(Up-dated 25th November 2022)
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PENNANT TEAMS – Round 3 – 28th January 2023
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2023 “SHAG & WILLO MEMORIAL TROPHY” DAY
(Posted 26th January 2023)
The NABC celebrated 2023’s Australia Day with the holding of the “Shag & Willo Memorial Trophy’. The event is named after 2 of the Club’s long-standing stalwarts, John (“Shag”) Hegarty and John (“Willo”) Williams. Both men were inducted as Life Members of the Club in 2013, with “Shag” being Secretary between 2006 and 2017.
The event this year took the format of 2 games of 15-ends of 3-bowls Pairs, and was followed by a “sausage sizzle”. 44 players entered, and from all accounts, everyone had a good time even though the weather was “a little on the warm side”.
At the conclusion of play George Elliott and Scott (“Brickie”) Hartley emerged the winners with 2 wins/+31 shots. Runners-up were Gary Webb and Scott Ronan with 2 wins/+20 shots. Third place went to Lionel Loveless and Duncan Balloch with 2 wins/+10 shots. A big thankyou to the Hegarty family members that attended, and to Rob Hegarty (Shag’s son) for presenting the winners prizes.
Resting Touches (RTs) were won by Jimmy Holland, Neville (Nifty) Wegener, Ashleigh Heinjus and Tim Hartwich.
No Club event would be held without the obligatory raffles, and the winner of the $50 meat tray went to Phil Schuster. Jack Castles won the $25 meat tray and Alan Pantling won the $25 IGA voucher. The winners of the sunhats were Garry Fair and Jo Calder.
A big thankyou to “Turtle” O’Brien and Troy Campion for organising/co-ordinating the day. Also thanks to the two Steves and Frank for their “behind-the-scene” work, to Dan Markham for cooking the sausage sizzle, to Danny Czuczman for running the raffles, and thanks to “Brickie” for ensuring that all the shade structures were put up.
Photos of the day can be found below.
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 plac-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.
2021/22 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
(Final Up-date: 10 September 2022)
Following the appointment of Gerald (Turtle) O’Brien and Troy Campion as Co-ordinators for the 2021/22 Club Championships in early-October last year, competition generally commenced immediatley, although it only just concluded to-day. The Committee thanks Turtle and Troy for taking on this role, and organising the various Championships, which in the long-run turnt out to be an ongoing struggle, particularly trying to get players together to play.
The “A” Grade was played out between Rob Unsworth and Troy Campion and was a see-sawing game of very high calibre bowling. Troy got off to an early lead and was up 4-1 after 3 ends, although Unsie fought back; and after 10 ends, Troy was up 8-7. However, Unsie worked his way to a 13-11 lead after 15 ends and extended it to 21-16. But then Troy regained his composure and regained the lead to be at 22-21. Unsie, not be outdone came back and was holding a 24-23 lead going into what was likely to be the last end. Unsie put down his first bowl finishing approximately 300mm from ‘kitty’. But Troy responded and placed his first just inside Unsie’s. Unsie’s second went past ‘kitty’ and Troy’s second was a little wide. Unsie’s last bowl didn’t improve the situation for him, but Troy needed get inside his first bowl, which he did, going onto win 25-24 in a very close and enthralling game.
The “B” Grade was played between Gary Webb and Scott (Brickie) Hartley. Gary got off to to an early lead, although only picking up singles. Brickie won the 5th end but Gary won the 6th end picking up 3, and from here on gradually increased his lead. After 10 ends, Gary was up 10-3, and after 17 ends extended his lead to 20-4. Brickie had a “purple patch” from ends 18 through to 22, maybe spurred on from the encouragement of his fans, however he only picked up ones and twos, and by this stage the game was out of his reach. Gary went onto eventually win 33-14.
The “C” Grade this year saw virtual new bowler Simon Ried take on experienced campaigner Troy Campion. Troy was off to an early break and was 7-3 up after 8 ends. Simon collected a 3 on the 9th end, but then Troy broke away again to be leading 15-10 after 15 ends. Simon gradually pegged back Troy and after 23 ends, Troy’s lead was reduced to one (19-18). Simon was now on a roll and progressed to pick up a 1, 1 and 3 to go on and eventually win 25-23.
This year’s ‘Handicap’ Singles was between Bill Jones (off -6) and newcomer Jack Castles (off scratch). Jack got away well leading 6-0 before Bill won an end and got on the scorecard. Jack increased his lead to 10-3 but Bill gradually began ‘clawing’ his way back. Bill collected a couple of 3s mid-game and the score-card moved to 18-15 (Jack’s way). However, Jack collected a 3 to take him to 21-15, and a winning score. As it turnt out the winning margin was the handicap margin.
The “Pairs” this year was a very evenly contested game between Norm Honey and Gerald (Turtle) O’Brien against Daniel Markham and Clarrie Klepiak. After 4 ends the score was 5-5. The next 4 ends saw Honey/O’Brien extend their lead to 11-7. However by the end of the 10th end the scores were level again at 11-11. The lead to and fro’d and after 18 ends was still level at 18-18. Tactics were beginning to come into the game with the next 2 ends involving numerous mid-rink discussions, and going into the last end Honey/O’Brien were up 20-19. The last end was enthralling with Markham driving twice, but all to no avail with Norm and Turtle taking out the title 23-19.
The Final of the Triples saw Rob Unsworth, Norm Honey and Duane Crow successfully defend their Triples title that they had previously won over the last two years. It was a hard fought game early and it wasn’t until the winners picked up 8 shots in two ends in the middle of the game, that they achieved a winning break against Adam Hanns, Neville Wegener and Bill Jones. Bill Jones bowled extremely well trying to cut back the lead, but ran out of ends in the 24-15 score line.
The Fours this year was between Andrew Hirst’s Team (which included Ron Boughton (L), Frank Guivarra (2nd) and Dave Mason (3rd)) and Gary Webb’s Team (which included Gary Sutton, Bob Geddes and Tim Kramer). The game and score was very close in the early stages until on the 9th end, when Frank split the head and allowed his team-mates to build-on their score, picking up a 5. Hirst’s Team went onto to win 26-9, and from all accounts the winners were “too good on the day and bowled as a team”, especially with Ron Boughton putting in a “blinder” of a game.
“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 (email@example.com).
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: we 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 24th November 2022)
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