No 12   11/11/2012


Taradale Road - next to Palmers
Mon Nov 12 - Gardner Shield (at Napier)  and Women's Interclub (at Omarunui)
Wed Nov 14

Twilight Bowls


Fri Nov 16 Hetero Triples -
Sat Nov 17 - HB Men's and Women's Open Pairs - the DRAW is out - click here
Sun Nov 18 - HB Men's and Women's Open Pairs


For some time now there has been a sheet in the club house for those wanting to play in the women's interclub 7's and 3's
Both these events are in January (19-20, 26)
Names will be taken down at the end of this week and teams drawn up
If you are interested in playing please enter your name now - or phone Colleen (8444126)



Drakes Pride Professional
Size 4 -    $100
Phone Warren Cooper 8447438

Thirty teams began this championship event yesterday. It was especially pleasing to see so many Junior bowlers taking part. By the close of the day 12 teams had either three or four wins under their belt and qualified for post-section play today.

I couldn't stay to watch the final between Barry Gardner / Dave Henderson and Don Neilson / John Calnan but the standard of bowling has been so high all weekend and a credit to all involved.

Congratulations to the winners: Barry Gardner / Dave Henderson
You should feel very proud of your Championship win. Well done.


The four photos on the left are those of the semifinalists:
Barry Gardner, Dave Henderson - JUNIORS (both)
Don Neilson, John Calnan
Bernie Morton, Johnny Toa - JUNIOR (Bernie)
Jack Philip, Ross Hamilton



A special word of thanks to all those in the match committee. Both days ran smoothly and information was published as soon as it became available.

Thanks also to the many "others" who prepared the greens, who fed and provided hot drinks  ...  and to anyone else I have forgotten to mention. The club appreciates what you do for your club mates. Thank you.

Next weekend Bowls Taradale is hosting
the HB Men's Open Pairs.

Volunteers are required
to help out with morning tea
on Saturday or Sunday.

Please phone Barbara if you can help
ph 8445517

Every club taking part last Monday had one win and one loss - that means Taradale and Bay View are top of the list (but each has a bye to come!!)
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 POINTS
 WAIRERE bye - W         2
 NAPIER W bye W         4
 AHURIRI W WW bye         6
 BLUFF HILL - - W bye       2
 OMARUNUI WW - W   bye     6
 TARADALE W WW W     bye   8
 BAY VIEW W WW W       bye 8
 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  

In a hospital's Intensive Care Unit, patients always died in the same bed, on Sunday morning, at about 11:00 am, regardless of their medical condition. This puzzled the doctors and some even thought it had something to do with the supernatural. No one could solve the mystery as to why the deaths occurred around 11:00 am Sunday, so a team of experts was assembled to investigate the cause of the incidents.

The next Sunday morning, a few minutes before 11:00 am all of the doctors and nurses nervously waited outside the ward to see for themselves what the terrible phenomenon was all about   Some were holding wooden crosses, prayer books, and other holy objects to ward off the evil spirits. Just when the clock struck 11.00, Pookie Johnson, the part-time Sunday sweeper, entered the ward and unplugged the life support system so he could use the vacuum cleaner.






Do not walk around talking to bowlers participating in other games.
Allow them to concentrate
on their own game.

Generally, a game plan will reflect a chosen strategy, and will include the intended tactics for achieving it. Simplicity is an attribute of a game plan that makes it easier for competitors to remember when under pressure. Complicated or highly detailed game plans tend to be forgotten in tight contests. A game plan should allow for changes should particular tactics prove unproductive. Therefore, flexibility is another positive attribute for a game plan. 

The following points might be part of your game plan 

Always have two bowls in the head
Minimize errors by keeping shot losses to 1 shot
Greed - do not widen the head for the opposition
          - do not chase more shots and cause risk when holding shot
Enjoy – keep composed, show confidence, especially if you or the team are losing
Do not change a game or length that is winning

Game plan preparation:

  • Minimum of 2 bowls ALWAYS in the head

  • Don’t drop more than 1 point

  • Don't be greedy.

  • Persisting with winning lengths

  • Roll the jack to accurate lengths.

  •  Avoid short bowling.

  •  Avoid unreasonable risks.

  • Have bowls in the nucleus of the head.

  •  Avoid distractions.

  • Support and encourage team mates 

If losing the plan options become:

  • Change the mat length,

  • Change the side you are bowling on,

  • Change the type of shots previously employed.

UMPIRES CORNER - Peter Turnbull
Over the past few weeks it has come to my attention that some bowlers, even very experienced bowlers, are confused when it comes to tossing a coin for the start of play, keeping a record of the game, and placing the mat.

To clarify once and for all:
Tossing for opening play:
Rule 18.2:
The managers in a side game (or in their absence representatives of the sides), the Skips in a team game, or opponents in Singles should (read as must) toss the coin.
Rule 18.2.4:
If the coin is tossed before the start of the trial ends then the option the winner of the toss chooses will apply to both the first trial end and the first end of the game.
In plain language, the skips toss the coin for the start of play, and whoever starts the trial end should also start the game.

The Score Card:
Rule 37.1.7:
The Skip should (read as must) be responsible for the score card while play is in progress.
The Skip must enter the names of all the players on the score card.
The Skip must record on the score card all shots scored for and against the team as each end is completed.
The Skip must compare the score card with that of the opposing Skip as each end is completed.
The Skip cannot delegate the keeping of the score card to anyone. (Rule 37.1..9)

The score board basically is to let observers follow the progress of the game. The score card is the official record of the game. If there ever appears to be a discrepancy between the score board and the score card that cannot be resolved then the score card figures would be taken as correct, therefore it is essential that the score card is completed by the Skip after each end.

Placing the Mat:
A majority of players when they place the mat at the start of an end place it so that the rear of the mat is on the 2m line. In actual fact the front of the mat can be placed on the chalked 2m mark, or anywhere up the centre line to the white pegs on the side boundary of the green (25m mark).
   A nursery school pupil told her teacher she'd found a cat, but it was dead.

   'How do you know that the cat was dead?' she asked her pupil.

   'Because I pissed in its ear and it didn't move,' answered the child innocently.

   'You did WHAT?' the teacher exclaimed in surprise.

   'You know,' explained the girl, 'I leaned over and went 'Pssst' and it didn't move'


You didn't have to bet on a horse last Tuesday to be a winner.

Congratulations to Sherrill, Pete and Alan for winning "off course"







  • Can a bowl be called a toucher if it comes in contact with a jack in the ditch?

  • Do you have to mark every toucher?

  • How long do you have to wait before a toucher can not be called a toucher?

Law 24        Jack in the Ditch
No bowl will be a toucher if it plays onto, or comes into contact with, the jack when the jack is in the ditch.

Law 25 Marking a toucher
A toucher should be marked with chalk by a member of the team that delivered the bowl or the marker as soon as it comes to rest.

If, in the opinion of either skip or opponent or the marker, a toucher comes to rest in a position in which marking it would be likely to move the bowl or alter the head, the bowl should not be marked but nominated as a toucher instead.

If, before the next delivered bowl comes to rest or, in the case of the last bowl of an end, before a period of 30 seconds that applies under law 40.1, a bowl is neither marked nor nominated, it is no longer a toucher.



Blaze (see raffle below)
With input from our world champions Andy Thomson and David Gourlay and feedback from players at all levels of the sport, we have launched a new model called BLAZE. The bowl has been designed with a slender diameter for a more comfortable fit in your hand, enhanced with a deep dimple grip (Premier Grip) ensuring a confident grasp to give a consistent draw and defining accuracy with every shot. An all purpose bowl, the bias runs between a Vector VS and the Ace models and has a distinct sweep as the bowl finishes its course to its target. This model is enhanced with a modern cosmetic finish. The BLAZE will be launched on 3rd September with a limited edition Flame colour and will also be available in our full colour range as well as traditional black.



The club has a set of new Taylor's BLAZE bowls which it is raffling
Size 3 - Tickets are $5 each

They will be for sale at roll-ups, centre tournaments and the like.
A great Christmas present for someone (such as yourself)
So far the response has been very positive
For further details contact Gary deRidder

An Open Letter to all Bowling Clubs
(from Bowls NZ)

Bowls NZ would like to make it clear that its Partner Club programme is not intended to create a two-tier structure of club support.

All Bowls NZ services, programmes and brands are available to all clubs and that will always be the case. What the Partner Club programme is designed to do is to offer a higher level of support and Community Development Officer assistance to those clubs who choose to join the programme.

Many clubs do not wish to receive that level of support and are happy to continue operating as they always have. Other clubs, however, more conscious perhaps of the challenges facing bowls in New Zealand, are keen to embrace the closer attention available to them as a Partner Club.

All clubs have been given the opportunity of joining the programme, or having their Community Development Officer discuss it with them. Size is not a prerequisite. The programme is an incentive for the parties in a Partner Club agreement to work together to improve the outlook for the club.

The Partner Club concept was born out of the necessity to ensure that Bowls NZ’s resources were best directed at those clubs who wanted to utilise the Bowls NZ services available to them. This allows our Community Development Officers to concentrate their efforts on working with clubs that want to become strong and sustainable and leave a legacy for future generations of bowlers.

What is discussed with prospective Partner Clubs is their ability to work toward a Club Plan, strategic and operational plans and, subsequently, a Club Check award assessment. It is also an opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to Bowls NZ brands such as Mates in Bowls, Squad 6 and Christmas Bowls all of which are designed to promote and grow the game.

All clubs have the opportunity to work with the Bowls NZ Community Development Officers on these initiatives. The decision not to be involved is purely the decision of the Club. We respect that decision but in doing so, they have chosen, unlike Partner Clubs, not to receive the same level of support from Community Development Officers or some of the opportunities that are offered to the Partner Clubs.

The Grants Corner to Corner programme is a good example of the benefits that are made available in the first instance to Partner Clubs through the Partner Club agreement. Only 125 Clubs can take part in the programme. The sponsor and Bowls NZ have agreed that priority access for Partner Clubs will be offered. That is their prerogative. The Partner Club agreement states, as a benefit to Clubs, “Preferential inclusion in programmes such as Grants Corner to Corner where possible.” Bowls NZ in its written communications and in face to face contact by the Community Development Officers with Clubs have been transparent in what being a Partner Club entails and what the partnership means.

The Community Development Officers welcome the opportunity to discuss with any club the merits of being a Partner Club and the promotion of Bowls NZ brands and programmes.
The club has received the following tournament entries this week. Brief details are as follows. Full details are on our notice board.
  • Taranaki Mens Open Fours. Commences Monday 21 January 2013. Entry fee $160.00 per team. Entries close this week-15 November 2012. First prize $800.00 each. Second $400.00 each. Third $100.00 each.
  • Havelock North Two Bowl Mixed Triples. Thursday 6 December 2012. Start 9.00am. Entry fee $30.00 per team. 4 x 1.5 hour games. Whites/Club colours. Entries close 4 December or first 32 entries.

Farmer John lived on a quiet side road near Te Pohue but as time went by the traffic slowly built up and became so heavy and so fast that his chickens were being run over at a rate of three to six a day. So one day Farmer John called the Napier Police Station and said, "You've got to do something about all of these people driving so fast and killing my chickens."

Three days later Farmer John called the policeman and said, "You've got to do something about these drivers. The ‘school crossing' sign seems to make them go even faster!"

So the policeman told the AA who sent out their workers and they put up a new sign: SLOW: CHILDREN AT PLAY

That really sped them up. So Farmer John called and called and called every day for three weeks. Finally, he asked the policeman, "The AA signs are doing no good at all ... can I put up my own sign?"

The policeman said, "Sure, go ahead." He was willing to let Farmer John do just about anything in order to get him to stop calling to complain.

The policeman got no more calls from Farmer John. Three weeks later, curiosity got the best of the policeman and he decided to give Farmer John a call. “ How’s the problem with those drivers. Did you put up your sign?"

"Oh, I sure did,” replied Farmer John, ”and not one chicken has been killed since then. I've got to go. I'm very busy." He hung up the phone.

The policeman was really curious and he thought to himself, "I'd better go out to Te Pohue and take a look at that sign … it might be something that we could use to slow down drivers."

So he drove out to Farmer John's house, and his jaw dropped the moment he saw the sign. It was spray painted on a sheet of wood....

NUDIST COLONY Go slow and watch out for chicks!