Without Bias – 31/5: Neil Dalrymple & Rebecca van Asch [LISTEN]

Without Bias – 31/5: Neil Dalrymple & Rebecca van Asch [LISTEN]

The latest episode of Bowls Australia’s (BA) weekly SEN 1116 radio program ‘Without Bias’ is now available. 

Host Jack Heverin is joined by BA CEO Neil Dalrymple, who discusses the sport’s recent educational focus across the country, with a number of forums taking place in club-land.

Also on the program is two-time Commonwealth Games gold medalist and Bowls Tasmania CEO Rebecca van Asch, who reflects on her glorious Gold Coast Games campaign and looks ahead to both the 2018 Australian Open and subsequent Jackaroos tour of the UK. 

Listen to the show here

Without Bias airs on 1116 SEN every Tuesday night from 8.30pm, with interstate audiences encouraged to listen live via the 1116 SEN app for iOS and Android, or via the podcast of the program after each episode’s conclusion. 

May 31, 2018 / by / in
Therese Hastings joins Bowls Australia National Selectors

Bowls Australia (BA) is delighted to announce recent inductee to the West Australian Bowls Hall of Fame Therese Hastings as a new National Selector.

Hastings, a name that needs no introduction in West Australian bowls, replaces the outgoing Beth Quinlan, who stood down from the position after three years and eight months in the role.

A former decorated state and national bowler, Hastings has also been a WA Coach and Board Member, National Training Centre (NTC) coach and Perth Suns mentor, having extensive experience in coaching and nurturing young talent. 

With 187 appearances for West Australia, multiple state, and national titles to her name including three Australian Opens, Hastings enjoyed a remarkable playing career. 

In further news, Kelvin Kerkow OAM and Dave Stockham have also been reappointed in their National Selector roles, with National Coach Steve Glasson OAM to chair the committee. 

The term of the trio’s appointments will begin from Friday, June 8, 2018, and will run through until Friday, June 12, 2020, during which time they will oversee squads for events like the 2020 World Bowls Championships, as well as other touring events. 

Bowls Australia would like to congratulate Kelvin and David on their re-appointments, welcome Therese to her new role, and thank Beth for her tireless service over the past four years.

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BPL Cup continues to ramp up

BPL Cup matches were played across three states last weekend with three more qualifiers progressing to the next stage, including last year’s National Champions who scraped through.  
In the Victoria and the Moama BC preliminary round, the team of Peter Hall, Matt Liverton, Troy Mansbridge and Melissa Roberts (Moama) won all of their three matches in straight sets to progress to the Regional Finals.  

In South Australia, Andrew Grant’s team (Naracoorte) defeated Janine Ciampa’s team (Mundulla) 7-4, 6-1 in the Naracoorte Final.  

While at Club Merrylands, it was an epic preliminary final with the team skipped by NZ representative Val Smith losing by the narrowest of margins to Neil Burkett’s team 5-3, 3-4, 0-1 in an all-Merrylands Final. 

Neil’s team that includes Michael Clarke and Shawn Thompson, were the inaugural winners of the BPL Cup in 2017.

There are seven more preliminary rounds of the BPL Cup this weekend, at Inverell East (NSW); Club Grandviews (NSW); Sebastopol (VIC); Colac (VIC); Bundoora RSL (VIC); Highton (VIC); Mt Lawley (WA) and Stirling (WA).  

Entries for all of these venues will close at midnight on Wednesday.

The BPL Cup is open to all Club teams of any gender in a test to see who can be the best Club team in this short, action-packed format.  

The winners of each BPL Cup State/Territory Final will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Club Pine Rivers for the National Finals which will be televised on Fox Sports around the country.

There are more preliminary rounds being played in every state and territory until mid-August.  To find a venue near you, or for more details, refer to the BPL Cup webpage at www.bowls.com.au/events/bpl-cup

May 30, 2018 / by / in
Mitcham reap rewards from Jack Attack and community investment

It’s the age-old question, how do you attract more people to your club and then turn them into ongoing bowling members?

It’s a tough challenge for most club administrators and an issue that attracts much debate, especially in today’s trends of sports consumption, where most newcomers to the sport of bowls are more inclined to socially bowl than become an invested member.

This along with the concern of losing current members at a greater rate than new arrivals into the club, Mitcham Bowling Club head coach Stephen Milstead sought a positive way forward. 

Stephen reported that close to 10 members had moved on from the previous season, so something had to happen to replenish the stocks.

Having been involved with the Melbourne Roys and Fitzroy Victoria BC in the first year of the Bowls Premier League (BPL) at Pine Rivers, Stephen was aware of the Jack Attack program which is a fun, social and some-what competitive modification to the sport.

He subsequently ordered and paid for the Jack Attack program online and then went about convincing the club this was the way forward.

Stephen then recruited a core group of four members who together held a shared passion and knew this was the start of an important evolution towards the future development of the club. 

Identifying their target audience (neighbours, work colleagues, families, local businesses), they rolled out a plan to muster up teams of three people.

All club members were assigned the task of recruiting teams through their networks and by the time January 24, 2018, arrived, they had two full greens committed with 24 registered teams ready to play over four weeks each Wednesday night.

Existing club members all pitched in making the process of running each night not so cumbersome on the same four people.

Prior to the first Wednesday night, Stephen offered an introductory coaching evening for those who hadn’t bowled before allowing those people to be better prepared once the four-week triples competition commenced. 

This proved to be a masterstroke as the participants then felt much more comfortable and even turned up earlier to the 6.30pm start to practice. 

Such was the popularity of the first four weeks, the club offered a second four week season with a further 24 teams coming on board just to try out the much talked about Jack Attack program. Some signed up for a second crack at the major prize.

The club used Team App to better assist in communicating with the players. 

This had a ladder and results section, resulting in an amazing hit rate and no doubt lifting the overall profile of the program.

So with some 48 teams and 100 plus people competing, the challenge for Mitcham was to convert these into regular bowlers, and ultimately, club members.

Fortunately, Mitcham came up with the idea to conduct a two-week series, entitled the ‘Masters and Apprentices’, matching 28 Jack Attackers (who showed considerable raw talent along with having expressed an interest in going further with bowls) and 28 club members allowing for better integration into the club. 

The club secured sponsorship for this event and along with prize money, offered a terrific perpetual and winners trophies.

Apart from the 10 plus new members already signed, increased finances, more sponsors, better community engagement and a recently announced $3000 Vic Health Active Club grant to purchase much needed small colourful bowls for the ladies and younger participants, the main success has been the injection of some fresh air within the club. 

There is now a wave of expectation around the club that they can grow and move forward with a much brighter future as the club now has a community-minded vision.

Contribution by Paul Holtschke – Regional Bowls Manager (Metropolitan Melbourne/Geelong)

May 30, 2018 / by / in
Three Victorian stalwarts honoured with respective district Life Membership

Three of Victoria’s bowling stalwarts have been honoured for their contribution to the sport in their area with Life Membership of their respective districts. 

Gwen Campbell

At the recent Northern Districts Bowls Division (NDBD) Annual General Meeting, President Jean Fairchild presented Campbell with Life Membership of the Division.

Gwen has been a stalwart of bowls in the area for many years going back well before unification in 2011.

Having first joined the then NDLBA Committee as part of the then VLBA, Gwen still plays a vital role in bowls, now being a member of the NDBD Match Committee.

President Jean heaped praise on the work done by Gwen over the years and acknowledged a well-deserved award.


– Executive Committee 1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-89
– Delegate 1988-89
– Scribe 1984-85, 1991 – 2011
– Match Committee 1994-95, 1995-96
– Umpire Helper to Betty Bannam 1996- 2011
– Became an Umpire 1993
– Country Carnival 2005-06
– Coach 2000
– President 2002-03, 2003-04
– Pennant Recorder 2005 – 2011


– Midweek Pennant Recorder 2012-2014
– Midweek Match Committee 2016-present
– As well as participating and winning many events, both club, state, regional and championship week

Furthermore, at the recent Annual General Meeting of the Western Districts Bowls Division (WDBD) in Western Victoria, two long-serving members were granted Life Membership for their services to the Division, as well as to the sport as a collective.

Graeme Kershaw

Graeme was Secretary of the Port Fairy Bowls Club for many years and has been Secretary/Treasurer of the WDBD since it was formed in 2011.

Graeme has conducted many roles for WDBD, including:

– Saturday Pennant coordination, Match Draws & Publication of Fixture books
– Record keeping of all pennant results for Saturday pennant and in recent years, also for mid-week pennant. 
– Distribution of results/fixtures to clubs and email list recipients prior to their evening meal
– Overseeing of player transfers and pennant forfeits
– Management of Division Championships for Men and Women

Margaret Sumner

A recipient that requires little introduction, Margaret’s accolades already include:

– Order of Australia Medal
– Bowls Australia Hall of Fame member
– Life Member of her beloved Terang Bowls Club

Commencing bowls at a young age with her father, Margaret soon discovered that size 0 bowls were not for her. She graduated to her dad’s size 5 bowls and the rest, as they say, is history. 

Margaret represented Australia on 184 occasions and also had the distinction of representing Victoria on the same number of occasions.

She has plied her trade in many places around the world including Scotland, England, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and New Zealand, as well as in her home country.

Margaret was also President of the VLBA in 2003 – 2005 and joined the WDBD Board in 2011.

Since that time she has held many positions including Chairman, Director, Chair of Match Committee and Chair of Selection.

Contribution by John Emerson – Regional Bowls Manager (Western Victoria)

Image (from left) – Gwen Campbell, Graeme Kershaw & Margaret Sumner

May 30, 2018 / by / in