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No 21     20/01/2013
This week's sponsor is -
SEARLE TRAVEL - 273 Gloucester Street, Taradale

The weather turned nasty so the third game had to be abandoned
1st D Le Claire(s), L McLean, E Pearson. 2 – 12 + 16
2nd G de Ridder(s), A Barker, A Simpson. 2 – 11 + 17
3rd L Parsons(s), S Glock, B Exeter. 2 – 11 + 7
Best last game.
Pac ‘n’ Save Green: K Ives(s), M Geldard, M Fenton. 6 + 10
HBSB Green: M Turner(s),D Girven, A Dempsey. 7 + 13

I was driving into Napier this morning when I saw an AA van parked on Kennedy Road.
The driver was sobbing uncontrollably and looked very miserable.
I thought to myself, - that guy's heading for a breakdown!!!


Centre events in RED

Mon Jan 21  
Tue Jan 22  
Wed Jan 23  
Thu Jan 24  
Fri Jan 25  
Sat Jan 26 Men's Championship Triples
Women's Interclub 7's and 3's
Sun Jan 27 Jun. Women's Champ. Pairs

This tournament was played over the weekend at three venues; Napier, Omarunui and Kia Toa. I saw some of the play at Napier where our Division 1 ladies were playing and right up to the last round of games Taradale had a good chance of winning - but I think we faltered just before the winning post. Keep an eye on Bowls HB website for results.

The following unofficial results have just come through
Division One – at Bowls Napier
1st; Bay View – 20 points, plus 22
2nd; Omarunui – 18 points, plus 39
3rd; Taradale – 18 points, plus 1
All Taradale combinations (Singles, Pairs and Fours) won three games from five played.

Division Two – at Kia Toa
1st; Kia Toa (points unknown)
2nd; Bowls Napier (points unknown)
I had difficulty getting to one of the venues today to see how our ladies were going. I phoned six or seven people to see if they had heard anything but in every case there was no reply ...... the people I phoned were all at the bowling green watching / supporting our women's interclub teams. I would like to go on record to say how proud I am to be President of a club that supports its players as much as ours does.
Peter Townrow
1st Heretaunga
2nd Bay View

The final of the major event (Division 1) will be played by Ken Walker and Ross Thompson, and Maurice Symes and Mike Kernahan - late this afternoon.
Mandy and Angela Boyd found the going tough, and finished last in Division Five.
In early November 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. The following teams are still in contention and they will continue next Saturday January 26th.


Last month a world-wide survey was conducted by the U.N. The only question asked was:  "Would you please give your honest opinion about solutions to the food shortage in the rest of the world?"  

The survey was a huge failure because of the following: 
1.. In Eastern Europe they didn't know what "honest" meant..
2.. In Western Europe they didn't know what "shortage" meant.
3.. In Africa they didn't know what "food" meant.
4.. In China they didn't know what "opinion" meant. 
5.. In the Middle East they didn't know what "solution" meant. 
6.. In South Africa they didn't know what "please" meant.
7.. In the USA they didn't know what "the rest of the world" meant. 
8.. In Australia and NZ they hung up as soon as they heard the Indian accent.

Do not expect to get the same results on windy days as you would hope to achieve on calm days. A bowl that is a metre from the jack in windy conditions will often be in the count.

When playing with the wind at an angle to the green play around the clock. Do not have your bowl finishing directly into the wind or finishing with the wind directly behind it. This means that the wind should always be hitting the side of your bowl as it finishes into the head. This has less impact on the slowing bowl compared with the wind hitting its running surface.

Remember if you want to understand how to play in windy conditions then get out and practise on windy days.



All Bowlers should know and understand the Laws of the Game. Consideration for others, courtesy and good sportsmanship will add enjoyment to a skilful and rewarding pastime. If all bowlers were familiar with what their responsibilities are as players and as club members bowling would be such a pleasant sport.


  • I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

  • I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.

  • I've learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch -- holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

  • I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.

What are the responsibilities of skips in a game of bowls?

Law 37    Responsibilities of the Skip 
The skip will have sole charge of the team and all players in the team should follow the skip’s instructions.

The skip should decide all disputed points with the opposing skip, making sure that any decision reached is in line with the Laws of the Sport of Bowls.

If the skips need to check any part of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls before reaching a decision, they should ask the umpire for an explanation.

If the umpire considers that a decision reached by the skips is not in line with the Laws of the Sport of Bowls, the umpire should overrule that decision so that it is in line with the laws.

If the skips cannot reach agreement on any disputed point, they should ask the umpire to make a decision. The umpire’s decision is final.

If the Controlling Body has not appointed an umpire, the skips should choose a competent neutral person to act as the umpire.

The skip should:

·       be responsible for the score card supplied by the Controlling Body while play is in progress;

·       enter the names of all players of both teams on the score card;

·       record, on the score card, all shots scored for and against the team as each end is completed;

·       compare the score card with that of the opposing skip as each end is completed; and

·       at the end of the game, record on the score card the time that the game finished and then sign it.

·       If a Member National Authority agrees to a scoreboard being used instead of one of the score cards, the skip of the team which won the toss for opening play should update the scoreboard and the opposing skip should deal with the score card

·       Skips can, at any time, delegate their own powers and any of their own duties to any other members of the team as long as they tell the opposing skip immediately.

A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan.
She asked the class, "If you saw a person lying on the roadside, all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?"
A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence, "I think I'd throw up."

New Zealand Team Chases Trans Tasman Supremacy
With the highly contested Trans Tasman clash approaching in March New Zealand has named its three teams; Under 18, Development and Senior, to take on rivals Australia. “This is a great opportunity for the younger players to mix and mingle with the senior players and take the chance at learning as much as they can from them,” comments National Coach Dave Edwards.    

Under 18 Team:
Richard Hocking - Triples and Fours
Dean Drummond  - Triples and Fours

Development Team:
Angela Boyd - Triples and Fours

Senior Team:
Mandy Boyd - Triples and Fours

Feb 8-9-10
Richard Hocking and Angela Boyd have been selected for this (as well as the above March tournament).
Congratulations to you both

Taranaki Fours
(by Colleen Ferrick)
Bowls Taradale has six members playing in the 108th TSB Taranaki Fours beginning Monday 20th January.

Nine Hawke’s Bay teams will be participating in this popular Australasian event, including an all Taradale team of Peter Turnbull (s), Dave Roberts, Chris Angove and Chris Downing.  Richard Hocking jnr. will play with Barry Wakely’s composite side, and Jack Philip will be part of the Graeme Fulford, A G (Tony) Small and Brian Johnson’s combination.

I have just discovered Dave Scott has also entered the event - in his son's Westend (New Plymouth) team.
FOOTNOTE: Rex Dunn is also playing with Ken Greeks, Mike Geldard and Graeme Cross in the Taranaki Fours.

25 end games and 196 teams (=784 players).  Four days of section play (teams need to win 6 games from eight played), before three days of post section competition, finishing 27th January.   A demanding 25 ends per game, two games per day, this is THE major men’s Fours tournament in New Zealand.  Non-qualifiers play in a subsequent consolation Pairs event.

This tournament is the complete experience for a bowler –this is when one is totally immersed exclusively in BOWLS – and nothing else!   Players are completely unaware of any global catastrophe, Syrian coup, share market collapse – or even a possible personal marital separation (-let the guys enjoy their week away from the real world fellow Gals, after all, boys will be boys…).  Taranaki have remarkably true, fast, consistent bowling greens, where precision bowling and consistency is rewarded.  Talented, different competitors, and the whole of Taranaki is aware and interested as this tournament progresses, and even the local newspapers make bowls the front-page feature.

To the best of my knowledge, the only Hawke’s Bay team to have won this event was Dave Palmer, Graeme Fulford, Bruce Stewart and John Grainger (Havelock North) in 2002.    A usually reliable source (close to home), informs me that the New Plymouth Club (and in fact, all bowling Clubs in Taranaki) have a wonderful selection of cold ales, which can, undeniably, refresh one’s palate after a long day on the greens.

Go for it guys – enjoy!

I would love to know what Adrian is saying and what Lawrie is thinking

Freemasons Charity Bowling Match. Havelock North Bowling Club. Thursday 14th March 2013, commencing 10.00am. Three Bowl triples - 4 games of 1 hour ten minutes each. Single entry $10.00 per person. Mufti. Entries close 11 March 2013. All proceeds to help provide an advanced Neonatal Training Simulator for the Hawke’s Bay Neonatal Unit. Contact John Cunningham Phone 877 8790. Refer notice board for full details.

We were dressed, and ready to go out for the New Years Eve Party. We turned on a night light, turned the answering machine on, covered our pet parakeet, and put the cat in the backyard.

We phoned the local cab company and requested a taxi. The taxi arrived and we opened the front door to leave the house.

As we walked out the door, the cat we had put out in the yard, scoots back into the house. We didn't want the cat shut in the house because she always tries to eat the bird.

My wife goes on out to the taxi, while I went back inside to get the cat. The cat runs upstairs, with me in hot pursuit. Waiting in the cab, my wife doesn't want the driver to know that the house will be empty for the night. So, she explains to the taxi driver that I will be out soon, 'He's just going upstairs to say Goodbye to my mother.'

A few minutes later, I get into the cab. 'Sorry I took so long,' I said, as we drove away. 'That stupid bitch was hiding under the bed. I had to poke her backside with a coat hanger to get her to come out! She tried to take off, so I grabbed her by the neck. Then, I had to wrap her in a blanket to keep her from scratching me. But it worked! I hauled her downstairs and threw her out into the back yard!'

The cab driver hit a parked car.