2016-08-31 13.07.02

In another high-quality match, the Neutral Bay team of Elizabeth Blackwell, Jenny Hepburn and Jenny Palmer put together a good team effort to win the Region 15 Triples Play-off on Wednesday 31 August, defeating Masako Sato, Genevieve Delves and Virginia Longfellow of Harbord 20-12. More details later …

Jenny Palmer & Lynne Thompson win Region 15 Open Pairs;  Harbord pair win Seniors

In a thrilling match on Tuesday 31 August, the Neutral Bay team of Jenny Palmer and Lynne Thompson took on Virginia Longfellow and Genevieve Delves of Harbord in the Open Pairs. From the outset, it was kept to an extremely tight contest, with Lynne killing the end on three occasions to deny the Harbord team an advantage. By the time the scores got to 11-11, there had never been more than a couple of shots difference between the teams. The Neutral Bay girls then fought hard to get the score to 14-12 in their favour with two ends to play. On the 17th end, with Jenny and Lynne holding two very close shots, Genevieve drove with her last two bowls but went cleanly through to the ditch both times for Neutral Bay to go into the last end 16-12. However, Virginia’s opening bowls were both in the count and, by the time Lynne took the mat for the last time, Virginia had added a third with two more bowls from Genevieve to come. Lynne’s bowl dropped several metres short and was answered by Genevieve drawing a 4th shot, and one bowl left to play for the chance to win the match. This time, Lynne made sure her bowl was up! It caught the side of the jack, sending it out towards the boundary, with one of Jenny’s bowls closest. After the Harbord team examined the situation, it was agreed there was nowhere to manoeuvre to make 4 shots to tie the match, so Genevieve had no choice but to go for the kill. She gave it her best shot, but the bowl didn’t make contact, leaving the Neutral Bay girls to pick up 2 shots to win 18-12 and book themselves a date at the State Play-Offs in October.


The Region 15 Play-Off for the Senior Pairs was also played on 31 August between Louise Cook & Margaret Brady (Belrose) and Jan Newell & Chris Gordon (Harbord). In the Seniors format of 3-bowl pairs 18 ends, the Harbord team dominated the contest from the beginning. The Belrose team played steadily and had some lovely shots, which were celebrated with much acclaim by the impressive crowd of Belrose supporters decked out in the Blue & Gold; however, their hopes of retaining precious shots were repeatedly dashed by good conversion shots from the Harbord team.


The army of Belrose supporters




North Shore’s District Singles Champion, Patricia Tan (Belrose), will be on her way to the State Play-offs at Tuncurry in October, after defeating the Manly-Warringah Champion,  Jan Newell (Harbord) 25-13. Patricia won the toss and got off to a good start, then picked up several multiples and a full of 4 on her way to a 22-4 lead. Then Jan won another end, changed the length, and found her rhythm to mount a fight-back. But having already been “holding match” on a previous occasion, only to see Jan draw the shot, Patricia was taking no chances when holding 2 with a bowl still to play. In attempting to draw a match-winning 3rd, she got a small trail of the jack for a full count of 4, which Jan was unable to reduce. Patricia will compete at State level on 30-31 October.

The 2016 REGIONAL SATURDAY PAIRS has commenced – go to RESULTS to keep up to date with this competition!

  •  Congratulations to Robyn Gibb- new life member of Belrose.  Full story can be found in “Around the Clubs” under Events tab!


The Regional play-offs for the Triples continue this week.   Details:

 TRIPLES Wednesday 31st August – Seaforth Bowling Club – 9.35am start of play
Masako Sato, Genevieve Delves, Virginia Longfellow (Harbord) V Elizabeth Blackwell, Jenny Hepburn & Jenny Palmer (Neutral Bay)



Monday 15th August – Neutral Bay got off to a flying start in Grade 2 in the Pennant play-offs with two good wins today against Forbes and Davistown RSL . Keep up the good work ladies!   Warringah/Lane Cove start their campaign in Grade 3 tomorrow. 

Tuesday 16th August – Neutral Bay had a bye in the morning and then unfortunately had a loss in the afternoon against Nowra.  They have a tough match tomorrow morning against section leaders Merimbula-Imlay.   We wish them the best of luck. 

Warringah/ Lane Cove had a nail-biter in their first game today, just getting over the line by 2 shots against Asquith but managing 4 points . This afternoon saw them matched against their Section leaders Gulgong who proved too strong with a 5/0 result . Their final match tomorrow is against Leeton and District – let’s hope our ladies can finish with a decisive win!  Leeton and District will be trying their hardest as they need to get the five points to catch Gulgong.

Wednesday 17th August –Neutral Bay had a tough last match against the Section leaders and did well to stay in touch throughout the match, eventually going down 49/33. They finished fourth in their Section, winning two of their four matches.

Warringah/Lane Cove put up a valiant effort in their final game against Leeton and District but were narrowly beaten 41/37 to finish third in their Section. Gulgong had a decisive win in their final game to convincingly win their Section and then went on to win the Grade 3 final.

Congratulations to both teams for representing the North Shore District so well in the State Pennat play-offs.

Full results are available on the WBNSW website. 



The winning skips from the Manly/Warringah District proudly hold the Jean McKinnon Shield

It was a cold and damp day at Gordon on Friday 5th August for the playing of this year’s Jean McKinnon Shield. Eight teams from each of the North Shore and Manly /Warringah Districts braved the conditions for this annual event. The morning rounds were played on very heavy greens and Manly/Warringah managed to get away to a good lead of 102 to 88 by lunchtime. The Northshore ladies came out fighting and played great bowls on the faster greens to take a convincing lead in the afternoon rounds. However a late run by Manly/Warringah narrowed the gap, with North Shore ultimately winning the afternoon by just one, giving Manly/Warringah a well deserved 210/197 overall win.

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North Shore District players Lynne Thompson from Neutral Bay and Jenny Hole, Denise Owen and Julie Hayden from Mosman who were selected to play in the WBNSW Metro V Country Test Series held at St John’s Park on the weekend of 23rd and 24th July.

St Johns Park kindly sponsored the event and looked after the players in grand style. Twenty- four players are selected by WBNSW from both Sydney metropolitan clubs and NSW country clubs, and the competition takes the form of three rubbers, with the aggregate score of the six teams determining the winner of each rubber.

The pressure was on the Metro team as the Country has held the trophy for the past three years. A practice session to get the feel of the fast greens and bond with new team mates was held on the Friday in beautiful sunny 25-degree weather.  Unfortunately by the Saturday morning the winds were howling and the temperature had dropped significantly!  The Metro team got off to a flying start, with five of their six teams winning their games, and the first rubber was won by a convincing margin.  The pressure was now back on the Country girls.  Undaunted by the decreasing temperature and increasing wind speeds (and fueled by a lunch of lasagna and chips!) the Metro team buckled down to the job ahead. The matches were tighter than in the morning, however everyone concentrated on the big board and held firm to take out the second rubber and the trophy.  There was great excitement amongst the team, however celebrations were muted that night at the Rooty Hill RSL as a clean sweep was what the Metro team was after.  Sunday morning was freezing but, undeterred, the Metro girls played hard and held off a final challenge by the Country to win the third rubber by 3 shots – the clean sweep was achieved and the Metro team were jubilant. Lynne Thompson is a veteran of State representation and her skills shone over the weekend.  Jenny, Denise and Julie, who are new to this level of bowls, all performed well and were thrilled to play their part in such a convincing win.

The winning Metro squad 2016



Mx Prs RPO winners 2016

Region 15 Mixed Pairs champions Kenta Treacher and Emma Brown (North Sydney)

Battling a blustery wind as well as their opponents, Emma Brown and Kenta Treacher (North Sydney) won through the semi-final and final to become North Shore’s 2016 Mxzed Pairs champions then, after lunch, took on the Manly Warringah champions for a chance to play off at State level. In the 5th and final end of the first set, the Harbord pair of Susan Laidlaw and Mark Alexander were holding shot for the set until Kenta drove the jack into the ditch to pick up 4 shots and take the set. In the second set, scores were level after 4 ends. The Harbord lead held shot then the skip added to the count but, once again, in came Kenta with a beautifully-weighted draw to hold shot for the match. Mark drove at it and plucked out Kenta’s bowl, then Kenta’s final bowl pulled up short to give the second set to Harbord. In the 1-end tie-breaker, Susan drew a close lead bowl for shot and the match but, yet again, Kenta bettered it. Mark ran at the shot bowl, missing the target by millimetres. On his final attempt, the Harbord skip found his target but, unfortunately, the scattering bowls took out his own team’s best bowl at the same time, leaving one of Kenta’s bowls as the shot. The North Sydney pair will now contest the State Play-Off at Tuncurry in October.


The North Shore District Mixed Pairs finalists

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Congratulations to the Neutral Bay team of Elizabeth Blackwell, Jenny Hepburn and Jenny Palmer who prevailed in blustery, frigid conditions at Neutral Bay over runners-up Daphne Menzies, Jan Johnson and Lyn Needs (Belrose). The Belrose team got off to a good start and, even as the wind turned to a gale and the Neutral Bay team tightened up their game, were always in with a chance. The spectators, bundled up in layers of clothing, were amazed at the fine bowls put down by all players, despite the challenging conditions. For full results click here.


Bowls on TV

Bowls is back on free-to-air TV, with a weekly program on SBS, Sundays at 1.00pm, running until 25 Sept 2016. It is also available on the catch-up service SBS On Demand.

Regular segments on coaching, high performance and social bowls will be incorporated in the program, along with highlights of the sport’s marquee events.


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  Follow these links to Clubs in our District 

Belrose,  Chatswood,  Forestville,  Gordon,  Killara,  Lane Cove,  Lindfield,  Mosman,  Neutral Bay,  North Sydney,  Roseville,  St. Ives,  Turramurra,  Warrawee,  Warringah,  West Pymble


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