(08) 9384 0395 64 Bayview Terrace, Claremont WA
(08) 9384 0395 64 Bayview Terrace, Claremont WA

Mens Pennants

5th Division Blue, Saturday 8 December 2018 – Away to North Perth:

A close game for the aggregate but a fighting win saw us come away with a 4 to 2 point win by 6 shots. The Litchfield rink was in control from the get-go but the Marsland and Howat rinks had their challenges. At about the midway stage the Marsland and Howat rinks were down 10 and 11 shots respectively but never took their eyes off the aggregate and fought back well. Other results also went our way to put us 7 shots clear on top of the ladder.

Rink scores were as follows:

Litchfield Rink: 27 – 12.
Marsland Rink: 18 – 24.
Howat Rink: 19 to 22.

The Pots to the winning rink of Chris Litchfield, Ian White, Jack Wara and Des Lynch. Well done.

4th Division White, Thursday 6 December 2018:

Never nice when you win on two of the three rinks but lose the aggregate, especially when playing at home and by only two shots. That was the sad case against Gosnells last Thursday. It just so happened that the Gosnells four that we struck on the Howat rink had a day out and won in all four positions.

Rink scores were as follows:

Litchfield Rink: 24 to 14.
Marsland Rink: 17 to 15.
Howat Rink: 14 to 28.

Well deserved Pots to the winning rink of Chris Litchfield, Ian White, Jack Wara and Des Lynch. Well done.




8 December 2018 - AWAY to North Perth.
Skip 3rd 2nd Lead
C. Litchfield I. White J. Wara D. Lynch
B. Marsland D. Leeson P. Hiatt P. Channer
N. Howat P. Imms D. Lee M. Downey



13 December 2018 - AWAY against Leeming.
Skip 3rd 2nd Lead
C. Litchfield I. White J. Wara D. Lynch
B. Marsland D. Leeson B. Smith P. Channer
N. Howat M. Downey M. Byass  G.Cann


It’s no secret that several of our pennant bowlers from last season have moved on for various reasons. All have departed on good terms and with our thanks and best wishes.

Mitch Cranswick and David Downey will now play in Premier Division for South Perth BC.

Vincent Santostefano and Bill Owen will also play at the South Perth BC.

Brian Wright will play closer to home at the Manning Bowling Club.

Beau McGrechan has moved to Yokine, and will play at the Yokine BC.

Marlene Yates and John Williams will stay closer to home at the Gosnells BC.

Apart from the above confirmed losses, several other players have indicated to me that they may be unavailable to play pennants at various stages and for a range of reasons. As the Club Captain this situation has dictated that I review the club’s position with regards to the club’s representation in both the Saturday and Thursday Bowls WA Pennant Competitions.

Bowls WA contacted me and required a submission regarding our pennant entitlements for the coming season by close of business Monday 17 September 2018.

In response to the above I have had to ‘crunch the numbers’ to ascertain exactly who is still available for the coming bowls season. I took the opportunity to listen to various opinions regarding the best way forward, given the projected circumstances. I take this opportunity to thank everyone who spoke candidly with me about their personal situation and who expressed their opinion.

Some past players, including a very senior past office holder, who now wants to point the finger, wouldn’t even respond to my approaches for a commitment to play for us.

The situation was dealt a further blow when neither Michael Yates or Mark Lindsay were able to commit to playing pennants for Claremont in the coming season.

It was very evident to me that as a club we simply didn’t have the numbers to field a pennant side in any division requiring four rinks. i.e. higher than 5thDivision for Saturday.

At midday on Monday 17 September 2018, I presented the above situation and my recommendation to the club President, Ian White, and Club Secretary, Chris Litchfield. Neither could offer an alternative course of action to the one I recommended under the circumstances.

As a result, for the forthcoming pennant season, the Claremont Bowling Club has requested the following entitlements from Bowls WA:

1 x 5th Division allocation for Saturday

1 x 4th Division allocation for Thursday.

I will assume the duties of Club Selector for the coming season and look forward to us all having an enjoyable season on the greens, and in representing the Claremont Bowling Club with pride.

Martin Downey

Club Captain