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Newsletter No 2 - September 6 2010

It came to my "mind' (and that on its own is an achievement) talking to one of our very new bowlers, that we have been rather remiss to our newer members, particularly those brand new to the game. I am referring especially to the procedures relating to entry for competitions and the upcoming programme for the 2010/11 season and for this oversight I sincerely apologise. I am available anytime (within reason) for you to contact me on 844 0401 with any matters you are uncertain about. There is a club handbook available to all financial members and you may get one of these from either Maree Turner or Sue Brock. This outlines the competitions for the coming season starting Sun 5th Sept. Please also remember that the blackboard which hangs at the door of the clubroom should have the coming week's activities posted. This is normally updated every Sunday/Monday.

Lists for entry to all championships are posted just inside the clubroom door on your right as you go in. If you are brand new to the game you may feel a little hesitant to enter. This is quite normal and understandable, but please don't be frightened. These next 5 years (as a junior) are your absolute best. Go in everything you can. Sure you'll get the odd convincing reminder you are new to the game, but you'll also learn a tremendous amount that can only come from exposure to other people's ideas and skills. Remember the game is meant to be fun. Ask some of the more senior bowlers when you are uncertain of anything. In my opinion there is no such thing as a "silly question", if you don't know the answer, how can it be silly??
I will be running some "familiarisation" sessions within the next few weeks which will cover a few basic laws, but more importantly it will also be aimed at helping with manners and etiquette. This is not just aimed at new bowlers either as some of our very experienced members need to have a good look at themselves. Also coaching with Wilma begins on Sat 11th Sept between 9:00 and 11. However I do apologise for my tardiness and look forward to being of help in the future.
Craig Ennor
Overcast and cool conditions did not stop a good turnout for Opening Day. President Peter and Club Captain Craig each welcomed bowlers to a new season. What was especially pleasing was the large number of new members ("27" I heard someone say).

When the opening speeches were completed the youngest member, Richard Hocking, delivered the first jack and Max Sherning, the oldest, bowled the first bowl.

Two games of triples followed before members retired to the main building for a social hour and refreshments.


Just over half of the new members who could make it to Opening Day
Dave, Cameron, Bruce, Alan, Lloyd, Alan, Cheryl, June, Peter, Alan, Rex, Jim, Kelvin, Bill

Guess who missed the line-up?



Fri 10

12.30 p.m.

Open Mini Hetero Triples (Mufti)


Wed 15


Centre Opening

Sat  18


Men & Women Interclub - all Divisions


 Click here to see the full season's bowling programme - Bowls Taradale - Hawkes Bay Centre


Lawn bowls today are made from a hard plastic called Phenolformaldehyde, they are perfectly round one way and oval shaped the other. The bias is produced by making the bowl lopsided, however it is so minute that it can't be seen with the naked eye. When the bowl is delivered along its running surface, there is sufficient momentum to keep it running straight along its course. As the bowl slows down it attempts to find its true centre of balance, forcing it to curve. The running surface of the bowl is the part of the bowl which is in contact with the green when in motion. 

Every bowl has an emblem engraved on each side. One side has a small emblem with the bowl's size, weight, serial number & the manufacturer's stamp around it. The other side has the same emblem, but larger. The small side is the bias side. This means it is the side that it will turn towards when in motion.

Lawn bowl sizes range from size 00 through to size 7. Only 1 to 2 millimetres in diameter separates the sizes of bowls, the differences are small but considerable when gripping various sized bowls. 

WB refers to World Bowls Ltd.

R in a circle is a registered design of the World Bowls Ltd.

Initial [eg. N for Henselite] is the code for whom the stamp is issued - a manufacturer/tester.

The number is the year of expiry of the stamp.
eg.15 expires on 30-12-2015

Saturday mornings - 9.30 am
Wednesday afternoons (especially for beginners) - 1.00 pm
Further enquiries phone Wilma - 8440401

Bowling is a friendly game and all players should show courtesy and good sportsmanship.
Acknowledge all good bowls played by either side


Don't worry if your bowls go wrong,
and your wins are very few
Just remember that the mighty oak,
was once a nut, like you.

Russell Turner turned 70 yesterday.
All your fellow bowlers, Russell, wish you "Happy Birthday" and trust you have a great season.
Ian Mason from Waipawa has asked me to promote a tournament his club is running on September 11-12. Top NZ bowlers are taking part and everyone is cordially invited to go and watch them in action. In particular he asked me to promote this to our newer bowlers. This is a great opportunity for them to see the nation's best in action. Each day's play commences at 9.00 am.
There are a number of generous people in our community who help us in a number of ways.

Specsavers on the left is one such organisation.

Please support them if convenient - and don't forget to tell them you are from Bowls Taradale.

Good feedback is important.
A soldier stationed in Afghanistan recently received a letter from his girlfriend back home. It read as follows:

Dear Ricky,
I can no longer continue our relationship. The distance between us is just too great. I must admit that I have cheated on you twice, since you've been gone, and it's not fair to either of us. I'm sorry. Please return the picture of me that I sent to you.
Love, Becky..............

The soldier, with hurt feelings, asked his fellow soldiers for any snapshots they could spare of their girlfriends, sisters or ex-girlfriends. In addition to the picture of Becky, Ricky included all the other pictures of the pretty gals he had collected from his buddies. There were 57 photos in that envelope.... along with this note:

Dear Becky,
I'm so sorry, but I can't quite remember who the hell you are.
Please take your picture from the pile, and send the rest back to me.
Take Care,
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