No 6   30/09/2012
Bowls Taradale was very well represented with about 30 players taking part in this event over the weekend. Section play took place at Taradale, Kia Toa, Napier and Havelock North then the top 16 teams competed for the title at Bowls Taradale. The remaining teams played at Havelock North in a consolation event.

What a great result it was for our club because of the 16 teams which made up Post-section play SIX were ours. In this "sudden death" section we had Fay Johnson & Chris Angove, Bruce Ferrick & Colleen Ferrick,  Barbara Exeter & Richard Hocking, Phil Young & Sheryl Glock, John McLaughlin & Colleen McLaughlin and Angela Boyd (composite). Although Bruce and Colleen Ferrick was the only Taradale pair still standing in Round 2 many of the games were close (three were lost by one point) and two of our teams had to play each other. Bruce and Colleen had a close tussle with Ken Robson and Di Bentley from Bay View but an accurate drive from Di on her last delivery killed the end after the bell had gone and that put Colleen and Bruce out. Well done, everyone.

The final between Dave Stevenson / Robin Pritchard and Graham Fulford / Liffy Law was well worthy of a final. After 14 ends scores were locked on 15-15. An extra end was needed to separate them with Dave and Robin taking the title.


I think I am right in saying that for the very first time in our club's history we have too many entries in the Men's Championship Singles. Two full greens can take 32 bowlers and entries exceed that number. What a nice problem for any club to have!!!


Markers are required for the men's Championship Singles on Saturday 6 / Sunday 7 October.
Thanks to those who have indicated their availability on the noticeboard. With the large number of entries we are going to need more so if you can help please add your name to the list or contact me (Lloyd) or any of our Match Committee, Bert Fallowfield, David Jones, John Sowerby or Les Stuart.
Thanks, Lloyd

I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back sometimes.

I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you, but, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.


            Graham and little Chris  Dave        Peter and Robin Bruce Ernie, Lex, Frank

A driver was stuck in a traffic jam on SH1. Nothing was moving. Suddenly, a man knocks on the window. The driver rolls down the window and asks, "What's going on?"
"Terrorists have kidnapped all of our MP’s during a sitting of parliament, and they're asking for a $100 million ransom. Otherwise, they are going to douse them all in petrol and set them on fire. We are going from car to car collecting donations."
"How much is everyone giving, on average?" the driver asks.
The man replies, "Roughly two litres."

When you are Club Captain you get to sit with all the pretty girls

It's amazing what you can do with pencil and paper
No prize for guessing who these two are


Stand 1m behind the mat and select a permanent object on or beyond the far bank.
This is called the “reference point”.

Form an imaginary line from that point back through the mat to the pre shot position.
This is the intended “line of delivery”

Move onto the mat and place the anchor foot facing directly along this line

Place the lead foot adjacent, parallel and hip width apart from the anchor foot

Establish a “focus point” along that line.
That is the point along the line that the bowler will be looking at during the delivery.

Deliver the bowl along the line aiming at the focus point – thinking the weight

Observe the path of the bowl


  Make sure the path of the bowl is clear to avoid hitting another bowl 

We had an interesting situation last weekend during the women’s triples. After 16 ends the scores were level so an extra end had to be played. Before starting that end a coin was tossed and Team A won – so their lead started play. When the skips changed ends the skip of Team B bowled first because she forgot about the coin toss but remembered her team had won the last end.

There was some discussion but eventually the skip of team A delivered two bowls in succession which put everything back in its correct order again. 

Section 12 – Irregularities
47.1 Playing out of turn

If a player plays out of turn, the opposing skip can stop the bowl and return it to the player to play it in the proper order.
If the bowl has come to rest and has not disturbed the head, the opposing skip should choose whether to: 

  • leave the head as it is and have their team play two bowls one after the other to get back to the proper order of play; or 

  • return the bowl and get back to the proper order of play.

If the bowl has disturbed the head, the opposing skip should choose whether to: 

  • leave the disturbed head as it is and have their team play two bowls one after the other to get back to the proper order of play; 

  • replace the head in its former position, return the bowl and go back to the proper order of play; or 

  • declare the end dead.

Last time we stayed in Christchurch we shared our table at mealtimes with a chap from Gore.

The first morning he just asked for a plate of beans for his breakfast, then at dinner time he asked for a plate of beans and toast. This went on for three days.

The next day the police arrived at the hotel because he had hung himself off the New Brighton pier.

They asked the manager had he looked depressed.
The manager said "No, he was full of beans when he left here"



Jack's neighbour knocked on his door
at 2.30 this morning.

Can you believe that, 2.30 am?

Lucky for him
Jack was still up
playing his bagpipes


Bowling trousers still available for $40 incl. gst.
Bowlers from other clubs that may wish to take advantage of this offer don't need to have the Taradale Bowl emblem on the trousers.

Also available high quality bowling "bucket style" hats. These are made from vortech technology which are designed to allow the fabric to breath, as well being water resistant (very clever eh). See Dave Roberts for size Lge/xLge or Bryan Godber who has Sml/Med size to try. These will have the Taradale Bowls emblem added free of charge if required. Price only $16 incl. gst.
Winners of the side of lamb raffles were Ernie Friedlander & Clark Nicol.
Thanks to all who supported this raffle.

Dave, Chris, Mike                                                        Ken, Maree, Michael                                                         Olive, Ian                                           Terry, John

Paddy and his wife are lying in bed and the neighbours' dog is barking like mad in the garden.
Paddy says "To hell with this!" and storms off.
He comes back upstairs five minutes later and his wife asks "What did you do?"
Paddy replies "I've put the dog in our garden. Let's see how they like it!"

When you are Club Captain you get to sit with all the pretty girls


"Well, uh, I was thinkin'... perhaps it's aboot time for a wee kiss."

The girl blushed, then leaned over and kissed him lightly on the cheek.. Then he blushed. The two turned once again to gaze out over the loch.

Minutes passed and the girl spoke again. "Another penny for your thoughts, Angus."

"Well, uh, I was thinkin' perhaps it's aboot time for a wee cuddle."

The girl blushed, then leaned over and cuddled him for a few seconds. Then he blushed. And the two turned once again to gaze out over the loch.

After a while, she again said, "Another penny for your thoughts, Angus."

"Well, uh, I was thinkin' perhaps it's aboot time you let me put my hand on your leg."

The girl blushed, then took his hand and put it on her knee. Then he blushed. Then the two turned once again to gaze out over the loch before the girl spoke again.

"Another penny for your thoughts, Angus."

The young man glanced down with a furled brow. "Well, noo," he said, "my thoughts are a wee bit more serious this time."

"Really?" said the lass in a whisper, filled with anticipation.

"Aye," said the lad, nodding.

The girl looked away in shyness, began to blush, and bit her lip in anticipation of the next request.

Then he said, "Dae ye nae think it's aboot time ye paid me the first three pennies?"