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Tuesday 20 November was the day Ettalong WBC travelled to The Hills for our annual Challenge Day.  The Ettalong WBC ladies were warmly welcomed by the HDWBC ladies who formed a guard of honour through the Club for our visitors. 

Following a delicious morning tea, bowls started out under a cloudy sky, but it soon warmed up and so too did the comraderie on the green.  It's always a fun day when the Ettalong and Hills ladies get together.  Gifts were exchanged and after a slightly late start, the bowling continued until it was time to stop for lunch.

The Hills won the trophy this year by a margin of 16 (184-168).  Congrats to the Hills!!

On a funny note, the Ettalong President Elaine Mellross had forgotten to bring down the trophy, so we improvised and she presented one of the Hills own trophies to Secretary Carole Elvin. 



 Ettalong President Elaine presenting the "trophy" to Secretary Carole.

 (more photos in Photo Gallery)


As is our Club custom, on the Monday prior to Melbourne Cup day, the HDWBC honours our lovely patron MEG BISCOE with a Spring Carnival played in her name and this year's carnival was on Monday 5 November.

We had 40 members playing in the Carnival.  It was sunny, but not too hot, and everyone joined in the "spring" theme with lots of colour on the green.

Meg and her son Paul joined us for lunch and Meg looked lovely in her pretty apricot floral dress and jacket. 

After lunch the ladies paraded before Paul, prior to him awarding the "Fashion on the Field" box of chocolates to Wendy Feeney, who was wearing a co-ordinated outfit and pretty fascinator.

Once again, our social volunteers did themselves proud and everyone had a great day.

Paul and Meg smiling proudly.



Well done Chris Cadman and Shirley de la Harpe for being chosen to play in the City vs Country annual competition held this year at Soldiers Point on 3 and 4 November. 

The City team won the 2 day carnival convincingly.  Great to have 2 of our Club members in the side.


 Chris and Shirley with the other City team members

 Also, congrats to Chris Cadman for being given the opportunity to try out for the NSW side.  Go Chris! 


Our  Open Fours Carnival on Monday 29 October was once again sponsored by Sydney Credit Union.

Teams from across Sydney joined us for this annual Carnival - North Epping, Castle Hill, Northmead, Guildford Leagues, a composite Mosman/Neutral Bay/Belrose team, a composite Hills/Wenty Leagues team plus a number of Hills teams. 

Neil Wulf and Sue Coleman joined us for lunch representing SCU and Sue made the presentations to the winners.

Unfortunately for our visitors it was Hills winners all round, with Guildford Leagues winning the Lucky Card.  Barb Burdack, Jan Hawthorne,Marie Findley and June Evans came in first, followed by Liz McCracken, Kerry Wallac e, Sue Lemon and Wendy Feeney second and Carole Martin, Lorraine Cafe, Margaret Wild and Benita Woods third.

The weather was kind with cloud cover most of the morning which kept the heat down.  Bowls was followed by a delicious lunch served by our "stand in" social committee.  Great work ladies.



The HDWBC have had members playing in recent Mitchell Districts sides:

Anita Linden Trophy at Warrawee BC on Monday 24 September - Chris Cadman, Debbie Howard, Noreen Sneddon and Shirley de la Harpe;

Region 16 Challenge at Ryde X Phoenix BC on Monday 28 September - Chris Cadman, Debbie Howard and Shirley de la Harpe;

Mithcell vs Nepean Challenge at Dural on Monday 8 October - Margaret Wild, Chris Cadman, Karen McCann, Shirley de la Harpe, Debbie Howard and Noreen Sneddon.

Mitchell District were successful in all of these competitions.

Well done ladies - the HDWBC are very proud of your achievements. 


The final of the 2018 Club Fours was played on Tuesday 9 October.  It was unfortunate that both teams had to play with substitutes, however it was a good game and the sun shone amidst days of rain.  Congratulations to Giovanna Cipriano, Noreen Sneddon, Debbie Howard and Shirley de la Harpe (Skip) who won the game, defeating Wendy Feeney, Keren Moffitt, Larraine Cafe and Joanne McKennall.

Giovanna replaced Barbara Burdack and Noreen substituted for Chris Cadman in the  winning team and Lorraine Cafe substituted for Karen McCann with the runners up.  Congratulations both teams in reaching the finals.


 Winners:  Giovanna, Noreen, Debbie and Shirley


 Runners-up:  Wendy,Keren, Lorraine and Joanne 


Running late again, but not forgotten, the HDWBC held our annual Biggest Morning Tea to raise money  for the Cancer Council NSW.  $527 has been donated to Cancer Council - a huge thank you to all the members who attended on Tuesday 25 September to donate to this very worthy cause.

Thanks to all the members who "cooked up a storm" for the morning tea and Marie Findley and her Social Committee once again did an awesome job.


Sixteen of the Hills ladies travelled to Toongabbie Bowling Club on Monday 18 September to join in the annual Veterans Day carnival.  The weather was kind and after a 10.00 am start, it wasn't long before the ladies were back in the clubhouse enjoying their lunch.

Congratulations to Dianne Stewart together with Marilu Coveney and Norma Williamson from Toongabbie who were winners on the day with a score of 22-10.  

 John Lazsonas from Castlebrook Memorial Park with the winners Dianne, Marilu and Norma


Lunchtime and  on the green


 Some more lucky  winners  Vin Hoa and Diane Castles 


Once again a group of Hills ladies headed northwest to Narrabri for the annual Spring bowling carnival.  The number of Hills ladies attending increases each year and rooms have already been booked for 2019.  They were joined by ladies from Ingleburn and Lawson WBCs, including former Hills members Kay Robertson and Margaret Wilson.  The temperature went from 31 degrees on Saturday to 20 degrees on Sunday (a bit of a contrast).  The country hospitality was once again unbelievable and the ladies were even treated to a bus trip to visit a Cotton Seed Distribution centre (a very informative tour).



The final was played on Tuesday 11 September between Norma Bratz and her team of Bev Johnson and Benita Woods playing Shirley de la Harpe and her team of Chris Cadman and Debbie Howard.

After 10 ends Shirley's team lead by 11-1 and then Norma’s team picked up a 6 and a 4 to bring the score to 11 all on the 12 end.  The score was even again after 14 ends at 14 all, however Shirley’s team won the game on the 20th end with the score 24-17.  Congratulations ladies on a great game.

Champions - Shirley, Debbie and Chris


 Runners-Up - Benita, Bev and Norma


THE HILLS WBC had teams repesenting Mitchell District in the State Play-offs for both the Fours and the Triples which were played from 7-11 September.


With an early morning on Friday 7 Sept and the long trek to Taren Point our successful Fours team were drawn to play Hardbord.

After 9 ends The Hills lead 11-7 and after 15 ends the score was 14-15 to Hardbord.  With only 4 bowls to go on the last end The Hills were 18 and Hardbord 17.  Hardbord scored 3 and went on to take the game 20-18.  Great game, and great to see the spectators on the sideline.  

Debbie Howard, Joanne McKennell, Shirley de la Harpe and Chris Cadman


Some of our trusty spectators, including Toni Pollock and Jan MacAndrew from Mitchell District.


Once again an early start on Monday 10 Sept and a long trek to Taren Point to compete in the State play-offs of the Triples.

The Hills played Lithgow and trailed by one point after 17 ends, but Lithgow went on to win the game 27-17.  Another one to be proud of ladies.


 Shirley de la Harpe, Debbie Howard and Chris Cadman 


The final of the 2018 Minor Singles was played on Tuesday 14 August between Peggy Joel and Lorraine Douglass.  The green was fast with a slight breeze, but the day was sunny.  Lorraine and Peggy were neck and neck half way through the game with the score 10-10.  However, Lorraine took the lead and won the game 25-14.  Congratulations Lorraine, great effort!!

Peggy Joel (runner-up) with Lorraine Douglass (winner) 


Two days of games in sunny but windy conditions was a difficult task, but the ladies did the HDWBC proud.

Day 1 - Two games were played with 1 rink win and 1 rink loss in each game

Game 1 was against Narrabri with the final score Narrabri 51, the Hills 28

Game 2 was against Sussex Inlet with the final score Sussex Inlet 44, the Hills 39.  One side even finished in the dark.  The umpire had to use a torch to measure the bowls.

Day 2 - Only one game was played against Hazelbrook.  The Hills had to make some changes to their teams following a nasty fall by Penny Lovejoy the previous night where she ended up in hospital.  Denise Noorbergen stepped in as Skip and our reserve Yvonne Scorer was able to join the team.  The final score was The Hills 41, Hazelbrook 34.  Well done ladies!!!

There was a great contingent of supporters from The Hills, including some of our male bowlers (thanks guys).  Some supporters even stayed overnight and others came back up on the Friday to show their support.

Unfortunately, not only did the teams have to contend with changes following Penny's fall, but Diane Castles mother had passed away just prior to the play-offs and Di put on a very brave face and did herself and our Club proud.  Our Condolences go out to you and your family Dianne during this very sad time.


Our wonderful Pennant Teams with supporters following Game 3


The team with their mascot "Buddy"


Scoreboard following their winning game


Just some of the supporters during the 2 days 


Our wonderful 4/1s Pennant Team are off to the State play-offs in Terrigal on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th August.  It is an exciting time for the whole team and for our Club and there will be plenty of supporters travelling to Terrigal to spur on the ladies.  Unfortunately 2 ladies are overseas at the moment, so congratulations to Denise Norbergen and Marjorie Brown who have been selected to take their place and to Yvonne Scorer being chosen as reserve.

BEST OF LUCK LADIES - Enjoy the experience.  We are very proud of all of you.


 Penny Lovejoy (Skip), Diane Castles, Diane Atkins and Dianne Stewart;  Gail Hatty, Keren Moffitt, Pat Robinson and Sheryn Batcheldor (Skip) 


The final of the HDWBC Pairs was held on Tuesday 24 July, played between Norma Bratz and Lorraine Douglas against Leanne Patterson and Noreen Sneddon.  The condition on the green was cold and windy.  Norma and Lorraine lead early in the game, however Leanne and Noreen fought back to win the game 23-13.  Congratulations ladies and best of luck in the Champion of Club Champion games in October.

 Leanne and Noreen with their trophy 

8 Pin for Pairs Team

During the recent Regional play-offs, the HDWBC Pairs team of Karen McCann and Chris Cadman had a score of 8 on one end during the game, making it possible for them to receive an "8" Pin.  These were awarded by president Barbara Burdack on Tuesday 31 July.  Congratulations ladies!! 


Three ladies from the Hills WBC entered the recent District Rookies Competition - Elizabeth Varecka, Wendy Feeney and Karen McCann - and they played at Northmead BC on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 July.

Both Elizabeth and Wendy were successful in making it through to the final on Wednesday and it's always hard to play a final against an opponent from your own club - there can only be one winner.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Varecka on winning the match 25-19 against a very worthy opposition.  Well done to both Elizabeth and Wendy.

Runner-up Wendy Feeney with the winner Elizabeth Varecka 


In the recent District playoffs teams from the Hills WBC were successful in winning the Fours, Triples, Pairs and Singles competitions.

The Region 16 playoffs were held from Mon 9 to Thurs 12 July where the teams from the Hills represented Mitchell District.

Monday 9 July – Fours playoffs: On a cold, windy but sunny day the Hills Fours played Carlingford WBC.  Down 3-11 on the 11th end, it was 12 all on the 17th and the Hills went on to win 17-14.


 Shirley de la Harpe (SKip), Debbie Howard, Jo McKennell and Chris Cadman

Tuesday 10 July – Pairs playoffs: Again a lovely sunny day, perfect for bowls, and the Hills Pairs played North Ryde WBC.  The Hills came from 8 down to the final score of 19-16 to North Ryde, however the Hills team were lucky to pick up an 8 on end 4 thanks to a wayward bowl from the opposition skip.


 Karen McCann and Chris Cadman (Skip)

Wednesday 11 July - Triples playoffs: Nice warm day, once again perfect for bowls when the Hills Triples played Brush Park WBC.  On the 17th end the score was 18-18 with the Hills winning the game 20-18.


Debbie Howard, Chris Cadman and Shirley de la Harpe (Skip)

Thursday 12 July – Singles playoff: The weather continued to be perfect for bowls.  The Hills played North Ryde WBC (Ivy Hitchins, a very experienced bowler).  North Ryde lead by 6 during the game and the Hills caught up to be 20-23.  However, experience won the day with North Ryde taking out the game 25-21.

Chris Cadman with Ivy Hutchins from North Ryde WBC

Congratulations to all the Hills players who made it to the playoffs and best of luck to the Fours and Triples for the State playoffs at Taren Point in September. 


Congratulations to Chris Cadman, Debbie Howard and Shirley de la Harpe on their win in the District Triples.  They played Blacktown WBC in the final and won the match 20-12.  Well done ladies and good luck in the Regional playoffs.


ANNUAL OPEN CARNIVAL - Hosted by Allan Drew Funerals

Monday 25 July was the perfect Winters Day for our annual Open Carnival, hosted once again by Allan Drew Funerals.

22 teams competed in a Turn Around Triples game with lots of laughter from ladies who were not used to playing in different positions.  Some JACK throwing was way off centre from Skips not used to playing Lead, and some calls from Leads playing Skips were very interesting.

Teams from around Sydney attended and the winners photos are below, with the day being taken out by a team from Blacktown Workers WBC.

Once again our Social Committee excelled with the room looking particularly festive for the occasion.

Our wonderful sponsors - Allan Drew and Kirsten Power 


Winners - Blacktown WBC 

Second place - Pennant Hills WBC 


 Third Place - The Hills WBC 


It was a proud day for The Hills WBC on Tuesday 12 June when our Grade 4/1s were awarded their Mitchell District medals for winning the Grade 4 Pennant season.  District president Toni Pollock, along with Grade 4 District manager Faye Davidson (a former Hills player) were on hand for the medal presentation, followed by the presentation of the District Flag by president Toni. 

The team also won the Regional play-offs and will be competing in the State play-offs at Terrigal in August.  A great achievement ladies and best of luck in August.  Doubtless there will be a huge number of  supporters on the sideline for the State games.

The Club's 4/2s were runners up in the District pennants and it was great to have both teams together for the presentation.

Unfortunately the weather was not too kind earlier in the morning, which meant the presentation had to be done inside the Club and bowls was delayed until about 10.30.  But once the rain stopped, it was onto the bowling green, followed by the flag raising in the garden of the Club.

Thank you President Toni and Grade 4 Manager Faye for attending our "special day".

Proudly holding their District Flag - Gail Hatty, Keren Moffitt, Pat Robinson and Sheryn Batcheldor (Skip) and Dianne Stewart, Diane Atkins, Diane Castles and Penny Lovejoy (Skip) 


District President Toni Pollock raising the Flag with the assistance of Faye Davidson


 Our Successful Grade 4 teams - both winners and runners-up

(More photos in photo gallery)


This year WBNSW have decided to introduce a Membership Badge, awarded for the number of years continuous membership  with WBNSW.  These badges will only be awarded in increments of 10 years.  Previously badges were awarded at Veterans Day to members who attained a significant birthday, with no reference to their NSW membership.  This has been discontinued in favour of this new recognition.

Our Club was fortunate to have four ladies receive membership badges in this inaugural year and they were Elizabeth Leahy, Pat Greene and Norma Bratz (for 20 years) and Judy Barbaro (for 10 years).

A special morning tea was held on Tuesday 29 May when president Barbara Burdack presented the ladies with their badges.  Congratulations ladies!!

Elizabeth Leahy, Pat Greene, Norma Bratz and Judy Barbaro 


The final of the Hills Club Major Singles was played on Tuesday 22 May on what turned out  to be a beautiful Autumn day.  Chris Cadman led early in the game before Shirley de la Harpe made a come back to take the game 25 to 18.  It was a good game right until the last bowl was played.  Congratulations to both Shirley and Chris for making the final. 


Congratulations to our winning Grade 4/1s Pennant Team who, after taking out the Mitchell District competition, have gone on to beat Brush Park in the Regional playoffs 46-28.  Great effort ladies - Penny Lovejoy (Skip), Pat Robinson, Sheryn Batcheldor (Skip), Dianne Stewart, Keren Moffitt, Gail Hatty, Diane Castles and Diane Atkins. 

Fantastic achievement and good luck in the State playoffs in August. 



Three District titles for Chris Cadman - Congratulations!!!

Earlier this year, Chris Cadman, Club Coach, was part of the winning Fours team which took out the Mitchell District Open Fours competition.

Chris recently won the Mitchell District Singles title and, partnered by Karen McCann, also took out the Mitchell District Open Pairs title.  

Well done and best of luck in the Regional playoffs in July.


Chris Cadman


Chris and Karen


Wishing our fantastic 4/1s Pennant Team good luck for the Regional play-offs to be held on Tuesday 8 May at Castle Hill.  Hopefully they will be heading to the State play-offs later in the year.   Go girls!!

Hills Grade 4/1s winning team - Penny Lovejoy (Skip), Diane Castles, Diane Atkins and Dianne Stewart;  Gail Hatty, Keren Moffitt, Pat Robinson and Sheryn Batcheldor (Skip) 

IN-HOUSE CARNIVAL - Sponsored by Ian and Scott Haggarty

The balmy Autumn weather continued on Tuesday 10 April and the members had put their names down to play in the single name entry In-House Carnival.  It was great to see the mix of the teams with experienced players playing alongside those who just come for the social side of bowls. 

The Carnival was sponsored by our wonderful  supporters, Ian and Scott Haggarty, although neither of these gentlemen were available to attend lunch on the day.

Thank you both for your continued support of our Club.  The ladies had a great day and once again the Social Committee outdid themselves.

Winners - Marjorie Brown, Shirley de la Harpe (Skip) and Giovanna Cipriano


 Second Place - June Evans, Pat Greene and Jan Hawthorne (Skip)


 Third Place - Liz Leahy (Skip), Diane Castles and Karen McCann


The Hills WBC Grade 4/1s were winners in the recent pennant season held by Mitchell District, with our 4/2s coming in runners-up.  Congratulations to both teams for putting in such a massive performance and making the Club very proud.  Well done to all of you!!!

Hills Grade 4/1s winning team - Penny Lovejoy (Skip), Diane Castles, Diane Atkins and Dianne Stewart;  Gail Hatty, Keren Moffitt, Pat Robinson and Sheryn Batcheldor (Skip)


Hills Grade 4/2s runners-up - Maureen McInerney (Skip), Judy Hooker, Merle Watson and Maureen Atkins;  Lorraine Cafe (Reserve);  Kath McInante, Betty Caller, Bev Martin and Irene Gandy (Skip)


Congratulations to all the ladies who played pennants and to all those reserves who stood in when needed.  The Club had a very successful year with the winning team in Grade 4 and runners-up in all Grades - 1, 2, 3 and 4.  Well done to all who participated!!!