Pennant “rain dates”

7 April 2021

With all of Round 3 Pennants “washed out” on 23 March and the majority of games in Round 2 either not started or not completed, here is the schedule of play showing which games are yet to be played, including the matches to be completed on the scheduled “rain dates” at the end of the season.

NOTE:    Sides may negotiate to play before the published date(s) if it suits both parties, and upon notification to the District of the agreed date.


  • ALL SIDES are to play their “Round 3” match on the first of the “rain dates” – Tuesday 20 April.   (Note: in Grade 1, SI vs BEL has already been completed.)
  • For Grade 2, Thursday 15 April was also scheduled as a “rain date”; therefore, by mutual agreement, the Grade 2 opponents may elect to play “Round 3” on Thursday 15th so they get it over with.


  • Grades 1, 3 & 4 are to play/complete their “Round 2” match on the second of the “rain dates” – Thursday 22 April.   (All Grade 2 matches were already completed on 18 March.)
  • Depending on the results of the rounds leading up to Thursday 22nd, it may not be necessary for some of the “Round 2” games to be completed (i.e., if it will make no difference to determining either the winner of the grade or the side that will finish on the bottom of the ladder and therefore be eligible for regression in 2022). In the meantime, everyone should be prepared to play on that date, until notified otherwise by the District.

Good luck (and hopefully good weather) in the rest of the season!

Mostly a wash-out!

18 March 2021

Belrose #3 green at midday

Too much rain today, and only the four matches played at Mosman and Neutral Bay completed. (Both the Grade 2 matches, plus both Under 5s games.) Warrawee closed its greens before start of play; Forestville managed only two ends, and the three matches at Belrose got just over halfway through before the rain intensified and flooded the green in a couple of minutes. District Match will advise Side Managers later in the season whether today’s games will need to be completed on one of the scheduled “rain dates”. Let’s hope for better weather next week!

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.

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. Good luck to our representatives!

Date change for Pennant RPO

There is a change of date for the Pennant Regional Play-Off, being hosted by Manly-Warringah District. It will now be played on WEDNESDAY 28 APRIL (not Tuesday 27th, as originally scheduled.)

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 in August.

Midori and Kenta win Region 15 Mixed Pairs

Congratulations to Midori Matsuoka (Neutral Bay) and Kenta Treacher (North Sydney) who today booked themselves a spot in the 2021 State Mixed Pairs Championships, to be held at South Tamworth in August. Midori and Kenta were involved in very close games in both the North Shore District final and the Regional Play-Off. Despite the cool and damp conditions, top bowling was on display, especially in the afternoon RPO.

In the North Shore final, the teams looked evenly matched from the outset so it was no surprise that, with 12 of the 15 ends completed, the scoreboard read 9-8 in favour of David Blackwell (Turramurra) and Elizabeth Blackwell (Neutral Bay). It wasn’t until Midori took the jack back on the 13th end, for 2 shots, that her team hit the lead for the first time in the match. On the 14th end, it was David’s turn to move the jack and, with no bowls close, it became a drawing contest for the skips. After Kenta’s bowl finished 40cm in front of the jack, Elizabeth played onto the bowl and sprang the jack yet again; however, Kenta still had shot with one of his back bowls and held the lead 11-9. On the final end, the shot was traded back and forth. When the Leads went to the mat for the last time, David and Elizabeth were holding one but needing two to keep the match alive. However Midori hit in one of Kenta’s bowls for shot and, despite Elizabeth’s best efforts, the bowl remained. Kenta wisely declined to play his last bowl, taking the win 12-9.

As the Region 15 Play-Off started after lunch, so did the rain with a cool breeze from the south; however, the spectators anticipated plenty of heat from the bowling and they weren’t disappointed. Linda and Terry Warder (Harbord) carried their fine form from the Manly-Warringah final (against fellow Harbord bowlers Sandy Healey & Hale Banfield) into the RPO and Midori and Kenta cranked their game up a notch to match them bowl-for-bowl. With six ends completed, the score stood at 4-3 to Midori and Kenta. However, the seventh end proved a problem for the North Shore team; after the opposing Lead played her opening bowl on the wrong bias, Midori opened with a bowl 6 metres short of jack and had to displayed her ability to correct, drawing close with her second. However, Terry had other ideas; he wrested out Midori’s bowl to hold three shots, then added another. Kenta, surprisingly, dropped both his last bowls well short and conceded 4 shots, putting Harbord in front 7-4. Howevere, the North Shore pair looked unperturbed, picking up three successive singles to level at 7-7 after 10 ends. After a single to Harbord on the 11th, Kenta endeavoured to take out Harbord’s best bowl to make a multiple on the 12th and really throw down the challenge. He missed, but still scored one shot to level the scores 8-8, then 2 more on the 13th put Midori and Kenta ahead 10-8. By the 14th end, things were really hotting up — already holding shot, Midori made a decisive move wresting out a Harbord bowl to hold three shots; Linda then hit the jack back and it was hard to tell who was holding, until Kenta drew with perfect weight. After inspecting the head, Terry played a positive bowl with controlled weight, successfully removing Kenta’s shot bowl and making a count of three, which took Harbord into the last end one shot in the lead. In a display of top-class bowls, all four players fought to come up with the win. Midori got a nice rub off a front bowl to arrive right in front of the jack but, when the skips went to the mat for the last time, North Shore was holding only that one shot and needing two for the win. Terry disturbed the head but it was possibly still one shot to North Shore. Then Kenta played an excellent draw to trail the jack slightly, tucking it “round the corner” slightly and locking it between two of his own bowls. Terry’s final bowl unfortunately clipped front traffic and ran away from the shot bowls, leaving Midori and Kenta victorious 12-11 and the spectators exhausted!

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