Ovens & Murray Women’s Challenge – Update

On behalf of the GVBD Executive Board I officially advise the changes to the annual Ovens & Murray Women’s Challenge for 2019/20 season as follows:-


  • Ovens & Murray Representatives contacted the GVBD requesting a reduction  in the number of Women Players this season from 40 to 24.
  • Following further investigations and discussions with Ovens & Murray Representatives to change this season’s format. GVBD agreed.
  • Both Ovens & Murray and the Goulburn Valley to select a 24 Player Team each.
  • The Women’s Challenge will be held this season at the same time as the Men’s Challenge – Sunday 15th December 2019 at the Benalla Bowls Club.
  • Ovens & Murray will be the host for both the Men’s & Women’s Challenge.
  • All GVBD Clubs are asked TO PLEASE IGNORE THE DATES as detailed in the new GVBD 2019/20 Handbook.
  • GVBD Women’s Selection Team will select the 24 Player Team and officially advice will be broadcasted to Clubs closer to the holding of the event.


The GVBD realise there will be many of our Women Bowlers very disappointed with this news, but we trust all will have an understanding how difficult this decision was made by both the Ovens & Murray and the Goulburn Valley.


Clubs are asked to please ensure all your Club Women Bowlers are advised of the details as above.



Many thanks


On behalf of  the GVBD Executive Board


Joy O’Donnell

GVBD Secretary