Bit’s ‘n Pieces 2

Bit’s ‘n Pieces 1, got soooo big that I’ve had to start a Bit’s ‘n Pieces 2!

May ’19 –  (Posted 3 May ’19)

Bowls Australia recently announced changes to the Artificial Devices Policy (effective 1st May 2019) with the removal for players to have approval from their State Governing Body to use an artificial device (bowlers arm) or to have a medical certificate to use a bowlers arm.

As a result, there is now NO requirement for players using a bowlers arm in Victoria to complete an application form and provide a medical certificate to Bowls Victoria for approval.

The new whole of sport IT platform Bowls Link will ask players to record if they use a bowlers arm.

Bowls Victoria confirm that there will be no changes to the Bowls Victoria State Championship Events with Specific Eligibility Requirements Conditions of Play which states that ‘Every delivery (including the rolling of the Jack) MUST be delivered with the Bowlers Arm’

(Ed note: please check the latest “Laws of the Game” and attachments to same, which may differ, in respect of other competition i.e. Pennant.)

December ’18

A moment of self-indulgence from Editor, Pamela Bryant

So proud of husband John, runner-up in the Edithvale Club C’ship 22/25 after 3 months with a bowling arm. He was once a Div. 1 Skip (before Premier), and won the “Mentone Skip of the Year” award as a Div. 1 Skip. He was also a Div. 1 Skip at his current club Edithvale, when they had one. He was about to walk away from bowls, as his health failed, too proud to use an arm, even tho’ he had a card to do so 5 years ago, he spiraled to lower sides. His older mates shamed him into “not” using an Arm. (5 years wasted as he slowly embarrassed himself, failing to be the bowler he once was.) With the Arm (John chose the Dart Release, and we are indebted to Rick Haddrick for his design which made the changeover from hand to device bowls so much easier.) John has done exceedingly well in a short time and has “got his hunger for bowls back” Thank god, or whoever, for the “bowling arm” and getting my husband “back on the greens”.

(The Nay Sayers…have no where to go!)


Poem by John Baker (Mooroolbark) to mate “Col” – We can all learn from this!

Baker, Poem (2)

Queensland’s Awesome Foursome, will be competing today 5 Dec ’18. “We’ll be watching this bunch of swingers with interest today via the internet. Could be the first time three members of the Q’ld Team are Arm Bowlers. Cheryl Hutchinson, Heather Hodgson and Wendy Usher are joined by Vicky Dunn and looking for a good showing in the play-offs.” “Go Q’ld”. Thanks Geoff Geary for alerting us.

Click here to go to the video.


November ’18

Thanks Peter Dixon for a great day at Beauy on 7th Nov. ’18 (Best 4th Game).

Peter Dixon and Pam Bryant 7 Nov 18

October ’18

“Coops” wins Club Vet’s Singles at Kawana.

“Winners are Grinners.” After 4 tough rounds, Geoff Cooper won the final of the Clubs Vet’s Singles.

Geoff says “it’s been a long time between drinks, but I’m over the moon with the win. Congrats to my opponents with all games played in good spirits. I played Les Baker in the final and I believe I was the only Arm Bowler in the event. It’s  my first Club Championship since having to use the arm.”

Geoff represented Q’ld in the 2018 National Armed Sides C’ships at Newcastle.

Geoff, your a true gentleman of the game. Congrats from ABA.

Geoff Cooper (Winner) Les Baker (R/up) Kawana Vet's Singles C'ship. 7 Oct. '18
(R) Geoff Cooper (Winner), (L) Les Baker (R/up) Kawana Vet’s Singles C’ship. 7 Oct. ’18

September ’18

barry-ansett1.jpgCongrats to Armed Bowler Barry Anset on again being selected to the Bowls Vic. 60’s and Over Senior Men’s Side.




August ’18

Rule change for Armed Bowlers, as notified by Bowls Queensland.


July ’18
N.S.W. Squad member Pam Martin won her first Minor C’ship this year.
“Just won my first championship. 2018 Ladies Minor Singles Champion at Beresfield Bowling Club. Very excited that I played well enough to beat another great player in Pam Greenbank. 25 -11”

(Captured by Editor Pam Bryant…….Yes 3 P’s in a blog!)

Pam (Martin) we wish you well in the 2018 National C’ships and congrats on your many recent wins!

Pam Martin NSW


May ’18

Congratulations to Victorian Armed Bowler, Wendy Odgers on winning Singles GOLD in the All Abilities National Championships in Western Australia.

You can read more about this at

Victoria collected 3 x gold medals, 3 silver medal and 1 bronze medal.

Medal winners were:


Wendy Odgers (Somerville Bowling Club)

Gold Women’s B5/B6 Singles

Silver Open Triples

Silver Women’s Open Pairs

Gwen Fabris (Cockatoo & District Bowls Club Inc.)

Silver Open Triples

Silver Women’s Open Pairs

Lucas Protopapas (Mulgrave Country Club)

Gold Open Triples

Bronze Men’s B5/B6 Pairs

Matthew Hansen (Finley Bowling Club)

Bronze Men’s B5/B6 Pairs


Josh Barry (Deer Park Club)

Gold Open Triples

Silver Men’s B7/B8 Pairs

Barry Brennan (Moama Bowling Club)

Gold Men’s B7/B8 Singles

Gold Open Triples

Silver Men’s B7/B8 Pairs

Janet Morrison (Mulgrave Country Club)

Silver Open Triples