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No 34    28/04/2013
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May 4 & 5
The Tournament Draw, the Booklet and the Conditions of Play
are on our bowling website. If new information is received I will send you an email.
Links to each of the above are on the home page for non-club members.


Since this is my last newsletter for the season it is time for a little reflection. I am proud to belong to Bowls Taradale. While we meet principally to play bowls we are fortunate to be surrounded by people who care. When we come together our bowling mates are interested in what we do outside of bowls. When sickness calls so too do cards, flowers, phone calls and concern. The number of volunteers who promote our club and care for its grounds seems to grow each year. Visitors are made to feel welcome while new players are impressed with the hospitality shown them and they step forward willingly to accept responsibility.

Thank you, Committee members, for the long hours you spend on our behalf. You do it willingly, you sometimes have to make unpopular decisions but you always have the good of the club at heart. To the large number of volunteers; coaches, selectors, those who mark the greens, tournament controllers, umpires, markers, gardeners, groundsmen, gala organisers, maintenance people, raffle ladies .... and anyone I have forgotten to mention .... a big "thank you".

On a personal note I would like to thank those who send me articles to print, results to publish and photos to liven up the pages. In particular I would like to single out Colleen Ferrick, Les Stuart, Dave Jenkins and Bernie Morton for their regular inputs. A special word of thanks to those who go out of their way to tell me how much they enjoy the newsletters. I appreciate your reassurance and positive comments.

Over the next few months some will continue bowling, others will have a complete break and a few will head to warmer places. Whatever you choose I hope you enjoy the winter months, travel safely, hibernate in comfort and keep well.
See you next season. John

MINI TRIPLES - Friday 26th April
1st     G Gaut(s),A Gaut, K Holmes. 2.5 – 16 + 14
2nd    J Speakman(s), J Speakman, J Carter. 2.5 – 16 + 12
3rd     D Neilson(s), J Brock, M Downing. 2.5 – 12 + 9
Best last game
Pak ‘n’ Save Green: T White(s), J Toa, S Milligan. 6 + 2
HBSB Green: M Geldard(s), C Humphrey, C McGregor. 6 + 6
Yesterday HB Junior women played their Champion of Champions Singles at Bowls Taradale. Unofficially it was won by Heather Leyland (Havelock North) with Jo Wroe (Waipukurau) runner-up

Today it was the turn of the women's Champion of Champions Junior Pairs. The final of this event was between Port Ahuriri and Bowls Napier with the title eventually going to Bowls Napier.
A champion jockey is about to enter an important race on a new horse called Frankie. The horse's trainer meets him before the race and says, "All you have to remember with this horse is that every time you approach a jump, you have to shout, 'FRANKIE JUMP' really loudly in the horse's ear. Providing you do that, you'll be fine."
The jockey thinks the trainer is mad but promises to shout the command. The race begins and they approach the first hurdle. The jockey ignores the trainer's ridiculous advice and the horse crashes straight through the centre of the jump.
They carry on and approach the second hurdle. The jockey, somewhat embarrassed, whispers 'FRANKIE JUMP' in the horse's ear. The same thing happens, the horse crashes straight through the centre of the jump.
At the third hurdle, the jockey thinks, 'It's no good, I'll have to do it,' and yells, 'FRANKIE JUMP' really loudly. Sure enough, the horse sails over the jump with no problems. This continues for the rest of the race, but due to the earlier problems the horse only finishes third.
The trainer is fuming and asks the jockey what went wrong. The jockey replies, "Nothing is wrong with me - it's this damn horse. What is he, deaf or something?"
The trainer replies, "Deaf? DEAF?! He's not deaf, he's BLIND!"
This triples tournament is scheduled for Sunday 12th May 2013. Start time is 10.00am. Three games of twelve ends with team positions to change for each game. Entry fee $6.00 per player ($18.00 per team). Whites/Club Colours.

See notice board to enter.

Saturday 25th May 2013. Commences 12 noon. Two games of eight ends. Cost $7.00 per player-includes light refreshments after match. See notice board for entries. We also require non players who would like to attend the after match function to list their names on a separate sheet on our notice board for catering purposes. Thanks.
Commences on 3 May 2013.
Entries on the notice board.
Get your team together now and keep your bowling skills intact throughout the winter.

I thought all bowls should be behind the mat when you bowl. I wonder why there is a bowl on the green between Alan and Cheryl.


It is amazing how quickly kids learn to drive a car
yet are unable to understand the lawn mower and vacuum cleaner

The weekend saw HB clubs divided into two sections - half went to Napier and the rest were at Port Ahuriri. Bowls Taradale competed on the Bowls Napier greens against five other clubs. Bowls Napier club was dominant and won comfortably. Napier then went to Port Ahuriri in the afternoon and played the winner from that section, Heretaunga.  In the final Napier went on to win 3 games out of 4. Congratulations, Bowls Napier, on winning the District Shield.


Something unusual happened in a game of Fours the other day. The lead, the No 2 and No 3 had each delivered their bowls so it was time for the skips to play. Our skip’s first bowl struck the jack and it moved towards the right hand side of the rink. The remaining bowls were played then scoring began. When we were checking the head someone said, “I think the jack is out.” Both skips rechecked and agreed the jack was just outside the side boundary of the rink. What should now happen? Do you ignore the last few bowls? Does the result stand because both teams played at least one bowl after the jack moved? Is the end dead? Should you refer both skips to an optician?

Law 30        Dead jack
If the jack is moved by a bowl in play, it is a dead jack if it passes completely outside a side boundary of the rink of play.

The skips should decide whether a jack is dead or not as soon as they realise it is necessary. (If the players do not realise that a decision is necessary as soon as the jack comes to rest, the decision can still be made even if a number of bowls have been played after the jack came to rest.) If they cannot reach agreement, they should ask the umpire to make a decision.


                              NO ONE DELIBERATELY PLAYS A BAD BOWL
When you are skip, remember that the players in your team are as anxious to win as you are, and that it is bad form to remind any of them that they have put down a bad bowl. They know that equally well as you do - and it hurts more if you remind them of it by word, grimace or action. All bowlers, including skips, play bad bowls at times, and lose games, too.


                      BECOME A COACH
I sent out a flyer last week outlining a coaching course which is coming up in July. It will help you with your own bowling as well as give you skills for imparting information to others. The course costs money but the club will pay it for you

Bowls Taradale Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Sunday 9th June 2013 at 10.00am at the Taradale Club Inc.

The agenda is as follows:
Presidents Welcome.
Confirmation of Minutes 2012 AGM.
Election of Scrutineers’.
Adoption of Annual Report and Statement of Accounts. (Financial Report).
Acceptance of Budget and Subscription Recommendations.
Notices of Motion.
Election of Office Bearers for ensuing year.
General Business.

All members welcome.
NOMINATION FORMS are on the notice board for our executive. This is your chance to have a say in administering your club. If you need someone to nominate/second you please see any committee member who will endeavour to assist.

The current executive will table motions to alter the Rules and Objectives of Bowls Taradale as follows: part 2.4 –Subscriptions: part 5.15 Tournament Committee and part 5.1.10 Centre Delegate. A copy of these proposed changes is attached and will also be on our notice board. Should any member wish to table any further alterations to our Rules and Objectives please forward your proposed alterations to the Secretary (Bernie Morton) within thirty days of our AGM date.

The committee propose to recommend an increase in our annual subscriptions of $5.00. This would see our sub’s increase from $105.00 to $110.00 per annum. The proposed increase is largely to cover increased capitation fees.
Hetero Mini Triples. Commencing Wednesday 8th May 2013 and every Wednesday for six weeks.
Start time 12.00 noon. Cost $15.00 per team. Entries to Marlene Phone 8448590 or Marion Phone 8452425.

Trials/Training for International Invitation Tournament, Glasgow, Scotland.
(Colleen Ferrick) 

Local sisters Angela and Mandy Boyd are included among Bowls NZ squad members, for trials/training to choose a team of seven for an international competition to be held in Glasgow from 26th August – 1st September 2013.   

As the Commonwealth games will be held in this city 2014, the team selected for this event, will be given an opportunity to experience similar conditions that should prevail at the same venue, and at approximately a matching time of the year.  Logically speaking, to be chosen for this ‘trial’ team of seven, gives one a huge opportunity to be among those selected for the final 2014 Commonwealth Games team. 

John Hanlen (Angela’s long-time coach and mentor) has been assisting Angela with regular practices, especially using heavy greens, playing ‘corner to corner’, and instructing her on the style of play that is common in the Northern Hemisphere. 

The final teams selected from the squad will be announced in a few weeks, and without doubt, Angela and Mandy will be anticipating hopefully (and with much excitement) the prospect of both siblings being selected. 

It is interesting to note how the trend at international level is changing, especially considering that of the 18 bowlers at this trial, three players (all women) are over 40 years of age, a further 5 (all men) are aged between 30 and 40, and the remaining 10 contenders are aged less than 30.   The trial will be held at Pukekohe next weekend, and all bowlers wish Angela (& Mandy) the very best of luck, and we all wait for the naming of the team with eager anticipation – Go Gals, GO! 

The following players are included in the squad from which both teams (seven men, and seven women) will be selected.
Women; Angela Boyd, Mandy Boyd, Sandra Keith, Jo Edwards, Val Smith, Clare McCaul, Amy McIlroy and Lisa White.
Men; Ali Forsyth, Richard Girvan, Tony Grantham, Blake Signal, Chris Le Lievre, Shannon Mcllroy, Andrew Kelly, Danny Delaney, Greg Ruaporo and Mark Watt.

During the wedding rehearsal, the groom approached the pastor with an unusual offer. "Look, I'll give you $100 if you'll change the wedding vows.
When you get to me and the part where I'm to promise to 'love, honour and obey' and 'forsaking all others, be faithful to her forever,' I'd appreciate it if you'd just leave that part out." He passed the minister a $100 bill and walked away satisfied.
It is now the day of the wedding, and the bride and groom have moved to that part of the ceremony where the vows are exchanged. When it comes time for the groom's vows, the pastor looks the young man in the eye and says: "Will you promise to obey her every command and wish, serve her breakfast in bed every morning of your life and swear eternally before God and your lovely wife that you will not ever even look at another woman, as long as you both shall live?"
The groom gulped and looked around, and said in a tiny voice, "Yes."
The groom leaned toward the pastor and hissed, "I thought we had a deal."
The pastor put the $100 bill into his hand and whispered back, "She made me a much better offer."