Bowls Taradale

55 Wharerangi Road, Napier, NZ 
Ph (06) 8442088     Fax (06) 8442031

Newsletter No 2 - September 4th 2011


I don't know whether we were celebrating the end of last season or the start of the new one but the 90 or so people who attended the Captain's Dinner last Tuesday evening thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We had a great meal, the live music was pleasant without being intrusive and the entertainment (jokes, quiz, banjo playing and singing) from Peter, Clive and Val was right up to the standard we expect of our skilled MC and musicians. Special thanks to Peter Fletcher, Val Ives, Clive Weir, Craig Ennor and anyone else who helped make the evening such a success.

and all the others who helped produce our Handbook
Things like this just don't happen without heaps of work.
Well done!!!!!!!!!!!
Sunny weather, albeit a little cool, greeted the many who took part in Opening Day bowling celebrations. Two games followed by a social hour and finger food was enjoyed by a very large number of bowlers. A special welcome was given to our many new bowlers. All the signs are there for an outstanding season.

Happy birthday Bryan and Russell

Kevin ticks - Peter tags Adrian and Shirley at the raffle table
Some photos don't need a caption Peter, Brian, John, Michael Vickie and Fay


Some of you will not know (others may have forgotten) that Andrew Buckley, our bowling chef, collects and recycles metal cans and any other metal (even your old gold!!!). The money he gets from selling the metal is used to grow vegetables for the Over 60's Christmas Dinner.  If you can help Andrew please use the bins he has provided alongside the bowling shed. Thank you.

Bowling is a friendly game and all players should show courtesy and good sportsmanship.
Acknowledge all good bowls played by either side


One Sunday a farmer went to church. When he entered, he saw that he and the preacher were the only ones present. The preacher asked the farmer if he wanted him to go ahead and preach.

The farmer said, "I'm not too smart, but if I went to feed my cattle and only one showed up, I'd feed him." So the minister began his sermon.

One hour passed, then two hours, then two-and-a-half hours. The preacher finally finished and came down to ask the farmer how he had liked the sermon.

The farmer answered slowly, "Well, I'm not very smart, but if I went to feed my cattle and only one showed up, I sure wouldn't feed him all the hay."


If you are a new bowler you are usually keen to play as much bowls as you can, experience different playing surfaces and meet other bowlers. However you don't always feel comfortable asking the more experienced players if you could join them to play in tournaments. "More experienced players" please keep our newer members in mind when making up your teams - a nod in their direction would be greatly appreciated.

Lawn bowls today are made from a hard plastic called Phenolformaldehyde, they are perfectly round one way and oval shaped the other. The bias is produced by making the bowl lopsided, however it is so minute that it can't be seen with the naked eye. When the bowl is delivered along its running surface, there is sufficient momentum to keep it running straight along its course. As the bowl slows down it attempts to find its true centre of balance, forcing it to curve. The running surface of the bowl is the part of the bowl which is in contact with the green when in motion. 

Every bowl has an emblem engraved on each side. One side has a small emblem with the bowl's size, weight, serial number & the manufacturer's stamp around it. The other side has the same emblem, but larger. The small side is the bias side. This means it is the side that it will turn towards when in motion.

Lawn bowl sizes range from size 00 through to size 7. Only 1 to 2 millimetres in diameter separates the sizes of bowls, the differences are small but considerable when gripping various sized bowls. 

I have added the women's interclub 7's teams to those of the men's 7's and triples.
You can access all the teams from the home page where there is an "INTERCLUB TEAMS" link just like this one
Please add the following information to your handbook
Bert Fallowfield, first year bowler ph. 844 3317
Ken Moroney 10+ yrs 844 7279
Bryan Godber's landline is 844 3015
John Calnan has kindly offered his services to train any Junior Bowlers who are interested in learning the art of “Marking Games”. There will be 2 courses held on this coming Wed 7th Sept & Sun 11th Sept commencing at 09.30am at the Taradale Bowling Club.

These courses will run for approximately 1 hour and will cover all aspects of Marking a game of Bowls;
Procedures that Markers must follow,
How to Answer questions,
How to fill in Score Cards / Score Boards,
What to do in any given situation.

With our club requirements being that bowlers must make themselves available to mark games once their championship game is finished, all bowlers will find these courses extremely educational and will add confidence to your game. While these courses are mainly for New and Junior Bowlers all club members are welcome.
Dave Henderson.
As many of you will know the "window notice board" is used to display matters of bowling interest for the upcoming week - rollup days and times, special tournaments, etc. Try to look at this each week to keep abreast of what is going on.

If you want your dreams to come true, you mustn't oversleep. 

Your mind is like a functions only when open.

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.


Main changes are:-
LENGTH OF GAMES (Law 16.1.3 and 16.2.3) at present, Triples games are 18 ends, regardless of whether it’s two or three bowls. This is to change so that two bowls games will remain at 18 ends, but three bowl triples will be fifteen ends.

OPTION TO GIVE MAT AND JACK AWAY (Law 18.4) this option will no longer be available. The winner of an end will have to play first in the following end.

SCORE CARD AND DUTIES OF A SKIP (Law 37) The Skip will now keep the score card in all disciplines.


"How was your game, dear?" asked Jack's wife, Tracy.
"Well, I was hitting pretty well, but my eyesight's got so bad I couldn't see where the ball went," he answered.
"But you're 75 years old, Jack!" admonished his wife, "Why don't you take my brother Scott along?"
"But he's 85 and doesn't play golf anymore," protested Jack.
"But he's got perfect eyesight. He would watch the ball for you," Tracy pointed out.
The next day Jack teed off with Scott looking on. Jack swung and the ball disappeared down the middle of the fairway.
"Do you see it?" asked Jack.
"Yup," Scott answered.
"Well, where is it?" yelled Jack, peering off into the distance.
"I forget."

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