Starting in 2011 the first Bowling Arm Interstate Challenge was played between Victoria and New South Wales. This expanded to a larger interstate tournament held in September 2013 with the addition of South Australia. The Championships were held yearly after this with the addition of Queensland as recently as 2016, Western Australia joining in 2017 as the “Sandgropers”, and Tasmania joining in 2018. The Challenge now has six states involved.
Bowls Australia endorses the “National Bowling Arm Challenge” by providing a “National Trophy” for the winning state while the states themselves concurrently play for interstate Trophies &/or Shields during the Challenge. A State Representative Side consists of 15 players with three teams of five who consecutively play Singles and Fours, and Pairs and Triples. The Challenge itself is a mixed gender tournament with a minimum requirement of two female bowlers.
We will soon be seeking Expressions of Interest for the 2020 Sandgroper Squad (flyer) with next years Challenge to be played in WA at Warnbro Bowling Club September 7 to 11.
Laurie Blurton continues in the position of Coordinator of the WA Bowling Arm “Sandgropers” Side for the fourth consecutive year and would like interested players to fill in an Sandgroper Expression of Interest (details – download Word form) (details – pdf form) and return to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Laurie can also be contacted on 0427 097 935.
2017 National Arm Challenge Summary (Moama VIC)
2018 National Arm Challenge Summary (East Maitland NSW)
2019 National Arm Challenge Summary (Tranmere SA)