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Letter from the Editor October 2016
Here we go! We are now on the roller coaster to Christmas!!!! Wooohooo hold on, or you'll miss it!! Christmas Decorations are out and you can now buy “fruit mince pies” at the supermarket which happen to be a favourite of Dean's (I personally don't like them).
So….. what's been happening? Well, the National Bowling Arm Tournament for 2016 has been played, and once again Victoria played brilliantly winning its' fourth consecutive title. It's not surprising with Bowls Victoria acknowledging that this is a growth sector for them with 13% of affiliated members registered to use a bowling arm device.  More...

Left: Jensen with our “special friend” Eunie Morris – past Publicity Officer of Hunter River District Women's BA
From the Secretary's Desk
by Denis Broad OAM, NDBA Secretary
October 2016
The highlight of the past month has been the playing of the traditional section of the 56th annual NDBA Mattara Bowls Carnival which was played in mixed weather conditions, with a couple of very wet days. Cardiff did an outstanding job in hosting the Carnival under the leadership of President, Bob Murdoch, Secretary, John Erskine, Games Secretary, David Gilday and Greenkeeper, Kel Brown. More

Left: Mattara Men's Open Pairs Winners Matt Baus, Ian Lean with NDBA Vice President David Gilday.

Barry Hamer
    October 2016
Too many ways to play lawn bowls?
All sports require constant monitoring to optimise performance and the integrity to achieve long and short term outcomes to excite their followers and to woo new attendees to their game.     
Such a mission may require professional input and consultation with suitably qualified coaches and relevant groups working together to achieve the best possible outcomes. More......

Adamstown's 80th Anniverary Tournament 2016
   Adamstown Bowling Club's 80th Anniversary has come and gone with 16 clubs helping to celebrate that affair with us. The day was amazing and fun for all who participated in it with a couple of beers, free food, and some of the teams that came even left with some prizes. But the main focus was on the members, all the guys that help to make days like this a success, all the guys that help to make the club a success, and the amazing past, present and future of the grand old boy that is the Adamstown Bowling Club. Thanks to everyone. More....

Left: Winners of Adamstown's 80th Anniversary Tournament Greg Hargreaves, Steve Dalton, Graham King and Brad Johns (Adamstown).
Mitlon Rigby
October 2016
COACH GIVING ADVICE: I have included this subject because of an incident which occurred during one of the recent State Pennant Playoffs where an ill-informed Umpire advised a Coach that he could not give advice to his players. This is covered by Law 44 which states the following:        MORE....

NEWCASTLE DISTRICT WOMEN   By Robyn Lewis P.O.   October 2016

The weather was glorious for our new inaugural “Spring Carnival” with 52 teams in 5 sections having a wonderful time. The daily winners (skips) are as follows:
MONDAY Section 1: J. Daniels (HBG); Section  2: C. Johnstone (Fingal Bay). Section 3: G. Gannon (Charlestown); Section 4: L. Donovan (Fingal Bay). Section 5: M. Milburn (Karuah).
TUESDAY Section 1: J. Daniels (HBG); Section 2: M. Harman (Kotara); Section 3: H. Wood (Edgeworth); Section 4: R. Ryan (Soldiers Pt.), Section 5: A. Delaney (Stockton).  MORE....

Left: Winners of the Newcastle District Women's Spring Carnival Sandy Merrin, Carol Shepheard, Supak Delaney and Vicki Marshall. (Stockton: 5 wins / 117 shots / 52 ends)

  Festival of bowls was played over three days, thankfully without too much of a hiccup weather wise.
A composite team of Karen Campbell (Redhead), Judy Woolfe, Margaret Barry and Shirley Pyke (Boolaroo), were 1st placed, and the Kurri Kurri team of Sharon Sumner, Barbara Jeffery, Lorraine Aspinall and Shirley Austin were 2nd placed - Congratulations to all on a great effort! MORE.....
Chriss Gallagher
PERC THE PUNTER - The “Hold your Bowls” awards are presented to….
The Bradman Award: Toronto Redbills for their 105 scored against Hamilton North in round 10, next was Kurri Cannons with 89 also against Ham North but in round 1.
The Tiger Woods Award – Charlestown Tigers and East Cessnock Comets both managed to score a meagre 36, the Tigers did it in game 10 and the Comets in game 7. The Comets showed consistency by scoring 37 in game 4 as well.   MORE.......

The Regional final series of the 'High School Bowls Challenge' for 2016 was played at New Lambton Bowling Club on Monday 29th August. The district winning schools from the Manning, Hunter, Newcastle and the Lakes were keen to take out this prestigious title and the $1,000.00 winner's cheque. MORE....

Left: High School Bowls Challenge Winners - Hunter Sports High: Lakes District Tyler Cochrane, Lachlan Freeman, Connor Freeman & Zac Griffith
BCiB Big Bowls Invitational Challenge
Grand Final at Beresfield Bowling Club Friday 18th November 2016
Hello dreamers, the above question was put to a group on a Facebook page a few weeks back and it got me thinking, should we make a radical change and make District Championships sectional play then knockout? Now before you start jumping up and down consider this, apart from the FA Cup or events like it, I do not know of many sports at all that has straight knockout for their major events. I wait for you readers to correct me if I am wrong but I cannot think of too many at all. In fact most sports have sectional or round robin play before the head in to a knock final series. The recent Olympics had numerous sports where this was the case. More...
Noel James, District Publicity
Last Saturday cool damp and windy conditions greeted 250 bowlers from all corners of the state for the commencement of the 2016 Inter-Zone Sides Championship at Forster and Tuncurry Beach Bowling Clubs.
Weather conditions did improve throughout the day with the many spectators being treated to excellent bowls from all teams. More....
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