Men's Club Section

The Men's section of the Beecroft Bowling & Recreation Club Limited Is affiliated with the Royal NSW Bowls Association. A committee of Men's Club bowling members are elected annually to represent the bowling members. The Men's club committee, with the support of the Match committee and the Selectors, is responsible for the arrangement of men's social games, men's club competitions and men's Pennants matches, including the selection of representative players. 

You can view News of the draw and results of current Men's championships from this page: News

Incoming Committtee (Oct 2013 to Sep 2014)

Steve Maxwell who previously was elected as Vice President became President on 3rd December, 2013.

The following members were confirmed for the 2013/2014 year

Position                Name

President                                   Steve Maxwell
Vice President                           vacant
Treasurer                                   Ken Harrison
Bowls Secretary                         Ken McLennan
Assistant Bowls Secretary          Scott Byrnes
Committee Members                  Craig Davis, Richard Dooley, Peter Watt, 
                                                Stephen Bruce, Arnold Burling
Selectors                                  Wal Saville, Ray Martin, Ken McLennan,
                                                John King, Steve Maxwell
                                                

Bowls Days

The Men's section has two social bowls days, Wednesday and Saturday. On both social bowls days, with the exception of the first 6 months for new members, members are required to wear the complete club uniform. Wednesday is a mens only social bowls day and begins at 12.30pm. Saturday is for both men and ladies and begins at 12.30pm.

Men's Club Uniform

As can be seen in the photos below and the introduction photo, the Men's Club uniform comprises: a coloured styled club shirt with cream or white trousers or shorts. A wide brimmed hat with a club hatband, or a cap.

Men's Club Competitions

A variety of competitions are held throughout the year, giving experienced and inexperienced bowlers an opportunity to test their skills against other players. Some competitions have qualfiying conditons to enable some of the less experienced bowlers an opportunity to compete against similarly skilled players.

The complete results of 2012 competitions can be viewed by downloading this file: Mens Winners 2012

Competition Results from previous years can be viewed by downloading this file: Winners - Past Years

Descriptions and eligiblity for Men's club competitions follows:

Major Singles: Open to all bowls members, the winner of this competition is dubbed the Men's Club Champion. It is therefore often considered the most prestigious to win.

Major Pairs: Open to all bowls members. Entries in this competition are comprised of two bowlers; a Lead and a Skip. Winners of this compeition are considered the Men's Club Pairs Champions.

Triples: Open to all bowls members. Entries in this competition are comprised of three bowlers; a Lead, Second and a Skip.

Fours: Open to all bowls members. Entries in this competition are comprised of four bowlers; a Lead, Second, Third and a Skip.

Veteran's Singles: Only open to bowls members 70 years of age and over.

Minor Singles: Open to bowls members who have not won a Major Singles or Minor Singles Championship at Beecroft or any other club.

Tyro Singles (Wal Johnston Trophy): Only open to bowls members who first registered as a bowler with RNSWBA within the last 2 years.

Minor Pairs: Only open to bowls members who have not won a Major Pairs club championship or the Minor Pairs club compeition within the last 10 years. Entries in this competition are comprised of two bowlers; a Lead and a Skip.

Major/Minor Pairs: Open to all bowls members. This is a single entry competition where players are graded by selectors according to ability and experience as either Major (skips), or Minor (leads). Players are then put into teams by a blind draw by the Match Committee. The normal open draw is then made by the Match Committee for the competition. Due to the nature of this event it is the only event in which a substitute, if needed, may play as skip.

Mixed Pairs: Open to all bowls members from both the Mens and Ladies sections. Entries in this competition are comprised of two bowlers (one man, one lady); a Lead and a Skip.

Pennants

Pennants is an annual inter-club competition where various Bowling Clubs compete against each other in their grade and geographic Zone. Each club enters one or more sides in up to 7 grades, with Grade 1 being the most skilled. Each side is comprised of 3 teams of four bowlers, who play a game of fours each Saturday during the Pennants season. Matches are played at home and away. All Men bowlers are eligible to put their name forward to represent the club during Pennants season, but final teams are picked by the Selectors.

Pennants Success

The Men's Club enters sides every year, and although the various teams have performed well over the years, the success of winning a section or Zone flag was proving elusive until in 2008 the Grade 7 side won their section and competed in the sectional playoffs. Unfortunately, they were beaten but did not go down without a fight. In 2009 the Grade 7 side missed out by a narrow margin on winning their section, but as the next best side, were able to compete in the sectional playoffs. After playing some magnificent bowls, the Grade 7 side won all three matches to win the Zone 10 Grade 7 flag. Also in 2009 the Grade 5 side missed out by half a point on winning their section and in competing in the sectional playoffs. A great achievement by both Grades in a small club. In 2010 the Grade 5 side won their section and competed in the sectional playoffs. They gave a very good account of themselves, winning 2 of the three matches but not enough margin to be runners up. A very good result. In 2011 after being demoted to Grade 7 from being promoted to Grade 6 the year before, our Grade 7 side won their section and the sectional playoffs and thus won the Zone 10 Grade 7 flag for the second time in 3 years ( see photo below ). In 2012 the Grade 4 side won its section and had the highest overall points for the grade. They  lost the sectional final on 19th May, 2012 by only 3 shots to Merrylands. I2013 the Grade 4 side again won its section and had the highest overall points for the grade. They lost the sectional final on 25th May, 2013 by only 3 shots to North Ryde RSL. (see photos below).

...........Recent Pennant Success...............
Year........ Grade...... Achievement.............
2008 7 Sectional Playoffs
2009 7 Zone 10 Flag winner
2010 5 Sectional Playoffs
2011 7 Zone 10 Flag winner
2012 4 Zone 10 Runners-up
2013 4 Zone 10 Runners-up
2013 Zone 10 Grade 4 Runners-Up players at Badge Ceremony at Carlingford Club and commiserating back at Beecroft. If only that end had been different said Richard to Craig.
As the sign on the wall at Carlingford says Ä Journey of Progress". Perhaps next year will be just one better !
Successful 2011 Zone 10 Grade 7 players proudly dispalying their Pennants Flag









Your Position in a 4 Man Pennant Team - Things to Consider
The Lead
The lead player sets the pattern of play for an end by rolling the jack hopefully to suit the length of his team. Often the Skip will stand to indicate where he wants the Lead to roll the jack to a given position. The lead should practice rolling the jack to different lengths often so he can ensure he is able to roll a reasonable delivery for his Skip in a match. 
The main aspect to playing Lead is to be able to get his two bowls closest to the Jack. Often a Lead player will be an experienced draw player within a club.
The lead should endeavour to play the same hand to get consistency in line and length. He may choose one side of the rink, forehand one way and backhand the other way if conditions such as wind dictate that style of play.
Once his bowls are down the Leads job is to encourage the rest of his team.
The Second
To play second in a team of 4 demands all round versatility. It is the second's task to counter the lead's failure to get shots close to the jack or convert when the opposition lead has gained the advantage.
That type of role requires the Second to be able to draw, wrest out the opposition shots or break up the head if the skip dicatates such a shot. If you are chosen as second, be sure to clearly understand the type of shot the Skip requires you to perform before you step on the mat to bowl. Above all, a Second must have confidence in his Skipper for his choice of the type of shot required. Often a Second may consider he can push out a jack high Opposition shot but failure to do so may mean no bowls in the head for the Skip. So it can be a tough life for a Second attempting the shot required by the Skipper whether it be a draw or strategy shot.
The Third
Probably the best way to describe the Third's role is to call him foreman on the job.
Basically his qualities must be those of a sound all-round second plus plenty of experience. The latter is essential, because he has to be able to read a head and advise the skipper at the other end when asked to do so. Experience will have taught the Third to be cool in a crisis. Often he will be called on to play a crucial shot when the team is in trouble. The Third can be worth his salt for a mere half-a-dozen "big"shots during a match, because those shots could mean the difference between a win and a loss.
The Third must be decisive when asked a question by the skip. He must develop the judgement to decide who is holding shot prior to final shots and measurement. If the Third sees the possibility of a big score, either "for"or ägainst" and doesnt feel the Skip knows, then he should call the Skip to the head to discuss the situation. The Third should never put doubt in the Skippers mind.
The Skip
This man is like any other captain in any other team sport. The job requires him to be experienced, understanding, calm, a good tactician, a good psychologist and it helps if he is a good bowler too. He may be required to draw dead to the jack or aggressively attack an Opposition bowl or built head.
A good skipper must be positive and decisive, have a sense of humour, and a command of all the shots. He must be confident and and alert to changes in conditions.
At the end of it all comes the hard part. If the team is beaten, the skipper invariably has to carry the blame - that is where it will be sheeted home. If the team wins, everybody wins, not just the skipper.
The responsibility of the team's approach and tactics is the Skipper's, but he cannot carry them out alone. His major task therefore is to instil in the other three players the fact they are not playing as individuals but as a team together and therefore need to perform their allotted task. If a Skipper can make his team a happy one, then half the battle is won. The Skip must be pleasant and tactful, not condemning a struggling player but encouraging him.
Ultimately, no matter how good a Skipper is in all other departments of the game, his reputation is based on the results he achieves. So if the score on the board is what counts at the end, a Skipper always looks for the shot that will get his team out of trouble or the one that will add to the score. That is the secret of winning team bowls.