Newsletter 21 -  12  January 2009


The next newsletter will be February 16                


Bowls Taradale Has Its First NZ Representative
Congratulations to Mandy Boyd who has been chosen to play in the NZ Under 25 Development team in Australia in March. Mandy has worked very hard, we have all noted her name appearing more and more in results this season and this recent selection is a fitting reward for her dedication and skill. We wish her well.


Men's Championship Triples
This championship which began before Christmas continued last Saturday. Teams skipped by Rolly Hoare and Murray Glassey started with two lives while that of Jack Halka, Lex Parsons, Frank Grantham and Phil Young had one life.  Keenly contested ends, the occasional bullet-like drive, careful draw bowling and the intelligent building of heads were all on display. The final was between Murray Glassey (Paul Selby, Johnny Ward) and Frank Grantham (Pedro Pedersen, Ernie Friedlander). Murray's side were a couple ahead going in to the last end, they bowled consistently well and deserved the win. Congratulations Murray, Paul and Johnny on a well fought championship win - with both lives still intact. Frank, Pedro and Ernie were worthy opponents and are to be commended on reaching the finals.
  Women's Championship Fours
Nine teams began the Women's Championship Fours last Saturday morning. The large number of interested spectators and ideal bowling weather made for a great spectacle and an enjoyable day's bowling. Don't be deceived by the smiles on their faces - these ladies meant business and the quality of bowling on display was a delight to watch. By day's end two teams were undefeated; those skipped by Mandy Boyd and Wendy Mitchell. One-lifers include Lois Hook, Sue Brock and Fay Johnson. When this championship continues towards the end of February Mandy will play Wendy, Fay will play Lois and Sue will have a bye.
Grace, Bernice, Brenda, Sherrill
no smiles smiles
Paula, Betty, Garth, Noeline, Shirleu
Next Sunday Colts Singles
The Men's Championship Colts Singles will take place on Sunday 18 January starting at 8.30 am
Entries for this will close on Thursday 15th Jan at 4.00 pm
Markers are needed for this event. If you can help please put your name on the sheet in the clubroom. Thank you

Final of Men's Junior Singles
At 11.00 am next Sunday 18 January Dave Jenkins and Dave Roberts will contest the final of the Men's Junior Singles.


Lilian, Doreen

Kevin, Frank, Ernie
What's the worst thing that can happen to a bowler?
He loses his confidence.

Congratulations Colleen
Your bowling friends wish you a Happy 70th Birthday



Positive Thoughts Are Important
You can influence your performance by your thoughts. Be aware of what is going on without focusing entirely on what you are doing.  (A pianist can lose the ability to play by focusing whole of attention only on what the fingers are doing.) The physical skill must be learned and practised until it is an automatic process. Worry (eg. about poor last bowl) tends to increase what might go wrong. Thoughts should all be directed toward building confidence and self-esteem. Focus on the task- the here and now.  Identify the task then do it.

The ability to remain calm and relaxed when the game is not going well is a skill that needs to be learned and practised. Some techniques that can help are:
1. Deep breathing
2. Breathing by numbers (in 1 out 2 up to 10)
3. Visualise a place of calm (beach, garden, lake, stream, a quiet place)
4. Progressive relaxation (centering, draining the tension away)
5. Adopt a passive attitude.
6. A physically comfortable position.
7. Self talk. Relax mind and muscles.
8. Think of a number, word or symbol to dwell on.


Mobile Phones should not be used on or around the green.


The Law


Sometimes after the last bowl has come to rest you think it might topple over and finish closer to (or further away from) the jack. Are you allowed to wait in the hope a bowl might fall over?

Law 40        Deciding the number of shots scored

  1. The process of deciding the number of shots scored should not start until the last bowl required to be played in an end has come to rest, or 30 seconds after that if either skip or opponent in Singles asks for this 30-second period (for example, to see whether or not a bowl lying at an angle will fall of its own accord within that time).

  2. If either skip or opponent in Singles has asked for a 30-second period, no bowl which is likely to fall should be secured during that period.

Graham, Denis, Les Chris, Basil, Johnny I had the money when I left home - says Bev

GRANDPARENTS (through the eyes of an 8-year-old)

  • Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of her own. They like other people's.
  • Grandparents don't have to do anything except be there when we come to see them. They are so old they shouldn't play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money.
  • When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.
  • Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.
  • They wear glasses and funny underwear.
  • They can take their teeth and gums out.
  • Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don't have television because they are the only grown ups who like to spend time with us.
  • It's funny when they bend over, you hear gas leaks and they blame their dog.

Wednesday Twilight Bowls (5.30 pm start)
The highly successful Tui Triples is going to be run again on Wednesday nights starting Feb 4th and running for 8 weeks. It is a great night for competitive or social bowls Ė what ever suits! Entries are being taken now by Russell and Marie Turner
6 Laurent Place, Greenmeadows, ph 844 9949 

To print off an entry form click here   Entry forms are also available from the Club house or contact Brenda Thorby at the Taradale Club.

Mates in Bowls
Bowls Taradale,55 Wharerangi Road
6pm--8pm every Thursday
For 6 weeks starting 22 January 2009
Only $7.50 per player per night
3 in a Team.   Team or single entry.
Contact to Register  Dave Jenkins (06) 844 0449


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.

Bowls NZ

Club Programme

Club Programme January
Fri 16 Open Mini Hetero 2x4x2
Sun 18 Men's Colt Singles
Men's Junior Singles
Women's First Year Singles
Fri 30 Open Mixed Earthquake Triples
New Bowlers Reminder to Year 1 Bowlers
The HB 1st Year Singles will be played on Saturday 7th February
ENTRIES close 26th January

Centre Programme

HB Centre Programme for January
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