No 15


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The next newsletter will be in a fortnight - January 1st

Since this is my last newsletter for the year I hope each one of you has a pleasant Christmas. I was going to add the word "restful" but often "hectic" is more applicable at this time of the year. Some of you will be travelling, others will have visitors to cope with and all that extra cooking doesn't do itself. Nevertheless enjoy the time with your family and friends. Colleen and I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

I couldn't find anything very original for you to see or listen to
so here are two musical links I have used before.

Dominick The Italian Christmas Donkey
Christmas in New Zealand

A crowd of close on 50 people were entertained / mesmerised for two hours last Wednesday afternoon as they watched Bruce Ferrick and George Ngametua play the final of the Hawkes bay Men's Open Singles. What a game!! George got out to an early start (7-1) then Bruce caught up. Soon the score reached 13-13. George then had another spurt to 19-13 before Bruce reined him back once again to 19-19. After that Bruce decided it was his time to "spurt" and he finished up winning 21-19. Congratulations, Bruce, on a well deserved and thrilling Centre Championship win.
Boy’s Singles:
Richard Hocking: played some very good bowls with 3 close games.  Dean Drummond: 3 wins – qualified for finals – played an excellent game for 3rd place.

Girls’ Singles: Tianna White: played only 3 games and then felt ill.  

Girls pairs: (4th) Nicole Baird & Kelsey Smith: performed extremely well for beginner bowlers to qualify for the pairs finals.  

Boys Pairs: Brandon Weeks & Campbell Hay: showed improvement with competition

Despite cool drizzly conditions excellent draw bowling and accurate upshots from many players were a pleasure to watch. Sue Brock beat June Taylor. June is only a Year 2 bowler and is to be commended for getting this far. Sheryl Glock later on beat Sue Brock.

Angela Boyd is the only remaining woman with two lives. She and Sheryl Glock were playing a potential final with the score 11-11 when rain stopped play.

This event also continued last Saturday morning. Bruce Ferrick and Ernie Friedlander (both with two lives) while Peter Thomson, Allan Simpson, Phil Young, Don Neilson and Graeme Hocking began the day with one.

One semifinal was between Phil Young and Peter Thomson - Phil won. In the other Ernie Friedlander played Bruce Ferrick - Ernie won.

This Championship is now down to the final. Phil Young's team will play Ernie Friedlander's at a date to be announced.


Earlier this week we heard that the mother of Peter Townrow, our President, passed away in Perth. Your bowling mates are thinking of you, Peter and Sherrill.

Last Monday the final of the Gardner Shield took place. Bay View (Napier section) played Havelock North (Hastings section). Bay View teams won both of their games (21-16 and 14-11) so they are this season's winners of the Gardner Shield.

By my reckoning we came second in the Napier section.

What a day this was. Despite cool overcast conditions two greens were filled with close on 90 bowlers coming together to celebrate Christmas with their bowling mates. Two games were played in the early afternoon then we met and mingled inside the club. Four members won hams, others received baskets of goodies, one player won some whitebait and others received mystery prizes. Finally a shared meal completed a very enjoyable afternoon. Thank you to all those who helped make the day memorable.

Photos below were taken during the final of the HB Men's Singles last Wednesday
Bruce Ferrick (Taradale) v George Ngametua (Heretaunga). Peter Strother was Marker


 4 YEARS OF AGE  - My Mummy can do anything!
 8 YEARS OF AGE  - My Mum knows a lot! A whole lot!
12 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother doesn’t know everything!
14 YEARS OF AGE - My Mother? She wouldn’t have a clue. .
16 YEARS OF AGE - Mother? She's so five minutes ago.
18 YEARS OF AGE - That old woman? She's way out of date!
25 YEARS OF AGE - Well, she might know a little bit about it!
35 YEARS OF AGE - Before we decide, let's get Mum's opinion.
45 YEARS OF AGE - Wonder what Mum would have thought about it?
65 YEARS OF AGE - Wish I could talk it over with Mum.



If you want to maintain maximum concentration during a game of bowls it is important you keep up your water intake. This becomes even more critical when playing for lengthy periods. "A sip on the water bottle every second end" is a good suggestion. Avoid alcohol because it is a diuretic (increases unwanted dehydration).

A man goes to the doctor and tells him that he hasn't been feeling well lately.
The doctor examines him, leaves the room and comes back with three different bottles of pills.
The doctor says, "Take the green pill with a big glass of water when you get up. Take the blue pill with a big glass of water after lunch. Then just before going to bed, take the red pill with another big glass of water."
Startled to be put on so much medicine the man stammers, "Jeez doc, exactly what's my problem?"
The Doctor says, "You're not drinking enough water."

I have just delivered my bowl and when I look up I see someone on the next rink delivering their jack. Both the bowl and the jack are heading on a collision course. What should happen?
Do you stop the jack?
Do you stop the bowl? 

Collision Between Jack And Bowl
If a moving jack and moving bowl are going to collide - you let them. They are both redelivered

LAW 33.3     Jack displacement by a neutral person or neutral object
If a jack in its original course is displaced by a neutral person or neutral object, it should be re-delivered by the same player.


always great to talk to
always great behind the raffle table
Dianne and Sherrill
always great to play with
always great with support


When watching a game spectators must always observe strict neutrality.
Advice or criticism must not be given.



BOWLS TARADALE ON YOUTUBE (Brent, Colleen, John, Viv)
Some of you will remember that a few years ago I used my ordinary camera to take a short video. I wanted to see how difficult it is to put a video on YOUTUBE. Since then the video has had about 2850 hits. All I can say is some people must be pretty hard up for entertainment. If you want to join the list of pitiable, bored, uninteresting people with too much time on their hands click the link below and kill three minutes.

ATTORNEY:  She had three children, right?
WITNESS:    Yes.
ATTORNEY:  How many were boys?
WITNESS:    None.
ATTORNEY:  Were there any girls?
WITNESS:   Your Honour, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?

Ray and Russell Peter, Lex, Maree, Sherrill, Basil Lloyd, Adrian
To complement the Coaching and Induction sessions that were held at the beginning of the season and with the Club Junior Championships due to start in January, it is an opportune time for all Junior / New Bowlers to meet and discuss -
: The season so far.
: A review of your training and practice sessions.
: The upcoming Junior Championships. (Colts, Junior Singles / Pairs)
: The Junior Social Ladder competition.
: Answer any questions you may have.
: A review of Coaching and Practice Techniques.

With the above in mind a meeting will be held this coming Wednesday 21st Dec at 5.00pm for all Junior Bowlers, commencing inside the Mother Club initially then a practice session on the greens. You are sure to get something out of this meeting and the opportunity for Graham Hocking to look over your technique and help fine tune your game in time for the Club Champs.
We look forward to seeing you all there.
The Licenced Victuallers Association is holding its annual Women's Fours Tournament at Port Ahuriri on February 13-14-15. Salad lunch and afternoon teas are provided each day and they are included in the cost of $180 per team. Further details and entry form are on the clubhouse noticeboard. There is room for one more team under Marie Fenton's name (she is allowed two teams under her name). If you are interested get a team together and put your name on the sheet provided. For any more information phone Marie Fenton 8444208

A new teacher was trying to make use of her psychology courses.
She started her class by saying, “Everyone who thinks they're stupid, stand up!”
After a few seconds, Little Larry stood up.
The teacher said, “Do you think you're stupid, Larry?”
“No, ma'am, but I hate to see you standing there all by yourself!”

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

Time waits for no one
Treasure every moment you have
You will treasure it even more when
You can share it with someone special


To realize the value of someone special
you only have to lose someone special

The Fisheries Officer catches Frankie leaving the vicinity of the reservoir with a bucket of fish.
"Aha! I've caught you poachin' fish red-handed," says the officer.
"What do you mean, red-handed?" says Frankie.
"You've got a bucket full of 'em right there. You can't talk your way out of it this time."
"Oh, you don't understand," says Frankie, "I've not poached a thing. These are me pet fish. I bring 'em to the reservoir once a week for exercise. After they've had a good swim, they come back to the bucket and we go back home."
"Do ya expect me to believe such a tale?"
"I can prove it." say Frankie.
So they walk back to the reservoir and Seamus dips the bucket in and the fish swim away.
They stand in silence for 20, 30, 40 minutes... No sign of the fish coming back to the pail.
"Ha, ya lying rogue!" shouts the officer. "Where are your fish?"
"What fish?"

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