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Laker's Lowdown December 2018

Hi there fellow Lakers, highlights of the past month have been the completion of the minor pairs and the mixed pairs. Congratulations go to Terry Anderson & Robert Hathaway defeating Brian Miller & Graham Yabsley 25-8 in the minor pairs final. From reports Terry Anderson was named man of the match with some excellent display of draw bowling. Well done to both sides on a great performance. Congratulations also go to Jessica & David Govan on winning the mixed pairs final 15-10 against Kay Johnston & Terry Jones. Unfortunately the game was cut short due to Kay having some illness from her trip to China a few weeks ago. We wish Kay all the best and a speedy recovery. Congratulations to Jessica Govan on her third mixed pairs title to go with her 5 mixed fours titles in just 5 years of bowling. Some interesting trivia for you, Jessica now is the most successful female for mixed club championships in the history of Valentine Bowling Club with a total of 8 titles.

Presentation night is approaching fast and will be held on the 15th December. Tickets are on sale on men’s gala days at the desk or please see David Govan in the bowls office. Come and celebrate with our champions, life members, invited guests & sponsors for what will be a great night. Tickets are just $20.

Well the little fat man will be popping down your chimney before you know it so from myself to all Valentine members have a very merry Christmas, embrace your loved ones & cherish every moment & a happy new year to all. This is the Govna signing off for 2018 lets make 2019 an even better year for Valentine, Good Bowling & Go The Lakers!!!

Regards  David Govan Bowls Manager

Valentine B

Laker's Lowdown November 2018

Hi there fellow Lakers.

Well 2018 has just about disappeared where did the year go?

Highlights of the past month have been the minor pairs and the mixed pairs reaching the final stages.

Our minor pairs final will be played on the 25th November 1pm with Terry Anderson & Robert Hathaway taking on Brian Miller & Graham Yabsley & the mixed pairs final 2nd December 1pm with Kay Johnston & Terry Jones taking on Jessica & David Govan. Get to the games to witness some great bowls.

Our ham galas will be coming up soon on Fridays and Saturdays so get your names down fast to avoid disappointment as from the 19th November we will be reduced to 1 green.

Club challenge has yet to be released so keep your eyes posted all those whom nominated. Competition starts on the 17th November.

That’s all for now good bowling and Go The Lakers!!!


David Govan

Bowls Manager

Valentine BC

Laker's Lowdown September 2018

Hi there fellow Lakers.

Well isn’t it great to see the back of winter, bring on some sunshine and warm weather.

Club championships are progressing well with the veteran pairs final to be completed this week, Bruce Gillard and Ray Crane take on Bruce Boyle and Peter Steel. Good luck men have a great game.

Three threes have now reached round 3 and Valentine has two sides left in the competition, keep going men.

Club challenge nominations are on the board so please get your name down ASAP and a date will be put up soon as the Royal releases the info.

Our super 12s tournament was unfortunately washed out this year but some plans may be put together to run a one day event in the near future.

The club triples semi finals will be played on the 15th September and possibly the final on the 16th depending results. That’s all for now Good Bowling & Go The Lakers!!!


David Govan

Bowls Manager     Valentine BC

Laker's Lowdown August 2018

Hi there fellow Lakers, well it has been a busy time of year for us all and many highlights for the club.

Congratulations to our mighty 7 grade side for finishing runners-up in the Saturday pennant going down to a very strong Wangi side. Valentine performed brilliantly throughout the playoffs defeating Lowlands, Soldiers Point and East Maitland to reach the final. What a great effort men. Lets go one better next year.

Congratulations go to Ian Macrae winning his maiden veteran singles tittle defeating Col Mullen 25-12, Macca played very consistent throughout the final and was a well deserved win.

The biggest highlight of the month was David Govan capturing Valentine men’s first district title of the year winning the Champion Of Club Champion Singles, Govan played extremely well throughout the competition defeating Michael Beesley (Beresfield) 31-10 in the final played at Waterboard. A huge thankyou to all Valentine members for their support at the game! Govan now joins the late Barry Salter and Darby Ross as the only three men to win the NDBA Champion Of Champion Singles three times in the 120 year history of the NDBA and will contest in the state Champion Of Champion Singles at Ballina Bowling club in October later this year.

That’s all for now good bowling and Go The Lakers!!!


David Govan

Bowls Manager Valentine BC

Laker's Lowdown July 2018

Hi there fellow Lakers,

The highlight of the past month has been our mighty 7 grade still leading the way in the Saturday pennant competition, keep up the good work men.

David Govan has reached the quarter finals of the champion of club champion singles with two great wins defeating R. Green (Edgeworth) 31-5 & P. McGaw (Waterboard) 31-4. David now plays C. Starrett (Merewether) on Sunday 7th July, get to the game at Waterboard Bowling Club to watch some cracking bowls.

Our super 12s tournament sheet is on the board so get your name down quick as it is very popular.

Three threes nominations are on the board so to assist selectors please put your name asap.

That’s all for now, good bowling & Go The Lakers!!!


David Govan     Bowls Manager

Valentine BC

Laker's Lowdown May 2018

Hi there fellow Lakers,

Well what a busy and exciting time it has been over the past week with the completion of our Major singles, Minor Singles & Mixed Fours championships. Congratulations go to David Govan going one better than last year defeating Ross Levido 31-26 in the Major singles final. What a cracking game it was to those who came to witness the event. David now has the honor to represent Valentine in the champion of club champion singles on the 1/7/18 at Waterboard BC.

Congratulations to Robin Walker defeating Al Aurisch 31-19 in the Minor singles final.

Congratulations to Jessica Govan, Ian Macrae, Gae Macrae & David Govan defeating Bruce Williams, Betty Simpson, David Childs & Nancy Childs 28-14 in the mixed fours final. This is 5 years straight for the Govan’s & Macrae’s for the mixed fours well done.

Our men’s pennants has kicked off finally for Saturdays with some mixed results. Make sure you get to training on your days men it makes the world of difference on game day.

Last of all our invitational Classic Pairs is held this month on the 28th & 29th so get down to the tournament if you’re not playing and learn a thing or two from the elite players from Newcastle.

That’s all for now good bowling & Go The Lakers!!!


David Govan

Bowls Manager

Laker's Lowdown April 2018

Hi there fellow Lakers, the highlight of the month has been the major minor pairs reaching to the final stage. This will see Bruce Boyle & Dave McQuire do battle against Peter Howell & Al Bargwanna on Monday 16th April 6pm, get to the game & witness what should be a cracking final.
Midweek Pennants has arrived & a number of players are unavailable for the first round, remember guys it’s not a right to get selected & play for Valentine it’s a privi-lege!!! Our invitational Classic Pairs dates have changed due to the sen-ior interzone clashing & will now be held on the 28th-29th May. Good luck to the men who are playing senior district singles this weekend go get em men. That’s all for now, good bowling & Go The Lakers!!!
David Govan Bowls Manager

Laker's Lowdown February 2018

Hi there fellow Lakers, welcome to another season of bowls.

Club championships start off this week with the club fours Friday night 6 pm followed by major singles Sunday 1 pm then major minor pairs Monday night 6 pm. Please check the board to see if you are boarded or need to find a marker.

The first of our pennant trials are on the board so please tick if you are available or not. These are only trial teams and changes can be made for future trials and pennant sides.

Entry forms are on the board for district events so anyone wishing to enter do so before they close.

Good luck to Nev Hardes and Kim Jaques in the quarter finals of the district pairs to be played at Nelson Bay this Saturday 11/2/18 and the same to Wayne Atherton and Col Mullen and also John Jennings and Jack Littlewood in the quarter finals of the senior district pairs at Beresfield, go get em men!

That’s all for now, good bowling and Go The Lakers!!!


David Govan

Laker's Lowdown December 2017

Hi there fellow Lakers,

The highlight of the past month has been the completion of all remaining club championships.

Congratulations go to Jessica Govan, Ian Macrae, Gae Macrae and David Govan defending their mixed fours title defeating Jenny Baldwin, Al Aurisch, Glenda Morgan and Paul Birt 20-17 in a cracking final.

Congratulations go to Rhonda and Jack Littlewood defeating Barbara and Murray Bennett 21-14 in the mixed pairs final and last of all congratulations go to Terry Seery and David McQuire defeating Murray Bennett and Benny Lowe 22-21 in the minor pairs final on a extra end.

Well done to all participants this year who competed in our championships.

Last of all have a Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all, be good and embrace your loved ones and look forward to another fantastic year in 2018.

Good bowling and Go The Lakers 2018!!!


David Govan

Bowls Manager

Laker's Lowdown November 2017

Hi there fellow Lakers, well Christmas is approaching fast which means our Christmas ham galas are about to start, Friday 17th November to be exact.

As you know our grass green will be down in around two weeks so get your names down fast to avoid disappointment in missing out.

Presentation night is approaching quickly, tickets will be on sale this Friday from the bowls committee on gala days or from myself in the bowls office. Cost of the tickets is $20, come and enjoy a great night and celebrate with all our club champions and participants for 2017.

That’s all for now, good bowling and Go The Lakers!!!


David Govan

Bowls Manager

Laker's Lowdown October 2017

Hi there fellow Lakers,

The highlight of the past month has been the completion of our men’s veteran pairs. Congratulations go to Eric Roach and Al Dudley running out 22-5 victors over Warren Sharkey and Col Edwards, congratulations to both sides on their performances throughout the competition.

Our Valentine Lakers over 70’s tournament still has vacancies, so get a team in for what should be a great day of bowls.

All those selected for this year’s Club Challenge – draws should be out this week so keep posted, competition starts on the 14th of this month.

Valentine has had a steady start to this year’s big bowl, get down to Valentine for scheduled games and witness some of the best bowls in Newcastle.

Last of all since my previous article we have lost two of Valentines long serving members – Mr William Watson and Mr Colin Rolla, both men were great friends of all at Valentine and you will be sorely missed but never forgotten. It’s been a pleasure to work, play and know both gentlemen God Bless.

That’s all for now Go The Lakers!!!


David Govan

Bowls Manager

Laker's Lowdown September 2017

Congratulations to David and Jess Govan on the arrival of their son on the 20th August. Cooper David Govan will no doubt be on the bowling green as soon as he can walk!

Dave has had some well-earned time with his family, check back next month for another Laker’s Low-Down!

Laker's Lowdown August 2017

Hi there, Lakers!

The highlights of the past month have been the completion of the minor singles and veteran singles. Congratulations go to young up and comer Benny (The Jet) Lowe defeating Al Aurisch 31-26 in the minor singles final. Al got off to a flying start scoring the maximum 4 shots on the first end followed by two singles to lead 6-0, Al then extended his lead to 14-7 before Benny hit his straps winning the next 5 ends to lead 16-14. The lead swung again and Al took to the front to lead 20-16 followed by Benny after that again to lead 23-20. On the 29th end scores were locked at 26-26, a maximum count to Benny on the 30th end followed by a single clinched the title for the young man. Congratulations to both players on a fantastic final.

The Veteran singles final this year was between Eric Roach and Bruce Williams. Bruce was in red hot form on the day playing some magnificent draw bowls and raced to a 24-4 match winning advantage, Eric won the next 3 ends to trail 9-24 before Bruce with his last bowl drew the absoluta, winning his maiden veteran singles title, Congratulation to both men.

Our super 12s tournament is now full but a couple of spare teams would be good in case of late pullouts.

Our over 70 triples tournament in October entry sheet in on the board so get your names down asap.

Last of all three threes entry close soon so get in and lets win a couple of titles for Valentine.

That’s all for now, Go The Lakers!!!


David Govan

Bowls Manager   VBC

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Women's Bowls News

Women's Bowls News - July 2018

VWBC Club Pairs Final was played on the 28/6/18. Nancy Childs, Eunice Albert defeated Kay Johnston and Gwyn Garrett by 1 shot on the last end. This game was 10 all and progressed close all the way.

Rhonda Littlewood played in the Australian Open at Tweed Heads and had sectional wins in the singles,   pairs and fours. A great effort against Australia’s best bowlers.

Valentine Women’s B C held our AGM today 19/6/18 with 81 members present.  President Gwen Gould, Secretary Jeanette Manning, Treasurer Anna Harris and Patron Velma McArthur, delegate Elaine Toohey were returned. Vice Presidents Gwen Eagle, Rose Sharkey. Match Committee Margaret Taylor, Amanda Gibson, Betty Simpson, Di McCarthy, Jenny Brauer.  Selection Gae Macrae, Colleen Hodge, Joyce Sullivan, Maxine Dunning, Barbara Bennett. Social/Catering Committee. Lorraine Davies, Brenda Cowen, Judy Percival, Diann Neilson, Marilyn Hair, Judy White. Julie Scott, Collene Doherty, Denise Miller, Vicki Fletcher.

Best performed Pennant Team Rose Wayland, Gwynn Garrett, Kay Johnston, Maxine Dunning. Best performed teams, on 20/2 Gae Macrae, 22/2 Irene Robinson, 27/2 Nancy Childs, 1/3 Norma Rodway, 6/3 Rose Wayland, Anna Harris, 8/3 Sue Armstrong, 13/3 Nancy Childs, 15/3 Ann Chapple, 20/3 Gae Macrae, 22/3 Nancy Childs.

Presentation was made to Sharon Gilmore, Kay Johnston, Rose Wayland, Rhonda Littlewood (absent) Nancy Childs, Gwyn Garrett and Maxine Dunning for winning at District.

Invitation Oncology Day 25/6/18 played in beautiful weather on the shores of Lake Macquarie. Sponsor Simply Pharmacy Valentine Jodie presented prizes, and Kay Fordham from the Mater Oncology Auxiliary thanked the ladies present for their donations. Money raised will be donated to the Mater Oncology. Winners Kotara G Geering, D Wright, B Toomey, M Bullock. R/up Redhead, P Chatto, J Currie, D Bourke, L Hadden. Third Valentine K Johnston, G Garrett, N Rodway, L Humphreys, cons  Valentine W Lesniak, J Finch, B Wilkins, L Harland. Spider winners, G Morgan (Val) J Sharpe (LPBC) E Plissut (Boolaroo). K Johnston (Val).

Congratulations to our 2 teams who received their 8 pin badge at Dora Creek recently for their Pennant games in the 2017 season.  Grade 2 Anna Harris, Sue Armstrong, Di McCarthy and Maxine Dunning. Grade 3 Red, Kim Nillesen, Eunice Albert, Brenda Cowen and Jenny Baldwin.

Regional playoffs will be played at Ettalong on the Sunday 15th and Monday 16th July. Vicki Fletcher and Geoff Armstrong will compete in the mixed pairs, Sharon Gilmore in the Singles, and our fours team Rose Wayland, Kay Johnston, Rhonda Littlewood and Sharon Gilmore.

On a very sad note VWBC advise of the passing of our long time member Janice Penfold.  Janice was in the winning Pennant 4 Grade side in 2000 (known as the happy vegemites) and also won the Kotara President’s Shield May 2016 with Flo Smith and Irene Robinson, and her happy smiling face will be missed by all at Valentine. President Gwen extends her deepest sympathy to Ross and Lisa at this sad time. Celebration of Janice’s life will be held Friday 6/7/18 at 12.30 Pettigrews Belmont.

For all who are not well we wish a speedy recovery, good bowling to all.


Women's Bowls News - May 2018

Thank you to Noel McFarlane Real Estate. Mrs Beetson’s Butchers Jewells, and Simply Pharmacy for the supply of our new Club shirts, which will be worn with pride for our Club.

Our new Club Shirts looked very smart on our ladies when they played the Semi-final of VWBC Major Singles Championship on the 26/4/18.

Nancy Childs defeated Sharon Gilmore in a hard battle, and came down to the last ends. Nancy was down 6-20 on the 17th end and proceeded to win the next 11 ends, on the third last end Nancy was 23-22 and won the next two ends by 1. Nancy is hard to beat isn’t she Sharon?

Kay Johnston defeated Brenda Seery in another nail biter. Kay was down 12 nil and fought her way back to win 27 – 23. This was another match decided on the last few ends with Kay winning the last two ends. A great game of skill and sportsmanship.

The Final of the mixed pairs will be played on Sunday 29/4/18. (see David Govan’s report for result)

VWBC had 5 teams enter the LMDWBA District Triples on the 23/4/18. Kay Johnston and Gae Macrae’s teams made it to the second round. Well done.

LMDWBA Championship District Singles commence the 7th May and the State Carnival at Warilla commences the 21st May. VWBC wish our players great success at these games.

Twilight mixed bowls finished for the year the 19th April, with a thunder storm and torrential rain. This did not dampen the night as finger food was provided upstairs and a celebration for Merle Armstrong as she turns 90. Happy Special  Birthday Merle from your friends at VWBC.  Twilight bowls will resume in October. These games have been played and enjoyed by many members and are great encouragement to our new bowlers.

Social Club Sunday mixed galas are still well attended and are an enjoyable day. Place name in folder for a game.

Our Anzac Day Commemorative service at noon was well attended. President Gwen Gould and Life Member and Patron Velma McArthur laid a wreath in respect for our fallen soldiers, and Hot Pot and Curry were served by Betty, Shirley and Sandra.

For all who are not well, we wish a speedy recovery and good bowling to all.

I Robinson PO.

Women's Bowls News - April 2018

Congratulations to Valentine’s Vicki Fletcher and Geoff Armstrong who defeated Freida Wells, and Bob At-kins (Charlestown) winning the LMDWBA section of the State Mixed Pairs Championship at Charlestown 18/3/18. Vicki and Geoff qualify to play in the State Regional Pairs Championship at the Central Coast in July. A well de-served win to such a great couple.
Sharon Gilmore and Ian Macrae (Valentine) lost to R Namutwong skip and R Means (Charlestown) by 1 shot in the tie break on an extra end in the quarter final. A great effort for our teams to reach quar-ter final and final.
Valentine had 12 ladies walking in the Lake Macquarie Breast Cancer Fund raiser at Speers Point Park Sunday 18/3/18. Some of these la-dies are survivors of Cancer, or know of someone who has become a survivor. We are extremely proud of these ladies who were still smiling at the end of their walk.
LMDWBA PENNANTS were final-ized on the 28/3/18. Congratula-tions to Grade 1 winners Charlestown r/up Valentine, Grade 2 Charlestown r/up Warners Bay, Grade 3 Marks Point r/up Charlestown (2) Grade 4 Windale Gateshead r/up Charlestown.
Our Grade 1 were very strong, however Charlestown were strong-er on the day . Our ladies won the runner-up Flag and we are ex-tremely proud of them. Grade 2 played off on the last day in second position, however Redhead defeat-ed them. VWBC played well and we are looking forward to next year as we become stronger and VWBC certainly enjoyed then Pen-nant season. Well done to our se-lectors, they work extremely hard and are very dedicated.
Our Life Member Merle Armstrong ran Galas each week for the ladies, who were not able to commit to pennants. Winner Coralie Ward, r/up Elizabeth Howells, 3rd Alina Mi-klosi. 4th Joyce Sullivan. Thank you Merle the ladies look forward to your competition.
Social Club mixed Sunday Gala’s
and Thursday night twilight are very popular and attendance is up. For all who are not well, we wish a speedy recovery, and good bowl-ing to all.
GO VALENTINE. Irene Robinson Communication Officer.

Women's Bowls News February 2018

With Pennants commencing on the 20th February, President Gwen extends good wishes to our 6 teams. Play the games in a good competitive and friendly sportsmanship manner, and make our Club proud. Bring home flags.  Greenkeeper Steve Britt has done an excellent job preparing our grass green, which is now up and running. Our new shirts should arrive prior to Pennants and we welcome our new sponsor Noel McFarlane Real Estate.

President Gwen wishes to thank Barbara Bell who is printing Booklets for our pennant players. These booklets let teams know where they are playing and when, and provides score sheets. Barbara does an excellent job and our players really appreciate her booklets.

The Final of the Mixed Fours was played on the 20/11/17 commencing at 6pm and played over four and a half hours with some light rain. Winners Jess and David Govan and Gae and Ian Macrae defeated Jenny Baldwin, Alan Aurisch, Glenda Morgan and Paul Birt in a very close game.

VBC held the final of the mixed pairs played on the 26/11/17. Winners Rhonda and Jack Littlewood defeated Barbara and Murray Bennett.

VWBC held our Christmas Party on the 12/12/17 in the auditorium. President Gwen Gould welcomed Life Members, our hard working Committee and fellow bowlers. Nancy Childs was presented with Trophy for Bowler of the Year, and Irene Shirlow was presented with Most Improved Bowler of the Year. A delicious lunch prepared by our Chef Gary and his team followed by celebration and dancing to the music of Gary Davidson, who plays our favorite music.  Many thanks to Judy Percival who always decorates with expertise at our functions.

Valentine Social Club held a Twilight Mixed Gala 22/12/17 which was a roaring success and enjoyed by over 30 happy bowlers. Our Twilight bowls are played on Thursday evening at 5pm.

Valentine Social Club mixed gala held on Australia Day was enjoyed by the 85 bowlers in attendance. CEO Leisa played in my game and we are looking forward to a new star, I am sure Leisa enjoyed the bowls. Congratulations Social Club on a well organized day.

VWBC are preparing for our first Invitation Day which will be held on the 12/2/18.

For all who are not well, we wish you a speedy recovery

Good bowling.


Women's Bowls News December 2017

President Gwen and the Committee of VWBC would like to express our best wishes to all, for the coming Festive Season, and look forward to 2018, and good bowling.

VWBC would like to extend our best wishes to our Past President Irene Landrigan and her husband Frank who are relocating to the Wollongong District to be closer to family. Your input at our Xmas Concerts and your presence will be missed on the green by your bowling mates. Enjoy the coast.

Valentine have completed all of our Championship Games for 2017.

Our winners were:

Major Singles Kay Johnston R/up Maree Vincent

Minor Singles Maxine Dunning, R/up Kim Nillesen

Club Championship Pairs Nancy Childs, Eunice Albert R/up Rose Wayland, Rhonda Littlewood

Club Championship Triples Nancy Childs, Eunice Albert, Heather Bree R/up Anna Harris, Dianne McCarthy, Maxine Dunning

Club Championship Fours Kay Johnston, Gwyn Garrett, Irene Shirlow, Loris Humphreys R/up Vicki Fletcher, Barbara Bell, Cheryn Derrick, Brenda Seery.

Mixed Fours Championship Jess Govan, Ian Macrae, Gae Macrae, David Govan (skip) defeated Jenny Baldwin, Alan Aurisch, Glenda Morgan, Paul Birt (skip)

Mixed Pairs Championship, Rhonda and Jack Littlewood defeated Barbara and Murray Bennett

LMDWBA MAJOR SINGLES. Rhonda Littlewood (Valentine) R/up Nancy Childs (Valentine)

LMDWBA Senior Pairs Frieda Wells, Janet Gray (Charlestown) R/up Kay Johnston, Gwyn Garrett (Valentine)


STATE Championship Singles Semi Finalist Rhonda Littlewood (Valentine)

VWBC Past Presidents Consistency, Gwyn Garrett R/up Vicki Fletcher

VWBC Edith Galt Consistency for Bowlers playing 5 years or under, Wendy Lesniak R/up Paulette Bignell

VWBC had representatives playing for LMDWBA against the Central Coast, Hunter District, Newcastle and the State Carnival during 2017.

VWBC Super 10’s was held on the 6/11/17 with teams adding up in grades to 10 or more, one 1st grade or one 2nd grade player and the rest of the team adding up to 10 or more. Teams attended from Charlestown, New Lambton, Adamstown and Kahibah. The overall winners Dale Cameron, Maxine Dunning, Janette Williams and Joan Granter (Valentine).

Melbourne Cup was enjoyed at VBC 7/11/17 with a great meal and dancing. Some members were lucky enough to pick a winner.

Valentine Bowling Club held a Kid’s Christmas Party on Sunday the 26th November, 2017 with Jumping Castles and slides for the Children and Santa arriving by boat. A fun day was enjoyed by the many who attended.

Our next Social Club mixed gala will be the 17th December, at 1pm. Come along in Christmas gear and have a fun day.

VWBC will hold a Xmas Gala the last game for the year 5th December and our Christmas Party will be held on the 12th December.

Bowls will commence for 2018 on the 9th January, and we look forward to the Pennants commencing on the 20th February.

For all who are not well we wish a speedy recovery, good bowling.

GO VALENTINE. Irene Robinson. Communication Officer.

Women's Bowls News November 2017

VWBC congratulate Rhonda Littlewood Valentine who represented LMDWBA Region 6 , in the NSW State Singles Championship at Taren Point. Rhonda played two games to reach the semi-final and was defeated  by Natasha Scott 25-11. Natasha from Raymond Terrace won the final of the singles, pairs, triples and fours. A great achievement to reach the State Championship and especially reaching the semi-finals, well done Rhonda.

Jenny Baldwin reached the semi-finals of the Pam Field Consistency.  Jenny played Kath McCloughlan Marks Point in the semis where she was beaten 150-130. A mighty effort by Jenny who has only been  bowling for 2 years.

The Past Presidents Consistency was hotly contested by our ladies. The Final was played in very hot conditions on the 12/10/17 and was a cliffhanger. Gwyn Garrett defeated Vicki Fletcher in a very hard fought game. Gwyn was 149 Vicki 141 going into last end. They both reached 150 and an extra end was played with both players gaining 5 shots. Gwyn won on the second extra end by 8 shots to 2. Congratulations ladies on a game which was contested to the very last bowl.

With much sadness VWBC advise of the passing of our member Helen O’Connor on Sunday the 8/10/17. Helen joined VWBC in 2006 and her quiet personality and devilish nature will be missed by all at VWBC, Euchere players, golfing friends and nursing friends.

We had 27 players attend the Riverview Carnival at North Haven commencing the 14th October. The  McCarthy and Aurisch team and Bennett and Mullen team came in 3rd and 4th place on the 15th The McCarthy and Aurisch team were equal second on the 20th and were beaten by a North Haven team who were winners of the day. An enjoyable Carnival and our teams are looking forward to next year their 60th Anniversary.

The Alan Smith Versatility was played at VBC on the shore of Lake Macquarie where Alan loved to play bowls, fish, and was a Life Member. Played over 3 nights instead of 4, as one Thursday night was cancelled due to rain. 12 teams of fours enjoyed competing in ladies and men’s pairs, mixed fours and mixed pairs. The results were 4 teams on 8 points, therefore a count back revealed the winners. FIRST PLACE Vicki Fletcher, Peter Howell, Fran Ellis and Bill Easton. SECOND Glenda Morgan, Col Mullen, Betty Simpson, Harold Copland. THIRD. Irene Robinson, Col Edwards, Frank Landrigan, Paulette Bignell/Jenny Baldwin, FOURTH Anna Harris, Dennis McCarthy, Shirley Mander, John Derrick. Platters of food were delivered to tables after the last game and a fun time was enjoyed.

VWBC Super 10’s will be played Monday the 6th November, which will be a lot of fun with teams adding up in grades to l0 or more, with only one lst grade or one 2nd grade in each team.

Melbourne cup will be celebrated at VBC Tuesday the 7th November, with lunch, music and sweeps. Hope you have a winner.

Twilight Bowls recommence Thursday the 9th November at 5pm $6 entry plus $1 for Jackpot drawn each week. Folder in the Club all welcome.

Our Next Mixed Social Club Sunday afternoon will be the 19th November commencing 1pm $6 entry. Names down at the Club for a fun afternoon Visitors welcome.

VWBA next General Meeting will be the 21st November, President Gwen would like to see as many VWBC members present to hear what has been happening at our great Club.

The Committee and VWBC would like to pass on our sincere condolences to member and past vice president, Carole and John Thomas on the loss of their daughter Lisa, and niece of our member Helen and Tony Pelosi who has passed after a long illness. Sincere sympathy from your friends at VWBC.

GOOD BOWLING and for all who are not well we wish a speedy recovery.

GO VALENTINE. Irene Robinson. Communication Officer.

Women's Bowls News October 2017

Valentine held our Spring Fair on the 18/9/17 with beautiful Spring weather with 2 full greens of visitors and VWBC.

Winners all Valentine players were Gwyn Garrett, Rose Sharkey, Loris Humphreys, and Elizabeth Howells, 2nd Kath Archer, Dale Cameron, Coral James, Joyce Sullivan, 3rd Annette Finnie, Glennis Newton, Lyn Harland, Brenda Cowen, cons Gae Macrae, Colleen Hodge, Eunice Albert, Heather Bree.

VWBC had 5 players; Nancy Childs, Gwyn Garrett, Rhonda Littlewood, Rose Wayland and Sharon Gilmore representing at LMDWBA V’s Central Coast at Wangi on the 29th September for the Lakes trophy. Congratulations LMDWBA winning on 6 rinks 167-99.

LMDWBA Festival of bowls was enjoyed by our 6 teams. Runner-up 3 game winners are Barbara Bennett, Gwyn Garrett, Narelle Mullen, and Brenda Seery.  Thank you LMDWBA and host Clubs for a well organised Carnival.

VBC social Club held a mixed  Mothers/Fathers Day GALA on 8 rinks the 24/9/17 with lunch to follow a game of turnaround triples. A great day was had by all.

VWBC Past President Consistency has been hotly contested with some very close games. Semi final Thursday 5th October, Vicki Fletcher v Dale Cameron, Gwyn Garrett v Brenda Seery.

Social Club mixed Gala commences the 5th October, 4.45 pm for 5 pm start, cost $6 and $1 for Jackpot. Smart casual dress no singlet tops.

Rhonda Littlewood Valentine, Region 6 Singles winner, will contest the State Singles Championship at Taren Point on the 18th and Valentine Ladies will be cheering for you.

Good bowling, and for all who are not well, we wish a speedy recovery.


Women's Bowls News September 2017

VWBC Edith Galt Encouragement Award, for bowlers who have been bowling 5 years and under played on the 3/8/17 was won by Wendy Lesniak r/up Paulette Bignell.  18 Ladies played 3 games of 10 ends and proved to be a strongly contested day. VWBC are extremely happy with the dedication and competitive bowlers building our Club.

Valentine’s Nancy Childs, Kay Johnston, Rhonda Littlewood, Rose Wayland, Sharon Gilmore, Vicki Fletcher and Heather Bree were selected to play for LMDWBA in the Hunter Valley Challenge which was played on the 25/8/17. LMDWBA won the Trophy defeating Hunter Valley 141-126. The weather was very cold, however our ladies played great bowls.

Valentine had 10 ladies and 9 men competing in the TAB Tournament at Norfolk Island. They played fantastic bowls and enjoyed a great holiday. Valentine teams of 3’s Suz Semple, Rhonda Littlewood, Geoff Armstrong and Col Mullen all reached the semi-finals. They played teams from NT, NSW, NZ, and Tassie. A great result.

VWBC had 4 teams enter the Blue Water Carnival at Soldiers Point. We enjoyed catching up with friends, meeting ladies from Clubs all over the state and the friendly competitive Carnival. Composite team from Pittwater, won 3rd place. Maree Vincent (Valentine) Jen Roberts and Jacqui Morgan (Pittwater) with Jan Sutherland, skip (East Maitland). Nancy Childs replaced Maree on the last day as Maree flew out for Norfolk Island.

VWBC had 4 teams compete in the LMDWBA Competition for bowlers  5 year and under on the 16/8/17. They played  Morisset, Dora Creek and Gwandalan. Great bowling Valentine ladies Winners Fran Ellis, Jenny Elks, and Bernice Wilkins r/up Julie Scott, Gay Cheshire and Cheryl Lawson.

Valentine Club Fours Championship final was played on 29th August, Winners Kay Johnston, Gwyn Garrett, Irene Shirlow and Loris Humphreys defeated Vicki Fletcher, Barbara Bell, Cheryn Derrick and Brenda Seery. This was an exciting game of bowls.

Valentine’s Past Presidents’ Consistency will commence on the 31/8/17.

Our Social Club mixed Sunday afternoon was held on the 27th August, following the AGM.

For all who are not well, we wish a speedy recovery, good bowling.


Women's Bowls News August 2017

Congratulations to Rhonda Littlewood (Valentine) who defeated Margaret Smith (Avoca) 25-23 in the Regional 6 Singles at Redhead 31/7/17. Rhonda will now represent Valentine at the State Championships at Taren Point in October. Great work Rhonda. GO VALENTINE.

Congratulations to LMDWBA teams Wangi 3 grade and Redhead 4 grade, who are also playing in the State Play-offs.

Valentine’s Oncology Invitation Day was held on the 3rd July which was an outstanding success with 2 full greens.  Valentine’s Jan Boyle, Jenny Baldwin, Brenda Seery, and Annette Tierney were the winners.

Our Minor Singles were played on the 11th July, winner Maxine Dunning defeated Kim Nillesen 25-16.

The Final of the LMDWBA Senior Pairs, Valentine’s Kay Johnston and Gwyn Garrett, were defeated by Freida Wells and Janet Gray (Charlestown) 18-17 in a very close game. A great game of Championship bowls. Valentine’s Sharon Gilmore and Maree Vincent were defeated in the semi-final of the LMDWBA Open Pairs by L Gilsenen and L Genders (Charlestown).

Valentine’s Club Triples were contested 25/7/17 with Nancy Childs, Eunice Albert and Heather Bree defeating last year winners, Anna Harris, Dianne McCarthy and Maxine Dunning. This was a great game, however luck and good bowls were with Nancy’s team.

Nancy Childs and Maree Vincent, played with Jen Roberts and Jacqui Morgan (Pittwater) in a 2 day Carnival at East Tamworth, and won second place on the 22-23/7/17. Well done.

VWBC will host a Super 10’s Carnival on the 6/11/17. Team of 4, 21 ends and teams comprise of 1 x 1 grade OR 1 x 2 grade to tally 10 or over OR 4 X 3, OR 2 X 4 & 2 X 3. Contact Betty Simpson 49427110.

Club Fours are now underway.

VWBC have 4 four teams attending  the Blue Water Carnival at Soldiers Point in August.

VWBC have Lady and Men bowlers travelling to Norfolk Island for their Carnival in August, and hopefully will have a successful Carnival and a fantastic holiday.

Good bowling, safe travel, and to all who are not well we wish a speedy recovery.  GO VALENTINE.

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