Lawn bowls - Hall of Famers of Australia


Bowls or lawn bowls is a sport in which the objective is to roll biased balls so that they stop close to a smaller ball called a "jack" or "kitty". It is played on a bowling green which may be flat or convex or uneven. It is normally played outdoors and the outdoor surface is either natural grass, artificial turf, or cotula.

John Dobbie

John Dobbie was an Australian international lawn bowler. John was born in 1914. Dobbie started bowling in 1934 for the Glenferrie Hill Bowls Club. 

His father was Frank Dobbie who won the 1927 & 1931 singles titles at the Australian National Bowls Championships when bowling for the City of Camberwell Bowls Club. John competed in the first World Bowls Championship in Kyeemagh, New South Wales, Australia in 1966 and won a gold medal in the triples with Don Collins and Athol Johnston and a silver in the fours. He also won a gold medal in the team event (Leonard Trophy).

He was club champion 11 times of which his first win in 1947 was against his father in the final.


Norma Massey

Norma Massey is a former international lawn bowls competitor for Australia. Massey was born in 1924. Massey won the singles bronze medal and triples silver medal with Connie Hicks and Mary Ormsby, at the 1969 World Outdoor Bowls Championship in Sydney and also won a silver medal in the team event (Taylor Trophy).

Eight years later she represented Australia in the singles and triples events finishing just outside the medals but was part of the team that claimed the gold medal in the team event (Taylor Trophy). Sixteen years after her first World Championships she won the triples gold medal with Dorothy Roche and Mavis Meadowcroft, the fours silver medal with Meadowcroft, Roche and Fay Craig and the team event gold medal at the 1985 World Outdoor Bowls Championship in Melbourne.

Massey was awarded the Order of Australia for services to bowls in 2006. In 2011 she was inducted into Bowls Australia’s Hall of Fame.


Keith Poole

Keith Poole was an Australian international lawn bowler. Poole was born in 1927. Poole won a silver medal in the fours with Don Woolnough, Leigh Bishop and Barry Salter and a bronze medal in the team event (Leonard Cup) at the 1976 World Outdoor Bowls Championship in Johannesburg. He also won a silver medal in the team event four years later.

Poole won a silver medal as part of the fours team with Robert King, Errol Bungey and Errol Stewart at the 1974 British Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand.  Eight years later he skipped the four to a gold medal success in the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. The gold medal winning team was Poole, Rob Dobbins, Bert Sharp and Don Sherman. He was an accountant by trade and was inducted into the Australian Hall of Fame.


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