Clovelly Womens Bowling Club

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Farewell Kylie, you will always be in our hearts

It is with great sorrow we inform you of the passing of our much beloved Kylie Hartley yesterday at her home. Her friendship and love has been a joy to us all, not only at Clovelly but to every club that has had the honour to have heard her laugh and enjoyed her smile.

Her illness was short but intense however she remained positive and uplifting throughout, which was her way. Her sweetness and humour made this awful journey easier for everyone which is a rare thing.

Her positive input at Womens’ Bowls NSW was an asset to the game. Her mother, Toni, is monumentally proud of her – as are we all. These amazing two women have made Lawn Bowls more accessible and enjoyable for hundreds of women throughout Sydney and beyond.

Their enthusiasm and dedication helped to make Moorefield Bowling Club a thriving, competitive club and helped introduce us to the amazing women from that area.

It’s hard to image the game without her however she has ensured that it will thrive into the future and we thank her for that. There will be holes in the air where you used to be. We love you Kylie, we thank you and we will never forget you.

From your friends at Clovelly and the Bowling community.

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Womens’ Club Pairs Champions!

Congratulations to our new Pairs Champions Gina O’Reilly and Carmel Sowden who won against Sharron Scarcella and Betty Skinner. It was a tight final that went nose to nose until the last few ends when Gina and Carmel stormed ahead and won.

The match was watched eagerly by a large crowd of supporters from the warmth of the Club on this blustery and chilly day. The mighty wind caused all players to have to reach into their banks of experience and expertise in order to make it to the jack instead of being short or in the ditch.

This session has been disrupted and interrupted by COVID19 and thus everyone enjoyed finally relaxing with each other (at a safe distance) and watching an exciting match! Well done to all!Womans' Pairs Champs 23Aug20e

Sharron Scarcella, Betty Skinner, Carmel Sowden and Gina O’Reilly.

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Womens’ Singles Major Winner!

On Tuesday 23rd June Gina O’Reilly played Kimberley Freed in the final of the Clovelly WBC Major Singles and won after a wonderful 25 ends! It was a cold and windy day but that didn’t disrupt the bowling. The final score was 25/18. Sandra Starrett was an excellent marker and everyone was tired but thrilled with the result!

Well done Champion Gina!

Major Singles Winner Gina (Medium)


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2019 Champion Results

President: Betty Skinner
Secretary: Sue Snape

Major Singles
Winner: Carmel Sowden
Runner Up: Barb Bahagiar

Minor Singles
Winner: Dianna Lovegrove
Runner Up: Maria Ryan

Club Pairs
Winners: Lead, Sandra Starrett, Skip, Sue Snape

Club Triples
Winners: Lead, Maria Ryan, 2nd, Joan Atkins, Skip, Betty Skinner

Winner: Louise Baldwin
Runner Up: Betty Skinner

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Womens’ Pairs finalist 2019

Sandra Starrett and Sue Snape won 17-11 on the new slower green which had them thinking for a while. The conditions were hard with lots of smoke haze affecting eyes and throats. Carmel Sowden and Gina O’Reily started strongly¬† 7-1 up after 6 ends but Sandra and Sue came back and finished on top in a tough hard fought game. A great contest all round!

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Sue, Sandra, Carmel and Gina.

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Bendigo Bank Club Open Singles Sucess!

It is a rare thing to survive to the final of the Clovelly Club Open Singles competition. To work your way up through six games is a huge feat! It was with utter pride and admiration that we gathered to watch our own Carmel Sowden fight it out for top place on Sunday 24th November. The match was against Rick Roper, a highly awarded player and we all knew it would be a nail-biter.

For two hours the pair positioned their bowls by the jack – with their opponent sneaking in and getting just a little bit closer. Point by painful point was fought over in one of the best games ever seen at our club.

Ultimately Rick won the honour of champ but in our eyes, our beautiful Carmel will always be number one! Well done to both of them and thank you Bendigo Bank and their representative, Karen Tayor, for 18 years of sponsorship of the competition.

The Presentation Day followed the match and after a delicious lunch the Men’s competition winners were awarded their trophies. It was an uplifting day full of laughter and friendship!

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Above: Karen Taylor of Bendigo Bank presents the winner and runners up prizes.

Below: Presentation Day awards and fun!