No 11   4/11/2012



The 14 remaining men in this competition continued play yesterday morning (Saturday).
Friday was .... summer
Saturday was .... spring/winter
As you can see from the table below the final was between Phil Young and Bruce Ferrick.
Finals are always great to watch and this year was no exception; close ends, great shot play, consistent draw bowling.
Congratulations to Bruce and Phil for reaching the finals ... and especially to Phil on taking out the Championship title. Well done.
Special commendation should go to Les Dunnett, only a Year 2 bowler, for reaching the semifinals - what a great achievement. The other "junior" bowler to make post-section play was Dave Henderson. Well done.

Progress early in the final
Phil has just delivered the jack,
Peter is the marker (about to go up the other end)
and Bruce is watching closely

Twenty women started in this championship event yesterday. To qualify for post-section play bowlers had to have 3 or 4 wins.
Despite trying conditions players coped with the wind and the standard of bowling was very high. The skills of relatively new bowlers was most encouraging.
You can see from the table below seven women made Day 2.
The final was played between Colleen Ferrick and Sheryl Glock. Congratulations to Colleen for taking out the Championship title for 2012

Women's Singles finalists - Sheryl, Colleen

Eighteen teams began the journey today to win the Men's Championship title for 2012. Cold winds, icy temperatures and afternoon rain all contributed to an earlier finish than was planned. Some games have yet to be played before the full list of three and four winners can be announced..

Two good wins at Bay View for our boys last week. Well done. Scores were 23-12 and 28-12
Our next game (tomorrow 5th Nov) will be played at Omarunui against Bay View
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 POINTS
 WAIRERE bye -           0
 NAPIER W bye           2
 AHURIRI W WW bye         6
 BLUFF HILL - -   bye       0
 OMARUNUI WW -     bye     4
 TARADALE W WW       bye   6
 BAY VIEW W WW         bye 6
 Date 15/10 29/10 5/11 12/11 19/11 26/11 3/12  
Against Ahuriri Omarunui Bay View Napier Bluff Hill   Wairere  
 Played at Taradale Bay View Omarunui Napier Wairere Bluff Hill Port Ahuriri  
The girls weren't to be outdone by the boys. Both teams had good wins. A great effort by everyone. Scores were 21-15 and 18-8
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 POINTS
 AHURIRI W W           4
 HAVELOCK NORTH WW W           6
 BAY VIEW WW W           6
 HERETAUNGA W WW           6
 TARADALE W WW           6
 OMARUNUI - -           0
 KIA TOA - -           0
 NAPIER W W           4
 Date 15/10 29/10 12/11 19/11 26/11 3/12 10/12  
 Played at Havelock North Napier Omarunui Heretaunga Bay View Kia Toa Taradale  


Last Friday some of our women competed in this event .... and WON!!!!
Congratulations to Margaret Hain, Cheryl Humphrey, Grace Williams and Bernice Neilson


MINI TRIPLES - held on 2nd November.
1st    N Benfell(s), A Frame, R Exeter. 3 – 17 +21
2nd    L Parsons(s), S Glock, B Exeter. 3 – 17 + 18
3rd    G de Ridder(s), A Barker, A Simpson. 3- 15 + 16
Best Last game
Pak ‘n’ Save Green
P Townrow(s), S Taylor, B Fallowfield. 6 + 14
HBSB Green
J McLaughlin(s), A McLelland, C McLaughlin. 5 + 6


"I have decided this year I will not look at the camera", says Diane
"If you don't, neither will I," replies Julie


Take an interest in the game, follow how the head is building up so you do not have to ask other team members.

Building a head is all about
(a) adding to the count
(b) protecting the shot and
(c) retrieving the situation when down

Points to bear in mind

·           Play the easier side

·           Always aim to get both 1st and 2nd shot

·           When you are holding two shots – protect the head (i.e. anticipate opponent’s shots)

·           If you are not sure what shot to play - draw

·           When playing a yard-on do not lose the bowl if unsuccessful

·           Be up when you are down

·           Two down is bad – but not as bad as four down!!!

When holding shot ..... stay wide
When not holding shot ..... keep narrow
Keep the mat the same length when winning – change length if losing
If getting well beaten consider staying on same side as opponent. It gets in their way and you could get 2nd shot

Are you having a bad day?
A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen shaking frantically, almost in a dancing frenzy, with some kind of wire running from his waist towards the electric kettle. Intending to jolt him away from the deadly current, she whacked him with a handy plank of wood, breaking his arm in two places. Up to that moment, he had been happily listening to his Ipod.

  Tianna - our youngest female bowler  

You are playing a game in which your bowl gets very close to, but not touching, the jack. Your opponent is standing on the mat about to deliver the next bowl when you notice that your bowl falls over and hits the jack.

Is your bowl a toucher or not?
Should you have timed how long it was since your bowl had stopped?

LAW 24
A bowl is also a toucher if, after having come to rest, it falls and touches the jack before the next bowl is delivered

QUESTION: I was playing a game last week when one of our team had a toucher – but it was not marked as one. As we changed ends I asked why it was not marked and was told it was because it had hit another bowl before striking the jack. Is that correct or can it hit other bowls before hitting the jack?

If a bowl hits other bowls before hitting the jack it is still a toucher

Bowls New Zealand chief executive Kerry Clark
Written by Alistair McMurran for Otago Daily Times

New Zealand bowls is at the crossroads. It must adapt and change or it will face a difficult future. Bowls New Zealand chief executive Kerry Clark told the South Island Forum in Dunedin yesterday that "the sport in New Zealand is going through a challenging time and must work together" to remain one of the country's top sports. "We are sitting at the cusp and must look to our own destiny, take the blinkers off and open our eyes. We face a difficult future if we don't do things in a different way. We must ensure that game structures and schedules meet the needs of bowlers."

Bowls New Zealand has looked at the issues over the past 12 months and has worked out a plan "to take bowls forward through a period of change." There are 583 bowling clubs in New Zealand and Clark believes the sport would be better served if there were amalgamations and fewer but stronger clubs. "We would still have the biggest club network in New Zealand," Clark said. "No other sport brings together such a diverse group."

Bowls must take note of what other sports are doing and adapt the successful ventures into the sport, he said. He was impressed by the world triathlon championships that were held at Auckland this month, in which 3000 competitors competed in age group events against people of a similar standard. "We could do the same and create a new marketplace for ourselves." he said.

Clark told the forum that while bowls must retain its traditional stream it must add a different format to attract new bowlers. "We must do things differently. If we keep the status quo we will go into decline," he said. "We must be more flexible and have a shorter time frame for weekend competitions. We will grow our numbers by being flexible, innovative and relevant to attract a new generation of participants to the game. We must encourage casual bowlers to come to our clubs."

The Black Jacks are the shop window for bowls and New Zealand is ranked top in the world at the moment after dominating World Bowls at Christchurch in 2008. This reputation was enhanced at the weekend when Leeston's Sandra Keith won the world champion of champion women's singles title in Cyprus.

"We want to be the best bowls country in the world by 2020," Clark said.


Bowls Wellington puts out a monthly regional newsletter that is full of all sorts of interesting information
To see the current one click on this link then go down to the "Regional" link to open the newsletter up.

If you want them to send you an email when each one is published all you have to do is send an email to Mark Reid and he will happily put you on his list.
Mark Reid, Regional Administration Assistant, Bowls Wellington Centre

Try to remember to put the hoses out in the middle of the green before you leave.
They are on an automatic timer and will come on while you are tucked up in bed
The wooden seats are now clean enough !!!!!!
but ...
we could do with some more water on the greens


Sean, a rich man living in Darwin decided that he wanted to throw a party and invited all of his buddies and neighbours. He also invited Colin, the only aborigine in the neighbourhood. He held the party around the pool in the backyard of his mansion.

Everyone was having a good time drinking, dancing, eating prawns, oysters, from the BBQ and flirting. At the height of the party, the host said, 'I have a 15ft man-eating crocodile in my pool and I'll give a million dollars to anyone who has the balls to jump in.'

The words were barely out of his mouth when there was a loud splash and everyone turned around and saw Colin in the pool fighting the croc, jabbing the croc in the eyes with his thumbs, throwing punches, doing all kinds of stuff like head butts and chokeholds, biting the croc on the tail and flipping the croc through the air like some kind of Judo Instructor.

The water was churning and splashing everywhere. Both Colin and the croc were screaming and raising hell… Finally Colin strangled the croc and let it float to the top like a dead goldfish.

Colin then slowly climbed out of the pool. Everybody was just staring at him in disbelief.

The host says, 'Well, Colin, I reckon I owe you a million dollars.'

'Nah, you all right boss, I don't want it,' said Colin.

The rich man said, 'Man, I have to give you something. You won the bet. How about half a million bucks then?'

'No thanks... I don't want it,' answered Colin.

The host said, 'Come on, I insist on giving you something. That was amazing. How about a new Porsche and a Rolex and some stock options?’

Again, Colin said "No."

Confused, the rich man asked, 'Well Colin, then what do you want?

Colin said, ........... ‘I want the  ????  who pushed me in.’