After winning the Open Pairs and making the finals of the Open Singles, Wyong's Mark Wheatley is top of the Open Bowler of the Year ladder. With the BCC Fours, Triples, Pairs and Singles now completed the only further Bowler of the Year points available are for the Champion of Club Champion Singles and Pairs and for reaching the semi-finals or higher in the State Championship. While the ladder will be kept up to date, it will not be published with any further changes this year until the BCC 2018 Presentation Night.
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Ourimbah RSL’s Mark Cummings and Bateau Bay’s Brendan Wrice played out an arm wrestle over the closing stages of the final of the Presidents Reserve Singles played at Terrigal BC on Sunday 18th March. Cumming’s led throughout the first half of the game but Wrice slowly pegged him back to take the lead 26-25 in their quest to reach the magic 31. It was an arm wrestle over those closing ends with Cummings picking up a vital two for a commendable 31-28 title win. Both players are to be congratulated on a high standard game of draw bowl befitting of a final.
Terrigal’s Darren Morrison had too many shots in the bag in defeating Wyong’s Mark Wheatley 31-18 in the final of the Central Coast Singles championship played at Terrigal BC on Sunday 18th March.
It was his second prestige blue ribbon Singles Championship title having previously won it in 2015.
Morrison jumped away to a match winning lead of 17-3 before Wheatley settled into his strong drawing game but whenever he held multiple shots Morrison’s accurate on shots constantly converted the head back in his favour.
Senior State Representative player John Roberts (JR) from Ettalong Memorial BC out played Terrigal’s Tony Shoebridge 31-19 in the final of the 2018 Central Coast Senior Singles Championship played at Terrigal BC on Saturday 17th March.
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In a nail biter of a final, Wyong’s Stephen Elliott and Mark Wheatley got up on an extra end to defeat Ettalong’s Glen Daley and Nathan Malloy in the final of the Bowls Central Coast Pairs championship played at Wyong BC on Sunday 4th March.
The Halekulani team of Mitch McDonnell and Pat Reynolds skipped by Michael Stead were in total control of the Bowls Central Coast Triples Final leading 17-7 after 13 ends of the 25 end final played at Ettalong on Saturday 17th February. But the Terrigal team of Jeff Watson, Sam Chapman and James Cook rallied to win the next six ends to get within one shot at 16-17 and it was “Game on!”
It was the third consecutive year that Hav’ago Pairs attracted over 120 non registered bowlers to test their bowling skill on the green with a registered bowler team mate.
The outright winner after three games was the Davistown RSL Pair of Mark Simpson & Alice Diamond
In what is now a traditional encounter, a BCC Side of emerging players competed against the RSL State Team at Davistown RSL Bowling Club. The game is of 5 rinks of fours.
While the atmosphere was very social, the competition was intense. The BCC Side started well. After 11 ends of each rink, the BCC Side was ahead by 3 rinks to 1 with the other rink drawn at 13 all. However the RSL Side performed brilliantly to turn the match around in the next 10 ends on each rink. The RSL Side won 4 rinks to 1 and by 120 to 96.
Terrigals Wayne Hensley, Peter McCarten and Jeff Watson skipped by Tony Shoebridge captured the first Zone Championship title for 2018 when they defeated Umina’s Glen Simington, Peter O’Sullivan and Lindsay Hicks skipped by Shane Starkey in the final of the “Open Fours “played at The Entrance BC.
At Everglades' glittering Presentation Night on Friday 24th November, active Club member Max Hull was declared Club Person of the Year.
Long serving Club member Jon Gibbon was announced as Men's Pennant Player of the year.
Most Improved Men's Bowler was Gary Clarke. Board member and Past President of the Bowls Section Ray Benton was awarded a Bowls Central Coast 15 year merit badge by BCC Secretary Doug Rose.
At the 2017 Presentation Day for his beloved home Club of Umina Beach, long serving Zone and District Official, Wal Rainbow was presented with his life membership of Bowls Central Coast. Wal has been a dedicated Bowls Administrator at District and Zone level for over 30 years. Credited fas the man behind the Central Coast District Bowling Association becoming a Zone, Wal is also the man responsible for introducing personal grading to our state pennants competition.
Umina Beach held its 60th Presentation Day on Saturday 18/11/2017. It was a great day with the two available greens filled to capacity. Outstanding bowls administrator Ian Jarratt was presented his Life Membership to which he was elected at the last Annual General meeting. It fell to Glenn Simington to present Achievement Awards to Roger Twells and Shane Starkey, and the prestige award of the day, the Bowler of the Year to Lee Patterson. Lee has now won the Major Singles title for the three years in a row.
The Central Coast Past President's Association held its AGM on Sunday 12th November 2017. Munmorah's Charlie Cassar was elected President. Jim Turner (Munmorah) Senior Vice President and John Hall (Umina Beach) Vice President. The position of Secretary/Treasurer was divided into two roles with Kay Hall (Umina) elected Secretary and Pat Wallis (Everglades) elected Treasurer. Retiring President Stan Rogerson (Ettalong) and Retiring Secretary/Treasurer Maureen Turner (Munmorah) remaining members of the Committee. Stan Rogerson was voted in as a Life Member of the Association.
The old saying “Save the best to last” was certainly the case with the blue ribbon State Singles final between Ettalong’s Aron Sherriff and Engadine’s David Ferguson bringing the eight day Bowls NSW State Championships played at Ettalong Memorial BC to an exciting and successful conclusion.
In the recently completed 2017 Yorke Peninsula Alliance Australian Senior Sides Championships. NSW did not finish that well (6th) but Australian bowls legend Rex Johnson's team that included Ettalong's John Roberts (the man we know as JR) at 3rd, was undefeated throughout the series and clearly the best performed team. JR was announced as the NSW player of the series. Congratulations John.
The midweek Super 9’s finals were played out in blustery conditions at Terrigal BC on the 18th October 2017. All three games were extremely close with tie breakers deciding the winners.
That was certainly the case for Terrigal’s Jeff Watson & Darren Morrison who over powered Gwandalan’s Ken Jaekel and Gary Staughton to win the final of the Champion of Club Champion Pairs played at Wyong BC on 7th October 2017.
Aron Sherriff wound up the 2017 Central Coast Championships with a series of outstanding wins in the Champion of Club Champions Singles. He won five consecutive games to take out this prestigious title, recording an aggregate total of 155 shots and only conceding 63 shots throughout the event.
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State Member of Parliament for Terrigal Adam Crouch took time out from his busy schedule to officially open Terrigal BC’s new synthetic green on Saturday 16th September in front of a large crowd of men and women bowling members.
Over the weekend of the 9th and 10th September the Bowls Central Coast Representative Side competed with distinction in the State Open Iter Zone Sides championship at Port Macquarie.
Three prestige Zone Singles titles were contested at The Entrance BC on Saturday 2nd September with experience shining through in the Open and Seniors titles.
Craig Hillock and Dave Compton Davistown RSL were pumped in beating Avoca’s John McManus and David Hopkins 14-8 in the final of the Central Coast section of the Bowls NSW Rookie Pairs played at the Diggers@theentrance
Congratulations to the BCC-Z15 Under 18 Seven -a-Side of Bailey Meti (Singles), Jesse Rigby & Haley McDonnell (Pairs) and James Burton, Jarrod Crane, Zac Henley & Brandon Willmette (Fours) on an outstanding performance in the 2017 State Junior Inter-Zone 7-a-Side competition
Thirty six (36) players took to the greens at diggers@the entrance over the weekend of 12th & 13th August to contest the Central Coast section of the Bowls NSW Rookies Singles. The championship was played in great spirits amongst players with less than 30 months playing experience.
In a monumental effort the BCC Open Representative Side won the last game against Zone 2 (Newcastle) by sufficient points to win the Trophy. Playing at Soldiers Point on the 12-13/08/2017 the BCC Side had a loss on the first morning to Zone 6 72-79 but won 81 to 67 against Zone 14 in the afternoon. To win the event they had to defeat Zone 2 on the Sunday morning by more that 11 shots. After 40 ends they were trailing by 15 shots. Then in a massive turn around the side steeled themselves to win the last 44 ends by 48 to 12..
In an outstanding achievement “Sporties” Woy Woy defeated Taree Railway BC in the State Final of the Grade 7 pennants played at Taren Point to win their first ever State Flag.
On the 30th July, the Open Rep Side travelled to Harbord to compete against Zone 9 their conquerors in the final of the 2015 Inter Zone Sides Championship. It was a lovely sunny day but the green was very slick (about 18 seconds) and the wind was inconsistent making play very difficult.
Hali brothers Warren and Graham Smith were in good form to take out the Bowls Central Coast Veteran Pairs title from the Munmorah United duo of Ted Holmes and Ken Doonan played at The Entrance BC on Friday 21st July 2017.
Gosford City now in its 85th year celebrated its member’s day on Saturday 15th July 2017.
Ettalong’s Lee Trethowan and Aron Sherriff continue to rewrite the record books in winning the Bowls Central Coast Open Pairs title for the third consecutive year.
The Seniors Pairs final, for those players over 60 years of age, was contested between Terrigal’s Peter McCarten /Tony Shoebridge and Ettalong’s Graham Woodger/Phil Westcott.
The President’s Pairs, for those Grade 5 pennant players and below, was contested by Mingara’s Barry Pike/Tom Townsend and Woy Woy’s Roger Townend/Jason Rigby.
The Veteran Singles final between Wyong’s Alan Carpenter and Umina Beach’s Roger Twells played at Munmorah United BC on Friday 7th July turned into a tight tussle with both bowlers poised to take out the title.
The BCC-Z15 representative side once again displayed that they are competitive in elite company with a good first up win over arch rivals Newcastle (Zone 2) in the first round of the Quadrangular Series
The Grade 1 to 4 Zone Pennant finals were played in great spirits in front of a colorful and vocal spectator crowd at Halekulani BC on Saturday 27th May 2017.
It was big sighs of relief all round when the rain cleared earlier than expected for the first weekend of Zone Pennant finals, hosted by Halekulani BC, to be played out uninterrupted.
After allowing for the distribution of prize money to the seven (7) Zone Pennant Grade winners from the proceeds of the BCC Raffle conducted earlier in the year, it was decided that the balance of funds be invested in a six (6) week advertising campaign on Community Radio
The Central Coast Senior Side drew last year’s winners, Sydney South West (Zone 12), in the first round of the Bowls NSW Seniors Inter-Zone Sides Championship played at Taren Point BC from 16th-18th May 2017.
Bowls Central Coast hosted a special day at The Entrance BC on Tuesday 9th May 2017 in appreciation and recognition of the valued roles that volunteer workers perform at club level.
The Under 18 Championships hosted by Ettalong Memorial BC from 10th - 13th April showcased the up and coming talent of our younger bowlers across the disciplines of Fours, Pairs and Singles.
The NSW Wheelchair Sports Singles Classic attracted some 28 multi disability competitors from all parts of the State with Ettalong’s Ron Mowday taking out the Gold medal from Newcastle’s Mark Whiteman who had to settle for Silver for the second consecutive year.
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