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No 19     06/01/2013
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I will not bowl a wrong bias
I will not laugh at anyone who plays a wrong bias




Mon Jan 7    
Tue Jan 8    
Wed Jan 9    
Thu Jan 10    
Fri Jan 11 Hetero Triples  
Sat Jan 12   Women's Open Singles
Men's interclub 7's and 3's
Kittyhawk Under 21 Singles (Local Qual.)
Sun Jan 13   Women's Open Singles
Men's interclub 7's and 3's

Bowls NZ National Tournament – result Women’s Pairs final.

Angela and Mandy’s bid to better their last year’s runner-up position was narrowly lost 13/15 to Sandra Keith and Serena Matthews (Dunsandel) at Paritutu Bowling Club, New Plymouth, Friday afternoon. Keith and Matthews took the lead from the first end, and never relinquished it. Mandy and Angela showed grit to fight back, but the tenacious South Islander’s nerves held to make this the fourth National title for Keith inside two seasons. This performance by Mandy and Angela was another wonderful effort and their consistency in this prestigious competition must be commended. Third time lucky next year perhaps?
(Thanks Colleen Ferrick)


Although Angela and Mandy will both be disappointed to have lost the final of the Women's Pairs we are very proud of you both for getting so far. Congratulations from everyone at Bowls Taradale.

Congratulations to the players from our club who went to Taranaki and took part in this year's Nationals (singles, pairs, fours) - Angela, Sheryl, Barbara, Richard, Dave and Jack. Irrespective of results the experience must have been memorable, the games challenging and the weather ????.

I invited club members who went to the Nationals to write something about their experiences in Taranaki.


1st day of competition for Richard and I were in the Men’s Pairs, we were scheduled to play at the Waitara Club about 15mins out of New Plymouth, unfortunately the weather wasn’t the best with wind and rain throughout the day. The green was exceptional but the conditions unpleasant.

3 games were played with teams needing 4 wins out of 6 over the 2 days to qualify. We lost the 1st game pretty convincingly as it took us (me especially) a while to get used to the pace of the greens. We lost our second game as well though the scores were tied going into the last end and won our 3rd game with the scores tied on the last end again They had a shot right on the Jack then Richard hit the shot bowl and put the Jack in the ditch and I managed to draw the shot with my last bowl, Yay our 1st win at the Nationals.

2nd day of the Pairs with the weather a bit better we played at the Alton Bowling club which is 1hr 15mins south of New Plymouth just out of Hawera, a small country club with one immaculate green and only 20 members. Needing to win all our games unfortunately we again lost our first game thus eliminating us from Qualifying. In the 2nd game we drew 2 members of the Taranaki Rep team and again the scores were all tied up going into the last end and we lost by 1 shot. With 3 of our games being tied going into the last end on another day we could have qualified.

It’s worth noting that in our Pairs draw were 6 members of the Taranaki Rep team.

On the way back to New Plymouth we called into the Hawera Club where Angela and Mandy were playing the pairs and watched them win their last game giving them 3 wins for the day.

Onto the singles – Richard was scheduled to play at the Westend Club in central New Plymouth and I drew Oakura Club about 15mins out of New Plymouth on the coast. The weather was worse than the 1st day. Oakura had constant horizontal rain and wind again making conditions unpleasant.

My first game was against a bowler from the Frankton Bowling Club who had won the Waikato Centre Pairs title 2 weeks before. I was down 8-1 and came back to level at 8-8 then was down again 17-9 and came back to lead 19-17 holding 2 shots for the game when he moved the jack to give him 2 shots. It then went shot for shot and with the score ties at 20-20 it came down to a measure and I was fractionally out of it so lost 21-20, BUGGER. Still I was happy with my first foray into the nationals singles.

The 2nd game with the weather deteriorating and more stoppages due to flooded greens I couldn’t get my weight through the water and got thoroughly thrashed 21-1 by an Island Bay Wellington bowler, that’s brought me back down to earth with a thud.

The 3rd game, again more stoppages and miserable weather I lost 21-14 to another Taranaki Rep player and now have no chance to qualify.

The 4th game was abandoned with officials making the decision that 2 wins would now be enough to qualify for post section.

I got back to Westend to see Richard’s last game and as he had 2 wins he qualified for the Singles Post Section, well done.

We’ve got 2 spare days now until the singles start again so went back to Westend to watch Angela win her games and get into the last 8 of the Women’s Singles.

The next day with Angela playing for a spot in the last 4 we were joined by Barbara and Sheryl and also Louise Bateman and Jo Hayes from Bay View as Angela’s cheering squad but it wasn’t to be.

Taradale can be very proud of their members achievements with Barb and Sheryl qualifying in the Pairs, Richard in the singles and Angela making the last 8, a great effort by everyone considering the standard of bowlers playing.

Apart from the weather I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of my first National Tournament.

Great greens, great players, played in a great spirit and I got to watch most of the NZ players and learnt heaps watching how they control games and the options they take whenever they’re behind or in front, it was well worth the trip.

Can’t wait for the next one.

QUESTION: Why did God make man before he made woman?
ANSWER:   So the man would have time to think of an answer for her first question.
oops!!! - I have just broken another of my New Year's resolutions - sorry!

Barbara and Sheryl travelled to New Plymouth on Thursday 27th December to play in the singles and pairs at the Nationals. On Friday Barbara played at Vogeltown and I played at New Plymouth. The greens were beautiful at both venues and although the wins were hard to come by, we both gained invaluable experience. We were not overawed by the standard but were amazed by the consistency and intensity of every game. The companionship of the fellow competitors was really enjoyed.
We then played at Westend for the first day of our pairs on Wednesday and both had a very good bowling day with two wins out of three. Westend was such a picturesque venue to play and one of our favourites. The weather put paid to completing all three games the next day in Hawera and we qualified with 3 wins out of 5.
On our two days off we then went and watched some amazing men's pairs with our favourite game being the one between Shannon McIlroy and Lance Pascoe (Mandy's partner) against Rob Ashton and Barclay Lee. The latter triumphed on the last end but the standard of the bowls was amazing and Ashton and Lee eventually made the final. Spectators were jammed three or four deep around all the greens where the top games were being played and the local papers were full of photos and writes up.
On New Year's Eve we went to the Festival of Lights and had a wonderful time.
On Wednesday Barb and I played in the first elimination round at Westend and should have, could have after leading all the way but just lost in the last 2 ends. We were disappointed but pleased to have qualified in such esteemed company.
So finally, attending our first Nationals was great we enjoyed every moment except for the 2 earthquakes which were good shakes. I believe Richard and Dave slept through them - how we do not know!
Sheryl Glock
(courtesy Colleen Ferrick)
I received a text from Angela last night informing me that they had won three games - from three played . They need one more (from three to be played today) to qualify…

News has just come through - they have qualified for Post-Section play.

The Tong Cup, a hetero event for Bowlers 5 years and under, was held at Havelock North yesterday and today. You will often hear older bowlers claim that their Junior years were their most enjoyable years  - new game, new people, new experiences, healthy rivalry and so on. When I arrived at the Havelock North bowling green today I was impressed with the enthusiasm, enjoyment and standard of bowls on display. Bowls Taradale had eight of the 32 teams entered and each of our teams played hard and well. Congratulations everyone.

One team (Dave Henderson and Andrew Buckley) made the top four and so were in contention for winning the Tong Cup. Each team had to play the other three in a round robin and the winner was then decided on wins, ends, points. The Tong Cup was eventually won by Greg Hodges and Heather Leyland from Havelock North. Our boys, Dave and Andrew, came second - WELL DONE.

In Division 5 we had two teams competing (out of four) and they finished 1st and 2nd. The winners in this Division were Bryan Godber and Lloyd Fitness while Alan Frame and John Sowerby were runners-up. Congratulations to you as well.

The players have asked me to convey their thanks to the many supporters who came and watched over the two days of the competition. Their presence was noticed and greatly appreciated.

This starts next Saturday morning at 9.00 - at Napier, Port Ahuriri, Taradale, Wairere and Heretaunga.
To see the draws and venues for these events click here
Teams are as follows:
Div1 sevens. Singles, R Hocking     Pairs, P Young, E Mclauchlan,      Fours, F Grantham, J Philip, J McLaughlin, M Williams.
Venue Bowls Napier.

Div2 sevens. Singles, B. Ferrick     Pairs, R Hamilton, J Ward                Fours, D. Neilson, E Freidlander, John Calnan, D, Le Claire.
Venue. Port Ahuriri

Div2b sevens Singles D Henderson,    Pairs, B, Godber, L Fitness,       Fours, B Gardner, A Frame, C Parnell, L Dunnett.
Venue Taradale

9AM start.

(a) P Turnbull, J Brock, R Oats.
(b) R Falvey, G de Ridder, R Dunne
(c) C Salmon, G Heathcote, M Shirley,
(d) J Toa, L Roberts, R Packe.

(e) D Roberts. C Downing, B Morton.
(f) C Nichol, A Barker, J Soweby,
(g) K Holmes, R Hoare, W Cooper.
(h) B Annear, P Lamason, R Kennedy.
9AM,Start. 3 Bowl Triples 18ends. Sat12, Sun13.Sat19. Jan

Would all skips please contact your team and if you have any problems let me know .
Many thanks and GOOD LUCK.
Graeme Hocking
Next weekend we will need markers (I am not sure of the numbers) on Saturday and Sunday for the Men's Interclub games.
If you can help would you please contact Lloyd ph 8445827

Because our greens are going to be used anyone wanting to attend the roll-up is asked to go to Napier instead. You will be very welcome there.

This event also gets under way next weekend, January 12-13, at 9.00 am. We have SEVEN women entered - "Good Bowling"
Games will be played at Kia Toa and Havelock North on Saturday while Post Section play will occur on Sunday at the Headquarters, Havelock North.
To see the draw and venues click here

If you want to maintain maximum concentration during a game of bowls it is important you keep up your water intake. This becomes even more critical when playing for lengthy periods.

"A sip on the water bottle every second end" is a good suggestion. Avoid alcohol because it is a diuretic (increases unwanted dehydration).


A man goes to the doctor and tells him that he hasn't been feeling well lately. The doctor examines him, leaves the room and comes back with three different bottles of pills. The doctor says, "Take the green pill with a big glass of water when you get up. Take the blue pill with a big glass of water after lunch. Then just before going to bed, take the red pill with another big glass of water."

Startled to be put on so much medicine the man stammers, "Jeez doc, exactly what's my problem?"

The Doctor says, "You're not drinking enough water."

Don’t take yourself so seriously
No one else does.

Every now and then you see bowlers standing, or walking, on their neighbour’s rink. Is this OK?

Law 36.2       Position of Players in relation to a neighbouring rink
A player should not go into a neighbouring rink where play is in progress.

A player should neither go into nor walk along a neighbouring rink, even if it is not being used, while an opponent is about to deliver or is actually delivering a bowl.

If the rink of play is an outside rink, a player should neither go into nor walk along the section of green that lies between the outside side boundary of the rink and the side ditch while an opponent is about to deliver or is actually delivering a bowl.

NB: If your team’s bowl is coming through the neighbouring rink, inform them to watch their head, do not go rushing into their head unless you are invited to.

Be punctual.
Respect the rules.
Follow the instructions given to you.
Respect the decisions of the umpire.
Be polite to your opponents.
Watch your language.
Obey your skip.
Control your joy when you win.
Be able to "take it" when you lose.


(Bowls NZ website)
Since Josie Uren took up coaching four years ago she has gone from strength to strength and she is now looking back on the biggest challenge of her coaching career so far. Josie was called up as one of three coaches for the World Bowls Championships in Adelaide, which ran from November 24 to December 9.

"It's really good because Bowls New Zealand has a pathway for coaches. It is really a sport now that facilitates a pathway," she says. "Traditionally bowls hasn't really had coaches but it's now really taking off. They are rolling out performance level coaches and players, especially young players coming through, are actually asking for coaching."


Many club members will be sad to hear of the passing of Bernie Menefy on New Year's Eve. While unable to bowl in recent years Bernie had been Club Captain, was a keen bowler and a good friend to many. We mourn his passing and extend our sympathy to Marlene, the Menefy family members and the many people who were proud to call Bernie their friend. 

The photo on the left was taken several years ago.
Allan Austin, Kevin Hook and Bernie Menefy

Below are the confirmed dates for our second round of Twilight Triples

Wednesday January 16, 30
Wednesday February 13, 20, 27
Wednesday March 6, 13, 20




My wife and I had words ->>
but I didn't get to use mine


..... and I thought ours was a "BOWLING" club (silly me)

Geoff Taylor would like to enter the club's Junior Pairs in early February and needs a partner.
If you are a Junior and would like to play with Geoff please give him a call. Ph 8442531
Upcoming Tournaments.
The following tournament notice was received this week:

Kia Toa Bowling Club.
Hetro 2x4X2. Wednesday 16 January 2013. Start Time 10.00am. Entry Fee $20.00. No Lunches. Refer notice board for full information.

George was walking down the street when he saw a shabby-looking homeless man who asked him for a couple of dollars for dinner.

George took out his wallet, extracted ten dollars and asked, "If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead of dinner?"

"No, I had to stop drinking years ago," the homeless man replied.

"Will you use it to go fishing instead of buying food?" George asked.

"No, I don't waste time fishing," the homeless man said.. "I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive."

"Will you spend this on green fees at a golf course instead of food?" George asked.

"Are you NUTS!" replied the homeless man. "I haven't played golf in 20 years!"

"Well," said George, "I'm not going to give you money. Instead, I'm going to take you home for a shower and a terrific dinner cooked by my wife."

The homeless man was astounded. "Won't your wife be furious with you for doing that?

George replied, "Don't worry about that. I just want her to see what a man looks like, after he has given up drinking, fishing and golf.."