‘Green’ Coaching Evening

Following a tasty sausage sizzle prepared by Bob Edwards and Chris Button, Di and Mark Green entertained an enthusiastic group of 20 bowlers (6 clubs) with a range of interesting bowling anecdotes and coaching tips.

The quality of their presentation was excellent and warranted a much larger audience

Lots of information was presented including segments on drills, preseason activities, trials, setting goals and positional play. Set out below are a few of their main points relating to etiquette and ‘mindfulness,’ and of relevance to all players.

Etiquette (Mark Green)

  • Dress code – look like a bowler.
  • Recognise good bowls and do not applaud poor bowls which produce a good result. In the latter case acknowledge as ‘A good result’.
  • Acknowledge good bowls by your team members on adjacent rinks.
  • Wait behind the mat for skip’s direction.
  • Players should not move about if in the line of sight of a bowler about to bowl on your rink.
  • Leave the green while the umpire is conducting a measure.
  • A bowler must be behind the mat when their bowl stops at the other end of the green and should be mindful of not disturbing adjacent rinks, while watching the passage of their bowl travelling down the green.
  • Once your team’s bowl stops the head belongs to the opposition. Your team must be out of the head and cease communication with players at the other end of the green.
  • Be humble in victory and gracious in defeat.
  • If you have to leave immediately after a game, mention this to your opposite number at the beginning of the game, otherwise it may appear you are a poor loser if you are defeated.

Mindfulness (Di Green)

  • Di spoke at some length about the importance of having the ‘right mindset’ when bowling. Being focussed and attentive to bowls put down on your rink is essential. It is important to take time visualising the shot you are going to play. Breathe deeply 4 or 5 times while your opponent’s bowl is travelling and before you approach the mat. This will allow your heart rate time to settle and your mind to focus, prior to playing a shot.
  • Research with Chinese Olympic Table Tennis players suggests that time spent ‘visualising’ the game can be just as valuable as time spent practising.
  • To develop the mental angle of your game there is lots of information on the internet and a number of good books written by bowlers.
  • One book which Di felt was particularly good is ‘Perfect Bowls’ by Peter Belliss and published by Celebrity Books. ISBN 978-187725-2303
  • Thank you to Graham Evans for organising the evening and Mark and Di for their presentation.
  • Malcolm Keller

Disappointing Losses To Lobethal

Lobethal’s home ground advantage proved too much for the visiting Hahndorf Division One and Division Two teams with only one rink managing a win. A depleted Division Three side were accounted for by Lobethal 1 at Hahndorf.

Division One played Lobethal at home but were unable to counter the home ground advantage. Christine was defeated by Neville Mansell by nine shots, Wayne Zilme finished five shots ahead of Malcolm and Bob went down by six against Anthony Treloar. Division One currently sit in seventh position on the ladder.

Division Two met a well drilled Lobethal 1 at Lobethal with Bill Fairley, standing in for Bill Robertson, getting up by two shots over Roger Jarman. Chris Rowe was defeated by Paul Maloney by 21 shots while Ray Rattray was accounted for by Paul Arnup who won by 26 shots. Division Two have dropped back one spot and currently sit in fifth position on the ladder.

Division Three couldn’t continue their winning form against Lobethal 1 at Hahndorf. Tom Hennessey continued to lead the way by defeating Betty Marriott by 16 shots. Tali Button was defeated by Graham Rogers by 19 shots and a determined Ron Bateman losing by six against David Turner. Division Three are currently third on the ladder.

Division 1 Hahndorf  defeated by Lobethal at Lobethal          58 – 78

M. Keller,  R. Mableson,  C. Button, M. Wheal                              22 – 27
C. Keller,  R. Babidge, T. Anderson, G. Evans                              14 – 23
R. Edwards, P. Nagel, S. Maddern, R. Crocker                             22 – 28

Division 2 Hahndorf  defeated by Lobethal 1 at Lobethal         36 – 81

W. Fairley,  A. Gulyas,  R. Potter, B. Buckingham                          18 – 16
R. Rattray, A. McMahon, V. Deeble, J. Benham                               9 – 35
C. Rowe, C. Edwards, S. Brooks, P. Williams                                   9 – 30

Division 3 Hahndorf defeated by Lobethal 1 at Hahndorf          58 – 69
T. Button,  P. Wakefield, R. Munday                                                10 – 29
R. Bateman, D. Bateman, B. Shields, D. Turner                             18 – 26
T. Hennessey, A. Button, L. Lambert, R. Burton                              30 – 14

Division one win

The weather was much more agreeable and provided excellent conditions for bowls.  Division One entered the game needing a win to stay in touch with the four and came away with an excellent result against Mt Pleasant.  Christine Keller’s rink had a sizable win over Bo Hambly and never looked in trouble.  Bob Edward’s rink who led all the way countered a fight-back mid match but moved away for a comfortable victory over Chad Vivian.  Malcolm Keller’s rink had a fight all day against Luke West with the lead changing hands until with one end to play the scores were level. Unfortunately the final result ended two down.

Next week, the last for 2017 will be at Lobethal who sit in second place on the ladder.

Division 1 Hahndorf  defeated Mount Pleasant at Hahndorf                   72 – 40

M. Keller,  M. Wheal,  R. Rattray,  B. Buckingham                                        17 – 19
C. Keller,  T. Anderson, R. Crocker, M. Howe                                               32 – 9
R. Edwards,  C. Edwardes,  L. Lambert, G. Evans                                        23 – 12

Division Two had a difficult task in meeting Woodside’s top team included many top division players.  However the result on the day showed that we are capable of matching it with this team as two of our rinks results could have gone our way.  Ron Bateman’s rink fought all day to come away with a draw against Alexander Reynolds, whilst Bill Robertson went down by two shots to Steve Baker.  Tom Hennessey had a difficult time with Peter ” Mango” Mangelsdorf.

Next week we, still in fourth position, meet third placed Lobethal who are one win ahead.

Division 2 Hahndorf  defeated by  Woodside at Hahndorf                       52 – 73

W. Robertson,  A. McMahon,  R. Potter,  E. Biar                                           13 – 32
R.Bateman,  D. Bateman,  J. Benham, V. Deeble                                          22 – 22
T. Hennessey, P. Wakefield, A. Stevens, D. Turner                                       17 – 19

State Mixed Pairs –

Hahndorf had three players make the last 16 in the BowlsSA State Mixed Pairs on Sunday.  Christine and Malcolm Keller together with Val Deeble playing with hubby Geoff (Uraidla) met stiff opposition at Grange Bowling Club and bowed after making it through their respective sections.  Both pairs played quality bowls throughout the tournament and are to be congratulated on their performances.


Three Wins for Three Divisions

Winter raised its head once more in the hills and while our teams met some tough opposition we came up with solid wins across the three divisions.

Division One played seventh played a determined seventh placed Mount Pleasant at home but were able to achieve two wins and a draw. Christine drew with John Webb, Malcolm won by four over Luke West and Bob won an arm wrestle over Bo Hambly by 2 shots.  They travel to Lobethal next week to play top of the ladder leaders in a match that could move Division One into the four.

Division Two had a good win against Mt Pleasant, Chris Rowe had a battle on his hands but was able to hold on to win by a shot against Nolene.  Bill Robertson went down by a solitary shot to Tom Woodforde.  Bill Fairley was well supported to win by 16 shots over Graeme Sloane. Hahndorf have moved into fourth position on the ladder. They will next week meet Lobethal 1 at Lobethal.

Division Three showed why they sit atop the ladder with a solid win against Mt Pleasant at home. Tali Button defeated Ronald Parker by 18. Ron Bateman  fought hard but eventually went down by 7 to David Sandland, while Tom Hennesey asserted his dominance early with a 36 shot win over John Phillips. They will now meet sixth placed Lobethal 1 at home.

Division 1 Hahndorf  defeated Mt Pleasant at Mt Pleasant       66 – 58

M. Keller,  R. Mableson,  C. Button, B. Buckingham                       26 – 20
C. Keller,  R. Babidge, T. Anderson, M. Wheal                               18 – 18
R. Edwards, P. Nagel, S. Maddern, R. Crocker                               22 – 20

Division 2 Hahndorf defeated Mt Pleasant at Mt Pleasant                         65 – 49   

W. Robertson,  A. Gulyas,  A. McMahon, J. Liebelt                          11 – 27
B. Fairley, M. Howe, V. Deeble, J. Benham                                      16 – 26
C. Rowe, C. Edwards, S. Brooks, D. Bateman                                  20 – 21

Division 3 Hahndorf defeated Mt Pleasant at Hahndorf                86 – 39

T. Button,  P. Wakefield, P. Williams, R. Brunker                                28 – 10
R. Bateman, C. Harmer, A. Button, D. Turner                                     13 – 20
T. Hennessey, M. Armitage, D. Grego, R. Munday                              45 – 9

Difficult Day

With temperatures in the high 30s, our teams meet stiff opposition and although competitive during part of the day came up with sound losses.

Division One played fourth placed Oakbank and all three rinks went down with six (Christine), seven (Bob) and ten (Malcolm) shot deficits.  They return home next week to play seventh placed Mt Pleasant with the need of a win to get closer to the top four.

Top placed Lenswood proved too strong for our Second Division side and they went down twenty seven shots.  Although the overall score was sizable, Chris Button had a great tussle going down by a solitary shot.  Ron Batman made a real effort until near the end and unfortunately couldn’t hold on and went down by ten shots.  Bill Robertson met a strong rink and struggled all day.  Also at home next week, Hahndorf (fourth place) meet second placed Woodside in a game that a win would reinforce our place in the four.

Division 1 Hahndorf  defeated by Oakbank at Oakbank               69 – 46

M. Keller,  M. Wheal,  R. Rattray,  B. Buckingham                             14 – 24
C. Keller,  T. Anderson, R. Crocker, M. Howe                                     17 – 23
R. Edwards,  C. Edwardes,  P. Nagel, C. Rowe                                  15 – 22

Division 2 Hahndorf  defeated by Lenswood at Lenswood           47 – 74   

W. Robertson,  A. McMahon,  P. Wakefield  E. Biar                            11 – 27
R.Bateman,  D. Bateman,  V. Deeble,  J. Benham                              16 – 26
C. Button, P. Williams, T. Stevens, D. Turner                                       20 – 21

Three Narrow Wins – GREAT

A great day for the Club with three narrow wins helping gain ground on respective premiership ladders.

Division One moved to within one win of Mt Pleasant who they meet this week at Mt Pleasant.  Christine Keller’s rink had a good win by six shots with Malcolm getting home by a solitary shot.  Bob Edwards had a tight tussle going down by three shots.

Division Two had a great fight to get home by one shot.  Bill Robertson’s rink had a ten shot win whilst Chris Rowe and Ray Rattrays’ rinks recovered over the latter stages for the team to scrape home by one shot.  The team held onto sixth place and play eighth placed Mt Pleasant.

Top spot is now held by our Third Division team after their seven shot win over Woodside at Woodside.  Ron Bateman’s rink made another claim for this week’s Rink of the Week” voucher with a thirty shot win.  Tali Button’s rink had a close tussle going down by four shots whilst Shelly Howe’s team had a difficult day.

Note – the Club fielded three members of one family on Saturday – father Chris Button, daughter Tali and we welcomed son Adam to the team.  Not many clubs can boast that!!

Division 1 Hahndorf  defeated Woodside at Hahndorf               69 – 65

C. Keller,  R.  Babidge,  T. Anderson, B Buckingham                      24 – 18
M. Keller,  R. Mableson,  C. Button, M. Wheal                                 28 – 27
R. Edwards, P. Nagel, S. Maddern, R. Crocker                                17 – 20

Division 2 Hahndorf defeated Woodside at Hahndorf                 57 – 56

R. Rattray, G Evans , V Deeble, J. Benham                                     13 – 17
W. Robertson,   A Gluyas, A. McMahon, M Armitage                        24 – 14
C. Rowe  C. Edwardes, S. Brookes, P. Williams                               20 – 25

Division 3 Hahndorf  defeated Woodside at Woodside                62 – 55

T.Button, P. Wakefield, D. Grego,  J. Liebelt                                      21 – 25
R. Bateman,  D. Bateman,  B. Shields, R. Munday                            36 – 6
M. Howe, R. Burton, A Button, D. Turner                                             5 – 24

Last Five Ends the Difference!

The last five ends saw a difference in winning and drawing with our teams at Uraidla.

Top Division were comfortably in front with five ends to play and lost in excess of ten shots overall to hold on to a draw.  Next week they play fifth placed Oakbank at Oakbank in an effort to stay in touch with the top four.

Division Two were exactly the opposite and down with five ends to play and recovered from being in excess of ten overall shots down to run out winners by six shots.  The win moved Hahndorf into third and next week meet top placed Lenswood at Lenswood.

What is important is that skippers and seconds continually updating the scoreboard over the last five ends to have an idea of the overall situation.  Noting each others rink scores and encouraging concentration over those last few ends can make the difference between winning and loosing.

Division 1 Hahndorf  drew with Uraidla at Uraidla                    74 – 74 

M. Keller,  M. Wheal,  R. Rattray,  B. Buckingham                         27 – 22
C. Keller,  T. Anderson,  M. Howe,  R. Crocker                              26 – 30
R. Edwards,  C. Edwardes,  C Button, G. Evans                            21 – 22

Division 2 Hahndorf  defeated Uraidla at Uraidla                       55 – 49

W. Robertson,  A. McMahon,  T. Stevens,  E. Biar                          20 – 16
R.Bateman,  D. Bateman,  V. Deeble,  J. Benham                          11 – 21
T. Hennessy,  P. Nagel, D. Turner,  J. Liebelt                                  24 – 12

Difficult Day

Playing “Under the Dome”, Division One struggled to stay in touch with the top four by going down to third played Mt Barker. Christine Keller had a great fight to get home by six shots whilst Malcolm narrowly lost by three shots.  Unfortunately Bob Edward’s rink meet a very hot team and went down by fifteen shots.  Next week they meet ninth placed Woodside at Woodside with a great chance to get back in the winners circle.

Hahndorf defeated by Mt Barker at Mt Barker              61 – 73
B. Edwards, P. Nagel, S. Madderm, R.Crocker                14 – 29
M. Keller, R. Mableson, C. Rowe, C. Button                     22 – 25
C. Keller, R. Babidge, L. Lambert, T. Anderson                25 – 19

Division Two fared no better going down by thirty six shots. Playing Mt Barkers No 1 team, all three rinks had losses.  Ray Rattray’s rink led by four shots until the second last end, however lost by one shot in a closely fought game.  Bill Robertson and Michael Wheals’ rinks had days they would like to forget, met very strong Mt Barker rinks who knew how to play the conditions.

Hahndorf defeated by Mt Barker at Mt Barker              40 – 76
B. Robertson, A. Gluyas, D. Turner, B. Buckingham        13 – 29
R. Rattray, G. Evans, V Deeble, J. Benham                     17 – 18
M. Wheal, S. Brooks, A. McMahon, R. Munday                10 – 29

Division Three continued on its winning way had a great win over second placed Mt Barker, getting home be five shots.  Needing to win to jump into second place, two rinks drew with their opponents and Tom Hennessey covering with the five shot win.   It is fantastic to see the side doing so well with many players in their first season sharing the success with those more experienced players.

Hahndorf defeated Mt Barker at Hahndorf                     61 – 56
T. Hennessey, B. Engel, R Burton, M. Armatiage              26 – 21
R. Bateman, D. Bateman, B. Shields, C. Thompson         17 – 17
T. Button, P. Wakefield, J. Thompson, J. Liebelt               18 – 18

Mark Green evening

Members are invited to a presentation by Mark Green, Bowls SA State Ladies Development Coach on Thursday 7th December 2017.  Mark is an excellent speaker who will talk and discuss ” The Grassroots of Lawn Bowls”.  His experience covers coaching new, inexperienced to elite bowlers over many years.  He works closely with Faye Luke, Bowls SA State Women’s Coach.

The program will be based around planning and goal setting and positional play including a brain storming interactive session.  Members of all HBA Clubs have been also invited to join the evening.

The program will be: 6.00pm Free Sausage Sizzle
6.30pm Mark Green presentation
9.00pm Close

Members are asked to enter their name on the list on the Notice Board for catering purposes.