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Eileen Cavanagh receives 25-year Meritorious Award

By chairman Bev Johnston

A very special part of our Christmas Party celebrations was a 25 Year Meritorious Award presentation by Althea Vaughan, President of CQDLBA, on behalf of Bowls Queensland, to long-term member and stalwart of Rockhampton Bowls Club, Eileen Cavanagh.

This award was sought by member Marion Dobbs on behalf of the club.

I have known Eileen only since I joined the club and she has always impressed me as being supportive and encouraging to other members, as well as a committed and valued volunteer in many roles.

My early memory of Eileen was that she was a very good bowler, with a wealth of knowledge about the game, the club and the rules by which we all play.

Eileen was also of great assistance to past president Bernie Gottke in drafting documentation, the club’s constitution and by-laws, during the formation of one combined club of ladies and men on 14 February, 2014.

During Eileen’s years of membership, she has been elected a committee member in 1993, a selector in 1994 and ladies secretary from 1995 until 2020, when, after suffering an injury which caused her to be unable to play bowls or carry out her other duties, she did not nominate for the position.

Eileen’s official service to the club and to the game of bowls is only part of her story, insofar as she was instrumental in the organisation of many of the ladies’ celebrations, carnivals and special days. All of these occasions had Eileen’s hand print on them and I have to say, even our 2020 Christmas Party preparations entailed me seeking Eileen’s advice from time to time.

I love to see Eileen come along to watch our games and I know she will always readily assist when asked.

Our club would be the poorer for not having Eileen’s expertise and guidance.

Good roll-up for Pauline and Merv Martin Day

Fourteen teams (42 players) contested the Pauline and Merv Martin Day (mixed triples) sponsored by Zelma Mace on 25 October.

Successful on the day (pictured with sponsor Zelma Mace), with the highest winning margin over 18 ends, were Bill Pearson, Val King and Bob McGowan.

Runners-up: Zelma Mace, Moyna Richardson, Bill Richardson; third: Joyce McGowan, Ken Mathieson, Ross Wellings; fourth: Joy Liddell, Pat McGovern, Clyde Jackson; Sportsman’s Prize: Colleen Diehm, Bruce Ballentine, Michael Hagan.

Seventy-six prizes were handed out in the multi-draw raffle with the vast majority overflowing on Ross Wellings’ table!

Nominations open for Mayoral Trophy

The 2020 Rockhampton Regional Council Mayoral Trophy (Mixed Fours) will be played at Rockhampton Bowls Club on Saturday, 7 November.

Play will start at 9am and consist of three games of 16 ends (or the bell at 2 hours 15 minutes).

Nominations close 1 November.

CLICK HERE for full details and nomination forms.


The Capricornian Customer Services Manager Lauren Robinson (left) with Invitation Fours winners A. Vaughan, P. Ward, J. Markey, D. Vaughan (CQDLBA).

CQDLBA team takes Ladies Invitation Fours title

The CQDLBA team of A. Vaughan, P. Ward, J. Markey and D. Vaughan won The Capricornian Ladies Invitation Fours hosted by Rockhampton Bowls Club.

Runners-up were A. Browning, M. Wilson, D. Corbet and K. Buntain (Yeppoon); third K. Borg, H. Everett, J. Burke and B. Johnston (RBC); fourth L. Tompkins, A. Thomas, J. Lawrence and S. Lane (RBC).

The Sportsmen’s Prize went to the Diggers team of K. McCrohan, J. Godsmary, Y. Ruthford and G. Hagen.

The Capricornian Customer Service Manager Lauren Robinson presented the prizes.


The Capricornian Shield winning team, Kennas 1, players Jennifer Watson, Fiona Gorman. Mick Giles, Stacey Giles and Brent Giles with The Capricornian representative Troy Rowe.


Kennas 1 team wins Jack Attack series

By Rod (Kiwi) Gardiner

Kennas 1 will have their name inscribed on the perpetual Capricornian Shield after winning Season 2 2020 of Jack Attack last Friday night.

The season proved a great success with eight teams totalling 36 players playing a round robin series over eight weeks culminating in the final between Kennas 1 and Bowling Stones.

The final points tally was: Bowling Stones 104, Kennas 1 100, Hobos 75, Bowling Blisters 71, BBs 64, Mayhem on Mary 58, Kennas 256, Joombi Chasers 26.

In the final, played over 5 ends, Kennas 1 got the better of Bowling Stones 10-9.

The club received great feedback from the participating players and all indicated they would be back for more next year.

The program introduced several players to the game for the first time and a number of players have indicated they are keen to pursue bowls on a more regular basis as members of our club.

I would personally like to thank all the volunteers who donated their time during the series. I won’t name them all here (lest I leave out one or two names) but you know who you are.

In particular, I would like to thank our chairman Bev Johnston and former JA coordinator Peter Tyler for their unwavering support and The Capricornian for their ongoing sponsorship.

Jack Attack will be back early next year.


Yeppoon team wins Capricornian Mixed Fours

The Yeppoon team of Mike Browning, Angela Browning, Jenny Hanson and John Lewis (pictured) won the major spoils at The Capricornian Mixed Fours played at the Rockhampton Bowls Club on Saturday.

RBC teams filled the placings with runners-up Bev Johnston, Graham Hudson, Rosie Rumpf and Clem McGee; third Ross Wellings, Carol Wellings, Harley Wilton and Joy Bourke; fourth Jeff Slater, Jean Graff, Cheryl Haack and Bill Dobson; fifth Sue Lane, Hazel Johnson, Andy Johnson and Bob McGowan.

The Sportsman’s Prize (lucky losers) went to Pat McGovern, Marion Dobbs, Errol Gregson and Ross Sanders.

Prizes were presented by The Capricornian representative Troy Rowe.


Clem Magee wins CQ Champion of Champions Singles

Clem Magee did Rockhampton Bowls Club proud by winning the Central Queensland Champion of Champions Singles in Yeppoon last Saturday.

Clem defeated Joe Farmer (Welfare) 25-2 and John Lennon (Diggers) 25-22 on his way to the final.

In the final, Clem had a comfortable 25-11 win over Tony Lowry (Victoria Park).

Clem will now go on to represent Rockhampton Bowls Club in the zone finals in Bundaberg.

If he wins that he will compete against the other seven Queensland zone winners in the State finals in Brisbane.

Good luck Clem!

Website overhaul well under way

I’m pleased to report that the overhaul of our outdated website is well under way.
If you visit the club’s website at you will notice numerous changes which hopefully provide a better service for members and non-members alike.
Among other things I have created new segments for News and Upstairs Renovation.
Also, under the Bowls header you will find new subheads for Results and Upcoming Fixtures.
These will give you direct access to all competition results and scheduled fixtures at the push of a button.
There are also new subheads for our chairman’s, men’s and ladies’ reports which will be uploaded every month.
You can now also access a full copy of each month’s newsletter.
While the website remains a work in progress, I trust all members will find it easy to navigate and that the new information will keep you better informed of what is happening in and around your club.

RBC team wins The Capricornian Prestige Fours

The Capricornian Prestige Fours was a great success with 16 teams competing – 6 from Rockhampton, 6 from Yeppoon, 1 from Diggers, 1 from Victoria Park, 1 from Gracemere and 1 from Emerald.
Each of the teams played three matches over 16 ends.
In a very tight contest, overall winners were the Rockhampton Bowls Club team of Graeme Hudson, Clem McGee, Ross Sanders and Bill Pearson who won all their three matches.
Many thanks to the men and ladies volunteers who worked on the day.
Thanks also to Bill Richardson and Debbie Simpson for setting up the tables and Jim Hanley and Mick Hagan for trimming hedges and vacuuming the surrounds in preparation for the event.


Jack Attack delivering some serious fun

Jack Attack Season 2 2020 is coming to a close with the final to be played on Friday, 9 October.

Eight teams with a total of 36 registered players have been doing battle each week to have their team name engraved on the perpetual Capricornian Shield.

While the emphasis is on fun – and there has certainly been plenty of that throughout the series – it is also about giving new players the opportunity to learn the art of our game.

And hopefully keep coming back for more!

It is pleasing to see the progress the players make between Week 1 and Week 8.

Trust me when I say there are several players who would not be out of place at the club on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon.

Jack Attack back with a bang

The following story was published on the Bowls Australia website on Tuesday, 25 August.

By Lachlan Williams, Bowls Australia

With COVID-19 restrictions easing in parts of the country, clubs have resumed doing what they can to introduce new people to bowls, including Rockhampton Bowls Club.
Rockhampton has looked to social bowls competition Jack Attack as a way to get people in the community involved with the sport, having previously hosted successful programs.
Jack Attack is the fun and fast-paced format of bowls, aimed at encouraging new participation in the sport, with games completed in just over an hour.
Rockhampton’s newest Jack Attack competition got under way last Friday, set to run on Friday nights for the next 8 weeks.
“Our last season was cut short due to COVID, but we are looking forward to getting back out there again,”  Rockhampton Jack Attack coordinator Rod Gardiner said.
“The judge of the program’s success is the number of repeat teams that keep coming back, they obviously enjoy it.“We usually have 8-10 teams, and we are around that mark again which is exciting.”
This will be Mr Gardiner’s third time involved with a Jack Attack competition. He said the key to a successful program is finding a balance between good competitive spirit as well as fun.
“There’s no mucking around but at same time the emphasis is on people having a good time,” he said.
“We’re not playing for sheep stations, so if you get that mix right everyone walks away very happy.
“The idea is to get people to join the club as members or get a feel of the game and enjoy the atmosphere. They might think in a few years’ time, that was fun, I’ll do that again.”
Mr Gardiner is himself a product of Rockhampton’s successful program, becoming further involved with the club after playing Jack Attack socially.
“I have played social bowls on and off in different areas for 30 years, but first played  Jack Attack in September last year.
“As a result of that I decided to join the club, joining in January. I’m now on the management committee, produce the monthly newsletter and coordinate the Jack Attack competition.”

Rockhampton is one of many clubs around the country who have looked to Jack Attack as a way to resume bowls activity in their region.
Forty clubs have expressed interest in hosting the premium version of Jack Attack in Jack Attack Plus while 15 clubs will give the program a go with a free three-month trial through Jack Attack Lite.