Regional Pairs winners 2022-23

25 September 2022

Congratulations to Virginia Longfellow and Chris Gordon (Harbord) on being our Region 15 State Pairs winners, and to Coral Lindley and Vicki Sawtell (Newport) on winning the Region 15 Senior Women’s Pairs.

The matches resumed under brilliant blue skies at Belrose this morning — a dramatic contrast to the conditions yesterday afternoon when games had begun but only a handful of ends played when a thunderstorm hit. Play restarted today with Harbord ahead in the State Pairs 7-5, and Newport ahead 5-1 in the Seniors.

Playing against Kate Wingrove and Jenny Hepburn (Neutral Bay), the Harbord pair started with a four, establishing a handy lead at 11-5. Neutral Bay struck back to narrow the margin to two at 9-11, but Virginia and Chris were never behind on the scoreboard. They were up 20-10 after 15 ends but Kate and Jenny picked up six shots over the following three ends to trail by only four after 18, sharpening the interest of the large crowd of spectators. After a single apiece, the margin was still four going into the last end. It was a nail-biting finish to the game, with Neutral Bay scoring three to fall one shot short of pushing the match into an extra end. Final score: Harbord 21 – Neutral Bay 20.

In the Senior Women’s Pairs, Coral and Vicki got two shots on the opening end; then their opponents Jenny Wallis and Bridget Nelson (Turramurra) won the next five ends, to be in the lead 11-7 at the half-way mark. However, Coral and Vicki put together a string of four ends to regain the lead 14-11 and they kept the momentum going to close out the match. Final score: Newport 21 – Turramurra 14.

The Regional winners will compete at the State Play-Offs in July 2023.

2022-23 Pennant presentations

25 September 2022

The North Shore District Divisions 2, 3 & 4 Pennants have been presented to the winning clubs, and the players received their badges. Members of Mosman’s winning team from the “Fives” competition were also presented with their trophy. Check out the happy smiles all around!

Division 2 Lindfield Rollers: Lap Chen, Janice Crocker, Marlene Black, Julie Dunn, Louise Amos, Anne Rands, Jenny Rowland, Sue Meares, Lee Gardiner, Ngoc Hau
Division 3 Mosman: District President Sue with Carolyn Duhigg, Tosh Czinege, Trish Tamaoki, Jeyam Siva, Edwina Legg, Barbara Anderson, Rosemary Dale, Lyn Armstrong
Division 4 Warrawee: District President Sue with Valda Riley, Agrita Fraser, Helen Stromsmoe, Jan Simpson, Annie Lui, Julie McIntyre, Jan Braund, Peg Fabro, Soe O’Keefe

Senior Pairs Champions 2022-23

20 September 2022

Senior Pairs Champions Bridget Nelson and Jenny Wallis

The 2022-23 State Women’s Senior Pairs at District level has been won by Jenny Wallis and Bridget Nelson (Turramurra), with the runners-up Belinda Henderson and Cynthia Palmer (Neutral Bay).

Both teams in the final had progressed through the semi-finals in fairly close contests: Belinda and Cynthia were 9-all after 13 ends against the Turramurra team of Jan Martin and Marilyn Brenner, until successive 3s have the Neutral Bay team an advantage which they were able to maintain, taking out the game 19-14. In the other semi-final, Jenny and Bridget led all the way against the Lindfield Rollers team of Lap Chen and Sue Meares but the game could have turned on the 17th end when the Rollers were holding a handful of shots which could have put them in front, only to see Bridget’s last bowl skirt around the traffic in front of the head and up to the jack, trailing it just under a foot and staying for shot. Lindfield still clawed back the margin over the closing ends of the game, falling just short with Turramurra winning 16-14.

In the final, Turramurra made a strong start, getting their lead out to 11-1 after 7 ends and never being under pressure, emerging worthy winners 25-6.

Our Senior Pairs and State Pairs champions will play the Manly-Warringah District champions this Saturday afternoon, 24 September, at Belrose BC for a spot in the State finals.

Finalists Jenny, Bridget, Belinda and Cynthia

District Pairs Champions 2022-23

18 September 2022

Pairs champions: L-R Jenny Hepburn (skip) and Kate Wingrove (Neutral Bay)
Champions Jenny and Kate with runners-up Rhonwen and Di

Another lovely spring day for the semi-final and final of the District Pairs, played at Belrose BC.

The semi-finals in the morning provided plenty of entertainment for the spectators, with Elizabeth Blackwell and Sue Hamilton (Turramurra) dominating the first half of the game to be leading 16-2 then 17-5 over Diane McBryde and Rhonwen Martin (St Ives), only to see the momentum shift in the second half. The St Ives pair scored on 8 successive ends to get their noses in front 19-17, then stamped their mark on the game with a 5 on the 19th end before closing out the game 25-19.

In the other semi-final, Kate Wingrove and Jenny Hepburn (Neutral Bay) were up against Dale Nuttall and Louise Hamshere (Belrose), in a match that was an arm wrestle up to the 14th end. Then the Bay put together three ends in a row to get in front 18-11; however, the Belrose pair struck back over the next three ends, levelling the scores at 18-18 going into the last end. With everything on the line, Neutral Bay skip Jenny drew inside the best of the Belrose bowls and there her bowl remained, sealing the win for Kate and Jenny 19-18.

With the wind picking up, the players returned to the green after lunch for the Final. St Ives scored a single shot on the opening end, but then Neutral Bay kept St Ives from scoring over the next six ends, running the score out to 13-1. After a 2 to St Ives, Kate and Jenny piled the pressure back on and after 16 ends the score was 25-4. Some very tidy bowling from Di and Rhonwen saw them pick up 8 shots in three ends, but the game was still firmly in Neutral Bay’s hands, with Kate and Jenny claiming victory 26-12. It was the first time either of them had won the Pairs in North Shore District — last year, Jenny won the District Singles, Triples and Fours (with Kate sharing the win in the Fours), so the Neutral Bay trophy cabinet now holds the District trophies in all disciplines!! Results from all Rounds are available under “Draws/Results”.

The Senior Women’s Pairs will be run on 19-20 September.

Good luck to our champions when they take on the Manly-Warringah champions (to be decided this week) in the Regional Play-Off next Saturday afternoon, 24 September, at Belrose.

Region 15 wins Anita Linden

20 May 2022

North Shore and Manly-Warringah District Presidents accept the trophy

It was a lovely sunny day at Harbord Bowling Club, when 64 players from Region 15 (North Shore & Manly-Warringah Districts) and Region 16 (Mitchell & Macquarie Districts) gathered to play the inter-regional Anita Linden Trophy on Monday 16 May 2022. Normally an annual contest, the event had not run since 2019 because of the Covid-19 lockdowns and disruptions. There was an air of excitement when the Region 16 contingent arrived by coach to take on our squad. After the customary “group photographs”, the players took to the greens which, after being flooded so many times this summer, were a credit to the greenkeepers. nearing the end of the morning games, it looked like a close contest; however, Region 15 picked up a 6 and two 7s over the last few ends, to go into the lunch break with a 35-shot lead, 130-95. After lunch, despite Region 16’s best efforts, our players continued their form, once again winning 5 of the 8 rinks, and taking out the day 257-190. Thank-you to Manly-Warringah District and Harbord BC for hosting.

All the players
The Region 15 skips (Jenny Wallis standing in for Jenny Hepburn)

2022-2023 Program revision

16 December 2021

There has been one change to the District Program since it was sent out to the clubs. The date set for a Post-Sectional Play-Off for Women’s Pennants (if needed) has been changed from Sat 15 October. The new date is: Saturday 17 September 2022.

Also, the date for the Anita Linden Trophy (15 May 2022) has now been confirmed.

You can view the program and Conditions of Play here: https://northshoredistrictwomensbowls.com/events/annual-calendar/

Schedule for 2021 State Championships

27 November 2021

Bowls NSW has released the schedule for the 2021 State Women’s Championships, which have been deferred to March-April 2022. Follow the link to the Bowls NSW website: https://bowlsnsw.com.au/2021-state-championships.

Good luck to the North Shore teams who will be competing:

Senior Pairs: Diane McBryde and Vicki Bartrop (St Ives)

Open Fours: Elaine Seidler, Jenny Palmer, Kate Wingrove & Jenny Hepburn (Neutral Bay)

Mixed Pairs: Midori Matsuoka (Neutral Bay) & Kenta Treacher (North Sydney).

Back to bowls

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”.

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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