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The week of 15th January saw The Hills Club host the Mitchell District Open and Senior Fours and the Hills had a number of teams competing in the Senior section and 1 team in the Open.

Fortunately the games were played at twilight which kept the temperature down a bit.

The semi of the Senior Fours was played on Thursday 18th:  Dural vs The Hills;  Castle Hill vs Castle Hill.  Dural and Castle Hill played the final the following night with Dural winning the game 21-6. Congratulations to the Dural ladies (pictured below).

The Hills Open final was held at the same time with The Hills playing Pennant Hills.  Although the Hills lead from the start, Pennant Hills won the last few ends, but The Hills held on to take the title with the final score 16-14.  Well done The Hills!!


Winners of the Open Fours:  Shirley de la Harpe (Skip), Debbie Howard, Jo McKennall and Chris Cadman with Mitchell District President Toni Pollock


Winners of the Senior Fours:  Dural WBC 


Tuesday 12 December was our last bowling day for 2017 and also our Christmas Party.  We were fortunate to have some of our sponsors join us for lunch and some (Neil and Daniel from SCU) join us for a game of bowls.

Our Christmas Party was the perfect day to have Hazel Brain and Elaine Smith join us for lunch, after illness has kept them from the Club lately.

It was a fun day both on and off the green and we even had a visit from Santa.

Thanks to our amazing Social Committee for the festive decorations and wonderful lunch - you excelled yourselves ladies!!

Merry Christmas to all our members and happy bowling in 2018.


From left: Scott Haggarty, Lorene, Allan Drew, President Barbara Burdack, VP Norma Bratz, Sec Keren Moffitt, Neil Wulf and Daniel Cook 


Social Committee:  Irene Gandy, Diane Atkins, Diane Stewart, Merle Watson, Marie Findley (Chair), Betty Caller, Marilyn Racker and Dulcie Pekas 


Some Non-Bowlers:  Above - Grace Swift, Patron Meg Biscoe, Judy Hill and Hazel Brain


Elaine Smith with Lorraine Cafe and Irene Moore

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The Hills Club entered a “Mixed Gold” team in the 2017 NSW Club Challenge with the final played at Warilla on Sunday 3 December.  The format consisted of 6 players, playing singles, pairs or triples. The team played some strong opposition to make it to the final, played against Woonona BC with The Hills being the winner. 

CONGRATULATIONS to Bill Farrell, Danny Phillips, Kevin Furniss, Shirley de la Harpe, Chris Cadman and Karen McCann. Debbie Howard and Wendy Bell were part of the team during the sectional rounds and Peter Eagle supported the team throughout the competition.  Well done to all members of the team!



On Monday 27 November, 35 of our members met for lunch to celebrate Cecily Norris' 80th birthday.  Cecily has been bowling since 1983 and a member of The Hills WBC since 1991.

Once again the social ladies excelled with decorating the tables in Cecily's favourite colour - pastel pink.  After Cecily cut her cake, her close friend Norma Freeman gave a touching speech in Cecily's honour. 


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48 of our members travelled to Ettalong on Tuesday 21 November for the annual Challenge Day, which has been contested between the 2 Clubs for the past 10 years.

After 3 straight years retaining the trophy, The Hills WBC was beaten by Ettalong WBC with a score of 229-175.

The greens were lightning fast, and posed a challenge for The Hills ladies, with only 3 rink wins and 1 rink draw.

But, as they say, it's not about the winning.  It's about the good company and friendship shared between the 2 clubs that continues to make this day a well supported event each year.

In the absence of our President, our 2 vice-presidents took the reins for the presentation with Norma Bratz handing over the trophy to Ettalong President Elaine Melross and Pat Robinson thanking Ettalong Club for their hospitality and friendship and setting down the challenge for 2018. 

Beside our bus before the trip home with a "ring-in"

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The combined presentation night for ladies and men bowlers was held on Saturday 11 November at The Hills Club.  There was approx. 70-80 bowlers and partners in attendance. 

MC Terry Barnett (ex-vice president) welcomed members and guests and introduced President Ken Carroll and Madam President Barbara Burdack to the podium to read the list of 2017 Special Recognitions.  Congratulations to all men bowlers listed in the program and a special mention to the following lady bowlers who played in district and regional matches:  Shirley de la Harpe, Debbie Howard, Margaret Wild, Carole Martin, Chris Cadman, Benita Woods, Wendy Bell, Kerry Wallace and Lyn Skeers.

Further presentations were made throughout the night for winners and runners-up of Club Championship events and these were presented by Pat Robinson (vice president), Elizabeth Leahy (Director) and Barbara Burdack (President) along with Erik Hobson (Director), Uwe Bendt (Treasurer) and Ken Carroll (President).

The Club lost three members during 2017 - Ros Tribolet, Joan Clarke and Joan Miller - who were recognised during the evening. 

President Ken Carroll with Madam President Barbara Burdack and MC Terry Barnett in background


President Ken Carroll made a special presentation to previous President Jim Castles

More photos of the night are in the photo  gallery. 


Instead of our usual Pre-Melbourne Cup Carnival Day, the committee decided to dedicate the day to our lovely patron Meg Biscoe. 

So, on Monday 6 November we held our inaugural Meg Biscoe Spring Carnival Day.

Unfortunately the weather was not kind and, instead of bowls, a fun game of trivia was played to keep us busy until lunch.  There were quite a few questionable questions and likewise answers, accompanied by lots of laughter.

Meg and her son Paul joined us for lunch, and in keeping with the Spring Carnival theme, Meg looked wonderful as she usually does.

Following lunch, there was a parade of ladies who "dolled up" for the day with their hats and fascinators.  The winner, chosen by Damian, Mel and Frances, was Giovanna Cipriano who looked resplendent in her maroon outfit and hat (which she had actually worn to the Melbourne Cup a few years ago). 

Meg was given a beautiful arrangement of flowers for her continued patronage of the Club and Paul made a speech on behalf of his mother thanking the ladies for organising the day on behalf of Meg. 

Meg with her son Paul 

Meg with her beautiful flowers presented by Secretary Keren Moffitt


 Giovanna Cipriano looking very elegant in her winning outfit

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Congratulations to Shirley de la Harpe and Danny Phillips on being Runners-Up in the State Mixed Pairs.  Great effort!!! 


BETTER LATE THAN NEVER - so  they say!!!!!

Traditionally, the BIGGEST MORNING TEA to  raise money for the Cancer Council, is held in March each year.  Unfortunately The Hills Club had so much going on at that time of the year we had to delay our fundraising effort until Tuesday 10 October.

The greens were awash with PINK and our Secretary, Keren Moffitt, very cleverly made the shape of the PINK RIBBON on the green for the ladies to pose for this lovely photo below.

The morning tea was amazing as usual and a HUGE thanks to all who cooked  for the event.

The Ladies raised $655 which has been sent to the Cancer Council and an appreciation certificate is below.


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On Tuesday 3 October, the final of the Club Fours was contested in cloudy but fine conditions - a good day for bowls.  The competing teams were:  Chris Cadman, Barbara Burdack, Debbie Howard, Shirley de la Harpe (Skip) and Karen McCann, Wendy Bell, Sheryn Batcheldor, Lyn Skeers (Skip).

Shirley's team were winners of the Final with a score of 28-10, which did not reflect the calibre of the game - a hard fought contest with all bowlers giving 100%.

It was a family affair for Shirley's team with Mother and Daughter,Chris Cadman and Barbara Burdack, playing together for the second year in a row in the final (last year they were runners-up).

Congratulations to the 8 ladies who competed in the game. 

Winners (with their trophy) - Chris, Debbie, Barbara and Shirley 


 Runners-Up - Lyn, Sheryn, Wendy and Karen 


The weekend of 16/17 September was the annual Narrabri Spring Carnival so 12 ladies (3 teams) set off for the long drive/train ride for a fun weekend of bowls and good company.  While 9 of the ladies decided to drive the distance this year, 3 of our members decided to catch the train, although they may not be allowed on the train again as 1 of the group was "caught" passing a $10 counterfeit note to buy a cup of tea.

Two of the teams had ladies from other clubs make up their numbers and everyone agreed that they had a great weekend.

From the moment we arrived we were part of the Narrabri country hospitality and can't wait for the info to arrive for the 2018 carnival - we'll all be going back I'm sure.

While none of us were "in the money", Lyn Skeers team (their first time attending) came fifth which was a great result and another team had a loss/draw in their last game (the loss was debatable).

We can't thank Narrabri WBC enough for their hospitality, delicious morning teas and fun on the greens!

From left:  Lyn Skeers, Sheryn Batcheldor, Maarjan Biegel and Monica (Kingswood WBC);  Jan Hawthorne, Marie Findley, Barbara Burdack and Carole Elvin;  Pauline (Lawson WBC), Kaye Robertson (Austral WBC), Maureen McInerney and Liz Leahy. 


The sun shone, the wind dropped and over 100 ladies from various WBCs within the Mitchell District took to the bowling greens at Toongabbie BC for the annual Veteran's Day.  The Hills WBC were very well represented with 23 bowlers (the most ladies from any Club attending).  Does this mean we are all getting "older" or are we just a larger club???????

The only STAR Veteran, Majororie Brown, took Centre stage after presentation of badges with our other eligible badge recipients surrounding her - VETERAN Betty Caller and SUPER Veterans Margaret Wild, Kath MacInante and Dulcie Pekas.

But it wasnt only the glory of being badge recipients that made the day successful for the Hills.  Jan Hawthorne played in the winning team with ladies from Northmead, Blacktown Workers and Wenty Leagues, pictured below with district president Toni Pollock.


And Judy Barbaro was in the Runner-up team with ladies from the host club Toongabbie and Wenty Leagues also pictured below with district president Toni Pollock. 


ANNUAL OPEN FOURS CARNIVAL (sponsored by Sydney Credit Union)

16 Teams from various clubs throughout Sydney competed in our annual Open Fours Carnival, sponsored by Sydney Credit Union on Monday 4 September.  While The Hills WBC had 2 teams winning prizes - Second and Third - it was the team from Lidcome (pictured below with our sponsor Glen), who took out the carnival.  The same ladies were runners-up last year, so it was especially exciting for them to take out first place this year.  Well done!  Thanks to Sydney Credit Union for their continued sponsorship of this event. 


More pictures in Photo Gallery


On Friday 25 August just over 50 of our members joined Margaret Scott and Penny Lovejoy to celebrate their 80th birthdays at The Hills Club.

Lots of laughter accomodated the delicious lunch and great company.

Once again Irene Moore, together with ladies from the social committee, excelled with decorating the tables for the celebrations.

Many happy returns to  both ladies on this special occasion.

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On Tuesday 22 August the final of the Club Triples was played and the winners were Shirley de la Harpe, Chris Cadman and Debbie Howard.  The runners-up,Penny Lovejoy, Judy Barbaro and Gail Robinson,had a hard contest to get to the finals and were to be congratulated on their efforts.

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

Runners-up - Penny Lovejoy, Judy Barbaro and  Gail Robinson


Our No. 1 Pennant Team travelled to The Entrance to compete in the State Pennant Play-offs  against winners in the various State districts.  With a huge contingent of supporters (the largest of any Club) the ladies did The Hills WBC proud coming 4th in their section and 7th overall.  A mighty effort Lyn Skeers, Kerry Wallace, Wendy Bell, Benita Woods, Margaret Wild, Chris Cadman, Debbie Howard and Shirley de la Harpe.




 More photos in photo gallery


The ladies are playing in the State play-offs at The Entrance BC from 14-20 August.  Give it your all girls, and remember the whole Club is thinking of you and wishing you "Good  Luck". 


The Club took a break from Championships and held the annual Allan Drew Fours Carnival on Monday 7 August.  17 teams, including The Hills and various Clubs through Sydney, competed for prize money donated by Allan Drew Funerals, Castle Hill.  Pictured below are 2 representatives from the company who joined us for lunch on the day - Peter Harvey and Kirsten Power.


The lucky winners of the Carnival were a team of Hills ladies - Sandra Barry (Skip), Diane Castles, Betty Caller and Sue Lemon.

Second and Third place were taken out by Castle Hill WBC and Toongabbie WBC respectively.




It's not too often bowlers are awarded a "9" pin, but that's what  happened when Chris Cadman, Debbie Howard and Shirley de la Harpe played in the Mitchell District Triples championship.  Well done ladies!! They are pictured below proudly displaying their awards.




What a great effort!!  Our very proud Grade 3 pennant players showing off their score card after being presented their "8" pin by District President Toni Pollock.  The team scored a perfect 8 during the 2017 pennant rounds and are well deserved of their award. The  only team to do so for The Hills in quite a few years.  Congratulations to Diane Atkins, Diane Castles, Diane Stewart (absent) and Penny Lovejoy (Skip) - pictured below with club President Barbara Burdack and district President Toni Pollock.



It was a huge day at The Hills Club on Tuesday 18 July, when Mitchell District representatives were present at The Hills Club for a number of presentations.

Members of our successful Grade One pennant team proudly display the flag, which was presented by District president Toni Pollock.  The team members (pictured below) are - Margaret Wild, Chris Cadman, Debbie Howard, Shirley de la Harpe (Skip), Benita Woods, Wendy Bell, Kerry Wallace and Lyn Skeers (Skip).  The runners-up were Castle Hill, with 6 of their team joining us for a "friendly" game of bowls followed by lunch.


More pictures in Photo Gallery

District President Toni Pollock had further presentations to make to our successful District winners:

Open Pairs - Debbie Howard & Shirley de la Harpe

Senior Pairs - Carole Martin & Margaret Wild


Singles - Shirley de la  Harpe


Two Club Championship finals decided on 11 July

Club Pairs

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


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.



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.   


District Singles

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


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.




Congratulations to our Grade 1 pennant team who went through their short but hard season undefeated to take out the flag for 2017.

Well done:

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).  


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. 


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 


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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!!!   (more photos in image  gallery)