No 14


This week's sponsor is "Team Auto Centre" at both Clive and Greenmeadows BP service stations. Mike and his team provide the full range of services required for both maintenance and repair, with the additional bonus of a 10% discount for Taradale Bowls Members. We are very grateful for Mike's support. He specifically asked that I pass on his Team's best wishes to all members for the coming festive season. Thanks Mike.
This weekend has been taken up with the Men's and Women's Hawkes Bay Triples

WOMEN - We had only one team competing (Angela Boyd, Sheryl Glock and Barbara Exeter) and they made it all the way to the FINAL where they played Heretaunga (Lynn Stowe, Colleen Ferrick and Lois Stewart). What a game and what a close finish. After 18 ends the game was drawn 17-17 so an extra end had to be played. Unfortunately for our girls they could not win that last end but congratulations on getting so far and making it so close. Special congratulations to Colleen, Lynn and Lois on a deserved championship win.

MEN - played at Napier and at Port Ahuriri on Saturday. We had eight teams competing (D Henderson, J Halka, E Friedlander, B Ferrick, J Philip, G Hocking, B Annear, G deRidder). As you would expect at this level there is no such thing as an easy opponent. Many games were very close with some teams (ours, for example) having to play an extra end to decide on a winner. Two teams made Post-Section play (Bruce Ferrick, Morris Williams, Alan Ferrick - and - Jack Philip, Ross Hamilton, Gary Heathcote). When I arrived in the afternoon Bruce's team was playing the semifinal against Ces Bell's team from Napier. The score was so close for much of the game with both sides drawing well and playing accurate upshots. Towards the end however Napier drew away and finally deserved their win. They played Bay View in the final. I haven't heard the result as I go to print.


Bruce Ferrick (Taradale) and George Ngamatua (Heretaunga) will play the HB Men's Singles Final
at Bowls Taradale
Wednesday 14th December at 1.00 pm


Bowls H,B. should be justifiably proud of their Student reps. travelling to Christchurch for this great event.
Players going to this event are from the following Clubs.

Bowls Taradale :
Boys' Singles: Richard Hocking (Taradale High)
Girls' Singles: Tianna White (Hukarere)
Girls' Pairs: Nicole Baird & Kelsey Smith (Taradale High)

Bowls Kia Toa:
Boys' Singles: Dean Drummond (Hastings' Boys High)

Bowls Heretaunga:
Brandon Weeks & Campbell Hay (Havelock North High)

The remaining players are from Manawatu and Gisborne.

Naturally we are very proud of our Taradale Junior Bowlers and wish them well - they have practised hard and have set their sights high. Team Mangement is also from our club with John Brock (Boys' Manager) and Wilma Ennor (Girls' Manager). Competition begins Sunday 11th December and runs to mid-day Tuesday 13th.

Results from the National Secondary School Champs
Round one has been played on both Papanui greens in Christchurch, and a brisk wind is proving no object to the young bowlers' concentration.

Girl's, Round 1 - Tianna White (Hukarere College) bt. Rosie Tate (Tawa College), 21-3
Round 2 - Robertalyn Bristowe (Onehunga High School) bt. Tianna White (Hukarere College), 19-18;

I also heard Richard Hocking drew his singles game against a very strong opponent.
Check out Bowls NZ website for more results

Morrie Sheryl, Russell, Lynda Dave, Peter

This event will continue next Saturday, December 17th, at 8.30 am
Seven women's hopes remain alive. Two lifers include Sheryl Glock and Angela Boyd. Players with one life are Colleen McLaughlin, Lynda Boyd, Sue Brock, Sherrill Taylor and June Taylor.
This event will also continue next Saturday morning, December 17th, at 8.30 am
This championship began with 22 teams and after four games the number had been whittled down to seven. Two-lifers include Bruce Ferrick and Ernie Friedlander. Those with one life are Peter Thomson, Allan Simpson, Phil Young, Don Neilson and Graeme Hocking.


To make a success of skipping players must have a lot of confidence in their own ability. They must be top-notch draw bowlers because more often than not this is the shot they have to play. If their draw shot is not their best and most consistent shot they should not be skipping. They must be capable of good trail shots, firm shots to rest bowls or push them through and must also be accurate drivers. The skip should only drive when they can afford to do so. Every shot must have a definite objective and if there is a danger that one’s own bowls will be lost then the shot should not be played.

The skip must try to get the very best out of the side. Stressing the obvious such as too narrow, too wide or too fast will not give the poor player who has played the bad shot any confidence. Skips must overlook poor shots and let the players know they believe in them and know they will do better. Harmony in a side is just as important as the bowls that are played.

Skips have to realise that every player in the side is doing their best. If they give the impression, by word or action, that they have lost confidence in the team then it is skip’s fault when the standard of play quickly deteriorates.

: Last Saturday a bowl struck the jack which hit a stationary bowl then rebounded FORWARD instead of backward.
a. Do you know what constitutes a dead jack?
b. What is the minimum distance you can have between the moved jack and the front end of the mat?

Law 30        Dead jack
If the jack is moved by a bowl in play, it is a dead jack if it:

  • passes above the face of the bank;
  • passes completely outside a side boundary of the rink of play;
  • comes to rest in any hollow in the face of the bank; or
  • comes to rest at a distance of less than 20 metres, as measured in a straight line, from the centre of the mat line to the nearest point of the jack.



Bowls should not be moved until the shot(s) has been decided.
Remember the loser must concede the shot(s) – and both loser and winner agree.



               VIDEO – GOLDEN NUGGETS (including NZer Jo Edwards)



The Irish have solved their own fuel problems.
They imported 50 million tonnes of sand from the Arabs
and they're going to drill for their own oil.


In this issue:
Jo Edward's Historic year of success
Change our image, grow the game
Membership recruitment
Future proof your club
Roadshow dates 2012

Click the picture


Lord, please
Keep you arm around my shoulder
And your hand over my mouth


They beat their breasts and cried out loud as they faced the northern wall,
Where the selectors had placed the team selections on the notice board was their call.

There were some that swore and some that cried and some who stood and muttered
Some were proud, some were coy, and others merely stuttered.

There were voices raised in anger, shrill screams split the air,
There were those who didn’t say a thing because they really didn’t care.

“I wont play with him”, one said, “He’s a bloody hopeless skip.”
And one who very quietly said, “It’s time I took my trip.”

There were many self selections, there were lots of “bloody hells!”
There weren’t very many who said the Selectors had done well.

The players knew who should be there, they knew who to pick,
Just ask them when you hear them say, “That selector is a $$##@!.”

Each year the tears get deeper as on the floor they fall,
From those who stand in anguish before the wailing wall.

Dave, Jim, Frank, Vickie "Someone's out of step and it's not me," says Chris Barry, Dave, Jean, Barbara

Through the pitch-black night, the captain sees a light dead ahead on a collision course with his ship. He sends a signal: “Change your course 10 degree east.”

The light signals back: “Change yours, 10 degrees west.”

Angry, the captain sends: “I’m a navy captain! Change your course, sir!”

“I’m a seaman, second class,” comes the reply. “Change your course, sir.”

Now the captain is furious. “I’m a battleship! I’m not changing course!”

There is one last reply. “I’m a lighthouse. Your call.”

The Trusts Men’s Singles Final
13/12/2011 7.30pm SKY Sport 3

ComfitPro Men’s Triples Final
20/12/2011 7.30pm SKY Sport 3

ComfitPro Women’s Triples Final - this includes our own Mandy Boyd
27/12/2011 7.30pm SKY Sport 3

Note: The above details were true and correct as at 29 November 2011, however they could change due to circumstances beyond our control. Please consult TV listings to confirm viewing times.

Bowls Taradale RULES UPDATE
At the last AGM it was agreed that a sub-committee be formed to conduct a review and revision of the Club’s existing Rules. 

This revision of the rules has now been completed.  Copies of the proposed new Rules and Objectives of Bowls Taradale have been given to the President of the Mother Club, and to their Honorary Solicitor.  Both have advised they are completely satisfied with the intent and content of the proposed new set of Rules. 

It is the sub-committee’s intention to call for a Special General Meeting at the Taradale Club on Sunday 5 February 2012 at 10:00am to discuss and ratify the Rules and Objectives of Bowls Taradale.  This will be the only business to be discussed at the Special General Meeting. 

Copies of the proposed Rules and Objectives of Bowls Taradale will be made available in the Clubrooms from early January 2012, as well as being posted on the internet.

An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard the other day. I could tell from his collar, veterinarian tags and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of. He calmly came over to me wagging his tail. I gave him a few pats on his head. He then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up on my leather couch and fell asleep.

An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.

The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot on the couch and again slept for about 2 hours. This continued off and on for several weeks.

Curious, one day I pinned a note to his collar reading: 'I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.'

The next day the dog arrived again for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar: 'He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 - he's trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?'

One club member sent me these cuttings during the week

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