Clovelly Womens Bowling Club

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Eastern Suburbs District Womens Open Fours WINNERS!

On Wednesday 12th May 2021 our Clovelly girls Sandra Starret, Judith Staunton, Sue Snape and Gina OReilly (skip) won the ESD Open Fours . A great game was played against the Randwick team consisting of Pam Keir, Jill Cash, Steph Cavangha and Jan Kos (skip). All the women played with exceptional skills and a great game attitude which made the match thoroughly enjoyable.
The Senior Fours was won by Double Bay against South Coogee and was another excellent game.
Congratulations to all the girls who played through the two days of competition.

Sandra, Susie, Sue and Gina

Clovelly and Randwick

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Our Newest Life Member

It was with great pleasure, love and pride that two of our most beloved members received Life Memberships. During the Clovelly WBC AGM it was unanimously voted to make our President Betty Skinner a Life Member.

Nomination for Betty Skinner
We would like to propose Betty Skinner as a life member of Clovelly Women’s Bowling Club.
Betty has been an affiliated bowler for 15 years, all of that time at Clovelly.
She has represented our club with pride and dignity, at Pennant and District /State level. She has been a selected player for Eastern Suburbs District in Regional events. Betty is a respected member of our larger bowling community.
More importantly, Betty’s contribution to Clovelly Women’s bowling club has been nothing short of incredible.
Her generosity of spirit within the club is well known and she is much loved and respected by all.
As President for numerous years she has been counselor, welfare officer, taxi driver and friend to so many of our members.
Betty has worked tirelessly to ensure that the women’s club at Clovelly has not only a competitive presence, but is also a club that has a caring and inclusive environment for all.
Betty is an admirable and worthy person who totally deserves the honour of life membership.
Sue Snape,
Treasurer Clovelly WBC

Betty Skinner being awarded her Life Membership badge by Sue Snape.

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Grade 1 Pennants Game 3

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2nd April 2019

On the gorgeous Double Bay Bowling Club greens where the world disappears and you feel enveloped in a glorious jungle, the third match of the Grade 1 Pennants teams took place after two cancellations due to rain. Previously we had lost the first match and then lost second match by only one point. Today we drew! What an epic battle it was! With several die hard supporters from Clovelly to goad us on, we ignored the intermittent rain and did our best but just couldn’t outdo our worthy opponents who have dominated the Grade 1 ranks for quite a while.

Well done Double Bay! We wanted to beat you but will always love you!

Photograph with thanks to Pamela Stein.

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ESDWBA Grade 2 Pennants team winners!

2018 Grade 2 Pannants Team (Large)Clovelly WBC had a close win against Randwick WBC to take out the 2018 Grade 2 Pennant Flag.

It was a short season with only 2 two teams playing in Grade 2 but both teams showed great enthusiasm.

Clovelly team consisted of: Joan Atkins, Donna Pyne, Heather Steinmetz and Maxine Stokes, Julie Wright, Sandra Starrett, Sue Snape and Gina O’Reilly.

Well done girls!

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District Triples Runners Up!

Well done to our District Triples teams who played in an extremely tough competition this year. All teams did a fantastic job and one team made it to the finals where they finally met their match and came in Runners Up.

Well done to all players for representing our wonderful club and making us very proud!

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Ettalong Champion of Champions

Our wonderful Carmel Sowden traveled up to play in the Ettalong Champion of Champions.

Carmel writes:

“It was an amazing game – my opponent from Cowra and I tagged each other throughout the game and I eventually had the lead with a score of 23-22 and then, would you believe, she won 25-23! Amazing!

Even the marker said it was the game on the green and she found it hard not to applaud each of our shots. I was so happy with the bowls I played just got unlucky at the end!

God love Margaret and Terry for coming up and supporting as usual, we would be lost without those two!”

Carmel played like a champ and we are very proud of her performance!

Australian Bowls Open Gold Coast Qld June 2017

Gina O’Reilly of Clovelly WBC and  Mel Beimeman – ex-Clovelly WBC now Broadbeach BC – entered their first Australian Open and had an amazing experience playing and watching some of the most skilled players in the world.

The tournament started with the singles. Both Mel and Gina were up against three very talented players but held their own in each game and played extremely well only going down by a few shots in each match.

Then it started to rain – Gina thinks the rain followed her from Sydney just to annoy her!

The pairs started well, the first game was against the lovely ladies from South Africa.  Mel and Gina were ahead for most of the match only going down by 2 in the last end (both the ladies from SA are members of the SA Commonwealth Games team.) 

The rain really played on the next two matches making it barely impossible to deliver the bowl, it was who ever had the strongest arm won the match and sadly it was not Gina and Mel. 

Gina writes: We watched one of the best games of the tournament, the Women’s Fours, Skipped by Karen Murphy and Chloe Stewart. If you get a chance watch it on the BA website LinkWould I play again in the Open, only if I had a long range weather report with an all clear fair weather forecast!”

The Clovelly WBC are so proud of Gina and Mel for their amazing efforts! Margret and Terry Ireland went up to cheer our girls on in Brisbane but we all would have loved to have been there with them!

Gina and Mel at Australian Bowls Open (Large)Melonie Bienemann, Margaret Ireland and Gina O’Reilly

District Pairs 2017

2017 District Pairs Final (Large)

Gina O’Reilly and Sharon Scarcella came in Runners Up in the District Pairs Final played at Clovelly in June 2017. Playing a team from Matraville, the game was an exciting end to the competition for the year. Congratulations Matraville and well done to our players for an amazing season!

Dress Code

All Club and District Executive coloured uniforms require approval from the State Association – to be submitted with photo and details of colour, design and name of manufacturer to Women’s Bowls NSWcuniform committee.Womens Bowls NSW

Clovelly WBC Club Pairs Final 2017

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After a gripping season the final of the Womens’ Club Pairs were played today, 30th May 2017, in a tense and exciting match between Betty Skinner (Skip) and Lyn Davis against Jeanette Napper (Skip) and Diane Barrie. Both teams played with concentration and determination with the eventual winnes being Betty and Lyn with a score of 19 to 14.

Well done ladies!!!

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NSW State Carnival in Illawarra

On the 22nd May four of our brave lady bowlers from Clovelly Womens’ Bowling Club ventured into the unknown territory of the NSW State Carnival in Illawarra.

Gina O’Reilly (skip), Betty Skinner, Sharon Scarcella, Lyn Davis were all first timers and were eager to play their best! To their surprise (but not ours) they shined!  

Gina reports:

On Monday we made our way to Albion Park where we won our first two games and were pleasently surprised by how we played. We were thrilled when we also won the Best Match Score for the day and received a money prize!

We regrouped for Tuesday in Oak Flats and again won our two games.

On Wednesday in Windang the pressure was on and we need to win both games to take out the section. We won the first game and were positive for the 6th game but all good things come to an end and we were out-played by a better team on the day.

As there were no six game winners in our section we were in with a chance with five wins but lost out on a count back. We surprised ourselves with the way we played and each team member stepped up to perform when needed. We met some great ladies and had some terrific matches.

Well done ClovellyWBC!

Earlwood Bardwell Park BC Annual Charity Day

The Earlwood Bardwell Park BC’s Annual Charity Day is an exciting yearly competition and a well organised and thoroughly fun day.  Four teams from our club traveled to Bardwell Park on Monday 1st May to join in.

In glorious sunshine our teams played their hearts out in traditional Clovelly WBC fashion. One team, comprising Gina O’Reilly (skip), Betty Skinner and Maxine Stokes won the overall tournament! Another of our teams comprising Sharon Scarcella (skip), Lyn Davis and Jeannette Napper came third!

The highlight of the day was the cake raffle in which our very own Margaret Ireland won four delicious cakes which were shared at morning tea the next day at the Club.

What a great day! Thank you to Earlwood Bardwell Park BC for such a wonderful time and well done all the ladies who played!

2017 Womens’ Major Singles Winner


On Sunday 23rd April Carmel Sowden and Sharon Scarcella played in the stunning sunshine to decide the winner of the Womens’ Major Singles for 2017. It was a fabulous and entertaining game with Carmel the ultimate winner! Congratulations to our wonderful finalists!

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2017 Seaside Carnival

On sunny Monday the 10th April we held our annual Seaside Carnival. What a fantastic time we had with all our friends from our district and beyond! Thank you to everyone for visiting our club and enjoying a wonderful social game!