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Sam Laguzza (Kahibah)
Letter from the Editor August 2016
BIG junior NEWS!!! Congratulations to Hunter District Junior Fours Side of Lauren Gardner (Greta Workers), Daniel Eyeington (Kurri), Caleb Threadgate (East Maitland) and Tailor Appleby (Kurri) who returned home from Warilla with the JUNIOR STATE FOURS CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE. Well done!!!
The Australian Open was staged in July as well. In the Men's Singles Aron Sherriff won the final against Brett Wilkie. Of our local contenders Shannon Gittoes from Nelson Bay was best performed playing through the knockouts from a round of 256 down to the round of 32 just shy of the finals – a fantastic achievement of the 864 entries in the event. Shannon's clubmate Blake Signall, Trevor Aitchison from Mayfield West and Dylan Riley from Forster got through to the round of 64. Phil Scott-Young, Martin Gosper, Rex Johnston all from Tuncurry Beach, Lee Such (Soldiers Point), Warren Shipley (Beresfield) and Sam Laguzza (Kahibah) made it through to the round of 128. Whilst Ross Logan (Tuncurry Beach), Robert Simmons (Cardiff), Richard Lee (Tea Gardens), Mick Beesley and Daniel Hill (Beresfield), Isaac Rayner (Maitland City), Michael Bourke (Windale Gateshead), Shane Soper and Robert Hector (Mayfield West), Father and Son Aaron and Tailor Appleby (Kurri) and Shane Barclay and Terry Blow from Charlestown all won their sections but bowed out in the first round of knockouts. It's absolutely brilliant to see so many of our players contesting this National event.   
From the Secretary's Desk
by Denis Broad OAM, NDBA Secretary
August 2016
A feature of the past month has been the completion of the blue ribbon Newcastle District Major Singles Championship, the State Senior Singles Championship, State President's Singles Championship and the Newcastle District Minor Singles Championship.
Raymond Terrace's Lennon Scott won his second Newcastle District Major Singles Championship, previously enjoying success in 2014, when he convincingly defeated defending titleholder Matt Baus (Raymond Terrace) 31/11in the final. Scott started the match brilliantly racing to a 10/0 lead after 5 ends, Baus fought back to trail 15/8 after 11 ends but Scott then scored a 3 to again take control & dominate the later stages of the match. The semi-finals were contrasting affairs with Scott edging out Daniel Hill (Beresfield) 31/28 and Baus was an impressive 31/7 victor over Tony Wicks (Raymond Terrace). Hill had a good chance of winning his semi-final when with Scott leading 30/28 he was holding 2 shots, but Scott then showed his class playing the perfect draw shot to claim victory.  
Terry Dean
Barry Hamer
    August 2016
Every sport has them and lawn bowls has its fair share of drama and excitement, especially nearing the completion of highly contested pennant matches at all levels.
Having played our game since the 60s, enjoying the nail biting feelings mentioned above should be more than enough to convince potential viewers and players that Lawn Bowls does have the stuff to excite spectators viewing our events live or on TV.
President Keith Blomfield
Teralba members always look forward to their annual Winter Carnival when visitors including their friends from Gulgong join them over 4 days of bowls. It starts on the Thursday with Mixed Pairs and culminates with the Men's Triples over the weekend.
Unfortunately, being Winter there is an inherent risk of inclement weather and the Mixed Pairs contenders got to spend quite a bit of time inside the clubhouse “bonding” rather than outside playing. Although there were 5 games scheduled, Conditions of Play allowed for 3 to constitute a Tournament and on the rain marred Friday the handful of teams that were yet to finish their 3rd match, soldiered on to bring the event to a conclusion.  
Mitlon Rigby
Duties of a Marker. August 2016
It seems to be an opportune time to talk about the duties of a Marker in Singles games especially with the Mattara coming up soon. Many Clubs will be required to provide Markers for this event and it is essential that they carry out their duties in a manner which provides the players with the information they require. A good Marker is certainly an asset in a Singles game.
The new method of Accreditation of Umpires introduced by Bowls Australia includes modules for “Marker”, “Measurer “and “Umpire”.         MORE....
Above: Newcastle District Women's Open Fours Winners Sharon McReynolds, Sharon Wells (sub for Natasha Scott), Maddison Fennell and Molly Wilton.
NEWCASTLE DISTRICT WOMEN   By Robyn Lewis P.O.   August 2016

Wow, what a shot, the final of the Open Fours and it's 15 all with 3 bowls to play. Molly Wilton's team is holding 3 shots, Leisa Morgan draws the shot. After careful consideration and consultation with her team Molly drives with her last bowl, gets a correcting wick from the side and takes out the shot bowl, 3 up again. Leisa played what looked to be the winning draw shot, but the wind dropped and the bowl was tackled by a short bowl and stayed out of the head. Game over 18-15 to Sharon McReynolds, Sharon Wells (sub for Natasha Scott), Maddison Fennell and Molly Wilton. The win in the Open Fours gave Molly Wilton, at 18 years young, the enviable title of the Grandslam for 2016, many aspire to getting a Grandslam but not many attain it. Congratulations to the runners up Gloria Reed, Joan Whitchurch, Gail Lewis and Leisa Morgan. Raymond Terrace was always going to get the win with both teams in the final, and until the last bowl came to rest they just didn't know who.  MORE......

A busy month with Champion of Champion Singles played at Oak Flats 28th June and we were represented by Jan Wiltshire (Belmont), Sylvia Murray (Marks Point) and Shirley Pyke (Boolaroo).  All played very well and we congratulate them for achieving the opportunity to defend this title.
Our annual LMDWBA v NDWBA challenge was held at Cardiff this year with LMDWBA overall winners.  A great day was enjoyed by all with some fabulous bowls played.  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.......
Mitch Bellingham & Ron Mills
The Zone 2 Junior champions have performed creditably in the State Junior Championships held at Warilla B.C. from the 11th to 16th July, 2016, but have failed to return home with a State title. Mitchell Bellingham (Wallsend) won 2 of his 3 Singles Sectional matches defeating Samuel Dukes (Camden) 25/22 & James Wayside (Currarong) 25/11, but lost 25/5 to the talented Jono Davis (Dubbo Railway) to miss out on the play-offs. In a major upset Davis was beaten in the semi-final 31/27 by the host clubs Jayden Gebbie. Gebbie went onto to claim the Singles title downing Luke Grainger (St Johns Park) 31/18 in the Final.  MORE....
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