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Men’s Pennants

4th Division White, Thursday 10 January 2019 – Home to Mt Pleasant. 

Welcome back to bowls following the Christmas / New Year break and we began 2019 on ‘A’ green. It was running over 14 seconds speed’wise but was a little sticky and lacking finish. We won’t be back on it for two weeks so it will give Mark a chance to put some more work into it and I’m confident it will be a pleasure to play in no time.

A late withdrawal from the Howat rink saw Paul Scales help us out again without notice. Unfortunately things didn’t go exactly to plan with us going down 1 to 5 to third on the ladder Mt Pleasant. A fighting win to the Marsland rink 22 to 17 was the redeeming feature of the afternoon after they were down 2 to 11 after 6 ends. Well done boys.

Rink scores were as follows:

Litchfield Rink: 16 to 26.
Marsland Rink: 22 to 17.
Howat Rink: 9 to 33.

Well deserved pots to the winning rink of Brian Marsland, David Leeson, Peter Hiatt and Peter Channer.

5th Division Blue, Saturday 12 January 2019 – Away to Mt Lawley:

A very good 6 – 0 win against the 3rd placed team to start the new year.  They say that timing is everything and we certainly got that right against Mt Lawley who were short of players up the line so promoted some of their regular 5th division players. That’s not taking anything away from our side as all we can do is win against whoever we face. A special congrats to the Marsland rink who not only won the pots but also defeated our divisions top skipper in the process. That win moves both Neil Howat and Chris Litchfield up into 1st and 2nd respectively on the skippers table while Brian Marsland himself fills 4th position. A very healthy state of affairs.

Rink scores were as follows:

Litchfield Rink: 22 – 19.
Marsland Rink: 24 – 10.
Howat Rink: 21 – 14.

The Pots to Brian Marsland, David Leeson, Peter Hiatt and Peter Channer.




12 January 2019 - AWAY to Mt Lawley.
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



17 January 2019 - AWAY to Cockburn
Skip 3rd 2nd Lead
C. Litchfield I. White J. Wara D. Lynch
B. Marsland D. Leeson P. Hiatt P. Channer
N. Howat Dot Leeson M. Byass  M. Downey


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