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News 2024


The club wishes to thank our member Tony Zonca for sponsoring our first money day for the year. The club is very appreciative of all Tony does for this club, Committee Member as well as Assistant Treasurer and know a kind sponsor. The club values all our sponsors who contribute to make these day possible. 

The winners on the day were Jan Tennent, Ann Thomas and Phil Robinson, second place Penny Wilton, Clyde Jackson and Mick Hagen. Team with no wins George Friesacher, Carol Wellings and Ross Sanders. Lucky winners Di Degney, Peter Craig and Ross Wellings.


Each year our club hold our annual North versus South, this is determined which side of the river you live. This event was once hotly contested with the South winning the competition 158 to 151. This is another win for the South’s as they were the winners last year. 

Souths team leader Rob Black excepts the trophy from North leader Harley Wilton

News 2023


The club held two events recently with The Mayoral Trophy and Kev and Jean Weaver afternoon. These two events were well represented with players filling the greens on both days. Each year we hold these events with support from our local council mayor Tony Williams and the Weaver family, who were both on hand to hand out prizes to winners and present the reverent trophies. We wish to thank the Rockhampton Council and Weaver family for their ongoing support to our club.

Winners from the Mayoral Day ended up being a tied score with 3 wins, 27 ends and 22 shared between M. Browning A. Browning L. Channels I Lenham and K. McCronhon J. Puet G. Puet K. McCronhon. The Weaver Trophy was won by Jim Hanley Eric Barber and Bev Johnston.


With the generous support from Access Recreation our club held an afternoon of bowls for members and visiting players. Access fill, an important part in our region with disability support services, group activities, plan management and support coordination. If you are aged between 7 – 65 and looking for support to improve your quality of life this organisation is there to help. They are not for profit – with a dedicated team of staff members to assist with

your concerns. This is the first year that Access Recreation has come onboard with sponsorship, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support.

The winners of the afternoon were Peter Lawton, Peter Bracewell and Peter Pidcock, being the only team to have won both games. No other team had two wins so the next to take home a prize was drawn for the Hat, Mike Browning, Angela Browning and Jeff Slater was the lucky winner. Other prizes went to George and Barbra Friesacher and Peter Tyler, with Penny, Harley and Dan Wilton. The prize for no wins went to Patrick Dowling, Rob Medlin and Jim Ross.



Betta Home Living Mixed Fours

The club wish to thank our valued sponsors Thomo’s Betta Home Living for once again sponsoring the Mixed Fours carnival held at our club RBC on the 30th September. We would also like to thank all the players members and visitors for playing in this event. This carnival has been running for several years with many team names on the trophy and this year we add the winning team of S O’Leary, R Stone, M Birse and T Lowry (3 wins 28 ends +27). The other place winners are below:

2nd K. McDonald S. Kinnear G. Kinnear M. Simpson. 3 wins 25 ends +13 3rd S. Simpson S. Harris I. Lenham E. Batts 2 wins & draw 27 ends +29 4th R. Black P. Field M. Hay M. Black 2wins & draw 26 ends + 12
5th E. Gregson C. Haack R. Sanders M. Dobbs. 2wins 27 ends + 12

Lucky draw K. Davidson W. Dobson P. McGovern A. Johnson.



The Club would like to congratulate our club members Graham Hudson and Clem McGee for making the play off for the Champion of Champion in Mackay, where they
represented our District Central Qld. There were eight districts playing for the 2023 State CC pairs, our guys played well coming close to a win in their first game, narrowly
loosing to Airlie Beach 21-19 but unfortunately they had
some great shots not going there way to go down to the North West/Mt Isa team of Von Hoff and Cahill 15-24. A great achievement to the guys reaching the State play off’s. The Up side is our new shirts look great!!!!!!!!

The Club has officially a new club shirt, here are our guys recently taking part in the annual Dennis Bartlem Shield.

Ladies Pennants 2023

Unfortunately RBC Ladies could only field a team in Division 1 due to not enough players for Division 2. CQ District only had three teams in Division 1 (Yeppoon, Diggers and RBC) and three in Division 2 (Yeppoon, Gracemere and Emu Park) playing a home and away competition.

The CQ results Division 1, with Diggers being eliminated from the competition earlier in the day the final game against RBC and Yeppoon would determine the winners. It was a close match with RBC overcoming Yeppoon by a small margin to give them the title of CQ’s  2023 Pennant winners. The Second Division was won by Gracemere who had six wins, followed by Yeppoon with four wins and Emu Park two wins.


The men’s Pennants was played starting in August and running through to September. This is played in two divisions First and Second with winners going on to represent their respective clubs in the Zone 6 playoff which was held at RBC this year on 17th September.

Our club was fortunate to be able to fill teams in both Divisions with three teams of four in each, a great effort to all members who played in this event over the weeks it was held. We had a few changes with players being swapped from First to Second and members filling vacant places when needed.

Both divisions started of the competition slow with a loss to Yeppoon on the opening day which ultimately decided the final scores. Our teams finally started to gel and played some incredible games, some coming down to the last ends.  The club finally ended up second behind Yeppoon in both divisions. Our boys are to be congratulated in the way they played and their sportsmanship attitude throughout this whole event.

Yeppoon went on to play in the Zone 6 (Bundaberg, Central Qld and Port Curtis) which did not go their way being defeated by Boyne Tannum Club representing Port Curtis. The winner for Zone 6 was Bargara Club representing Bundaberg.


The Capricornian Invitation Ladies Fours were held on Monday 11th September at our club. Ten teams from local bowls clubs and our own club members contested the event with teams playing three games of fourteen ends for the day. We thank Jeff Slater for keeping the records of the games and working out the total scores.  Prize money was donated by the Capricornia Bank and was shared among all participating teams. All teams said they enjoyed the friendly company and bowls, with the club providing nibbles at the close of play. Our club team of Marion Dobbs, Bev Johnston, Pat McGovern and Rosie Rumpf took home first place. We thank all teams who participated in our day, and a special thanks to players, sponsors and finally helpers.


Each year since 2011 Bowls Qld along with Sports Connect have been running the Multi Disability Championships, this year they were held at Mackay South Suburban and Mackay City Bowls Club from Monday 7th to Thursday 10th August.

The Championship covers several disability catteries being Hearing, Vision, Physically and Lifestream. These are all open to both male and female except the Singles. There was a wide field of participants and a credit to all bowlers who took part in this event.

It was pleasing to see our club was represented this year by three members Michael Hagen,

Ross Wellings and Carol Wellings. Ross and Michael played in the Men’s Singles as well as the Pairs Open, unfortunately they were unsuccessful in reaching the play off medal rounds. Michael played extremely well to only loose one game out of five in the pleminery rounds and was sixth place overall in the men’s singles.

Carol was our champ coming home as the bronze medal winner in the Women Singles, with a convincing win in the final playoff over her opponent Diane Jackson 21 to 4.

Our club would like to congratulate our members Ross, Michael and Carol or their achievements in this event, Carol for her win but also to Ross and Michael for partaking and representing our club.

Capricornian Prestige Fours

Once again the Capricornian came on board and was the sponsor of the Club Prestige Mens Fours played on 1st July. Was a great day of bowling with the green full, we wish to thank all the teams who came and played. Then end results

Winner   D. Hatfield R. Stone G. Kington B. Freeman      3 wins 26 ends + 20

Second   R. Ewing G. Kinnear M. Holdstock G. Lund        3wins 26 ends + 19

Third       N. Roberts M. Hagen P. Tyler R. Wellings          2 wins 29 ends + 19

Fourth   R. Loader K. Smith B. Griffiths T. Ahearn             2 wins 27 ends + 7

Fifth       P. Homes S. Harris M. Hay I. Lenham                   2 wins 26 ends + 9

Lucky draw    K. McDonald L. Curtis K. Martin N. Pasco  

State District 8”

The state mixed 8s was played in early April at R.B.C. The R.B.C team was women pairs Jean Graff & Mirriam Black. The men’s pairs Phil Robinson & Tony Zonca. The mixed fours Mike Browning, Bev Johnston, Marion Dobbs & Jeff Slater. Yeppoon defeated Emu Park 59-51 on Saturday morning. Rockhampton defeated Emu Park 83-37 on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday morning Rockhampton played Yeppoon in the final decider, coming down to the last game the Men’s Pairs. Our guys played exceptionally well to defeat the Yeppoon lads and putting RBC on the top of the ladder. The final result was Yeppoon 68 Rockhampton 73. The Rockhampton team will play Port Curtis in the next round on 28th May. We wish our team all the best for the next round.


The Mercure Hotel has been a long supporter of the Rockhampton Bowls Club and we thank them for their generosity in sponsorship. The afternoon of bowls was a great success as always with the green full of happy smiling faces. Throughout the afternoon cash prizes were awarded to players who scored a “Toucher” starting with Skip, Second and lastly Leads. The overall winning team for the afternoon was E Arnold, N Grewe and C Jackson followed closely by runners up H Johnson, C Haack and R Black. Once again, our thanks go to the Mercure and we look forward to their continued support into the future. If you are visiting Rockhampton and wishing to stay a night or two check out the Mercure as they are right next to the Club, you can find them on the Website Rockhampton

Battle of the Sex’s 

Earlier this month our Club held the Battle of the Sexes. This is an annual event where the Ladies take on the Guy’s in a battle of the bowls. This year unfortunately the Ladies (Renegades)were defeated by the Men (Buccaneers) and President Rosie Rumpf presented Bill Richardson with the symbolic Rolling Pin trophy. We had some colourful characters on the green helping to make this a fun event.

Access Recreation major Sponsor for 2023

Our club would like to extend a big thank you to Access Recreation for coming onboard as a Major Sponsor for 2023. Access Recreation has over 30 years of knowledge and experience providing support for people with a disability within Rockhampton and the surrounding areas. Access Recreation is a not-for-profit organisation, offering support to any person with a disability aged from 7-65 years. We are always striving to improve the quality of life of the people we support and foster their independence.

  Veteran Singles

 The Men’s Club Veteran Singles was played between Andy Johnson and Clem Magee with     

this year Andy becoming the winner for 2023. We congratulate Andy on his win.

CQDLBA Shield. (Molly Bradford)

Our Ladies section represented RBC at the CQDLBA Shield played on the 13th – 14th March at Diggers Memorial Bowls Club. The team was made up of seven players, playing in Singles, Pairs and Fours. Our team was made up of the following: A Thomas Singles, M Dobbs and S McConochie Pairs, and finally K Borg, Bev Johnston, B Friesachner and Rosemary Rumpf Fours. The Ladies came away with one win and two losses against Yeppoon, the scores were very close in all games.  After the final round of competition, Victoria Park came out on top with Gracemere Ladies runner up.   

 RBC Men’s Presidents Day

The Club celebrated the Men’s President Day on the 12th March, I have been told this was an pleasurable day. It was disappointing that our Men’s President Bill Richardson was not there to celebrate his day, but I think Moyna and Bill are certainly enjoying their time away traveling around Tasmania. The Day started with our Chairman Syd O’Sing welcoming all the teams and visitors to the Club. Play got underway with a 18 -end game followed by lunch then finishing with a 16-end game. The club thanks all the volunteers for their time preparing and serving the lovely lunch and bar service for the day. After the results were compiled, the winning team was from Emu Park (G Van Latham, D Pearson, B Heath and A Barrow) with two wins. Second was the CQ team of (D Hatfield, I Lenham, M Browning and S Farmer) with one win and one loss. The sportsman prize went to the team represented Wowan (S Petrie, R Armstrong, A Besch and B Hyden) with no wins.

Live Life Shield

The first round of the shield was played at RBC on the 26th February. This shield is played each year between Rockhampton Club and Gracemere Bowls Club, sponsored by the Live Life Pharmacy in Gracemere Shopping Centre. We thank the Pharmacy for their support over the past six years, hoping their support will continue as this event captures the enjoyment of bowls by both clubs, with a little rivalry in the mix. From close inspection of the trophy am I right in saying RBC has the winning upper hand. The event is played over two sections with RBC in the lead after the first play off. The winning teams with the most ends won from each club. Congrats to all players on the day.

       North / South Challenge

Even though the weather was damp outside our club played for the North/South side trophy. Depending on which side of the river you live determines our side of play. We had 42 members on the green. After half time North were in the lead by 11 shots, but by the end of the game Souths overtook them winning by 11 shots. We all thoughtfully enjoyed the afternoon. Bill accepted the trophy on behalf of South’s from the North’s Team leader Tony. Thanks goes to Jeff for organising this event. Final score 136 to 125.

Since the start of the trophy in 1990, (and several years of no competition played) but over the 18 years it has been played the South’s have won 12 to North’s 6.   


Volunteer Thank you Breakfast

The clubs Management Committee hosted a breakfast morning to thank all of the club volunteers who give their time willingly to support the club into the future. We thank the committee members who arrived early to cook and serve the bacon and eggs. After the meal Jeff Slatter organised a BPL (Premier League) style competition of 4 x 5 end games with one end a power play. We had 10 teams of triples with only one team winning all four games. Hazel Johnson, Rod Black and skipping Desieree Hindmarsh. This was a great morning to catch up for a chat and a game of bowls.

The club has had a short break and was closed over the Xmas New Year break returning this week on January 3rd for Tuesday events, Thursday January 5th the mens days will re commence, and the club will have Social Days starting Sat 7th and Sun 8th January. If you are wanting to try this great sport Sunday Social Afternoon play is for you, ring the club at 12.00pm to place your interest, play starts at 1.00pm.

The Ladies will re commence on Wednesday February 1st.

The club is know taking booking for function for 2023, please fill out the booking register form located on the Function page and return to club via e mail or calling the events manager.