Big day of bowling

By Southern Riverina News


It was a big day on Saturday for the Berrigan Community Bowls Club with its 2020/21 season open day, its 2020 annual general meeting and its much-delayed 2019/20 presentation all held.

A group of 34 bowlers, including some new faces, turned up for the season open day.

The day included the ceremonial first kitty and bowl from the reigning ladies and men’s club champions.

Results from play on the day saw the team of Beth Bashford, Roy Edwards, Neville Burke and Kura Goldsmith, with a cameo from Barry Hutchinson, finish as winners.

The annual general meeting saw the existing bowls executive returned to office – Garry Seamer as president, Elaine Hawkins as vice president and Graeme Parr as secretary.

Along with an active bowls committee, the 2020/21 season looks to be a positive one for the club – COVID-19 permitting.

The highlight of the 2019/20 presentation evening was coach Geoff Blake’s special awards with Beth Bashford, Myles Humphries and David Fox all recognised for their hard work and improvement last season.

Other awards on the evening were:

Bernard Curtin Trophy (presented by Marianne Whelan) - Ross Turley, r/u David Woodward.

Betty Cobb Trophy - Rick Bradbury, r/u Garry Seamer.

Open 100-up - Laurie Way, r/u Paul Glanvill.

Men’s Pairs - David Reynoldson and Peter Blake, r/u Neville Burke and Graeme Clements.

Ladies Pairs - Clare Harvey and Kura Goldsmith, r/u Rachel Head and Mary Curtin.

Ladies Singles - Rachel Head, r/u Mary Curtin.

Men’s Singles - Paul Glanvill, r/u Laurie Way.

Club Person of the Year - Matt Hansen.

Unfortunately poor weather saw the cancellation of Sunday’s Holy Shield round at Oaklands which will be rescheduled to later in the month.

This Sunday, the Holy Shield will be played at Finley.

The Club is hosting a ladies trade day today with 14 teams participating.

This is part of a series of trade days to be played among the NSW clubs until the border restrictions are eased.


The COVID Ladies Trade started last Wednesday, September 9.

This event has been organised as a response to the Coronavirus pandemic and the cancellation of the normal Ladies Trade Day.

The COVID Ladies Trade Day is a short competition comprised of six regional clubs on the northern side of the Murray.

The first day of the event saw 14 teams participate in an afternoon of two-bowl triples.

The winning team was Gail Bourke, Anne Morrison and Trish Small from Tocumwal.

Runners-up were Carol Wigg, Elaine Blizzard (Barooga) and Sheila Kufna (Tocumwal) with Sue Wilson, Lois Bird and Ellen Williamson third.

Another beautiful spring day presented itself for Thursday’s Pairs last week.

Tocumwal dominated the winning places this week with Roger Carter and Dave Hansen finishing ahead of fellow locals Col Farrar and Roy Taylor.

Best first game winners were John Sullivan and John Bruce from Barooga and best second game winners were Dennis McGary and Rod Werner from Mathoura.

All Saturday winter social bowls placegetters this week won all three games.

Winners for the day were John Wilson, Barbara Clarke and Sharyn Pisani.

Runners-up were Pat Morrison, Ross Job and Alan Jones, closely followed by Leigh Hansen, Beryl McFarlane and Donna Carter.

Saturday winter social bowls has been extended to the end of September. The Jackpot is not yet claimed and continues to grow.

Saturday Winter Social Bowls has been extended to the end of September.

The jackpot is not yet claimed and continues to grow. Winter social bowls is played every Saturday starting at 12.30pm for a 1pm start.

Interested players are welcome. Names to be entered prior to noon on the day of play.

Bowls can be provided. Flat shoes required.

The first official event for the season started on Monday, September 14.

Both bowls greens were in full swing for round one of the Men’s 100 Up and round one of the Ladies 100 Up board event.

Have you registered your team yet for Barefoot Bowls, starting on Monday, September 21?

Times are 5.45pm for a 6.30pm start with a $15 entry fee including raffle tickets.

A barbecue and salad dinner will be provided.

Bowls are available at the club. Flat shoes required.

Register your team of three by phoning reception 03 5874 9111 or Bob Bowman 0418 313 918.

Players are reminded that the Melbourne Cup Bowls Tournament – Open Pairs Medley is scheduled for Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3.

This promises to be a fun couple of days of bowls with prize money up for grabs.

Enquiries to Bob Bowman.