Important Dates

Sunday, 4 December 2022

December 04, 2022

BCC Open Fours Championship

 

Congratulations to Halekulani's John Wiblen, Glen Warren, Mitchell McDonnell & Hemi Palmer after winning the BCC open fours final by 20-1. The runners-up were Gwandalan's James Cook, Anthony Laguzza, Clint Doust & Chris Willingham

Runners-up - Gwandalan

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December 04, 2022

BCC Senior Fours Championship

Congratulations to the Entrance team of Trevor Shoveller, Neil Williams, Michael Gibbons & Dick Thornton, after winning the BCC Senior Fours. Dick and his team defeated Frank Borg, Wade Dickens, Laurie Barrett & Dick Nowland of Davistown, by 18-14

Davistown Senior Fours Runners-up

 

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Sunday, 27 November 2022

November 27, 2022

BCC/Zone 15 retain Michael Schwarcz Shield over Zone 10

The annual game against Zone 10 for the Michael Schwarcz Shield was played today (Sunday 27th November) at Ettalong Memorial BC.   This year the game was played between the Open and Seniors Sides each with 4 teams.  Therefore a total of 64 players took to the greens.  Getting complete sides was quite an effort with the amount of Covid around these days. 

Michael Schwarcz, now deceased, was a life member of Zone 10 and a very active administrator for that Zone.  It was Michael who approached us to have a game between Zone 15 and Zone 10.   He suggested that we could have a game "It could be Open, Seniors, U18 or more probably a combination of those sides.  We have normally played a game with the Open and Senior Sides but occasionally the Under 18 and Veteran's sides have been involved with the event.

Today, the Zone 15 Open side lost by 6 points, but the Senior Side won by 8 points for an overall 2 point win.   The close result is indicative of the very close games played which was ideal for the purposes of a selection trial game.   

Below is a photo of Zone 10's Cameron Curtis handing the Shield to Zone 15's John Roberts.



Sunday, 20 November 2022

November 20, 2022

2022-23 Reserve Fours Champions Breakers-Wamberal BC

Congratulations to the Reserve Fours Champions Vanessa Ward, Nathan Ward, Terry Rugg and Ian Betterridge from Breakers-Wamberal BC who defeated Ken Muiry, Scott Jackson, Michael Waddington and Doug Ellery from Canton Beach BC 28-18 in a game that certainly had everything in it. Canton Beach jumped out to an early 5-1 lead after 4 ends by Breakers were just starting to warm to there task. The scoreboard read 9-9 after 8 ends, with Breakers applied the pressure, the lead ballooned out to 24-9 after 14 ends Breakers way and looking the goods until Canton Beach found another gear. With the score at 24-18 on the 18 end and Canton Beach holding 4 shots, Ian Betterridge with his last bowl played a cracker, killing the end. The very next end was a Tied End and unfortunately the wind had gone out of the Canton Beach sails with Breakers winning the last two ends and the Reserve Fours Championship.    


From L to R - Vanessa Ward, Nathan Ward, Terry Rugg and Ian Betterridge. Breakers-Wamberal BC.


From L to R - Ken Muiry, Scott Jackson, Michael Waddington and Doug Ellery. Canton Beach BC.


Sunday, 6 November 2022

November 06, 2022

Central Coast Past Presidents have a Successful Year

Despite wet weather causing the cancellation of three events, the Central Coast Past Presidents Association had a most successful year which culminated with today's (6th November 2022) AGM.  The Committee was returned unopposed with Ian Jarratt President, Gwen Jarratt and Martin O'Malley Vice-Presidents, Larraine Cooper Secretary, Les Sharp Treasurer and Terry Causby, Pat Reynolds and Sandra O'Malley elected to the Committee.   

President Ian reported that in April the group travelled to Pittwater RSL Club by ferry having a most enjoyable day despite the weather.  The CCPPA had an excellent trip away in June for a few days to Soldiers Point and Fingal Bay Sports Clubs who provided excellent greens and hospitality,   In July they once again had their famous "Christmas in July" at Club Umina.  In August the men played the annual fixture against Bowls NSW and for the first time in 10 years won the event.   Bowls NSW has now disbanded it's General Services Committee which means that this will be the last of these fixtures and as President Ian pointed out,  this leaves the trophy in the hands of the CCPPA forever.  The Ladies had their own day at the same time with out the men and enjoyed themselves thoroughly.

The next event is Christmas in July, December, November on 20th November 2022 at Ettalong Memorial BC. 

Seated at the Official Table  (L to R) Les Sharp, Dorothy Jenkins, Sandra and Martin O'Malley, Ian and Gwen Jarrett


Monday, 31 October 2022

October 31, 2022

The Entrance Win BCC Open & Seniors Triples

Congratulations to The Entrance for winning both the Open and Seniors championships  in the 2022/23 BCC Triples.  The finals were played today (30th October 2022) under the dome at Bateau Bay.  All three finals; Open, Seniors and President's Reserve were great games to watch, but the results were all solid wins.   The Open Triples were won by The Entrances' Paul O'Grady, Luke O'Grady, and Ben Bourne 27 to 20 over Davistown's Mark McLaughlin, Luke Rash, and Sean Love.   The Senior Triples was won by The Entrances' Neil Williams, Michael Gibbons, and Dick Thornton 33 to 20 over Ettalong's Gary Frost, Alan Lewin, and Phil Westcott.  The President's Reserve was an all Ettalong affair with Chris Letherbarrow, Justen Sylvester, and Mark Harrison defeating Neville Barber, Ted Adams, and Bob Taylor 26 to 13.

The Entrances' Winning Teams

President's Reserve Finalists

Senior Triples Runner's Up




Tuesday, 25 October 2022

October 25, 2022

19 Year Old Gosford City President

 BY BILLY JOHNSON Bowls NSW

We all know the saying ‘records are made to be broken’, although some can seem to withstand the test of time. The members of Gosford City Bowling Club know this all too well, as the proud Central Coast club can boast many achievements in its history including State champions, back-to-back State No. 1 Pennant winning sides and a record 17-straight wins in the Central Coast No. 1 Pennant competition from 1962 – 1978.

As of 2022, the club has another record to add to their already impressive list – youngest president in bowling club history. 19-year-old Brandon Willmette was elected as president of Gosford City Bowling Club in September and, subject to some fact checking, would undoubtedly be one of the youngest elected officials in any bowling club across the country.

Brandon is an avid bowler who first joined Gosford City when he was 13 after his grandfather persuaded him to give the sport a try. After a few practice sessions he quickly became hooked, playing in any junior and open event he could enter. In particular, it was how bowls could be both relaxing and competitive that took Brandon’s interest, but it wasn’t enough that he could enjoy playing bowls – he wanted to share it with everyone he knew.

This passion for the sport is the driving force behind Brandon’s decision to take up his role as club president. He loves his local club, he loves the sport and he wants both to thrive in his local community. Brandon has stated that the mission and focus of the club will be to promote bowls to current and future members, “Bowls is integral to the club, and we want to create a positive and happy environment for our members. We also want to encourage new members to take up the sport and we are working with disability groups, local schools and businesses to engage the local community.”

Brandon also has an ambitious plan to bring Gosford City back to it’s former glory as a powerhouse club in the Central Coast. It’s a slow process, but the youthful president knows that all great plans have to start somewhere. “We want to start up training sessions for members and have set a goal to win a pennant flag which the club hasn’t done in a while.”

The impact that Brandon is making on the club is made all the more impressive knowing that he is juggling his role with his commitments at work as well as Macquarie University where he is studying a Bachelor of Arts and Secondary Education. His ambition is to become a high school teacher, where he can give back to the local community which has served him so well. Seeing such a positive mindset and demonstrated leadership skills from someone so young is what makes Brandon so impressive. When asked if he had any advice for anyone wanting to take up the sport, his response was simple, “Bowls is for the young and the young at heart, so come give it a try.”