Australian Bowling Arm Championships

The 9th Australian Bowling Arm Championships will be held at the Devonport Country Club on the North-West Coast of Tasmania from 3 – 8 September 2023. The Championships are supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania, Devonport City Council and the Devonport Country Club.

The competition is conducted annually, on a rotational basis, with teams of 18 armed bowlers from each State competing for the National title.

The venue for the Championships is the Devonport Country Club which is a $10.5 million state of the art sporting and leisure complex which opened in 2020 following the amalgamation of the Devonport Golf Club, Devonport Bowls and Croquet Club and the Spreyton Bowls Club. It provides an 18-hole golf course, three outdoor bowling greens, an indoor bowls centre and two croquet greens. The Club is a ten-minute drive from the Devonport CBD, where the majority of accommodation venues are located.


Bowls Tasmania has appointed Mr Warren Groves (0437 361 530) as Tournament Director.


The program for the Championships includes:

         Sunday, 3 September 2023 ­

                  10am to 4pm – Official team practice

Session 1 – 10AM to 11.30AM

Green 1 – WA & SA, 3 rinks each

Green 2 – NSW & TAS, 3 rinks each

Green 3 – VIC & QLD, 3 rinks each

Session 2 – 12 NOON to 1.30PM

Green 1 – VIC & QLD

Green 2 – WA & SA

Green 3 – NSW & TAS

Session 3 – 2.15PM to 3.45 PM

Green 1 – NSW & TAS

Green 2 – VIC & QLD

Green 3 – WA & SA

Note: In the event of inclement weather p[reventing outdoor practice, WA and SA can use the indoor green from 10am until 11.50am, NSW and TAS from noon to 1.50pm and VIC and QLD from 2pm to 3.50pm.

                  3.00pm – State Co-ordinators’ Meeting

                  4.10pm – Player’s and Manager’s Briefings

                  4.30pm – Teams’ BBQ

         Monday, 4 September 2023

                  8.15am – State teams assemble. Team photographs to be taken.

                  9.00am – Opening Ceremony

                  9.30am – Day 1 AM Competition commences

                               – VIP Morning Tea

                  1.30pm – Day I PM Competition commences

         Tuesday, 5 September 2023

                  9.30am – Day 2 AM Competition commences

                  1.30pm – Day 2 PM Competition commences

         Wednesday, 6 September 2023

                  9.30am – Day 3 AM Competition commences

                  1.30pm – Day 3 PM Competition commences

Thursday, 7 September 2023

                  9.30am – Day 4 AM Competition commences

                  1.30pm – Day 4 PM Competition commences

         Friday 8 September 2023

                  9.30am – Day 5 AM Competition commences

                  1.30pm – Day 5 PM Competition commences

                  6.00 for 6.30pm – Presentation Dinner (at Devonport Country Club) – Dress Code State Uniforms.

The Conditions of Play for the Championships are ATTACHED.



The Official Program is ATTACHED. A printed copy will be provided to all players and officials at the Official Briefing on Sunday 3 September 2023.


 1.   Western Australia

2.   South Australia

3.   New South Wales

4.   Tasmania

5.   Victoria

6.   Queensland

 The full Championship Games Draw (by State) is ATTACHED


Catering will be undertaken by the Devonport Country Club. Arrangements for the Teams’ barbecue, daily catering and the Presentation Dinner have been advised to State Co-Ordinators.


A State Co-ordinator’s meeting will be held at the Devonport Country Club at 3.00pm on Sunday, 3 September 2023 prior to the Player’s and Team Manager’s briefings. The draw for the 10th National Bowling Arm Sides Championships in 2024 will be conducted at the Presentation Dinner.


The BowlsLink Results system will be used to facilitate recording of the Championship results. Scorecards will be provided by the host State and will be distributed at the State Co-ordinators meeting. Team managers will be responsible for entering bowlers’ names on scorecards prior to each game, recording team composition on BowlsLink and distributing scorecards to the appropriate players (or markers) prior to the start of play, collecting cards on completion of play, entering all game results into the BowlsLink portal, before submitting the completed cards to the Tournament Director.

Separate advice regarding the use of the BowlsLink Management and BowlsLink Results systems has been forwarded to State Co-Ordinators.

Results can be viewed HERE.


Selected Championship games will be live streamed by Bowls Tasmania for the morning and afternoon sessions on each day of the event. Games can be viewed on the Bowls Tasmania Facebook page.  


With an average high of 14°C and a low of 6°C, it generally feels moderately chilly with a gentle breeze in Devonport during September.  There might also be a small chance of rain.  With that in mind, bowlers are advised to dress in layers with a warm, waterproof jacket.


The 9th National Bowling Arm Sides Championships are supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania.

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