New South Wales

2019 NSW Bowling Arm Open Pairs Tournament – 4 Aug ’19

 Beresfield Bowling Club was once again a fine host for the highly successful 2019 NSW Bowling Arm Open Pairs Tournament where 26 teams played three games in ideal weather conditions on excellent greens.

As usual, the quality of the competition was very high and it was welcome to see “New Faces” emerging both as players and winners.

Glen Douglas and Darren Johnstone were overall winners with 3 wins + 25 claiming the 2019 Championship Trophies; Alan Duncan and Herb McLeay were Runners-up with 6 points + 23; Jeff Huntley and Ken Blackmore came in third with 6 points + 22; Jenny Flynn and Paul Dodd were fourth with 6 points + 16 with fifth place going to Cliff Coombes and Clive Bennett scoring 5 points + 14.

It is envisaged, as the number wishing to play in this tournament continues to expand, that it will be conducted once again at Beresfield BC but most likely on a Monday to accommodate those players who were involved in home club championships.

1 Winners Glen Douglas & Darren Johnstone

(Report & Photos Courtesy of Allan Starrett)

Woomera’s way too strong for the Armigos! (but not so for the Managers Shield)

Great day of bowls today in Port Macquarie where the NSW Woomeras defeated Zone 14 Armigos in a fierce contest for the Golden Arm Challenge trophy.

WoomerasWoomers & Armigos

(Sincere and grateful thanks to Pamela Stephanis for the gallery of photos)

Results from Teralba Armed Pairs 31 Jan-1 Feb ’19 

Click on photos to enlarge.

The Golden Arm Trophy Challenge – 9th July 2018, New Lambton B. C.

The Golden Arm Trophy Challenge was held today between the NSW Woomeras Side and the Zone 14 Armigos. Although the day started off with chilly winds it didn’t have an affect on the quality of play with the Woomeras taking the trophy 12 matches to 0. A great day for the armed bowlers….

This trophy day started last year when there was an unofficial match between the Woomeras (N.S.W. Rep. team) and a group of armed players from Zone 14 (Mid North Coast – around Port Macquarie). It was just so the Woomeras could get in some practice before the National Titles were held that year in Moama.

It was such a fun day that the organisers decided to hold it every year and call it a challenge match. Now, “Zone 14 actually beat the Woomeras last year” so the challenge took on a bit of spirit this year. The “Golden Arm Trophy” was created and this year the event was held at New Lambton Bowling Club in Newcastle. The event will alternate between Port Macquarie and New Lambton from now on as a lead up to the September Nationals.

Zone 14 took it very seriously holding trial matches to form their team. Uniforms were designed and obtained quickly and the event proceeded today with enthusiasm from both sides. The Armigos, as Zone 14 have called themselves came out fighting and although they went down 12-0 there were some tight matches. We played in our National Day 1 sides to practice our combinations. I’m sure everyone had a great day and overall it was a win for Armed Bowlers. It is going to become much tougher to be selected in the NSW team as new players are coming on board all the time. Thanks obviously go to Woomeras Allan Starrett and the Armigos Ken Errington and others for organising the event for us all.

(Sincere thanks to Pam Martin and all contributors!)

Woomera's (1) Winners all

The Armigo’s also reported!

Monday, 9th July, 2018, saw the first selected Zone 14 Armigos side play the NSW State Woomeras in the annual challenge for the Golden Arm Trophy, using the mechanical bowling arm device.

The new facilities at the New Lambton Bowling Club made pleasant surroundings as Club President and Woomeras player, Stan ‘The Man’ Wrzeczycki welcomed both sides for the clash.  Allan Starrett, State & National Coach and Woomeras player then also welcomed all and read the conditions of play and called the cards for the morning session of games.

Though using the uncovered green, it was a little chilly early when the three Singles games and three Fours games got underway.  It was evident that all the training practices of the Woomeras and the talent of their players were going to be a big mountain to climb for the Armigos, but they gave it their best shot, especially Marie Owens in the Singles.  At the lunch break, the NSW side had won all games and after dining at the Wests Leagues Club, the afternoon session of the three Pairs and Triples games began.

The strength of the State side shone again, but there was some stronger opposition from the Armigos this time, but at games end, the Woomeras had a clean sweep of the Zone side.  The friendship and helpfulness of the Woomeras players was much appreciated by all and at the presentation and photo session, Zone President and Trophy donor, Ken Errington, called for three cheers for the opposition which was duly given and invited the Woomeras to Zone 14 next year.

Plans for next years event are already underway with the event penciled in for a similar time-frame to be played at the Port Panthers home, Hibbard Sports Club.  In the aftermath of the event, healthy and enthusiastic discussion took place in the Clubhouse where it was noted that the Zone side recognize what has to be done to give the Woomeras a bigger challenge.

Many thanks to all in the organising of the event, especially Kay Underwood and Allan Starrett and a big pat on the back to the inaugural selected side players.  It was announced that bowling arm tournaments will be organized in the Zone on an Open mixed format to encourage more and more players to participate and trial for selection for the next challenge.

Again, congratulations to the NSW Woomeras, but watch out next year!!  The pics of the event are below.

(Sincere thanks to Ken Errington & Owen Preston.)

Armigo's fr Z14 NSW

2018 Zone 14 Armigos:  Ken Errington (Manager), Stan Hungerford, Terry Brown, Adrian Fakes, Margaret Halliday, Peter Colbert, Selwyn Rogers, Nev Womersley, Marie Owens, Tony Austin, Jenni Flynn, Kay Underwood, Roger Sydneham, Laurie Walsh, Paul Sloan, Reg Penney and Bob Sims.



East Maitland, a 2 day event for Armed Bowlers 19-20 Feb. ’18

Alas this very well attended, and much anticipated event suffered a “wash out” on Day 2.

East Mait Pic 19 Feb.How it was run.East Mait Rules

We await more news on “Who the Winners Are” in each Category.

Teralba Pairs, a 2 day event for Armed Bowlers 1-2 Feb. ’18

Teralba Bowling Club NSW hosted an Armed Bowlers Pairs tournament on the 1st & 2nd February. There were 4 female players amongst the 26 pairs. Pictured from L to R: Kay Underwood (South West Rocks), Pam Martin (Beresfield), Desma Medcalf (Wangi) & Gloria Lamb (Beresfield).


Pictured below, ready to start in the Bowling Arm Pairs two-dayer at Teralba Bowling Club on day one, Thursday 1st Feb. Kingsley Joliffe and Pam Martin who came 8th overall and earned “Best Performed” on Day 2.


Beresfield was proudly represented at this event contested by 26 pairs, which included some members of the NSW & Q’ld State teams. The results achieved by our group were outstanding. Pictured below L to R: Mal Adams (Beresfield) & Steve Gilchrist (Lorn Park) 6th, Pam Martin (Beresfield) & Kingsley Joliffe (Lorn Park) 8th & Best Performed Day 2, Gloria Lamb (Beresfield) & John McGahan (Dalby Q’ld) 17th. A great time was had by all players and we thank Teralba Bowling Club and the sponsors for hosting the event. Thanks Warren & the girls!


NSW Armed Singles 7-8 Nov ’16 at Maitland and Beresfield.

The NSW Bowlers Arm Singles Championships for 2016 were played at East Maitland and Beresfield Bowling Clubs on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th November ’16.

It was a grueling 6 games of 15 ends in extremely hot conditions.

The Winners were:
Gold Section:   1st:   Michael Kedwell, 2nd:  Ron Herbert, 3rd:   Andrew Capararo.

Silver Section:   1st:   Clay Parker (backing up from a 1st in Gold Section, 2014/2015 (pictured below) and a win in Bronze Section the year before, 2013) 2nd:  Allan Starrett, 3rd:   Jeff Huntley.

Bronze Section:   1st:   Malcolm Adams, 2nd:  Ian Percival, 3rd:   Paul Dodd.

Consolation Section:   1st:   Brian Charters, 2nd:  John Davis, 3rd:   John Vella.

It must have been a wonderful 2 days of very serious Armed Bowling!


Finley R. S. B. C. “Arm Tussle”  – 28 Aug ’16 – Report from the Organizer and Club Secretary, Karen Peacock (Thank you Karen for this wonderful report!)

Sunday 28th August saw 12 teams made up of players from Mordialloc, Kyabram, Shepparton Park, Whittlesea, Barwon Heads, Deniliquin RSL, Finley BC, Oaklands, Finley RSC, Barooga, Cobram & Picola take to the greens for the 2016 Finley RSC BC’s “Bowlers Arm Tussle”. Format this year was 3 bowl pairs played over 2 games of 8 ends before lunch & 1 game of 10 ends after.

Sunny skies, light winds & beautifully prepared 15-16 second greens greeted the bowlers as they began the battle for the honour of being this year’s Bowlers Arm Champs.

Going into lunch of soup & sandwiches prepared by the organisers, there were four teams with 2 games up who went out after lunch hoping for that elusive third game.

Congratulations go to our winners for 2016 representing Deniliquin RSL BC- Brian Clancy (Skip) & Peg Dankhert who chalked up 3 wins – 49 points from R/U Allan Walter (Skip) & Kerry Ralph (Barwon Heads) on 3 wins – 47 points. These two teams have traveled to Finley RS since the first “Tussle” event 3 years ago & have finally made a podium finish – much to their delight. Third place went to Christopher Preddy (Skip) & Robert Anset from Kyabram with 2 wins, a draw – 40 points. Our encouragement award went to Ken Taggart (Skip) Maryborough Highlands & Jim Maxwell (Finley BC).

My thanks go to all who participated & assisted in this year’s event (Club President Max Lewis who assisted in the organisation of the event and those in the kitchen, around the grounds, in the office and elsewhere: Joyce Thomas, Di Retallick, Max Lewis,  Jeff Peacock, Members & Committee) for making this annual event a success.

Finley RS BC will again be holding the “Bowlers Arm Tussle” on the last Sunday of August 2017, so all you arm bowlers out there mark the date in your calendars, come up, join in, enjoy our great greens, weather & hospitality. Karen Peacock

(Editor’s note; Congrats Clanga & Peg!)

Click Here for the Bowls Vic. report.

Finley (6)  Win
Finley, Peg, Karen & Clanga


Beresfield and Maitland Events for 6 & 7 of June cancelled due to a rain event.

The rains came and the Selection of the NSW Squad Players for the National Challenge has been delayed. Please read this notice from Allan Starrett, Chairman of the NSW Bowling Arm Committee.

“The NSW Bowlers Arm Committee has nominated the following players to form a provisional selection squad for the 2016 NSW Woomeras which will be composed of 15 players with 2 Reserves and 1 Manager. At least two players are to be women.

Each state will have 3 teams of 5 that will compete Singles and Fours in the mornings and Pairs and Triples in the afternoon. One opposition state will be played daily on a rotation basis.

All nominees should make every effort to attend the initial session at Beresfield BC on Monday 4th July with roll-up from 2.00pm and training commencing at 2.30pm through to 4.30pm.

The final determination of the 2016 NSW Woomeras will be made immediately after the Sunday 10th July NSW Bowlers Arm Pairs Tournament held at Beresfield. It would be beneficial that all aspirants play in the Pairs Tournament as this will be the final opportunity for the Selectors to overview players’ status.

Allan Starrett, Chairman NSW Bowling Arm Committee.”

(The National Event will play out at Broadbeach, Q’ld, Sunday 4th – Thursday 8th September 2016)

Tweed Heads Open Pairs 29th Feb ’16

There were 22 Pairs hoping for wins of many kinds at the Tweed Heads Bowling Club event today.
The Club put on a fabulous day of bowls and a BBQ Lunch for a $15 p/p entry fee. Play started at 11am.
There were two games played today, the first was 12 ends of 2X4X2 and the best 1st game winners here were; Bill Clark and Dianne Keogh with +24…alas today, no prize money. But well done.
The second game was in the 3 bowl pairs format over 14 ends. Best performers here, apart from the outright winners, were: Frank Farrell and Andrew Orr with +10.
The Winner’s picking up the $200 prize money were:
Roger Goodridge and Ralph Hunt
Second Placed scooping $100 plus a $50 voucher from the Bowls Shop were:
John McGahan and John Amos
Third place and a $100 Bowls Shop voucher went to: Ron Nuttall and Arthur Collins (Well done again Arthur!)
Fourth place and a $50 Bowls shop Voucher went to: Ken Muir and Jeff Cooper.
There was also a lucky door prize of a $50 Bowls Shop voucher

This event was very well sponsored by the Tweed Heads Bowls Shop (I’ve spent a few dollars there!) ably represented by Estelle.
But you don’t have to live in Tweed to support them, I’m sure they would be happy to hear from you wherever you are on 07 5599 5575 or email View their website for more details

Also attending today as a competitor and MABA representative was David Johnson.
Congratulations to organizers Paul and Arthur and their helpers on the day. A huge thanks to Kristy Thatcher for the photos and scoreboard.

Click here to see the overall and final scoreboard


Click on photos to enlarge!

Corowa Civic B.C. 8 Oct ’15 A great Pairs “day out” was enjoyed by all at Corowa with guests from all points. It was indeed a very nice day with a happy group of 14 Pairs contesting.

Winners were:

Allan Walter, Barwon Heads with Kerry Ralph, St James (3 wins)
Murray Scown with Jim Beckett, Rutherglen (3 wins);
Cecil Moss with Joan Moss, City of Echuca (2 1/2 wins)
Roy Streeter, Howlong and Mal Beer, YMGCR tied for 4th place.

(Thanks Lynton Ford for these results)

CorowaCorowa 4  Corowa 3. Corowa 2

Finley RSC B.C.  (love that club!)  “Arm Tussle” 30 Aug 2015.
Winners: Gail Welsh/Allan Clark (Finley RS. and Numurka)
Runners Up: Dennis Smyth/Peter Brodie (Shepp. Pk.) (Photo of D. Smythe by P. Bryant)

Click here for the Bowls Vic report on this first of the ’15 – ’16 season event.


East Maitland B.C. Arm Pairs Championship 12 Jul ’15.

2015 NSW Bowling Arm Pairs Tournament -Sunday, 12th July ’15.
A very warm welcome was provided to 22 teams at East Maitland BC on an extremely cold and blustery day for the 2015 NSW Bowlers Arm Pairs Championship.
Two games were played prior to the usual delicious lunch offered by the Billabong Restaurant as players took the opportunity to thaw out and prepare for the afternoon battle with both opposition players and the almost arctic elements.
At the conclusion of the day, the 2015 NSW Bowlers Arm Pairs Winners were:
Mick Kedwell (Teralba) and Trevor Solomons (Maitland City).
Runners-up were:
Jeff Huntley and Leon Bell from Cardiff.
East Maitland President, Bill Hopkins OAM and Beresfield President, Des Skinner combined to make the presentations to the successful teams.
This event was a precursor to the forth coming 2015 Bowls Australia National Bowlers Arm
Tournament to be played at Tranmere Bowling Club in Adelaide in September.
The NSW Woomeras will be taking on the formidable Victorian and South Australia teams in Singles, Pairs Triples and Fours over three days.
Cheers, Allan Starrett

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