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- Christmas Party -

The Snooker club is holding its Christmas party on Sunday 10th December 2017 commencing at 12.00 noon. More details to come soon!

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- Presentation Day -

Our annual Presentation Day is set for Sunday 22nd October 2017 upstairs in the VBC Function Room at 12:00 pm. Please let us know you're coming as soon as possible so we can organise catering.

New members are most welcome at the VBC Fishing Club!

For more information please contact the club's secretary Neil Cooley  on 0421 168 349.

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Lakers Low-Down

With Dave Govan - bowls manager

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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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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.


VBC Snooker Club News

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The 2017 Snooker Competition won’t be finished by next weekend so therefore we plan on having the finals and presentation the week after, which is Saturday 14th October, 2017.  Details of time etc regarding the finals and presentation will be emailed to members later this week, a notice will also be placed on the noticeboard.

A reminder to everyone that the Snooker Club holds its raffles on Wednesday nights, we have 12 meat prizes and the Members Badge draw is done immediately after our raffle is completed.

The Snooker club is holding it’s Christmas party on Sunday 10th December 2017 commencing at 12.00 noon.  Details of menu and entertainment will be advised in due course.

Helen Hickey


September 2017

We wish to advise those players in the competition who still have to play their games, that we want to have all games completed by the end of September, 2017.  We plan on having the Finals and the Presentation on Saturday 7th October, 2017.  Details of time etc regarding the finals and presentation will be emailed to members at a later date, a notice will also be placed on the noticeboard.

Our raffles on Wednesday night have been doing a lot better in the last couple of weeks due to the nicer weather we have been having.  Hopefully the cold winter nights will soon be a thing of the past and that more people will start coming back.

Helen Hickey, Secretary

August 2017

The Christmas in July function was a fantastic day and a great time had by all.  The food was lovely and the music and dancing was a lot of fun. Special thanks to our music men – Greg (Meggsie) and Gary who were great and played just about non-stop all afternoon.  We would also like to thank the Club Staff for their input in making the afternoon a huge success – the catering staff – food and service was excellent, the function staff who did a great job in decorating and setting up the room and of course the bar staff, who looked after us very well.  We had over 40 members who attended and 6 of those members won a lucky door prize.

The Snooker Competition is proceeding well and just a reminder to those who still haven’t played their first round, if they could do so as soon as possible so we can keep the competition moving.

Helen Hickey



VBC Fishing Club News

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Fishing Club Annual Presentation Day Details!












August 2017

July's outing was held on the weekend of 14th, 15th & 16th July. It commenced on Friday with strong winds and, when combined with the already cool temperature, was not very comfortable at all for fishing. Luckily as the weekend progressed the weather just got better and better and by Saturday afternoon it was absolutely perfect. Suffice to say that there were plenty of members who participated albeit if only to take advantage of the great weather.

Mark and Luke Bradley and Rod Hardwick decided to fish offshore taking the opportunity to travel to Broughton Island and camp for a couple of days. They were rewarded with a great mixed bag comprising of Teraglin, snapper, bonito, flathead, trevally and an amberjack. Young Luke out-fished his dad again and is becoming quite the accomplished fisherman catching six different species of fish. In the next couple of years, as Luke moves into the senior ranks, he will have some of the senior members looking over their shoulders. Rod Hardwick caught eight different species including some quality teraglin. Dave McMorrow was another who ventured offshore from Newcastle. He caught plenty of snapper to 1.7 kg, bream, tarwhine and flathead with a couple of parrot fish thrown in for good measure. They started fishing before dawn and Dave reckons that it was midday before he could feel his hands. Dave Kemp fished the lake and as usual was the quiet achiever. He caught a great bag of tailor and flathead topped off with a Mulloway of 4.250 kg. Neil Cooley persevered in Friday's gale to get  a bag of Whiting with his biggest going nearly .5 kg. He reckons there are plenty of winter whiting about and you just need to be patient. Neil and David Birt decided to fish the lake on Saturday. At first trying for some Salmon for no result, then flicking lures for flathead. They ended up with 12 fish with one of David's flathead going 79 cms and 3+ kgs. The largest was too good to be caught once and was promptly released to fight another day. Alex Menil fished his favoured beach and rock section and caught some line burning salmon again.  Neil Wilson and son Ryan had a late morning start in the lake on Saturday and fished into the early night. Ryan showed his dad how it was done and was chuffed to catch his first snapper on a soft plastic. They ended up with a mixed bag including a good sized 60 cm + flathead landed by Neil.  Our newest member Mark Neuman fished the lake and caught some flathead and tailor.

But far and away the fisherman of the weekend was Steve Neaves with his partner in crime Glen Candy. They decided to have a “sleepover” on his boat in the lake and, given the temperature in the middle of July, in addition to catching a swag of fish, both needed to be awarded a medal. Steve landed a heap of squid, slept through the catching of a Mulloway on his line by Glen, some snapper, crabs, bream & leatherjackets.

With the weather being perfect on Sunday it saw our weigh-in BBQ well attended with some 20+ members there. In all 18 different fish species were weighed in. The most ever. Winners for the weekend were 1st Steve Neaves 2nd Rod Hardwick & 3rd Dave McMorrow. Luke Bradley took out the Sub-Juniors for the weekend.

Our next outing will be held on 11th, 12th & 13th August. There are just two dedicated weekend outings to go before the competition finishes on 30th September, 2017.

New members are most welcome and can contact either Darren Riles ph 0439241061, Neil Cooley ph 0421168349 or David Birt ph. 0427228438 if they need information on how to sign up and go about participating.

Neil Cooley 


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Newcastle District Bowls Association

Newcastle District Bowling Association Inc. (NDBA) is the headquarters for Bowls Administration for Newcastle/Zone 2.

Valentine Womens Bowling Club

The VWBC homepage, with draws, news and events for our lady bowlers.

Bowls Australia

Bowls Australia is the national sporting organisation responsible for the leadership, development and management of lawn bowls in Australia.