Centenarian’s Gala Day
24 September 2017. The Neutral Bay club hosted the event this year. Ten clubs of over 100 years standing fought it out for the honour of holding the cup. The winners were Waverley, which seems fitting, not only because of their bowls skills but because of the good fight they have put up in recent times to save their club.
Only one point behind, Beecroft were the runners up. Well done to our two presidents, Craig Davis and Lindy Saville, along with Noelene Davis and Wal Saville to make up the fours team. Prizes were presented by Dennis Taylor, Board member of Bowls NSW.
It was a very pleasant day of bowls, made all the more interesting by being on a synthetic green. It wasn’t as fast as we expected and it was surprisingly easy to put down a bowl.
20 September. Beecroft has a big win to reclaim the Cheltenham Cup. Over the years it has been won twice by Beecroft and twice by Cheltenham so that sounds like a pretty balanced result.
This time our win was secured across all three games:
J Vanderlight/L Hines/R Morris Won 27-11
B Catherall/D Hazell/R Inch Won 21-11
B Wallen/L Saville/P Neeson Won 16-11
Overall Result Beecroft 64-33
In the Sunday Telegraph
Do you read the EAT STREET feature? Well, if not, it’s time you started. We got a mention!
28 August. Our Beecroft ladies were runners up, with an impressive 62 points, only two behind the winners, Asquith on 64.
Jan, Lesley and Diane had a big win over Dural in the morning, while Jill, Lindy and Lyn Beaumont lost narrowly on the last end against West Pennant Hills. After a reviving lunch Jill and Lesley played the District Pairs champions and were sadly outplayed. However Jan, Lindy, Diane and Lyn had a big win over a much favoured Pennant Hills team. Well done everyone for a great effort.
26 August 2017. The final was a terrific competition. Down to the wire as so often happens. Read all about it in our blog.
A Force Nine and Antarctic ice were the order of the day for the semi-final of the mixed pairs.
19 August. Any other day you may wonder at this impressive body language, but last Saturday they were just bracing themselves against the cold!
What about this one? How many times have you been in this position? Willing on the bowl to just go those extra few inches!
We were all grateful to finish up and get into the club house. A log fire and mulled wine would have gone down well after nearly freezing to death but we made do!
Next week the best of the best will become clear – will it be Helen and Wal or Lesley and Richard? Be there, and find out for yourselves.
Commiserations to Diane Franklin & Alan Ryan and Lyn Thornewell & Ray Martin. Great work getting to the semis.
Mixed pairs aside, everyone else seemed to be having a good time. Rumour has it that Peter Seale played out of his skin. Robin’s team may be hard to beat in the upcoming triples? Are the rest of you organising a team? (FYI David Hazel was also brilliant but the rest of his team… Oh well, that’s bowls!)
Wine Tasting and Pizza
Not a bad combination! Well done Lindy and Ken on organising the wine tasting evening. A great selection from our supplier, Epping Cellars.
It was great that one of our sponsors was able to turn up – Mark from Epping Travel. Never off the clock – BIAS overheard a few last minute details for holidays being checked off between sips of wine!
Women’s Minor Singles Final
15 August. The club minor singles was won by Dianna Gilmour (25) from Pam Godoy (22). They played a very good, hard fought match that see-sawed throughout – with the score being 22 all just minutes before Dianna claimed victory.
It was such a cold and miserable day, with the start delayed by rain and icy conditions prevailing.
The intrepid spectators were all rewarded with a standard of bowls well worthy of any championship. [by Jan Morris.]
The major singles next year, girls?
Upsets in the Mixed Pairs
I think we told you at the outset that there were some hot teams in the mixed pairs this year. The results so far speak for themselves. After the second game of the round robin it is usually pretty clear who will be going through to the play offs. This year, after the third game we walked off still unsure.
It was only after a tense count back that it was resolved.
Last year’s leading teams are out and there are some new kids on the block! If you want to see some good bowls come along next week. Grab yourself a social game while you keep half an eye on the semi-finals:
Helen Hynd and Wal Saville vs Lyn Thornewell and Ray Martin
Lesley Hines and Richard Dooley vs Diane Franklin and Alan Ryan.
Just another Saturday at Beecroft
29 July. We were treated to some impressive bowls by some of NSW’s top bowlers today. The Region 16 playoff of the Mixed 3 Bowls Pairs 2017 was played at Beecroft. Read more…
For us mere mortals it was a great opportunity to learn some technique. Did that pay off for the careful students? After all it was the first round of the club mixed pairs and, as always, there were winners and losers. For the losers, never mind – there are two more rounds to claw back a chance to be in the final. For the winners – watch out!
Sausage sizzle before the match
Thanks to Richard Dooley we are treated to a sausage sanga before bowls on the men’s committee meeting day each month.
Judging from the roll up it is a pretty good idea. Saturday’s are a social afternoon at the best of times so this is a great way to start.
District Senior Pairs
11 July. Our very own Jan Morris and Jill Hartshorn (s) have won the District Senior Pairs! They will play the Region matches at North Epping on 3rd August. Make a note in your diaries to go and support them.
The final of the Club Triples will be played on Tuesday, Josie Cross, Dorothy Bonaccorso and Carol Tindale will be playing Diane Franklin, Bonnie Lam and Noelene Davis.
Christmas in July
21 July. Christmas in July was a great success, thanks to Lyn and her team. Photos shortly.
14 July. The ladies held a beautiful lunch for Shirley Butler, who is moving away to the RSL Retirement village at Narabeen. Shirley has been a member since 1994 and held every position you can think of. It is members like Shirley who make our club so great. We’ll miss you Shirley but trust you will be back to visit.