Please find the latest monthly update to keep you up-to-date with plenty of news and announcements from across the sport.
This month, the big news is the World Bowls Championships, currently being held in New Zealand. The first couple of items below cover this event in more detail.
If you have any news that you or your club would like distributed to other bowls stakeholders in these updates, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 0408 798 272. Remember that I am a FREE resource for you to call on at anytime as well.
The Olympics of Bowls – The World Bowls Championships – November 29 to December 11
It only comes around every four years and some describe it as ‘the Olympics’ of Bowls. The 2016 (and 13th) edition of the World Bowls Championships are currently being held in Christchurch until December 11. Following is a list of our representatives and their results so far…
Singles - Karen Murphy (41, Cabramatta, NSW) – finished 2nd in section of 10 players – to play an elimination final this morning for a place in the Semi Final
Pairs - Kelsey Cottrell (26, St Johns Park, NSW) & Karen Murphy – to be played next week
Triples - Carla Krizanic (26, Sunbury, VIC), Natasha Scott (25, Raymond Terrace, NSW) & Rebecca Van Asch (28, Invermay, TAS) – to be played next week
Fours - Carla Krizanic, Rebecca Van Asch, Natasha Scott & Kelsey Cottrell - ) – finished 2nd in section of 10 teams – to play an elimination final this morning for a place in the Semi Final
Singles - Aron Sherriff (30, Ettalong Memorial, NSW) – to play next week
Pairs - Brett Wilkie (42, Club Helensvale, QLD) & Aaron Wilson (24, Clayton, VIC) – finished first in section of 10 teams – automatically qualify for Semi Final
Triples - Barrie Lester (34, Mulgrave Country Club, VIC), Mark Casey (34, Club Helensvale, QLD) & Aron Sherriff – finished 2nd in section of 10 teams – to play an elimination final this morning for a place in the Semi Final
Fours - Barrie Lester, Brett Wilkie, Aaron Wilson & Mark Casey – to be played next week
For LIVE SCORING and the latest results, please refer to the following website… http://www.burnsidebowlingclub.com/2016WorldBowlsChampionshipFinalsResults.html …and stay tuned to the Bowls Australia website and social media pages for all the latest images and stories from the World Champs
World Championships on TV – this weekend
We will be treated to the best of the World Championships with all the action from all of the Finals shown live on Fox Sports. If you don’t have Foxtel at home, then why not seek out your nearest Bowling Club with Foxtel and cheer on our Jackaroos from there. The telecast details of the Finals follow…
Saturday, December 10
7am - 10am AEDT: Women’s triples final - Live on Fox Sports 1
11am - 2pm AEDT: Men’s fours final - Live on Fox Sports 2
Sunday, December 11
7am - 10am AEDT: Women’s pairs final - Live on Fox Sports 4
11am - 2pm AEDT: Men’s singles final - Live on Fox Sports 3
Great Scotts – The World Champions of Champions Singles ‘Double’
Australian duo Natasha Scott and Scott Thulborn were crowned World Singles Champion of Champions at Helensvale last month.
The Australian players were unstoppable in each of their finals. Newcastle-based Scott won the opening two sets 10-6 and 7-4 to win the ladies final over Brunei’s Amalia Matali while Thulborn beat Wales bowler Jonathan Tomlinson 9-6, 7-4.
It is the first time Australia has won gold in both events since Brett Wilkie and Kelsey Cottrell achieved the feat in 2009.
It continues an incredible run of form for Natasha who has won the Australian Open, Australian Indoor Championships, World Triples Championship, Golden Nugget and Moama Premier Pairs Class in the past 12 months.
Fixed Fee Financial Model
If you were curious why Bowls Australia, Bowls NSW and other Associations have moved to a Fixed Fee Financial Model, here is a video, from Bowls Australia CEO Neil Dalrymple, explaining its benefits and why other sports have moved or are looking to move to the same model… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHzBOrULpAI
Bowls Success Stories
Never one to be afraid to sharing ideas that have worked, please find a link to the Bowls Victoria site below that includes some great success stories from their inaugural ‘Play Bowls Month’… http://bowlsvic.org.au/News/play-bowls-month-success-stories
Other ways to keep up with the latest national Bowls news…
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2016 Bowls NSW Awards Night
Bowls NSW in conjunction with Women’s Bowls NSW will be hosting the Bowls NSW Player Awards Evening on 22nd February 2017.
The Bowls NSW Player Awards evening is the premier bowls awards event in NSW. The most successful players of the 2016 playing season will be recognised alongside people who have made extraordinary contributions to the sport of lawn bowls throughout their lives. This fantastic event will again be held again at the iconic Kirribilli Club in Lavender Bay, North Sydney.
The night includes the award presentations, a three-course meal, drinks and entertainment. For more details refer to the following link… http://www.rnswba.org.au/news/general-news/2016-player-awards-evening
Taren Point To Host 2017 Women’s Bowls NSW State Championships
In a coup for ‘The Shire’, the Women’s Bowls NSW State Championships will come back to Sydney next year following the successful bid by Taren Point Bowling Club to host the prestigious event next year. For the dates and venue details for the other 2017 WBNSW events, please click on this link http://www.womensbowlsnsw.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=3HxkEP1nKik%3d&portalid=0
Update From The Bowls NSW Boardroom
Davis’s Slice of History
Proving that he really is a superstar on the rise, the twice winner of the Under 18 Australian Male Bowler of the Year, Jono Davis (from Dubbo Railway) has recently become the youngest ever winner of the NSW Champion of Club Champions Singles after he defeated Ray Pearse (Cabramatta) in the final at The Rules Club Wagga in last month. At the age of 16, Davis eclipses Cameron Curtis (then Mullumbimby) who won the title in 1988 as a 17 year-old. Curtis also won the title in 1989 (then at The Hills).
Davis got the early running in the final, jumping out to a 13-4 lead. Pearse clawed his way back into the game, trailing 13-22 Pearse won three ends in a row to close the lead to 19-22 before Davis applied the blowtorch and ran away to win 31-21.
In the Men’s Champion of Champions Pairs Final, it was a win to Daniel Matheson and Michael Cronin (East Cessnock) over the pairing of Blake Hopper and Jesse Norohna (Warilla). In one of the tightest State Finals in recent times, the scores were locked at 17-all after 21 ends. The East Cessnock pairing were able to secure one shot on the final end after an almost perfect jack trail from Norohna that didn’t quite come off.
Bowls Premier League #4 – Sydney Lions are Champions!
First-time finalists, the BCiB Sydney Lions roared to victory in the BPL04 Final series in order for them to lift the trophy and claim the $25,000 first prize cheque.
The BCiB Sydney Lions have become the fourth franchise in four instalments of the Bowls Premier League to win the coveted trophy after a stunning performance in the Final defeating the 2013 Champions, the Murray Steamers.
The team of Aron Sherriff, Ben Twist, Karen Murphy and Coach Gary Willis, blitzed the preliminary rounds to finish on top of the table, but then stumbled in their first semi-final against the Steamers, only to win the next match against the Adelaide Endurance and then win the rematch against the Steamers.
Congratulations to Aron, Ben, Karen and Gary as well as the entire team at Club Mount Lewis (home of the Lions), including the board led by Fred Ayoub and Bowls Co-ordinator, David Ellis, who have been striving for this title since its inception. Having been in the Lions’ Den on finals night, I can tell you that their passionate supporters almost lifted the roof off the Club when the final bowl went down.
The Bowls Premier League will return to our screens in February (BPL05), this time hosted in New Zealand.
Jack Attacking In Sydney
Jack Attack is to Bowls what Twenty20 (BigBash) is to Cricket. It’s fun, it’s easy to get involved and best of all it’s fast, with games complete in around an hour, which makes it easier for new players to get involved. The format and rules are almost identical to the Bowls Premier League.
Ingleburn BC will be launching their first Jack Attack season this evening. Other Clubs such as Avalon Beach BC, Club Mount Lewis, Lane Cove BC, Club Grandviews, Cabramatta BC and Taren Point BC will be holding Jack Attack competitions in the coming summer months. Call any of these Clubs (or myself on 0409 798 272) for more information about the competitions.
I am sure that you would have heard the line from non-bowlers that bowls is ‘only a sport for old people’. Jack Attack is anything but that. Set play, music, power plays, FUN!
It’s bowls, but not as you know it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPPIJXrQ4A4
Are you a Good Sports Club…?
If not, would you like to know more?
The Good Sports Program is a federally funded program that has assisted over 7000 sporting clubs across Australia provide a safe and inclusive environment where everyone can get involved. Good Sports helps clubs to create a healthy, thriving, inclusive club culture, which sets them up for long term success. Check out this link for more information http://goodsports.com.au/this-is-good-sports/
Most Clubs already satisfy the requirements for Level 1 and I would be happy to take you through the process of gaining the accreditations. If interested, please provide a suitable time when we can meet to discuss this further.
Free Access to Bowls Videos - The BOWLS CLUBHOUSE Is On Its Way
An exciting new online initiative called The Bowls Clubhouse is set to provide bowls fans with the ability to relive the sport’s most memorable broadcast moments, view exclusive content and go into regular draws and competitions for exciting prizes, when it launches early next year.
The Bowls Clubhouse is a free-to-join section of the Bowls Australia website that will offer access to hundreds of hours of video content, featuring matches from past eras all the way to the most recent broadcast events, providing audiences with the capacity to watch vision of the sport on-demand, whenever they feel like.
The site will be continually updated over the proceeding months to include unique never-before-seen interviews, coaching, training and educational videos, in addition to live-streaming of future events, making it a one-stop-shop for all bowls vision.
The Bowls Clubhouse members will also be able to opt-in to regular competitions, with prizes ranging from Australian Jackaroos supporter-wear, memorabilia, coaching clinics and Bowls Australia sponsor products.
Bowls Australia partner Cruiseabout has already set the bar high with an amazing prize on offer for the first competition, before the site has even launched.
Everyone who registers their interest in The Bowls Clubhouse at www.bowlsclubhouse.com.au, before 7th February 2017 and articulates in 25 words or less their favourite bowls television moment (and why) will go into the draw to win a 12-day cruise for two to New Zealand, courtesy of our major partner Cruiseabout.
The cruise, which will take place on the Emerald Princess, sets sail on March 31, 2017 and is valued at $5,000.
Head to The Bowls Clubhouse website to learn more about how The Bowls Clubhouse will revolutionise the way the sport is displayed online à http://bowlsclubhouse.com.au/
Love cruising as much as you love your bowls? …or like the idea of a Bowls Cruise?
…then look at the special deals that Cruiseabout has to offer on the following page including $50 off bookings as well as muti-cabin discounts and group discounts on top. In the link below, there are also details about special Bowls Cruises, including one to the BPL05 in New Zealand in February 2017. http://www.cruiseabout.com.au/partnerships/bowls-australia
Finally, from my bowling family to yours, we would like to wish you a very happy and safe Christmas break …and look forward to seeing you on the greens in 2017.
Chris Wallace | Regional Bowls Manager – Sydney
Bowls Australia | PO Box 52 | Northcote Vic 3070
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