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Lakers Low-Down

With Dave Govan - bowls manager

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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

Bowls Manager

Valentine BC

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

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

Valentine BC

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

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!

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

VBC Ladies Bowls News

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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.


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.

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.

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.


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.


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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