Newsletter 22 -  16  February 2009

Sorry you had no newsletters for a few weeks but a man's gotto do what a man's gotto do!!!  Stayed in Melbourne 10 days then Sydney 5 days and Melbourne 6 days - saw the Australian Tennis Open - visited every women's shop in the city (twice) - family from Sydney and Brisbane turned up as a surprise - experienced the hottest day in Melbourne's history (46.4 degrees) and the most tragic day Australia had ever seen -  someone sideswiped our car while parked in Wellington. It is comforting to arrive home safely and find our house has not been burned to the ground (as was the case for some of our Australian neighbours)


It is only about a month since my last newsletter but I now realise how quickly you can lose touch with what is going on. I thank Bruce M for the following list of club champions:

Men's Junior Singles - Dave Roberts
Men's Singles - Murray Glassey
Women's Singles - Mandy Boyd
Men's Pairs - Murray Glassey (s), Barry Hanlen
Women's Pairs - Mandy Boyd (s), Angela Boyd
Men's Triples - Murray Glassey (s), Paul Selby, John Ward
Women's Triples - Mandy Boyd (s), Angela Boyd, Tessa Hocking
Men's Fours - Barry hanlen (s), Morris Williams, John Hanlen, John McLaughlin

Men's Championship Colts Singles 
(from Bowls Hawkes Bay website)
Richard Hocking (snr.) won the 'Colts' singles against his 13 year old son, Richard (jnr.) Young Richard was 14 - 3 down, and fought his way back into the game 20-20, only to lose on a close measure 21-20. 

Results of the NZ Chartered Clubs Tournament at Christchurch.
(from Bowls Hawkes Bay website)
Two (as far as I know) Hawke's Bay teams are competing in this fixture - Taradale Club, Murray Glassey, Phil Young, Jack Philip and Ross Hamilton, and Heretaunga Club, Jim Riddell, Dave Porteous, Jim Hoskyn and Ron Glew.
Day One - was played in extreme heat of 43 degrees -our guys would be accustomed to that! Both teams won two games - from three played. 
Day Two - 
Taradale have scored 5 wins from 6 games and need only one win (from two to be played today) to qualify. Heretaunga won 3 from 6 and therefore cannot qualify in the Championship event - they will play in the consolation 'Kelly' plate.
Day Three -
Phil advised tonight, that the Taradale team lost the first round of post- section play.

Men's Sevens
(from Bowls Hawkes Bay website)
Bowls Taradale won the Men's  Division One 'Sevens' for the second successive year, with Havelock North also winning Division Two for the second year running. The winning teams were, Taradale - M. Glassey, F. Grantham, B. Hanlen, Paul Selby, Phil Young, John Hanlen and Ross Hamilton.. Havelock North- I. Nisbett, P. Rochester, N. Vetter, C. Harrison, J. Overend, B. Buchan, D. Palmer and R. Goodwin.   Super 5.s  Division 1   Wairere,  Division 2  Kia Toa.  Pennants  Division 1  Napier,  Division 2 Taradale, Division 3  Taradale.

Next Week Sat/Sun Feb 21-22
Champion of Champions Women's Singles - Mandy Boyd - @ Kia Toa
Champion of Champions Men's Fours - Barry Hanlen, Morris Williams, John Hanlen, John McLaughlin - @ Omarunui
Three Teams Required East Coast Chartered Clubs
Although entries for this have closed three more teams are urgently required. If you are interested please phone Doug Walford 8777251 for information of to make an entry.

Happy 70th Kevin (Jan 21st)

Your bowling mates
 hope your 70th went well
 and wish you "good bowling"
for many more years

Believe in Yourself
Occasionally we try to bowl like most other bowlers but our body stops us from using the correct technique. One high jump athlete who was different wrote: I was told over and over again that I would never be successful, that I was not going to be competitive and the technique was simply not going to work. All I could do was shrug and say 'We'll just have to see'. That athlete was Dick Fosbury who won an Olympic gold medal at the 1968 Mexico City Games after he invented a revolutionary high-jump technique.

Back To Basics
At the end of the day it is all about skills. The team or the player who has more skills than their opposition will mostly win. Bowlers need to become more aware of the importance of being able to perform the basics to a very high standard. It is all about the basics, knowing them and executing them. Only by revisiting them again and again in training sessions will the bowler truly establish the foundations for consistency of performance whereby their true potential in the sport can be achieved. There is no magic formula nor is there a quick fix. It takes a bucket full of self-discipline, commitment, passion and determination to be a highly successful bowler. Without these qualities the true potential of any bowler will seldom reach fruition and they will be left to wonder why. Good enough but not good enough.



Etiquette for Markers on the Bowling Green

"So if you would a Marker be
Then make it worth your while
To do the job quite capably
And do it with a smile."

When a player has delivered the jack the marker should centre it then stand back and to one side, ensuring that all rink markers are visible to the players.

He should answer any specific question (from the player in possession of the rink) about the state of the head. He should not offer any additional information that has not been requested.

If you are unsure of the situation don't guess. You can offer an opinion but make sure that the player who is asking the question is made aware of this.

The marker should mark all touchers immediately they come to rest and remove chalk marks from non touchers. He should also remove all dead bowls from the rink with the players' agreement. He should also mark the position the Jack which is in the ditch.

The marker should not move any bowls until the end is complete and the players have agreed the number of shots.

He shall measure disputed shots when required but once again he should not move the bowls until the players agree. If an Umpire is available then he may be called upon for a decision.

The Law

Did You Know Your Coach Can Help During A Game?
During a recent game of bowls one team had a coach who was able to give advice from the sideline. Did you know this is within the laws of the game? This is what the law book says:

LAW 57 The Manager or Coach (abbreviated)
Either the manager or the coach can give advice to a player during the course of play as long as: 

  • the umpire is given the name of the manager or the coach before the game starts
  • only one person gives advice at any one time
  • the person giving the advice does so from outside the boundaries of the green.
Who are smarter - men or women?

Three women and three men are travelling to Wellington by train to see a rugby match. At the station, the three women each buy a ticket and watch as the three men buy just one ticket. 'How are the three of you going to travel on only one ticket?' asks Margaret.
'Watch and learn,' answers Bill.

They all board the train. The three women take their respective seats but all three men cram into a toilet together and close the door. Shortly after the train has departed, the conductor comes around collecting tickets. He knocks on the toilet door and says, 'Ticket, please. The door opens just a crack, and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on.

The women see this happen and agree it was quite a clever idea so, after the game, they decide to do the same thing on the return trip and save some money. When they get to the station they buy a single ticket for the return trip but see, to their astonishment, that the three men don't buy any ticket at all!!

'How are you going to travel without a ticket?' says Margaret.
'Watch and learn,' answers Bill.

When they board the train, the three women cram themselves into a toilet, and the three men cram into another toilet just down the way. Shortly after the train is on its way, Bill leaves the toilet and walks over to the toilet in which the women are hiding. He knocks on their door and says, 'Ticket, please.'

I'm still trying to figure out why women ever think they are smarter than men.

Road Show Bowls NZ Road Show
Bowls New Zealand will be holding a 'Road Show' at the Taradale Club at 7pm on TUESDAY 17th February.  Phil Skoglund and Steve Beel will be discussing Bowls New Zealand's proposed new structure. For more information click
here. This meeting is for all bowlers - and as you will see there are some big changes coming up, with what could be some contentious issues.
Questionaire A questionaire concerning Roll-ups on Saturdays has been posted on the noticeboard. Some suggestions have been made and you are encouraged to add to the list before a decision is made. If you are a regular Saturday bowler please give it urgent consideration.

Club Programme

Club Programme February
Sat 28 Women's Championship Fours cont.
    Two teams are undefeated; those skipped by Mandy Boyd and Wendy Mitchell. One-lifers include Lois Hook, Sue Brock and Fay Johnson. When this championship continues  Mandy will play Wendy, Fay will play Lois and Sue will have a bye.
Fri 6 President's Charity Hetero Triples  @ 10.00 am

Centre Programme

HB Centre Programme
21.22    Sat/Sun   Men's Champ of Champ Fours
21.22    Sat/Sun   Women's Champ of Champ Singles
26         Thu         NZCT Triples playoff  - at Gisborne
27         Fri           NZCT Fours playoff - at Gisborne
28         Sat          Interclub 7's playoff  - at Gisborne

1           Sun          Intercentre Playoffs  - at Gisborne
2           Mon          NZCT Pairs playoff  -at Gisborne
3           Tue           NZCT Singles playoff  -at Gisborne
3           Tue           Mixed 2x4x2 Regional playoff  - at Gisborne
7.8        Sat/Sun     Men's & Women's Champ of Champ Triples
14.15     Sat/Sun    Men's District Shield
14.15     Sat/Sun    Women's Champ of Champ Junior Pairs
17.18     Tue/Wed   Women's Pennants
21.22     Sat/Sun    Men's & Women's Junior (under 5 yrs) Singles
24.25     Tue/Wed   Women's Champ of Champ Fours
28          Sat           Men's & Women's Champ of Champ Pairs
29          Sun          Women's Champ of Champ Pairs
29          Sun          Men's Champ of Champ Junior Pairs