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Letter from the Editor December 2016
Bowlers from our readership are “SO HOT RIGHT NOW” with a number of congratulations to be acknowledged this month. The big one is Natasha Scott's win in the World Champion of Champion Singles. Natasha won two straight sets 10-6 and 7-4 to take out the ladies final over Brunei's Amalia Matali. It has been an epic year for Natasha winning the Australian Open, Australian Indoor Championships, World Triples Championship, Golden Nugget and will be contesting the World Championships in New Zealand from November 29 – 11 December playing in both the Triples and Fours Discipline. Go Natasha and go the Jackaroo's Squad!!  More

From the Secretary's Desk
by Denis Broad OAM, NDBA Secretary
December 2016
Congratulations are extended to the Mayfield West quartet of John Harvey, Tony Atcheson, Anthony Ellercamp and Shane Soper on winning the Final of the Newcastle District Champion of Club Champions Fours Championship played at Alder Park B.C. More
Want a Real Challenge?
Having the privilege of competing in a number of sports at high levels achieving media attention and observing the decline of Squash and Lawn Bowls concerns me greatly for all the wrong reasons.
Ever since 1991, over 300 of my Innovation columns featured in NSW, QLD, VIC, Newcastle, and some Bowling clubs since the 90s featuring a whole range of issues, brushed aside by the channel visioned, and those who simply don't care, little wonder the media display scant interest? More
Barry Hamer
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).

December 2016
HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED BECOMING AN UMPIRE?. If you have not, now is the time because your Club and the Association needs you to ensure that qualified National Umpires are available to Officiate at all Association and Club events. In the last year, Zone 2 has lost in excess of 60 Accredited Umpires from its ranks so we need to replenish these numbers. More
Mitlon Rigby
NEWCASTLE DISTRICT WOMEN   By Robyn Lewis P.O.   December 2016
What a great champion Natasha Scott has proven to be backing up and winning the State triples with 2 new players, Kate Matthews and Molly Wilton. Congratulations girls on your great achievement playing in the final after receiving devastating news of the death of their club mate Corey. The trio demonstrated their commitment to the game and dedicated their win in his memory. The team from St Johns Park were defeated 19-7 in a great final. Molly Wilton got through to the semi-final of the State Singles going down to the eventual winner Margaret Smith from Avoca Beach in a game which could have gone either way. Well done Molly who played in her 3 events with an injury that has now required a “moon boot” to assist in her healing. More

Above: Victorious State Triples Winners, Molly Wilton, Kate Matthews and Natasha – Raymond Terrace – Newcastle District Women's BA.
Chriss Gallagher

  On behalf of LMDWBA I would like to wish all and sundry a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, Safe and Prosperous New Year - may 2017 bring all that you hope for and then some.
2016 State Championships at Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club brought our District some great results with Lauretta Marchese and Sam Laguzza taking out the Mixed Pairs title with a win in the tie breaker - well done and congratulations to you both. More
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
What a stimulating end to an awesome season of the BCiB Big Bowls Challenge with the final staged at Beresfield Bowling Club on Friday 18th November.
 Beresfield Magpies won through to the Grand Final and got to contest it on their home ground after defeating back to back title holders the Raymond Terrace Jets in the Major Finals. Their opponents, the mighty Kurri Kurri Cannons, are no strangers to Grand Finals in this series. This marked their 7th Grand Final appearance from the 12 seasons. The Cannons went in as favourites with a proven record finishing with the most points across the three sections. More

Left: Beresfield President Des Skinner with Sam Clough, accepting the “Minor Grand Final” prize on behalf of East Cessnock Comets.

Hi Dreamers, well done to you on making it to the end of another season and it is time now to put the feet up for a day or 2 before we are head first into another year of Lawn Bowls. This month I thought I would take an opportunity to highlight some changes to the Bowls NSW conditions of play that will be in place for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Some of these were in place this year but not many of us tend to read the law book or the conditions of play so I thought I would help by pointing out some of the changes for you. More
Manning District (Zone 11) were the first to kick off Presentation season, celebrating their Champions in early November at Forster Bowling Club. Zone President Peter Schroeder, Secretary Bruce Elliott and the Executive were very honoured to receive Royal NSWBA President Barry Watkins as a special guest More
Noel James, District Publicity
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