Matt Flapper

Matt Flapper web profile

Matt Flapper

Which Henselite bowl do you use?
Lawn Bowls Brisbane
Dreamline XG
Lawn Bowls Supplies
Tiger II
Career highlights

Representing Australia from 2013-15 which included being named International Bowler of the Year in 2015.

Taking Ocean Grove to their first Premier Division title in 2013 and then going on to win the State Pennant Championship.


What is your club?

Ocean Grove BC (Bowls Coach / Coordinator)

Also represent Club Sunbury Extreme in the Bowls Premier League (BPL) and the Ultimate Bowls Championship (UBC)

Why do you use this bowl?

Dreamline XG’S are the best all round bowls with the Tiger II offering more turn for indoor surfaces. Both feel great in the hand.

How and when did you start bowling?

I started playing bowls at about 11 years old. My father introduced me to the game. My family has been heavily involved in the game for many years with my dad Gerry, wife Linda, brother Anthony, sister-in-law Cheryl and niece Alana all competent bowlers.

Career goals

Even though I am in a position where I have retired from National competition I am still an active player at BPL, UBC and State level. I spend more time now coaching and assisting our next generation of bowlers and a lot more involvement in bowls administration.

  • BPL 15 Runner Up – Melbourne eXtreme 2022
  • BPL 15 “All Star” Team
  • Qualifier Australian Indoor Singles 2022
  • Victorian State Pennant Runner Up 2022
  • Victorian State Triples Runner Up 2022
  • Current Victorian Representative – approx 380 games played
  • U18 Victorian Coach 2018 – Current National Champions
  • Victorian State Fours Champions 2021
  • BPL Cup State Winners 2020 & 2021
  • BPL 11 Runner Up – Melbourne Roys 2020
  • Co-host of the Bowls Australia “Bowls Show” 2020
  • Completing the Great Cycle Challenge in 2020 riding 1000km in October ($20,000 raised for Kids fighting Cancer)
  • Victorian Open Triples Champions 2019
  • State Pennant Champions – Ocean Grove 2013, 2017 & 2018
  • Victorian Open Singles Champion 2016
  • Australian Representative 2013 – 2015
  • International Bowler of the Year 2015
  • Commonwealth Games Bronze Medallist, Glasgow 2014
  • Multiple Trans-Tasman Series Winners
  • 8 Nations Champions Glasgow 2013
  • Victorian Triples Champions 2013
  • Australian Open Triples Champions 2012
  • NSW Grand Prix Men’s Pairs Champions 2011
  • One of only 2 players to represent Australia in both Indoor Carpet Bowls and Outdoor Bowls (Brett Wilkie is the 2nd)
Which other bowlers do you enjoy playing with or against?

Without naming names I am very privileged to be part of the Bowls Premier League (BPL) which I regard as the best event in the world featuring the best players in the world. That covers it for me.

What would you be doing if you weren’t bowling?

Love Fishing, having a hit of golf and getting away from bowls when possible. Enjoy going out for Breakfast on non-bowls days with Linda (probably does not happen enough).

Who do you most admire?

I have been lucky enough to play with some Australian greats. Growing up I admired the way Steve Anderson went about it. Watching Rob Parrella was always exciting and having the chance to play alongside the likes of Steve Glasson, Rex Johnston, Karen Murphy, Brett Wilkie, Nathan Rice, Aron Sherriff and Mark Casey was terrific. I have loved watching and playing a small part in the rise of Aaron Wilson and keep your eyes out for Kira Bourke.

Internationally – Alex Marshall, Paul Foster & Jeremy Henry.

Why do you choose Henselite?

Quality products along with quality people and a brand synonymous with our great sport.