Clovelly Womens Bowling Club

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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!

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Seaside Carnival 2019

Our wonderful, washed out 50th Seaside Carnival was a happy day full of quiz games, a roast raffle, the Grid, a magnificent lunch and the best looking Charity table yet! We presented our sponsor, Sydney Credit Union (SCU)’s Glen Warner, BDM, with a Certificate of Appreciation for their wonderful support for over thirty years. We also presented our charity, the Deaf and Blind Children, with a cheque to support their meaningful and caring work.

The rain was almost cyclonic and not a lawn bowl was to be seen, but the sound of laughter and happy chatter made the day a huge success! The friendships we have formed and the wonderful sense of belonging is such a vital part of our sport and we should all be thankful for one another! Thank you to all our friends from our District clubs and beyond who battled the weather to join in!


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2019 Major Singles Winner!

Our new club champ is Carmel Sowden who played Barbara Buhagiar in her first Singles final (without a doubt a future champion!) in an extremely tight match on Sunday 24th March in very hot conditions. The game, which included one Dead End, was a constant battle for the front and just when it looked like Barbara may have the advantage Carmel’s focus, determination and persistence earned her the win. Well done to Carmel who has scored her second Championship in 3 years and we wish her luck as she heads to the Champion of Champion competition once again! The game was expertly marked by our wonderful Sandra Starrett who did a fantastic job as always! The final score was 18-25. Congratulations to both the winner and the runner up – it was a marvelous spectacle!




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Taylor Bowls – our coaching heroes!!!

In response to our growing number of new members, several of our top players trained to become certified Coaches! Training sessions are now being run at the club (for free if you are interested!) This has been fantastic and extremely enjoyable for everyone including seasoned bowlers.

The icing on the cake has been Taylor Bowls stepping up and kindly donating 5 sets of bowls in different sizes to the club for newbies to practice with! What an awfully kind thing to do! Below is an open letter from Coach Gina O’Reilly to Taylor Bowls and new members:

Coaching clinic bowls donation by Taylor’s Bowls Australia.

I would like to thank Adam Hateley from Taylor’s Bowls Direct Australia
for his generous donation of Taylor’s bowls for my coaching clinic at Clovelly Bowling Club.

Coaching new lawn bowlers and seasoned bowlers with the correct size of bowls and newer line helps students achieve confidence and enthusiasm!

Coaches can be contacted through Clovelly bowling club on Ph 9665 1507

Gina O’Reilly
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Student Sandra with Gina proudly showing off some of the Taylor Bowls!