Bowls Far North Coast (Zone One)

There are sixteen (16) Zones across the state of New South Wales that promote and administer the sport of Bowls. The Zones are integral parts of the Bowls NSW structure by conducting competitions in their designated areas, as well as promoting representative participation of NSW events. Some Zones such as Far North Coast have another administrative layer of Districts that assist to run the game in geographical areas.

Each Zone has a representative on the BowlsNSW State Council who is elected by representatives of constituent districts or clubs. A state councillor’s role is to provide input and feedback into the Board and Executive of Bowls NSW and to represent the view of bowlers, clubs and districts.

Far North Coast Bowls is the fourth largest in terms of number of clubs, comprising 35 clubs. The zone is currently divided into three districts: Tweed Byron with 11 clubs, Northern Rivers with 15 clubs and Clarence River with 9 clubs. Tweed Byron covers the northernmost part of Zone One, from the Queensland border south to Bangalow in the Northern Rivers; Northern Rivers district covers Lennox Head to Evans Head on the coast and inland westwards to Nimbin, and Kyogle. Its largest town is Lismore with five clubs. Clarence River is the southernmost part of Zone One stretching from Yamba to Red Rock on the coast and inland to Grafton and Maclean. Grafton has four clubs.

Zone One Executive

From left to right: Bob McNeil, Barry Sheppard, George Newell, Tony Hart, Kris Lehfeldt, Mal Storey, John Rae, Gary Tobin, Brian Moore

Affiliated Clubs

Clarence River
  • Brooms Head Bowling And Recreation Club Limited
  • Grafton District Services Bowling Club Inc
  • Iluka Bowls Club Limited
  • Maclean And District Bowling Club Co Operative Ltd
  • Red Rock Bowling And Recreation Club Ltd
  • South Grafton Bowling Sports And Recreation Club Limited
  • South Grafton Ex-servicemen’s Club
  • Wooli Bowling And Recreation Club Limited
  • Yamba Bowling And Recreation Club Limited
Northern Rivers
  • Alstonville Mens Bowling Club
  • Ballina Mens Bowling Club
  • Ballina Rsl Club Mens Bowling Club
  • Bonalbo Mens Bowling Club
  • Casino Rsm Bowling Club
  • Coraki Memorial Bowling Club
  • East Lismore Bowling Club Limited
  • Evans Head Bowling Club
  • Kyogle Mens Bowling Club
  • Lennox Head Mens Bowls Club
  • Lismore City Bowling Club Limited
  • Lismore Heights Bowling Club
  • Lismore Workers Sports Mens Bowling Club
  • Nimbin Bowling Sporting And Recreation Club Ltd
  • South Lismore Bowling And Recreation Club Limited
Tweed Byron
  • Bangalow Mens Bowling Club
  • Brunswick Heads Bowling Club
  • Burringbar Mens Bowling Club
  • Byron Bay Bowling Club
  • Cabarita Beach Mens Bowling Club
  • Condong Bowling Club
  • Cudgen Leagues Mens Bowling Club
  • Kingscliff Bowls Club
  • Mullumbimby Ex Services Bowling Club
  • Ocean Shores Country Bowling Club
  • Pottsville Mens Bowling Club


Each of the three districts has a team of voluntary administrators elected annually by their constituent club delegates. Each club elects two delegates to represent it at meetings and to vote at AGMs. The zone administrators are elected biannually by district representatives (two per district) at a zone AGM. Districts tend to meet monthly and the zone bi-monthly.

Districts and the zone alike, are incorporated bodies under the Fair Trading legislation in New South Wales. They operate under formal constitutions. Clubs pay membership fees to their district and to the zone based loosely upon their membership numbers. Fees used to be directly dependent upon the number of bowlers in each club but now clubs have a “fixed” annual fee which benefits those clubs with growing numbers. Those with reducing players can seek to have their fee reviewed. Zone One’s revenue in 2019 was $27,228 of which over $20,000 covered costs of zone teams competing in inter-zone championships in various location around New South Wales.


Zone One has a range of club sizes ranging from our smallest club (South Grafton Mens and Bonalbo with membership less that 20 players, to our largest, Ballina and Kingscliff with almost 200 players. Overall Zone One has 2,563 registered bowlers as at June 2019.

Districts have the functions of organising all multi club competitions between their constituent clubs while the zone manages inter-district championships to determine individual zone champions in the main individual competitions (singles, pair, triples – open, reserves and seniors) and pennant competitions of 12 man teams from each club in up to seven levels of competence. The zone also selects teams from all players throughout the zone to compete in interzone championships organised by BowlsNSW from which players can be selected to join Country and even State teams.