Ballina Bound: 2025 State Championships Heading to Northern Rivers

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Bowls NSW is thrilled to announce Ballina as the host of the 2025 and 2027 State Championships. The Northern Rivers Region will welcome over 900 competitors to the area, with Cherry Street Sports, Club Lennox Sports and Alstonville Bowls Club securing the venue hosting rights.

Bowls NSW CEO Tim Rowe is thrilled to bring the State Championships to another regional hub after the success of the 2024 event in Dubbo. “We have made a concerted effort to adjust the way we deliver our major events with a stronger focus on regional areas of NSW. An event like this delivers over $1.5m in economic impact to a community and it is important that we look to support regional Australia by moving these events to areas that will benefit significantly from them. These locations have so much to offer, and I am certain that the Northern Rivers Region in March is an ideal location given the weather and holiday destination that this area is known to be. What a great excuse for our players to bring their friends and families away for a few days in the region. I should also note the incredible state of the greens in this region and the facilities that the clubs here offer. I congratulate the clubs from this region on how they have presented themselves. We have no doubt that 2025 and 2027 will take the delivery of our State Championships to the next level.”

[L-R] Duncan Elphick (Elfco Greenkeeping Services); Tere Sheehan (CEO, Cherry Street Sports); David Gallagher (Chairman, Alstonville Plateau Bowls & Sports Club); Sharon Cadwallader (Mayor of Ballina Shire Council); Bruce Anderson (Treasurer, Cherry Street Sports); Marisa Poptie (CEO, Alstonville Plateau Bowls & Sports Club); Tim Rowe (CEO, Bowls NSW); Ryan Dixon (Sports Facilitator, Cherry Street Sports) pictured at Cherry Street Sports for the announcement of Ballina as host of the 2025 and 2027 Bowls NSW State Championships.

Cherry Street Sports will be the main host venue for the 2025 State Championships, and Club CEO Tere Sheehan cannot wait for the opportunity. “We are immensely proud to have been awarded the Bowls NSW State Championships for both 2025 and 2027. This recognition allows us to represent our region and showcase our top-notch facilities to the entire state. Our Profit-for-Purpose business model is centred on giving back to our community, and by hosting this prestigious event, we continue to support the foundational values of our club.”

The 2025 State Championships will attract thousands of players and spectators to the Ballina area over a 16-day period, including some of the best bowlers in Australia and the world. Mayor of Ballina Shire Council Sharon Cadwallader is excited at the opportunity of bringing a major sporting event like the State Championships to the Region. “Hosting the 2025 and 2027 Bowls NSW State Championships is a monumental achievement for the Ballina Shire and highlights our region’s capacity to bring together top-tier sporting events that showcase our exceptional facilities and hospitality. This is not just a win for the bowlers but for the entire community as it brings significant economic and social benefits. We are thrilled to provide a scenic backdrop and a warm welcome to all participants and their families. The Ballina Coast and Hinterland Region is ready to make these championships a memorable experience for everyone involved.”

The 2025 Bowls NSW State Championships will start on Tuesday 25 March 2025 and continue until Wednesday 9 April 2025.