No 17




As you all know from emails during the week Bowls Taradale has featured large at the Hyundai National Open Championships in Auckland.

Mandy Boyd, ex Taradale, reached two finals - Women's Singles and Women's Pairs
Angela Boyd, Taradale, reached one final - Women's Pairs (with Mandy)

Results From Hyundai National Open Champs
Genevieve Baildon (s) and Jan Shirley (Composite) defeated Mandy (s) and Anglea Boyd, 20-12 in the women's pairs final.
Jan Shirley is Morrie's daughter-in-law (that makes her a virtual Bowls Taradale member!!!)
Sandra Keith (Leeston) has won the women's singles title after beating Mandy Boyd (Johnsonville), 21-10 in the finals.

Mandy played indoor bowls from the age of eight, but only stepped on to outdoor greens in 2006. New to the outdoor game, the 20-year-old fine arts student began just in time to come second at the National Secondary School Championships – an event she went on to win two years in a row, in 2008 and 2009.

“That's what got me hooked. I came second and just thought wow, I can do this,” Boyd says, reminiscing about what got her into the sport after making it to the final 16 in the women's pairs today with older sister Angela Boyd (Taradale).

Six seasons on from her initial introduction to the game and Boyd has already made history as the youngest bowler to win a national title after her fours team took the top spot at last year's National Open Champs. More importantly, she has also earned a place among the country's bowling elite as part of the NZ squad that the Black Jacks are chosen from.
Seldom has Bowls Taradale had so many Junior bowlers on public display. So many of these new players are keen, supportive of each other and they put in the hours to improve their skills. Congratulations to all our Juniors for being what you are.

For some of our junior players this weekend was bowls at a new level - exciting for many, nervous for some, rewarding for all. Quite a few commented on the pleasure in seeing such a large number of Taradale club supporters. Their presence and encouragement meant a lot and I know the Juniors would want me, on their behalf, to thank those who came. That is what a bowling club is all about.

(Dave Henderson)
On Saturday 7th Jan the Tong Cup 2x4x2 tournament for Junior Bowlers was held at Havelock North.
Taradale was well represented with 8 Junior Teams representing our club.

The winning format was based around the top 8 qualifiers from day one competing for the Tong Cup on day 2 with the remaining 22 teams playing off to win 6 sections.

Unfortunately day 2 was completely rained out so the winning results were based on the top 4 qualifiers from day one. At the time of writing we did not know the final result but as there were only 4 teams that won 4 games on the first day, they will be the winners based on ends won & differential .

One of those teams was our own Lloyd Fitness & Bryan Godber who played extremely well to win all their games.
Honourable mentions must also go to Richard & Tessa Hocking who recorded 3 wins and Bernie Morton & Cameron Adams who had 2 wins and a draw.

It’s great to see our Junior Bowlers competing in these types of tournaments as the experience and confidence gained will be invaluable as we learn the game of bowls.

Well done to all our Juniors.


Mini Triples held on Friday 6th January
1st P Thomson(s), J Calnan, L Gillon. 3 - 21 + 31
2nd B Annear(s), G Weber, C Angove. 3 - 14 + 4
3rd K Ives(s), R Falvey, E McLaughlan. 2 - 16 + 16

M Geldard(s), M Rickard, M Fenton. 6 + 14(Game 1)
D Le Claire(s), L McLean, E Pearson. 6 + 13(Game 3)

Last Tuesday Ivan hit "one of the big ones"
(a birthday ending in a zero)

All your bowling mates
hope you had a very pleasant birthday, Ivan.

A lady noticed an old happy man sitting on his porch. “Excuse me” she said “I just couldn’t help noticing how happy you look. Tell me, what is the secret to your long happy life.”

“Well," the man responded, “I eat fatty foods, never exercise. I also smoke three packs of cigarettes a day, and drink about a case of whiskey a week.”

“Wow,” the women said “and how old are you?”

"Twenty eight", he said!

John, Rex, Jannie Peter, Margaret Jack, Allen, Dave (and John)


Success in bowls comes down to consistent execution of two essential skills.

·       Smooth release (rolling the bowl away on its running surface)

·       Straight lines (delivering the bowl consistently down the intended line).

"When introducing new players to the game these two skills are all we should be focusing on," says Sharon Sims.

QUESTION: An end is killed and one skip wants the bowls taken back to the end that has just been played but the other does not. What happens? Does the team that placed the mat have the choice? Does the team that killed the end have the choice? Is there another solution? Do you know the law relating to dead ends? 

Law 31        Dead End
A dead end is not counted as a completed end even if all the bowls required to be played have been played.

A dead end should be replayed in the same direction unless the skips or opponents in Singles agree to play it in the opposite direction. (If the jack and bowls need to be transferred to the opposite end of the rink before the end is replayed, they should be carried up the rink to avoid distracting players on neighbouring rinks.)

If the skips or opponents in Singles or the umpire declare an end dead, the first to play in that end should also play first when the end is replayed.





  • The person on the head has no right to tell the Skip what to do.

  • He may advise him if the head has been altered after the Skip has left it, but he must not control his play.

  • The Etiquette in this case is to remain silent until the Skip asks for advice.


Friendship isn't about whom you’ve known the longest  
 ... but about who came and never left your side.

A meeting was held for all our Junior bowlers late December to ready everyone and get them focussed for the upcoming Club Junior Championships. 18 members of our Junior Squad attended the meeting at the mother club and were treated to the following guest speakers –

Dave Stevenson (Junior & Senior Hawkes Bay Representative for 20 years)
Dave talked about the role of being the “Lead”, bowl positioning and practice routines.

Angela & Mandy Boyd (NZ Bowls Squad Members)
Angela & Mandy talked about their experiences with the NZ Bowls team and specifics they practise to ensure they stay in form.
Examples given were regularly getting their coach to review their action, practising with only 2 bowls to add pressure to practice sessions, having set criteria and specific goals when practising.

Graham Hocking (Hawkes Bay Senior Selector)
Graham reminded everyone to utilise the great coaches we have at Taradale, be it individual sessions one on one with him or the excellent Skills and Drills program that Vickie McNamara runs and the individual coaching that Wilma provides to all our new members.
These coaches have a passion for helping our club bowlers and are only too happy to help so please use them.
They will help you stay on top of your game.

Richard Hocking & Robin Oates. (Taradale Club Championship Winners)
Richard and Robin talked about the buzz of winning their first Club Championships this season and a bit about their background.

It was great to have such a good turnout for this meeting and our thanks go out to all the guest speakers for giving their time to support our Junior Bowlers, it’s very much appreciated.
The information and advice given will help make all our Junior Bowlers better players and our club stronger.

Dave Henderson.

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the sellotape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.  


How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my mum just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

Always put yourself in others' shoes.
If you feel that it hurts you,
It probably hurts the other person, too

RICHARD HOCKING (Report from Vickie McNamara)
Richard attended, for his first time, the Secondary Schools Nationals held in Christchurch, December 2011.

Here is an up and coming Bowls Taradale and Hawke’s Bay  player to be proud of for the future in bowls.

Richard had some runaway games, he also had several very tight games.  On the Sunday, Richard played exceptional bowls to come through the day as a qualifier in the top section. Richard  had to play Euan Wong from Wellington, a frequent, very experienced player to the tournament, and eventually the overall winner.  Richard took Euan to the wire, going into the last end tied, Richard was holding shot with his last bowl, unfortunately Euan had last bowl and reclaimed shot to win the game.  Throughout the whole game Richard and Euan were neck and neck, and you have to be proud of Richard with the fantastic way he presented himself, the great bowls he played, and the exceptional sportsmanship qualities he displayed through out this game, as every other game he played.

On the post section day, Richard again showed great enthusiasm and sportsmanship qualities, he played exceptional bowls to once again be tied on the last end with Euan, unfortunately Richard was unable to nail Euan.  Euan went through to win the tournament overall.

Richard has to be congratulated on the hard work he put into training for this tournament.  Prior to the tournament, Richard had three months constructive training /coaching where he showed great enthusiasm and desire to progress in his ambition to do well.  With his attitude and desire, Richard has the potential and ability to do well in the future of this tournament.

Final result for Richard, overall 5th.

Richard gained positive attention and remarks from other coaches of different centres, also some Bowls NZ officials, who were delighted with his performance and could also see the potential in Richard for the future.

Well done Richard, congratulations on your positive approach to this tournament, you made me proud to be your coach, as others were proud of you too.  Believe in yourself, and others will believe in you too.

Open Mixed 2,4,2
Entries to 8766405 (Bowls Heretaunga) or Lois 877-4717 10.00am Start
Thank you.


Don't forget the importance of the Special Meeting being called early next month.
Much time has gone into getting New Rules and Objectives of Bowls Taradale just right.
Have you read them yet?
Sunday 5 Feb 2012 @ 10:00am
Taradale Clubrooms

A travel agent looked up from his desk and saw an older lady and an older gentleman peering into the shop window, where there were posters of glamorous destinations around the world. The agent had had a good week, and the dejected couple looking in the window gave him a rare feeling of generosity. He called them into his shop.

"I know that on your pension you could never hope to have a holiday, so I am sending you to a fabulous resort at my expense, and I won't take no for an answer."

He took them inside and asked his secretary to write two flight tickets and book a room in a five-star hotel. The older lady and gentleman, as could be expected, gladly accepted and were off! About a month later, the little lady came in to the travel agency. "And how did you like your holiday?" the agent asked eagerly.

"The flight was exciting, and the room was lovely," she said. "I've come to thank you. But, one thing puzzled me. Who was that old guy I had to share the room with?"

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