Mollie Rayner, a member at Turramurra for more than 30 years and, since 2008, Asquith, has lost her battle with cancer. Mollie was President of the former Mid North Shore District from 2001-04, following stints as Secretary and VP. She was a very good bowler, winning club and District championships (including Mid North Shore Pairs, Triples and Fours), and representing her District on a great number of occasions. Always interested in the running of our sport, she acted as “deputy delegate” to WBNSW on behalf of Mid-West District (Dubbo area) for around 10 years. She will be remembered also for her work training umpires for the former “Group L” (Mid- and Lower- North Shore, Manly-Warringah and Bennelong). When she joined Asquith to be closer to home, Mollie was no longer in our Region; however, she became part of “North Shore ” again when Asquith joined our District the year following the district merger.

Back to bowls; postponed AGM

13 October 2021

With the exemption to NSW Health Orders that allowed us to return to the greens from Monday 11 October, Bowls NSW issued its own “Roadmap” showing what to expect in the next couple of weeks; then from the “80% vaccinated mark” (anticipated to be from 25 October), followed by where we’ll be after 1 December. (See link below.)

The number of bowlers permitted is 20 per “group” (e.g., a “barefoot bowls” event) with a maximum of 50 on a green. This is based on an updated interpretation from Clubs NSW about numbers on the green.)

Bear in mind that everything is subject to change at short notice if the government should alter any of the provisions in its current “re-opening plan”.

Meanwhile, the District has postponed its AGM until Monday 6 December (subject to confirmation of a venue).

As of 11 October, fully-vaccinated bowlers are able to play social bowls and club championships; no tournaments or District/Regional/Zone events will be allowed until later. NOTE: The “District Versatility” hosted annually by St Ives WBC has been cancelled and the District AGM has been postponed to Monday 6 December (subject to confirmation of a venue).

Here’s a list of all the events that have been affected by the prolonged lockdown, plus an updated District Program for the remainder of 2021:


  • 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.
  • District Versatility (hosted by St Ives)


  • North Shore District AGM — Monday 6 December
  • Newport Carnival — now 22 November
  • Australian Indoor Singles  — moved to 6-9 December. (Practice day 5 Dec)
  • Australian 2021 Champion of Champions — moved to 23-24 April 2022
  • Australian 2021 Championships — moved to 26-29 April 2022
  • Women’s 2021 State Pennant Finals — moved to 18-20 March 2022 (Grades 1 & 3), and 21-23 March 2022 (Grades 2 & 4)
  • Women’s 2021 State Championships — moved to 30 March-8 April 2022
  • Women’s 2021 Champion of Champions Pairs — moved to 2-5 June 2022
  • Women’s 2021 Champion of Champions Singles — moved to 26-29 June 2022

See the updated District Program:


3 October 2021

With the “reopening” of the State after the prolonged Covid-lockdown looming, Bowls NSW has announced that the State Play-Offs for Championships, Pennants, and Champion of Champions Singles and Pairs will now go ahead in the first half of 2022. Note that the dates for Grades 1 & 2 Pennants were switched since Bowls NSW Circular 19/2021 was first issued; correct dates are below:

  • 2021 State Pennant Finals Grades 1 & 3: 18-20 March (at Forster-Tuncurry)
  • 2021 State Pennant Finals Grades 2 & 4: 21-23 March (at Forster-Tuncurry)
  • 2021 Women’s State Championships: 30 March – 8 April (at South Tamworth/West Tamworth)
  • 2021 Women’s State Champion of Champions Pairs: 2-5 June (at Merrylands/Guildford)
  • 2021 Women’s State Champion of Champions Singles: 26-29 June (at Port City/Lake Cathie)

Dates have also been set for the postponed Junior and “Open Gender” 2021 Championships. Read the full Bowls NSW Circular here:

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