The 2016 Bowls NSW Player Awards has once again proven to be a highlight of the calendar. This year’s event was the second edition of both Bowls NSW and Women’s Bowls NSW joining forces to celebrate and recognise the fantastic playing achievements of NSW bowlers, Hall of Fame inductees and the Volunteer of the Year. Held at the iconic Kirribilli Club, over 350 people including his Excellency General, The Honourable David Hurley, Governor of NSW and Mrs Hurley, were on hand to witness just why New South Wales is such a dominant force in this country – not just at open level but juniors, seniors and bowlers with a disability across both sexes.
Bowls NSW Player Awards are based on achievements in NSW Association events (Bowls NSW, Women’s Bowls NSW and Wheelchair Sports NSW).
St Johns Park won the Best Performed Metropolitan Club of the Year. Congratulations to all 2016 Bowls NSW Player Awards Winners!
2016 NSW Male Bowlers of the Year
Aron Sherriff (Ettalong Memorial) and Lee Trethowan (Ettalong Memorial)
Other finalists – Jono Davis (Dubbo Railway) and Mathew Pietersen (St Johns Park).
2016 NSW Female Bowler of the Year –
Val Smith (Merrylands)
Other finalists – Margaret Smith (Avoca Beach), Ellen Ryan (Cabramatta), Karen Murphy (Cabramatta) and Kay Moran (Cabramatta).
2016 NSW Male Most Improved Bowler of the Year
Jono Davis (Dubbo Railway)
Other finalists – Adam Troth (St Johns Park), Daniel Mathieson (East Cessnock) and Nick Hancott (Hazelbrook).
2016 NSW Female Most Improved Bowler of the Year
Molly Wilton (Raymond Terrace)
Other finalists – Shirley de la Harpe (The Hills), Dawn Hayman (St Johns Park), Shendelle Smith (East Maitland) and Jan Sutherland (East Maitland).
2016 NSW Male Senior Bowler of the Year
Crawford Linton (Belrose)
Other finalists – Wayne Crane* (Warilla) and Tony Taylor (Belrose).
2016 NSW Female Senior Bowler of the Year
Julea Morgan (Warilla)
Other finalists – Leone Barnett (Warilla), Beth Quinlan (St Johns Park), Anne Gosden (Windsor) and Christine Myers (South Tamworth).
2016 NSW Male Junior Bowler of the Year
Jayden Gebbie (Warilla)
Other finalists – Jono Davis (Dubbo Railway) and Luke Grainger (St Johns Park).
2016 NSW Female Junior Bowler of the Year
Kate Matthews (Raymond Terrace)
Other finalists – Briana Graham (Armidale Ex-Services) and Louise Cronan (Asquith).
2016 NSW Disability Bowler of the Year
James Reynolds (Merimbula)
Other finalists – Mark Whiteman (Mayfield West), Geoff Seton (Leichhardt), Sharon Dunk (St Johns Park) and Jo Hunter (Gymea).
2016 NSW Volunteer of the Year – Cecily Johnson
Cecily’s roles at Cumnock are many and varied and include, maintenance of the club grounds of lawns and flower beds, helping with counting the club takings, selling raffle tickets and drawing the raffles. Cecily is also involved in cleaning the club for at least 4 hours every week, preparing all sit-down meals for the bowlers and organises the club special days plus shopping for the club’s bar and cleaning supplies. This and many other roles explains why Cecily is a worthy recipient of the NSW Volunteer of the Year award.
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