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Letter from the Editor September 2016
The biggest thing on the Bowls Calendar, the Mattara Carnival has, for the 56th year, been brought to a successful conclusion. With over 1,000 entries across 7 events, the organisation behind this momentous affair is amazing and done with precision by the team at the NDBA office, together with the co-operation of all the host clubs across Newcastle. A special thank you to Singles Finals Host Club Wallsend, with Bowls Co-Ordinator Arthur Civill in the engine room and to the Main Host Club Cardiff, under the experienced guidance of Bowls Co-Ordinator David Gilday More.....

Left: NDBA President John Smith makes a “special” presentation to Lee Such of a “Mattara Spoon”.
From the Secretary's Desk
by Denis Broad OAM, NDBA Secretary
September 2016
The highlight of the past month has been the players of the 56th annual NDBA Mattara Bowls Carnival which attracted a very pleasing 1,042 entries. Congratulations are extended to Trevor Aitchison (Mayfield West) on making it back to back Les Parrott Memorial Open Singles Titles. Aitchison played outstanding bowls to defeat 18 year old Nick Evans (Lambton) 25/16 in the Final. Evans started the match brilliantly scoring a 2 on the first end & 4 on the 3rd end to lead 6/1, but Aitchison then took control winning the next 11 ends to establish a match winning 15/6 advantage. A 2 on the 23rd end clinched Aitchison his second Mattara Open Singles Title. Both semi-finals were hard fought affairs with Aitchison beating Bill Ahoy (Kahibah) 25/18 and Evans defeated Ben Ritzau (Swansea Workers) 25/20. More....

Barry Hamer
    Spetember 2016
Lawn Bowls for the Olympics
The games are over and no lawn bowls are in sight, one must wonder how a sport having survived longer than any other sport in our world doesn't get a Guernsey?
There are plenty of other sports old and new that have been introduced with various degrees of success, so why does lawn bowls remain on the sidelines? More......

   Winners: Darren Drayton, Peter Martin and Brodie Jobson (Composite); Runners-Up: Dennis McCann, Brendon Myers and Mark Watt (Nelson Bay); Third: Paul Keough, Mark Hayne and Shannon Gittoes (Nelson Bay); Fourth: Dan Kenane, David Ross and Stuart Clarke (Lowlands); Fifth: Barry Brennan, Mick McGregor and Bob Lisle (Nelson Bay). Best Performed Game 4: Andrew Stewart, David Hall (Nelson Bay) and Bill Ahoy (Kahibah); Game 5: Lester Gilmore, Khodie Williams and Mick Kedwell;  
Left: Winners of Nelson Bay's 11up Blue Water Triples Darren Drayton (Maitland City), Peter Martin (Miller Park) and Brodie Jobson (Greta).
Mitlon Rigby
Touchers. September2016
I have witnessed so many players who do not comply with the Laws relating to “Touchers” so it will be Viewpoint's subject for this month.
Law 14.1 A bowl in its original course which touches the jack, even though it comes to rest in the ditch within the boundaries of the rink of ply, is a live bowl and is called a toucher. If a bowl in its original course does not touch the jack, it is called a non-toucher.
Law 14.2 A bowl is also a toucher if, after having come to rest:.         MORE....

Above:Molly Wilton  Regional Singles Winner
NEWCASTLE DISTRICT WOMEN   By Robyn Lewis P.O.   September 2016

The District Office Bearers for 2016 are as follows. President: Gail Lewis, Raymond Terrace. Vice Presidents: Annette Davies, Lemon Tree Passage and Judy O'Brien, Alder Park. Secretary: Loretta Bannister, Stockton. Treasurer: Marie Mulheron, Stockton. Match Committee: Stella Strudwick, Bar Beach (Chair), Vicki Rankin, Tea Gardens, Julie Schumacher, Soldiers Point and Robyn Lewis, Raymond Terrace. Selection Committee: Pam Smith, Soldiers Point (Chair), Olga Hyde, Kotara, Betty Anderson, Edgeworth, Margaret Newell, Heaton Birmingham Gardens and Kath Rados, Lemon Tree Passage. Social Committee: Zita Devlin, Mayfield West, (Chair), Vicki Marshall, Stockton and Marcia Dockrill New Lambton.  MORE....

Regional playoffs were recently held at Halekulani Bowling Club 1st August.
Well done to the Toronto Workers Open Fours Regional Winners, Beryl Linton, Kate Hardcastle, Trudy Richens and Nancy McKew in a great game of bowls decided on the last end.
In the Senior Fours Charlestown team of Laurel Faint, Lyn Gilsenan, Julie Garry and Rose Wayland were victorious in another great game that was decided on the last end. 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....
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...
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