Important Dates

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

July 14, 2020

2020 BCC Under 18 Fours Final

The 2020 Bowls Central Coast / Zone 15 Under 18 Championships commenced at Ettalong Memorial BC today 13th July with a very exciting fours final.    The winners were Chelsea McKay (Bateau Bay), Brendan Willamette (Gosford City), Joshua Smith (Munmorah United) and Olivia Crane (Munmorah Onited)  who won a very close game 11 to 10 over Bailey Meti (Ettalong Memorial), Brandan Stokes (Ettalong Memorial), Blayne Cook (Bateau Bay) and Billy Waite (Bateau Bay).

Winners Chelsea McKay. (Bateau Bay), Brendan Willamette. (Gosford City), Joshua Smith. (Munmorah United) and Olivia Crane. (Munmorah United)

Runners Up: Bailey Meti. (Ettalong  Memorial), Brandan Stokes. (Ettalong Memorial), Blayne Cook. (Bateau Bay), and Billy Waite. (Bateau Bay).

Monday, 6 July 2020

July 06, 2020

Mooney Mooney Back in Business

Chairman of Match Garry Ellis and his partner Carol were invited to attend the Smallest Bowling Club on the Central Coast, Mooney-Mooney, starting back after the Virus lock down, with a full green of enthusiastic bowlers on Saturday, all playing the opening round of the Club Pairs Championship.

Among the players were the only Life Members of this little club left,  they also happen to be the only Original Bowling Club Members left as well. On the Left is Brett George (trying to look bigger) and on the Right is Bill Millington.

The bowling club now has their own Website -  where every member can access what is being played and when. This website has been set up and is being administered by webmaster Chris Martin-Murphy, who is also a playing member of the Mooney-Mooney BC

After our very enjoyable visit to the Mooney-Mooney BC and talking to some of the players after their game, I can say with some certainty that this Small Bowling Club seems certain to be growing their current membership list within the next 6 months and should also be around for many years to come after what we saw on Saturday last.

Regards Garry Ellis
Chairman BCC Zone 15 Match Committee

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

July 01, 2020

Lawn Bowls is Back to Normal on the Green

As from today 1/7/2020, lawn bowls can be played, as per normal, however venues (clubs) must have a COVID safe plan in place.  The maximum number of participants must not exceed 500 persons.  A participant includes all players, officials, staff, and spectators.

Womens Bowls & Bowls NSW urges all clubs to ensure that their COVID safe plans include addressing the following requirements:

  • Ensure the number of persons does not exceed one person per 4sq metres per green
  • Ensure the number of persons does not exceed one person per 4sq metres per green
  • Provide staff and volunteers with information and training on COVID-19 including physical distancing; hygiene and cleaning; and how to manage a sick participant
  • Minimise co-mingling of participants from different games and timeslots where possible
  • Ensure any spectators adhere to 1.5m social distancing
  • Reduce crowding wherever possible and promote physical distancing
  • Encourage participants to bring their own water bottle
  • Adopt good hand hygiene protocols
  • Ensure hand sanitiser stations are available at all ends of a green
  • Reduce sharing of equipment where practicable and ensure all equipment (jacks, mats, scoreboards, shared umpire equipment, seating etc.) are cleaned with detergent and disinfectant after each use
  • Ensure communal facilities, such as locker rooms, have strategies in place to avoid crowding and promote physical distancing
  • Ensure bathrooms are adequately stocked with soap and detergent and all facilities are regularly cleansed
  • Encourage contact-less payment solutions for entry fees
  • Maintain a register of all participants name and contact phone number for all sessions of activity on the bowling greens
  • COVID safe plans, may need to be updated to ensure it is current with above information.

Saturday, 13 June 2020

June 13, 2020

Social & Competition Bowls now OK

WBNSW & BNSW further advise under NSW State Government guidelines from today, 13 June 2020, Lawn Bowls has been granted permission to participate in organised matches this includes social & competition matches.
Please note the following conditions:
No more than 20 persons are allowed per green (excluding any club staff or officials e.g. markers, umpires, coaches etc.)
Social Distancing of 1.5m per person must be strictly adhered to
Personal and Equipment hygiene protocols are in place
A record of attendees at all sessions of activity must be kept for a period, of at least, 4 weeks and given to Health or Government officials, if required.
Clubs must have a COVID-19 safety plan in place

Saturday, 23 May 2020

May 23, 2020

BCC May Management Zoom Meeting

Bowls Central Coast has held it's first Management Meeting by video conference.  Management meetings are bimonthly meetings of the BCC Executive Committee and delegates from Clubs, BCC Committees and Affiliated bodies. 

Zoom is the video conferencing system that was used.   BCC has purchased a licence to hold meetings of up to 100 people for periods of over 40 minutes.  One constraint is that only the Secretary can schedule a meeting.   However the big advantage of Zoom is that persons who attend meetings do not have to register or down load any software on their computer.  All they need is the ability to access the Internet and click a link.   They also need a computer with a camera and microphone which is on all laptop computers.   People can also attend Zoom meetings using Smart phones, iPhones and iPads.

The meeting was successful in that all but one of the Executive Committee attended with 14 Clubs and one affiliated body (Zone 5 RSL) were represented.  Attendees discussed the latest situation with Lawn Bowls on the Central Coast for 90 minutes.  This is about the same time as we usually spend on Management meetings.

On the Central Coast where it is quite easy to travel to each other's Club, the advantages of video conferencing over normal meetings are not as pronounced as in other Zones.   Normal meetings are a more effective way to communicate.  You can pass items to each other and have one on one meetings over a beer after the meeting.   Clearly face to face is the preferred method of having a BCC meeting. Video conferencing works acceptably well which is good as it is the only way we can meet these days.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

May 20, 2020

Lawn Bowls Allowed under Coronavirus Restrictions

Now there is no question mark over the legality of Clubs opening their greens for the purposes of lawn bowls.   Advice previously given by Bowls NSW and Women's Bowls NSW  that roll-up could be conducted by Clubs under certain strict social distancing conditions, was brought into question on the Central Coast.   Local Police advised that the Public Health Order had not been changed in line with  what Bowls NSW and Women's Bowls NSW was advising Clubs and  Clubs and Bowlers following their advice may be liable for substantial fines.

Yesterday (19/05/2020) Minister for Health and Health Research, Brad Hazzard signed an exemption to the Public Health Orders on Covid-19 Restrictions to allow lawn bowling subject to the following conditions:
1. Only 10 persons are permitted on a bowling green at any one time.
2. Notwithstanding the above, the maximum number of persons is exclusive of any staff and/or game officials.
3. At all times every individual on the bowling green (other than members of the same household) shall maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres where practicable and safe.
4. The licensee of the registered club or pub must:
    a. take reasonable steps to record the name and phone number of each person on the premises to play lawn bowls;
    b. keep the records referred to above for 4 weeks; and
    c. provide a copy of the records to the Ministry of Health if required for the purpose of contact tracing.

Bowls Central Coast is most relieved that this issue has been resolved.  We thank our local police for their valid advice to our Clubs, and we thank Bowls NSW for liaising with the Department of Health to get this exemption for Lawn Bowls.