(Up-dated 24th May 2023)
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2022/23 PENNANT SEASON WRAP-UP
(Posted 11th May 2023)
Last weekend saw the last of the “Hopper” Teams (the Grade 5s) competing in the 2022/23 Zone 8 Open Pennant Competition. After a break in pennant competition in 2021/22 due to the ‘unification’ of Bowls throughout NSW, the competition resumed early in January 2023 in a slightly different format to the previous District/Zone format.
This new format saw the abolishment of ‘Districts’ and replaced by 6 new ‘Groups’ (A – F) within Zone 8, and pennant being administered centrally by Zone. The NABC was in Group A, which predominantly was the same as the former A&DBA, but with some additional clubs. The determination of ‘Group Champions’ in each Grade was slightly different this year, with the Club finishing top after the completion in their respective Grade of the season, automatically progressing to ‘Zone Finals’. However, with the number of clubs participating in Grades 6 and 7, each of these Grades was split into 2 Sections, with the top clubs in each Section of their Grade playing each other for the right to progress to the ‘Zone Finals’.
At the completion of the season, the following summarises the results and standings of each of NABC’s Grades:
– Grade 3 ….. finished 3rd
– Grade 4 ….. finished 4th
– Grade 5 ….. finished 1st
– Grade 6 ….. finished 1st (in Section 1)
– Grade 7 ….. finished 1st (in Section 2)
The Grade 5s finishing 1st (top) automatically progressed to the ‘Zone Finals’ which were played last weekend at Lavington in cold, blustery conditions. NABC came up against Leeton Soldiers in the first round and were defeated overall 55/61, although 2 of the 3 NABC Teams won their respective game. Because of the number of clubs competing and the format of the competition, this meant that NABC were eliminated. Leeton Soldiers went onto win the ‘Zone Final’ defeating West Wyalong 58/48.
Both the 6s and the 7s finished 1st (top) of their respective Section and played The Rock at Henty a few weeks ago to earn the right to progress to the ‘Zone Finals’. In both Grades the Hoppers came up against a far superior and formidable opponent and were ultimately eliminated from the competition (the 6s lost 42/79 and the 7s lost 37/84). In the ultimate 6s Zone Finals played at Wagga Wagga RSL Club, Batlow RSL defeated Temora Exs 66/52, whilst in the 7s Zone Final played at Young, Tumbarumba defeated West Wyalong S&C 65/58.
Well done to all Grades and Players, and let’s hope we can go further in each Grade next season.
NEW 2023/24 CLUB MEMBERSHIP FEE STRUCTURE
(Posted 20th April 2023)
At its recent April meeting the Committee discussed and adopted a new Membership fee structure. A particular emphasis on the matter was to try and reduce the amount of on-going cash handling, particularly at pennant time and at the weekly social bowls events that are conducted, by introducing an alternative type of annual membership fee that incorporated these weekly cash transactions. See below for the new fee structure.
In accordance with the Club’s Constitution, the annual Membership fee is due and payable on the 1st July. The Secretary will be issuing notices to Members well in advance of this date.
(Posted 6th February 2023)
In-lieu of the usual Sunday Men’s Jackpot Bowls the NABC conducted a fund-raising day for Club stalwart Brett Furze (aka “Tractor” or “Nipper”).
“Tractor” was recently diagnosed with a brain tumour (he had one has a kid also) and was rushed to Melbourne for extensive tests, and ultimately a 6-hour operation. The Editor can report that the “Tractor” is now back in Albury Hospital, although not receiving visitors yet; we’ll keep you all up-dated via the Club’s email arm.
“Tractor” has been associated with the Club for 15+ years and is a regular player in the 3s Pennant Team. He is also a former Committee Member. Through bowls “Tractor” has established and accumulated an extended number of friends. Given his circumstances, especially young Noah, the Club thought it fitting that we try and assist one of own. However, word got around and there was an over-whelming push from these established friendships to be also part of the proposed assistance. Consequently, the Committee proposed, and the Members fully supported the proposal to have a fund-raising day in-lieu of our usual “Sunday Member’s Jackpot Bowls”.
Over 70 players rallied from far and wide and enjoyed a very enjoyable Sunday morning yesterday. The format of the day was one game of 2-bowls triples over 2 hours followed by a BBQ luncheon and a number of raffles.
The Club would like to thank everyone for their participation and generosity. A very big thanks to those individuals and organisations that donated prizes for the raffles. Also thanks to those who contributed financially to the ‘pool’ established by the Club. Thanks also to Dan Markham and Eddie Simmons for doing the BBQ. We raised approximately $4,200 and the Club has ’rounded’ this off to $5,000.
Get well soon “Tractor”.
Photos of the day can be found below; just ‘click’ on the photos and they will enlarge, then use the left/right arrows to scroll through them.
2022/23 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
(First Posted 1st February 2023; Up-dated 6 February; Up-dated 15th April; Up-dated 5th June)
Those present at the “A” Grade Singles Championship witnessed a very high calibre, evenly contested game between the two Daniels – Markham and Czuczman. The biggest margin all day was no greater than 2 shots and remained so until near the very end. After winning the mat, DM won the first end, but DC responded and won the next, with the mat alternating between the two. After 7 ends , DC led 7/5. DM then won the next 2 ends to be leading 8/7, and was holding a couple of shots on the 10th until DC ‘drove’ with his last bowl, splitting the head and picking up 2, to go into the 11th end leading 9/8. The 11th end saw DM holding shot but DC again ‘drove’ with his 3rd and ‘killed’ the end. The game continued in an enthralling see-sawing manner, and after 15 ends DM led 12/11. And after 18 ends it was ‘all square’ on 14 apiece. DC then collected 2s on 19 and 20, but DM responded collecting a 2 and a 3, and after 22 ends DM led 19/18. DC won the next two ends (23 and 24) and was holding 3 shots on the 25th, however with his last bowl, DM responded and went from 3 down to 3 up and was leading overall after 25 ends, 22/20. DM went onto win the 26th end , and then followed it up with a 3 on the 27th (and last) end to take out the match 26/20. Well done to both players on a great game.
The “B” Grade was played between Simon Ried and Ralph Richards. Ralph got off to an early lead picking a couple of ones, then a couple of 3s and established an early lead, which Simon was unable to close. Ralph wento onto win 25/12. According to Ralph, he “had a good, consistent day”, whilst the Editor’s sources commented that “Simon had an off-day”.
The “C” Grade was played between Dayle (Jack) Castles and Josh Huggins. The game started out a very close struggle with both players picking up ones. However, around the 8th end Jack collected a couple of 3s and a 4 and took a commanding lead. But Josh rallied and collected a 4, then some singles, and started “pegging” Jack back. But the lead was too big and Josh had to try a few ‘drives’, but all to no avail, and Jack went onto win 25/15.
This year’s ‘Handicap’ Singles was between Club newcomer, Gary Calder (off -6) and Danny Czuzcman (off -10). The game was played early last Friday (due to Danny’s work committement). Gary managed to read and take advantage of the greens and was off to an early lead, and “built” on his lead racing to a 20/3 lead before Danny started gaining his own and gradually building on his score, and closing the gap. However, the gap was too large and Gary finally recorded the elusive last one shot and went onto win 21/11.
After continuous wet weekends and player availability, we were finally able to conduct this year’s Triples and Fours Club Championships yesterday, 4th June.
The Triples were between Team Broad (Steve Martini (L), Dan Markham (2) and Stephen Broad (S)) and Team Hartley (Jack Castles (L), Richard Delaney (2) and Scott [“Brickie“] Hartley (S)). Team Broad got off to a ‘flyer’ going 10-0 after 5 ends with Steve Martini leading well. Then “Brickie” got his Team ‘on-the-board’ with 2 great up-shots dragging jack back to his back bowls, picking up multiple shots, and reducing the score to 12-9 down. Team Broad then took control of the match with their continued plan to play short ends, going out to an unreachable lead with Dan Markham playing outstanding bowls as 2nd in Team Broad. The result was then put to rest when Stephen Broad played an unbelievable drive which took out “Brickie’s” shot bowl and moved jack where he picked up the shot. Team Hartley tried hard all game but the continued consistency of Team Broad saw them call the game off after 22 ends winning the Triples title 32-12.
The Fours Final turned out to be a ‘titanic tussle’ between Bobby Gough’s Team (including Ronnie Boughton (L), Wayne Norden (2) and Dave Mason (3)) and Tim Hartwich’s Team (including John Eddy (L), Phil Hutchinson (2) and “Brickie” Hartley (3)).
After winning the toss, Team Gough won the first 2 ends, but Team Hartwich won the 3rd end and tied the score up at 2/2. The game was a see-sawing game until the 8th end when Goughy drove the jack to just short of the ditch and collected 4 shots. However Team Hartwich rallied picking up 3 on the 9th end, and taking the score to 9/9. The game continued in an intense manner and was still 11/11 after 12 ends. Goughy’s Team won the 13th and 14th, and were holding shot on the 15th until “Brickie” drove and ‘killed’ the end. Team Hartwich won the replayed 15th and moved to be 13/12 down. However, Team Gough regained their composure and won the next 3 ends taking the score to 18/12 their way after 18 ends. On the 19th end, Skipper Gough’s instructions for a short end were lost when Ronnie Boughton put the jack in the ditch. Opposing Lead, John Eddy, took the mat and made a long end. The head was tight and with his last bowl, Skipper Hartwich ‘drove’, picking up 2 shots and taking the score to 18/14 Gough’s way after 19 ends, but still in the game. Team Gough again steadied and won the 20th end. The last end again saw a very tight head, and again “Brickie” trying to ‘kill’ the end, but all to no avail, although they did pick up a shot. The final score was 19/15 Gough’s way. Overall it was a very good , close and entertaining game with numerous close, tight heads requiring much measuring. Well done to both Teams.
The “Pairs” draw is well underway with 14 teams vying for the title. Weather permitting the Final will be played on Saturday 1st July at 10:00am
2023 “SHAG & WILLO MEMORIAL TROPHY” DAY
(Posted 26th January 2023)
The NABC celebrated Australia Day with the holding of the “Shag & Willo Memorial Trophy”. Both “Shag” (John Hegarty) and “Willo” (John Williams) are past Members, both Life Members and “Shag” being Secretary between 2006-17.
This year’s format was two 15-end games of 3-bowl Pairs followed by the ‘good old Aussie sausage sizzle”. 44 Players entered and the day was organised/co-ordinated by Troy Campion and Roy Dahmes, with some expertise advice from “Turtle” O’Brien.
From all accounts everybody enjoyed themselves and there was plenty of bantering, sledging, etc. occurring. At the conclusion of play Scott (“Brickie”) Hartley and George Elliot emerged the winners with 2 wins/+31 shots. Runners-up were Scott Ronan and Gary Webb with 2 wins/+20 shots. Third place went to Lionel Loveless and Duncan Balloch with 2 wins/+10 shots.
“Resting Touches” were won by Jimmy Holland, Neville Wegener, Ashleigh Heinjus and Tim Hartwich.
Of course no NABC event could be held without the obligatory raffles. The $50 meat tray was won by Phil Schuster, whilst Jack Castles won the $25 meat tray. Alan Pantling won the $25 IGA Voucher, and Jo Calder and Garry Fair won the ‘Aussie Hats’.
A big thankyou to the organisers, the two Steves, Kenny Hanna and Frank for their ‘behind-the-scenes’ work. Also thanks to Dan Markham for cooking the ‘snags’. A special thanks to “Brickie” for ensuring at the end of the day that all the shade structures were up.
Photos of the day are below: just ‘click’ on the photo to enlarge, and then use the left/right arrows to scroll through them.
INAUGURAL RECIPIENT OF “FRANK TUCKWELL CLUB AWARD” ANNOUNCED
(Posted 25 December 2022)
At the November Committee meeting, Members discussed the establishment of an annual award to a Member of the Club in recognition for their input/work/etc to the Club. A perpetual trophy would be created and the Committee Members would conduct a ‘blind vote’ to establish the recipient. It was also proposed that the award be called the “Frank Tuckwell Club Award”; Frank was a past President and Life Member, and was a tireless worker and participant around the Club.
The inaugural recipient was announced by Club President, Steve Martini, at the final Friday Night ‘Members Draw’ prior to Christmas, and that was Mick Baz.
Frank’s wife, Jeanette, was present on the night and presented the Award to Mick – well done Mick!
2022 2REM CHARITY DAY
(Posted 6th November 2022)
Yesterday saw 36 very keen bowlers take to the greens to participate in the annual 2REM Charity Day. The competition took the format of 3 games of 12-ends of 2-bowls triples, and was hotly contested with the games and a BBQ luncheon just getting completed before the ‘heavens opened up’ – see photo gallery below.
Three teams finished with 3 wins whilst two further teams finished the day with 2 wins and a draw.
Eventual winners on the day with 3 wins/21 shots were Gary Calder (s), Jo Calder and Lyn Hamilton. Closely followed in 2nd place was George Elliott (s), Ralph Richards and Col Johnson with 3 wins/20 shots. 3rd place-getteres were Gary Webb (s), Donna Smith and Keith Martine with 3 wins/11 shots.
The 2REM Team conducted a number of raffles on the day with Peter Fitzgerald winning the lucky door prize, and Ron Boughton, George Elliott and Ralph Richards winning the lucky chair prizes.
A big thanks to the 2REM Day for the catering and prizes, and thanks to Leigh Booth and Ken Hanna for performing the cooking of the BBQ. Thanks also to Ken Hanna, Clarrie, Frank, Roy, Troy and Broady for their ‘behind-the-scenes’ work. Also, thanks to Dave Limbrick for collating and marking the cards.
2022 ‘SALTY’ ROSS TRIPLES TOURNAMENT
(Posted 3rd October 2022)
Last weekend saw the NABC conduct its’ annual Allen (‘Salty’) Ross Triples Tournament. ‘Salty’ was a past Life Member of the Club who succumbed to MND in July 2019. He was a Club Champion in Singles, Pairs and Triples, and also represented the Club in Pennant – check out his achievements in the “Club Champions” section in the “About Us” section of this website.
This year saw 24 teams participate, including a number from NABC as well as other district teams, a team from Kiewa, and a team from Newborough (Gippsland). The format was 7 games of 15 ends of 2-bowls triples, with 4 games scheduled for Saturday and 3 games for Sunday. However, the ‘heavens opened up’ mid-way through Games 4 (see photo for result of downpour), which meant Sunday’s schedule had to be adjusted to start earlier to allow Round 4 to be completed.
All games were played in a very friendly, but competitive atmosphere, with plenty of verbal support and the odd bit of bantering. To anyone walking past the venue, they would have come away with the impression that there must have been 50+ participants with the christian name of ‘Mate’.
Eventual winners over the weekend with 6 wins/+32 shots was Stephen Broad, Scott Ronan and Jack Castles. Runners-up with 6 wins/+23 shots was Geoff Holsworth, Tim Hartwich and Danny Czuzcman. The team from Culcairn consisting of Daryl Lawson, David Moore and Terry Hensell came 3rd with 5 wins/+59 shots. 4th Place-getters were Glen (Chocko) Harrison, Gary Kern and Darren Moore with 5 wins/+52 shots. Best performing team in Round 6 (and not in the top 4) was Gary Calder, Richard Delaney and Ralph Richards (who replaced the injured Phil Hutchinson from Saturday’s team).
A big thankyou to our major sponsors DLG, Northside Hotel, IGA (the 3 stores) and Tony Hart’s Quality Meats of Lavington.
A big thankyou also to our hard-working President Steve Martini and his trusty ‘side-kick’ Kenny Hanna, and also to Secretary Frank Guivarra for all their ‘behind-the-scenes’ work. Also thanks to the chefs of Sunday’s BBQ in Brian Hodda, Dave Mason and Ken Hanna. Thanks also to Roy Dahmes and Troy Campion from the Match Committee. And finally, a very big thankyou to Greenkeeper Garry Broad and the Maintenance crew led by Mick Baz, Roy Dahmes and Des (‘half’) Nelson who ‘took-on’ and beat the weather, and were able to provide us with excellent greens and facilities.
PROVISION OF CATERING @ NABC
(Posted: 28 September 2022)
Following discussions at Committee and Executive-levels regarding the provision of the NABC’s catering services, it was decided to inform Members (and others) of the decision to be adhered to if, or when, a request is made to hold a function within the Club’s Clubrooms.
The resolution was:
“Any request made to the NABC for holding a private function at the Club, i.e. wakes, birthdays, weddings, etc. will only be accommodated by the Club on the basis that the “FULL CATERING” is provided.”
FULL CATERING includes:
- Room hire;
- Set-up of the Room and Cleaning;
- Full bar facility with Two (2) persons, holders of Certificates of Competency (RSA), serving during the function;
- ALL food supplied by the Club Sponsor – Wilson Street Store; and
- Music/TV monitors.
Catering packages at request (by contacting the Secretary). Select also the “Club Catering – Download” button below for more details.
(Posted 1st September 2022)
The 2022 AGM held last Sunday (28th August) was attended by approximately 25-30 Members. After welcoming everybody, in particular noting Life Members present, President Steve Martini requested for Members to be up-standing to observe a minute’s silence in recognition of Members and/or their spouses/partners who have passed in the last 12 months.
Steve then presented his Annual President’s Report. He informed Members that the Club was is in a financially strong position and that the Committee had focussed on being pro-active in offering our Members and visitors a well-structured and professional Club, and building on our membership base currently at 140+. He then spoke on a number of other items before concluding his Report with a thankyou to the Committee and their respective wives and partners. A full copy of the President’s Report can be downloaded by selecting the download button below.
Treasurer, Clarrie Klepiak, then presented his report. He informed those present that he was “delighted” to advise of a substantial profit in 2021/22, despite the Club having to pay GST for the first time, not trading for 6 weeks due to COVID lockdowns, and the Club purchasing approximately $13K of new assests, including a new mower. He then highlighted a number of major income and expenditure items. Clarrie concluded his report by thanking the Members for their support.
The only other item of significance at the AGM was the adoption of a new Club Constitution. Secretary, Frank Guivarra explained the reasoning behind this: the Club Constitution has to (generally) align/comply with our state governing body, Bowls NSW Limited’s constitution which was adopted following the ‘unification’ process last year.
BOWLS ETIQUETTE POLICY RELEASED
(Posted 1st September 2022)
Over the last couple of Committee meetings, bowls etiquette has been discussed. As a consequence, a Club Bowls Etiquette policy was developed. The policy was released late last week with all Members being informed via email, with the email also containing a letter from the President together with the policy.
The policy has been added to the website in the “Code of Conduct” section of the ‘Governance page – just select the download button and the policy appears.
The Committee is also considering running a training/information session on the policy.
“HOPPER” TRIO WIN 2022 “COMMERCIAL CLUB CLASSIC”
(Posted 17 May 2022/Up-dated 25 May 2022)
“Hoppers” trio, Eddie Simmons, Troy Campion and Steve Broad took out last weekend’s “Commercial Club Classic”.
This year was the 40th Year of the “Classic” and attracted 92 teams with a number from around the district as well as a number of teams from metropolitan Melbourne. The event was played over 2 days, 4 games on Saturday and 3 games on Sunday, with games being played at the Commercial Club, North Albury, Lavington and Wodonga.
The winning “Hopper” trio won all seven matches and edged out the Team skipped by Rutherglen’s Ian Baskett on shots up, 55 to 29. There was 9 six-games winners.
Well done Guys, and to the organisers – great effort.
2022 ANZAC DAY PAIRS
(Posted 24th April 2022)
A very pleasant day was held today to celebrate ANZAC Day. In-lieu of the ‘normal’ Sunday Men’s Jackpot Bowls a ‘Pairs Tournament’ was organised. 24 Teams participated plus a few spectators were treated to a great exhibition of bowling.
Prior to the competition commencing, President Steve Martini gathered those present around the flagpole and thanked everybody for attending and reminded us of the importance of remembering and celebrating ANZAC Day. He then called on Committee Member, Des Nelson (ex-Army R.A.R. 5 Battalion) to read the ‘Ode of Rememberance‘, which was followed by the playing of the ‘Last Post‘.
After 2 games of 12-ends, which was followed by a BBQ lunch, the eventual winners were announced. Winners for the day with 2 games + 26 were Stephen Broad and Troy Campion. Runners-up with 2 games + 24 were Steve Martini and Gerald (Turtle) O’Brien. 3rd Place-getters with 2 games + 12 were John Harrison and Rob Unsworth.
RTs for the day were won by Titch Webb, Alan Pantling, Dave Doolan, ‘Brickie’ Hartley, Dave Limbrick, Mick Day, Matt Hartley and Peter Schneider.
Winners of the raffles were Dave Brown (meat tray) and Clarrie Klepiak (6-pack).
“NIPPER” TEAMS-UP WITH LAVY MATE TO WIN TITLE
(Posted 13 April 2022)
Last weekend NABC’s “Nipper” Furze teamed up with his mate, Darren Moore from Lavington, to play-off for the 2022 A&DBA “50 & Under Pairs” title at the Commercial Club rinks. Their opponents were other “Hopper” teammates, Stephen Broad and Beau Greenway. However, their opponents were always likely to be a “Hopper” combo as 14 of the 16 Teams entered were from North Albury.
The Furze/Moore combo were off to a ‘flyer’ going 10-1 up. But that “Hopper” persistence and determination ‘kicked-in’ and the Broad/Greenway combo fought back and took the lead 16-13. Not to be outdone Furze/Moore came back and went into the last end leading 18-16.
Furze/Moore were 2 down when “Nipper’s” last roll picked up kitty to get 2. Broady came down with his last bowl and put kitty in the ditch, but it went the wrong way and the Furze/Moore duo picked up 1 and won 19-16.
From all accounts the game was of a very high standard and could have gone either way. Well done Guys!
“HOPPER” DUO RECEIVE LIFE MEMBERSHIP AT AGM
(Posted 29 March 2022)
Undoubtedly the highlight of the recent AGM (held on 20th March) was the awarding of Life Membership on two of the Club’s stalwarts, Wayne Price and Robert (Bob) Parks. On the announcement by Club President, Steve Martini, there was a standing ovation.
Wayne has been a Member of the Club since 1993 when the Club was known as the Albury Bowling Club, and played at Macauley Street in central Albury. His early participation was mainly in the Tuesday night Barefoot Bowls competition. Wayne has not only played bowls, but up until recently, was a regular handyman/Mr Fixit around the Club; two of his major projects were the construction of the retaining wall along the carpark at the “top” green and the paving under “Frank’s Retreat”. He was awarded the Club Merit Badge (Clubman Award) in the early-2000’s. Over the years he has won the ‘C’ Grade (in 2000) and ‘B’ Grade (in 2004) Club Champioships, the latter which coincidentally was marked by Bob Parks. He has also been a member of the Club Champion’s Triples and Fours in 2007 and 2008, and the Fours in 2009 and 2011. Wayne has regularly represented the Club in A&DBA Pennant winning four Premiership Finals in 2019 and 2021 in Grade 6 and two other years which he cannot recall the Grade/Year. However, his highlight has been winning the A&D President’s Reserve Triples in 2019 and 2020, and also being a member of the A&D Representative Team in 2018 which played at Young and won!
Bob joined the Bowling Club in 1978 when it was known as the Albury Bowling Club and was located in Macauley Street, central Albury. In his early days he represented the Club in the Border Bowling Association (BBA) and the Ovens and Murray (O&M) Pennant competition. In 1991 he moved to Wantirna, Melbourne, but returned to Albury in 2000 and rejoined the Club, which by this time had relocated to Bunton Park (but still retained the Albury name; this changed to North Albury in 2007). By this time the Club had left the BBA and the O&M and had joined the A&DBA, so consequently he resumed his Pennant playing in the A&D. Bob was President of the Club from 2004 – 2006 and had the honour of celebrating the Club’s 100 year anniversary when a commerative plaque was installed (in the existing Bowls Office/Locker room building) and unveiled by Mr. John Archer, President of the RNSWBA. Bob continued playing Pennant in various Grades and also participated in various Club events and Tournaments. Over the years he has won the Club ‘B’ Grade Singles Championship (2005) and has been a member in winning Club Championships as follows: 2011 Triples, 2017 Fours and 2021 Pairs. He also won the 2021 District Pairs Champion of Champions with Duane Crow. When interviewed for this article, Bob commented that he “was absolutely thrilled to be made a Life Member of the Club.”
BORDER CLUB CHALLENGE (BCC)
(Posted 4 April 2022)
With the ‘unification’ of Bowls across NSW in May 2021, there was no official Pennant, as such, for the 2021/22 season (which would have normally been played in the early months of 2022).
However, the A&DBA Board recognised that it was very important that some form of ‘organised’ bowls took place to ensure that bowlers could get on the greens and that Clubs had the opportunity to make some much needed cash after 2 tough years of COVID lockdowns/restrictions. Consequently, the Board put a proposal to Clubs who enthusiastically and equivocally supported it, and which culminated in the Border Club Challenge (BCC).
Five Divisions were proposed, with NABC entering a Team in each, with two being entered in Division 4. Some of the Clubs included Ladies in their Teams, including NABC.
At the conclusion of of the season, which had a few hiccups through wet weather and COVID outbreaks, NABC attained the following results:
- Division 1: finished 1st (top of ladder)
- Division 2: finished 4th
- Division 3: finished 5th
- Division 4: Section 1 – NABC Green finished 1st and Section 2 – NABC Gold finished 1st
- Division 5: finished 1st
The teams that finished 1st and 2nd in each Division (except Division 4) played off in the Final. The teams that finished 1st in Sections 1 and 2 of Division 4 played off in the Final. All Finals were scheduled for Saturday 26th March, however, due to a COVID situation with one of the Teams in Division 5, their Final was postponed to Saturday 2nd April.
The following is a summary of NABC’s participation in the Finals:
NABC played Henty at Culcairn, with the Henty combination getting off to a ‘flyer’ with the “Hopper” Boys caught napping. Andrew Hirst’s team were 11 down after 7 ends, however they started to ‘gell’ and get their game going getting a 5, then a 3, then a 4, and were right back in it. Through consistent play and a great joint-Team effort they passed their opposition and went onto win 27-17. Duane Crow’s Team were down 5 early in their game, but again, the “Hopper” determination ‘kicked-in’ and they went onto win convincingly 41-16. Stephen Broad’s Team had a titanic tussle all day with their opposition with both teams going shot-for-shot. However, Henty prevailed in the end going onto win by 5 shots. But overall, the “Hoppers” won on the day (2-1 Rinks) with Troy Campion, Tim Kramer and Daniel Markham winning their first Division 1 Premiership; well done Guys.
Division 4 saw both “Hopper” Teams, NABC Green and NABC Gold, playing each other at Henty. After some confusion in taking the relevant ‘team photos’ the games eventually got underway.
Green’s Stewart Ronan’s and Mick Baz’s Teams had convincing wins, 30-15 and 29-15 respectively. However, the other game between Green’s Scott Ronan’s Team and Gold’s George Elliott’s Team turned out to be a ‘cliff-hanger‘. Going into the second-last end George’s Team was down 12 shots, but George “threw caution to the wind” and played his ‘powerplay’. They managed to “jag” 6, which in effect became 12, thereby going into the last end with both teams level. However, Scott’s Team prevailed and came out the victor winning 29-28. From all accounts all the games were played in a very high competitive spirit with BOG (Best on Green) awards going to Jeanette Tuckwell, Gerry Stakelum and Simon Ried. Well done everybody!
The Division 5 Team played Walla Walla at Henty, and a big thank-you to Henty for a great venue. Unfortunately Walla prevailed on the day winning all 3 Rinks. The “Hoppers” knew it was going to be a tough game based on their last two encounters with Walla. The game was played in great spirit with Walla deserving the win. The “Hopper’s” Team was very appreciative of the supporters that came out to watch, and a big thank-you to District President, Rob Unsworth, for his visit and presentation of the trophy. Well done Guys!
“HOPPER” DUO PLAY-OFF FOR 2022 A&DBA OPEN SINGLES
(Posted 17 March 2022)
Last Sunday (13 March) saw NABC duo Norm Honey and Stephen Broad play-off for the 2022 A&DBA Open Singles at North Albury. The game attracted a number of spectators who witnessed an excellent game of bowls.
Norm won the first end and was holding 3 shots on the next end before Stephen drew a shot with his final bowl of the end. The tussle continued with Broady going out to a 10-4 lead, which he extended to 18-6 after 20 ends. However, the score did not actually reflect the closeness of the game with both players playing some excellent shots.
Norm fought back playing some excellent shots and reduced the margin to 21-10. The match continued at a very highly competitive standard; one end Norm was holding 4 shots, only to see Broady drive the kitty into the ditch and hold 1 shot.
Stephen went onto win 25-13, in what could be called an outstanding game by both players. Well done Guys.
300 CLUB DRAW
(Posted 13 March 2022)
Earlier today saw a large gathering of Members and their Partners at the Clubrooms for the drawing of the “300 Club”. The event was organised as a fund-raiser towards the cost of the new mower (see photo), which according to Greenkeeper, Garry Broad, “is working like a charm”.
The major prize winner (of $750) was Nichole Ronan. There were also five other (monetary) consellation prizes, and these winners were Warren Paul ($350), John Blomeley ($150), and three $50 prizes, which went to Andrew Hirst, Mark Sheridan and Bob Parks.
A big thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket and to Ken Hanna and “Nuts” for cooking the BBQ and to Steve Martini and his Team for all the behind-the-scenes work on the day.
Don’t forget the other big fund-raiser – the “Mega Raffle”, funds of which are also going towards the mower cost; see the “flyer” above and also around the Clubrooms. This will be drawn on Saturday 26th March at the end-of-year function for the Border Cup Challenge. Tickets are available at the Clubrooms or contact Troy Campion (Ph 0408 362 928).
MOYHU OVER-60’s WIN
(Posted 21st February 2022)
At the invitation of the Moyhu Bowling Club, a team from NABC travelled to the tiny hamlet recently to participate in an Over-60s event.
Moyhu is a small country Club approximately 25kms south-east of Wangaratta, which was formed in 1971. The Club has one carpet green.
NABC’s team consisted of Rob Unsworth (L), Lloyd Ronan (2nd), John Eddy (3rd) and Dave Limbrick (Skip) – this was Dave’s first venture into the O60s.
16 Teams competed with the “Hoppers” coming out eventual winners on the day, even though they were playing on a completely different and challenging surface to what they are accustomed to and which took a while to adapt to. They won their first game 8-7, their second game 16-2 and their third game 15-5.
From all accounts, the team had an enjoyable day with the win being extra special for John as this was his first competition winning side since he commenced playing bowls many years ago – well done Guys!!!
2022 BCC OPEN PAIRS CHAMPIONS
(Posted 20th February 2022)
Last Sunday saw North Albury duo Andrew Hirst and Duane Crow win the Open Border Challenge Cup (BCC) Pairs Championships for 2022. Coincidentally the pair won the A&DBA Pairs Champions last year. This year their opponents were Club team-mates, Stephen Broad and Steve Martini.
The Duo raced to a 6-0 advantage after 2 ends and held their opponents at bay to lead 13-6 after 10 ends. By the end of 15 ends their buffer had been extended to 20-9 and the match was declared at 25-11 after 19 ends.
Well done guys – the pressure is on next year to complete the triple.
2022 LESTER & SON TROPHY DAY
(Posted 16th January 2022)
Earlier today saw 14 Teams vying for the annual Lester & Son Trophy. The format for the day was 2 games of 12 ends of 2-bowls Triples, and competition was very keen if the banter heard throughout the day was any indication.
This year was the 60th consecutive year that Lester & Son have sponsored this event, and the Club extends its sincere thanks to Darren Eddy and his Team for the continuous sponsorship – very much appreciated !!!!
Eventual winners of the day were Dave Mason, Chankie Tamang and Lionel Loveless. Runners-up were Jeanette Tuckwell, Jack Castles and Dave Limbrick. Third place-getters were Bill Jones, Jodie Cooper and Josh Huggins.
Resting touches for the day were won by Lachie Hair, John Eddy and Jack Castles.
Winners of the ‘Lead’, ‘Second’ and ‘Skip’ were Lachie Hair, Ron Boughton and Neville Wegener respectively.
A big thanks to the 2 Steves (Martini and Broad) and Frank Guivarra for their “behind-the-scenes” work, and a big thanks to Wayne Price and Leigh Booth for cooking the BBQ.
Photos of the day can be found in the “Photo Galleries” section of the website – if anyone else has some photos of the day please email them to Col Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
RESOUNDING “YES” VOTE ON UNIFICATION
(Posted 4th June 2021)
Following an intense voting regime over the last 2 weeks of May on “unification”, the results were finally announced earlier this week with a definite “yes” – to see the media release and official voting results go to bowlsnsw.com.au
Although the agreed voting process between the ‘men’ and the ‘women’ was slightly different, the final outcome was clearly a ‘yes’.
The ‘men’ voted at club-level with their result defining how their Zone voted, and then each of the 16 Zones together with 7 delegates from Bowls NSW voted on both motions – the result being a 100% ‘yes’ vote on each motion. (Note: NABC held our vote on 23 May)
The ‘women’ voted at club-level then they had to register at state-level and cast their vote. At the closing of votes, 335 clubs had registered although only 317 voted with a 99.05% ‘yes’ vote on both motions.
The new entity is to be known as Bowls New South Wales Limited and commenced operations on 31 May 2021 with the task of ‘pulling together’ the operations and administration of both former state organisations into one.
According to the latest “Q&A on Unification” media release dated 12 March 2021 (which can be viewed at Bowlsnsw.com.au and select “unification news”), the unification will have little effect initially at club-level and clubs will not be required to merge (see response to Q14). In the interim, the new entity will be developing guidelines, processes, etc. to assist and support clubs seeking to merge. For those wishing to find more information, particularly on competition and events see the responses to Q9 and 10 on the latest “Q&A”.
(Up-dated 22nd March 2023)
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