Club Happenings

Top Division’s Excellent Win!! – yesterday saw our top division upset highly rated Lobethal by 14 shots with all three rinks up.  Many long-standing members cannot remember when our Club has had such a win against Lobethal.  Rick Babidge led the way with a seven-shot win, followed by Geoff Deeble five up and Jamie Burt rounded out the wins with a close two-shot win.  Well done to all our bowlers.

First Aid Course.  Members are reminded that Expressions of Interest for the Provide First Aid Course close next Saturday and are requested to place your name and preferred days on the notice in the Clubhouse.  If you have any problems getting to the Club please contact Graham Evans on 0419 804 418 and he will arrange.  It is very important we have members qualified to support any player with health/injury problems.

Club Championship Finals.  The Fours Final will be played Tuesday afternoon at 4.15 pm between Rick Babidge and Phil Nagel’s rinks.  The Singles and Pairs next Sunday with times and players to be confirmed.

Coaching Hints

As a quick guide to all bowlers at all levels, we sometimes overlook or are unaware of tactics that can turn a game around.

The following is offered as a reminder as we head into the second half of the season.

  1. All members of a rink should, after a few ends, be aware of the strengths and weaknesses of their opposition including:
    a. what length of end they are playing,
    b. which hand they prefer,
    c. what affect the wind is having on the bowl.
  2. If the opposition is winning on a particular length, e.g. long ends, then our leader/skipper can request, on winning an end to:
    a. bring the mat up and roll the jack to the tee,
    b. bring the mat up and roll a short end,
    c. any length other than the opposition’s preferred length.
  3. What is important is to break the opposition’s rhythm.  It may not work at first but it is worth persisting as the game progresses.  It is interesting to note that this action was recently taken by two rinks, being down by over 10 shots at afternoon tea, resulting in winning or closing the gap to two shots.  Particularly, the closing of the gap can also have a huge effect on the overall team result.
  4. It is important for skippers to maintain their concentration of any tactics, and not just to direct their team as to hand or length.

For further information please click here: Tactics in Lawn_Bowls

Player Coaching

We all, at some time, have a run of poor performances and think we can fix it ourselves.  As your Club Coaches, we are only too happy to send any amount of time, be it small or large, to assist any bowler at any level.  We (the bowler) can’t see what we are doing wrong and get advice from others, who with great respect, may not be trained as to what to look for or how to fix it.  It may be something simple like a position on the mat, or where the hand is going on delivery release.  IPAD filming is also available if required.

Similarly, members of a rink, be it a skipper or any other, may recommend to a member who is having a problem, that it may be prudent to see one of the coaches to assist with their concerns.

If we can help, please give either of us a call or speak to us at the Club.

Good bowling: Michael (0421 032 145) and Graham (0419 804 418)

Diary Date!! EOS Dinner

The End Of Season Presentation Dinner has been confirmed.

It will be held on Saturday 20th March 2021 at the Three Gums Bistro, Main Rd, Hahndorf.

Further details will be provided closer to the date re Menu and cost.

Put in your diary without delay!

Qube Logistics Gala Day

Bowlers are advised that on Monday 8th March 2021, the Club is hosting the Qube Logistics Open Medley with $2000.00 prizemoney.

The event will consist of: 4s of 12 ends: 3 bowl pairs, 2 x 8 ends: and 4s of 12 ends.

Time:    9.30 am registration for 10 am start
Cost:     $100 per team – Includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Wines by Sidewood Wines.
Dress:    Bowls attire

All entries to Roger Mableson
Phone: 0429 117 043

For further information please download the Flier here: Qube Logistics Flier 2021


To all members and families, the Club wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

May you stay safe and healthy and should you be traveling interstate or intrastate drive safe. 

We look forward to a better, happier and enjoyable 2021.

Best wishes….


Four teams – Four Wins – Fantastic!

What a great weekend for our Club.  Under EXTREME weather conditions, fighting rain and unbelievable winds, our bowlers showed great resilience and won all their matches.  Many went down to the wire, with one shot wins by two of our teams.  Rink scores were also close which made the results even more impressive.

Details of the day were:

Division One:
Jamie Burt 29-26: Rick Babidge 27-26: Geoff Deeble 21-24 Team Win: 77-76
Division Two:
Ray Rattray 25-19: Val Deeble 21-16: Bill Robertson 23-21  Team Win: 69-56
Div Three Gold:
David Grego 24-12: Graham Savage 17-13                           Team Win: 41-25
Div Three Silver:
Jeff Thompson 19-17: Ron Bateman 15-16                            Team Win 34-33

David’s win by 12 shots gives his rink of Janet Liebelt, Ken Wilson and Cheryl Thompson the “Rink of the Week” vouchers.  Well done.

Finally, there must have been something special in the Italian food from Friday night’s dinner??

Congratulations to all our members on a great effort.  Keep up the good work.

Bill & Ron Again!!

They have done it again.  Today, playing at Lameroo, Bill and Ron won their two games to reach the last 16 of the State Pairs.

With a combined age of 170, these two thought they would enter the State Men’s Pairs.  Little did they ever expect to get through the sectional play but have managed to reach the final 16.    They have not only proven they have still got it when it comes to bowls but have shown the younger big guns that you are never too old to have a go.   Playing a team from Lameroo in the first round, they won 19-6.  In the second round, they were 6 up with the last end to be played, and 6 down with Bill’s last bowl and he reduced the shots to 2 down and won by 4 shots.

Bill Robertson and Ron Bateman both 85-year-old members thought they would have no chance but would  “give it a go”, never did they expect to be at this stage of the Pairs knockouts.  Bill who has a birthday next Friday had a family birthday party organised for next Sunday, but as they have made the last 16 he has to somehow tell his family he will not be available.  He stated that he may have to send a message to the family saying “Houston we have a problem”.  The Knockouts will be played at Clare we all wish both of you good luck in the finals.

Not to be outdone, Sue Maddern and Joan Prosser also won their two rounds today and have made it to the Knockouts to be played at Hamley Bridge next Sunday.  We all wish both of you good luck in the finals.

Deebles’ Rink of the Week race

Val and Geoff Deeble fought out the Rink of the Week title this week with wins of 38-13 (+25) and 33-7 (+26) respectively.  With the outcome not known until the Div 1 team returned from Lenswood (great first win), Val and her team of Leo Lambert, Chris Button and Shelly Howe thought they were in a good position of winning.  Shelly was even heard to encourage her teammates with a comment “Come on I want to win the Rink of the Week voucher”.

But alas – Geoff had upstaged her with a 26 shot win and covered Val’s win of 25 shots. Geoff’s team included Sue Hutchinson, Chris Rowe and Phil Nagel.

Well done to both rinks.

Age No Barrier!!

For Ron Bateman (85) and Bill Robertson (84) age was no barrier to winning their Section of the State Pairs at Lameroo last Sunday.  Played on grass and in extreme heat, they maintained the pressure on their opponents throughout the day.  They now travel back to Lameroo next Sunday and we wish them every success.

Sue Maddern, playing with Joan Prosser from Payneham, won her Section with three wins and we wish them well for the Knockout Round this coming Sunday.

Geoff Deeble and Chris Rowe also travelled to Lameroo and had three close games, losing their first two games by 1 & 2 respectively and draw their final game.

Richard Crocker and Graham Evans ventured to Geranium and won their first two games but lost their last and then lost on a countback.

Sue Hutchison played with her sister, Janet, winning two games whilst Val Deeble, playing with Gill Bartley from Tranmere, won one of her games.

Well done to all Club Members.

Great to see our Club being represented in these State events.  It is an excellent experience playing at different venues, on different surfaces and against bowlers from a wide range of Clubs. It is strongly recommended for all members to consider entering.

Nearly There!!

With the hot weather forecast for Monday & Tuesday, our new green will hopefully be finished for play on Wednesday. Final stretching, the ditch and surrounds should see the green ready for action.  Stay tuned!!