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Letter from the Editor March 2017

 The Rodney Robards Shield has been run and won for a fourth year and Newcastle has now evened the tally with both Hunter and Newcastle on 2 wins each. Congrats to Newcastle and we look forward to next year's match at Kurri.
The Royal NSWBA Prestigious Awards night was held on Wednesday 22nd February with Raymond Terrace girls enjoying success. A huge congratulations go to Molly Wilton on taking out the Most Improved Female Bowler of the Year, and to Kate Matthews as Female Junior Bowler of the Year.  More

From the Secretary's Desk
by Denis Broad OAM, NDBA Secretary
March 2017
The 2017 Newcastle District Championship programme is now in full swing with the Fours & Triples Championships both being successfully completed, despite the extremely hot weather. Congratulations are extended to the Windale/Gateshead “Eagles” combination of Les Pyke, Steven Wilson, Bruce Bull & Wayne Lambourne on wining the Fours Championship. More
    MArch 2017
A Real Opportunity
For those who have never played Lawn Bowls, how should bowling members go about wooing them to join their club?
Once classified as one of the most played sports in Australia, enjoying limited exposure in newspapers, radio and later appearing in many venues around Australia, one must reasonably ask once again how could such membership of our game fall away so alarmingly. More
Barry Hamer
Results - Rodney Robard Shield 2017

Newcastle have now equalled the score with Hunter District on the Rod Robards Memorial Shield following their back to back victory over the Hunter at Beresfield on Friday 3rd February. More

Left: Michelle Robards with the victorious Newcastle (Zone 2) President John Smith at the Rodney Robards Shield match.

March 2017
With Pennants commencing soon it seemed appropriate that I should revisit some of the Laws that need to be adhered to in all Competitions including Pennants.
Mitlon Rigby
NEWCASTLE DISTRICT WOMEN   By Robyn Lewis P.O.   March 2017
The District Fours both Open and Senior have been contested with the finals being played at Tea Gardens and the winners are: Open Fours Sharon McReynolds, Lynnette Thompson, Genevieve Delves and Natasha Scott 26, of Raymond Terrace. Runners up Jean Pallett, Dot Nicholson, Gail Lewis and Leisa Morgan 22, of Raymond Terrace. Senior Fours  winners: Pamela Stephens, Agnes Turnbull, Sandra Ball and Vacie McIntyre 23, of Soldiers Point and the runners up Helen Carter, Lesley Wilson, Wendy Adamson and Menka Weddell 9, of Heaton Birmingham Gardens. More

Above: Winners of Newcastle District Women's Open Fours Genevieve Delves, Lynne Thompson, Sharon McReynolds, Natasha Scott.
Chriss Gallagher

Hi fellow bowlers! Not a lot to report this month - my apologies for that as I am away on trips more than I'm at home these days and find it necessary to report remotely, hence my remiss at keeping the Team App as up to date as it should be. I have been on the high seas for the past two weeks with absolutely no internet access. More
Section 1: Beresfield Magpies versus Nelson Bay Marlins at the Marine Park. The Magpies won 10 from 10 in sectional play last year while the Marlins won 8 from their 10. Nelson Bay are very hard to beat at home having lost only 3 games there in the last 3 years.   MORE.......
Over 50 bowlers took the opportunity to spend some time with Australia's National Coach Steve Glasson when he visited in early February thanks to BCiB and Edgeworth BC. There they got to benefit from his vast knowledge and experience and receive pointers out on the green for a couple of hours before retiring to listen to him speak of his career highlights, and what it's like to be the National Coach. It was an informal evening which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.. MORE....

Left: Steve Glasson with Edgeworth member Cheyanne Douglas and Bowls Co-Ordinator Mick Kedwell.

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, this month I thought I would share with you some of the things that have been drummed into my head regarding the game of Pennants and the approach I have been taught to follow.
On Saturday 4th February at Forster Bowling Club the first championship of the year was decided with the Zone Triples semi-finals played in the morning and the final in the afternoon. More
Noel James, District Publicity
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