February 28, 2018
heat wave

The heat is on

Over the last month or two, there have been a number of bowls’ events cancelled or postponed due to the extreme heat.
February 8, 2018

NEW Hybrid Bowls being played in South Africa

B20 Cricket Bowls is a hybrid bowls game based on the two bowls Trips format.
February 7, 2018
arm bowlers

Significant drop in opposition to Bowling Arms

The Bionic Bowler reports that as we head into another year, he is pleased to see and sense a significant drop in the “opposition” towards the Bowling Arm...
February 2, 2018

Australia Day at the bowlo

What’s better than heading down to your local bowls club on Australia Day to have a roll up and enjoy some fair dinkum Aussie food and a cold bevvie? Some […]
November 6, 2017
Frank Brikin

Turning 100 on Melbourne Cup Day

Melbourne Cup Day 2018 sees avid lawn bowler of 53 years Francis (Frank) Walter Birkin turn 100!
October 31, 2017
arm bowling

Got a case of the Yips?

Tony Allsop from North Mackay Bowls Club shares his experience on developing a neurological problem and how a bowling arm has helped him continue to play bowls.
October 25, 2017
Ron Wiggins from NSW

60+ Years of Pennants

Ron Wiggins of Cronulla played Pennants for Cronulla Bowling Club for over 60 years, and no-one can ever remember him missing a sectional game in all of that time.
October 19, 2017

May the force be with you at Bribie Island Bowls Club

Bribie Island Bowls Club General Manager Kevin Bertwistle said that it was great to have the support of the Board and staff on the day to assist in raising the much-needed funds for their local school.
October 1, 2017

The new Bowls Plus is out!

Read more about the Festival of Bowls at Northern Yorke Peninsula, South Australia; the new Indoor Champs; BA's Hall of Fame; Ron's 60 years of pennants and a tempting holiday where you can bowl in paradise.
August 8, 2017
musgrave bowls club

Bowls Premier League Qualifiers at Musgrave Hill Bowls Club

Musgrave Hill Bowls Club is hosting a qualifying event for the Bowls Premier League Cup (BPL) on Sunday, 3rd September. Teams of 3 players must be from the same club. […]
August 7, 2017
lawn bowler club kawana marilyn emmerton

Representing Australia and Queensland and still loves bowling after 35 years

From Hervey Bay to Club Kawana, with Queensland and Australia in-between. Read our player profile on Marilyn Emerton from Club Kawana and how she still loves bowling after 35 years. I […]
June 3, 2017
what do you think

Letter to Editor: Bowling arm regulation revision

I  applaud those who get out on the bowling green using a mechanical bowling arm. It’s a wonderful innovation that allows many people with disabilities to commence or continue in […]
May 21, 2017
Ladies bowls record holders

Wellington Point Ladies Club records tumble in championship pairs

The recent Club Championship Pairs Final at the Wellington Point Ladies Bowls Club saw two new club records. Ree Patterson (Lead) and Noela Kopelke (Skip) won the Club Championship Pairs […]
May 21, 2017
Bionic Bowler

Update from The Bionic Bowler

As we head into pennant season and Club Championships, I again ask all fair minded bowlers to embrace their Arm Bowlers as contributing to the health of their Club and sport.

May 21, 2017
NSW Ladies Singles Champ

NSW Ladies Singles Champ Margaret says “Concentration is key”

Margaret Smith gave a little chuckle when asked why she was such a good bowler. “I don’t really know, it just happened,’’ she says.
May 21, 2017
World Youth Championship

Countries Share the Honours at the World Youth Championship

The World Youth Championships at Broadbeach was the biggest event yet, with 42 players from 16 countries attending. It was great for new countries Botswana, Papua New Guinea and Malta to be in the tournament.
May 20, 2017
2016 Bowls NSW Player Awards

NSW Stars shine brightly at Kirribilli

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 […]
May 12, 2017
Kingscliff beach bowls club important message

Important message from Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that one of our chefs, Matt, suffered a major personal loss as a result of a tragic accident on Monday 3rd April.
May 12, 2017

BOWLS ACT Claim 2017 Quadrangular Series

Congratulations to Bowls ACT after claiming victory in the 2017 Quadrangular Series held at The Rules Club Wagga 6 – 9th March. The annual series is contested between Bowls NSW, […]
May 9, 2017

Chalk talk: To Chalk or not to Chalk?

So, it looks like liquid chalk pens (texta style) are not to be used. It just doesn’t make sense. If it’s imperative the bowl(s) are not displaced, doesn’t that statement infer that by using stick chalk, there is the possibility the bowl might be displaced?

April 20, 2017
Greg Kelly

Farewell Greg Kelly

For many bowlers, the name Greg Kelly evokes a response. A smile, a comment or statements such as, “Yes, Greg helped me with …”  or “He was really supportive during […]
March 30, 2017

Support needed for clubs affected by Cyclone Debbie

Australia’s north-eastern states were hit hard during Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Accordingly, Bowls Australia is asking you to lend support. A trail of destruction has ripped through Queensland and then northern New South Wales […]
March 28, 2017
commonwealth games, bowling

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 Update

Preparation continues to ramp up for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. The Queensland Police Service (QPS) recently released some information about how they plan on keeping all of us […]
March 12, 2017

Ryan Bester: Bester than best for Broadbeach

How the Gilberts and Ryan Bester saved Broadbeach Bowls Club. Ten years ago the future of bowling on the Gold Coast looked bleak. Known as the Mecca of Bowls in Australia, with 25 bowls clubs in 25 miles, declining membership numbers, the loss of smaller clubs, and the drop in numbers for the popular Gold Coast Winter Carnival meant that something needed to be done.
March 4, 2017

Feeling the heat. From the editor

Why, especially in Queensland, are there so few clubs with covered outdoor greens? The costs to cover a green are prohibitive for most clubs. Although it’s wonderful to see that some clubs have managed to win grants to cover their greens, we need to push for more funding for this purpose.
February 28, 2017
lawn bowling with your parents

Parents and bowling – the best thing I ever did

After watching my Mum, Dad and brother play bowls for years and represent their districts in the sport, I decided to join them. I have been playing bowls now for just over three years and it’s the best thing I ever did.
February 27, 2017
world masters games in new zealand

World Masters Games 2017 in New Zealand

More than 20,000 athletes from 90 countries have signed up to take part in the world’s largest multi-sport event in Auckland, the World Masters Games 2017.

February 25, 2017
birks family bowling Red Hill

Bowling family makes for a happy family

The Birks' family bowling at Red Hill Bowls Club.
February 25, 2017
lawn bowling bowls in a row near jack

Bowling best for Bernie from Paradise Point

“It has taken me 13 years to achieve something like that." Bernie Lamberton: Paradise Point Bowls Club
February 24, 2017
taking responsibility bowls clubs closing

Clubs closing – Who’s next on the Sunshine Coast?

Six Sunny Coast Bowls Clubs have closed in just as many years since 2011 and, if you believe the rumours and local press, Pacific Paradise could be next on the list of clubs closing.
February 24, 2017
bowling arm course at Pine Rivers Bowls Club

Bowling arm coaching from The Bionic Bowler

If you are fortunate to be blessed with good health allowing you to bowl, then be thankful and do not raise your ire at bowlers using the arm, which allows them to participate and contribute to bowls.
February 10, 2017

Bionic Bowler update

This month I will discuss, to quote: “one on the most cunning, dishonest, sneaky and devious” aids for bowlers! Naturally, I am describing the Bowling Arm! Hopefully, I have your […]
December 15, 2016
Buderim Fours' Carnival

Buderim Bowls Club November Men’s Fours Carnival – $5000 prize

I was one of the many bowlers who went up the Buderim Mountain for the annual two day Men’s Fours, which kicked off on Saturday, November 26 with 28 teams […]
December 12, 2016
After The Remembrance

Brisbane Transport Bowls Ass’n Plays Samford and Waterloo Clubs

With the previous day’s deluging storm over and more forecast for the afternoon of bowls thoughts of green speed, safety and games time length were to the fore as Samford […]
December 4, 2016
At the Annual General Meeting held in September, Barry Watkins (Cabramatta) was elected President of Bowls NSW and Dennis Taylor (Harbord) was elected Deputy President. Barry has substantial administrative experience with some 34 years in the State Attorney General Department culminating in the Senior Executive Service working with senior politicians, judges, architects and engineers and in bowls administration 14 years as President and 15 years as CEO of Cabramatta Bowling Club.  During this time the Club grew from a negative financial position to achieve very positive trading and bowling results.  Barry has also served on Clubs NSW as State Councillor, on Zone 12 as Secretary, Bowls NSW State Councillor and Director. The Board has identified the following agenda going forward: · Bowls NSW Administration– appoint a consultant forthwith to review the administration to identify/confirm we are providing the correct services/s for our members in a cost-effective manner. · Bowls Australia– to work with Bowls Australia to achieve more effective outcomes from the resources provided (Bowls Australia membership fees are approximately $545,000pa).  To join with Bowls Australia to promote more bowls forums with NSW input; achieve more exposure on the Bowls Show and seek return of the NSW border clubs currently playing for other states. · Membership– to address declining membership and to consolidate the number of registered bowlers and recapture the benefits of the increasing number of participants. · Unification– to work with Women’s Bowls NSW to rationalise and unify the two administration to achieve economies of scale and consolidate bowls participation. · Zones – to work effectively with the 16 Zones to finalise the Strategic Plan and improve communication. · Forums– to arrange more forums around the State to improve communication, education and cooperation. · State Match Committee– to improve transparency and mutual support for State programs through interactive forums.   Whilst there is no magic wand to use as a panacea, this Board brings experience, enthusiasm and energy with a willingness to listen, activate and achieve mutually rewarding results.

New President for Bowls NSW

At the Annual General Meeting held in September, Barry Watkins (Cabramatta) was elected President of Bowls NSW and Dennis Taylor (Harbord) was elected Deputy President. Barry has substantial administrative experience […]
December 2, 2016
Adelaide chair thief

Chair thief in Adelaide

If your club is in Adelaide, be aware that aluminium chairs have been stolen from two Adelaide bowling clubs. Modbury Bowling Club had 50 metres of chairs stolen after the […]
December 2, 2016

On the green: Modbury Bowling Club

Another successful season for the Modbury indoor bowlers with the ladies ‘White’ Team winning their division and ‘Back to Back’ pennants. The men’s ‘C’ team were also successful after winning […]
November 30, 2016
Cabramatta Bowling Green

$1.3 million Development begins at the Orange Avenue Bowls Club

The Salisbury Bowling Club is constructing a $1.3 million dollar All Weather Bowling Facility at their Orange Avenue Club. This facility will allow for all year round play regardless of […]
November 27, 2016
All the bowls

The Bowls Clubhouse to give unprecedented access to video content

An exciting new online initiative called The Bowls Clubhouse is set to provide bowls aficionados with the ability to relive the sport’s most memorable broadcast moments, view exclusive content and […]
November 19, 2016


South Australia’s Men’s and Women’s bowling stars will battle it out for Bowls supremacy at Murray Bridge later this year, 16th – 18th December 2016 and early next year, 27th […]

October 26, 2018

Eight per cent of bowlers now armed

Here in Mackay and North Queensland we have just experienced one of the most magnificent winter periods of weather on record. Historically, it is our “dry season” but this year, […]
October 26, 2018

Australian Indoor

Australian Jackaroos Rebecca Van Asch and Aaron Teys claimed the 2018 Australian Indoor Championships titles at Tweed Heads Bowls Club after four days of battle which culminated in a day […]
October 12, 2018

Inaugural Soldiers Point Classic

The NSW State Reserves side were crowned the champions of the Inaugural Soldiers Point Classic contested at Soldiers Point Bowling Club.
September 24, 2018

Kurri Kurri Women’s Bowling Club celebrates 90th birthday

Bowlers from around the Hunter River District partook in the celebrations for Kurri Kurri Women’s Bowling Club’s 90th birthday. The club, which was founded in 1928 is the oldest women’s […]
September 20, 2018

SA Super League Grand Final

An absolutely stunning spring day was turned on by the weather gods for the 2018 SA Super League Grand Final. The day began with the crowning of the 2018 Andrew […]