MITCHELL DISTRICT VETERAN'S DAY
134 over 70's attended the district Veteran's Day at Wenty Leagues BC on Monday 12 September, coming from all the Clubs within the Mitchell District. It was a great day for bowls and having the opportunity to play with ladies from other Clubs was a good experience. There was lots of laughter and fun on the green.
Most of the ladies were presented with their Veteran's badges and The Hills even had a star veteran - Joan McDonald - who turned 85 earlier this year.
Three of the Hills ladies were successful - Madelaine Conway and Dulcie Pekas were part of the winning team and Marie Findley was in the runners-up team. Well done ladies.
Madelaine Conway, Dulcie Pekas and Marie Findley
80TH BIRTHDAY GIRLS
On Tuesday 6 September we celebrated the 80th birthday of 2 of our members - Merle Watson and Peggy Joel.
Merle has been a bowling member of our club for the past 9 years, is always bright and bubbly and is currently a member of the social committee.
Peggy came to our club last year, transferring from Castle Hill WBC and is always keen to be involved in any bowling days within the Club.
Congratulations ladies - a great milestone!!!
Merle and Peggy with their birthday cake.
HILLS OPEN FOURS CARNIVAL (sponsored by SCU)
This event has been held consistently for a number of years and this year we had visitors from as far away as Ingleburn and Windsor WBCs. There were 24 teams playing on what was a glorious day for bowls. Once again the sun was shining and the mood was extremely friendly.
Our wonderful sponsors Sydney Credit Union even increased the sponsorship money this year, which was a lovely bonus for the prize winners.
The social committee, under the leadership of Marie Findley, once again excelled themselves with a delicious morning tea and wonderful table decorations for lunch. A great job ladies!
All in all, a great day!
We were joined at lunch by SCU representatives Sally Brown, Glen Warner and Neil Wulf
Winners - The Hills (Kerry Wallace, Liz McCracken, Benita Woods and Margaret Wild)
Second - Visitors from Lidcombe WBC
Third - The Hills (Barbara Burdack, Sue Smart, Lorraine Douglas and Liz Leahy)
IN-HOUSE CARNIVAL (Sponsored by Ian & Scott Haggarty)
Tuesday 30 August was the perfect day for bowls - the sun was shining, the birds were singing and the ladies were ready to try their hand at turn-around triples.
After a late start to the carnival, the ladies took to the greens and enjoyed trying their hand as lead, second and skip. There were lots of laughs and the atmosphere was very friendly.
Bowls was followed by a delicious lunch and we were fortunate one of our sponsors, Ian Haggarty, could join us.
The Club would like to say a huge "thank you" to both Ian and Scott for their continued support of our ladies carnivals.
Those ladies who were lucky to win on the day are pictured below with Ian.
Winners - Peggy Joel, Beverley Johnson and Lyn Skeers
Second - Shirley de la Harpe, Vin Vinh-hoa and Sandra Barry
Third - Janice Caldwell, Maureen McInerney and Penny Lovejoy
Fourth - Margaret Scott, Susan Lemon and Maureen Atkins
CLUB TRIPLE FINALS
On Tuesday 23 August, in a game worthy of a Final, two teams fought a hard battle, but alas there can only be one winner. Congratulations to Faye Davison, Debbie Howard and Shirley de la Harpe (skip) for winning the 2016 Club Triples Final against a tough opposition of Barbara Burdack, Chris Cadman and Jan Hawthorne (skip). Well done to all players for reaching the Finals.
Proud winners with their trophy - Faye Davison, Debbie Howard & Shirley de la Harpe
Runners-up - Barbara Burdack, Chris Cadman & Jan Hawthorne
THE MEDALS KEEP COMING FOR HILLS CHAMPION
On Tuesday 2 August Shirley de la Harpe played in the Region 16 Singles play-offs at North Ryde RSL Bowling Club. Shirley's opponent in the morning was Janet Swan from North Epping and the final score was 25-15. The afternoon game was played in cold and gusty conditions against Ros Lighfoot from Denistone with the final score 27-11. Shirley now goes on to play in the State play-offs at Forster/Tuncurry in October. A great effort Shirley!
Shirley proudly wearing her Champions medal
MINOR SINGLES FINAL
The final of the Minor Singles was played on Tuesday 2 August with Carole Elvin successful against a strong opponent Judy Barbaro. It was a close game with the final score 26-22. Well done ladies on making it to the final!
Runner-up Judy Barbaro with Carole
Debbie and Shirley proudly wearing their Champion medals and holding the Trophy
REGION 16 PAIRS PLAY-OFFS
Debra Howard and Shirley de la Harpe continue their winning streak taking out the Region 16 Pairs title on Thursday 21 July.
The semi-finals were played against Lorna Humphreys and Elaine Marsden from North Ryde RSL, with the Hills team winning 17-13. The final, in the afternoon, was played against Jan Bennett and Shelley Friedlander from Asquith with the Hills winning 22-12. So proud of you both and wish you every success for the State play-offs later in the year. Congratulations ladies!!
Debbie and Shirley with their winning Metro side
METRO VS COUNTRY
Congratulations to Debbie Howard and Shirley de laHarpe, who were chosen to be in the Metro team for the annual Metro vs Country Bowls Championships. The event was held at St John's Park Bowling Club on 23/24 July and Metro won all 3 games. A might effort.
CLUB PAIRS CHAMPIONS
Congratulations to Shirley de la Harpe and Faye Davison on winning the Club Pairs Championship against Liz McCracken and Kerry Wallace on Tuesday 19 July. A wonderfully sunny day in the middle of winter made conditions perfect for the final game of the event and whilst Liz and Kerry kept the game at a draw for the first part of the game, Faye and Shirley hit first gear to take out the title. Well Done Faye and Shirley!!
Faye and Shirley with their Pairs Trophy
Winners Faye and Shirley with Runners-up Liz and Kerry
WELL DONE KERRY AND CHRIS WALLACE!!
On Saturday 16 July The Hills Club hosted the Region 16 Mixed 3-Bowl Pairs with the format being a 2 set play of 5 ends with one tie-breaker.
The Hills mother and son duo, Kerry and Chris Wallace, played Bennelong in the semi-final, winning both sets 9-7 and 4-2.
The final was played against Northern Suburbs and once against the Hills were winners with a score of 5-2 and 3-2. In the final the Hills were 3 down on the last end in the second set and Chris put down the winning bowl for The Hills to take out the title and go onto the State play-offs.
Chris and Kerry after the Final with District President Toni Pollock.
Finalists - Steven & Pamela Lowe (Mother and Son) from Northern Suburbs; Chris & Kerry (The Hills); Anne & Max Richardson (Bennelong)
A GREAT DAY FOR THE HILLS!!!
On Wed 18 May four Hills ladies played in two separate District finals at Wenty Leagues BC.
Debbie Howard, Shirley de la Harpe, Margaret Wild and Carole Martin
Carole Martin and Margaret Wild contested the final of the inaugural Senior Pairs against Kim Bremner and Shylie Little of Castle Hill. After 2 days of bowls with the final held on the third morning, the hills ladies were down 17-6 at one stage. They came back with some good ends, with the final score CastleHill 17 and The Hills 12. It was a great effort Carole and Margaret and The Hills are very proud of you both. A good group of spectators from both clubs attended to watch the game and support the ladies. Well done!!
Carole and Margaret
In an exciting game just 2 rinks away Shirley de la Harpe and Debbie Howard were contesting the final of the District Open Pairs against Angela Tindall and Denise Campbell from Northmead. Once again, following two days of bowls, these four ladies put on a terrific exhibition of top bowls for the spectators. The Hills were successful winning the game 19-12. A great game Shirley and Debbie and the Hills are very proud of you both!
Debbie and Shirley
With District President Toni Pollock after receiving the winners Badges
Shirley de la Harpe won her third straight District Singles title when she beat Angela Tindall from Northmead on Wednesday 11 May at Castle Hill BC. Spectators watched a game that was hard fought with some amazing bowling by both players. Well done Shirley, the Hills are very proud of your achievement!
BIG DAY AT THE HILLS - Tuesday 3 May
Major Singles Final
The final of the Major Singles was played on 3 May with Faye Davison successful against a strong opponent Sheryn Batcheldor. Well done Faye and good luck at Oak Flats in the Champion of Club Championships at the end of June.
Grade 3 Flag Unfurling
Also on Tuesday 3 May the Hills Club welcomed District President Toni Pollock, district Grade 3 manager Lyn Skeers and Grade 3 runners-up Toongabbie WBC ladies to the Club for the flag unfurling for our successful Grade 3 pennant team.
Following a delicious morning tea supplied by our wonderful social committee, over 50 of our members formed a guard-of-honour around the flagpole for the official ceremony. The Toongabbie and Hills ladies then proceeded to the green for a very friendly game of bowls.
Thank you to the Toongabbie ladies for helping us celebrate our "special" day!
CONGRATULATIONS - Grade 3 Pennant Winners
Lorraine Douglas, Barbara Burdack, Jan Hawthorne (skip), Irene Gandy, Faye Farr, Lorraine Cafe, Carole Elvin and Liz Leahy (skip).
Well done ladies!
In a hard fought game on Friday 15 April, to determine the winners of Grade 3, between The Hills and Toongabbie, The Hills came out the winners with an overall score of 42-38. Both rinks started off slowly and were behind until the 6th end when Jan Hawthorne's team forged consistently ahead to win their rink 26-18. Liz Leahy's side were down 11-1 on the 9th end and picked up a 5 and from then they fought back to go down 20-16. A great effort from both sides.
Good luck ladies for the Region play-offs on June 6.
2016 MIXED PAIRS
Congratulations to mother and son duo, Kerry and Chris Wallace, who won the 2016 Mitchell District Mixed Pairs Championship against some strong opposition. Kerry and Chris also won this championship last year. Good luck for the Regional play-offs in July.
BIGGEST MORNING TEA
On Tuesday 1 March the greens were covered in PINK (well tops anyway) for our annual Biggest Morning Tea to raise money for the Cancer Council. A delicious morning tea was organised by our social committee (minus their trusty leader) and a HUGE thank you to all the ladies who cooked for the occasion. Everyone had a fun morning of bowls and we even had our own resident "fairy" - good on you Sheryn.
Congratulations ladies - the Club raised just over $600, which will be sent onto the Cancer Council. Great effort!!!
PENNANTS TRAINING AGAINST THE HILLS MEN
Our ladies pennant teams had a training run against the Hills' men players on Tuesday 23 February. Whilst there were some convincing wins by the men, the ladies held themselves proud and only lost by one shot on the big board. Well done ladies and thank you to those men who came along to give us some harder competition practice for the upcoming pennant season.
KAREN MURPHY TRAINING SEMINAR
On Saturday 20 February, Karen Murphy (Australian and International Lawn Bowls Champion) presented a training seminar at the Hills Club. Karen preceded the on-green training with a power point presentation, and from the comments by those who participated, even in those few short hours, they all gained a wealth of knowledge and motivation. Time well spent!! (More images in the photo gallery)
THANK YOU MERRYLANDS WBC
On Saturday 13 Feb the pennant teams from Merrylands WBC travelled to The Hills for a trial game. The weather was perfect and this gave our pennant teams a chance to play against a Club from another District. Merrylands were victorious overall and the Hills ladies were very appreciative of the chance to play against some hard competition. Thanks again Merrylands.
AUSTRALIA DAY "MIXED" CARNIVAL - Sunday 24 January
There was a sea of Red,White and Blue and Green and Yellow on the greens for the Australia Day Carnival which was attended by 84 bowlers who enjoyed a great game of bowls and lots of fun throughout the morning.
A huge "thank you" to Ian and Scott Haggarty for your sponsorship of the day.
The winning team of Sue Smart, Margaret Wild and Bob Smart were very pleased to accept their prize from Ian Haggarty.
The best dressed "Aussie" was Peggy Joel (below with Ian Haggarty).