Important Dates

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

March 25, 2020

Coronavirus & ClubsNSW Advice

As of yesterday (24/3/2020) ClubsNSW has issued a notice that in part says "golf and bowls Clubs may continue to permit or facilitate games on their courses and greens."

This morning (25/3/2020) following the Prime Ministers statement last night Bowls NSW has advised that "Following from decisions made last night and announced by the Prime Minister, we advise all clubs that all organised sporting events and all social sporting activities must cease, including all forms of lawn bowls activity from Midnight tonight (Thursday 25 March).   Please note that these restrictions are now enforceable."

As Bowls Central Coast has stated before Clubs are entitled to use their facilities as they see fit and at their own risk.  Our advice to Clubs and bowlers is consistent with that given to them by Bowls NSW (i.e. don't play bowls until further advised).

Perhaps the last word should be given to the Prime Minister who stated last night:
"Australians should stay at home, unless shopping for essentials, travelling to and from work - where you cannot work from home, going to school and exercising. Keep visitors to your home at a minimum. In outdoor spaces do not congregate in groups."

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

March 18, 2020

BCC Open Inter Zone Side Miss Out by 1/2 Point

The BCC Open Inter-Zone Side were most unlucky to miss out on qualifying for the quarterfinals by half a point.  They and two other sides won two games.  Zone 15 achieved  18 points, but Zone 9 (North Sydney) finished on 18 1/2 points and Zone 3 (North West NSW)  won the section on 19 points.   State Councillor and Chairman of Selectors David Cameron reports:
"We welcomed two(2) new players to Inter Zone play last week, Luke Rash [Davistown RSL] is Representative Cap # 99 and Josh Zephyr [Halekulani] is Representative Cap#100.
Played at the same venue [Olds Park] as the Seniors and against the same Zones 3,9 and 11 the anticipation of progressing beyond the sectional play was high. However a rejuvenated Zone 3 soon dispelled any thoughts of an easy win as they fought their way to a two(2) rinks to one (1) rink victory.
The afternoon game against Zone 9 was our “make or break” game and the team responded with a six(6) shot win albeit by virtue of a twelve (12) shot rink win by Jeff Watson, Luke Rash, James Cook and Darren Morrison. The other two (2) rinks both lost by three (3) shots each.
Going into the last game against Zone 11 we needed to win on all three (3) rinks to ensure a quarter-final berth as Zone 3 were on 17.5 points, Zone 9 were on 10 points and we [Zone 15] were on 9 points or we needed Zone 3 to beat Zone 9.
In our last sectional game play started in the rain and our players appeared to embrace the conditions getting off to a good start in all three(3) rinks, as the rain eased and the occasional glimpses of sun shone through the Zone 11 guys eased their way back into the game.
Pat Reynolds team and Lee Trethowan’s team finished with a win each and an eighteen (18) shot margin at this point Darren Morrison’s team had a couple of ends to go and a four(4) shot deficit. They gave themselves a chance of win by first killing the end when it was obvious they could not achieve a score of three (3) – five (5) shots. The next end they set up a scenario where a trail would result in a score of six(6) plus shots, however it was not to be and we finished the section a close third. Zone 3 won with 19 point, Zone 9 was second on 18.5 points and Zone 15 on 18 points."
2020 BCC Open Inter Zone Side (L to R): Dick Thornton The Entrance (Manager), James Cook Halekulani, Darren Morrison Terrigal, Josh Zephyr Halekulani, Nathan Malloy Ettalong Memorial, Pat Reynolds Halekulani, Lee Trethowan Ettalong Memorial, Chayne Edwards Terrigal, Jeff Watson Terrigal, Luke Rash Davistown RSL.  Seated  David Cameron Chairman of Selectors/Coach, Paul Williams Halekulani, Mitch McDonnell Halekulani, Shane Gibbin Halekulani.

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

March 17, 2020

All Bowls suspended for an indefinite period

Bowls NSW and Women's Bowls NSW have released the following joint update on the coronavirus:

Update 17/3/2020

Both Women’s Bowls NSW and Bowls NSW have been continuously monitoring the Coronavirus situation.

Subsequent to a teleconference meeting with Bowls Australia and all State & Territory Associations late yesterday and with regard to the notice released by Bowls Australia today (17 March 2020), Women’s Bowls NSW and Bowls NSW jointly advise the following:

Amid growing concerns and uncertainty in relation to the spreading of COVID-19 and to provide a safeguard to all members, volunteers, clubs and their staff, especially concerning the demographic that encapsulates a large proportion of both associations’ memberships that Women’s Bowls NSW & Bowls NSW have decided that:

All bowls events be suspended for an indefinite period, effective immediately (from this date).

This relates to all association events, competition events, club events and tournaments.
While this is obviously an unfortunate disruption to the season, Women’s Bowls NSW and Bowls NSW believes that a blanket guidance such as this leaves all associations, clubs, players, coaches, officials and administrators in the state in the same position while we watch developments around COVID-19.
It is important to note that the season is not being cancelled. At this time, the recommended action is seen as a socially responsible position for the lawn bowls community in NSW to take.
We would like to remind members that all clubs remain open for business and the advice from Clubs NSW is:
“The public can be assured that their local club is a safe and hygienic environment, with no detected cases of COVID-19 to date at 1200 venues across the state.
 The Prime Minister and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) were clear in their advice that while non-essential mass gatherings such as sporting events will have to be reviewed, people should go about their everyday lives.
 Day to day club operations will be unaffected and venues have already taken proactive measures to ensure your local club is a safe place to enjoy a drink and a meal.”
Information on each NSW association events, and any other information will be forwarded to relevant membership as more information comes to light, please look at both association websites regularly for updates.
Please see below regarding general health recommendations:
What to do if you become unwell and are concerned you may have coronavirus:
Coronavirus presents as a mild cold like illness in the majority of people. If you have known exposure or have travelled to an area of high or moderate risk, and have a fever, shortness of breath, or flu like symptoms (including cough, sore throat, fatigue) or any other concerns please isolate yourself and phone your GP or Hospital Emergency Department and notify them prior to attending a review.
How to minimise risk:
Good hand hygiene is likely, the single most effective method for reducing the risk of spread of viral illness.
Good hand hygiene should include:
Washing hands and/or use of hand sanitiser
Avoid touching your face, particularly eyes, nose and mouth, with unwashed hands
Cough or sneeze into a tissue (where possible) and wash your hands afterwards
Avoid close contact with others, such as touching or shaking hands
Clean surfaces with hand sanitiser, antibacterial wipes or a cleaning spray
If you have any general enquiries, please contact:
Women’s Bowls NSW on 02 9267 7155
Bowls NSW on 02 9283 4555
Anne Johns                                                                                                                     Greg Helm
General Manager – Women’s Bowls NSW                                                            CEO – Bowls NSW

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

March 11, 2020

Senior Inter Zone Side Looses Quarter Final

Having won through to the Quarter-Finals in a thriller against Zone 11 (Manning District) our Senior IZ Side after a close tussle lost the Quarter Final against Zone 12 (Sydney South West) by 4 shots 55-59.  

The team of Gary Frost (Ettalong Mem), Kevin Bowcock (Avoca Beach), Dick Thornton (The Entrance), and  Phil Westcott (Ettalong Mem) played a blinder winning 21 to 7.  The all Ettalong Memorial team of Greg Pigram, Alan Lewin, Colin Passfield, and John Roberts lost 17 to 25.  The third team of Terry Hughes (Terrigal), Selva Panchadcharam and Miro Perovic (Gosford City) and Tony Shoebridge (Terrigal) lost 14 to 27.  

The Central Coast side started the event on Tuesday morning 10th March 2020 with a strong win over Zone 3 (North Western NSW) 70 to 43  Our only loosing rink being the team skipped by Phil Westcott by one shot 18-19.  However the 2nd game in the afternoon against defending champions Zone 9 (North Sydney) was a disaster with a loss on all three rinks 46-82.  The best performed team was the aforementioned team skipped by Phil who unluckily went down by another one shot 16-17.  

This resulted in the Central Coast having to play Zone 11 (Manning District) for the right to progress to the Quarter Finals.  It should be remembered that last year Central Coast was the defending champions only to be defeated in the Quarter Finals by Zone 11 on Rex Johnston's last bowl of the quarter-final.   However this year, playing to get into the quarter-final Central Coast won by 3 shots.  Tony Shoebridge's four had a draw.  This time Phil Westcott's team had a win by one shot, and John Robert's team won by two shots.

In the end, Central Coast (Zone 15) was defeated in the quarter-final as it was in 2019, but the Central Coast side still established themselves as one of the strongest sides in the event.  

Monday, 9 March 2020

March 09, 2020

Umina Beach Looses 3rd Green

Umina Beach Men's Bowls President. Mark Speerin has announced that construction work on the Club's new Gym has commenced today (9th March 2020)  "Half of green no. 3 will be operational for approximately three weeks from today. After this it will be removed completely." Mr Speerin advised.  He also stated that "In the coming weeks there will be no access to the club from the automatic door near the bowls office"  and "We will currently retain access through the back carpark and the gate will be moved to accommodate this.   Click here to read the notice

For more information on the new Gym Click here to see Peninsula News Article of 17th Sept 2019

Thursday, 5 March 2020

March 05, 2020

Special Pennants Arrangements Due to the Fire at The Greens The Entrance

The Greens the Entrance Club was significantly damaged by fire from about 11.00 pm on Monday night 2nd March 2020.  The BCC Committee has today announced special arrangements due to the unavailability of the Club, and The Entrance Bowlers not being able to enter the Club to get their bowls. 

In essence "the Match Committee have made the decision that all games involving The Entrance Bowling Club, Grades 2, 3, 5 & 7 in Round 2 on Saturday 7 th March and Round 3 on Saturday 14 th March WILL NOT BE PLAYED. Therefore, these games in rounds 2 & 3 have been postponed to a later date." (Match Committee Notice 4/3/2020)

If you would like more info about the fire see the NBN report on the BCC Facebook Site click here

For the complete Match Committee Notice click here