Newsletter 19 -  29 December 2008


Not too much to report this week ... except ...

Some of us have had
too much of "the left"
and not enough of "the right"

These need to be reversed




You may have read the above article in the recent Bowls New Zealand Magazine and asked yourself what has this got to do with Bowls Taradale? Well your Committee feel that it is important to the future existence and development of the Club. One key issue is related to the future funding of the Club, especially in the form of grants from Trusts, without a well prepared Club Plan funding from such bodies will be difficult if not impossible to obtain.

Your Committee believe that it is essential that we produce a detailed plan to cover the next 5 year period and would welcome participation by as many members as possible in the development of the Plan.

If you wish to participate in the process you are invited to attend a meeting at the Club on TUESDAY 20th JANUARY 2009 at 7.00pm.

What I wouldn't give for a Tui
Allan, Kevin, Bernie
Finalists in Women's Triples
Mandy, Angela, Tessa, Sheryl, Barbara, Paula
All mouths are full - silence reigns
Johnny, Jack, Lex, Don. Russell
Mental attitude is more important than mental capacity.

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


Slow and Fast Greens
The speed of a green is indicated by the number of seconds a bowl takes to cover the distance from delivery until it comes to rest 27m from the front of the mat. On fast greens, where the surface is dry and smooth, the arc travelled by the bowl will be large so the bowl will take longer to cover the distance, perhaps 15 to 20 seconds. On slow greens, where the ground may be soft and the grass more lush, the arc will be more narrow and the bowl will cover a more direct route to the jack taking less time, perhaps 12 seconds.

The Law

Responsibilities of Directors
If you are in charge of the head you are called the Director. For instance, in a game of triples, the skip starts off as the Director then when it is the skipís turn to bowl the No 2 becomes the Director.  

This is what the Directors have to do.

  • The Directors shall make every attempt to prevent disturbance of the head by a neutral object, and may stop a neutral Jack or bowl, which is likely to displace the Jack or a bowl. The neutral bowl in course from an adjoining rink shall be replayed provided it was delivered on a bias which would have resulted in it re-entering its own rink.

  • Alternatively, the Directors shall have the option of lifting a bowl at rest upon their own rink which is likely to be disturbed by a neutral bowl in course providing that the lifting will not influence the result of the end.

  • The Directors shall make every attempt to prevent any disturbance of the head by a dead bowl belonging to their rink.

  • The Directors shall mark all Touchers of the Team.

  • The Directors shall remove all marks which indicate a Toucher from the bowls of opposing players if those bowls are not Touchers.


A carload of hunters pulled into a farmerís yard just north of Te Pohue. The driver went up to the farmhouse to ask permission to hunt. The old farmer said, "Sure you can hunt, but would you do me a favour? That old horse standing over there is 20 years old and sick with cancer, but I don't have the heart to kill her. Would you do it for me?"

The hunter said, "Sure," and headed for the car.

While walking back he decided to pull a trick on his hunting buddies. He got into the car and when they asked if the farmer had said OK, he said "No, we can't hunt here, but I'm going to teach him a lesson." With that, he rolled down his window, stuck his gun out and blasted the horse.

Then he called out to his mates, "There, that will teach him!"
With that a second shot rang out from the passenger side and one of his hunting buddies shouted, "I got the cow!"

Apply Now

Men's East Coast Chartered Clubs Tournament
March 11, 12, 13 2009 @ Heretaunga Club, Hastings
Bowls Taradale has been allocated TWO entries in this Men's Fours tournament
Our committee has allocated one entry to Ross Hamilton and his team (always a regular participant over the years)
The other placement is "up for grabs"
If you are interested please enter your team on the sheet in the club room
If there is more than one entry a play-off will be held (in week commencing 5th Jan 2009)
Closing date for entries is 31 December

Bowls NZ

Club Programme

Club Programme January
Fri 9 Open Mini Hetero Triples
Sat 10 Men's Champ Triples
Women's Champ Fours
Sun 11 Open Hetero Under/Over 10 years 2x4x2
Fri 16 Open Mini Hetero 2x4x2
Sun 18 Men's Colt Singles
Women's First Year Singles
Fri 30 Open Mixed Earthquake Triples

Centre Programme

HB Centre Programme for January
2.14      Fri/Wed      National Open
17.18    Sat/Sun      Mixed Open 2x4x2
24.25    Sat/Sun      Men's & Women's Open Fours
27        Tue             Women's Central Fours
31        Sat/Sun      Men's & Women's Interclub