No 24


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WEDNESDAY 29th Feb - 10.00 am

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Contributions towards the gala would be much appreciated. Cakes, biscuits, sweets, produce, craft and baking
 always sell very well.

We shall be in the MAIN LOUNGE AREA on Tuesday 
from 11.30 pm  till 3.00 pm

Cakes and produce Wednesday morning please. 

If you need anything collected
 please ring Maree (8449949) or Sue (8448548). 

A big "thank you" to the many supporters who are helping to make next Wednesday's Gala succeed. Your assistance has been tremendous.


We are proud of our four teams of champions that took part in the C of C's events this past weekend. The games I saw were well contested, the standard of bowling was what you would expect at this level and most ends were close. A large group of spectators must have enjoyed the bowling on display.

The best of our four teams was the men's triples team (Phil Young (skip), Frank Grantham, Ewen McLauchlan). They proved they were a force to be reckoned with in reaching the final against Bay View. Not only that but going in to the last end our boys were one point ahead. Unfortunately Bay View were able to get two points in that last end and won by one point. Congratulations Bay View ... but well done, Taradale, for taking BV right to the wire.. we are so proud of you, Phil Frank and Ewen.

MEN'S FOURS - Graeme Hocking (skip), Ernie Friedlander, Richard Hocking, Lex Parsons
WOMEN'S PAIRS - Colleen McLaughlin (skip), Del Girven
MEN'S TRIPLES - Phil Young (skip), Frank Grantham, Ewen McLauchlan

MINI TRIPLES RESULTS - Friday 24th February.
1st G Gaut(s), A Gaut, B Withers. 3 - 18 +27
2nd M Turner(s), D Girven, A Dempsey. 3 - 17 + 33
3rd J McLaughlin(s), A McClelland, B Jones. 3 - 17 + 27

Nominated Games
Pak N Save Tametea Green: K Holmes(s), D Jenkins, K Hook. 8 + 19 (Game 3)
HBSB Green: P Thomson(s), J Calnan, L Gillon. 7 + 16 (Game 3)

Outside a chemist in a busy street, a poor woman is clutching onto a pole for dear life, not breathing, not moving, not twitching a muscle, just standing there, frozen. The pharmacist, seeing this strange sight in front of his shop, goes up to his assistant and asks, "What's the matter with that woman? Wasn't she in here earlier?"

Assistant replies, "Yes she was. She had the most terrible cough and none of my prescriptions seemed to help."

Pharmacist says, "She seems to be fine now."

Assistant replies, "Sure, she does. I gave her a box of the strongest laxatives on the market... Now she won't dare cough!"


Goal setting can be a powerful process in helping you improve your bowls.
The following mnemonic (SMART) might help you set effective goals.



I want to draw 2 consecutive bowls close to the jack



Both bowls must finish less than 1 metre from the jack



Keep goals simple and within your reach



I want to be a better lead bowler for my team



Complete within the next fortnight


  • Do you want to see how good you really are?

  • Do you have the discipline to train hard?

  • Do you want to represent Hawkes Bay?

Bowls Taradale is a large club with some very able bowlers - both men and women.

If the information above interests you
and you want to read more

click on the small framed image on the right



QUESTION: What are the responsibilities of skips in a game of bowls?

Law 37    Responsibilities of the Skip 
The skip will have sole charge of the team and all players in the team should follow the skipís instructions.

The skip should decide all disputed points with the opposing skip, making sure that any decision reached is in line with the Laws of the Sport of Bowls.

If the skips need to check any part of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls before reaching a decision, they should ask the umpire for an explanation.

If the umpire considers that a decision reached by the skips is not in line with the Laws of the Sport of Bowls, the umpire should overrule that decision so that it is in line with the laws.

If the skips cannot reach agreement on any disputed point, they should ask the umpire to make a decision. The umpireís decision is final.

If the Controlling Body has not appointed an umpire, the skips should choose a competent neutral person to act as the umpire.

The skip should:

       be responsible for the score card supplied by the Controlling Body while play is in progress;

       enter the names of all players of both teams on the score card;

       record, on the score card, all shots scored for and against the team as each end is completed;

       compare the score card with that of the opposing skip as each end is completed; and

       at the end of the game, record on the score card the time that the game finished and then sign it.

       If a Member National Authority agrees to a scoreboard being used instead of one of the score cards, the skip of the team which won the toss for opening play should update the scoreboard and the opposing skip should deal with the score card

       Skips can, at any time, delegate their own powers and any of their own duties to any other members of the team as long as they tell the opposing skip immediately.



Greenkeepers put in many hours so that we can play bowls on a good surface and amid pleasant surroundings.
Take time to congratulate him on the work he has done and remember Ö
bowls should not be dropped on the green.



Compete against yourself and improve.
You have no control over what the other bowler does.
You only have control over what you do.
Be better than you were the day before.
Champions keep practising until they get it right.

There are about a dozen sets of old bowls down at the club shed. They are taking up a lot of space and it appears no one uses them. We don't know if they have been donated to the club or if they are wanted/used. Please check them and put them somewhere safe if they are yours. If they are still there in a week or so they may be thrown out. Should you have any questions please talk to Sue or Maree.
Peter Turnbull writes a newsletter, called "Jack-Up", for the Umpires.

It is full of all sorts of interesting and informative information
and is easy to read.

To see the newsletter click on each of these two images ->


At the Friday triples this week one woman who was a lead (can't remember her name) bowled her first bowl. It was a lovely bowl too with just the right weight to reach the 2m mark ..... then she realised she had not rolled up the jack!!!


This other person (he shall remain nameless) was a skip. His team was holding shot but the shot bowl was completely surrounded by the enemy. Wisely he decided not to use his last bowl so walked up the green with his third bowl. Those on the head removed the bowls and jack then were about to put up the score ..... but ... down the other end poor Jean S was standing patiently on the mat waiting to deliver her last bowl.
Black Jacks Development Squad Named
(Bowls NZ website)
Athletes have been named for the Black Jacks Development Squad. The 2012 Black Jacks Development Squad comprises Angela Boyd, Dale Lang, Kaaren Guilford, Chris LeLievre and Mark Watt who have returned to the squad with newcomers Sandra Keith, Amy Brenton, Kirsten Griffin, Lisa White, James Pugh, Nathan Glasson, and Scott Cottrell. The squad will receive coaching from National Assistant Coaches Raelene Peters and Terry Scott. An internal tour to take place next year is also being considered in which a team will be selected from the squad.

Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them ...
but do not let them master you.
 Hellen Keller

Adam and Eve said, 'Lord, when we were in the garden, you walked with us every day. Now we do not see you anymore. We are lonesome here, and it is difficult for us to remember how much you love us.' And God said, 'I will create a companion for you that will be with you and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourselves.'

And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam and Eve. And it was a good animal and God was pleased. And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and Eve and he wagged his tail. And Adam said, 'Lord, I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom and I cannot think of a name for this new animal.' And God said, 'I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name, and you will call him DOG.'

And Dog lived with Adam and Eve and was a companion to them and loved them. And they were comforted. And God was pleased. And Dog was content and wagged his tail.

After a while, it came to pass that an angel came to the Lord and said, 'Lord, Adam and Eve have become filled with pride. They strut and preen like peacocks and they believe they are worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught them that they are loved, but perhaps too well.' And God said, I will create for them a companion who will be with them and who will see them as they are. The companion will remind them of their limitations, so they will know that they are not always worthy of adoration.'

And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam and Eve. And Cat would not obey them. And when Adam and Eve gazed into Cat's eyes, they were reminded that they were not the supreme beings. And Adam and Eve learned humility. And they were greatly improved. And God was pleased... and Dog was happy.

And Cat . . . didn't give a shit one way or the other.

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