2020 season opening. We have just completed the first week of pennants. It has been mixed. On Tuesday we played at Gladesville, Merryl’s team lost 27-10 and Jan’s team lost 27-10. Even though we lost it was a pleasant friendly game for both teams. THEN TODAY it was amazing Carlingford came to Beecroft Merryl’s team won 13-10 and Jan’s team won 25-8. Once again our opponents were very pleasant and we had happy games made even better with the wins. On Tuesday we are playing at Beecroft against North Ryde RSL so I hope we can have some supporters in the “peanut gallery” as I think they are the top team in the District.
2020 Pennant season conclusion. The season for our girls finished today on an absolute high. They beat North Ryde RSL, Merryl’s team had an 18 all draw and Jan’s team won 16-13. North Ryde had been undefeated the whole season. Last Thursday in horrendous conditions heavy rain, flooded greens and an opposition who wanted to finish the season on Thursday they finally had to stop after 18 ends for both teams and we were behind in both games. But today our girls came out all guns blazing and showed them you don’t mess with Beecroft.
Ladies we are very proud of you well done indeed. The final tally was North Ryde 22 ½, Beecroft 15 ½, Carlingford 11 ½, and Gladesville 10 ½.
2018 Competition winners
Jane Byrnes Runner up (RU) Margaret Turner
Helen Hynd, Margaret Turner RU: Pam Godoy, Diana Gilmour
Lyn Thornewell, Gill Hartshorn, Merryl Gray RU: Noelene Davis, Helen Hynd, Margaret Turner
Bonnie Lam, Pam Goodoy, Leslie Hines, Jane Byrnes RU: Lyn Thornewell, Gill Hartshorn, Jan Morris, Merryl Gray
PENNANTS PLAY-OFF: WE WON!
Our Grade 3 team deserved to win. They were often seen practising and ultimately worked brilliantly as a team. Looking forward to the State Finals in August. Well done Helen Hynd, Kathleen McNaught, Lindy Saville and Lesley Hines, and Lyn Thornewell, Jill Hartshorn, Merryl Gray and Jan Morris.
2018 STATE SINGLES FINAL
Congratulations to Lesley Hines for making it all the way to the final.
Ivy Hitchens (North Ryde RSL) was finally the winner with our Lesley runner up. Lesley played beautifully and we are very proud of her.
Our grade 3 Pennant team has won the Pennant. It was a bit nerve wracking at the start of the last game when both teams fell behind at the beginning of the games. We knew we had to win to be sure of victory and I think nerves took over for a bit, but all was well in the end.
The Region playoff is in Mitchell District on Tuesday 8th May when I know where I will let you know.,
Well done, Helen Hynd, Kathleen McNaught, Lindy Saville and Lesley Hines, Margaret Turner played twice for them substituting for Grandma Lindy and Lyn Thornewell, Jill Hartshorn, Merryl Gray and Jan Morris.
WOMEN’S STATE MIXED PAIRS
Macquarie District section was won by Leslie Hines & Richard Dooley (ably assisted by Ken McLennan) in an all Beecroft final over Scott & Jane Byrnes. They will now
go on to play in the Regional play-offs to be held at Beecroft on Saturday morning 21 April….
24 April Leslie and Richard put up a grand fight in the region play-offs but unfortunately were pipped at the post. Great representatives for The Beecroft Club and the District
Congratulations Jane Byrne who defeated Margaret Turner 25-8. Well deserved. Good on all the ladies who played in the competition this year. There were some tight matches and great games.
There were some really good teams in the triples this year – all looked good enough to get a gig in the final but of course that’s not how it works!
The final of the Club Triples came down to the wire, with teams equal going into the last end. Ultimately the seasoned players held their nerve to take the prize, while the game provided some good entertainment for the spectators.
Congratulations Josie Cross, Dorothy Bonaccorso and Carol Tindale for their 16:14 win over Diane Franklin, Bonnie Lam and Noelene Davis.
First game of the semi-finals was played on the Queen’s Birthday Monday. Not a bad game – very close early on before Jane and Lesley drew away from Helen and Margaret to finally win.
There was a large crowd of spectators enjoying the beautiful winter sunshine along with a great game.
Finals: Congratulations Jane Byrnes (s) and Lesley Hines on their win, 22:17 against Jan Morris and Lyn Beaumont. The winners played beautifully but like so many games the fortunes could have changed on the last end if…!
This year we fought it out in two grades. The biggest struggle for much of the season was the weather!
Final result, May 2017
Grade 2: Beecroft was in it almost to the end but the eventual winner for the grade was North Epping. Congratulations girls.
Grade 3: Beecroft came 2nd – well done. The winner for the grade was West Pennant Hills.
21 April update
After two losses in a row the Grade 2 team has tumbled to third on the ladder. Nevertheless, with three wet weather games to go the flag is still up for grabs.
With all their games completed Grade 3 is on top of the table but the outcome will depend on a wet weather game that includes the team coming second (WPH) against PH. Cross your fingers girls!
11 April update
At the half way point Beecroft was leading the table in grade 2 but unfortunately in the next match went down to Dural 4:1, so have lost the prime position. Nevertheless, while Dural is on top we are equal second with Asquith B so we are still in with a chance. Go Girls!
Grade 3 is fighting on and is second in the field. Great effort – keep up the pressure!
Some tough matches as usual. All competitors had a chance – it was a very strong field this year.
In the end Merryl Gray defeated Noelene Davis, the 2016 defending champion.
|CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITIONS 2016|
|Major Fours||C Simmonds||C Galvin|
|R Ritchie||D Franklin|
|J Cross||D Gilmour|
|C Tindale||K McNaught|
|Major Triples||C Galvin||H McLeod|
|J Dobrovits||L Beaumont|
|M Gray||L Hines|
|Major Pairs||L Thornewell||L Hines|
|M Gray||M Turner|
|Major Singles||N Davis||R Willmore|
|Minor Singles||B Lam||A Harrison|
|Graded Pairs||P Godoy||L Beaumont|
|M Turner||L Hines|
President’s report 2017-2018
It is with pleasure that I submit this report on the activities of the Men’s Bowling Club for the year ending September 2018.
President: Craig Davis (also Match committee)
Vice President: Vacant
Treasurer: Ken Harrison (also Board Liaison)
Bowls Secretary: John Vanderlight (also Match committee)
Assistant Bowls Secretary: David Hazell (also Zone delegate)
Richard Dooley (also Chairman of Match, Raffles)
Arnold Burling (also Greens)
Clem Cawley (also welfare and member retention)
Wal Saville (also Chairman of Selectors)
Ray Martin (also Chairman of Umpires)
Board member (also Board member)
The adverse weather conditions that were a problem last year were nowhere as prominent this year.
As at 11th September 2018, the following championships have been played. See the gallery below for results or go to The Beecroft Club Honour Boards
Championship – Winner(s) – Runner(s) up
Major singles – Craig Davis – Wal Saville
Major pairs – Clem Cawley and Ron Inch – Phil Martin and Ray Martin
Triples – Yet to be played
Fours – Phil Short, Phil Martin, Ray Martin and Richard Morris – Wal Saville, John Vanderlight, Ron Inch and Neill Harrison
Veterans’ singles – Wal Saville – John Fuller
Minor singles – John Vanderlight – Joe Leotta
Tyro singles – John Rigglesford – Alex Palacios
Major-minor pairs – Joe Leotta and Michael Nolan – Armen Bekarian and Ron Inch
Mixed pairs – Currently being played
Mixed triples – Yet to be played
Wal Hind memorial pairs – Geoff Ashton and Craig Davis – Sue Watt and John Vanderlight
Again, some new faces are on the podium this year.
After the disappointment of finishing last in Grade Three in 2017, it was hoped that Beecroft could bounce back in Grade Four in 2018. We had a reasonable start to the season, but our run was somewhat stymied mid season through injuries and unavailability of key players. It is likely that the late start to the Pennants this year was a factor in the unavailability of some players. After that slow start, the Fours then really came through in the second half of the season, winning 3 out of 5 matches, with one noticeable loss by only one point to the section winners, Dundas!
The Sixes had a tough year, finishing last in their section. We should look a little deeper into the results. They had three narrow losses, of 7 shots or less. In addition, there were five rounds where they were leading at the 33 end mark, only to fall away to a loss at 63 ends. So, not all bad, and with stable teams next year, there can be some more positive results from the Sixes.
Other bowls competitions
Beecroft has provided many teams for the new Living Choice Triples this year in the district. Beecroft teams have been on the podium many times during the year and have done the club proud. Most noticeably, at the Beecroft hosted Graded Triples, there were two Beecroft teams on the podium: Fifth place and First place.
Beecroft hosted Bowral for the annual Bowral Cup event in early August. This year Beecroft prevailed this year to take the cup back from Bowral.
We have several new club members: Ross Franklin, Gerard Hawkins, Ian Hay, Brian Lawrie, Bill Hain and Barry Wall. Welcome to the club!
Vale to our Life Member, John Perkins, who passed away on 25 August 2018, aged 101 years. John had been a member of the Beecroft Bowling Club since 1962, and, as a builder, he was heavily involved in the building of the Clubhouse.
John Candy, who has been an enthusiastic bowler at the club has unfortunately had to resign due to ongoing health issues. Thank you John, for your participation in the club and I wish you well and hope you have a speedy recovery to full health.
As the weather warms up through Spring and Summer, I hope that the committee can turn its attention to looking further into activities to introduce new members to the club.
Throughout the year there have been several social or bowls events organized, including Crazy Whist, the Christmas party, Australia Day, Anzac Day and Long weekend games, including the Wal Hind Memorial pairs on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. Great thanks to all the organisers of these events.
Activities this year
- Continued support of the monthly Friday pizza night.
- Well established regular email newsletters to keep members and sponsors up to date (thanks John Vanderlight, Carol Galvin and Lyn Thornewell).
- Noelene Davis continues to provide great information to members and the public at large through the Beecroft Club website.
I would like to give special thanks to all our hard working committee members who have really stood up to help out at any time throughout the year. It is rewarding work to be part of the Beecroft Club family. Particular thanks go to John Vanderlight. He has done a tremendous amount of work organizing events and he always does a huge amount of behind-the-scenes administration.
I would also like to give thanks to all the other volunteers who are doing all those essential things which mean so much to the smooth running and maintenance of the club. Your support is invaluable.
Wal Saville and his team of selectors deserve praise for doing a stirling job all year to select for social, pennants and events. This can be a high pressure job to get the right balance when managing form and personalities of our bowling group.
Thanks to Ray Martin and his group of umpires who always step up when required to officiate in our competition matches. We now have three new umpires this year, namely David Hazell, myself and Scott Byrnes, so this should help to alleviate some of the workload for our current umpires.
Special mention also to Lyn Thornewell, who provided great assistance in running the bar and setting up the food for afternoon tea during Pennants. She was often running the bar during Sunday and Monday social bowls events.
Joint bowls activities with the Women’s Club
It is a pleasure to report that the Men’s and Women’s Clubs continue to more operate closely with each other, through Tuesdays and Wednesdays being mixed days (open to both Clubs for playing), and ongoing support for the mixed pairs and triples tournaments. The Women’s Club is of course very ably run by Lindy Saville and her team and the Men’s Club looks to continue the close relationship with the Women’s Club in the coming years. The future of the Beecroft Club lies with more and more amalgamation of bowling and event activities between the two clubs.
Earlier this year:
Men’s Major Pairs – Congratulations Ron Inch and Clem Cawley on there win in the final over the team of Ray and Phil Martin.
Men’s Major 4’s – Won for the 2nd year running by the team of Phil Short, Phil Martin, Ray Martin & Richard Morris (ably assisted by Clem Cawley) over the team of Wal Saville, John Vanderlight, Ron Inch & Neill Harrison.
Men’s Major/Minor Pairs – Semi-finals this Saturday (24th Feb) – Bob Catherall & John Vanderlight v Armen Bekarian & Ron Inch, Joe Leotta & Michael Nolan v Joe Frare & Wal
24 September. Quarter finals were played today with the following winners:
D Hazell/B Catherall/A Ryan
K Harrison/C Cawley/B Wallen
T Taylor/M Nolan/P Martin
B Murphie/R Inch/N Harrison
Well played gentlemen. Semi finals are scheduled for Saturday October 7
Congratulations to all teams that fought this one out. Some strong competition, with the final victors Wal Saville and John Ross (21) defeating Ken McLennan and Peter Neeson (19)
MAJOR / MINOR PAIRS
Tony Taylor and Richard Dooley (24) defeated Bob Catheral and Scott Byrnes (11)
Richard Morris (25) d. Peter Brian (12)
P. Short, P. Martin, R. Martin and R. Morris (25) d. J. Vanderlight, W.Saville, R. Inch and N. Harrison (14).
Every round has been action packed, with all games hard won. We were lucky to have some pleasant Autumn Sunday mornings with games that provided marvelous entertainment for the spectators.
Congratulations Bob Wallen – 2017 Men’s Club Champion
Bob Wallen 31: 20 Wal Saville
Wal Saville: Craig Davis 31:25
Bob Wallen: Stephen Bruce 31:30
The Major Minors will be up next up
Find the Zone 10 results here