing Bowls SA events held at Port Adelaide and of course assisting in the kitchen and on the bar. Lois continues to be a valuable contributor to the administration of the Club currently holding the position of female Vice President on the Board.

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Flinders University students add some colour to the greens at Marion RSL SA Bowler November 2010



Winners of the Spot the Jack competition this season receive a



Voucher donated by


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To be in the running simply mark an ‘X’ on the photo where you think the Jack was, fill in your details and send to:

Ruth Jaquet of Hallett BC was last edition’s winner of the SPOT THE JACK competition. Most “Jack Spotters” struggled so well done Ruth. Good luck with this edition of Spot the Jack.

SPOT THE JACK, Bowls SA, PO Box 59, Brooklyn Park SA 5032

Name: Club: Address: Phone: The winner will be the entry marked closest to the actual location of the Jack. Competition closes 30 November 2010

“Stay on the Bank” While playing as Lead in a Premier 1 pennant match I found myself in the nasty situation of having to dodge the results of a drive from my Skipper. I was successful in that none of the hurtling bowls or jack hit me, thereby disturbing the head and raising the possibility of having to call an umpire. Maybe even having to replay the end and causing much embarrassment. However, during the manoeuvre, I managed to fall flat on my …. and also arrested, rather heavily, my descent to earth with my left wrist. While team mates hovered showing their concern I performed a self-diagnosis and pronounced myself lucky to be relatively uninjured. Play continued. About 8 pm the pain kicked in and I realised with shock that I really hadn’t escaped uninjured. On Sunday I spent three hours in hospital having examinations, X-rays of the twisted knee and wrist, and contemplating, with considerable concern, my bowling future and the domino effect any injury sets in motion. And so my advice to all is: When you’re not bowling - “STAY ON THE BANK”

Its a minefield out there, “Stay on the Bank”


Phil Cunneen West Lakes Bowling Club

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UniSA Hit the Green For four weeks during August and September, Bowls SA took 52 students from Uni SA through a crash course on bowls. The program formed part of their studies, with the students learning different coaching methods that can be used across a number of sports. Bowls SA Development Officer, Kelli Wray, took the students through a series of fun activities and games highlighting how to modify a traditional sport into a fun activity suitable for young children. The students, most of whom are studying to become PE teachers, showed great enthusiasm and were open to learning new methods and techniques. The focus wasn’t just on modified activities, however, with the students learning the finer points of the game and participating in a few (very competitive) ends themselves. A number of students showed great technique and potential.

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Through the Active After-school Communities program, Bowls SA is hoping to keep a few of the students involved. Many of them have now completed the Community Coach Training Program through the AASC program and already some are assisting Bowls SA deliver our

AASC program in primary schools across Adelaide. Many more have offered their assistance and will hopefully be involved in the new year. Bowls SA would like to thank the Clearview Bowling Club for providing their facilities and greens, enabling these courses to go ahead.


Past Presidents At the 2010 Annual General Meeting of the Association, Winston Ellis, of the Clarence Gardens Bowling Club, was elected President. Winston, a Life Member, brings a wealth of experience to the position. In his acceptance speech, he praised outgoing President, Barbara Ledner, for her leadership. Barbara was the first female President of the Association. Ann Kennedy, a member of the Holdfast

Eric “Dusty” Rhodes and Barbara Ledner

Bay Bowling Club, was elected VicePresident, and the Association also welcomed a new Secretary, Don Priestley from Clarence Gardens Bowling Club. During the meeting Encounter Bay member Eric (Dusty) Rhodes was elected a Life Member, a much deserved honour. Dusty was President of the Robe Bowling Club before moving to Encounter Bay and has been a member of the Association’s Southern Branch for 22 years, and Secretary of the Branch for 17 years. A feature of his very dedicated service was his fundraising efforts for deserving charities. He used his experience as a Police Prosecutor to collect fines for various misdemeanors during games, such as not wearing membership badges, bowling a wrong bias. Also during the meeting Michael Trainer, Modbury Bowling Club President, was inducted as a member. It was a great day at Prospect- Broadview Bowling Club, when the annual Men v Women’s game was played for the Atwell Memorial Trophy. The trophy was given by Peg Atwell in memory of her late husband Bill, some 14 years ago. Sadly, Peg passed away early this year and both are now remembered at this day.

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It was a delight to have Peg and Bill’s son Kym with us, and with his wife Annette, they presented the trophy to the Men’s winning Captain, Jim Linke, who thanked the ladies for a good competitive game. Women’s Captain, Margaret Clarke, congratulated the men but indicated a different result next year. Some 60 bowlers participated and thanks must go to Prospect-Broadview President Kay Smithson and her band of workers for their tremendous hospitality. State Vice-President Ann Kennedy inducted John Binding from the Justices Bowling Club and Jill Thompson from Payneham Club into membership. John was previously President of Edwardstown, and Jill President of Trinity Gardens.


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THE GOOD SAMARITAN – AT YOUR OWN PERIL The Good Samaritan must be one of the best known stories of the New Testament. A traveller beaten by thieves is left for dead by the side of the road. Several people walk on by ignoring his peril. Along comes a Samaritan and does the right thing. In modern day Australia, I have no doubt that many would say that the Samaritan did the correct thing. Australians appear to enthusiastically embrace a fair go, helping those who need a hand which clearly this injured man did. Good Samaritans got a mention in the “Insurance Crisis” in the early part of this decade when it came to reviewing the rights of individual to sue for injuries sustained through someone’s negligence. Volunteers and Samaritans were given some protection by the law which most would agree is a good thing. The protections were to stop them from being sued where they genuinely and with good intent wanted to help someone who had been injured. You can imagine the scene where someone pulls an injured person from a motor vehicle wreck and possibly causes injury. From a reverse side of the coin however, good Samaritans or even those in the industry of providing assistance to the injured, such as ambulance officers, fire service personnel and police have arguably been done a great injustice. If ever anyone was deserving of a right to sue for damages for injuries caused through attempting to come to the aid of others, be it in their employment or otherwise, these are such cases. The common law of Australia was that a duty can be owed to a plaintiff who suffers a mental injury due to witnessing, hearing about or being involved with the physical injury caused to another due to a particular person’s negligence. In the landmark case of Jaensch v Coffey, a person was informed of the injury to their partner through a motor vehicle collision and that person suffered a significant psychiatric injury which the High Court SA Bowler November 2010

ultimately compensated and said that it was appropriate to do so. When you think about it, it is not unreasonable to suggest that those close to people would suffer such a response where they were informed of such an event. The court put limits on it however and this can be seen in the development of the law over the decades since having the right to sue for what has commonly been called a “nervous shock claim”. As a result of the Tort Reform from the early 2000s limits were put on this. The State Governments throughout Australia limited the right to sue to those who were in a close relationship in the main. Those who were not family members had rights, if a witness at the scene of a person being killed, injured or imperilled. In January 2003 at Waterfall in NSW, Wicks and Sheehan were police officers, amongst the first to arrive at the scene of the train derailment. The derailment occurred due to a lack of maintenance. Seven people were killed. Others were seriously injured. Wicks and Sheehan in the course of their employment got busily about their duties and over many hours rendered assistance to survivors moving them from wreckage to safety. As a result of their activities the officers sustained psychiatric injuries. The evidence about that was uncontested. They suffered significantly. They sued for the injuries they suffered as a result of their experience at the site. The Court of Appeal of NSW dismissed the case and said that the ability to sue in such circumstances was limited to the immediate aftermath of the victim being killed or injured and witnessing same. There were falling power lines and a risk of a further fire or damage which could have occurred over any of the number of hours in which they continued to work there. The court interpreting the amendments from the early 2000s said that they had no right for damages because the effect was not immediate enough. Some of the passengers received further injury during the rescue process. The survivors suffered psychological injuries. It is hardly surprising that Wicks and Sheehan devoted to their work and their role in rescuing, suffered after affects because of what they observed and the rescue process in which they participated. It took the High Court to overturn the State Court decision to say that in the circumstances of this particular matter they were entitled to recover damages and had a right to sue. The High Court found that the aftermath of the incident meant injury was an ever present threat.

The same legal reasoning may not be available to people who come across car incidents where there is no ongoing danger. Psychiatric injury can be one of the most debilitating injuries one can suffer. It is certainly arguable that if you come across a horrific scene which has been caused by someone’s negligence then the negligent party should be accountable for the effects it has upon you within reason. To exclude such claims is completely unjust. In the case of emergency service personnel, ambulance officers, police officers and fire service officers and indeed hospital staff, how can it ever be argued that in circumstances such as confronted Wicks and Sheehan they should not be entitled to appropriate compensation once negligence is established. There could be no more startling example of deserved compensation. There has been no ruling in South Australia yet and they will be guided by the reasoning of the High Court. The High Court’s reasoning is welcome but it is a narrow interpretation. Many emergency personnel will not have the benefit of that reasoning. They will have the detriment of a legislative exclusion which was completely unnecessary and was not supported by any evidence. I am sure Australians will continue to be good Samaritans in many circumstances that will confront them but you may be on your own when it comes to holding the creator of the dangerous situation accountable. On the High Court reasoning the Good Samaritan would not have been entitled to any damages had he suffered a psychiatric injury. You could say that in 2000 years the law has not travelled very far. TONY KERIN

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Bowls SA acknowledges the passing of Life Members William Roy (Bill) Tonkes OAM and Muriel ‘Joy’ Smart. William Roy (Bill) Tonkes OAM - 28 November 1920 – 26 September 2010 As a young man Bill lived in the Queenstown area, adjacent to Port Adelaide where his father and uncle played bowls at the Alberton Bowling Club (later to become the Port Adelaide Bowling Club). Story has it that Bill first became involved in bowling when he would visit the Club to make sure that the ditches were clean and the kettle was boiling so that the players could have a cup of tea at the afternoon break. It was not long before Bill took up the sport and became a very competitive and loyal member for over 60 years. Bill held many administrative positions on the Management Committee, and as Treasurer for 14 years; his dedication to the Club being recognised with Life Membership. Over the years Bill won the Club Singles Championship four times at the ages of 47, 73, 75 and 77. As great supporters of the PABC the Tonkes family were acknowledged at the Club’s Centenary celebrations when the northern green was dedicated as the ‘Tonkes Family Green’. Bill’s love of the game also lead him to become a National Umpire and take an active part in the administration of bowls through the RSABA and, as a very methodical man, he held the position of Chairman of the Match & Program Committee for many years. Some of Bill’s initiatives and recommendations are still in place today. Bill was awarded Life Membership of the Royal SA Bowling Association and in 1995 was awarded the prestigious Order of Australia Medal for his services to the sport.

Muriel ‘Joy’ Smart - 2 February 1928 - 8 October 2010 Born in Spalding Joy grew up on a farm, riding her horse to school at Mallee Grove until she continued her education at Unley High School. Returning to the farm she married Albert in 1948 and they had three sons. Joy continued working the farm, but her other love was bowls and as a member of the Koolunga Bowling Club, she was Club Champion 10 times. Her loyalty and dedication to the game saw her ultimately become involved in all levels of administration Club, Association, Division and State. Joy’s first move into the State Executive was in 1976 when she became Proxy Country Councillor for the South Australian Women’s Bowling Association, Division 3. This lead to Country Councillor 1979-1981, Executive Member 1981–1993 and two years as Country Vice President 1989–1991. During this time she also took on other roles serving for 12 years on the Umpires Panel, four years as State Selector and 12 years on Country Selection. Following her retirement from the State Executive in 1993 Joy was recognised with Life Membership of the SAWBA in August 1994. In 2004 Joy moved to Port Broughton becoming a member of the Port Broughton Bowling Club and then several years later transferred to Mundoora Bowling Club. Joy’s love of the sport saw her continue to be active on the green and take a strong interest in administration for the rest of her life.


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SUBLIMATED JACKETS Answers 1. All the teams in the sides shall play an extra end or ends until a result is obtained. Law 45.1. The side captains/managers shall toss a coin for the right to play first. Law 45.2. The extra end shall be played from where the previous end was completed on each rink. Law 45.3. The mats shall be placed in accordance with Law 19.1.1. If more than one extra end is needed the captains/managers should again toss a coin and the winner will decide who shall play first Law 45.5. 2. The opposing skip should choose whether to: a) leave the head as disturbed and have their team play two bowls one after the other to get back to the proper order of play, or b) replace the head to its former position, return the bowl and go back to the proper order of play, or c) declare the end dead. Law 47.1.3 3. The umpire should hand the $150 back to the skip explaining that a skip cannot lodge a challenge in a side match; it must come from the side manager/captain. Law 8.3.2 4. You should check that the jack is at least 20 metres in a direct line from the centre of the mat line and that it is within the boundaries of the rink. Law 30 l. dot 2 and dot 4 5. If a bowl is displaced by a player and it has not disturbed the head after it is displaced, the opposing skip should declare the bowl dead: Law 28. 1. dot 1 Questions 1. In a pennant final the result, after playing the prescribed number of ends was a tie. As a result is necessary, what happens? 2. In a fours game team A played first. When the skips changed ends the bowl of skip B had been placed on the mat and skip bowled it, disturbing the head before the mistake was noticed. What should happen? 3. In a Sides match, at the conclusion of play on one of the rinks, one of the skips comes to the umpire and hands him $150 and says “I am hereby challenging my opposing skip’s bowls on the basis that their bias is less than the minimum allowed.” In reference to this challenge what should the umpire do? 4. A drive results in the jack rebounding towards the mat. The players ask you if the jack is still live. What should you check? 5. A bowl in course is displaced by a player from its own team but the head is not disturbed. What action would you advise?

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YOU BE THE UMPIRE Questions 1. The jack is forced into the ditch by a toucher that remains on the green. By the effect of further play, the toucher causes the jack to rebound on to the rink. May there be further touchers? 2. After a dead end skip A wishes to play from the end where the jack was prior to the end becoming dead, but skip B wishes to have the bowls returned and the end played from the original position. From which end should the end be played? 3. In a team game a non-toucher rebounds from the bank and displaces the jack. What shall be done and by whom? 4. When it became second A’s turn to play, second B noticed that his opponent was not in the vicinity. What should happen? 5. What is the maximum delay by absence allowable? Is there a possible penalty?

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