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Gisborne Gazette Shield winners Gisborne Gazette July 2021

Gisborne Bowling Club embers competed for the Gisborne Gazette Shield on 8 May. On the 10th anniversary of the tournament, the 2021 winner was the team of Ian Ball (left), Russell A Walker OAM (centre), and Judy Butterley  (right), whose names will be inscribed on the shield. An enjoyable day of competition was rounded off with a much-appreciated afternoon tea.


Gisborne Bowlers third in the State - Gisborne Gazette June 2021

Further to our April article announcing that the Gisborne and District Bowling Club made history by winning the Midweek Division 1 Pennant for the first time since the competition commenced 69 years ago, we have even more exciting news!

     The team subsequently went on to win the Central Victorian Regional Championship, resulting in them representing Central Victoria in the 2020-21 Champion of State Pennant, held in Moama NSW.

     The event was held over 2 days on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 April, with our team winning two out of three games played on the Monday, beating Cohuna and Seymour, and one of the two games played on the Tuesday, beating Timboon.

     One of the only two teams that beat Gisborne was Port Melbourne who went on to become the overall winners. This was an amazing achievement for our Club and the team performed extremely well to achieve the rank of third in Victoria.

     Congratulations to the team, and thank you to the Club’s selectors and officials who made this possible.

Mid-Week Div 1 team in 2020-21 Champion

Our team pictured under the fabulous dome at Moama Bowling Club:

Back L-R: Russell Walker OAM, Alan Higgins, Kevin Jarred, Ethan Higgins, Paul O’Farrell, Ian Ball, John Evans, David Beardmore

Front L-R: Bill O’Connor, Louise Ball, Dorothy Evans, Barry Wylie, Teresa Wylie

Bowling Club lauds winners of all levels - Gisborne Gazette April 2021

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2020-2021 Tuesday Winners - Jim's Battle

The Gisborne and District Bowling Club made history on 16 March by winning the Midweek Division 1 Pennant for the first time since the competition began 69 years ago.

The Gisborne team had a great season, finishing on top of the ladder and winning the first semi-final to go straight into the Grand Final, played at Kyneton Golf Club. The Gisborne team beat Romsey Bowling Club by 16 shots overall to take out the win. Congratulations to the winning Midweek Division 1 Team.

Pictured: Team members from front to back = Rink 1 (Left) Ethan Higgins (skipper), Ian Ball, and Russell Walker OAM. Rink 2 (Centre) Graham Quaife (skipper), Paul O'Farrell, and Dorothy Evans. Rink 3 (Right) David Beardmore (skipper), John Evans, and Teresa Wylie.

March also saw the finals of the Community Bowls. Congratulations to Jim's Battlers who took out the 2020-21 Tuesday Community Bowls shield. (Pictured Left)

They're Super Vets! - Midland Express 30 Mar 2020

A convivial gathering of around 60 bowlers from various Central Highlands Clubs took place at Gisborne Bowling Club last week.

CHBD Director and former President Dorothy Evans organised the gathering of veterans (over 70) and super veterans, with an enjoyable social atmosphere.

The highlight was the presentation of Bowls Victoria super veterans badges to 13 bowlers in person. Two other recipients, Camille Potter (Kyneton) and Eddie Gundy (Gisborne) were unable to be present.

What was described as a "wonderful day" saw two games of bowls played, interspersed with lunch and concluding with afternoon tea.

The winners were Maureen Warrener, Glenys Corcoran, Terry Watson and John Brama with two wins and +18 shots; runners up were Helena Cyrulo, Cliff Irvin, Arlene Johnstone and Kevin Jarred. 

The Super Vets were warmly congratulated on reaching this milestone in their bowling lives, with best wishes for many more enjoyable games in the future.

2021 Super Veterans Badge Presentations.

Super Vets: from left back - Ron Lyons (Romsey) Eric Northard (Woodend), Ray Hicks (Gisborne), Richard Newton and Kevin Jarred (Gisborne), John Brama (Woodend). Front - CHBD Director Dorothy Evans, Margaret Magnuson and Ray Watson (Kyneton), Mary Hicks (Gisborne), Dominic Varesse (Gisborne), Arlene Johnstone (Woodend), Bev Hanna (Kyneton).

Life Membership for bowls stalwart - Gisborne Gazette February 2021

Gisborne & District Bowling Club members voted unanimously at the Club's AGM on 14 December to award the Club's Bowls Director - John Evans - Life Membership.

Nominating member and fellow LIfe Member, Richard Newton, stated in his nomination that John has been an exceptional member of the Club from the moment he joined 15 years ago.

His considerable contribution includes having served multiple times as Club President and multiple times on the Board of Management.

He has also sat on the Bowls Committee and other committees, as well as selection committees for both Saturday and mid-week pennant. John has slso represented the Club at Association level. Richard said he doubted that John had ever missed a day's pennant play.

Perhaps John's most outstanding contribution to the Club has to be he care and maintenance of the grass green.

It seems that any day one drives past the Club, John's car is there in the car park as he is busy at work for the Club. 

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Secondary students learn lawn bowls Gisborne Gazette December 2020

The Gisborne and Disrict Bowling Club, as part of its community bowls program, and Gisborne Secondary Collete have partnered to provide lawn bowls sessions to around 200 year 9 students.

Until mid-December the students are receiving tuition in lawn bowls in small groups from club members as part of their physical education program. The College is very appreciative of the six bowling club members who have volunteered their time to assist the students' development in the sport. All participants - students and club members - have been thoroughly enjoying the experience and look forward to continuing this relationship in 2021.

A number of budding bowlers have been identified and it is hoped that they take up the sport as an extra-curricular activity in the future. The Bowling Club is planning to provide coaching lessons to those students who may be interested as an after-school activity.

Two bowling teams in rare accomplishment - Gisborne Gazette August 2020

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In the game of bowls, the highest score possible in pennant matches is 8 shots, which means all of a team’s 8 bowls have beaten all of the opponents’ 8 bowls.

This does not occur very often, however during the 2019-20 season, two different Gisborne Bowling Club teams managed to accomplish this feat.

The first team to achieve this (in October 2019 against Kyneton), consisted of: John Hunter; Brian Anderson; John Cowlishaw; and David Wesney.

The second team (in February 2020 against Woodend) was Peter Wellington; Brian Carr; Dominic Varrese; and Dennis Swainston.

To commemorate the accomplishment, Bowls Victoria provides special 8-shot pins for each of the players involved, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they were unable to be awarded to the players until now.

The pins were finally awarded by the Central Highlands Bowling Division Chairman, Ian Ball, on Saturday 14 November prior to the commencement of the day’s pennant matches. 

Congratulations to all eight players on their great accomplishment.

Bowling Club thanks Sponsors and Members - Gisborne Gazette August 2020


While the Gisborne & District Bowling Club has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 restrictions, membership remains strong and supportive.

The Club has worked closely with Bowls Victoria to implement social distancing and sanitising rules to allow limited bowls activity to be undertaken so that members can keep active.

Everybody involved with the Club, including sponsors, acknowledges that we each have an important role to play in maintaining our health in these uncertain times.

The Club would like to acknowledge and thank the sponsors, of which there are many, for their continued support over this period.

Champion Bowlers Make Their MarkGisborne Gazette June 2020

In May the Gisborne and District Bowling Club was delighted to learn that the Bendigo Bank had awarded $1300 sponsorship to the Club for its annual community bowls program.

The sponsorship deal replaces a previous lower level of annual sponsorship by the Bank. It also formalises a laissez-faire arrangement over the pat 10 years of bank support for the community bowls program.

So get excited all of you would-be bowlers out there - here's our chance to get serious about participating in a fun community bowls program. It runs for six weeks before Christmas (November/December) and six weeks after Christmas (February/March).

You need a team of four players (preferably five for interchange) who are prepared to go the distance. It doesn't matter if you haven't played before - the Club provides bowls and instruction to get you going. You have a choice of whether you play on a Tuesday night or a Wednesday night (both starting about 5.30pm for 6pm). There is a sausage sizzle every night and the bar is open.

The sponsorship funds enable the Club to award prize money to the lucky winners each night and at the end of the hard-fought but lots of fun competitions, the Bendigo Bank Community Bowls Shields will be awarded to the overall Tuesday night and Wednesday night victors.

To find out more about the Community Bowls Program contact Rob Paterson on 0417 283 382 for Tuesday nights, or David Wesney on 0413 838 548 for Wednesday nights. Let us know your interest by 30 September.

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