2019 Senior Side Series – DAY 4 FINAL

by Denise McMillan

DAY 4 – FINAL ROUND – WA v NSW (Thursday 24 October)

The final game of the 2019 Senior Sides Championships has been completed – neither the men’s or women’s sides won this last round; however, other significant achievements have been made.  The men went down to NSW 45 to 55 and ended up 4th on the ladder … and NSW Men’s Side claiming the John Dobbie AM Men’s trophy.  Two of our male players celebrated playing their 50th game on this round – congratulations to Grant Nicol and Stephen O’Neil on this accomplishment!

Grant Nicol (Gosnells) & Stephen O’Neil (Osborne Park) Celebrate 50 National Games Played

On the women’s side their game ended 46 to 55, very similar to the men’s, and while they fought to keep third position they ended up 5th on the overall ladder.  Great news is in the mix with Noelene Abe selected for the inaugural Seniors Trans Tasman Test Series from November 25 – 27 to be held on the Gold Coast.  More details on other selections is available by CLICKING HERE.

Both of our Sides played to win against some formidable competitors and should be happy with their performance over the four days of play!  Within our own ranks the best performed player accolade for the men was awarded to first time representative John Goddard, and the best performed player accolade for the women was awarded to Noelene Abe – and what a week she has had with more excitement to come when representing Australia at the upcoming Trans Tasman!

The final results of the overall state ladders is represented here – WA finished a respectable 4th place!

Ladder supplied by BA Facebook PostingsThe individual men’s and women’s ladder results are detailed in the linked pdf documents below:



This is the final Side Series for 2019 – the next series will be in 2020 under the newly formatted platform of all Side Series running together over the space of a two week period … more details to come when available!


DAY 3 – ROUND 5 – WA v QLD (Wednesday 23 October)

WA’s men won their game against QLD by ONE SHOT, and while they went down in two rinks they still gained the overall aggregate points.  Still in fifth place on the ladder the men’s overall score of 16 is only 1/2 a point behind VIC and 1 point behind QLD who currently hold third position.  WA’s women went down to QLD 48 to 76 with no rink wins to add to overall points and move down the ladder from fourth to fifth place; however, they are only 2 points behind NSW and 2.5 points behind SA who are in third place.

DAY 3 – ROUND 5 – WA v NT (Wednesday 23 October)

A stunning afternoon for both WA sides … the women came back fighting in the game against NT winning 74 to 38 … earning all six points for three rink wins and the aggregate this big push has moved the women up the ladder from fifth position to third!  They sit with one point ahead of VIC and 1.5 points below SA, while QLD has an unassailable lead with 32 points.

Our men also won their game with a good margin with 58 to NT’s 47 … gaining 5 overall points for two rink wins and the aggregate this brings them to 21 points … is enough to push them up the ladder from fifth to fourth position; however, they sit smack dab in the middle of SA in fifth position at 20.5 and VIC in third position with 21.5 … with only 1/2 a point on either side a lot will reside on the remaining game of the series where they take on NSW.

NSW sits at the top of the men’s ladder with 26.5 points and QLD is just behind them 3 points away … depending on tomorrow mornings game results there could be quite a shift in first through to fifth positions!  The same holds true for the women from second to sixth position with only slight margins between each level … tomorrow’s last morning game could shift results dramatically!




DAY 2 – ROUND 3 – WA v TAS (Tuesday 22 October)

Both WA sides had morning wins with the women gaining five points with two rink wins and the aggregate win with a score of 66 over Tasmania’s 52.  The men also had a win over Tasmania with a score of 42 to 48, and 5 overall points alongside the women, with two rink wins and the aggregate like the women.  Overall, this places WA 5th on the ladder for both our men and women’s sides.

DAY 2 – ROUND 4 – WA v ACT (Tuesday 22 October)

A fabulous day for WA winning both afternoon games against ACT.  The women gained 53 to ACT’s 45 with two rink wins and the overall aggregate score of three for five game points – this boosted their place on the ladder from 5th to 4th.  The men had a comprehensive win over ACT 63 to 48, also with two rink wins and the overall aggregate; however, they remain in 5th place over NT, ACT and TAS – the biggest difference is their overall score difference has gone from the -9 to +6 which is great!  QLD, NSW and SA remain in various positions in the top three ladder positions.

Tomorrow we will see our WA sides compete against QLD in the morning and complete the third day of competition playing against NT in the afternoon.




DAY 1 – ROUND 1 – WA v VIC (Monday 21 October)

Australian Senior Side Championship play consists of side having three teams of four players, of both genders, who compete in round-robin style against every other competitor in their section (in this case we have one big section of eight – this includes all Australian States and Territories) where every round has the potential of a maximum of 6 points allocation between the two sides playing each other.  Each rink win is worth one point for a grand total of three – added to this is the three points for winning the aggregate (highest shots between For and Against bowls) –  rink wins plus the aggregate win of three ensures the maximum points of six to a given side.  Occasionally there is a draw between both rinks and aggregate scores resulting in the two competing sides sharing three points each.

WA’s first round of the Australian Senior Championships was played against Victoria with mixed results.  The women’s side was victorious with an 8 score win over Victoria; however, with two rink wins and a loss they start their ladder point position in 4th place with five points.  The men won one of their rinks for one point; however, they suffered a loss of 47 to Victoria’s 56 with an initial ladder placement of 6th place.

DAY 1 – ROUND 2 – WA v SA (Monday 21 October)

The afternoon round against SA proved harder for the women who suffered a loss with one rink win but overall going down 50 to SA’s 57 – this places our women in a parallel position to the men who are also in sixth place; however, with six points total.  Overall in the Women’s competition, South Australia is running first with eleven points and next is Queensland with 10 points.

WA men had a very close game against SA going down 51 shots to SA’s 55 while earning another rink win point to retain their 6th place on the ladder with a total of two points.  At the end of first day of competition there are three states holding ten points between New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

Tomorrow we will see our WA sides compete against TAS in the morning and complete the second day of competition playing against ACT in the afternoon.




Play is underway at Ettalong Bowling Club NSW for the 2019 Senior Side Series from Monday October 21 to Thursday 24 – updates will be provided at the end of each day for WA’s progress – and overall scores can be found on the Bowlslink Results platform with the link available below.

There has been a few changes in the originally posted women’s side, with Bev Baker (Mosman Park) an early pull out due to health and later withdraws of Helen Heal (Manning) and Kerry Andersen (Mosman Park) for personal reasons, resulting in a change of two of the three original team compositions within the Women’s Side.  Replacement players include Elizabeth Marshall (Sorrento) and Liz Matthews (Manning) who both played in the 2018 Series, and debut player Bev Davidson (Kukerin).



The men’s side had one last minute change with the withdraw of Graham Evans (Busselton) resulting in a direct position replacement with Stephen Cerff (Doubleview).



Debut players on the Men’s Senior Side include country players John Goddard (Hopetoun) and Gary Keep (Collie) as pictured here with their new caps number 53 and 54 respectively: