Mixed Pairs Championship 2024

The alignment round began in near perfect conditions with a light sea breeze and B green running at a good pace for the 9am start.

Both games were close with the Wendy Saul and Murray Hulbert combination winning 15-11 over Sandy Everest and Jim Spencer. Anne Sauerwein and Matt Sharrett finally saw off a fast finishing Shona and Steve Buckley 12-11.

It was the opposite in the semi finals with Lee Leach and Ronnie Rogers proving too strong for Liz Marshall and Bruce Eagles winning 19-11. The highlight of this game was one of Ronnie`s drives which after a few glides/wicks! managed to leave only his teams 4 bowls on the rink.  Wendy and Murray showed their experience in the other semi-final winning 18-11 over Anne and Matty.

On to the final. Both leads, Lee and Wendy, started well and it was a tight struggle with skips Ronnie and Murray showcasing some great draw bowls. At 12-11 after 9 ends and with Lee continually getting bowls in the head, Ronnie edged ahead 18-12 and then 22-14 after 15 ends. With Murray needing to chase shots the game finished 23-17 to Lee and Ronnie.

Congratulations go to Lee and Ronnie who now have their names on the trophy for the third time.

Congratulations also to all players who competed, and who did so with great spirit and camaraderie.

Women’s Triples Championship 2024

The first round of the Women’s Triples for 2024 was held on the 31st January in very hot conditions. After looking at the weather forecast it was decided to do two rounds and then come for lunch and re -access whether to go out again or go home. This was taken out of our hands really as when we got to the club our board was a perfect 9 teams of 3 totalling 27 players BUT a phone call from Charmain Harris saying she has covid so will not be coming and Jan Power Tuke arriving sick so was sent home. Apologies to Claire Deeves who missed out in playing because of the numbers.

We now had 8 teams of 3 and therefore decided together with all the players to convert to knockout meaning that we would all play one game, and all the players decided to play 15 ends and not 13. Just as well because as expected the forecast was correct and by 12-30 we reached 38 for a short time so our last team had to come off and wait until the temperature went down, fortunately we got the sea breeze so we all finished our games. We had two of our teams not know until the last end who would win through to the next round so very close games.

Very well done to all our teams Carter v Everest 14-16, Brickell v Saul 10-21, Marsden v Bourne 8-20, Boardman v Hutchinson 9-11. 

Thank you to Robyn Rowe for bringing her Hydralyte tablets for our players which were greatly appreciated as of course some of our ladies were starting to feel a little worse for wear. It is so important for us all to drink and hydrate at all times.

Our final four teams to go through to the next round are:
Team Everest v Team Saul
Team Bourne v Team Hutchinson

Semi final and Final 7th February 2024

Unfortunately another hot day and we did reach 35 degrees when the finals were just about finished. the semi final with team Everest , Martin and Page playing Team Saul , Marshall and Cox. Team Saul won 19 to 12. The second Semi final saw Team Hutchinson, Sauerwein, and Hughes playing Team Bourne, Cook and Smith. Team Bourne won 16 to 8.

The final was therefore team Bourne our champions for the past two years to play Team Saul which was a really tight game and going down to the last couple of ends with a result of 13 to 11 to Wendy Saul, Liz Marshall and Dianne Cox defeating our current Champions Pauline Bourne, Jan Cook and Coral Smith.

Well done to all our ladies who took part in the Triples under extremely hot weather conditions. I think we really have to look at another time for this year, maybe later start or before pennants or after pennants .I would just like to thank our Bar Manager Matt for bringing out jugs of ice and lime water to keep our ladies hydrated during their game.

A very big congratulations to our Triples Champions for 2024 Wendy, Liz and Di

Mens Fours Championship 2023/24

The first game of the semi finals was contested by the teams of Ross Cunningham, Warren Elliott, Des Russell and Gerald Hanna (The Kiiwi Crew) against Peter Auguston, Gary Bayne, Mark Douglas and Adrian Rose. This game was a very evenly contested event with scores quite close up until the mid-point of the game, however the Auguston team then started to get on top with some very consistent play and ended up winning six of the last nine ends, albeit by only small scores, but enough to hold the Cunningham combination at bay until the final end, winning 15 shots to 9.The second semi final was made up of the other two qualified two sides, namely Dan Greig, Jim Spencer, Jeff Thomson and Brian Staples against Murray Hulbert, Alan Walton, Peter Flack and Peter Morgan. This game started with the Greig team getting a small lead after four ends (4 up) but by the thirteenth end the fancied Hulbert side had pulled away slightly and looked in control until they inexplicably dropped five shots on the fourteenth end. They recovered quickly by picking up three shots on the fifteenth end and by the start of the eighteenth end there was a two shot advantage to the Greig side. All set for a very tight finish. Ultimately, the Greig side played a percentage game on the last end and restricted the opposition to a one shot final end, which wasn’t good enough to take the win. Final score 17 to 16.

This left the grand final to be played out between the teams of Greig and Auguston in the afternoon. This game also started very evenly with scores tied up until the tenth end, however on the eleventh end the Auguston team surprisingly gave away a five and followed on with another four dropped on the twelfth end, generated in large part by the entertaining and skillful bowls of “Mad Dog” Spencer.. This was ultimately too big a lead to give to the determined Greig team and while the Auguston team never gave the game away, (winning the last five ends) it was too big a lead to give away. The final score being 25 to 21 after the twenty one ends.

Womens Pairs Championship 2023/24

On Wednesday 6/12/23 this event was held with 20 players competing and enjoying a perfect morning for bowls. Because of the number of entries, it was decided to play round 1 as a straight knockout.

Those through after round 1 were: Lorraine Clarke and Jan Goddard with a comfortable win of +8. Jan Cook and Liz Marshall with +3, Larraine Brickell and Sue Delavale with a +12, Jennifer Page and Shirley Palmer with +17, Kath Harris and Charmain Harris with +7.

Round 2 commenced in the afternoon with a gusty afternoon sea breeze to contend with for our teams. Harris v Palmer – Team Harris lead the challenge with
Jennifer and Shirley working hard to match their am form. The score was 10/11 on the 13th end. Then the Harris team fort hard to win the final 2 ends resulting in a score of 14/10 to the last years champions.

Team Delavale v Goddard – This game was dominated by team Delavale who were off to a good start and were enjoying one of those when they could not do much wrong with a rewarding result of 21/8.

Friday 5/1/24 Semi Final and Finals round 1 saw Jan Cook and Liz Marshall v Kath Harris and Charmain Harris. What a great game ending with the 17th end having both teams on 11 points each, so it was whoever won end 18. Charmain decided not to play her last bowl as she throught her bowl was the winner, However, after both Jan and Charmain did several measurements, they decided to play another end which resulted in the Harris Team winning with a 13/11 score. This Semi Final was played with great sportsmanship by both teams to come to this conclusion.

The Final was played after a quick lunch break with Sue Delavale and Larraine Brickell v Kath Harris and Charmain Harris. The score was 6 points each on the 8th end but the Harris team managed to pick up two 5 points , one on the 9th end and again on the 12th end. Sue and Larraine put in a great fight but the Harris team went away with a 22/9 win to once again walk away with the Pairs trophy and putting them as 2024 Women's pairs champions yet again this year. 2 in a row
Well done Ladies!!!

Mens Pairs Championship

Semi-finals started on Sunday in perfect conditions and on a superb B GREEN.

The Hulbert/Flack pairing got off to a steady start against Rogers/Coffey but a 6 on the 7th end to Hulbert/Flack changed the game and they went on to a comfortable 23-8 win.

The Eagles/Taylor v Oldham/Saul followed a similar path with scores locked at 7-7 after 9 ends. A 6 to Eagles/Taylor on the 10 end again changed the game and they went on to win 22/11.

The final in the afternoon certainly brought changed conditions with a blustery south-wester making bowling away from the clubhouse very difficult. Hulbert/Flack got off to a good start and were leading7-1 after 5 ends. However Eagles/Taylor fought back and there were some great bowls from both teams. The turning point came on the 14th end with the score 16/11 to Hulbert/Flack. Eagles/Taylor were holding 4 and with his last bowl Hulbert trailed the jack to make 3 and lock away the game.

Congratulations to all teams, with good bowls, good banter making for great entertainment. Congratulations again to our winners: Murray Hulbert and Peter Flack.

Mixed Fours Club Championship 2023

Day 1 commenced on Sunday 30/11 with 8 teams competing. Only one game was played because of the hot conditions with a maximum of 39oC predicted – resulting in 4 teams going through.

Day 2 Played on Sunday 3/12 Semi Finals between Teams Orton (Nerida Porteous, Ross Porteous, Lee Leach and Skip Trevor Orton) V Team Cunningham (Liz Marshall, Shirley Palmer, Roger Palmer and Skip Ross Cunningham). Team Cunningham got off to a flying start winning 8 of the first 11 ends and played consistently well with a final score of 28/9.

Team Konig ( Nikki Athiendides, Adrian Rose, Coral Smith, Jan Konig) V Team Greig (Jodi Neindorf, Leslie Hughes, Jeff Thompson, Dan Greig). This was another great game with a final score of 29/7 allowing Team Konig a place in the finals.

After a well deserved lunch break the final was played in ideal conditions with a gentle breeze blowing to make it a pleasant afternoon for both spectators and bowlers. Team Cunningham got away with a flying start and won the first 9 ends when team Konig came back to make both teams play to their best ability with beautiful draw shots played by both teams. Final result 26/16 to Team Cunningham. The game was played in a very competitive manner with great bowls played by both teams. This was due to the direction and encouragement from both skippers – well done.

Congratulations to the Winners Team Cunningham and Runner’s Up Team Konig.

Unfortunately, due to personal circumstances, Trish Cunningham was unable to play and was replaced by Liz Marshall.

Beyond Blue Charity Day

Many thanks to Barbara Spence who ran the Club’s annual Beyond Blue Charity Day last Friday. 40 bowlers help raise $240 for this important organisation.

The winners were Antonio Tarzio, Tom Henderson, Ken Foggo and Gordon Plenderleith. (pictured below)

Runners up were Clive Webber, Bev Carrigy, Ken Evans and David White

State Women’s Fours 2023

Huge congratulations to Nerrida, Lee, Coral and Pat on making the final of the State Women’s Fours. Sorrento Bowling Club is very proud of your efforts.


The inaugural Champion of Champions was held at North Beach Bowling Club last Sunday with Sorrento represented by Phil Webb, Shona Carter and Glenn McCarthy (last minute request to replace a cancelation).

All three players were competitive on the notorious C green, with each player coming second in the rounds section and as such did not progress to the semi-finals.

The final was an all-Thornlie affair.

St Ives Cup at Cambridge Bowling Club

Congratulations to Jan Konig, Matt Sharrett, Gary Bayne and Barney Fleiser who finished third in a strong field at the St Ives Cup, held over the weekend at Cambridge Bowling Club.

PBA Mandurah

Seven Sorrento Bowlers, J.J Landman, Jan Konig, Kerry Hutchinson, Anne Sauerwein, Adrian Rose, Drew Daley and Matt Sharrett made the trip to Mandurah over two weekends in an attempt to qualify for a place at the Scottish or World Singles and the World Pairs.

The event was very well run by Dave Rankin who should be commended for all the work he does, not only with this tournament, but also the score updates at most events through his Perth Pennants Facebook Page.

Some good bowls were played by everyone but unfortunately nobody qualified from Sorrento on this occasion.

AO Disability Events

On Sunday 18th June, four of our members were involved in the disability events at the Australian Open on the Gold Coast.

Matt Sharrett and Wendy Flack were directors in the Vision Impaired event for twins, Mark and Ross, in their respective singles games. As a director, Mat and Wendy were on the green with the bowler, involved in every aspect of play except actually delivering the bowls. Mark is a good bowler, and Matt’s role was to read the head, call the shots, describe the position of bowls, and let Mark know the adjustments needed to correct. For Ross it was his first ever game of singles, so Wendy was there to guide and support, keep up his confidence, and advise on making corrections to draw rather than shot play. Both players did very well, coming up against current Australian and World Champions.

On the same day, JJ Landman and Bruce Eagles were markers for singles games in the Multi Disability Open Men’s Singles event. Players qualify for this event with any physical disability that affects movement, usually due to birth defects, diseases, surgery or injury. In particular, JJ and Bruce took a liking to Paul, a Victorian bowler with cerebral palsy. In his final sectional game, Paul came up against a New Zealander with the winner going through to knockouts. The game didn’t go Paul’s way on this occasion, going down 20-21 in a spectacular display of top bowls by both players. Given Paul’s inability to control his body movements, his delivery was absolute perfection, every time. Aside from the fine bowling, the game possessed a level of sportsmanship and pure joy in the game that brought tears to many eyes.

Later, while sitting around having a drink and reflecting on the day, all four Sorrento members agreed it had been an emotional and fulfilling day and left with a great deal of admiration and respect for all the players.