If you’ve ever chanced your hand at bowls you know what I mean. If you turned up to watch the final of the mixed pairs today you understand even more poignantly.
We’ve discussed in earlier posts that the mixed pairs is the most coveted trophy of The Beecroft Club. So, for the final to come down to a draw at the end of 21 ends, forced into an extra end – a beautiful place to be.
Perhaps the combatants didn’t see it that way.
The footage from the game showed it on their faces. The usual joviality of a game of bowls was pushed aside as every fibre of their being was poised for the perfect bowl.
Yes, it is true, no matter how much we practice, sometimes there’s a big gap between intent and execution*. Although the two teams displayed great skill, there is only so much that the mind will deliver when one’s bowl means the difference between glory and defeat.
The last and extra end were perfect examples, as the lead swapped from one to the other team. In the end, there will always only be one team to take the trophy.
Congratulations to both teams
for providing great spectator sport.
Were you listening to the radio this week as the future of lawn bowls was discussed on Radio 702? James Valentine suggested that bowls was a boring game. I challenge you, James to come join us for a game at Beecroft. Nothing boring here. That was also the sentiment of callers to the show. It is not just Beecroft that is shaking up the game. The CEO from Bowls Australia put in his two cents worth for future innovation. So too did the ordinary bowlers from near and far.
I digress! For today, congratulations to Helen Helen Hynd and Wal Saville for their narrow defeat of Lesley Hines and Richard Dooley in the big prize – The Beecroft Club Mixed Pairs 2017.
See also the update in BIAS.
What about the rest of us?
No shortage of social bowlers on the green today, though many were distracted watching the final. Check out the gallery. Did BIAS capture you in full flight?
*Quote from Geoff Ashton
But first, think this through. We are just an ordinary bowling club in an ordinary suburb. We are not Premier League. We don’t have a strong money-making club behind us and yet we have an astronomical role-up on the Bowling Green in late winter.
What is unique about The Beecroft Club?
- We saw the light nearly 15 years ago and had mixed: Men + Women social every Saturday…
- Because we have men + women every Saturday we have attracted the workers – Us professional people – still working and recognising the enrichment of lawn bowls – both socially and for sport.
Have you ever thought…in the working world there is:
- So much strategy – in the office and in the Board room
- People skills
- The thrill of the chase
- Adapting to the skill set, and
- A social life…
We were blown away when we realised that we weren’t just talking about the 9-5 of the working world.
All these elements are on the bowling green
The Beecroft Club was ahead of its time
We combined the men and women’s clubs all those years ago on a Saturday afternoon. The traditional clubs only had the men on a Saturday. After all, women didn’t work and were happy to play their bowls on a Tuesday!!!
A couple of us professional women joined up but had nowhere to go because the only women’s day was Tuesday.
The then president of the men’s club has to be applauded – he quickly assessed the situation and invited us to play on Saturday. It was almost a scandal, but that is history now.
For a little while there were only two women playing on Saturday with the men but before long the numbers grew.
Now, who would be without us!!!
Saturdays at The Beecroft Club are vibrant and wonderful.
Today history was made
59 members turned up to enjoy the late winter sunshine with a game of bowls amongst peers, friends and competitors.
Stand proud Beecroft
All that aside – today was the third game of the Mixed Pairs round robin. There were some surprising wins and losses this year. The defending champions struck out. Oh no!
Never mind. We will be back!!!
What about the other rinks?
We are so proud to say that there were some brand new bowlers mixing it with the best and from the smiles on their faces after the game – they will be back!
Have you worked it out yet?
We always want to win. But no matter what, we are playing with genuine friends and will always be back for the next game…
What about you?
If you are reading this and are intrigued please make contact. Bowls is a wonderful sport and a wonderful way to make friends and step up your social life.
Hopes were high for two of our own today as we excitedly turned up to watch Jan Morris and Jill Hartshorn play for a spot in the State Senior Pairs.
Representing Northern Suburbs
Having fought their way through the early rounds, they were representing Northern Suburbs in the final tussle between Macquarie, Mitchell and Northern Suburbs. The winner will go on, to represent Region 16.
Despite our enthusiasm, unfortunately the Beecroft girls were defeated by Margaret Wild and Carol Martin of The Hills (Mitchell). Margaret and Carol played beautifully but could not rest on their laurels. They then went on to play Elizabeth Tulloch and Rosalind Lightfoot of Denistone (Macquarie). Macquarie didn’t have a morning game so had the advantage of rest but, then again, they didn’t get the morning practice! Which is best??
Senior and Open Pairs
On the other rink was the first Open Pairs play off between Macquarie and Mitchell. The winners also fronting up for an afternoon game, in this case against Northern Suburbs.
Our girls may not have won their game but were nevertheless champions, as the overall Senior Pairs winners for Northern Suburbs. There was a good contingent of Beecroft supporters cheering them on. We saw some good ends, not least of which was the last, in which we got a five. Good way to finish. They’ll be back!
What was the final outcome?
Anne Hedger & Joan Wilson from Asquith beat the Hills girls in the afternoon 18-16 in the Open Pairs.
E Tulloch & R Lightfoot from Denistone beat the Hills girls in the afternoon 18-15.
The winners will onto the State Championships at Taren Point.
looked after everyone beautifully, ensuring all was in place for the games and the spectators, morning tea and lunch. Thank you North Epping.
Are you reading this and wanting a game? There are plenty of opportunities to play at The Beecroft Club. We’ll teach you if you’ve never tried. Make contact with us.
I forgot to read my emails again so it was an amazing surprise to turn up to The Beecroft Club for an afternoon of bowls, and find the place packed with spectators and a scintillating game well underway.
We were pumped and ready to defend our title as Beecroft Mixed Pairs champions. That quickly went out the window as we were drawn in, to watch true champions fighting out the Region 16 playoff of the Mixed 3 Bowls Pairs 2017.
I think I may have mentioned more than once that I feel sorry for people who don’t play bowls and today was a day to back up my way of thinking!
Have a look at these photos and what do you see?
- The winners – Shirley and Danny
- The Beecroft Club so beautiful – sunshine and trees, blues and greens.
- The weekend – forget about work.
Never underestimate the competition.
At Beecroft the prize of the Mixed Pairs is the most coveted. I couldn’t believe how many people were down there practicing ahead of the game – championship aside.
Even better, every team has a chance. There are some fabulous teams and you’d be crazy to pick a winner at this stage.
Back to the Mixed 3 Bowls Pairs.
The teams playing were Northern Suburbs, represented by Liz Harris and Greg Holme from Asquith; and from Mitchell, Shirley del la Harpe and Danny Phillips from The Hills; and, from Macquarie Dave Nelson and Ivy Hitchins of North Ryde RSL.
The second game between North Ryde (Macquarie) and the Hills (Mitchell) was a nail biter of an extremely high standard not often seen at Beecroft. Congratulations Mitchell on winning both matches and thus the day.
What next for this competition? The State Playoff will be at Taren Point on Sunday 15th October 2017 .
Are you reading this and wish you could join in? Contact us and you can try Lawn Bowls at Beecroft. We’ll show you the finer points so you will be playing with the best of us before you know where you are.
After the excitement of the Region 16 Playoff we got on with our afternoon of bowls at Beecroft. There were some impressive games in the first round of the Mixed Pairs. The social players also had a great afternoon of bowls from all accounts.
Looking forward to the next game!
SourceLocal fun and bowls at Beecroft
Empty Nesters have been in focus in the Lifestyle Media lately. The prospect of having the house to yourself can result in such conflicting emotions. For me it is “Please, bring it on”!
After years of devoting time, money, love, effort, pain and joy to a bunch of children, a bit of thought should go into the next phase. Most of us don’t plan ahead though – probably because we have been too busy managing home, work, family and everything else!
Time to start thinking
Whether a couple or a single parent, you need to start thinking about what the Empty Nest will mean for you. What are your goals? So many of us have given up conversation time to the children so starting to talk about the future isn’t easy.
Couples without a social routine that doesn’t include the children are likely to find a gap.
Our house isn’t just us yet but we have already been busy planning. We found a gap when our children stopped playing Saturday sport and had social lives of their own. I’m into a Craftlifestyle, as you will see from the posts at SourceLocal, but you need to explore a few options for the next life phase.
We were super luck because we live near The Beecroft Club and had neighbours who played lawn bowls there. They invited us to an open day and the rest is history!
You don’t have to be retired to play bowls and you don’t need an empty nest – but planning for both those things is a great idea and playing bowls is a pretty good start.
We’ve been playing bowls at The Beecroft Club for twelve years and have enjoyed every second. For us, Saturday is the day to play bowls because we still work. You might like to join us, or you may like to try Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
Empty Nesters or just planning
Whether you are an Empty Nester or just planning, make contact and find out how you can start your bowls social life at The Beecroft Club.
A great club to be a social member. Meet and relax with your friends at The Beecroft Club.
News from our social members? Let us know and we will add it here.
TUES: 1 to 3 pm & 4:30 to 6:30 pm
WED: 4 to 6 pm
THURS: 4:30 to 8 pm
FRI: 4 to 10 pm
SAT: 4 to 6 pm
(Venue hire can be outside these hours by arrangement)
The Northern Suburbs District Women’s Bowling Association is holding Veteran’s Day on Friday 6th October, 2017 at Pennant Hills Bowling Club.
The three categories are:
1. Veteran 70-74 years
2. Super Veteran 75-84 years
3. Star Veteran 85 -99 years
A few of us are going down to the Masters Games in Tasmania in October. Anyone else interested?
Bowls is back on free-to-air in 2017
Good news! SBS and Bowls Australia are partnering up once more to bring us Bowls on TV.
The sport of bowls will remain on free-to-air television in 2017.
The Bowls Show’s second season will return to SBS on Sunday, May 14, in the new time-slot of 3.00pm nationwide.
Commonwealth Games – Gold Coast 2018
Lawn Bowls will be on from 4 to 14 April 2018. It seems a long time away but ticket sales are starting, firstly with a round where you can express your interest. There is more information on the Commonwealth Games site.