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Gisborne Bowling Club AGM


The Gisborne Bowling Club held its Annual General Meeting and Presentation night on 17 May 2019


The meeting saw the following office bearers elected: Chairman: Rob Paterson; Deputy Chairman: Russell Walker OAM; Secretary: Helena Cyrulo, and Treasurer: Mary Wilson. Congratulations to all those appointed.


Long-serving past Secretary, Richard Newton, was awarded a life membership and presented with a Life Member badge and framed certificate. Previously awarded life members Brian Carr, Joan John, Laurie John, and Mary Wilson were also presented with framed Life Membership certificates.


Following the AGM trophies were presented to the club championship winners:


  • Men’s Singles Winner – Ethan Higgins

  • Ladies Singles Winner – Flo Roche

  • Ladies Pairs Winners – Louise Ball & Margaret Ivory

  • Ladies 21 Up Winner – Teresa Wylie

  • Men’s 100 Up Winner – David Beardmore

  • Ladies 100 Up Winner – Teresa Wylie


Player of the Season was awarded to Ethan Higgins in recognition of his many achievements during the year, at club, region, and state levels.

Pictured L-R: Tournament organiser Dorothy Evans, with winning team Josie Kendon, Russell Walker, and John Evans, being presented with the shield by Graham Dickinson from the Gisborne Gazette

GREAT Gisborne Gazette Sports Award

Saturday 11 May 2019 saw the 9th running of the Great Gisborne Gazette bowling tournament at the Gisborne & District Bowling Club. Teams have competed for the glory of having their names on the perpetual trophy every year since its inception in 2011.

This year the mixed triples competition was hotly contested by 30 players of varying ages and experience, including experienced long-time bowlers, some fairly new to the game, and even a brand new prospective member.

Runners-up on the day were Terry Watson (skipper), Mary Hicks, and Tony Hedley, however the honours were taken out by the team consisting of John Evans (skipper), Russell Walker, and Josie Kendon.

In an interesting twist, the 2012 winning team was skippered by John Evans’ wife, Dorothy Evans, with her team of Bronte Daniel and Joan Berry, so it is one-all in the Evans family now. Watch this space to see whether one of this competitive couple can get the upper hand next year!

The Club would like to sincerely thank GREAT for their generous sponsorship of this tournament and their ongoing support of the Club.

Inaugural Neal Street Clinic Tournament

The inaugural Neal Street Clinic Tournament was conducted on Sunday 14 April at the Gisborne & District Bowling Club.

16 teams participated in the event and Dr Felicity Reeves attended, representing sponsor,  the Neal Street Clinic.

Well done to all players and volunteers, and a special thanks to the Neal Street Clinic for their sponsorship.

Pictured L-R: The winning Wayne Kennedy, Darrin King, Tina Linehan and Teresa Wylie with Dr Felicity Reeves

Pictured: the winnng Kyneton team

Layton Homes Invitation Fours Tournament

The Layton Homes Invitation Fours was played for the third year, on Saturday 30 March at the Gisborne and District Bowling Club.  The event is going from strength to strength, and is now considered a prestigious event in the Central Highlands bowls calendar, which is evidenced by the 26 teams that entered the event this year.

The field played 3 games of 12 ends each, which ended in a very close result with the two top teams scoring the same number of points.  The happy winners and place-getters were all presented with cash prizes, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Layton Homes, as follows:

  • Best Game 1 – Glenroy, skippered by Kieran Smith

  • Best Game 2 – Sunbury, skippered by Joe Ghigo

  • Best Game 3 – Rosamond – skippered by Robert Ward

  • Overall Runners Up – Lancefield, skippered by M Lineham, with 53 points +18 shots

  • Overall Winners – Kyneton, skippered by Terry Kelly, with 53 points + 31 shots.

In addition to the team events, $50 prizes were awarded to the first five resting touchers bowled, which went to players from Kyneton, Rosamond, a composite team, and 2 to the same lucky player from the Deer Park team.

As well as a great day of bowling, all players enjoyed a lovely 2-course lunch which was prepared and served by the club volunteers, which was very much appreciated by all.

Thanks go to Ian Layton of Layton Homes for his great support and sponsorship of the event and special thanks also go to Scott Murphy of Macedon Ranges Earthmoving for his sponsorship and to Resting Toucher for attending with their pop-up bowls gear shop. The Club looks forward to running this even again next year.

Gisborne Bowls Mini League

The Ladies Mini League was held at Gisborne Bowling Club on Thursday 21 March 2019. Teams came from Bacchus Marsh, Melton, and there were 2 Gisborne teams.

Three games of 8 ends each were played, and all games were very even, with each team having a win, a loss, and a draw. The overall winner was Melton with 3 shots up. Those who attended had a most enjoyable day, and hope that more teams will enter this event next year.

Organiser Dorothy Evans thanked everyone for attending and thanked Teresa for the lovely morning tea. Dorothy presented winning team Melton with the shield, congratulating them on their win, and noted that this is the second time that Melton has won this event. The team consisted of: Skipper Janice Boxall, second Louise Pas, and Lead Jovanka Grnjidic. 

On accepting the shield, Janice thanked Dorothy for holding the event, congratulated her team for playing so well, and thanked all players for their sportsmanship.

Pictured L-R: The winning Melton team with the shield, and organiser Dorothy Evans

Gisborne player wins Region Singles title

Contratulations to our own Ethan Higgins on winning the Region Singles title, having defeated Greg Shay with a score of 25 to 19 at Marysborough on Monday 11 March.


Thanks go to Ethan and Greg for a wonderful exhibition of Lawn Bowls

Ethan now goes on to Bendigo to play in the last 16 in the State.


Ethan is pictured at left with his worthy opponent Greg Shay.

Pictured: The winning team, Smokey and the Bandits, being presented with the trophy by Sarah Barton from major sponsor The Bendigo Bank.

Wednesday Barefoot Bowls Winners

The Wednesday night Bendigo Bank Community Bowls Program for 2018-19 held over 12 weeks at the Gisborne and District Bowling Club ended on 6th March with a great night of hard-fought finals.  The top four teams played the semi’s over 6 ends with Smokey and the Bandits edging out the OC’s (Old Chaps) 4 shots to 3 and the Chalkies downing the 3 Little Pigs 10 shots to 4.

The finals proved to be a dramatic battle with Smokey and the Bandits and the Chalkies ending up with a 3-all draw after 6 ends forcing the outcome into an extra decision-making end. Ultimately the Smokey’s prevailed picking up two shots and the Bragging Rights with the Bendigo Bank Shield on the final end.

So well done to all those who participated in the Wednesday night program with Smokey and the Bandits at No 1, the Chalkies at No 2, the 3 Little Pigs at No 3 and the OC’s fourth.

The six other teams that played throughout the season had heaps of fun and were all keen as mustard to get back into the fray starting in November 2019.

Whether you’re out to impress with your bowling skills or looking for a place to get together with your mates, spending an evening on the green is a great way to end a summer’s working day. If you would like to join the fun next season, contact Aileen Paterson on 0417 397 609 for Tuesday night play, or David Wesney on 0413 838 548 or email wesneydandr2@gmailcom for Wednesday night play.

Chicken & Champagne Event Sponsored by T D Automotive Services

The Gisborne & District Bowling Club ran their annual Chicken & Champagne Tournament on Friday 22 February. This event has become a mainstay of the bowling calendar, and this year attracted 96 players from 14 clubs form far and wide, including Maribyrnong, Lancefield, Melton, Kilmore, Wallan, Harcourt, Macedon, Bannockburn, Kyneton, Sunbury, Gisborne, Trentham, Broadford, and Aberfeldie CBC.

All participants enjoyed a day of fun and friendship, a delicious lunch, just a little champagne, raffles, door prizes, and oh yes, some bowling as well.

This year the honours went to the team from Maribyrnong, who won both of their games, and an incredible 16 ends out of the 20 played. The team consisted of Pat Kelly (Skip), Beryl Ryan, Bob Kelly, and Geoff Causey.

The runner up on countback was the team from Bannockburn, who also won both their games, and 14 out of 20 ends.  The team consisted of: Bev Hope (Skip), Wendy Taylor, Geoff Taylor, and Gary Groot.

The Club would not be able to run these events without the support of our sponsors, so we sincerely thank all our sponsors, particularly our major sponsor for this event, TD Automotive Services.

Pictured: The winning team from Maribyrnong