24th February 20 - The Bushfire Relief game was played last Friday night at South Perth, a great night it was too. Lots of laughter and enjoyment, crowd was very generous with their support of raffles and food, and an element of seriousness as well as both North and South wanted to win. In the end the trophy was given to the South team, rink scores are not known and not really kept accurately but my guess would be about 10-20 shots they won by. Final figures are still being tabulated but it is thought the night will raise in excess of $10k.
The highlight for me was the substitutions of young Slavich and Alberti. They really set the crowd alight with the quality of their player and their enthusiasm for the game.
It's a great compliment to Ash Sharp and all his team of helpers for getting this off the ground and in play. Hopefully it can become an annual event to raise money for various causes in the future.
24th February 20 - The Morley Millions was played on the weekend, here are the results
24th February 20 - Some clubs will be finishing, if they haven't already, their club singles events. Male or female, if you have some winners send them to me and I will start listing them here.
24th February 20 - The annual city vs country all stars game is on again this Thursday night at Osborne Park. It promises to be a high quality encounter as the best bowlers in the city take on the best bowlers in the country. Game commences at 6.30pm, get there early to get your position to view the game as it can get quite crowded. Teams can be found by following the link above.
23rd February 20 - Cambridge have sent details of their annual St Ives tournamennt in April
20th February 20 - Congratulations to Ryan Moyle and Corey Bessant who are this years Doubleview Masters Pairs winners. They won the final 21-10, it was set up with an amazing first end where they picked up a 7, and then just held thast advantage all game.
18th February 20 - The knockout games have been played and we are down to our grand finalists. Ryan Moyle/Corey Bessant is playing Shane Knott/Cody Packer. The game is played at 5.30pm tonight at Doubleview, if you live in the area why not get down to watch a cracking final.
17th February 20 - Day 1b of the sectional play has been completed, we are down to 12 winners who play today in their knockout stages. Full results and knockout draw can be found be clickeing the results link above.
9th February 20 - Thanks to Bowls WA for the scores, here are the results of todays pairs and the draw for next week.
17th February 20 - Bowls WA have announced a "club information conference" which I think is a fantastic initiative and hopefully something that happens regularly and not just a once off. All bowls clubs committees change yearly and their are some subjects at the conference that are good for new committee members, existing committee members, and even just club members who may some subject matter interesting, this conference is for you. It's being staged during Countryweek so country bowlers can also attend if they aren't bowling and see something that may be of interest.
If you are interested in any of the subject matter, please contact your club committee who have been sent these details and advise them that you would like to attend. All the information you require can be found in the link below, including cost and session subject matter
For the document with all the information
17th February 20 - Have received tournaments for the Sorrento Mens Fours, Doubleview Masters Fours and Scarborough Easter Mixed Pairs
13th February 20 - A bouquet to the Willetton Bowling Club on their recent carnival
13th February 20 - Congratulations are in order for Bill Fraser who has won this years over 60's singles. Bill is from Quariding and plays midweek at Manning, he defeated fellow country bowler David Cliff from Brookton 21-14.
for full results at the Bowls WA portal
11th February 20 - York have sent me details of their carnival in April
7th February 20 - A few draws have come out this week, 1st day of the Mens Masters Pairs at Doubleview and also the Over 60's Singles for both men and women.
4th February 20 - The Countryweek draw has been out for a while now, here they are!
3rd February 20 - North Perth have sent details of the annual Phil Atherton Triples on the long weekend in March
31st January 20 - On the show this week is your host Lee Such, with on air friends Steve West, ??? and Helen Morss. Yes my illness has got the better of me, but who is replacing me for this week?
Phone guests will be Laura Merz (7.20am) and John Slavich (7.40am), our State Singles champions. You can text to 0429913913 to have your say on anything bowls related!Week 1 (Brad Hogg 26/10/19)
27th January 20 - A few more carnivals coming in, the annual country carnival at South Perth, Rockingham have something on the long weekend in March and Fremantle celebrate the opening of their new clubhouse
27th January 20 - WEll have a new winner and a multiple winner, congratulations go to John Slavich of Doubleview and Laura Merz of Manning for winning the state singles this year. Slavich seemed to have the game incontrol before a comeback of sorts by Butler but it was snuffed out 21-14 to get the last 4 shots and win 25-14. He is now a multiple winner of this most coveted prize.
The Ladies started in similar fashion, Laura Merz looking in complete control before Kerry Anderson came back hard, even hitting the front at 23-22 but Merz steadied to win an enthralling game 25-23. It is her maiden State Singles title to go with her numourous other state titles.
25th January 20 - What a brilliant day of singles I saw today at Bassendean, and looking at the other venues results it looks like some great bowls played across all 3 venues.
In the men, we are down to 8 -
John Slavich the winner in 2016 and runner up in 2014 had some good wins today over Colin Hayes 21-12, Geoff Watson 21-16 and then Shane Knott 21-11. He looks in sublime touch in a half of the draw that is very winnable for him
John Carlsen is the surprise of the tournament, there always is, and he stays alive beating Neville Woods 21-19, Eddie Gollan 21014 and then Marcus Simpson 21-19
Jack East is a young player with a bright future, I predicted him to win a state singles within 3 years and he is tracking nicely here to win it in 2020. He defeated Steve Unsworth 21-18 and then cruised thru his next 2 games, Cameron Harris 21-6 and Scott Walker also 21-6. Gary Caffell the old stalwart having a wonderful singles campaign and he is not out of this by any stretch. He has been runner up twice, in 2016 and also in 2005. Can he turn the tables and get his first state singles title? He won over Lee Such 21-16, Shane Rixom 21-8 and then Ty Alberti 21-3
Cody Packer is still looking in ominous touch, he defeated Gary Keep 21-6 and was cruising against Justin Opie 19-2 and 20-6 but Opie fired, was a great game to watch but Packer played a perfect shot to sit out an Opie bowl and win 21-18, and then won against his state pairs partner Matt Mitchell 21-9
Daniel Trewhella for someone who only plays state events played some amazing bowls today, it must be so tempting for the state selection commitee to enquire about his availability as he is easily in our best 12 at the moment. Runner up as well in 2019 and 2006, he won over Tom Mitchell 21-13, Charlie McKay 21-8 and then Charlie Slavich 21-3
Blake Butler last years winner is going for back to back, the first time since Ford won in 1929/30, and he was in trouble early in 2 of his games but fought back to win them. They were against Ryan Havercroft 21-16, Ruairi Kenyon 21-19 and then William Hyatt 21-10
Scott O'Brien is becoming a noted singles player after his exploits at The Everest a couple of years ago, and he is going deep here in the State Singles by defeating Tod Weir 21-4, Jim Robertson 21-18 and then the big scalp of Daniel Brown 21-11
For the ladies, upsets ahoy and this year will see a first time winner from the semi finalists that are left -
Laura Merz got the bye first game and then went on to win over Irene arndt in a nail biter 21-20 and then Irene Kozak 21-13. Of the 4 that are left she is the most highly credentialled left and becomes the favourite to win
Shaan Saunders is no stranger to singles titles after her win in the Mt Lawley Consistency about 4 years ago so she will push Laura all the way and will have a say about that favouritism! She also had the bye before wins over Denise Kelly 21-12 and then Toni Madigan 21-12
Kerry Anderson our bowls president is still live, her first game came against a Smith of the Sian variety 21-11 and then the big upset, defeating Kristina Krstic 21-18 before showing it was no fluke to win over Irene Leahy 21-13
Elaine Meehan is our last semi finalist and admittedly it's not a name I'm overly familiar with so she can keep playing with some freedom as every win is a bonus. Might even get a state title at the end of it! She won today over Tracey Newman 21-9, Jenny Parker 21-14 and then Shari Solly 21-6. Big names and she will be confident of playing well Monday
Play continues Monday at Osborne Park, Ladies semi finals commence at 8.45am, not sure what time the men start but I would guess not far outside of that time. I think live streaming will also occur but will attempt to find that out and post details tomorrow.
21st January 20 - I know most people have probably found these by now but here are the results for both the sections and knockout games coming up.
23rd January 20 - Some revised odds for those left thanks again to our phantom bookmaker
23rd January 20 - Well I have finally been able to collate all the tips and we had 1 sole winner with 71 correct! The average was 57.49 and the median score was 61, so this is a great effort. Well done to Peter Flack from Sorrento! He wins the $50 voucher to the Cork and Bottle in Bassendean. Flacky, if you visit Mike Bessant then he will look after you for dinner and a few drinks. It's a great place and well worth a visit if you are in the area.
All results can be found in the link above
23rd January 20 - Another Gala day, this time from Warnbro, and the annual event at Carnarvon details have also been sent to me, and an event in Dudley Park with some good prizemoney.
23rd January 20 - Do you want an up and coming bowler for the State Triples?
21st January 20 - Got a couple of tournaments in over the weekend, Willetton Pairs, the Thornlie Ravens Classic, Morley Millions and a Ladies Gala day at Quinns Rocks.
21st January 20 - Innaloo are looking for a part time greenkeeper, for details click the link
20th January 20 - Sorry about my extended absence, I'm not filthy about losing on Saturday and thats not the reason I havent posted the scores or done the review, my computer shit its daks on Friday and needed some emergency repairs. Anyway long boring story but I now have it back and will try to catch up on the backlog from the past couple of days of pennants, state singles and tournaments. Give me 48 hours and I will be up to date.
20th January 20 - This will arrive a bit late but it is before Blake plays, good luck to him against Greg Harlow, again I have my $5 on the West Aussie player
15th January 20 - Perth and Tatts have their annual Australia Day carnival, unfortunately due to State government requirements about parking at the venue, it now has to be held on the 27th. Bloody governments...
15th January 20 - Hattie has sent through her thoughts on the Ladies draw
10th January 20 - The singles it out for the mens and ladies
10th January 20 - I did the draw tonight with our sponsor Mike Bessant from The Cork and Bottle on Old Perth Road Bassendean, and the winner was Ken Monkhouse! Well done Ken, commiserations to Stein, David and Steve, but try again in the singles.
10th January 20 - The hardest event of the year for tipping, 107 sections to try and tip a winner! Good luck all, start getting your tips in.
For the tipping now, there is a $50 voucher on offer again from The Cork and Bottle on Old Perth Road Bassendean, but if the tips are tied then the voucher will jackpot.
9th January 20 - The draw is out, play starts tomorrow morning, I will post scores once known to me.
9th January 20 - If you want to play in the Australian but havent got a team or partner yet, then I may have the answer here
The Ladies kick off their 2020 year on Tuesday, some teams but all the match-ups are below
8th January 20 - This position has new been filled, Mosman Parks thanks all of those that enquired about the position.
6th January 20 - Mosman Park are looking for a greenkeeper
6th January 20 - Dowerin, Victoria Park Carlisle, Halls Head and North Beach have sent details of their upcoming carnivals
6th January 20 - Leeming have sent to me information about their gala day in March for the Ladies
5th January 20 - iiiiii'm back, and the very first important job to do was tabulate the results for the Pairs tipping. 38 sections and the average we got correct was 14.74, well under helf which shows that we had a lot of upsets, which is great for the competition. Our winning tips was 20, which was shared by 4 tippers - Daniel Newton, Ken Monkhouse, Steve Novak and Stein Davies. So to split the equals we go by who they tipped, and none tipped the winning pair of Packer/Mitchell. In fact none of the selections these four had to win even got to the Round of 16. So I will pay Mike Bessant of the Cork and Bottle a visit during the week and we will draw out a winner. Full results of the tipping can be found clicking the link above.
2nd January 20
"Bowls and Bag stolen please be on the lookout.
Jane from Vic Park had her bowls bag stolen out of her car New Year's Day.
They are purple with red fleck and a smiling worm logo. They are TAYLOR SR Size 2. Cant believe someone would do this to Jane on New Year's Day and the day before her birthday.
Jane also lost a brand new bowls bag and hundreds of dollars worth of measuring gear as Jane is also the volunteer umpire for our Club.
They are her prized possession and she is devastated that someone could do this. She is also supposed to be the the Umpire for The Vic Park ladies touch of class event on her birthday but now won't have her gear.
Can all fellow bowlers please keep an eye out on gumtree eBay and cash converters for someone trying to sell these bowls it would be appreciated or if you see a stranger walking around vic park dragging a silver black bowls bag.
If you come across them please ring Jane 0419322779 or Paul on 0419930467
2nd January 20 - I have received a letter about the recent Mens State Pairs event
30th December 19 - The final has been played, what a great day of bowls and congratulations go to Cody Packer and Matt Mitchell on winning their first State Pairs, winning 26-12 over Ryan Moyle and Tom Whitfield. It was a high quality final, the scoreline not doing justice to the standard of play but a big 6 on the 13th end I think blew the game open and Moyle/Whitfield were trying to create shots to catch up after that but Packer and Mitchell always had the answers from there. Do yourself a favour and watch the game on replay at the Bowls WA Facebook page, a truly exceptional game from all 4 players.
28th December 19 - Knockout results are in, not many teams left that our pundits liked except the favs are still going, Packer/Mitchell playing Opie/Manton first up and I think the winner of this game will start a very warm favourite to take the title. That game will be one worth travelling to Sorrento this morning to watch. But there are still some good pairings left, it's gonna be an exciting conclusion to the event. to view the knockout results
27th December 19 - Today is the big day, good luck to all competitors this year, You're all very lucky I am in Melbourne for holidays! 132 tipsters in total, thanks to all that played, you are all up for the $50 voucher from the Cork & Bottle. Cody Packer and Matt Mitchell will start the favourites with 24 people tipping them, followed by Opie/Manton on 16 and my selection Pauling/Walker on 14. I'll try and post results at the end of the day for all out section winners but won't do the tipping results until I return home.
26th December 19 - A record number of tips this year, with another day to go as well, so it's not too late. Cody Packer and Matt Mitchell remain the tippers favourites, Opie/Manton combination have rec'd steady stips to go to second favs with renowned pairing Walker/Pauling third favs.
19th December 19 - Mike Bessant from the Cork and Bottle has again very kindly donated a $50 voucher for use at his Wine Bar in Bassendean. I sampled his wares last week with a friend from Adelaide, and the food really was superb and the wine was of the highest quality. So get your tips in for the Mens Pairs and see if you can beat all comers.
Remember, in the case of a tie, your choice of who will win the event will decide the winner. If they are the same selection, then a toss of the coin in front of Mike will dictate the winner. You can submit your selections as often as you like up to the 27th December, only your latest submission will count, and if you overlook a section, I won't be contacting you, so make sure you have selected in ervery section before submitting!
19th December 19 - More sides have been sent to me, I have the set now from the Eastern Zone and the Murray District League also. Gee that's a strong side!
17th December 19 - The Inter League Round Robins for our country zones are being played in the next few weeks, Avon Valley League have sent theirs in. If you are in one of the country zones and know of the sides in your area, please send them to me and I will publish.
18th December 19 - The Mens State Pairs has been released
18th December 19 - Manning have sent through details of the 20 teams playing in their 5 a side competition which runs this weekend. Some great games lined up, if you love watching bowls then do yourself a favour and get down to Manning Saturday or Sunday.
18th December 19 - Mt Lawley get a new recruit before the transfer season finishes
17th December 19 - I'm hearing of a few late personnel changes, one I can't confirm or deny, the other is about to be confirmed for me so that will be announced tomorrow if true.
16th December 19 - In hot conditions at Bassendean the Xmas Split Fours has been run and won
16th December 19 - A couple of tournaments coming up, at Willetton and Eaton
16th December 19 - The sad passing of a well respected member of Morley this month, but he's also been to a few clubs over many years
13th December 19 - We now know where Neville Costello has ended, and a blast from the past has come out of mothballs, but where has he ended up?
10th December 19 - Couple of player movements before the cutoff point of the season
11th December 19 - Details for the Thornlie Ravens Classic have been sent to me
10th December 19
I may not get a chance to do the review for Premier League, so sorry but with the running of the Masters Singles and then catching up on work i may not get time, I will try but I'm afraid it may not happen this week.
Mens White - with review
Mens Blue North - with review
Mens Blue South - with review
Womens Green North
Womens Green South
10th December 19 - Receiving word that South Perth lost it's appeal today on the selection of Ashley Sharp and Justin Opie in Round 6 for their One White side, so Osborne Park will get all 8 points and South Perth will get 0.
10th December 19 - We are still showing gala days, if your club has any coming up then I will be happy to display them. The latest is from Scarborough in March
10th December 19 - We have our winners!
5th December 19 - Round 2 has been completed and we are down to our finalists
3rd December 19 - The first day of the Senior Masters Pairs being played at Merriwa has been completed and we are down to the quarter finalists
8th December 19 - Today completes the sectional stage of the Masters Singles, Monday will see the completion of the event held at Bassendean and sponsored by the Cork & Bottle in Bassendean. Play commences at 9.30am and the final will also be live streamed on Bowls WA Facebook page at about 3pm.
6th December 19 - The first round of the Masters Singles has been completed, what started as a warm day but cooled down to be played in perfect bowls conditions.
1st December 19 - The Masters Singles draw has been completed, some enticing sectional games
6th December 19 - Don't forget the Cambridge Midweek event on the 19th December, it's not too late to put a side in
3rd December 19 - there has been a lot of information flying around about the selection of Ash Sharp and Justin Opie last weekend for South Perth in their White division after their unavailablity to play on the Friday night. Thanks to Ken Pride for sending me a quick note about the facts surrounding the matter -
There has been a great deal of mis-information talked about the Ashley Sharp/Justin Opie situation last weekend – time to state some facts.
South Perth and Doubleview sought to alter their fixture from Saturday to Friday night – noting that this is a requirement before the season commences, the clubs put forward a reasonable argument and it was approved on the 20th November. Ashley Sharp and subsequently Justin Opie were unavailable for that Friday fixture due to work and a family commitment respectively.
Each were selected in the South Perth 1 White side for the Saturday fixture vs Osborne Park.
The sides were published on this site and as a result there was a query initiated from the Bowls WA office; in the interim an Osborne Park representative made a further “unofficial” query on the same matter. The facts were obtained from South Perth and forwarded to the Fixtures & Events Committee for a determination on their “eligibility”. The committee voted (4 not play), 1 (play but not as skippers) and 1 (separate the players for potential differing outcomes), 1 member did not vote.
That decision was communicated to South Perth.
South Perth decided to play Sharp and Opie in spite of the F&E decision and Appeal it under (Rule 18 – Pg 17) of the BWA Handbook. Bowls WA through the F&E committee did not change its decision as some say on Saturday, but South Perth noted there was no point in not playing them and then Appealing. Hence they played.
The Appeal will be heard on Monday morning by the Bowls Management Committee as required, where they will decide on the points and percentage allocation from the game.
3rd December 19 - One of our Metro bowlers has just claimed a bronze medal in the Southeast Asian Games
2nd December 19 - Already starting to see some club singles winners come through, the first ones for the year that I have received is Merredin and Forrestfield
1st December 19 - The Masters Series continues, this time the Ladies will play their pairs at North Beach
29th November 19 - Osborne Park are hosting the 2nd division and under State Triples in January if you qualify and want to submit a team.
26th November 19 - Dowerin have sent details for their Memorial Fours in late December
26th November 19 - A super day of bowls at Bassendean and we have a winner of the Masters Triples.
24th November 19 - the draw for the Mens Over 60's Triples which commences Monday 25th November is now out.
20th November 19 - Dudley Park have our first event for 2020
18th November 19 - Couple of changes to Premier League clubs
18th November 19 - Results for the Masters Triples, 28 teams started and we now down to 8 teams for the knockout games next Sunday at Bassendean.
15th November 19 - Cambridge have sent details of a tournament on a Thursday, and it's not sets play!
14th November 19 - I've received an SOS from the Scarborough Ladies division, read below -The Scarborough Saturday Ladies are struggling at present to have sufficient players for their Third Division.
13th November 19 - What a great day at Pine Rivers today. Firstly in the BPL, Perth Suns losing their first game of the day but winning the next 2 and then destroying Melbourne Pulse in the televised game tonight 9-6 9-0. All 3 players were awesome and should be happy with their efforts. They sit 3rd on the ladder and about 6 clear of 5th, so probably 3 more wins from their next 6 games should see them make finals. The goal is the double chance to finish 1st or 2nd, a huge day tomorrow. Catch all the action on the Bowls Australia Facebook page during the day or at 3pm on Foxtel.
The other exciting news comes from the BPL Cup, in which we had 3 qualifying teams from South Perth and 2 of them have seen off the rest of the comp and will play tomorrow for the title. The team of David Mortley, Dean Calvo and Derek Angell will take on Glenn Pauling, Scott Walker and Ash Sharp. The game will be broadcast live on Foxtel and Kayo Sports at midday if you are able to tune in. We wish them all the best, but awesome to see that at the very least we will have the reigning BPL Cup team.
12th November 19 - the Bassendean Masters Triples draw has been done, 7 sections of 4, so this year there will be a lucky loser to progress
12th November 19 - Some sad news overnight as a well known bowls identity passes away after a long illness
12th November 19 - The PBA is playing their Trans-Tasman game today and tomorrow, Australia is hosting New Zealand at the Mandurah Bowling Club. WA players Blake Nairn, Kyle McIlroy and Pam Chalmers form part of a team of 5 to play the games. to keep track of the scores during the next 2 days.
12th November 19 - The BPL starts today and we wish the Perth Suns all the very best, with Cody Packer, Kristina Krstic and Lee Schraner representing the team. The team will be coached by Pieter Harris. Bowls Australia have written a great preview, to go to it, you can find all the information about the team, the link to the results and viewing schedules if you want to look at some games on Facebook as well.
You can watch it live on Foxtel from 3pm every day from Tuesday to Friday, if you do not have Foxtel you can get a free 14 day subscription from Kayo Sports and be able to watch it on that. You can use your computer to view Kayo Sports here.
11th November 19 - Some really great news coming out of the Doubleview club fours over the weekend.
10th November 19 - Yet another letter about midweek pennants, I'm happy to keep uploading if people find the time to write them in, as long as it is a balanced argument and not a string of undecipherable nonsense.
7th November 19 - Another letter about midweek pennants
1st November 19 - Some more letters to read
31st October 19 - Graeme has written back and I have responded. I am happy to post any letters about Midweek but this will be the last time I respond on the matter. It is proving to be very divisive and I really don't understand why. Let's play the season now and assess at the end what worked and what did not at the end.
31st October 19 - An amendment to my response
30th October 19 - Someone not in favour of the new Midweek rules
10th November 19 - Good luck to our South Perth players representing WA in this years BPL Cup which starts this afternoon. Team 1 contains David Mortley, Dean Calvo and Derek Angell. Team 2 contains Ross Bresland, Justin Opie and Ken Pride and Team 3 is Glenn Pauling, Scott Walker and Ash Sharp. They are all in different sections so with any luck we should see 1 in the semi finals.
to follow the scores .
8th November 19 - Halls Head have announced a fours event in December.
7th November 19 - On the show this week is your host Lee Such, with on air friends Steve West, Helen Heal and Simon Alden.
Phone guests will be recently retired legend of the game Karen Murphy at 7.20am and new Perth Sun and current Australian Champion of Champion Lee Schraner at 7.40amPodcast week 1 (Brad Hogg) - here
6th November 19 - Bassendean have a couple of events coming u, the Xmas Fours and the Masters Singles.
5th November 19 - Some really sad news coming out of Tasmania for a former WA state player and his family