Bowls Taradale

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

Our Sponsor this week is Cafe Orbit in Gloucester St. right next door to the Greenmeadows Pharmacy. Spoil yourself. Get the real cafe "buzz". Owner Brendon Blake does all his own cooking and his sea food chowder is a real "top seller". He also specialises in take away salads, such as Roast veg. with feta, Broccoli, Bacon, Greek and Pasta salads. Makes you hungry just reading about it. Give Brendon your support, the same way he supports us.

Newsletter No 6 - October 2nd 2011

Last Saturday and Sunday Bowls Taradale was the Headquarters for the first Centre Tournament of the season. Ten pairs from our club took part in the Open Mixed 2.4.2 pairs which were played on Saturday at Taradale, Napier and Havelock North. Teams with the highest 16 scores played on Sunday at our club where they formed Division 1. We had two teams in Division 1 - Bruce and Colleen Ferrick .. and .. Lex Parsons and Barbara Exeter. The final was between Dave Stevenson and N Grimshaw ... don't know the result. In Havelock North our very own Gary Heathcote and Peg O'Dowd won the consolation event - well done!
Mini Triples Held on the 30th September.

1st K Ives(s), R Falvey, E McLauchan. 3 - 17 + 16
2nd T McGurk(s), S Hampton, L Hampton 3 - 16 + 21
3rd P Thomson(s), J Calnan, L Gillon. 3 - 16 + 7

Pack & Save Tamatea Green
W Parker(s), C Wilson, C Ireland. 5 + 7 (Game1)

HBSB Green
E Friedlander(s), J Ward, W Whyte. 7 + 15 (Game2)
Next Saturday sees the start of the Men's Championship Singles. Since my time with the club I have never seen so many entries in one event (44 last Thursday) - it must surely be both a record and a healthy sign for Bowls Taradale. Members can take pride in their contribution to the good spirit, sound management, dedicated coaching, professional care of the greens and the many other factors that help attract, involve and retain members.
As next weekend is the start of our men's open singles and we have had such great entries, both greens will be required for competition play. Consequently there will be no "roll up" at our club. Bowls Napier have kindly offered us the opportunity to join them for a friendly afternoon if you would like to try a different playing surface. Many of our newer members have not had the experience of natural greens and may like to take up the offer from Bowls Napier. If you do, names need to be in by 12:45. Dress is mufti.
NZ Bowls has been invited to attend the Malaysian Open Bowls Invitation Tournament and has sent a young team as part of their Development Programme. Our own Angela Boyd has been selected to go and participate in the NZ Singles and Mixed Pairs as continuation of her progress in the NZ Development Squad which she was selected for last year. This is a very prestigious tournament with $10,000 prize money on offer and we’re sure Angela will do herself proud and wish her all the very best for the tournament and her ongoing NZ Bowls selection. Angela’s first game is on Monday 3rd October. (Dave Henderson)

For the first time our website has scored more than 1000 hits in one month. We have been in the 900's before but that was only when you added all countries together.



Sherrill, Diane, Wanda Shirley says to Adrian,
"You take this and I'll take that."
Dave and Bert
Hawkes Bay Senior Men's team to play Kapiti at Palmerston North, Monday October 24th
Singles - Paul Sorenson and Paul Harrison
Pairs - Mark Stevenson and Ben Sail         Tony Terry and Frank Grantham
Fours - Dave Stevenson, Ian Mason, Barry Wakely, Ken Robson
Jim Bentley, Phil Young, Joe Johansen, Richard Hocking


Plural Membership – a word of warning. 

Being an Umpire is an interesting job in that, as well as assisting bowlers with tricky little measures on the green, we get asked a wide variety of questions, adjudicate on little problems, and most intriguing of all, we get to hear of interesting issues involving various clubs and their members. 

One such issue has just been brought to my attention - that of plural membership and the offer of ‘cheap’ subscriptions by the second Club.  Some people seem to have been misinformed about some of the regulations surrounding plural memberships. 

According to the Rules and the Constitution of Bowls New Zealand, a person can belong to two clubs.  Right so far.  If they want to play in each Club’s Championships then I understand that the rules of each Club would require them to be fully paid up financial members of each club.  This means that the Capitation Fee MUST be paid by each Club for that member. 

If what I hear is correct, and this has been confirmed to me by several sources, that members of one Club are being enticed to join a second Club with reduced subscriptions being ‘offered’  - because the second Club is not paying their Capitation Fee.

Be wary - very very wary.   This is NOT allowed. 

Every Club MUST pay capitation Fees on ALL their members, regardless of whether the bowler has already had a Capitation Fee paid by the first Club. 

I have heard that the logic being applied by the second Club is something along the lines – Well, it’s already been paid by their original Club.   

Sorry – wrong. The second Club cannot get away with not paying the Capitation Fee. Membership returns to BNZ are perused and if a winner came through from the second Club and was not on the return then all sorts of problems for the whole Club may occur, with possible instructions to their Centre from BNZ not to accept any entries from that Club. 

So if you decide to play for a second Club, and through your naturally good bowling skills you progress through to win their Championship in a discipline, and your Capitation Fee has not been paid by the second Club, it may be a hollow victory that leads nowhere.  

I hope this clarifies the matter of Capitation Fees. If you have any questions or wish to discuss it further please contact me. 

Peter Turnbull
Chair: Regional Umpires Development Team
Bowls New Zealand Umpires Committee Member. 

Paddy shouts frantically into the phone, "My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart!"

"Is this her first child?" asks the Doctor.

"No", shouts Paddy, "this is her husband!"


Melamine - is used to make lawn bowls
Composed of nitrogen, carbon and hydrogen, melamine was invented in the 1830s by a German scientist and came into fashion as a material used to make plastics and laminates in the late 1930s. When combined with formaldehyde and exposed to extreme heat, melamine creates a moldable material that, when cooled, is virtually unbreakable.

If you have ever wondered how bowls are made watch this short video (you need broadband)
Click the link

As summer is approaching (I've been told that's the case) we are starting our greens watering programme. For those newer members who have not yet seen the watering system in operation we probably need to advise you that a watering programme is vital to the greens to ensure consistency of green speed and accuracy. The system is an automatic one that is programmed (not always successfully) to come on in the early hours of the morning, for a given period and maintain the moisture levels required. This necessitates a central hose being left out by the last people to leave the greens. The only way we can ensure that these hoses are out is for the last person to leave the greens at night, whether that be competition or practice, making sure that the hoses are out. If you are unsure as to whether they were out prior to you starting, check with those still there, or ask Allen Boardman. Your cooperation in this is most important. (Craig)

Hand your opponent’s bowl to him/her or place it next to the mat.
Stand at least 1 metre behind the mat.
The bowls should be to the rear and side of the mat.
If the bowls are directly behind the mat they can be a danger to those players who step back after delivering a bowl.
There should not be too much talking behind the mat – it can disrupt the player’s concentration.

Place anchor foot (R foot if a right hander) on centre of mat pointing along delivery line
Place lead foot (L foot) adjacent and parallel to anchor foot
Feet are hip-width apart and weight evenly distributed
Shoulders and hips square to the intended line
Body relaxed and upright
Anchor foot remains on mat during delivery
Most of the weight transfers to the lead foot as you step out to bowl

·       Arm follows along intended line of delivery with palm to heaven and head still

·       Lock the wrist and elbow 

·       Left forearm (or hand) slides down left thigh

·       Stay low during delivery with body moving forward after you release the bowl 

·       Transfer weight to front foot

Morrie puts down the first bowl of the season Ivan and Bryan Alan and Lloyd


Paddy goes to the vet with his goldfish

"I think it's got epilepsy" he tells the vet.

Vet takes a look and says "It seems calm enough to me".

Paddy says, "I haven't taken it out of the bowl yet".

Good humour is a tonic for mind and body.
It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression.
It is a business asset.
It attracts and keeps friends.
It lightens human burdens.
It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.

QUESTION: Last weekend the umpire had to use a long tape measure to see if the jack was the correct minimum distance. What is the shortest legal distance from the centre front of the mat to the jack?   (a) 19m   (b) 21m   (c) 23m   (d) 25m 

Law 23        Improper delivery of the jack

The jack has been improperly delivered if it comes to rest less than 23 metres from the mat line after the jack has been centred

A Catholic priest and a nun were taking a rare afternoon off and enjoying a round of golf.

The priest stepped up to the first tee and took a mighty swing. He missed the ball entirely and said "Shit, I missed."

The good Sister told him to watch his language.

On his next swing, he missed again. "Shit, I missed."

"Father, I'm not going to play with you if you keep swearing," the nun said tartly..

The priest promised to do better and the round continued.

On the 4th tee, he misses again. The usual comment followed.

Sister is really mad now and says, "Father John, God is going to strike you dead if you keep swearing like that."

On the next tee, Father John swings, misses the ball again and says "Shit, I missed."

A terrible rumble is heard and a gigantic bolt of lightning comes out of the sky, striking Sister Marie dead in her tracks.

And from the sky comes a booming voice ......

"Shit, I missed."

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