19 November ’18


Following on from Kawana’s  Arm Day on Sunday where MABA members and friends played 2 games of pairs on the grass, then held their AGM most players joined local stick swingers at Mooloolaba to contest 4 games of 8 ends of 3 bowl Pairs on the fast and wide carpet.  First time we have played this format and the response from players ensures it won’t be the last.  Open draw/wins plus margins/no dead ends.  22 teams entered however some last minute health problems meant that 4 spouses were called upon to fill the gaps. Many thanks to those folk, as I hate redoing cards and boards!

Thanks to all the members who helped run the event smoothly, selling raffle tickets, writing results up and helping with the lunch. Neil Henricks and Alan Barber were Grade A1 Cooks and the steaks were superb.  Mooloolaba ladies were wonderful, as usual, with supervising lunch and doing the cleaning up.

The games were all finished ahead of schedule and after the popular raffle prizes were claimed our No 1 Sponsor from APIA, Suzi,  was on hand to present the prizes for the event.  Winners were the Bargara Boys Alan Arnold and Alan Eversham.  Runners Up were also from the Rum City area, Graeme Tickle and John Watkins. Third spot was claimed by local whiz Carol Azzopardi and Gold Coast’s Ron Schofield.  Dalby Duo, Gordon and Wendy Usher won the Highest Margin for round 4 .

Thanks to our Sponsors APIA, Bowlers Paradise, IGA Wises Road, Bob McClintoff and Club Mooloolaba. (Sincere thanks to Geoff. Geary for this report.)

1 Aug ’18

Club Chermside hosted 56 M.A.B.A. members on Monday 30th July and many thanks go to Col Ware, the Club staff and its members, who were on hand to cater for our day. Greens were running well; the sun was shining and the breeze wasn’t a problem.  The format was “winners play winners” and the first game of 3 bowls pairs was followed by lunch. After lunch it was 14 ends of a 2X4X2 game.

The Clayfield AVEO retirement village in Albion sponsored the event and Mark Montague was on hand for the presentations.  Great to hear from him and we were all very impressed with his presentation.

Winners were Lee Newing and Ralph Hunt with a small margin from Runners Up Roger Goodridge and Heather Hodgson.  (Thanks, Geoff Geary for this report)

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Yi Ha! Queensland boasts 3 Armed Bowlers in their State 4’s C’ship Team at the Sunshine Coast!

Q'ld State Champs 2018
From Right to Left we have Val Dunn from Dalby (Lead), President of MABA Cheryl Hutchinson from Broadbeach Club (Second), Heather Hodgson from Paradise Point (Third) and Wendy Usher from Dalby (Skip).
Heather Hodgson

Special congrats to Heather Hodgson (pictured above unwinding) after a heavy few days at the State Titles Championships at the Sunshine Coast, where she and Eric Johannes from Paradise Point got through to the semi-finals of the Mixed Pairs, where they were defeated by Elizabeth Walton and Aron Sherriff, before going on to become a State Ladies Fours Champion. How great is that. Well done Armers Heather, Cheryl & Wendy & of course Val !!!

(Sincere thanks to Geoff. Geary for this report & photos)
(Sincere thanks to Geoff. Geary for this report & photos)

2018 State 1.MABA Sect. David Johnson, Cr Dawn Crichlow OAM Gold Coast City Council, President Cheryl Hutchinson, Bowls Q’ld. Match Committee Ron Somerville and Musgrave Hill BC Board Chairman Gary Warby at the opening of the event.

Day 1 was sectional play for the 28 teams of open pairs with 3 games of 15 ends. Section winners went through to the play offs on Monday where Goodridge/Schofield 22 Def Hodgson/Hunt 15; McGahan/Tappenden 19 Def Smart/Lee 17; McFadden/Geary 24 Def Hutchinson/Merrick 12 in the ¼ finals.  That afternoon the semi-finals were played and Goodridge/Schofield 22 Def Tickle/Hewish 13 and McFadden/Geary 26 got up in the last two ends to Def McGahan/Tappenden 26/21.

The Final was played under great conditions on a very kind green and the teams involved had the large following of spectators on their toes as the lead was swapped continually and some great shots were produced.

The Bronze medal was claimed by Graeme Tickle and Leigh Hewish 24/18 over John McGahan and Peter Tappenden.

Silver was awarded to Roger Goodridge and Ron Schofield leaving Gold to be claimed by Terry McFadden and Geoff Geary. The score 24/20.

2018 State 2.

L to R. Ron Schofield, Roger Goodridge, Geoff Geary, Terry McFadden,

Leigh Hewish, Graeme Tickle, John McGahan and Peter Tappenden.

STATE Singles. After a day of Sectional play the winners returned for post sectional play and the winners then went through to ¼ finals where McFadden 21 Def Goodridge 13; Tappenden 21 Def Thompson 12; Hodgson 21 Def Hunter 19 and Pownell 21 Def Eversham 10.

Semi Finals saw McFadden 25 / Tappenden 16 and Hodgson 25/ Pownell 20.

Finals. Following on from their Pairs finals Tappenden and McFadden were straight into battle against Pownell and Hodgson.  Both games featured tight heads and kept the spectators on their toes throughout but the Bronze went to Tappenden 25/17 and McFadden was able to overcome the awesome draw bowls from Heather with his own when he was under pressure and claimed his second Gold Medal 25/14.

2018 State 3.

Heather Hodgson, Silver, Terry McFadden, Gold, Peter Tappenden, Bronze.

All contestants had heaps of praise for the Musgrave Hill Staff and members who helped, the greens and the Bowls Q’ld support and sponsorship and the tireless efforts put in by the M.A.B.A. committee to make it all happen.



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Click here for a great report on this event from Bowls Queensland.

State Armed Pairs and Singles Results

Singles Finals at Musgrave Hill 2 May ’18

  • (Gold Medal) Singles: Terry McFadden 25 Def Heather Hodgson 14
  • (Bronze Medal) Singles: Peter Tappenden 25 Def Brian Pownell 17

Pairs Finals 2 May ’18

  • (Gold Medal) Pairs: Terry McFadden and Geoffrey Geary 24 Def. Ron Schofield  and  Roger Goodridge 20.
  • (Bronze Medal)  Pairs: Graeme Tickle and Leigh Hewish 24 Def. John McGahan and Peter Tappenden 18.

(A very busy day for Terry & Peter, well done guys!, and well done Heather!)

Club Kawana – Sunday 5th Nov ’17

We had a great day on Sunday at Club Kawana for an open pairs event for registered Members of the Maroon Arm Bowlers Assoc. Inc.

52 Players from Bundaberg,  Pialba, Urangan, Mt. Larcom, Nth. Dalby, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich and The Sunshine Coast all competed for the sponsorship provided by Stormguard Roofing and Club Kawana, and many of these players were accompanied by their partners and friends who all enjoyed the brand new facilities at Club Kawana, and in perfect weather.

Two games were played and an excellent lunch was included in the green fees for the day.

The first game sorted out Winners and Losers, and the second game provided us with the winners for the day.

I have included some photos of our winners. (Click on the photos to enlarge, or hover for player names)



The winners of the winners .Marie Milner and Roger Goodridge. Score of +21.

Runners up of the winners. Geoff. Cooper and Ken Muir.   Score of +20.

The winners of the losers. Mick Thorne and Geoff. Merriman.     Score of +20.

Runners up of the Losers.John Peach and Leigh Hewish.          Score of +16.

Game 1 highest margin. Geoff. Saville and David Sproson.        Score of +15.


(Scoreboard courtesy of Maroon Armed Bowlers)

Upcoming events for our Arm Bowlers are as follows:

Monday 11th December, Manly Bowls Club Open Pairs.              Prizemoney $500.

Monday 15th January, Mooloolaba Bowls Club 3 bowl pairs.       Prizemoney $500.

Monday 26th February. Tweed Heads Bowls Club open pairs.      Prizemoney $1,000.

Any registered Arm Bowlers visiting Queensland during these times will be most welcome to enter any of these events.  Contact Geoff Cooper 0417 754910 for further information.

Regards, Geoff. Cooper.

Musgrave Hill – Friday 20th Oct ’17

Musgrave Results lge

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Helensvale Pairs – Monday 9th Nov ’17

Helensvale scoreboard 9 Oct '17

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Pine Rivers Armed Pairs – Monday 28th Nov ’16


The Pine Rivers Club, and the Maroon Arm Bowlers, supported by sponsors Quoll Medical put on a great arm bowler’s pairs tournament last Monday (28th Nov. ’16). There were 26 teams in attendance, a very good turn up!

The pre-lunch game format was 15 ends of 3 bowl pairs commencing at 10am and the afternoon format was 15 ends of 2X4X2 commencing at 12.30pm. Both games were subject “to the bell”, which keeps things moving along, and ensures that all get to enjoy their beautiful BBQ lunch at the same time and at the right temperature.

John Ackfield, was the representative of Quoll Medical Pendants, and he was there to present the prize-money to all winners, as below:

Best first game winners with a +15 were W. Banner and A. Pou.

Best second winners with a +16 were D. Bristow and A. Hunter.

Runner’s up with a +4 & a +18 were S. Dunbar and J. McGahan.

Winner’s with a +20 & a +15 were C. Ingham and L. Hewish.

The old adage “you win some, you lose some” would be much appreciated by W. Banner and A. Pou whose winning margin in the first, was also their downfall in the second. A free day out however!

Well done to all competitors and organisers on the running of this very successful tournament.

Kawana Armed Pairs – Sunday 13th Nov ‘16

WOW! What a great day we had at Club Kawana on Sunday 13th November, for our annual Arm Bowlers pairs day. The competition was hot as was the weather, but no rain or storm to interrupt our games, thankfully.

Altogether we had a near capacity field of 26 teams, and many of these players travelled many kilometers to take part. We are finding that our Maroon Arm Bowling members are prepared to take the time to get to our events, as great times are experienced and we now have the Events and prize money, together with the opportunity to be selected and represent Queensland in the Annual National Tournament,  to encourage participation.

This augers well for the many players who are handicapped in some capacity,  to have our own events where everyone can compete hopefully without pain and suffering, and enjoy  the friendliness that is part of our members make up.

We had players from as far north as Mt Larcom, Bundaberg, Bargara and Hervey Bay, from Tweed Heads and the Gold Coast to the south, and Laidley and Dalby out west. Also, it was great to see players from various Brisbane clubs as well.

Thank you to all of you for taking the time to come to our event, and make it the great day that is was.

We look forward to seeing each of you at our various and increasing events at different locations throughout Queensland during the next 12 months, and for those who are unaware, there is usually at least one event each month, and it won’t be long before there are several monthly events as our member number increase, which it is rapidly doing.

The attached photos show our:

Winners for the day…………Geoff. Geary and Alain Menanteau from Mooloolaba, and

Runners Up……………… Karen and Garry Parker from Pialba (Hervey Bay)(Won on a count-back, with 1 more end won than Peter Tappenden, Mt. Larcom, and John McGahan, Dalby.)

Also shown is our major sponsor, Jason Currie from www. lawnbowls2you.com presenting the winners their money vouchers.

Club Kawana was our other major sponsor, and we thank them together with Jason for helping us to make this day possible.

We also thank Ray Malcolm from Club Kawana. Ray helped organise everything on the day, and we are grateful for his all-day effort helping to run things. Thank you Ray.

Other winners on the day were:

Highest margin, Game 1…… Lyn. Gilbert, Capalaba, and Frank Farrall, Belmont.  (Both Brisbane Clubs)

Highest margin, Game 2…… Geoff. Savill and George Truscott also from Pialba.

Here on the Sunshine Coast, we are looking for more Clubs to host an Arm Bowling event for our local arm bowlers. Contact Geoff. or Bill at Club Kawana, and we will help you to promote the event, as we have many arm bowlers in our district looking for competition against other arm bowlers. Next year we hope to have inter-district competitions as our membership grows Queensland wide.

Until next time,

Geoff. Cooper and Bill Roberts.



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P. S. Kawana is excited to announce the return of Ian ‘Shoey’ Schuback to Club Kawana. Shoey will be starting back at Club Kawana on Monday the 21st of November as Head Coach. He is wasting no time, announcing training days this morning.  Training for next week will be as follows;

Wednesday the 23rd 1-3pm Ladies Training

Wednesday the 23rd 3-5pm Men’s Training

Friday the 25th 5pm PREMIER LEAGUE TRAINING (For people who expressed interest in Premier League)

Musgrave Hill (the top club on the hill) Maroon Arm Bowlers Pairs 21 Oct ’16

Musgrave Hill held its 2nd Maroon Arm Bowlers event on Friday 21st Oct ’16 and it was again a resounding success.

$20 got you an “all you can eat” Asian or Aussie buffet lunch or a $12 venue voucher, if preferred, in the café.

The first Open Pairs game of 14 ends was played in the 2,4,2 format with the after lunch game a less grueling 14 ends of 3 bowl pairs.

Round 1 Winners were Tony Watson and Ross Knight.

Round 2 Winners were Heather Hodgson and Mick Thorne. (It was Heather’s first Arm Bowling event, so well done Heather! and congrats to Mick for backing up last years best game winner)

Runners up were Cheryl Hutchinson and Jim Merrick.

Outright Winners were John Amos and Geoff Geary.

Sponsors of the $550 event were Musgrave Hill Bowls Club and the Secretary/Manager was in attendance to handout the all-important prize money.

Congrats to all winners and competitors in making the day, one to remember.

Thanks Musgrave Hill for these results and photos.



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Mooloolaba Armed Bowlers Challenge Pairs 24 Sep ’16


Twenty-two teams of arm bowlers got together at Mooloolaba on the 24th of September. Half of them were locals or from neighbouring clubs, the other half travelled up to 300 plus kilometres to play for a cut of the $600 prize-money.
That is a bit like driving from Melbourne to Moama for a couple of games of bowls , so as you can imagine the Club was stoked with the support. Mooloolaba has two greens of carpet under a roof and they run fairly wide and fast so local knowledge was balanced by a practice session while teams registered and settled in.
After the group photo the first game of 18 ends of 3 bowl pairs got away on time and though one team wasn’t able to attend Barry Smith and Doug Carlos were on hand as spare players and were able to make the numbers even. Thank-you fellows . All teams were able to complete the game before lunch and the afternoon game of 2 hours of 15 x 2/4/2 pairs got started on time .
The clock beat a lot of us by a couple of ends but while the cards were being scored the 16 draws for the raffle got under way. Thanks to Bowlers Paradise, the Club, Carol , Gail ,Mary and the many others who donated. Jean McDougal sold the tickets for the Club and did a great job.
Sponsors were Mark Stringer from Helm Financial Services , Gillian Connors of Ucango Travel , Debra Crichton of My Hair Lounge and Steve from JERMYN property maintenance. A big vote of thanks to them all for their support and Debra and Steve were on hand to present the prizes.
Two game winners and the highest margin in the second game went to Garry Searle from Urangan and Rodger Goodrich from Broadbeach with a +19.
Runners up were two local bowlers Jack Burge and Eric Skellern who put together a +15 .
Third was presented to the highest margin in the second game from a loser in the first and Buderim member Alain Menanteau joined Urangan based Leon Dwyer for the money with a +11.
Fourth was for the high margin in the first game and Mooloolaba’s Richard Knopke and Geoff Geary were in the running there with +18.
Luck draw was won by two local Caloundra ladies Rena Williams and Irma Bashford who held their own against a couple of good men’s teams and scored a +1 and a +4 and enjoyed their first arm bowlers carnival and hopefully will be attending more in the near future.
Overall it was a very successful day and several new arm bowlers were interested in joining up.

(What a fabulous report from organizer Geoff Geary! Thanks Geoff -Ed.)

Winners Mooloolaba Roger & Garry ’16

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Bundaberg Ladies Open Triples 19 Jun ’16

The running of this event was tenuous for a time, as predicted rain and thunderstorms threatened its cancellation right up to decision time Saturday morning.  The brave and committed Bundaberg Ladies Committee failed to buckle on this news however, and gave the green light to continue with the event, their first endeavour at holding an Armed Bowlers Tournament. What a success it was, in putting Bundy on the Armed Bowlers itinerary, and promoting goodwill.

Alas the heavens did intervene though as Tournament Organizer Kay Ole stated “We had a great half day then the heavens opened, but I’m sure everyone enjoyed it.  We had positive feedback and as a result the Match Committee are very happy.”

Victorian, Ann Power of the City of Frankston Club was in the Winners Rink and provides this snapshot on play.

“The organizers and players at the tournament gave us a very warm welcome, and gave us the name of ‘the 3 Armigos (yes…yet another play on arms – ED.) from down south’.

We managed to get the first game played but after lunch we only played 1 end and the rain came down, the green was totally under water. Winners were chosen from the first game results. There were 12 teams in attendance, with about 5 or 6 hand bowlers.

A gentleman from Ipswich Maroons Club and also 3 bowlers from Urangan spoke regarding the upcoming Nationals at Broadbeach. A set of bowls is being raffled to raise money for Qld’s Armed Squad and will be drawn at the Nationals, I think.

The ladies in the kitchen served up lovely homemade soup, pumpkin, chicken & corn and vegie soup, followed by a selection of toasted sandwiches.

We had the best apple slices and home cooked goodies for afternoon tea.

It was a very well run event just a pity about the weather.

Next year they are thinking about changing the date for the event as there were so many other games being played in the area. It was a lovely day and we were made to feel very special.”

Rd 1 Winners (“Best first game” to others) were: Presented by from left in the photos, President Carol Marcinkus of the Bundaberg Ladies Bowling Club & Andrew Orr representing Q’ld Maroon Armed Bowlers to the winners Gloria Browning, R. Davey and Herb Smith all from Bundaberg.

Runners up Presented by Andrew Orr. (In black) He represented the Q’ld Maroon Armed Bowlers.   Runners up from left, Gail Karron from Urangan, Hilda Schmidt from Bundaberg, and Dave Mitchell from Bundaberg.

The Winners A snap of the “Three Armigos” from Victoria with the Match Committee. From left, Kay Ole, President Carol Marcinkus and Barbara Elworthy with the Winners: Ann Power, Bob Ormesher & John Cobden (all from City of Frankston).

Special Thanks to Kay Ole and Ann Power for photos and content.



The article from the August ’16 issue of “Queensland Bowler” is best viewed by going to the page link  http://issuu.com/queenslandbowler/docs/august_2016_-_issuu?e=3263897/37539583

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 tweedheadsbowlsshop@hotmail.com View their website for more details http://www.tweedheadsbowlsshop.com.au

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



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Helensvale Pairs Medley 17 Dec ’16
The overall winners with 3 games and 19 ends were Arthur Collins and Brian Newcombe.
Runners up were, Denis Bowers and Mick Thorne.

Best First Game was Ralph Hunt and Roger Goodridge. Best second game went to Graeme French and Roy Glover while best third game winners were Cheryl Hutchinson and Jim Merrick.

Pine Rivers Pairs 30 Nov ’15 – Results

Winners – Carol Azzopardi and Richard Knopke (skip)  Mooloolaba
Runner Up –  Cheryl Hutchinson and Jim Merrick (skip) Helensvale
Best 1st Game – Leigh Hewish and Col Kingham (skip) Urangan
Best 2nd Game – Ralph Hunt and Roger Goodridge (Skip) Paradise Point

Wil Roberts says “Special thanks to my partner Shirley Wilks of Pine Rivers for filling in at the last minute. She’s only had the bowling arm for 3 months and played like a champion”

MABA Pine Rivers winners Carol Azzopardi and Richard Knopke (skip) from Mooloolaba - Copy (2)

Kawana Pairs 22 Nov ’15 – Results

Kawana Bowls Club held their first Arm Bowlers Tournament on Sunday and hosted bowlers from Brisbane, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Laidley, Ipswich, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

Twenty teams competed for a share of the over $500 offered as prize money. After three and a half hours of bowling the team of Cheryl Hutchinson and Jim Merrick emerged as the overall winners with Arthur Collins and Roy Nuttall close behind.

Thanks to Club Kawana and Dicky Beach Meats for their generous sponsorship. Local raffle prizes donated by Club Kawana and Kawana Waters Hotel enabled $300 to be raised on the day for the Maroon Arm Bowlers

Winners – Cheryl Hutchinson & Jim Merrick
Runner-Up – Arthur Collins & Roy Nuttall
Best 1st Game – Tony Watson & Ross Knight (+15)
Best 2nd Game – Bill Roberts & John Amos (+17)
Raffle 1st prize – Tom Barns, 2nd prize – Julie Johnson

Click here for the “Sunshine Coast Daily” report from Ron Pattinson

(Photos from Wil Roberts and photographer Sid Thiesfield – I think they’ve sent me the whole field here…..but what the heck, they all deserve to be here.)



Musgrave Hill 23 Oct ’15 Medley Pairs

The Maroon Arm Bowlers conducted their first Arm Bowlers Pairs Medley at Musgrave Hill on the 23rd of October 2016. 26 teams competed over 3 games during the morning. Thanks to Musgrave Hill for their generous sponsorship.

Winner with 3 games + 9 shots – Frank Farrall & Graeme French
Runner-up with 3 games + 8 shots – Alan Pannett & David Johnson
Best 1st Game with + 7 Col Schmidt & Grahame Merrick
Best 2nd Game with + 16 Michael Franjic & Rifet Cooper
Best 3rd Game with + 24 Andrew Orr & Mick Thorne

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