The 2016 National Championships were held from Tuesday 23rd August through to Saturday 27th August at the Shellharbour City Stadium in the Illawarra region of NSW. The National Championships are held as a 9 game round robin competition in 12 different events, with each player only able to play in 1 event. Five states (VIC, TAS, NSW, QLD & SA) compete for the Jack Gore Trophy which is awarded to the state with the most points from all events. They also compete for the Bill Newman Trophy which is awarded to the state that achieves the most points in the 2 junior events.
Victoria were successful in winning both the major trophies, with the Jack Gore being won for the 5th year in a row and the Bill Newman being won for the second year in a row. Final point scores were: Jack Gore Trophy: VIC 285, TAS 229, NSW 203, SA 192 and QLD 171. Bill Newman Trophy: VIC 53, TAS 49, SA 35, QLD 23 and NSW 20.
Final Medal count is VIC – 6 Gold, 4 Silver, 2 Bronze. TAS – 3 Gold, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze. NSW – 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 4 Bronze. SA – 0 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze. QLD – 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze.
Many South West Victorian bowlers were very successful, with Indoor Bowls Warrnambool’s George Draffen taking out the Australian Men’s Singles title with Heytesbury’s Arthur Finch coming runner up in this event. George was successful in winning 8 of his 9 round robin games and Arthur won 7 of his 9 games. Both George and Arthur have been named in the 12-man Australian Squad which will be reduced to 7 at selection trials in Sydney in January. The 7 men selected will compete in a test series against New Zealand which will also be held in Sydney during May 2017.
Other South west gold medalists were Jan Ovens (Heytesbury) and Maria Van Someren (Heytesbury) in the ladies triples, Nicole Collins (Warrnambool) in the ladies fours and Brian “Blackie” Lenehan (Warrnambool), Ian Lake (Warrnambool) and Sandi Johnstone (Heytesbury) in the Mixed Fours. South west Silver medalists were Debbie Keane (Warrnambool) and Jenny Meade (Heytesbury) in the Mixed Fours and Bronze Medalists were Gillian Phillips (Warrnambool) and Jacinta Marney (Warrnambool) in the ladies triples.
The full list of players selected in the Australian squad are: MEN: George Draffen, Arthur Finch (VIC), Tony Simpson, Darren Voss, Simon Zaporozec (TAS), Ian Ogilvie, Terry Hogan (NSW), David Blyth, David Stoker, Kyle French, Haydn Weir, Ryan Wiegand (QLD). LADIES: Anne Draffen, Jodie Jones, Meredith Norton, Lynne Walker (VIC), Julie Zaporozec, Rhonda Aram, Cassie Walsh (TAS), Monika Korn, Kerry Vial, Barbara Hill (NSW), Carmel Blyth, Sheree Lowry (QLD)