Vale - Joan Clarke (passed away - 17 July 2017)
Joan Clarke joined the Club in 2000 and before long became an active member of the Social Committee, enjoying the duties this involved. She loved Bowls each Tuesday and only retired at the age of 84 following a knee operation. She made many friends within the Club and will be sadly missed by them. Joan was 91 years old, just one month short of her 92 birthday. Her funeral will be held on Monday 24 July at 10.00 am at Castlebrook Crematorium, Windsor Road, Rouse Hill.
Two Club Championship finals decided on 11 July
On Tuesday 11 July, in cold but sunny conditions, the final of the Club Pairs was played between Lyn Skeers/Sheryn Batcheldor against Debbie Howard/Shirley de la Harpe. The winners were in fine form taking our the title with a win of 24-8. Congratulatiohns Lyn and Sheryn - well done!!
Winners - Lyn and Sheryn with their trophy
Runners-up Debbie and Shirley
Club Minor Singles
On the same day the final of the Minor Singles was played between Pat Robinson and Dulcie Pekas. The final score was 25-14 - Congratulations Pat on a great game.
Winner - Pat Robinson
President Barbara, Pat and runner-up Dulcie
IN-HOUSE CARNIVAL (Sponsored by Ian & Scott Haggarty)
On Tuesday 27 June the Club played our turn-around triples inhouse carnival sponsored by Ian & Scott Haggarty. The day was sunny, but quite cold. Everyone playing seemed to enjoy playing in each of the three positions, with lots of laughs on the gree - although, in some cases, a bit of a challenge. Most games were triples with the exception of one. Word has it the winners came out on top due to help from one of their opposition players, our sponsor Ian.
Bowls was followed by a delicious lunch and we were fortunate Ian Haggarty was able to join us for both bowls and lunch and Scott called in to see how the day had gone.
A huge "thank you" to both Ian and Scott for their continued support of our ladies carnivals.
Those ladies who were lucky to win on the day are pictured below with Ian.
President Barbara Burdack with our sponsors Scott and Ian Haggarty
Winners - Irene Moore, Lorraine Hopkins and Robbyn McPherson
Second - Denise Noorbergen, Cecily Norris and Margaret Wild
Third - Norma Freeman, Sandra Barry and Sheryn Batcheldor
Fourth (a pairs game) - Margaret Scott and Benita Woods
MORE ACHIEVEMENTS BY HILLS LADIES
Once again, as in 2016, Debbie Howard and Shirley de la Harpe have been chosen to play in the upcoming Metro vs Country games at the end of July. Debbie will be representing Metro in the over 60s team and Shirley will be playing in the Open. Great news ladies and all our members wish you good luck in these upcoming games.
GREAT DAY FOR THE HILLS CLUB
On Monday 5 June the Hills WBC No. 1 Pennant Team played in the regional play-offs for an opportunity to play in the State Pennant Play-offs in August on the Central Coast. The games were played at Carlingford Bowling Club in cold, but sunny conditions.
The first game was against the host club, Carlingford WBC, with The Hills winning that game 52-31.
The second game was against Asquith WBC and the result was The Hills 66 to Asquith 20.
There was a huge splash of red, white and green on the sideline to cheer the ladies on from both the Ladies and Men's clubs, which was wonderful for our team.
Presentation Day was on Tuesday 6 June and below are our ladies with their treasured medals.
Benita Woods, Wendy Bell, Kerry Wallace, Lyn Skeers (Skip), Margaret Wild, Chris Cadman, Debbie Howard and Shirley de la Harpe (Skip)
The Ladies enjoying a "Champers" back at the Club after receiving their medals, with their reserve Lorraine Douglas.
HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF - GREAT DAYS FOR THE HILLS!!!!
Shirley de la Harpe won her fourth straight District Singles title when she beat Florence Lee from Castle Hill WBC on Wednesday 10 May. Shirley lead early in the game 15-8, but Florence fought back in a hard game to be beaten 25-23. Well done Shirley, the Hills Club are very proud of your achievement! Good luck in the regional play-offs.
District Open Pairs
For the second year in a row, hills ladies Debbie Howard and Shirley de la Harpe were successful in winning the District Open Pairs Championship against a strong Northmead team. The game was a long one with the lights being turned on towards the end. The score at the conclusion of 18 ends was a draw and an extra end was played with Debbie and Shirley winning by one point. Great effort ladies and good luck in the regional play-offs.
Proud winners Debbie and Shirley
With runners up Noreen and Leanne from Northmead
District Senior Pairs
And again, for the second year in a row, Carole Martin and Margaret Wild were successful in winning the District Senior Pairs Championship against Castle Hill. A good win against some hard opponents - well done ladies. And also, good luck in the regional play-offs.
Carole Martin and Margaret Wild
With runners up Joy and Maggie from Castle Hill WBC.
MOTHERS DAY 2017
On Tuesday 9 May we celebrated Mothers Day with some very friendly social games and some very close Pairs Championship games - 2 of these having to play an extra end, being a draw after 18 ends. It's disappointing to see anyone lose after such a good game, but there can only be one winner.
Once again the social committee excelled themselves (in particular chairperson Marie) and the tables were beautifully decorated for the occasion.
It was particularly encouraging to see our trusty President Barbara back in charge, albeit not playing at the moment.
WINNERS ARE GRINNERS!!!
Congratulations to our Grade 1 pennant team who went through their short but hard season undefeated to take out the flag for 2017.
Benita Woods, Wendy Bell, Kerry Wallace and Lyn Skeers (skip); Margaret Wild, Christine Cadman, Debra Howard and Shirley de la Harpe (skip).
Great work Lyn and Shirley guiding your teams to victory. Bring on the play-offs!!!
Back row: Margaret Wild, Debra Howard, Shirley de la Harpe, Kerry Wallace, Sue Smart (supporter) and Wendy Bell.
Front Row: Lyn Skeers, Marie Findley (supporter) Chris Cadman, Barb Burdack (President) and Jan Hawthorne (supporter).
2017 MAJOR SINGLES FINAL
On Tuesday 14 Feb, Elizabeth McCracken and Debbie Howard played the final of the Major Singles. The game began in sunshine, however the clouds came and the rain delayed play for almost an hour. Back on the green, Elizabeth and Debbie played a nailbiting game which went for over 30 ends with the lead seesawing throughout the game. Congratulations to Debbie as our 2017 Major Singles winner - 25-24 - the Club's first championship for 2017.
Runner-up Elizabeth McCracken with Winner Debbie Howard
Well done Shirley!!!
Congratulations to Shirley de la Harpe who is one of 5 women bowlers nominated for Bowls NSW Most Improved Female Bowler of the Year. The winners will be announced at Kirribilli Club on Wednesday 22 Feb. Great effort Shirley.
AUSTRALIA DAY "MIXED" CARNIVAL - Sunday 22 January
72 bowlers took to the greens in a sea of Red, White and Blue and Green and Yellow for the Australia Day mixed Carnival. The game was "turn-around triples" which saw a few members confused at the beginning, but they were sorted out quickly and everyone enjoyed a fun morning of bowls.
Following bowls, the members were served a delicious "Aussie" lunch, with the dining room decorated once again by our wonderful social committee. The winning team is pictured below -
Brian Howard, Sally Wilsden and Byron Hoad
(more pictures in the photo gallery)
HILLS PATRON TURNS 95
On Monday 16 January over 40 members of our Club joined our wonderful patron Meg Biscoe, to celebrate her 95th birthday. Meg is a wonderful example to all our members with her easy smile and happy disposition. Meg was joined by her son Paul for this special occasion. Our fantastic social committee excelled themselves once again, decorating the room for this very special lady.
Happy 95th Birthday, Meg!!!
2016 CHRISTMAS PARTY
Our President Barbara Burdack, with Patron Meg Biscoe and sponsors Neil Wulf (SCU) and Ian Haggarty at our 2016 Christmas Party. Just over 80 ladies joined us for lunch, following a fun morning on the green, which was a sea of colourful Christmas shirts. Once again, our wonderful social committee excelled themselves to make the day enjoyable for all members. After lunch we were entertained by a DVD from a previous Christmas concert. So much talent in the HILLS ladies!
HILLS CLUB TURNS 80
On Sunday 11 December the Hills Club celebrated its' 80th anniversary with 112 bowlers (both men and women) taking to the greens in a friendly competition. Many retired bowlers were invited to attend, along with special guest Cameron Curtis, who played Premier League for The Hills some years ago. The Ladies Club had a special "commemorative" shirt printed for the occasion. Melissa and Jordan from the office made up the "80" signs with photos of past and present bowlers - well done girls.
MELBOURNE CUP IN-HOUSE CARNIVAL
Black, white, grey and yellow were the colours on the green on Monday 31 October for the Club's annual pre-Melbourne Cup Carnival. It was a fun day of bowls - sunny but a little cool. Once again the Social Committee excelled themselves with decorating the room and organising a delicious lunch for all players. More photos are displayed in Photo Gallery.
CLUB FOURS FINALS
While the sun shone, the wind did nothing to help the ladies contesting the final of the Club Fours. Kerry Wallace's team was successful winning with a score of 27-12 against Debbie Howard's team. Congratulations to the winners!
Winners - Margaret Wild, Benita Wood, Liz McCracken and Kerry Wallace (Skip)
Runners-up - Barbara Burdack, Debbie Howard (Skip), Chris Cadman and Shirley de la Harpe
SPRING CARNIVAL (Sponsored by Allan Drew Funerals)
The weather was beautiful for our In-House carnival on Tuesday 4 October. The lucky winners are pictured below with our sponsor, Allan Drew, who joined us for lunch and to present the winners with their prize envelopes. The ladies "ditched" their bowls uniforms to dress in "Spring" colours for the day.
MITCHELL DISTRICT VETERAN'S DAY
134 over 70's attended the district Veteran's Day at Wenty Leagues BC on Monday 12 September, coming from all the Clubs within the Mitchell District. It was a great day for bowls and having the opportunity to play with ladies from other Clubs was a good experience. There was lots of laughter and fun on the green.
Most of the ladies were presented with their Veteran's badges and The Hills even had a star veteran - Joan McDonald - who turned 85 earlier this year.
Three of the Hills ladies were successful - Madelaine Conway and Dulcie Pekas were part of the winning team and Marie Findley was in the runners-up team. Well done ladies.
Madelaine Conway, Dulcie Pekas and Marie Findley
80TH BIRTHDAY GIRLS
On Tuesday 6 September we celebrated the 80th birthday of 2 of our members - Merle Watson and Peggy Joel.
Merle has been a bowling member of our club for the past 9 years, is always bright and bubbly and is currently a member of the social committee.
Peggy came to our club last year, transferring from Castle Hill WBC and is always keen to be involved in any bowling days within the Club.
Congratulations ladies - a great milestone!!!
Merle and Peggy with their birthday cake.
HILLS OPEN FOURS CARNIVAL (sponsored by SCU)
This event has been held consistently for a number of years and this year we had visitors from as far away as Ingleburn and Windsor WBCs. There were 24 teams playing on what was a glorious day for bowls. Once again the sun was shining and the mood was extremely friendly.
Our wonderful sponsors Sydney Credit Union even increased the sponsorship money this year, which was a lovely bonus for the prize winners.
The social committee, under the leadership of Marie Findley, once again excelled themselves with a delicious morning tea and wonderful table decorations for lunch. A great job ladies!
All in all, a great day!
We were joined at lunch by SCU representatives Sally Brown, Glen Warner and Neil Wulf
Winners - The Hills (Kerry Wallace, Liz McCracken, Benita Woods and Margaret Wild)
Second - Visitors from Lidcombe WBC
Third - The Hills (Barbara Burdack, Sue Smart, Lorraine Douglas and Liz Leahy)
CLUB TRIPLE FINALS
On Tuesday 23 August, in a game worthy of a Final, two teams fought a hard battle, but alas there can only be one winner. Congratulations to Faye Davison, Debbie Howard and Shirley de la Harpe (skip) for winning the 2016 Club Triples Final against a tough opposition of Barbara Burdack, Chris Cadman and Jan Hawthorne (skip). Well done to all players for reaching the Finals.
Proud winners with their trophy - Faye Davison, Debbie Howard & Shirley de la Harpe
Runners-up - Barbara Burdack, Chris Cadman & Jan Hawthorne
THE MEDALS KEEP COMING FOR HILLS CHAMPION
On Tuesday 2 August Shirley de la Harpe played in the Region 16 Singles play-offs at North Ryde RSL Bowling Club. Shirley's opponent in the morning was Janet Swan from North Epping and the final score was 25-15. The afternoon game was played in cold and gusty conditions against Ros Lighfoot from Denistone with the final score 27-11. Shirley now goes on to play in the State play-offs at Forster/Tuncurry in October. A great effort Shirley!
Shirley proudly wearing her Champions medal
Debbie and Shirley proudly wearing their Champion medals and holding the Trophy
REGION 16 PAIRS PLAY-OFFS
Debra Howard and Shirley de la Harpe continue their winning streak taking out the Region 16 Pairs title on Thursday 21 July.
The semi-finals were played against Lorna Humphreys and Elaine Marsden from North Ryde RSL, with the Hills team winning 17-13. The final, in the afternoon, was played against Jan Bennett and Shelley Friedlander from Asquith with the Hills winning 22-12. So proud of you both and wish you every success for the State play-offs later in the year. Congratulations ladies!!
Debbie and Shirley with their winning Metro side
METRO VS COUNTRY
Congratulations to Debbie Howard and Shirley de laHarpe, who were chosen to be in the Metro team for the annual Metro vs Country Bowls Championships. The event was held at St John's Park Bowling Club on 23/24 July and Metro won all 3 games. A might effort.