Hall of Fame

The Bowls SA Hall of Fame recognises and promotes the outstanding achievements of South Australia’s greatest athletes and general members who through their achievements have made a significant contribution to the sport of lawn bowls in South Australia over the past 100 years.

Bowls SA Hall of Fame members are split into two categories:

1.     Athletes

Nominees under this category must be superior achievers at the highest level of competition and have made an outstanding contribution to the sport in South Australia.

2.     General Member

Nominees under this category require a high level of achievement from personal effort or initiative in a field of endeavour that contributes to the development and status of the sport in South Australia. Nominees should have made a major contribution at the International, National or State level in the sport or to the sport in general.

The Selection Criteria and Nomination forms are available by clicking below:

Hall of Fame – Selection Criteria

Hall of Fame – Nomination Form

Inductees 

Elliott Beasley – Inducted 2015 
Elliott was a member of the Adelaide Bowling Club for over 40 years and on moving to Glenelg he joined the Holdfast Bay Bowling Club to see out the last few years of his bowling career. Elliott came from a strong Bowls family. His father Len and his grandfather were also Adelaide Bowling Club members and his son Geoff also played for the State. 
A force at Club and State level winning a long list of titles, Elliott represented South Australia in 147 games and was appointed Captain/Coach of the State Side. 
He was an integral part of World Bowls 1996 as coordinator of the Officials. The driving force behind the Metropolitan Singles competition, Elliott organised and personally funded the tournament for many years. 
Elliott last played in 1982 and passed away in 2000.  

Wally Bonaguro – Inducted 2014
Wally was a product of the Broken Hill bowling fraternity and earned legend status in the Silver City for his exploits on the bowling green as well as enjoying success in other areas of sport in Broken Hill. As well as playing 135 games for South Australia he represented Australia in the Trans Tasman and Pacific Games in 1985 winning Gold in the fours in the Pacific Games competition. He won the Australian Pairs in Brisbane in 1982 and gained State victories, winning the State Singles twice as well as the State Pairs and won the Putland Medal in 1988/89. In Broken Hill he won 12 consecutive club singles as well as numerous club and zone events. Wally’s fame was cut short when he died at the age of 58 in 1990. 

Riina Bradbrook – Inducted 2013
Riina represented Australia at the World Champion of Champion Singles in Hong Kong in 2011 after a remarkable year of bowls where she became the only woman to win the State Singles, Metro Singles and SA and Australian Champion of Champions Singles in the same year. On the back of these achievements Riina was named the Bowls SA Women’s Player of the Year in 2010. Riina has represented South Australia on 151 occasions and won 14 State Event titles including becoming the first woman to win back to back State Singles titles since the 1920’s. At club level Riina has an extensive list of achievements at Holdfast Bay including 7 Singles titles, 10 Pairs titles, 3 Triples titles, 2 fours titles and a Mixed Pairs title. Off the green Riina has been a valuable contributor to her club volunteering at events and as a club coach and umpire. Riina has also dedicated her time to pass on her experience and knowledge of the game to the State Development Squad for the past 2 years. 

Errol Bungey OAM – Inducted 2011
Errol represented Australia on 68 occasions between 1972 and 1979. He also officiated on the Marker’s Panel at the Commonwealth Games in New Zealand in 1990 and World Bowls in Adelaide in 1996. He won the Australian Champion of Champion Fours in 1980 and was appointed a National Selector from 1998 to 2002.
Errol represented the State on 130 occasions and won State titles in the Champion of Champion Singles, State Pairs, State Triples and State Fours. He also won numerous Grange Bowling Club titles, served on the club’s administration and was subsequently made a Life Member. Errol was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 1986 for services to the sport of Lawn Bowls. 

Don Collins – Inducted 2012 
Don represented Australia at the World Bowls Championship staged in Sydney in 1966 where he played in the teams that claimed Gold in the Triples and Silver in the Fours. 
From 1958 to 1975 Don represented South Australia on 78 occasions. In 1963 he won the State Fours with his team from Grange and claimed a State Singles title in 1967-68. At Club level, as a member of Salisbury, he achieved five Singles and eight Pairs titles and was named in the Grange Bowling Club ‘Team of the Century’. In 2000, Don was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in recognition of his services to bowls. Don’s sporting achievements were not just limited to bowls; he was also awarded the prestigious Woollacott Medal for the Most Valuable Men’s Basketball Player in South Australia in 1951 and 1952. Don passed away on 26 June 2010 at the age of 82.
the prestigious Woollacott Medal for the Most Valuable Men’s Basketball Player in South Australia in 1951 and 1952. Don passed away on 26 June 2010 at the age of 82. 

Robert Cooper – Inducted 2015 
Bob’s understanding and appreciation of the culture of the sport and Member Club operations has underpinned his service to the sport as an administrator. His background in finance, governance and officiating has been invaluable to his Club, the Ascot Park Bowling Club, and to the Royal SA Bowling Association and Bowls SA as President and a Committee member over an extended time. 
In 2006 Bob was appointed as a World Bowls 2012 Director and during the ensuing years in the lead up to the event being staged in Adelaide, he worked closely with Bowls Australia and Events SA on negotiations which culminated in the two week event, hosted at the Lockleys and Holdfast Bay Bowling Clubs, being highly successful and a unique opportunity to showcase our State. More recently Bob was Chair of the working group tasked with overseeing the preparation of a State-wide Audit of Facilities and Master Plan for the sport.

Betty Greenslade (Schenke) – Inducted 2011
Betty represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1986, the Pan Pacific Games in 1987 and 1989 and the Trans Tasman series in 1999. She represented the State in over 130 games, played in the inaugural Australian Games in Melbourne in 1984/85 and won other National titles. Betty has won the State Singles, Pairs, Fours, Masters Pairs and Metropolitan Pairs on numerous occasions and has all of the Walkerville Bowling Club titles on her record. Betty also contributed to the administration of the sport at Club and Association level. 

John Greenslade – Inducted 2013
John was highly regarded for his leadership and sportsmanship on the green and was a respected player in the bowls community. He was also acknowledged for his bowls talent representing South Australia on 230 occasions including a highlight as a member of the winning Australian Sides Championship team in 1988. Also on a state level John won four State Event titles including the State Singles, Champion of Champion Singles and Pairs and a Country Singles title and was awarded the prestigious Putland Medal for the SA Bowler of the Year in 1984. As a member of Riverton Bowling Club John has won 21 club singles titles, 10 club pairs titles and 10 divisional and association triumphs. John was a loyal club man remaining dedicated to his club Riverton despite numerous offers to join a number of metropolitan clubs. His devotion and contribution to the club and association in numerous committee roles and as a club coach made him a valuable member to the club and the sport. John passed away on the 13th January 2017, aged 78.

David “Verd” Hamblen – Inducted 2012
David, more fondly known as Verd, represented Australia at the 1970 Commonwealth Games and was an International Singles winner in 1979. Verd represented South Australia on 189 occasions and won numerous State events, including four State Singles and two Champion of Champions Singles titles. As a member of Payneham Bowling Club, Verd played approximately 550 pennant games and was the Club Singles Champion on 13 occasions. His off green contributions as Greenkeeper and a Committee member earned him Life Membership of the Payneham Club in 1974. Verd is also recognised as one of three legends in the Club’s history. Verd passed away on 9 April 2004 at the age of 85.

Audrey Hefford – Inducted 2011
Audrey represented Australia in five different Test Series including the 1986 Commonwealth Games where she won Silver, and the 1990 Games in Auckland. She also won Gold and Bronze medals at the 1985 Australian Games and the 1989 Pacific Games. She represented the State on more than 200 occasions and won many State and Club titles including the Australian Fours in 1971, the State Singles Champion of Champion on six occasions, State Triples and Fours, Club Singles/Pairs/Fours and Riverland Champion of Champions. Audrey also won the Masters Singles in 1973, 1974, 1982, 1989 and 1990. 
Over the years Audrey was awarded the State Country Sportsperson, the SA Sportswoman of the Year, the Riverland Citizen of the Year and the Australian Sports Medal, amongst many other recognitions.
Audrey passed away March 5, 2014.

John Jenkins – Inducted 2014
John has been involved as a volunteer at International, State and Club levels for a period spanning five decades, having his first taste of bowls administration at Mount Gambier in 1964 and being actively involved ever since. His role as World Bowls 1996 Committee Chairman saw him being appointed to organise the bowls event at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. At a national level John spent six years as a delegate to the Australian Bowls Council, taking various roles including being the Chairman of the Rules Committee and initiating several innovations for the advancement of the sport. He served his State on the Management Committee of the RSABA for eight years achieving the role of President in 1990/92. He was well known for his management of tournaments including the Australian Bowls Carnival in 1983 and was Tournament Director of the Jack High International Singles Tournament for two years. John also ran the video coaching program and was Editor of the SA Bowler magazine. John also held various administrative roles at a number of the State’s member clubs. John is a Life Member of Bowls SA.

Shirley Kelly – Inducted 2012
Shirley represented Australia in the World Championships in Toronto in 1981 and also competed in the 1985 Pan Pacific Championships where she played in the teams that achieved Gold in the Triples and Silver in the Fours. Shirley represented South Australia on numerous occasions and was the Skipper of the inaugural Australian Games held in Melbourne in 1983. Shirley’s impressive list of State event wins saw her almost claim one of every title available during her career with multiple successes in State Pairs, Metro Singles, Champion of Champions Singles and Country Singles. Throughout her membership of the Pinnaroo and Walkerville Clubs she won numerous Club titles including 14 Club Singles Champions.  
Shirley also contributed immensely at an administrative level and was an inaugural member of the SA Women’s Bowling Association Coaching Panel. In 1995 she was recognised by the SAWBA for her State and International service to Lawn Bowls and in 2000 was awarded Life Membership at Walkerville. Shirley passed away on 12 October 2004 at the age of 84.

John McDougall OAM – Inducted 2014
Although John is known as a previous Executive Officer of the RSABA and Bowls SA; it is in his voluntary roles as a World, National, State and Club administrator that he has made his mark in the sport of bowls. He served on the World Bowls Board as Finance Director and held the role of Chairman of the Asia Pacific Bowls Association. During his time as a Director of Bowls Australia, which led to his Presidency in 2002/04, he was the driving force behind the unification of the national men’s and women’s governing bodies.  He was a delegate to the Australian Commonwealth Games Association and is currently a member of the Bowls Australia Hall of Fame Selection Committee. At State level he was also a delegate to the SA division of the Commonwealth Games Association and has been a Director on the Board of Bowls SA as well as being Bowls SA Treasurer. He has held positions as Chair of the Hall of Fame Committee, the Match and Program Committee and Greens Advisory Panel. John has held various administrative positions at club level and has received awards for this service to those clubs. He is a Life Member of Bowls SA and was presented with the Order of Australia Medal for his services to sport in 2011.

Des Moran MBE – Inducted 2011
Des represented Australia at the Embassy World Bowls Championships in Scotland in 1981 and played for the State on 182 occasions. He won the Sydney Master of Champions Singles in 1977, WA Classic Fours in 1978, Gold Coast Carnival Pairs and National Singles of State Champions in 1980 and was State Coach in 1989 and 1990. He won numerous State titles including State Singles, State Pairs, State Triples, State Fours, Legacy Pairs, Mixed Fours, Prestige Fours, Metro Fours and Adelaide Master Singles. He was also the Walkerville Bowling Club Champion in 1962, 1967, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979 and 1984 and the Club Pairs Champion in 1963, 1966, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984 and 1986. Off the green he held many Club Administrative positions, was on the RSABA Coaching Panel 1972-1973, the RSABA Instruction Panel 1973-1982 and was State Coach in 1989 and 1990. He was awarded the MBE for services to the sport of Lawn Bowls in 1980. Des passed away in 2010 at an age of 89 years.

John Noonan – Inducted 2013
In 1994 John claimed glory on the National stage winning the Australian Singles title. Following this came a number of national achievements including his representation at the Hong Kong International in 1996 where he claimed the Singles title. A year later he represented Australia in the Fours in the Trans Tasman series against New Zealand and at the Asia Pacific Games. At State level John represented South Australia 275 times and won numerous State Event titles including three State Singles titles, two State Pairs titles, three Under 35 State Singles titles and a Champion of Champions Pairs title. As a member of ANI Bowling Club in Port Augusta, John won numerous club singles, pair and fours titles as well as at an association level. His success on the green continued as he moved to play in the city at Adelaide Bowling Club before moving onto Marion Bowling Club where he continues to play today.

Mary Ormsby OAM – Inducted 2011
Mary’s achievements at International, National, State and Club level have been extraordinary and possibly will never be equalled by a South Australian woman. At a National level, she is the only person, male or female, to have won all three Australian titles – the Australian Singles, the Australian Pairs with Erica Murada, and as Skipper the Australian Fours. Mary represented Australia in 1967 at the South African Test Series, in 1969 in the first World Series, and was the winner of the Mixed International Pairs in 1987 and 1988. She represented the State 167 times and was a State Selector for 29 years. She has numerous National, State and Club titles, was in the Grange Bowling Club ‘Team of the Century’ and has a green named after her at that Club.
Mary was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 1985 for services to the sport of Lawn Bowls.

Hilda Pochon – Inducted 2013
Hilda represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games in 1986. She was a veteran at the Australian Open winning 7 Pairs titles, 3 Triples titles and a Singles title. At State level Hilda won a string of State titles including 5 State Pairs titles and 3 State Triples titles and was aptly awarded the Bowler of the Year in 1971. Hilda went on to represent South Australia on numerous occasions. As a member of Walkerville Hilda was a Club Singles Champion 10 times and Club Pairs 5 times. As a country participant Hilda represented her Association and won both Singles and Pairs titles 3 times. With Arrienne Wynen, Ruth Street and Judy Whiting, Hilda was a member of the team that won the Fours medal in the National Championships in Melbourne in 1991. Hilda passed away on 14 January 2012 aged 87 years.

Garnet Putland OAM – Inducted 2012
Through his extensive involvement, holding numerous roles at a National and International level for the Australian Bowls Council (now Bowls Australia) and the International Bowls Board (now World Bowls), Garnet was responsible for some of the major changes in the game today including introducing Lawn Bowls as a world-wide sport in the 1980s. Garnet was also an outstanding athlete, representing South Australia on 50 occasions from 1966 to 1972. In 1982 his contributions at State level were acknowledged when he was awarded Life Membership of the Royal SA Bowling Association. For his efforts and dedication at National and International level, Garnet was awarded Life Membership of the International Bowls Board and recognised with an Order of Australia Medal in 1984. Garnet passed away on 7 June 1993 at the age of 71.

Paul Richards – Inducted 2011
Paul represented Australia in the 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989 Trans Tasman Series’, in the 1991 Pacific Games and in 1992 at World Bowls in England. He was the winner of the Hong Kong Classic Singles in 1986.  
He represented the State on 168 occasions and won titles in State Singles, State Pairs, State Fours and Champion of Champion Pairs and was the Putland Medal winner in 1987 and 1988. At club level he was Singles and Pairs Champion on several occasions.  Paul’s untimely death in 1995 ended a very promising long term bowling career.

Kenneth Rogers – Inducted 2014
Kenn’s contribution to the sport, particularly at country level, has been outstanding as he has dedicated much of his life since joining the sport in the 1970’s to the promotion of bowls throughout the various country areas.
He has held many roles at State and club levels including as a RSABA Executive member, Country Vice President, RSABA Senior Vice President, Board Director of Bowls SA and as Vice President of Bowls SA. He held the role of Chairman of the RSABA/BSA Publicity & Promotions Committee for 11 years and for 12 years was convenor of the Country Carnival and Round Robin. He was a bowls organiser in SA for the Australian Masters Games, a member of the Match & Program Committee and was an active participant in Junior Development programs. It is in the area of promotion of the sport through providing reports to the print and radio media that he has made his mark and he deserves great praise for this contribution to the sport. Kenn’s involvement at club and regional level has also been highly significant, not only as an office bearer but in coaching, umpiring and junior development. Kenn is a Life Member of Bowls SA.

Ronald Ruediger – Inducted 2015
Ron’s talent on and off the green were outstanding and in addition to being the oldest winner of the Adelaide Masters at age 64, he represented Australia in an Over 60s Trans-Tasman team in New Zealand, was awarded the Putland Medal and won major tournaments in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland as well as his home State, South Australia. 
Having played an impressive 245 games for South Australia in an era where players were not financially assisted was a sign of his dedication and commitment to the sport. 
Ron retired from the sport in 1995 and passed away 2013. 
The Ruediger name is well known in bowls with Ron’s son Kim and grandson Wayne all highly successful bowlers.

Alf Sandercock – Inducted 2011
Alf represented Australia on 73 occasions, winning Gold Medals in the Pairs at the 1980 Hong Kong Invitation, as well as at the 1980 World Bowls Championship held in Victoria where he teamed with New South Wales’ Peter Ruben. He won the National Singles (1978), the Victorian Keilor Master Fours (1983), WA Masters Fours (1984), a Gold medal at the Newcastle Invitation Singles (1984) and a Gold medal at the Royal Victorian Bowling Association Singles (1984/85). Alf represented South Australia on 198 occasions and won numerous State titles including State Singles, State Pairs, State Triples and State Fours. Between 1965 and 2001 he won 20 Maitland Bowling Club Singles Championships and 14 Pairs Championships. Alf passed away on the 21 August 2007 at the age of 83 years.

Margaret Shillingford – Inducted 2014
Margaret is a product of the Broken Hill bowling scene having commenced her career in the sport in 1969. During her time in Broken Hill she won numerous club events and gained selection in the State team, representing the State in Test matches and Round Robins from 1976 until 1996. She left Broken Hill to join the Grange club during the 1980’s achieving more club and zone success; in all winning 11 club singles, 15 club pairs, the Country Carnival singles, Champion of Champion singles,  Champion of Champion pairs and two Metro pairs as well as numerous other events throughout her bowling career. Other highlights of her bowling were winning four State Singles and two State Pairs. 

Andrew Smith – Inducted 2011
Andrew was an Australian Squad member in 1986 and from 1997 to 2002. He played 30 Test matches and represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002. He won the Australian Fours, the Australian Champion of Champion Fours, the Australian Champion of Champion Singles and the Australia Champion of Champion Pairs. Andrew represented the State on 355 occasions and won numerous State titles in Singles, Pairs and Fours. He was a Club Champion at four different Clubs and won the Putland Medal as Player of the Year in 1997 and again in 2000. He was an inaugural foundation member of the Lawn Bowls for the Disabled (LABOD) organisation and established development pathways for Under 25 State and emerging State players, amongst other programs in his role in sports administration with the State Body.

Ruth Street – Inducted 2017
Ruth Street was a long established Broadview tennis star when in 1964, at the age of 36 the bowling club next door introduced women players. Ruth won the first of 13 club singles titles in 1969-70. Her first state singles win was in 1973-74, followed over the years by 2 metro singles, 3 state pairs, a state triple, metro pairs and another singles title in 1995-96. She also added a couple of Masters Singles titles in 1985 and 1991. Ruth’s highest achievement was winning the Australian National Fours title in Melbourne in 1990-91. Ruth participated and succeeded in the top level of competition in Club, State and National Events since 1965 and has given a total of 50 years to the sport of Lawn Bowls. She was a member of the development squad for the Aust vs NZ test and in addition to this she was an umpire for many years and officiated in many State and Club events as an umpire and a marker. Her determination to succeed is passed on to her team members and helps drive them to emulate her success. Ruth was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 2017 Awards Night.   

David Stockham – Inducted 2013
David holds an impressive list of state, national and international achievements that has spanned more than 30 years and continues today. He claimed Gold medals as a representative of Australia in the Fours and Triples at the 1993 Pacific Games in Canada. He also represented Australia on numerous occasions from 1991-1996 and won Pairs and Singles titles in the Philippines, and Australian Pairs and Mixed Pairs titles and gold in the Super League. David has represented both NSW and South Australia at State level. His list of State Event titles includes victories in the State Pairs, State Fours, Open Singles and Champion of Champions Pairs. At club level David has won 54 titles and tournaments in multiple disciplines from 1981-2010. David was awarded an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and named a Member of the Grange ‘Team of the Century’ in the same year. David now shapes the state champions of today as the Bowls SA State Men’s Coach.

Ian Taylor – Inducted 2015
Ian’s bowling career commenced in 1975 at the Railways Bowling Club, Port Augusta. After transferring to Adelaide he played at Adelaide, Grange and Hawthorn Bowling Club’s before moving to the east coast in 1997. 
During this time he played in the 1991 Trans-Tasman, 1992 Trans-Tasman, 1992 World Championships, was winner of the Australian Indoor Singles in 1993 and a Silver Medallist in the 1994 Commonwealth Games. During 1996 he competed in the Moama International, the Trans-Tasman against New Zealand and in the World Championships, held at Lockleys Bowling Club, Ian earned a Bronze Medal in Triples and Fours. Amassing a total of 80 tests for Australia between 1991 and 1996; 207 games as a representative of our State he earned his Australian Cap; number 96. Ian subsequently retired from bowls in 2004; joined the Kingscliff Bowling Club in 2009 and played two pennant seasons for Ascot Park in 2011 and 2012. 

Ray Tume – Inducted 2011
Ray first represented the State in 1982 and played his final State game in 2004. He represented South Australia 406 times which is a record that still has not been surpassed. He played in 22 consecutive Australian Sides Championships and was a regular member of the State ‘5-a-Side’ team and was appointed as the first Player’s Representative and retained that position until his retirement in 2004. Ray was the winner of the State Pairs, Triples and Fours titles, Runner-Up in the Australian Fours and Pairs and won 10 Club titles at Salisbury Bowling, as well as holding senior administrative positions at the Club.

Dorothy Wheeler – Inducted 2011
Dorothy was responsible for the formation and growth of the Women’s Bowling section at Kensington Gardens in 1922 at a time when equal opportunity for women, particularly in lawn bowls, was a dream for the future. She was also a driving force in the founding, in 1930, of the South Australian Women’s Bowling Association, later to merge with the RSABA to form Bowls SA. Dorothy became the first Secretary of the SAWBA and in 1936 as part of the State’s Centenary Celebrations organised the first Australian Women’s Bowling Carnival and it was during this carnival she moved for the calling of a meeting of State representatives with the view to forming an Australian Women’s Bowling Council (later merged with the Men’s national body to form Bowls Australia). On relinquishing the role of Secretary after 16 years she was made a Life Member and subsequently was elected Vice President. Dorothy passed away on the 17 February 1965 at the age of 67 years.

Arrienne Wynen – Inducted 2011
Arrienne was a member of the winning Australian Fours Team in 1991 and represented Australia in 1993, 1994 and 1999 in the Emerging Player series. She represented Australia in the Trans Tasman series in 2000 and 2002, won Gold in the Triples and Fours at the Asia Pacific Games in 2001 and won Silver at World Bowls in the Pairs, and Bronze in the Fours in 2000. She played for Australia at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002. Arrienne represented the State in over 100 games and has won titles in the State Singles, State Pairs, State Triples, Metro Pairs, Master Singles, Master Triples and Master Fours. At a Club level she has been Woodville Bowling Club Champion in the Singles, Pairs, Fours and has also held administration positions.