Bowls at Club North Haven


Home to over

200 Bowling members

The club is home to over 200 bowling members and a favoured destination for travelling bowlers. We have several bowls teams, fully accredited coaches, two sand dresses synthetic green and a quality tift dwarf grass gree.

Environmentally, the synthetic greens do not rely on chemical treatments and their reliance on water is considerably less than traditional greens. In an area of permanent water restrictions, and despite the Club's use of bore-water, the synthetic greens are a welcome inclusion in the area's conservation efforts.




We have a number of accredited coaches to assist new bowlers and existing bowlers who may require remedial training. All levels of coaching are available. Our current coaches are:

  • Irene Page
  • Raylene Austin
  • Deirdre Johnston
  • Janelle Pryke
  • Robyn Stanton
  • Keith O’Connor
  • Andy Lloyd

Male and female bowlers can work with any of the coaches listed above.

Schedules permitting, recruitment drives are usually held around May. Other times may be organised if sufficient interest is expressed by people wanting to learn how to bowl. Juniors are always more than welcome if they would like to learn.

A recruitment drive will generally see around 80% of participants take up the sport as fully-fledged bowlers. Training sessions are followed up with a roll-up then a fun game/activity with hosts. Morning tea and a light lunch is also provided.

Anyone seeking bowls coaching can call the bowls organiser at any time on 02 6559 8259, who will pass on a message to the coaches.

Circuit training is conducted 2-3 times a year, and is suitable for new bowlers and existing bowlers seeking to improve their skills. Generally, coaches are available all year round to assist bowlers.

There is no cost for coaching. Bowlers can expect to learn all necessary skills over a 6-week period.

Bowlers are asked to bring flat-soled shoes, an eyeshade or cap, sunscreen and water to coaching sessions.

Useful Tips

  • Keep your weight on the balls of your feet when taking your stance on the mat.
  • Your feet should be facing the proposed line of delivery.
  • As your arm drops under the weight of the jack/bowl, take a normal walking step forward, swinging your arm as a firm pendulum beside and close to your body.
  • Backswing equals height of arm in front of body during stance.
  • Release the jack/bowl 15-20cm forward and to the side of your front foot.
  • 90% of your weight should be over the front foot, stay down in follow-through with palm facing upward, along line of delivery.
  • Watch jack/bowl for approximately 5 seconds then step forward and off the mat.
  • Any correction needed is worked out before stepping off the mat.

The North Haven

Women's Bowling Club

The North Haven Women's Bowling Club was officially opened on their own green on 6th March 1958 by the N.S.W.B.A. President Mrs Wolinski. The Club has always had the honour of being of the highest standard with champion bowlers over the past forty years. Some who have reached high achievements are: Margaret Lewis, Josie Bauder, Connie Philp, Gloria Wardrop and Daphne Shaw. Margaret, Josie, Connie and Daphne all went on to represent at State level. Daphne has gone even further to represent Australia, and has been a member of the Commonwealth Games twice, winning Gold in one. Last year Daphne was awarded Legend Status and was inducted into the Australian Legands Hall of Fame.

A half-century from its beginnings, the NHWBC has 190 financial bowlers, with membership continuing to attract both long-standing members and new residents of the Camden Haven. NHWBC aims to play & promote the game of Bowls. To engender by association, a fraternal feeling amongst Bowlers and to preserve and promote the best traditions of the game. To conform at all times to the requirements of the New South Wales Women's Bowling Association and Hastings Haven District Women's Bowling Association.

The Committee is elected at the NHWBC AGM on the first Monday in July each year, with monthly committee meetings and general meetings at least twice a year.

President - Joy Allen
Vice Presidents - Cynthia Amy and Michele Spencer
Secretary - Elaine Pender
Treasurer - Gwen Saunders

All new members must be a Social member of the Club North Haven, they are required to go through a 6-week coaching course to become a full bowling member.

To join the Women's Bowling Club, visit the Bowls office or reception,
or contact the Bowls Office on 02 6559 8259.

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The North Haven

Men's Bowling Club

The North Haven Bowling & Recreation Club began as a Men's Bowling Club 1952, when a group of locals held a public meeting at North Haven Community Hall. With no Crown land, thus nowhere to bowl, these early founders set about acquiring land and pulling the necessary strings to bring the Club to life. With membership initially too low to acquire a liquor licence, the North Haven Women's Bowling Club was also established to meet the necessary licensing requirements.

The Men's Bowling Club was the main governing body until 1986, when the North Haven Bowling & Recreation Club Ltd was incorporated. Throughout its history, the Men's Bowling Club has provided the largest membership base of any of the main Club's sub-clubs and continues to draw hundreds of bowlers to its books every year.

In addition to the many annual competition days, Club Championships are held around the following times each year (please refer to the Calendar for specific dates):

Fours Championships - January
Major Singles Championships - February
Minor Singles Championships - February
Pairs Championships - March
Pennants - March
Triples Championships - May
Mixed Pairs Championships - July
Mixed Fours Championships - August

The Committee is elected at the NHMBC AGM in July each year, with committee meetings being held on the first Monday of every month.

President - Ted Brain
Senior Vice President - Keith O'Connor
Secretary - Col Palmer
Treasurer - Kevin Nieass

Membership is open to all members of the North Haven Bowling & Recreation Club who are registered with the RNSWBA. New members are welcome to join the Club after completing an induction with our official bowls trainers, with subscription fees due by the end of May each year.

To join the Men's Bowling Club, visit the Bowls office, reception or contact the Bowls office on 02 6559 8259.