Important Dates

Sunday, 10 October 2021

October 10, 2021

Vale Wal Rainbow

Bowls Central Coast regrets to advise of the passing of Wal Rainbow on Wednesday morning the 6th October, in a nursing home in Kempsey, Aged 95.   Wal was a past President of the Central Coast District Bowling Association and worked tirelessly for us to become a Zone in our own right.   Amongst other positions he has been a State Councillor and Patron of Bowls Central Coast.   Wal, together with John Peek, Jack Griffiths and Albert Heath were the very first persons to be appointed as life members of BCC.   

It was Wal Rainbow who instigated the Bowler of the Year and the BCC Open Bowler of the Year which is why the Open Bowler of the Year receives the Wal Rainbow Trophy.  

Incidentally when on the Board of Bowls NSW Wal was instrumental in introducing the Pennants grading system that is such a big part of our pennants these days.   As our Patron, Wal was very concerned about recruitment and retention and was continually reminding us of the need to get more people playing bowls.  

Wal was a driving force behind Lawn Bowls on the Central Coast and NSW.  As I said he was particularly concerned that more people should be playing bowls.  I know that he would have me say to all Club, Zone and State Bowls Administrators who might read this, to get on with it and do something about this problem! 

There is a post on our Facebook site (click here) from Peter Springett regarding Wal and a "Staying in Touch" newsletter will be issued shortly with an excellent eulogy by Jim Phillips.

Wal Rainbow being presented by BCC President Tony Hegyi with his Certificate, Badge, Shirt and Jacket as an inaugural Life Member of Bowls Central Coast



Monday, 4 October 2021

October 04, 2021

Rescheduled 2021 Events

With Bowls NSW Ltd media release "19/2021" on 30 September, we now have a Reschedule of all State Events that were either suspended or cancelled in 2021. These events will now be played in the first half of 2022 or up to 30 June 2022.

2021 State Pennant Finals - from 25-27 March. Grades playing at the following venues:

Grade 1 - Foster BC. Grade 2 - Club Dubbo & Macquire BC. Grade 3 - NBC Sports & Toongabbie BC.

Grade 4 - Yamba & Maclean BC. Grade 5 - St George Basin & Nowra BC. 

Grade 6 - Maitland City & Lorn Park BC. Grade 7 - Warilla BC & TBC.

2021 State Junior Championships - from 19-22 April at Warilla BC.

2021 State Championships, Open, Senior, Pres Reserve - from 20-29 May at Ettalong Memorial BC.

2021 State Champion of Champions, Singles and Pairs - from 3-7 June at South Tamworth BC.

You can download the required document which has all the Rescheduled Events and Venues available.

The Complete 2022 Calendar has been promised to be released by Bowl NSW Ltd in mid October. 

After what is on this document, the 2022 calendar should be very interesting.

Stay safe everybody and we at Zone Match look forward to see you all back on the green stuff very soon.


Wednesday, 1 September 2021

September 01, 2021

All BCC Events Cancelled, State Events Suspended.

Unfortunately, Zone Match has made the tough decision to Cancel all remaining BCC Events in 2021. They are: Mid-Week Pennants, Veterans Singles and Pairs and Graded Pairs. Veterans Day is now also included in the cancellations.

We are still hopeful of finishing the Zone Singles Championships, once this lockdown is over with and time allows us.

All remaining State Events are Suspended for 2021: Junior Championships, Pennant Playoff's Grade 1-7, Rookies Singles and Pairs and Champion of Champion Singles and Pairs.

Bowls NSW Ltd is considering the options available to reschedule 2021 State Events beyond the Calendar year.


Thursday, 26 August 2021

August 26, 2021

Kevin Dring Resigns as Editor of "Staying in Touch"


Kevin Dring has resigned as the Editor of the BCC e-newsletter "Staying in Touch".   As you are aware Kevin now lives in Sydney and not unreasonably has decided that after 6 years of editing the "Staying in Touch", it is time to move on.   Obviously we thank Kevin for his immense service to BCC and wish him well with his future endeavours.  We will miss the flair that he has for publicity and his unique style of passing on information.

The good news is that our Web Site Manager Jim Phillips has agreed to take on the role of editing the e-newsletter as well as continuing the work he did in his technical assistance to Kevin to get the e-newsletter published.

Accordingly Clubs should email any new items to both Publicity Officer Peter Springett (peterspringett@outlook.com) and Jim (webmanz15bcc@gmail.com). Though I acknowledge that there is little bowls news at the moment unless it is bad news like cancellations and the passing of well known bowlers.

We thank Jim for taking on this additional role to maintain the excellence of communications in Zone 15 of which we are very proud.

Tuesday, 17 August 2021

August 17, 2021

Volunteers Day Cancelled for 2021


It is with regret that Bowls Central Coast advises that it has had to cancel Volunteer's Day or 2021.  Originally scheduled for 30th August 2021 at Diggers @ The Entrance, this day is another victim of the Corona Virus.  

Volunteer's Days are special days in that they acknowledge the hard work of the many bowls volunteers without whom it would not be possible to operate bowls on the Central Coast.    

Our appreciation is extended CEO Steve Byfield and the staff of Diggers @ The Entrance for going out of their way to make it possible for us to be able to schedule a Volunteers for 2021 and we trust that we will be able to bring these plans to fruition in 2022.   As all bowls volunteers would be aware there is nothing more soul destroying than to do a lot of work preparing for an event to see it not happen.

Sadly Volunteer's Day may not be the only event scheduled for the latter half of 2021 to be cancelled due to Covid.  Decisions have been delayed to 1st September 2021 on: 

  1. Veteran's Day, for which entries were called in June 2021 and was postponed to an October/November timeframe.
  2. Veteran's Singles and Veteran's Pairs Championships, and 
  3. Patron's Pairs which needs Clubs to be open in September for entries to be called and culminates in the finals on Patron's Day.   
Meanwhile stay safe, if you have not done so already, get vaccinated as soon as you can arrange it, and BCC will restart bowls events as soon as we are able.

Saturday, 17 July 2021

July 17, 2021

FROM THE PRESIDENT’ S DESK


Just when life on the bowling green appeared to be back to normal we have copped a big hit with another Covid lock-down. This edition of “Staying in Touch’ was originally earmarked to celebrate our  blue ribbon Zone Singles Champions but those finals are now on hold until we know the extent of the lock-down. Once things become a little clearer the bowls programme for the remainder of the year will have to be re-worked at State and Zone level. Even though Bowls NSW has already  re-scheduled  the State  Pennant finals  back to September there is no guarantee they will proceed if this lockdown is extended for any length of time. The State Championships titles set down from 20-28 August at Ettalong must also be under a cloud.  We will all just have to wait and see how this lockdown unfolds?                                                                                                

 I also have a deep concern for the closure of our Clubs and small businesses. It’s their financial performance  that underpins the stability of our local  communities, so our thoughts go out to all those striving to make a living in these difficult times. On a brighter and happier note, it is my pleasure on behalf of the Executive and fellow bowlers  to congratulate Davistown's RSL and former  President and member of Avoca Beach B C, Dick Love on receiving an OAM in the Queens Birthday Honour List for his services to the Although a little belated, I also take this opportunity to congratulate all our Clubs and members on the positive attitude they adopted towards the recent unification of  the Men’s and  Women’s Bowling Associations at State level. This outcome will significantly strengthen their ability to take the sport forward in coming years.

Stay safe and well and here’s hoping we will all be back on the green in the not too distant  future.                                                                                                          

                                                                                             Tony Hegyi                                                                                                BCC/Z15 President

 

Sunday, 27 June 2021

June 27, 2021

Central Coast Bowling Clubs Close for the Lockdown


With the NSW Government locking down the Central Coast along with Sydney, Wollongong and the Blue Mountains.   It does appear that all Central Coast Bowling Clubs have closed.    My heart goes out to all the tournament and Match Committees who will have to reschedule events.   Would appreciate if you could notify myself (secretaryZ15BCC@gmail.com), Brain Emms (brianemms1957@gmail.com) or Jim Phillips (webmanz15bcc@gmail.com) of the new dates so that we can keep the BCC web site up to date.

It is all very frustrating especially when considering the stats below of the Central Coast's Covid record as at 11.30 today (27/6/21).  My thanks to Central Coast Covid News and Stats for the up to date info.