Important Dates

Sunday, 26 January 2020

January 26, 2020

Lets Play Bowls kicks off on the Central Coast

The highly successful Let's Play Bowls is an after school programme that gets school children on to the bowling green.  It has kicked off on the Central Coast with the Coordinator of Let's Play Bowls, Warren Boyd conducting an information session at Ourimbah RSL on Friday 24th January 2020.  The session was well attended with eleven (11) Central Coast Bowling Clubs indicating their willingness to be involved.  The information session concluded with an on green demonstration of coaching strategies that are useful when coaching children.

Let's Play Bowls is like a franchise where we use a proven system agreeing to standardise to the same format, same rules and same time frame because we know that it works.  The Let's Play Bowls committee liaises with the local School Region  and sends material to all 66 Central Coast Government, Non-Government & Catholic Primary Schools.  It then provides Clubs with templates of material they can use to contact nearby schools. The culmination of the years Let's Play Bowls programme is a competition with 

 Any Year combination … Any Gender combo.
Teams of 3 students + one reserve (if required)
Game format to be decided depending on numbers. 
Best four (4 or 8) teams enter the final series in Term 4.
$30.00 per team entry payable 1st game at the ‘play-offs’ to the district host club
Same Format / Rules / Conditions of Play - Entries only via website 
ENTRIES close Friday 3rd July 2020 – (last day Term 2)
Central Coast Clubs who did not attend the information session are still able to be involved with Let's Play Bowls.  Simply contact BCC Secretary Doug Rose on 43 444 600 or Warren Boyd on  0403 194 683.    

January 26, 2020

All Ettalong Final in the BCC 2020 Presidents Fours

It was mates against mates in the final of the BCC 2020 President's Reserve Fours with the team of Alf Polselli, Owen Green, Steve Thornhill and Geoff O'Hara being defeated by Roger Townend, Carl Wilson, Gary Eggleton and Michael Braham in the closest of games 20-19. 

BCC 2020 President's Reserve Fours Winners; Michael Braham, Gary Eggleton, Carl Wilson and Roger Townend

BCC 2020 President's Reserve Runner's Up Steve Thornhill, Geoff O'Hara, Owen Green and Alf Polselli

January 26, 2020

Jack in the Ditch Decides 2020 Senior Fours

It was the closest of games in the final of the BCC 2020 Senior Fours.  Contesting the final were two highly credentialed teams.   The Ettalong team of Gary Frost, Tony Leslie, Alan Lewin and Phil Westcott are the current State Champions and were defending champions of the event.  They were up against the high profile Terrigal Side of Terry Hughes, Garry Murphy, Billy Constantine,and Tony Shoebridge.   

On the 21st end the Terrigal side were leading by one shot (16-15) but the Ettalong side were able to level at 16 all forcing the game into an extra end.  The leads played some tight draws with Ettalong holding before Garry Murphy drove the jack into the ditch with his bowl ending up closer to the jack than the edge of the green (see photo below).  

It was a sudden ending, shattering the Ettalong teams hopes of defending their State Title, but in such a close game it was always likely that luck would decide the winner. Congratulations to Terry Hughes, Garry Murphy, Billy Constantine,and Tony Shoebridge. who will now be Zone 15's entry in the state championships and they will be a very strong contender.

The match was live steamed by the BCC Match Committee on their Facebook site  BCC Zone 15 click here.  

BCC 2020 Senior Pairs Winners - Terrigal's Garry Murphy, Terry Hughes, Tony Shoebridge and Billy Constantine

The winning bowl:

The Runners Up Tony Leslie, Alan Lewin, Phil Westcott and Gary Frost, 

Saturday, 25 January 2020

January 25, 2020

Davo Wins 2020 BCC Open Fours

Massive congratulations to Davistown RSL for winning the 2020 Open Fours. Davistown's highest graded pennant side came 3rd last year in Grade 2.  They were certainly not the favourites taking on the star studded Halekulani side of Grade 1 and BCC Zone representative players.   The Davistown Four of lead Mark Lewin, 2nd Luke Rash, 3rd David Taylor and Skip Sean Love.had a solid 21 to 15 win over Halekulani's Mitch McDonnell, Josh Zephyr, Pat  Reynolds, and Sean Gibbon.   This followed their equally giant killing win 25-12 in the semi-finals against Terrigal's Tony Sydenham, Jeff Watson, Rod Rewko and
Darren Morrison.  

BCC 2020 Open Fours Winners Davistown's Luke Rash, Sean Love, David Taylor and Mark Lewin.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

January 22, 2020

Live Streaming of BCC Events

Congratulations to the BCC Match Committee (assisted by Bailey Meti) on starting LIVE STREAMING of BCC events.   The first live event to be streamed will be 2020 BCC Senior Fours final this Saturday 25th January 2020 at 10.00 pm.  It will feature the current State Champions from Ettalong Memorial in Gary Frost, Tony Leslie, Alan Lewin and Phil  Westcott) against Terrigal's high profile side of Terry Hughes, Billy Constantine, Garry Murphy and Tony Shoebridge.

Barring teething problems. this first live video will be available on the BCC Match Committee's face book site BCC Zone 15 from 9.50am on 25/1/2020.

Particular thanks to our energetic Chairman of Match Garry Ellis who has worked hard to make this service available to you.  Now that we are in show business, break a leg, guys.

Sunday, 19 January 2020

January 19, 2020

Zone 2 Newcastle wins Inaugural John Smith OAM Shield

With a powerful performance in the final round on the morning of the second day, Newcastle has won the inaugural John Smith OAM Shield.

Your Zone 15 Side fought hard but could not win a rink.   Darren Morrison's side of Luke Rash, Jeff Watson, James Cook and himself, lost by one shot.   Pat Reynold's side of himself and Mitch McDonnell, Chayne Edwards and Paul Williams also lost by one shot.  Lee Trethowan's side of Nathan Malloy, Shane Gibbin, Zac Robertson and himself, lost by 2 shots.   The other four of Warren Power,  Damien Gouw, John Hannan Jnr and Josh Zephyr lost by 7 shots, but that included a 7 in the last few ends.   

Accordingly and perhaps appropriately, John Smith presented the inaugural John Smith OAM Shield to Mark Conway the President of Zone 2.   In another milestone for John on the day.  Jason Pietraszek was presented with a special award for becoming the player who has played the most representative games for Newcastle District.  Jason's 268th game today exceeded the 267 games that John Smith has played for Zone 2.   

Zone 15 did come 2nd, just.  We finished on equal points with Zone 6 but Zone 15 had a better margin.   

It should be remembered that we were very luckly to play the event as the rain may have been very heavy elsewhere but not at Halekulani.  Our particular thanks to Halekulani's Head Green Keeper Mitch McDonnell who was able to present excellent greens in very trying conditions and Bowls Coordinator James Cook whose preparatory planning  ensured that everything ran smoothly.  BBQ bacon and egg rolls for breakfast were excellent as were the lunches that were served on time and quickly.

The John Smith OAM Shield 

John Smith presents the Shield to Zone 2 President Mark Conway 

Saturday, 18 January 2020

January 18, 2020

Zone 15 leading in John Smith OAM Shield

Zone 15 has recorded two wins out of two on the first day of the prestigious John Smith OAM Shield  contested by Zone 2 Newcastle, Zone 6 Hunter, Zone 11 Manning and Zone 15 Central Coast.  Check out the individual team results using the link  Zone Events - Interzone Live Scores.