Ellen Ryan claims World Under-25 Indoor title

Ellen Ryan claims World Under-25 Indoor title

Cabramatta’s Ellen Ryan secured a unique slice of history over the weekend, becoming the first person to hold both world under-25 singles titles simultaneously.

The youngest member of the Australian Jackaroos team added the sport’s World Under-25 Indoor trophy to her already-secured World Under-25 Outdoor title.

Ryan, 19, defeated senior English international Martin Puckett in a tie-break shootout of the World Bowls Tour’s World Under-25 Matchplay singles event at Potters, England on Sunday morning local time, to become the first person to hold both indoor and outdoor titles concurrently.

The former Goulburn product has quickly amassed a scintillating resume over the past few years, having secured World Bowls’ World Junior Championships singles and mixed pairs titles last November on the Gold Coast, in addition to a gold and silver medal from the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa, and the sport’s most illustrious national title, the 2015 Australian Open women’s singles crown.

Ryan, who was the only female competitor in the event, had the early ascendancy in the final decider, winning the first set 10-7 but narrowly missed winning in straight sets late in the second.

With the score locked 6-all after 9 ends in the second set, and Puckett holding one shot, Ryan’s final effort of the end saw her take out one of her own bowls, resulting in Puckett collecting a three-count, to lead 9-6 going into the final end.

And while Ryan took one shot on the final end, Puckett claimed the set 9-7, as the contest went into a three-end tie-break.

Puckett drew first blood on the opening end as the final reached its climax, but he was pegged back in the second after his final bowl failed to make contact with the jack when he elected to drive.

That set up a dramatic one-end shootout to decide the title, in which Ryan held her nerve to seal the crown and etch her name in the history books.

“It was a great match and I had to play some difficult shots but I just loved it out there,” an elated Ryan said shortly after prevailing.

“Not sure how I am going to get the trophy home because it weighs so much but I am just over the moon to have won the event and title.”

Ryan was encouraged throughout the tournament by dual World Bowls Championships singles winner Karen Murphy, whom she regards as a mentor, and who reached the quarter-finals of the senior Women’s Matchplay event last week.

Ryan, who yesterday was re-named in the 16-player Australian Jackaroos Squad for 2017, is a grateful recipient of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF) scholarship program, which seeks to excite the next generation of Australians to achieve their potential in both sport and life.

In addition to direct funding support from SAHOF, Ryan’s title win was made possible by SAHOF’s major sponsor, Etihad Airways, who graciously donated the airfare so Ryan could travel to England.

Bowls Australia would like to thank Sport Australia Hall of Fame and Etihad Airways for their support of Ellen Ryan.

Caption: Australia’s Ellen Ryan shows off the World Under 25 matchplay singles trophy. Photo: David Rhys Jones.  

January 31, 2017 / by / in
Australian Jackaroos culled to just 16

The nation’s top-tier high-performance squad, the Australian Jackaroos, has been culled to just 16 players for the next 12 months.

The national selection panel, led by National Coach Steve Glasson, have reduced the Jackaroos contingent by six personnel, as the arduous task of naming of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games team draws nearer. 

Just one player has earned a spot in the squad from outside last year’s 22-strong team, with Cabramatta’s Corey Wedlock, 20, afforded a maiden berth in a bid to bolster the men’s contingent.

Despite his tender age, Wedlock has proven himself more than capable on the national and international circuit, having claimed back-to-back Hong Kong International Pairs titles the past two years and earlier this month secured New Zealand’s coveted Burnside Invitation pairs trophy.

The Cabramatta Bull Ants now supply the most amount of combatants for potential international duties, fielding four of the 16 players selected.

The Gold Coast’s Club Helensvale has previously held that honour for a long stretch, but have dropped down to just the two representatives for the next year, following the retirement of Mark Casey and omission of international stalwart Nathan Rice.

Also left out of the squad was 2015 Australian Open men’s singles champion Aaron Teys and recent Bowls Premier League winner Ben Twist, in addition to Dawn Hayman, Chloe Stewart and Max Kleinig.

Nine of the ten recent World Bowls Championships representatives were reselected, minus Casey, after claiming four gold, two silver and a bronze medal from eight disciplines, which ensured every player returned home with a silver or gold medallion around their neck.

Also chosen to continue their illustrious international careers was Lynsey Clarke, Kristina Kristic, Ellen Ryan, Ray Pearse, Wayne Ruediger and Scott Thulborn.

“The Australian Selectors opted to make some tough and decisive calls in relation to this squad formation,” Glasson said.

“In brief, the selectors wanted to make it very clear they wish to have the elite involved, those considered to have an ‘X Factor’ and only those willing to commit to being Jackaroo in every way imaginable. 

“Additionally, plenty of emphasis was placed on those who are winning events.

“Having said that, there will be scope to include up to a further four players from outside the Australian Jackaroos with an invitation to participate at the upcoming Multi-Nations event at Broadbeach in June, which is a lead-in tournament for the Commonwealth Games, so there is still hope for those not chosen today.

“I would like to acknowledge the service of the players not selected, there is certainly still hope for them to re-join the squad in the years to come.

“In particular I would like to thank Mark Casey, who has made himself unavailable for selection in order to focus on his role as Bowls Australia Events Manager and GOLDOC Competition Manager, for the outstanding manner in which he has represented his country over the past 13 years.”

Bowls Australia congratulate the 16-strong Australian Jackaroos team for 2017 and acknowledge the contribution of the seven former representatives.

Lynsey Clarke (33, Club Helensvale, QLD)
Kelsey Cottrell (26, St Johns Park, NSW)
Kristina Kristic (22, Manning Memorial, WA)
Carla Krizanic (26, Sunbury, VIC)
Karen Murphy (42, Cabramatta, NSW)
Ellen Ryan (19, Cabramatta, NSW)
Natasha Scott (26, Raymond Terrace, NSW)
Rebecca Van Asch (28, Invermay, TAS)

Barrie Lester (35, Mulgrave Country Club, VIC)
Ray Pearse (32, Cabramatta, NSW)
Wayne Ruediger (40, Grange, SA)
Aron Sherriff (31, Ettalong Memorial, NSW)
Scott Thulborn (32, Adelaide, SA)
Corey Wedlock (20, Cabramatta, NSW)
Brett Wilkie (42, Club Helensvale, QLD)
Aaron Wilson (25, Clayton, VIC)

Dawn Hayman (19, St Johns Park, NSW)
Chloe Stewart (21, Broadbeach, QLD)                                    
Nathan Rice (37, Club Helensvale, QLD) 
Max Kleinig (27, Holdfast Bay, SA)
Aaron Teys (23, Warilla, NSW)
Ben Twist (26, St Johns Park, NSW)
Mark Casey (Retired) (35, Club Helensvale, QLD)

January 30, 2017 / by / in
Eight people awarded OAM for service to bowls

Eight individuals were recognised yesterday, during the 2017 Australia Day honours, with the Medal of the Order of Australia for their contribution to the sport of bowls, or for their service to the community, which encompassed the sport in some way.

Among those bestowed the coveted medallion was Bowls Australia Board Member and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Wayne Turley.

Bowls Australia congratulates the following people on their OAM, and thank them for their tireless and ongoing support of bowls.

– Mr Wayne William Turley
– Mr Ian Lance Hatcher
– Mrs Barbara Claire Holden
– Mr Samuel Ronald Eyres
– Mr Athol David Graham
– Mrs Rosalind Sinclair Leigh
– Mrs Deirdre Yates Relph
– Mrs Esma Beryl Coombe

The Order of Australia recognises Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or meritorious service, with the Medal of the Order of Australia the fifth level of appointment in terms of seniority.

Nominations for the Medal of the Order of Australia are reviewed by the Council for the Order of Australia and then approved by the Governor-General

More than 1000 people were honoured in the General Division of the Order of Australia yesterday, with inductions into the Order occurring twice per year, on Australian Day and on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday in June.

Full biographies of the recipients who were recognised for their contribution to the sport of bowls can be found below.

Click here to view the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader article on Wayne Turley OAM.

Click here to see the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader article on Barbara Holden OAM.

Mr Wayne William TURLEY,
For service to lawn bowls.
Service includes:
Competitor, since 1988.
Has represented Australia 132 times in international competitions.
Has represented New South Wales 262 times in national competitions.
Recipient, New South Wales Bowler of the Year, Bowls Australia, 2006 and 2013.
Board Member, Bowls Australia, current.
Coach, Solargain Perth Suns Bowling Team, Australian Premier League, current and Member, Advisory Committee, Australian Premier League, current.
Bowls Coordinator, Taren Point Bowling Club, ongoing since 1999, and Life Member.
Awards and recognition includes:
Recipient, Gold Medal, Moama International, 2010.
Recipient, Silver Medal, Commonwealth Games Delhi, 2010. Recipient, Gold Medal, Asia-Pacific Championships, 2009. Recipient, Silver Medal, World Championships Christchurch, 2008. Recipient, Gold Medal, World Team Cup, 2007.
Recipient, Gold Medal, Asia Pacific Championships, 2007. Recipient, Gold Medal, Tri Nations competition, 2007.Recipient, Gold Medal, Commonwealth Games Melbourne, 2006.

Mr Ian Lance HATCHER,
For service to lawn bowls. Service includes:
Runner-up, Australian Fours, 1993. Winner, Fours Past Presidents, 1992. Quarter-finalist, Australian Singles, 1985
State Selector, 2004-2009. State Manager, 2006-2009.
Winner, Prestige Medley, 2008.
Winner, Prestige Medley, 2003.
Winner, Country Fours Champions, 2001-2002. Winner, State Fours Champions, 1995-1996. State Fours Champions, 1992-1993.
147 games for South Australia, 1983-2002.
Peninsula Championships, 9 victories.
Captain, Regional Round Robin Side, 1976-2015. Selector, Yorke Peninsula Region.
Coach, Yorke Peninsula Region, 15 years.
13-time Singles Champion and 12-time Pairs Champion, Moonta Memorial Park Bowling Club, 1975-2010.
President, Moonta Memorial Park Bowling Club, 1977-1979 and 1999-2001; Vice- President, 1974-1976 and 1996-1998; Accredited Umpire, 1999-2010; Club Coach, 1999-2010; Selector, ‘for many years’; Life Member, since 2004.
Tournament Director, Moonta Memorial Park International Test Series, 2011.

Mrs Barbara Claire HOLDEN
For service to lawn bowls. Service includes:
Finance Director, Women’s Bowls NSW, current; State Treasurer 2008-2012; Chair, Umpires Board, 1996-2000; National Umpire, 1986-2013.
Taren Point Delegate, Sutherland Shire Women’s Bowling Association, ‘for many years’; Inaugural Secretary, 1986-1994.Secretary, Taren Point Women’s Bowling Club, since 2006; President and Vice- President, 1991-1994; member, since 1988.

Mr Samuel Ronald EYRES,
For service to lawn bowls. Service includes:
Lawn Bowls:
Mt Gravatt Club (Brisbane): Umpire, 2012-2015.
Chairman’s Annual Award, 2015.
Gold Coast Tweed District Bowls Association:
Umpire, 2004-2011.
Member, Gold Coast District Umpires Panel, ‘for 10 years’. Umpire Coach.
Umpire, Tweed Heads Indoor Green.
Umpire, Twin Towns (Banora Point), New South Wales, 2001-2003.
Forster-Tuncurry Club, New South Wales: Umpire, 1991-2000.
Chair of Umpires, ‘for 5 years’.
Recipient, Club Certificate of Appreciation.
Coach and Umpire, Cairns Masonic Club, Queensland, 1989-1991. Umpire, The Hills (Sydney), 1984-1987.
Blackburn North Club, Victoria:Member, 1971-1984.Club Delegate to district meetings, ‘for 11 years’.Selection Panel Member, Club Pennant Team, ‘for 5 years’.

Mr Athol David GRAHAM
For service to the community of Benalla. Service includes:
Country Fire Authority Victoria:
Member, Benalla Rural Fire Brigade, since 1991. Member, Hurstbridge Rural Fire Brigade, 1956-1962. Assistant Chief Officer, Bendigo, 1979-1981.
Senior Instructor, Fiskville Training Centre, 1978-1981. Regional Officer, 1964-1979.
Trainee Regional Officer, 1962-1964.
Chairman, Benalla Bowls Club Inc, 2002-2014 and Committee Member, 1998-2014 and’ Life Member, since 2015.
Justice of the Peace, since 2005.
Member, Benalla Sub-Branch, The Returned and Services League of Australia, since 2005.
Volunteer, L2P Mentoring Young Drivers Program, Benalla Rural City, since 2013. Member, Miniature Steam Trains, Eddington, since 1982.
Volunteer, Maldon Steam Railways Castlemaine and Maldon Railway Preservation Society, 1983-2014 and Fireman and Driver, 1987-2012.Board Member, Cooinda Village Inc (Aged Care), 1998-2001.

Mrs Rosalind Sinclair LEIGH,
For service to the community through a range of organisations. Service includes:
President, Highton Ceres Branch, Cottage by the Sea, current; Member, since the 1960s and; Life Member.
Australian Red Cross:
President, Mount Moriac Branch, since 2010 (and has served in the position previously). Secretary, since 2013 and Member, since 1979.
Divisional Operation Officer, Barwon Division, since 2014.
Deputy Divisional Officer, 2010-2013.
Deputy Zone Chairman, since 2015.
Highton Bowls Club:
Ladies President, current.
Pennant Player and Umpire and assists with the schools bowls program, current. Member, since early 2000s.
Foundation Treasurer, Ceres Community Association and Committee Member, since early 1980s.
Catering Organiser, Theatre of the Winged Unicorn, since 1990s.
Uniting Church in Australia:
Church Elder, Congregations of Moriac, Barrabool and Ceres, current. Member, Property Board.
Member, Parish Council.
Member, Presbytery Committee.
Member, Ministerial Calling Committee.
Member, Ladies Guild.
Involved with religious education in schools.
Life Member, Barwon Valley Pony Club, since 1992 and Camp Canteen Manager, 1980s- 2011 and Committee Member.
Chairman and Member, Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship. Leader Brownie Pack, St Andrews and Shannon Park, Girl Guides Australia. Member, Parents Committee, Ceres Primary School.
Board Member, St Luke’s Kindergarten and Member, Parent’s Committee.
Royal Geelong Agricultural and Pastoral Society: Member, since the 1970s
Steward, Homecraft Committee, current.
Member, Vox Box Ceres Community Choir, current.
Member, Inner Wheel Club, Rotary International, current.
Member, Parents and Friends Association Committee, Geelong College.Committee Member, The Hermitage Old Girls Association, Geelong Grammar School, since the 1960s and has served as President and Secretary.

Mrs Deirdre Yates RELPH, 
For service to the community of Maffra. Service includes:
Member, Maffra Branch, Cancer Council of Victoria, since 1985 and Unit Leader, ‘for 25 years’.
Member, Oncology Ward Fundraising Committee, Central Gippsland Hospital, 2014.
Committee Member, Gippsland Grammar Foundation, 1985-2005.
Advisory Committee Member, Esso BHP Biliton Wellington Entertainment Centre, since 2003.
Member, Board of Directors, Maffra Community Sports Club, since 1996.
President, North Gippsland Bowls Division, Bowls Victoria, since 2014.
President, North Gippsland District Ladies Bowls Association, 2010-2011 and 2002-2005.
Chair, Maffra Ladies Bowls Club, 1995-1996 and since 2015. Board of Management, Maffra Bowls Club, 1999-2000.
President, Maffra Ladies Probus Club, 1991-1992 and 2001-2002. President, Gippsland Bowls Region, 2014-2016.

Mrs Esma Beryl COOMBE
For service to veterans and their families. Service includes
Returned and Services League of Tasmania:
Secretary/Treasurer, Glenorchy Sub-Branch, circa 2001.
President, Glenorchy Sub-Branch, 1990-1991 and 1997.
Vice-President, Women’s Auxiliary, Southern Division, 1979-1980 and 1983 and 1994- 1996.
State President, Tasmanian State Women’s Auxiliary Executive Committee, 1988- 1991.
State Secretary, Tasmanian State Women’s Auxiliary Executive Committee, 1986- 1988.
Executive and Vice-President, RSL Life Members of Tasmania, 1997- 2001.
Member, since 1968.
President, Northern Suburbs Widows Guild, Hobart Legacy, 2011-2013 and Vice- President, 2009.
Founding Member, Glenorchy RSL Bowls Club.
Honorary Secretary, Ileostomy and Colostomy Association (Tasmanian Division), 1974-1985.
Awards and recognition includes:Recipient, Certificate of Merit and Gold Badge, The Returned and Services League of Tasmania, 1984.Recipient, Life Membership, Women’s Auxiliary, The Returned and Services League of Tasmania, 1991.

January 27, 2017 / by / in
Celebrating a former Australian representative on Australia Day

This Australia Day, Bowls Australia would like to celebrate the wonderful achievements of Ray Laycock, a former Australian representative who was inducted as a Life Member of the Creswick Bowling Club in Victoria’s Ballarat in 1985. 

Ray Laycock is the greatest achiever the Creswick Bowling Club has produced and after joining the club back in 1956, he went on to represent his club, region, state and country with distinction. 

Ray has spent much of his career giving back to the sport in the capacity of Coaching, Selecting, as Club President and long standing Committee Member. 

In celebration of a great career the Creswick Bowling Club have put together a comprehensive list of achievements of such a legend of our sport and indeed a proud Ballarat local. 

Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh 1986:

Ray skipped Australia to ninth position, alongside Bryce Stewart, Michael Hill and Peter Sandelic; playing 12 matches against England, Scotland, Wales, New Zealand, Canada, Guernsey, Northern Ireland, Botswana, Hong Kong, Fiji, Jersey and Malawi.

National and State record:

Equal third Australian Pairs Championship, Melbourne 1988.
Royal Victorian Bowls Association (R.V.B.A.) record: Ray played for Victoria in 188 interstate representative games from 1969 -1987
He skipped for Victoria on 148 occasions. 
In 1990 Ray won the Victorian Country Pairs and also the Victorian State Pairs Championships.
Ray has been a Victorian State Selector since 1994
Ray Coached the Victorian team since the year 2000

Ballarat record:

Ballarat Sportsman of the Year finalist – 1972, 1975, 1987.
Winner of Hollioke Medal in 1986
Champion of Champions – 1966/67
Pairs Champion – 1975/1976, 1977/1978 and 1989/1990
Singles Champion in 1985
Fours Champion in 1982 & 1996
Ray has represented BRBA in the Provincial Championships against the Bendigo, Geelong and Wimmera Bowls Associations every year since 1960.
Selector with the BRBA since 1969 and currently holds that position.
Represented the BRBA with the Group One Side in the Victorian Group Sides Championships, as a Skipper on 24 occasions since 1971.

Creswick Bowling Club:

Club Champion 9 times; 1966/67, 1975/76, 1980/81, 1983/84, 1984/85, 1987/88, 1988/89 and 1991/92.
Club President: 1967-1968
Committee Member every year since 1958.
Selector from 1960 -2002/2003
Coach since 1979.
In 1987-1988 the original grass green (now synthetic) was named “The Ray Laycock Green” in honour of Ray ‘s selection for the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.
Ray took over as the Green caretaker in 1987 and progressively assumed the role of Greenkeeper until 1996.

Other Achievements:

Creswick Sportsman of the Year -5 times; 1968,1971, 1975, 1979 & 1987.
HSV7 World of Sport: – Winner of “Drive to Jack” 3 times 1978, 1979 & 1981.
Represented Victoria at the Australian and New Zealand Railways Institute Lawn Bowls Championships in Brisbane 1966; Canberra 1968 and Hobart 1970.
Won the Pairs Championship in Brisbane in 1966.

Congratulations to Ray Laycock of the Creswick Bowling Club and Happy Australia Day to all. 

January 26, 2017 / 1 Comment / by / in
An inspiration at 92

Invermay Bowling Club’s Audrey Kuchel, who turned 92 in January, has never let growing old stop her as reported by Bowls Victoria’s Guy Hand.

She has been bowling at the Ballarat-based club for 20 years and is presently a member of 

Invermay’s Division 4 Midweek Pennant team, playing second.  

Audrey started playing indoor bowls in 1993 and when Invermay got their synthetic green a year later, Audrey commenced playing pennant. She was a member of the Division 5 premiership team in 2004-2005.   

Audrey has been a loyal and hardworking member of Invermay and her fellow members admire her energy and attitude to life.  

As one lady said: “You have to make an appointment to see her as she is never home”.

Growing up in South Australia, she moved with her family to Victoria during the war years.

She has been living in Ballarat for the past 60 years. 

Since being widowed 24 years ago, Audrey said the Bowling Club has been her saviour as she has made so many friends with fellow bowlers.  

She is a mother to five children, 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

She says: “There is always a birthday party to go to.”

It would be hard to find a more active 90+ year old, Audrey loves reading, gardening, bus trips, bingo, knitting and is a member of the Actives group; it is easy to see why she is never home. 

Caption- Regional Bowls Manager John Emerson meets the inspirational Audrey Kuchel during his visit to the Invermay Bowling Club. 

January 25, 2017 / by / in