Bowls Update- July 2020

Bowls Update- July 2020


We have faced some challenges in the first half of 2020; however today marks the easing of restrictions in QLD to level 3- it’s onward and upward from here! This is great news for the hospitality and sporting industries as we can welcome more patrons into Club Helensvale and welcome back competitive bowls in the not too distant future.

As many members are aware there have been significant changes taking place around the club during this COVID break, so i wanted to take this opportunity to update you all on what you can expect upon returning to the greens.

Upon an extensive review of the bowls department budget, Board and Management have decided to make the following changes to bowls moving forward.

National 5 A Side- regrettably this event has been cancelled for 2020. The club hopes to be in a stronger position in 2021 to bring it back with the addition of an event budget strategy.

Sponsorship of Elite Players- this program has been cancelled effective immediately. The program will be reviewed when the club is in a stronger financial position to support elite bowlers once again.

Representative Incentive Policy- This policy has been terminated effective immediately. Once again this will be reviewed when the club is in a stronger financial position. Players are asked to refer to the Community Benefit Fund if they are experiencing financial hardship due to the demands of their sport.

2020 Pennants- The Gold Coast/Tweed Men’s District have cancelled pennants for 2020. This was no doubt a tough decision; but as a club we supported the overall reasoning which led to the final decision. Our women’s club have opted not to enter the 2020 pennant season; however the Ladies District will commence pennants on Friday August 14.

2021 Pennants, Q7’s and Summer 9’s- All players will pay green fees for all home games; Club Helensvale will cover the cost of green fees for all away games.

Social Bowls Prize Money- prize money for all social bowls events will increase from 50% of green fees (previously) to 75% of green fees as of July 3 2020.

Travel Expenses- are to be minimized and assessed on a case by case basis.

Premier League 2021- The expenditure for Premier League is high, however we are hopeful of being in a position to enter teams in 2021; however it is unlikely the club will put in a expression of interest to host finals.

Functions- we regret to inform you that both the Men’s and Ladies President’s Days have been cancelled in 2020. A presentation afternoon will still be conducted in December 2020 after the success of last year’s event.

Budget forecasts have been completed for the 2020-2021 financial year and we are confident of bouncing back bigger and better in the near future. There have been considerable changes to staff, notably the appointment of our new CEO Wayne Moffatt.

Jim Merrick- Chairman of the Board


We are lucky to have the services of one of Australia’s most accomplished bowlers here at Club Helensvale. Aron Sherriff is a World Champion and main-stayer in the Australian Jackaroos Squad.

Club Helensvale member’s have the opportunity to attend Aron’s training sessions, but in addition, Club Helensvale will be heavily promoting Advanced Coaching Clinics to attract both members and non-members to take part. There will be Open 2 day Clinics and Under-25 Clinics during the school holidays.

Attendees will receive a pack including a complimentary bowls cloth, lunch vouchers and a special gift. At the conclusion of the clinics, Aron will send feedback and video analysis of participants deliveries to further enhance their skills.

These kind of clinics have been incredibly successful at clubs in Sydney and there is certainly a demand for more elite coaching here in QLD.

Times for members training sessions will be published in the games room and communicated through future correspondence from Lynsey.

Aron will work alongside Club Helensvale’s Bowls and Marketing departments to increase the clubs income from barefoot bowls going forward. Make sure you tell your non-bowling friends to book a barefoot party with our World Champion!


As members are aware the Board of Club Helensvale requested a forensic audit to be conducted and we have received the findings. The board took extensive legal advice and the appropriate course of action was to hand the findings over to the police. In regards to the defamation case, this is now with our insurance provider. A further update will be provided in due course.



We’d like to take the opportunity to wish Julie Brunt (Operations Manager), Amy Odell (Gaming Manager) and Kylie Ferguson (Marketing Manager) all the best with their future career endeavors. We thank-you for your years of service to Club Helensvale.


Social bowls is set to return on Friday July 10 after the QLD Premier announced stage 3 restrictions would be lifted early. Amendments to the Outdoor Team Sport Industry COVID Safe Plan were submitted by Bowls QLD to the QLD Government last week and they are now awaiting approval from the CHO.

It’s important to remember that social distancing regulations are still in place so when you do return to bowls, please follow the instructions of staff and volunteers, carry a personal hand sanitizer, only pick up your own bowls and upon arrival make your way to the Games Office to sign in. We are encouraging contact-less payment methods to reduce the spread of germs.

We’d like to take the opportunity to wish Julie Brunt (Operations Manager), Amy Odell (Gaming Manager) and Kylie Ferguson (Marketing Manager) all the best with their future career endeavors. We thank-you for your years of service to Club Helensvale.

Ladies AGM- Tuesday August 11 at 8:30am
Men’s AGM- Saturday August 1 at 8:30am

Nominations will be placed in the bowls room with voting to commence 7 days prior. More information will come in due course.

Ladies Voting Opens- Tuesday August 4
Men’s Voting Opens- Saturday July 25

To renew your membership click here


We are in the process of organising a competitive ‘Hawks Return to Bowls League’ for our Members to take part in due to the cancellation of Pennants for the 2020 season.

This new look event will be a Graded 3 Bowl Pairs format (ie. Major & Minor Player or two Minor Players) which will carry a great prize pool and challenging competition on a weekly basis.

It will run for 6 consecutive weeks on a Saturday morning commencing on Saturday 1st August and finishing Saturday 5th September.

Our planning committee is currently working on the finer details and specifics of how this League will look; once it’s confirmed Lynsey will get the information and entry sheet out to you all ASAP!


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