Melbourne Cup 2023

Lots of fun and laughs at Sorrento Bowling Club watching this year’s Melbourne Cup.

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

Cancer Charity Fundraiser

On Friday 22nd September the social bowlers held their annual Cancer Charity Day.


Farewell Helen

A large group of friends and teammates gathered last week to farewell Helen Teasdale as she moves to Augusta to be closer to family.

“Thanks to Sorrento Bowling Club for a wonderful nine years. We had a wonderful luncheon, great friends, I will miss you all – Helen

Pictured L-R Back Row: May MacIver, Mary Cressey, Jennifer Page, Moira Dean, Glen Larcombe, Monique Kopec, Robyn Woodward, Carole Ford, June Gregory, Shirley Palmer, Liz McTaggart.
L-R Front Row: Shona Carter, Cheryl Greig, Helen Teasdale, Beryl Tutt, Larraine Brickell, Judy Nikolaides.

Australia Day

A total of 63 bowlers registered for this annual event, sponsored by Spraggon and George. Entries were relatively evenly matched between Australia and the Rest of the World, although a couple of of late-nominating Australians were surprised to find themselves reassigned for the afternoon to balance the numbers.

Eight rinks of fours were contested with teams created by Trevor Orton in a delicate balance of abilities and interests. Matches were played over 18 ends on A and C Greens under very pleasant conditions.

In contrast to 2022, when ROW suffered a flogging, this time around the foreigners triumphed by 5 rinks to 3 and 132 shots to 118. The highest winning margin was recorded by Bob Mulroy’s team (playing for ROW in case you could not tell from his accent), followed by Ron Rogers (Australia), while the prizes for best national costume went to Charmaine Harris (ROW) and the Hutchinsons (Aus). The contest was played in very good spirits and the sausage sizzle put on afterwards by Ian Lucas and helpers was greatly appreciated.

Visit our Facebook post here to see all the photos from the day.

President’s Update


I commence this update by firstly wishing every pennant player an enjoyable and successful season playing for Sorrento. It’s an honour to wear the club colours and I trust everyone does that with pride and pleasure. It is often said, correctly, that the role of a selector is a very challenging and time consuming one. My thanks go to Jan Cook and her team, alongside Peter Crow and his team as, week by week, they seek to choose the best combinations to represent the club. They work within clear guidelines which are published on our website for all to see.

I would also like to thank our hard-working vice-presidents; Glenn McCarthy and Trevor Orton, for their efforts so far this season. Trevor has also recruited Shona Carter and Wendy Saul to “office-sit” to allow the club to be manned every day for member roll-ups, Probus, Mahjong and other groups to use the club’s facilities.But the club is still in need of a treasurer. This need is urgent, so if there is any member, of any membership category, who has the desire and accounting skills to fulfil this critical position, please contact me. The commitment would be in the order of 2-4 hours per week.

Let me bring you up to date regarding the synthetic green project. The present GC remains very thankful for all the good work the previous GC did in obtaining the State Government grant amounting to one third of the total project cost. At that time our E green was considered the only option for the new green under the “participation clause”. I’m pleased to say that after much thought and discussion your current GC concluded that A green would be a better option for a synthetic rather than E green. Thankfully, the City of Joondalup delegates were open to our suggestions and could see the reasons for the changes we proposed. Our Green Keeper, Allan McFayden, also brought compelling and practical reasons supporting the change. SBC reps met again with Council on Thursday 6th October to discuss issues surrounding irrigation, site access for heavy machinery, boundary walls, artificial turf surrounds and temporary fencing during construction. Council reps were very positive at this meeting and reiterated that Council is committed for this project to go ahead and indicated that they will provide an interim scope of works in a weeks’ time. Nicholas Jury from Council again visited the club on Friday 7th October to observe the greens watering system and surrounds reticulation. Surveyors were onsite on Monday 10th October to locate and identify watering valves and pipes and any other underground systems, hence you will notice the markings painted on the ground in numerous locations.

Keith Armstrong from Council indicated on the 6th October that actual construction of the green will not commence this year as the contractor has quite a number of jobs already booked in prior to ours, however a number of preparatory works may take place from now. We anticipate the many benefits for having A green as our synthetic: reduced maintenance costs, Friday night pennant games, evening club events with an acceptable green speed, social bowls in the evening with proximity to the club house. Having a synthetic green will also enhance our chances of pennant success for obvious reasons.

Financing the project is the issue we face. I remind you that donations would be most welcome. At the time of this report, we have received pledges amounting to $23,000. The option for paying membership fees four years in advance, as mentioned in a previous update, is one I would like you to consider. Many thanks to those who have already paid their fees this way. The above mentioned pledges and the prepayment of fees is encouraging, and I would urge our members, if possible, to seriously consider  supporting our club in these ways.

Your GC is working diligently to ensure the “health” of the club now, and into the future. We thank you for your support as we seek to offer leadership.
Barry Bradshaw

Award Finalist


Sorrento Bowling Club’s Bar Manager, Ian Lucas, has been recognised for his efforts at the Club by being named  a finalist in the 2022 Clubs WA Industry Awards for Excellence, within the category of Long Term Service, Employee Award.

Ian’s dedication and commitment to his job is clearly demonstrated with his installation of a modern cloud-based point of sale system by BEPOZ in 2019, while also dealing with Covid19 pandemic issues. While not directly one of Ian’s responsibilities, he has been instrumental in generating amazing growth in the Club’s membership and the number and variety of functions held, through his innovative use of technology and communications channels like Facebook. Because of the outstanding customer service that Ian and his staff demonstrate, the Club enjoys substantial repeat and referral business.

Ian actively and enthusiastically supports our volunteers in a wide range of activities that go well beyond his job description. Through his efforts and innovation, Ian’s role has become more of a club manager than a bar manager.

The club wishes him all the best on Friday 9th September when the award winners are announced.

Life Membership

Neville Odell joined the Sorrento Bowling Club in May 2005, and in 2007 he and his wife, Denise (pictured above with family members) took over responsibility for producing the Club’s quarterly newsletters. They have since produced 89 newsletters over a 15-year period.

In accordance with the Club’s Constitution, “ordinary members who have rendered especially meritorious services to the Club over a period exceeding ten years may, on recommendation by The Board, be elected Life Members of the Club. Neville has certainly displayed exemplary and meritorious service to the Club.

  • Neville has been a member of The Club for 17 years.
  • Neville has produced the Club’s newsletter, which is now regarded as a magazine, and is an integral component of The Club’s marketing and communications strategy, and greatly contributes to the sense of community experienced by Club members over his 15 years in this role.
  • During Neville’s tenure, the quality of the magazine has improved dramatically in terms of professionalism, and has evolved into one of the finest publications in club-land. The magazine has kept the club members increasingly informed and amused during that time.
  • Neville displays a wide range of skills and personal dedication to researching and obtaining relevant material for inclusion that reflects the pulse and aspirations of The Club. This a continuous undertaking, and Neville’s trusty little notebook is often produced when an event or discussion at the club catches his ear.
  • Neville’s skills in editing and formatting the magazine has had to be adapted over the years to reflect changes in line with professional printing requirements.
  • Neville also assists in formatting the Club’s Bowls Programme of Events, and can be relied upon to produce his trusty camera whenever a notable achievement is accomplished by our members.
  • Neville has often had to display exceptional temperament that encourages members to contribute and to deal with member concerns. While keeping the magazine fun, Neville has to be careful not to offend, while at the same time provide anecdotes that at time highlight notable events by any of our 750 members. He is a role model to members, displaying energy, enthusiasm, resolve, tenacity, and above all, commitment.
  • Neville has also performed in the past as the Sponsorship Manager for the Club for many years, engaging with external sponsors and ensuring that they are represented in Club publications and noticeboards.

Apart from his tireless efforts with the magazine, Neville has also been a committed and skilful bowler over the length of his membership. He has always put the Club at the top of his list of priorities; believing passionately that the Club is more important than the individual.

Congratulations on your Life Membership, Neville!

Parent/Child Event

The Annual Parent/Child competition was played on Sunday 1st May at Sorrento. This was a well-supported competition with 36 entrants, young and older, battling it out over two games of 8 ends (3 bowl pairs). After the first round, the players were separated into two groups based on results from the first round and went out to play off for the second round.

After some close contests and very good bowls by some of the less experienced bowlers, the winner of the first group was Tony Sabatino and Matt with 7 ends plus 8 shots closely followed by Craig and Ken Marshall on 6 ends plus 2 shots up. The second group winner was Frank and Brendan Bomford with 6 ends and 9 shots (great to see Frank back at the club).

While we gave out some prize money to some of the players, it appeared that all participants had a win with the great weather, good greens and friendly competition.

Croquet Lunch


Last Friday was the first quarterly social lunch for the year for our Croquet members. These occasions give members the opportunity to interact with members (past members and some partners) with whom they do not usually play.

Lunch was at the Kingsley Tavern where Covid rules required that the tables be split. However a few drinks, lots of chatting supplemented by a lovely meal, made for great comradeship.

Silver Chain Charity Day


On Friday 25th March, Sorrento Bowling Club held our annual Silver Chain Day.

It was a warm day, about 32 degrees and 26 players took part. Well done to Jennifer Page, Greg Boyd and Merv Gregory (pictured above) who took out first place and to Beryl Tutt, Colin Scott, Keith Cooper and Bernie Smith who were runners up.

A total of $235 was donated to Silver Chain.

Prime Minister Visits


Sorrento Bowling club were lucky to receive a visit by the Prime Minister on the 18th of March.

He was accompanied by MP Ian Goodenough who showed Mr Morrisson around the Club, and in particular where the new synthetic green will be installed, for which he is attempting to secure funding.

Afterwards, the PM put down a few handy bowls showing a nice smooth delivery under the watchful eye of Brian Collins who is no doubt wondering if those shoes are legal.