Taylor wins Rookie Singles


Rookie Singles winner Taylor de Greenlaw (Neutral Bay) at left, with runner-up Sarah Cormio (Belrose).

Congratulations to Taylor de Greenlaw (Neutral Bay) on winning the Regional Rookie Singles for 2019. From a field of 22 entered in this event, organised annually by Manly-Warringah District, three North Shore players made their way into the semi-finals played on 3 November at Seaforth BC. Taylor de Greenlaw then progressed straight into the Final on a forfeit, while Belrose players Dale Nuttall and Sarah Cormio played each other in the other semi-final. The closing stages of that game were a cliff-hanger — 20-all … 21-all … 22-21 to Dale … then, with Dale holding, Sarah trailled the jack back to her own bowls near the ditch. Dale just missed the jack and her bowl went into the ditch; Sarah drew a fourth, and Dale just missed again for Sarah to take the match 25-22. In the final, Taylor got off to a good start but then Sarah started rolling the jack to a longer length and slowly clawed back the defecit, then got her nose in front. When heavy rain started to fall, both players struggled with their wet bowls, but Sarah was gaining a slight advantage and got her lead out to 24-20. However, after the rain stopped Taylor tightened her game to claim a 3 and bring the score to 24-23. Buoyed by her performance in the previous end, Taylor then overcame the heavy conditions better than Sarah, who twice got caught up in short bowls while attempting to reach the jack, delivering the victory to Taylor, 25-24. Taylor has been registered as a bowler for just over two years, Sarah for just over one year, and both are only able to play at weekends or in school holidays. Given the skill they displayed in this match, we can expect to see their names on a lot of winners lists in the future. (And with Taylor having just turned 12, that could be a very long future in bowls!)

Major-Minor Pairs winners

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19 October 2020

The “Finals day” of the 2019 Major-Minor Pairs was an all-Belrose affair. Twenty teams from across North Shore and Manly-Warringah had each played six 11-end matches over previous Saturdays … six of the teams entered were from Belrose WBC … and four of those emerged from the qualifying rounds as the “Top 4” on wins + shots aggregate to compete in the “Finals day”. The finals were played this year as a round-robin to decide the winners. Dale Nuttall and Patricia Tan secured convincing victories in all three games, to be the 2019 Major-Minor Pairs winners. Dale started playing bowls only weeks before last year’s Major-Minor event and is a promising player; however, as a full-time worker Dale gets limited opportunity to play competitively, so it was great to see her competing, and winning, this year. In the battle for the runners-up spot, with one win apiece going into the final round Kaye Alderton & Kay King took on Karen Lees & Michelle Treadwell. After 4 ends in the 9-end game Karen & Michelle were up 5-1; however, Kaye & Kay won the next 4, to lead 8-5 going into the final end. Although Michelle drew shot it was only a single, so the “Special Ks” hung on for the win, leaving Karen and Michelle in 3rd place, with Vanessa and Janet in 4th. The event, which aims to give less-experienced players match experience in partnership with a more-experienced player, is now a regular fixture on the Districts’ bowling calendar.

2020 Program released

The District has set its competition calendar for 2020, with only the dates for the carnivals and trophy days of some of our member clubs to be added. Click here: 2020 NORTH SHORE PROGRAM


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Despite the miserable weather, over 80 ladies enjoyed Veterans Day at Turramurra Bowling Club. As the very welcome rain tumbled down outside there were lots of fun activities organized to keep everyone entertained. The club house looked fabulous, with the tables decorated with pots of colour and a hint of North Shore District purple. A delicious lunch and lots of prizes for the lucky raffle winners completed a fun filled day for all who attended. Thank you Turramurra for hosting this very popular event.




Louise Mackintosh, Michiko Treacher, Anne Coleman and Emma Brown

Well done to the North Sydney “Bearettes” team of Louise Mackintosh, Michiko Treacher, Emma Brown and Anne Coleman who won the Regional Play-off of the Weekend Pennant at Turramurra BC on Saturday 14th September. They played the Harbord team of Linda Izossimova, Katherine Jones, Linda Warder and Jane Gibson. It was a close game with Harbord picking up a six on the sixth end, to lead 8-7; however North Sydney came back strongly to lead 14-11 after the 10th end. North Sydney then powered home, winning the 13th, 14th and 15th end and, despite Harbord picking up a couple of shots in the last two ends, finally won comfortably 21-15. North Sydney will now play in the State Play-offs to be held at the Belmont Golf Club on 2nd and 3rd November.



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State Open Pairs runners-up Jeyam Siva & Billie Maas (Belrose)

Very well done to the Belrose team of Jeyam Siva and Billie Maas, who played in the State Open Pairs play-offs at Tamworth this week and reached the final, putting up a good fight against the Raymond Terrace team of Kate Matthews and Genevieve Delves. Against the team who would have to have been the favourites in the 16-Region field, our North Shore girls started well in the strong wind on a very fast green, got their noses in front, and maintained a lead until after the 7th end. However, after dropping 4 shots on the 8th, the girls found it hard to make an impact on the Raymond Terrace duo, with Kate Matthews leading beautifully under the direction of Genevieve Delves, who was fresh from taking out a string of major titles in the last couple of months: Australian Open Pairs Champion, Australian Indoor Singles Champion, NSW Singles Champion and NSW Triples Champion. With the score at 17-7 after the 12th end, it looked as though Raymond Terrace had pretty much booked their spot in the Australian Championships. Then Jeyam and Billie won four ends in a row and narrowed the margin to just 4 shots, 13-17, with two ends remaining. However, Raymond Terrace scored 2 on the 17th. Belrose then needed 6 shots on the last end, in a bid to play an extra end. With Raymond Terrace holding shot and not enough Belrose bowls in catching positions, Billie managed to hit the jack but it failed to go out of bounds to kill the end, staying 50cm inside the boundary line. On the very fast green, a small touch on the outside of the jack would have sent the jack across to waiting Belrose bowls, giving them a glimmer of hope to add their remaining bowls to the count; but it was not to be. By the time Billie went to play her final bowls, there was still the chance of a small touch on the inside of the jack to send it out of bounds; however, her bowls fought with the wind, taking pace off them and sending them further across the rink. The resulting single shot to Belrose put the final score at 19-14 to Raymond Terrace (their smallest winning margin of the championship), and our girls came away very excited and happy State runners-up.

In the other WBNSW championship events contested by North Shore last week, the Belrose Open Fours team skipped by Benita Andrews played strongly in their opening round against Bronwyn McPherson’s team from Taren Point, going down narrowly 16-19, and the Belrose Triples team skipped by Billie Maas had a very close first round match against the Tuncurry Beach team skipped by Sarah Boddington, going down by 1 shot 15-16. All in all, a great performance by our representatives.

North Sydney Bearettes win Weekend Pennant

1 September 2019


Weekend Pennant winners North Sydney Bearettes. L-R Louise Mackintosh, Michiko Treacher, Emma Brown and Anne Coleman.


Weekend Pennant runners-up Neutral Bay Piglets. L-R Caroline Gracie, Bev Piper, Jenny Hepburn and Cynthia Palmer.

The two Section winners from the inaugural Weekend Pennant competition, Neutral Bay Piglets and North Sydney Bearettes, took to the green at Forestville on a damp and very cold morning to see which team would emerge as our District winners. There had been more than 30mm of rain overnight but North Sydney got off to a good start, finding their range on the heavy green. On the 6th end, Neutral Bay’s lead Caroline Gracie put both her bowls within a foot of the jack, bringing her team into the match. However, North Sydney took control again and, every time Neutral Bay looked like scoring, the shots were taken from them. After the 10th end, the score was 13-4 in the Bearettes’ favour. Then the Piglets mounted a come-back to be only 6 behind after the 16th, with the score at 16-10, and it was looking possible that Neutral Bay could keep the momentum going over the final two ends. However, on the 17th end there was a display of great draw bowls from every one of the North Sydney players. The Neutral Bay skip Cynthia Palmer played firm weight in a bid to get the jack back to her team’s bowls, but had the bad luck to take out her team’s best bowl; the resulting 6 shots to the North Sydney Bearettes handed them the match 22-10. With the Bearettes’ Lead, Louise Mackintosh, having only been bowling for three months, it was great to see such a new player enjoying the sport and coming out on top! The Bearettes will now take on the Manly-Warringah winners at Turramurra on 14 September to decide which team will be Region 15’s representative at the State Finals at the beginning of November.

Region 15 wins back the Anita Linden Trophy

Monday 23 September

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The annual clash between Region 15 (North Shore & Manly-Warringah Districts) and Region 16 (Mitchell &Macquarie Districts) took place at Northmead on Monday 23 September, with Region 15 keen to wrest back the trophy from last year’s winners. At lunchtime, our side looked on track, having won 5 of the 8 morning games and leading on aggregate shots, 112 – 92. However, over the years we have witnessed many afternoon turnarounds! This time, our players really dug in and suffered only one rink-loss in the afternoon, to finish with a decisive win overall, 244 – 176. This event is always enjoyed by those lucky enough to be selected, as it always involves hard-fought games against “old friends” from the other side of Sydney.

North Shore retains the Jean McKinnon Shield

5 August 2019

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It was a cool but sunny morning at Harbord for the annual clash between the two Districts of Region 15, the Jean McKinnon Shield. After the traditional group photographs, 32 players from each of North Shore and Manly Warringah Districts took to the greens and the contest began. The extremely heavy dew had made the greens damp, and many players on both sides struggled to find the range. However, as they settled into the games, some of the North Shore teams began to build strong leads against their opponents. By the time 6 ends had been played on their rinks, District President Julie Hayden’s team was out to a 10-2 lead, and on Jan Mountain’s rink the lead was 12-5. Over on the other green, Bridget Nelson’s team had consolidated a lead of 19-2 after 10 ends, and there were only two North Shore teams behind on the scoreboard. At the conclusion of the first 15-end game, North Shore went in for lunch up 142-89. From that position, it seemed an uphill climb for Manly-Warringah; however, everyone wondered whether the momentum would shift once the delicious meal put on by Harbord WBC had been consumed. Who would the roast chicken, salads and filled sponge favour? Some of the M-W teams got off to a strong start, with Robyn Morron’s team up 6-0 and Vicki Sawtell’s team up 4-1 after a couple of ends. However, it became obvious that North Shore were determined to hang onto their lead, and whenever the Manly-Warringah players seemed to be getting an edge, North Shore wrested out bowls, trailled the jack, and kept the potential damage to a minimum. By the end of the afternoon, North Shore had lost only 1 rink, drawn 1, and won the other 6, to claim a decisive win 257-182. The day was played in great spirit, and many players had gained their first District representative selection; notable amongst them was 11-year old Taylor de Greenlaw, fresh from her success as runner-up at under-18 girls Singles at the State association-supported Drakes’ Pride Junior Carnival. We were thrilled that Taylor’s school gave her leave of absence for the day to represent North Shore in a team skipped by her mother, Jess. Well done to all players, and we look forward to next year’s rematch. Full results from alll rinks below:

Jean McKinnon results 2019


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