No 25


Our sponsor today is Sue Willsone and Tremain Real Estate. Sue's a consistent top seller and member of the $90mil dollar club. She likes to think that she can offer "sensible but sensitive service", is always happy to talk real estate and is pleased to continue Tremain's long standing association with the Taradale Club.

When you listen to visitors you soon learn that our Gala is considered by many to be the best in The Bay. Accolades such as this have to be earned. Congratulations and grateful thanks to the many workers and our special organisers who have worked diligently for months to make this gala so successful. Stunning weather, two full greens, an army of volunteers, even our very own "gala flag, and tables overflowing with tempting items all contributed to the day's outcome. Well done, everyone.

We have made a profit of $2753

If anyone is talking to any ladies from Hastings who were at the gala please tell them the vouchers they received from CURVES can be redeemed in Hastings.


Monday afternoon Bowls Taradale hosted 28 bowlers from Jersey. They had travelled from the UK via Las Vegas and the Cook Islands to Auckland then on to Rotorua before arriving here in Napier - and what a friendly group they were. Two games of fours were played before everyone moved inside to enjoy each others' company over a few drinks. Speeches were made, gifts exchanged, songs sung and even a little magic performed. The visitors came, they enjoyed what we had to offer (except the cool weather), several struggled with our superfast greens but all left as friends. Thank you, Jersey boys and girls.
When I began bowling I thought this was a summer sport - silly me!
Yesterday and today in cold wet "summery" conditions our new bowlers got a taste of something different. There was no complaining as each set about their task of trying to beat their opponent. While some will be disappointed with their performances others will be elated - that's bowls.

The women's singles was between Raewyn Cooper and Olive deRidder. Raewyn won one game and Olive won the other - that showed how evenly matched they were ... but ... you have to have a winner. Congratulations to both for playing so well in such trying conditions but especially to Raewyn on winning her first bowling title.

Twelve men took part in the Colts Singles over the weekend. When I called in before noon Dave Henderson and Chris Angove were the only players with two lives - but they were playing each other - and five others had one life. By mid afternoon Lloyd Fitness was playing Dave Henderson and Cam Parnell was playing Les Dunnett. Eventually Dave beat Lloyd and Cam beat Les. That meant Cam and Dave had to play a "potential final".

I have just heard that Dave and Cam had a very close game (21-17). When you remember that Cam is a Year 1 bowler and Dave Year 2 it reinforces what I have said all along. How lucky we are to have such calibre of bowlers among our Junior ranks. Congratulations to Dave for winning the title. Cam is to be commended for bowling so well and playing shots he is not yet supposed to be able to play. On the last end Dave had a toucher right alongside the jack and guess what? You guessed it, Cam took it off. Well done, Dave and Cam - and all the other bowlers who played so well over the weekend.

Next weekend Bowls HB will host the Men's Junior Pairs
We wish our men taking part in this event all the very best. It is so good to see you competing at this level. We know you will enjoy it and do well.
BOWLS HAWKES BAY - High Performance Structure
The following link will take you to the Bowls HB website with all the current information on the new High Performance Structure....

I am passing this on to you because it definitely worked for me today, and we all could probably use more calm in our lives.

Some doctor on TV this morning said the way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started. So I looked around my house to see things I'd started and hadn't finished.

I have managed to finish off a bottle of Merlot, a bottle of Chardonnay, a bodle of Baileys, a butle of wum, a pockage of Prungles, tha mainder of bot Prozic and Valiuminun scriptins, the res of the chesescke an a box a chocletz. Yu haf no idr how bludy fablus I feel rite now..

Last Monday the raffle for a set of new bowls was drawn.
Winner - Ann Gaut - No 18


If anyone says, “You don’t need to be fit to play bowls” don’t believe them. If you want to do well at bowls then heed the warning and do something about your fitness.

Most bowlers develop good leg strength from playing the game but often neglect the stabilising muscles in the torso which contribute to a smooth delivery. Good cardiovascular and muscular endurance means less fatigue, especially at the end of the day. Most bowlers use walking for exercise to develop fitness but a variety of other methods (jog, cycle, swim) can be used to develop endurance. Stretching for flexibility increases the muscles’ range of motion; this promotes ease of delivery and more consistency on the green.


QUESTION: Now and again you get disagreements among those measuring an end. Sometimes a player mentions the result then kicks the bowls away before the other player has time to agree or disagree. What should happen when you are deciding an end?

Law 39        Both Sides Must Agree
A shot or shots refers to the bowl or bowls (called shot bowls) which is or are nearer to the jack than the nearest bowl played by the opposing team or opponent in Singles.

No bowl should be moved until the opponents have agreed whether it is a shot or not, except where a bowl has to be moved so that another bowl can be measured.

As the shots are agreed, each shot bowl can be removed from the head.

Shot bowls can be placed in a group where they will not interfere with measuring.

If shot bowls have been placed in a group, the number of bowls in the group should be agreed by the opponents.

The skips or the marker where appropriate should be told (or have signalled to them) the number of shots scored in each end.




If at any time you feel like sitting down DO NOT sit on the bank as this is the official playing field.

The Future of Our Sport & Who Pays

It is well known and accepted that our sport, like many others, is facing tough times with declining volunteer and traditional membership numbers plus diminishing revenue streams. HOWEVER it is also acknowledged that we face our BIGGEST opportunity to truly grow the sport of bowls, on all levels, if we all work together . . . participants, clubs, centres, Regional Service Centres and Bowls NZ. Now is the time to address our issues and capitalise on our opportunities. With this is mind, and together with your local Regional Service Centre, we will be running a series of Roadshows from February to April 2012. If you or anyone at your club or centre is interested in coming together to discuss the future of our sport and who pays, to ensure the survival of our great game, then please join us. We would love to see you and hear your thoughts on how by working together, we can successfully grow our player and volunteer numbers.

20th March 2012

Hawkes Bay

Omarunui Bowling Club at 7pm

Several months ago a team from Bowls Taradale (Lex Parsons, Johnny Ward, Rex Dunne) won the Taradale RSA elimination round at Omarunui. This win gives Lex, Johnny and Rex the right to represent the Taradale RSA at the New Zealand RSA Finals to be held in Matamata next week (11-12-13 March). Your club mates wish you "Good Bowling".



Please try to remember that only flat soled shoes should be worn on the greens.
Some shoes have a ribbing - that is OK - but heels are not.

To see the latest copy of the official Bowls NZ magazine click the following link

ClubTAB $1,000 - Taradale Club
It’s the turn of the Mother Club to host ClubTAB $1,000 “must go” on Saturday 10th March. Entries will be accepted from 1st race until 5.30pm.


Wife : 'Do you want dinner?'
Husband: 'Sure! What are my choices tonight?'
Wife: 'Yes or no.'

Richard Hocking - Runner Up In Kitty Hawk Regional Qualifying Tournament 2012
Richard attended the Regional Qualifying, Kitty Hawk, Under 20 Single’s Tournament, held in Wanganui over the weekend of 18/19 February 2012.  This tournament is played annually for each region to get the top eight qualifiers, under 20 year old players, who will attend the Kitty Hawk Finals, to be played in Auckland over Easter Weekend, April 6th - 9th  2012.

Richard’s achievement was well deserved.  He stood up to all his opposition's challenges with confidence and poise.  Richard demonstrated excellent sportsmanship and manners throughout the whole tournament and is a credit to Bowls Taradale, Bowls Hawke’s Bay and all those he represents.

Well done, Richard, keep up the hard work you are doing with your training and all the best for the play off’s in  Auckland, Easter Weekend 2012.

We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds.

Life is not measured by the breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.

Today I wish you a day of ordinary miracles
  *  A fresh pot of coffee you didn't make yourself...
  *  An unexpected phone call from an old friend....
  *  Green stoplights on your way to work....
  *  The fastest line at the grocery store....
  *  A good sing-along song on the radio...
  *  Your keys found right where you left them.

Many of you would have seen this short one minute video before.
Three bowlers sent it to me this week so perhaps they are trying to tell me something.
If you want to see the video click

A concerned husband went to the doctor to talk about his wife. He said to the doctor, "I think my wife is deaf because she never hears me the first time and always asks me to repeat things."

"Well," the doctor replied, "go home tonight, stand about 15 feet from her, and say something. If she doesn't reply, move five feet closer and say it again. Keep doing this until we get an idea about the severity of her deafness."

The husband went home and did exactly as the doctor had instructed. He started off 15 feet from his wife in the kitchen as she was peeling some garlic.

He said, "Myrtle, what's for dinner?"

He heard no response. He moved five feet closer and asked again. No reply. He moved five feet closer. Still no reply.

He finally got fed up and moved right behind her, about an inch away, and asked again, "Myrtle, what's for dinner?"

She replied, "For the fourth time, vegetable stew!"

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