15 September 2021

The latest club tournament cancellation in North Shore District is the Neutral Bay Invitational Fours, which joins a long list of events that will not be run in 2021 (see list and updated program below). It’s looking likely that the remaining couple of events for 2021 may also not be run.

Bowls NSW informs us that in accordance with the current Public Health Order, bowling clubs in our Region must remain closed except for the sale of takeaway food and beverage. Bowls NSW has made numerous representations on behalf of our members to NSW Health, seeking an exemption for bowling greens in “stay at home” areas to be open. To date, these submissions have been denied, but the association continues to pursue the matter on our behalf.

Meanwhile, all remaining NSW State events for 2021 have been suspended. However, contrary to earlier statements that events which could not go ahead on already-rescheduled dates would be cancelled (and not rescheduled further), Bowls NSW now says it is looking at the possibility of moving some of the 2021 events out to 2022. See their latest Circular here:

Bowls Australia’s “Nationals” (previously scheduled for October) is partly cancelled, and partly rescheduled: the Under-18s, Multi-Disability, and State Representative “Sides” events are cancelled; the 2021 Australian Champion of Champions and 2021 Australian Championships have been rescheduled to April 2022.

Here’s the list of changes to date, plus an updated District Program:


  • Australian Sides Championship
  • Australian Senior Sides championship
  • Australian Under-18 Championships
  • Australian Multi-Disability Championships
  • Trans-Tasman Test
  • NSW vs QLD  (incl. U18)
  • NSW vs VIC  (Open, Senior and U25)
  • Weekend Pennant
  • Jean McKinnon Shield (North Shore vs Manly-Warringah)
  • Anita Linden Trophy (Region 15 vs Region 16)
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Regional Rookies (BNSW Rookies is suspended/under review)
  • Turramurra Trophy
  • Roseville Sixes
  • Mosman Greenhorn
  • Ku-ring-gai Top 9 (Warrawee)
  • St Ives Fives
  • Killara carnival
  • Mosman Top 5
  • Lindfield Shield
  • Neutral Bay Invitation
  • Belrose Spring Carnival
  • Carnivals in Manly-Warringah: Pittwater, Avalon, Dee Why & Mona Vale.


  • North Shore District AGM — Monday 1 November
  • Newport Carnival — now 22 November
  • Australian Indoor Singles  — moved to 6-9 December. (Practice day 5 Dec)
  • Australian Champion of Champions — moved to 23-24 April 2022
  • Australian Championships — moved to 26-29 April 2022


All remaining Bowls NSW (WBNSW) events for 2021.

See the updated District Program:


4 June 2021

Region 15 Singles runner-up Jenny Hepburn (Neutral Bay) (L), with winner Jenny Roberts (Seaforth)

In our final championship play-off for 2021, Jenny Hepburn (Neutral Bay) was up against Jenny Roberts (Seaforth). The green had been slowed by heavy rain the day before; Jenny Roberts appeared to find the pace better in the opening ends, scoring the only full count of the game to take the lead 5-3. Jenny Hepburn then scored singles on six consecutive ends to hit the lead, 9-5. However, Jenny Roberts struck back, winning the following six ends to be back in front 14-9. There were some excellent bowls played by both, but Jenny Roberts kept up the pressure with very accurate draw bowling to keep extending her lead, closing out the match 25-13.

UPDATE – August 2021: Unfortunately, with the cancellation of all NSW State Championships, this year’s Region winners will not get the opportunity to participate in State play-offs.


2 June 2021

Singles runner-up Vicki Bartrop (L) with winner Jenny Hepburn.

It was a very close-fought District Singles Final at St Ives BC today between Vicki Bartrop (St Ives) and Jenny Hepburn (Neutral Bay). Neither player ever got very far ahead of the other, with scores eventually reaching 24-all and the spectators on the edge of their seats before Jenny closed out the game 25-24. Jenny has had an exceptional year, making this her third District Championship win for 2021. She will play the Manly-Warringah champion, Jenny Roberts (Seaforth) this Friday 4 June at Belrose BC. Trial ends 9.30am. Full report on the matches later.


L-R: Patricia Tan (Skip), Midori Matsuoka, Di McBryde, Elizabeth Blackwell

23 May 2021

Players from three North Shore clubs combined in a “composite team” for the 2021 WBNSW State Carnival this week, powering their way undefeated through 11 matches over the five days to win the event. More than 900 players from across the State entered this year, with the 232 teams divided across 18 Sections playing at 9 venues from Forster to Gloucester.

The team of Elizabeth Blackwell (Neutral Bay), Diane McBryde (St Ives), Midori Matsuoka (Neutral Bay) and Patricia Tan (Belrose) were “daily winners” in their Section on two of the three days of sectional play. (On the first day, their winning scores were 35-5 and 25-9 which set the tone for the day two, when they won 36-8 and 19-12.) The third day started with another convincing win 29-10, then a draw in the final game saw them miss out on the daily prize by 4 shots. However, they easily took out the overall Section win to progress to the Post-Sectional rounds.

With 18 section winners, the team was unlucky to be amongst four who were drawn to play an additional “knock-out” round, meaning they had to play three games on the Thursday! Up against other Section winners, the team found the competition got harder but they managed to hold through the first games 13-11 and 13-12, before hitting their stride again to take the Quarter-final 18-7. On Friday in their semi-final, the “livestream” cameras captured a strong fight-back against a team from Taree Leagues; after trailing on the scoreboard in the first third of the game, they turned it around to eventually win 26-10 and make their way into the afternoon Final against South Tamworth skipped by Deb Quick. Unfortunately, the weather turned and the Final was plagued with rain stoppages while contestants waited for the lake on the green to recede. It was a tight contest until late in the game, when the North Shore girls opened up a small lead. Finding themselves seven shots ahead with two ends to play, they made sure they didn’t concede multiples and claimed the match 19-14. Champions!!


14 May 2021

Region 15 Triples winners Virginia Longfellow (skip), Susan Laidlaw and Benita Andrews (Harbord)

In brilliant sunshine but a chilly wind, the North Shore and Manly-Warringah District Triples Champions took to the green at Belrose in the Region 15 Play-Off. In the opening third of the match, the Neutral Bay team of Elizabeth Blackwell, Jenny Palmer and Jenny Hepburn found the pace of the green better than Harbord’s Benita Andrews, Susan Laidlaw and Virginia Longfellow. In particular, Elizabeth was consistently putting both Lead bowls within a foot of the jack, keeping Harbord under pressure. With the score 8-3 in “The Bay’s” favour, on the 7th end Harbord Skip Virginia drove twice but her bowls ran through the smallest of gaps leaving Elizabeth’s two bowls as shots, 10-3. Another single on the 8th, and Neutral Bay were leading 11-3. On the 9th end, Elizabeth again had both bowls within 8″; however, this time Susan managed to draw the jack away and then draw a second shot. This changed the fortunes of the Harbord team, who then went on to win the next four ends as well, to level the scores 11-11. With Harbord again holding on the 14th end, Neutral Bay skip Jenny Hepburn trailed the jack with her last bowl for a pick-up of 3 shots, 14-11. But Harbord quickly struck back. On the 15th end, Lead Benita drew inside Elizabeth’s by-now-customary close opener to sit only a couple of inches off the jack. Jenny Palmer hit the target with her first bowl but the luck didn’t ride with her, succeeding only in locking the jack onto Benita’s bowl. With her second, she hit again and, although Harbord were still holding, the jack had been sprung out into the open; however, it favoured Harbord, with skip Virginia drawing another shot, 14-13. On the 16th, once again Elizabeth’s bowl was right next to the jack until Susan sat it through for a possible multiple. Jenny Hepburn managed to hit the jack back to one of her own team’s bowls, but Virginia drew within a foot of the jack, a foot short of the ditch, to level the scores again 14-14. By now, the spectators were on the edge of their seats! The 17th end proved decisive for Harbord: after Elizabeth had hit the jack almost out-of-bounds Benita drew right up to it, then Susan drew an equally-impressive second shot. Neutral Bay couldn’t convert the head and, on a measure, Harbord scored 4 shots to hit the lead 18-14. Another 2 shots to Harbord on the 18th end increased their lead and, although Jenny Hepburn played some lovely draw bowls over the closing three ends, Neutral Bay was unable to stop Harbord taking the match 20-18.

UPDATE – August 2021: Unfortunately, with the cancellation of all NSW State Championships, this year’s Region winners will not get the opportunity to participate in State play-offs.

Region 15 Triples runners-up Neutral Bay, with winners Harbord.

11 May 2021

Triples champions E Blackwell, J Palmer & J Hepburn (skip) (Neutral Bay), with runners-up Louise Amos (skip), Ngoc Hau & Julie Dunn (Killara)

The Final of the District Triples was played at Turramurra today, between the teams of Julie Dunn, Ngoc Hau and Louise Amos (Killara) and Elizabeth Blackwell, Jenny Palmer and Jenny Hepburn (Neutral Bay). In the semi-finals in the morning, the Killara team had defeated the St Ives team skipped by Di McBryde, and Neutral Bay defeated the Belrose team skipped by Billie Maas.

As the final got underway, it appeared that Neutral Bay’s lead Elizabeth was not in quite such sublime form as she had been in the semi’s, and the Killara girls were keeping the scoring very level right up to the halfway-point in the game (with Killara’s score bolstered by a 5 on the 7th end). on the 13th end, Elizabeth tightened her game and skip Jenny Hepburn added to the count, delivering Neutral Bay a multiple to make a mini-breakaway 14-10. But on the 14th, Killara struck back with a 3, to get the margin back to just one. After 19 ends the gap was still only two shots. Then on the 20th, working off Elizabeth’s beautiful leading skip Jenny Hepburn was able to add a third shot, setting the Killara team 5 shots to make on the final end just to send the game into an “extra end”. From the outset on the last end, it was apparent that there was nowhere that Killara could manoeuvre the jack to for 5 or 6 shots; with the pressure off, Jenny drew two lovely shots, to make certain of the win, 23 – 16.


7 May 2021

With both Districts in Region 15 behind schedule in the Open & Senior Fours this week because of wet weather, the finals of the Open Pairs for both North Shore and Manly-Warringah Districts were held at Belrose this morning, with the Region 15 play-off in the afternoon. The RPO was a repeat of last year’s Play-Off, with the Manly-Warringah team of Jacqui Morgan and Jenny Roberts (Seaforth) taking on the North Shore District champions Ngoc Hau & Louise Amos (see story below).

Killara was on the board first, but successive threes to Seaforth saw the visiting team ahead 6-3 after 4 ends. Over the following 12 ends, the opponents all played good, tight bowls, keeping the shot count down to only one or two each end. Every time it looked as though Ngoc and Louise were inching in front, Jacqui and Jenny answered back; however, by the 16th end Ngoc and Louise had a 5-shot lead 16-11. Then Jacqui and Jenny, who were last year’s winners, really pushed hard, scoring a 4 to go into the last end only one shot behind, and then picking up another three on the last end to pull off a come-from-behind victory.

It was a high-quality match which kept the spectators’ interest all afternoon.

In the Senior Pairs Play-Off, our North Shore Champions Di McBryde and Vicki Bartrop (St Ives) were up against Coral Lindley and Vicki Sawtell (Newport Beach). After an evenly-matched start to the game, the St Ives pair put together a string of shots in the middle of the game, to take the lead 10-5 after 10 ends. Newport Beach then scored successive singles, but St Ives scored again, to be up 13-7 after 14 ends. A three to Newport Beach then narrowed the margin to 3 shots; however Di and Vicki proved too consistent, winning 5 of the last 6 ends of the game, to win by 20-12.

UPDATE – August 2021: Unfortunately, with the cancellation of all NSW State Championships, this year’s Region winners will not get the opportunity to participate in State play-offs.


7 May 2021

President Sue congratulates 2021 Open Pairs champions Ngoc & Louise, along with runners-up Elizabeth & Midori

After days of very wet weather, the sun made an occasional appearance today for the final of our Open Pairs between Elizabeth Blackwell & Midori Matsuoka (Neutral Bay) and Ngoc Hau & Louise Amos (Killara). Ngoc and Louise were the defending champions, but the two teams were trading shot for shot until Louise’s team scored a 6 on the 10th end, to get out to an 11-6 lead. In response, Elizabeth and Louise picked up 7 shots in the following three ends, to get their noses in front 13-11. Undeterred, Ngoc and Louise scored three shots on the following end to regain the lead by the slimmest of margins, then a single to their opponents saw the score level 14-14 with three ends to play. Successive singles saw Killara in front by two going into the last end. With Neutral Bay only able to manage a single shot, Killara claimed back-to back titles, 16-15.

Senior Pairs Champions 2021

5 May 2021

L-R Senior Pairs runners-up Brenda Walker and Gill Barton, with Champions Di McBryde and Vicki Bartrop.

Congratulations to Di McBryde and Vicki Bartrop (St Ives) on being our Senior Pairs champions for 2021, defeating Brenda Walker and Gill Barton (Neutral Bay) today 19-9. All players persevered through wet weather on the first day at Mosman BC, and again at Belrose today. It was back-to-back wins for Diane, having won last year with Shizuko Hashimoto (sub Jan Woodcock). It also makes 3-in-a-row Senior Pairs wins for St Ives, with Vicki having previously won in 2019 with Sue Byrne as her Lead. Our champions will take on the champions from Manly-Warringah in the Region 15 Play-Off this Friday 7 May, 9.30am at Belrose BC.

Pennant RPO results

28 April 2021

Congratulations to our North Shore players on taking out the regional Pennant play-offs in Grades 1, 2 & 3 at Harbord today!

In a close-fought game in Grade 1, Belrose defeated the “home side” Harbord 35-29, aided by a 6 in the last end to one of our teams (who were never in front until then!!) In Grade 2, Jackie Wilson’s Asquith team dominated from the beginning, aiding Asquith’s eventual win over Harbord 48-29. And in Grade 3, Asquith pulled off a close win against Dee Why, to send two of their sides through to the State Play-Offs. In Grade 4, the home side Harbord made sure Manly-Warringah District didn’t go home empty-handed, defeating Asquith 45-34. The Region winners will head to the Kingscliff area for the State play-offs in October.

Grade1 winners Belrose: Kaye Alderton, Julie Baker, Lorraine Hazzard, Lorraine Fevre, Patricia Tan, Louise Hamshere. Front: Billie Maas, Maggie Murphy.
Asquith Grade 2: Carol Huttary, Nerida King, Karen Price, Jackie Wilson, Jan Bennett, Beryl Thompson, Marion Khamis, Joan Wilson
Asquith Grade 3: Sue Tully, Ann Hedger, Shirley Andrew, Helen McClure, Kerrie Loomes, Ros Love, Lena Coyne, Rosemary Broadley

North Shore & Manly-Warringah share Fours RPO honours

12 March 2021

A large crowd of spectators was treated to some great bowling at the Regional Play-Off of the Open Fours and Senior Fours today.

In the Open Fours, the Dee Why team of Jan Chad, Nannette Crawshay, Clare Turner and Sue McFadden were on the board first, leading 5-0 after the first three ends. But then the Neutral Bay team of Elaine Seidler, Jenny Palmer, Kate Wingrove and Jenny Hepburn picked up consecutive fours to take the lead 8-5. From that point onwards, Neutral Bay lead all the way: they picked up multiples and conceded only singles on their way to a 24-12 victory, and have booked themselves a spot in the State Championships to be played at South Tamworth in the last week of August.

Neutral Bay (left) took out the Region 15 Open Fours, over Dee Why

In the Senior Fours, the Belrose team of Lorraine Fevre, Kaye Alderton, Louise Hamshere and Patricia Tan were evenly matched at first against the Newport Beach team of Lyn Walden, Marie Barry, Coral Lindley and Vicki Sawtell, with scores level at 2-2 after three ends and 7-7 after 10. When it looked as though Newport Beach was pulling away, a pair of two’s to Belrose saw them trail by only one shot after 15 ends 11-12, and remain in touch at 13-15 going into the last end. But with Belrose holding match, the Newport third dragged the jack back about 1.5 metres to be holding four. Despite Belrose skip Patricia’s efforts, she was unable to extract the jack from its position and Newport picked up 5 to take the match 20-13.

UPDATE – August 2021: Unfortunately, with the cancellation of all NSW State Championships, this year’s Region winners will not get the opportunity to participate in State play-offs.

Region 15 Senior Fours winners Newport Beach (left) with runners-up Belrose
Neutral Bay in jovial mood after being presented with certificates honouring their Open Fours win at Regional level.

District Fours champions 2021

2021 Open Fours champions E Seidler, J Palmer, K Wingrove, J Hepburn (Neutral Bay)
Senior Fours champions 2021 L Fevre, K Alderton, L Hamshere, P Tan (Belrose)

9 March 2021

Our first women’s championships of 2021 were completed today at West Pymble, with the Neutral Bay team skipped by Jenny Hepburn making it back-to-back Open Fours titles after defeating Sue Hamilton’s Turramurra team 28-11, and Patricia Tan’s team from Belrose going back-to-back in the Senior Fours, defeating Sue Tully’s team from Asquith 29-11. Full results from the competitions under “Draws/Results”. Our winners will take on the Manly-Warringah champions in the Region 15 Play-Offs this Friday 12 March at Belrose (Trial Ends 9.30a.m.), with Jenny’s team up against Jan Chad, Nanette Crawshay, Clare Turner and Sue McFadden (Dee Why) in the Open Fours, and Patricia’s team taking on Lyn Walden, Marie Barry, Coral Lindley and Vicki Sawtell Newport Beach) in the Seniors.

UPDATE – August 2021: Unfortunately, with the cancellation of all NSW State Championships, this year’s Region winners will not get the opportunity to participate in State play-offs.

North Shore players qualify for Aust Indoor Singles

20 February 2021

Congratulations to the three North Shore players who have qualified to contest the Australian Indoor Singles, after the WBNSW preliminary rounds last weekend at Warilla. Di McBryde (St Ives), Midori Matsuoka (Neutral Bay) and Elizabeth Blackwell (also Neutral Bay) won their sections in the opening rounds, then won their knockout post-sectional games to book spots at the Australian Indoor Singles Championships at Tweed Heads, rescheduled to December 2021.

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