History Made – congratulations

History has been made with our Club’s two Division One teams winning their respective Grand Finals. This feat has never been achieved in the history of the Club. Congratulations.

Yesterday, Saturday 20th March 2021, our team completed the Division One Grand Final double by again defeating Lobethal BC by four shots at Oakbank BC.  The team went into the match as underdogs against Lobethal BC, one of the powerhouses over the past three years.  Not to be overawed by the occasion, Geoff Deeble’s rink of Sue Hutchinson, Chris Rowe, and Phil Nagle confronted Lobethal’s Wayne Zilm’s rink and came away with a strong win 28-18.  Due to a nasty fall on Thursday, Bob Edwards replaced Rick Babidge and together with Richard Crocker, Barry Rimmer, and Sue Maddern went on to a great win 22-19 against Neville Mansell.  Jamie Burt’s rink of Tim Anderson, Roger Mableson, and Rob Hutchinson battled hard to contain Darren Stansbury’s rink and went down 15-24.

Lobethal BC got away to an early lead but Hahndorf recovered their composure and started to gain the upper hand to get out to a handy lead of nine shots only to see it eroded by the time Geoff Deeeble and Bob Edwards’s rinks had finished to be all square with Jamie Burt’s rink four ends to play.  A five on the 22nd end gave Hahdorf the lead only to see Neville Mansell’s rink recover with a four on the 23rd.  With his last bowl to play and down in the head, Jamie’s running shot cleanly picked up the jack to be one up, placing Hahndorf two shots up.  Phew!!

The last end was a nail-biter but cool heads (one wonders what Rob Hutchinson’s heart monitor was reading??) took the end by two and handed the team a four-shot victory.  Well done to all the team and a fantastic victory.

The vocal support by the players’ family members, plus Club members should not be underestimated.  It was great to see around twenty-five sharing both ends of the rinks to give their support.

Members and partners celebrated at the Three Gums Bistro well into the night at its End of Season Dinner together with presentations to Club Championship winners.  President, Chris Button welcomed all present and later gave an outline of what has been a most successful year for the teams and individual members of the Club.

It is a great credit to our Club members, only fifty strong, to come away with such as result. Also, our other teams, three of the four others, finished in fifth place whilst the other in seventh place. All teams were competitive with an enormous team spirit.



Today, Wednesday 17th March 2021, our Top  Division team took out a nail-biter by two shots over favorites, Lobethal BC to win the Grand Final.  With the scores locked away and Phil Nagel’s rink with one end to play, our team of Tim Anderson, Bob Edwards, and Rob Hutchinson gave Phil three shots at the change-over.   Lobethal’s Darren Stansbury had two opportunities to reduce the shots held, taking out one of Hahndorf’s bowls with his first, followed by Phil putting his next bowl being the head as cover.  Stansbury’s last bowl missed, handing Hahndorf the Grand Final. Phil’s rink won their encounter 28-18.

Geoff Deeble’s rink did their part in comfortably overcoming Neville Mansell’s rink 26-12.  Well done to Richard Crocker, Ray Rattray, and Roger Mableson.

Jamie Burt’s rink of Graham Evans, Leo Lambert, and Barry Rimmer did not fare so well going down 7-29 against Wayne Zilm’s all-round consistent rink.

The win for Hahndorf is a great result for the overall team coming from well down the premiership table early in 2021.  The team had only won two games by the 10th of the 17 rounds but turned their fortunes around by winning five of their last seven rounds.

Well done to all who have played their part in this memorable win.

Best of luck to our Saturday Top Division team, again against Lobethal BC.



Hahndorf to the Fore!!! WOW!!

What a week the Club has had??  Previously our Wednesday Top Division team won its way into the Grand Final, Sue and Rob Hutchinson won their respective Champion of Champions Singles last Friday night at Uraidla BC, and now our Saturday Top Division side has won its way into the Grand Final by defeating minor premiers, Woodside at Mt Barker BC.

Champion of Champions Report

Friday night, played in excellent conditions, Sue and Rob Hutchinson represented our Club at Uraidla BC in the Champion of Champions Semi-finals and possibly the Grand Final.  Sue played Cindy Falco from Uraidla and although the scores were no indication of the game, Sue was comfortably victorious.  Rob met Andrew Gard from Mt Barker, and based on Andrew’s form from last week, was going to have a serious game on his hands.  To Rob’s credit he played consistently throughout the game and came out on top.

The Grand Finals were amazing.  Great draw bowling, the lead changing hands throughout, with Sue playing Renee Green from Lenswood.  In the end, Sue took the lead late in the game and went on to win.  Rob’s Grand Final was incredible.  Playing Paul Van de Water from Oakbank, Rob was down 20-9 and not looking like making any roads into Paul’s draw bowling prowess. But Rob found extra strength from deep within and found his length to lead 23-22 before sealing the match with two shots on the last end.  Congratulations to Sue and Rob from all members of our Club.

Well done to the Uraidla BC for their excellent hospitality on both nights of this Championship.  The atmosphere was great with a busy kitchen continually serving the hungry spectators, (and players), plus a well-prepared green.

Saturday Prelim Final Report  

Yesterday, (Saturday) our Top Division team took on the minor premiers, Woodside, at Mt Barker BC for the right to play in the Grand Final.  Throughout the day, the scores were continually changing with both sides taking a narrow lead.  After 12-14 ends, Hahndorf gradually took the lead out to ten shots only to see Woodside claw it back to three-four shots before over the last five ends Hahndorf consolidate its lead to win by eight shots.

Rick Babidge’s rink of Richard Crocker, Barry Rimmer and Sue Maddern lead the way with a seven-shot win over the dangerous Peter “Mango” Manglesdorf. Jamie Burt’s rink of Tim Anderson, Roger Mableson, and Rob Hutchinson, after getting way early, won by four shots over Andrew Albert.   Geoff Deeble’s rink of Sue Hutchinson, Chris Rowe and Phil Nagel had a horror start against Brett Norman, and at one stage were down 1-11.  To their credit, they turned the game around and finished down by five shots at the end.

To now have both Top Division teams in the Grand Final is a first for our Club. Come along and support them!!


Wednesday Top Division v Lobethal at Gumeracha BC

Saturday Top Division v Lobethal at Oakbank BC

Saturday Night: Club EOS Dinner with presentations.  Please note the timing will be altered due to players in the Grand Final – TBA.



We’re In The Grand Final!!

Our Wednesday top division team has won through to the Grand Final by defeating a stoic Mt Barker by the narrowest of margins: three shots, 60-57.  Played at Woodside BC in overcast conditions, the match went down to the wire with the last ends of Phil Nagel and Jamie Burt’s needing to hang on and score to ensure the win.  They did exactly that, both scoring on the last end.

Geoff Deeble’s rink of Richard Crocker, Roger Mableson, and Ray Rattray led the way with a solid win by nine shots: 24-15.  Phil Nagel’s rink of Tim Anderson, BobEdwards, and Rob Hutchinson had a close battle all day with the lead changing hands throughout, unfortunately going down by two shots: 20-22.  Jamie Burt’s rink of Graham Evans, Leo Lambert, and Barry Rimmer had a similar fight getting away early only to be rained in to go down by four shots: 16-20.

Every member played their part to get this great outcome for our Club.  It has been many years since our Wednesday Top Division has played in a Grand Final.  Next week they will take on Lobethal and club members are invited to support our team.  The location will be advised when known.

Congratulations to all the team and our best wishes for a successful outcome next Wednesday.



Yesterday (Monday 8th March 2021) saw fifty-six bowlers from various local and metropolitan clubs play in mid conditions at the Qube Logistics Gala Day.  Prize money of $2000 was kindly provided by our long-standing sponsor, Qube Logistics.  Also included were wines from Sidewood Wines Estate which added to the occasion.

Games of 2 x 12 ends for fours and 2 x 8 ends of three bowls pairs saw the team from Victor Harbour BC of Ken Mableson, Ken Waller, Brenton Speed, and our own Roger Mableson, take out the major prize.  Ken Mableson, Roger’s brother, told the audience it was the first time they had played together and looked forward to many more.  The mixed team from Oakbank and Gumeracha were second with the Blackwood rink third.

Early morning “toasties” were provided before the games followed by lunch consisting of meatballs, pasta, and salads, with tiramisu, strawberries, and icecream and completed with afternoon tea of cheese, condiments, and biscuits. During the lunches, twelve lucky bowlers received a shopping bag full of handouts from Qube Logistics as spot prizes.

We sincerely thank Qube Logistics for their generosity in making this day possible and such a success.

The winning rink of (L-R): Brenton Speed, Roger Mableson, Ken Waller and Ken Mableson with Club President, Chris Button.

First Aid Course Successful

Members and family attended our First Aid Course last Friday and it proved to be a great success.  Conducted by St John Ambulance, twelve attendees varied from new first aiders to ones those who had gained their qualification many years ago.  Our educator, Linda, made the day entertaining whilst making sure we grasped the information.  Role Plays created some innovation with half the class sent outside with the other half required to play-act being struck down with an acute asthma attack and falling over and broken their arm.  The reverse role play was that the person had had a stroke and also broken their arm.

Role players were given bonus points if they acted out their particular role with many taking the role a little too far-fetched.

Many were asked to play a part, but Jeff Thomspon took things a little too far when being bitten by a snake.  So much so the Linda was encouraged by all that not only should his arm be immobilised, but the rest for him. The pictures tell the story:

We not only were required to go through a range of practical assessment tasks but complete a theory multi-choice assessment as well.   All attendees completed the course and were assessed as competent.

Great for the Club, members, and wider community.

Hutchinson’s At It Again!!

Last Friday night, Sue and Rob Hutchinson represented our Club in the Singles Champion of Champions.  Played at Uraidla BC in cool and calm conditions both won their respective matches.  Both matches were played in great spirit and very competitive right throughout.

They were fortunate to go through to the next round (semi-finals) without playing another round, also to be played at Uraidla BC from 5.30pm (TBC) next Friday evening.  Win, and they are into the Grand Final!!

Members are invited to attend and support our “Hutchinsons”.


Div 1 Great Win – one not so lucky!!

Saturday’s Top Division had a great win overcoming a strong Mt Barker team 76 – 56 shots at Gumeracha BC.  Jamie Burt’s rink of Tim Anderson, Roger Mableson, and Rob Hutchinson gave the team an enormous boost winning 32- 7 whilst Geoff Deeble’s rink of Sue Hutchinson, Chris Rowe, and Phil Nagel fought out a 21 all draw.  Rick Babidge’s rink of Richard Crocker, Barry Rimmer, and Sue Maddern fought out a close game going down by 5 shots.  The third to last end saw Rick draw the shot with his last bowl to see his opponent, Brenton Smith run at the head and converted to six shots up.  Just one bowl!!

Next week the team will take on Woodside at Mt Barker and we wish them all the best.

Wednesday’s Top Division had a disappointing loss to Lobethal at Oakbank BC. Whilst all three rinks went down, the scores were no indication of the overall performance.  Next week they take on Mt Barker at Woodside BC.

Again, we wish them all the best.

If you have a spare afternoon the teams would appreciate your support.


Discovery – Hahndorf Resort Confirms

Following the purchase of the Handorf Resort by Discovery Parks from Lynn and Brian Shirripa, we are pleased to announce Discovery has confirmed their continuation of the sponsorship through the Hahndorf Resort.

If you haven’t utilised their facilities or recommended them to family or friends, here are some facts:

“Discover the historic charm of the Adelaide Hills with a stay at Discovery – Hahndorf Resort. Located in the heart of Hahndorf and only 20-minutes from the Adelaide CBD, you’re in the perfect location to enjoy all that the Adelaide hills has to offer.

Take a stroll down the town’s leafy main street to enjoy galleries, shops, and fine food including traditional German fare and artisan cheese or, take a drive out to discover other charming Hills villages and amazing local cellar doors. There’s also plenty of family-friendly activities nearby too with hiking trails, National Parks and the Beerenberg strawberry farm right on your doorstep.

Enjoy award-winning accommodation set among rolling hills and scenic bushland. Whether you’re a couple, family or group of friends, we’ve got rooms to suit your individual needs including powered campsites, self-contained cabins, and resort-style rooms in close proximity to event facilities.”

We welcome Discovery Parks to our Club and look forward to their continued support.

Members are reminded to support our sponsors.