No 27


MEN'S JUNIOR PAIRS (Held on Sat 17th March)
(by Kevin Holmes)

Four teams were left in the competition. Lloyd Fitness and Bryan Godber (two lives) beat Richard and Rick Hocking (1 life). Adrian Barker and Dave Henderson (one life) beat Alan Frame and Campbell Parnell (1 life).

That meant Lloyd/Bryan and Adrian/Dave played a potential final. Adrian and Dave won the first game quite comfortably, leaving both teams with one life. The second encounter (FINAL) was a very close game with only a couple of points separating them going in to the very last end at 13-13. Finally Lloyd and Bryan came out winners by two shots. Congratulations Lloyd and Bryan on winning the championship.


A week ago,11-12-13 March, RexDunne, Lex Parsons and Johnny Ward battled away at the NZ RSA Finals in Matamata. They missed out on the top section but eventually won their flight. Well done, men.

The Napier Junior Fives (interclub) are fast approaching - April 21,22. If you are available and wish to play please put your name on the sheet in the club house by next weekend. Teams will then be selected from the entries on the board. For more information please talk to Graeme Hocking (phone 8446907).
(by Dave Henderson)

Just a reminder to all Club Members that applications for selection in the Hawkes Bay Development Talent Squad close on 31st of March. If you haven’t seen them yet, details and application forms for this new initiative from Bowls Hawkes Bay are on display in the club house notice area - or you can download them from the Bowls HB site by clicking here.

The application form states that you must put your preferred position and that will be the position you will be considered for selection, this has changed and they now want the preferred position that you want to play, but this will not define your inclusion in the squad if you don’t get selected in that position, you may still be selected in another position within the squad.

This program is open TO ALL BOWLERS whether you’ve been bowling for 20+ years or 1 year. If you have aspirations to represent Hawkes Bay in bowls then this is where you start. Bowls Taradale would like to encourage all Junior Members to put in an application as you are the future of our club and Bowls Hawkes Bay.

These two events were held over the weekend. The women played at Napier while the men played at Taradale and Bay View (Saturday) - and Taradale on Sunday.

MEN: Eight of our junior men entered this event and three reached Post-Section play; Dave Henderson, Richard Hocking and Barry Gardner. Unfortunately two club members (Richard and Barry) had to play each other in one of the quarterfinals -  Richard was the winner. Meanwhile Dave Henderson had already reached the finals so that meant an All-Taradale Final between Dave and Richard - surely a well-deserved reward for their consistent bowling all season. Richard kept his cool and focussed after a drubbing yesterday from Dave, he played a wide range of quality shots and eventually won with comfort. Congratulations, Richard, on becoming this year's HB Singles Champion. Dave is to be commended on reaching the final and for the standard of play that took him this far.

  Richard (HB Junior Singles champion), Robin (Marker), Dave (Runner-up)  

WOMEN: Five Taradale women started in the HB Junior Women's Singles but all succumbed on Day 1. The experience gained by all who took part will be invaluable. Well done, ladies.

Next weekend we are hosting the HB First Year Singles and six more markers are needed.
If you can help would you please put your name on the sheet in the club room. Thank you.

(by Dave Henderson)

Our beloved Club Captain has decided to call it a day and has officially retired from Umpiring. Craig’s last official tournament was our own Club’s Men's Junior Pairs held last weekend.

Craig has been an official umpire for about 10 years and over that period has built up a solid reputation as a highly competent, fair and impartial umpire of high integrity. Having a drink with Craig after the Junior pairs, he mentioned that he was retiring and that was his last tournament, when questioned as to the reasons, Craig felt “Players only request an umpire when it is a tight measure and they deserve the highest standard. It was important to him that he got out while at the top of his game and not damage the image of umpires by hanging on too long.”

Well done, Craig, the club would like to thank you for your contribution to Bowls Hawkes Bay and Bowls Taradale and congratulate you on the high standard you set over the years.

At the end of a job interview, the head of human resources asks the young engineer fresh out of EIT, "What starting salary were you looking for?".

The engineer decides to shoot for the moon, "I'm thinking in the range of $125,000 a year or so, depending on the benefits package."

"Hmmm," says the interviewer. "Well, what would you say to five weeks holiday, 14 days paid holiday leave, full medical and dental insurance, a retirement fund with company matching to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every two years?"

The engineer gapes and says, "Wow! Are you kidding?"

"Yeah," replies the interviewer, "but you started it."

(by Dave Henderson)

The Taradale Open 2 Bowl Triples is being held on the 5th & 6th of May at both Bowls Taradale and Bowls Napier. This prestigious tournament has been running for 10 years and involves 64 teams receiving entries from all over the North Island and has prize money on offer up to $10,000. This is the 1st year that Bowls Taradale has run this event as it was usually run by the Mother Club (though we were fortunate that Phil Young & Jack Philip were part of the organising committee) and we are hoping to have good representation from our members.

There are 4 divisions of prize money –
Section 1 – 1st $1500, 2nd $900, 3rd $600, 4th $450
Section 2 – 1st $450, 2nd $420, 3rd $390
Section 3 – 1st $390, 2nd $360, 3rd $330
Section 4 – 1st $330, 2nd $300, 3rd $270

There are also lucky team / player draws from non winning teams which involve –
2 Lucky Team Draws of $100 and 15 Lucky Player draws of $50.

We are extremely fortunate to have obtained significant sponsorship from Princess Alexandra Retirement Village, TrustPower and the Taradale Club so you see there is good prize money on offer and a chance to play against some of the top bowlers in the North Island. Part of the novelty of this tournament is that all games must be skipped by a 10 year and under bowler.

The entry fee is $150 per team and while slightly more expensive than other tournaments, your entry fee includes a paid meal at the Taradale Club on the Saturday night for each player.

Entries close of the 15th of April and entry forms are available on the bowling club notice board. We would welcome as many Taradale teams as we can get.

To all our Junior Bowlers, here’s a chance to skip so ask an experienced club bowler to play 2 and take the opportunity to learn and play a different role. It’s a great weekend with raffles, giveaways and auctions so help support the club by entering a team, you won’t be disappointed.

If you require any information please contact Dave Henderson, Tournament Coordinator.

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck

Robin, Ross, Ernie, Jack Morris, Phil, George, Susan

(by Jack Philip)

The tournament for the Bruce Ballinger Memorial Shield had a field of 20. The tournament included 2 teams from Melbourne and a team from Hillcrest in Hamilton. It comprises of 3 games of Four's with a different skip for each game. 1 game of Singles and a game of Triples. 1 game of 3 bowl Pairs and 1 game of 2x4x2 Pairs. The Pairs combinations cannot be the same for the second game.

Points were allocated as such: Fours 11 points for a win, 4.5 points for a loss within 2 shots, 3.5 points for a loss by 3 to 4 shots and 2.5 points for a loss between 5 to 6 shots. Triples, Pairs, and Singles were worth 6 points. If a there was a tie, then differential came into play.

On the 1st day we lost our 1st game, which was 4's by 1 shot to Peter Selby's team from Melbourne and earned 4.5 points for a loss by 1. We then played 3 bowl Pairs winning 1 and losing the other, then we played and won our Triples and Singles. We finished day 1 in 7th position on 22.5 points. The leaders were Peter Selby 34 points, Tony Small 31 points, and Dave Porteous 29 points, who had Murray Glassey, Mike Issacson, and Tony Terry in his team. The 2 games we lost were to Peter Selby and Tony Small.

Day 2 we had a clean sweep, winning both 4's, and the 2 games of 2x4x2 Pairs. We played the third game of 4s, the last game of the day, in 1st position leading by 0.5 of a point, needing to win the last game, and hoping that Bruce Stewarts team lost one of their Pairs, to ensure we won the tournament. Lucky for us they did, they lost a Pairs and drew the other.

The tournament was sponsored by DB Breweries and Wayne Kirk Mitsubishi, and run very well by Paul Sorensen, Ken Smith, and Bill Edward. Lunches and Morning teas were provided by Bowls Napier, and covered in the entry fee, and they even got DB Export Dry in the bar for me.

The statistics on sanity claim that one out of every four persons are suffering from some sort of mental illness.
Think of your three best friends -- if they're okay, then it's you.

Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn't find a parking place. Looking up to heaven he said, 'Lord take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life and give up me Irish Whiskey!'

Miraculously, a parking place appeared.

Paddy looked up again and said, 'Never mind, I found one.'
Father Murphy walks into a pub in Donegal, and asks the first man he meets, 'Do you want to go to heaven?'
The man said, 'I do, Father.'
The priest said, 'Then stand over there against the wall.'
Then the priest asked the second man, 'Do you want to go to heaven?'
'Certainly, Father,' the man replied.
'Then stand over there against the wall,' said the priest.
Then Father Murphy walked up to O'Toole and asked, 'Do you want to go to heaven?'
O'Toole said, 'No, I don't Father.'
The priest said, 'I don't believe this. You mean to tell me that when you die you don't want to go to heaven?'
O'Toole said, 'Oh, when I die, yes. I thought you were getting a group together to go right now.'
Gallagher opened the morning newspaper and was dumbfounded to read in the obituary column that he had died. He quickly phoned his best friend, Finney.

'Did you see the paper?' asked Gallagher. 'They say I died!!'

'Yes, I saw it!' replied Finney. 'Where are ye callin' from?'


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.


QUESTION: During a game of pairs (2.4.2) one of the players forgot to play her 4th bowl. She walked down the other end of the rink and waited for her partner to play her last two bowls. Each team then delivered one bowl before the unplayed 4th bowl was discovered. What should now happen? Can the bowl still be played or is the shot forfeited?

LAW 47.4       Failing to play
If the result of an end has been agreed or the process of deciding the number of shots scored has started a player who has failed to play a bowl (either deliberately or accidentally) will lose the right to play the bowl.

If a bowl has been played by each team before the players discover that one of them has failed to play a bowl in the proper order, that player will lose the right to play the bowl.




Anyone can support a team that is winning

but to stand behind a team when it is down and really needs you

takes a lot of courage.

I find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think,
all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read
and all the friends I want to see.


WANTED TO BORROW . . . . . . one loved but currently unused dust-collecting exercycle. 

If you have an exercycle standing idle in the garage or back shed I would appreciate the loan of it for a couple of months to help with recovery following major knee surgery.  

It will be well looked after, unless it attacks me. 

Please phone:   Peter Turnbull   83 44 094            
Many thanks


As a butcher is shooing a dog from his shop, he sees $10 and a note in his mouth, reading: "10 lamb chops, please."

Amazed, he takes the money, puts a bag of chops in the dog's mouth, and quickly closes the shop. He follows the dog and watches him wait for a green light, look both ways, and trot across the road to a bus stop. The dog checks the timetable and sits on the bench. When a bus arrives, he walks around to the front and looks at the number, then boards the bus. The butcher follows, dumbstruck.

As the bus travels out into the suburbs, the dog takes in the scenery. After awhile he stands on his back paws to push the "stop" button, then the butcher follows him off.

The dog runs up to a house and drops his bag on the stoop. He goes back down the path, takes a big run, and throws himself -Whap!- against the door. He does this again and again. No answer. So he jumps on a wall, walks around the garden, beats his head against a window, jumps off, and waits at the front door. A big guy opens it and starts cursing and kicking the dog.

The butcher runs up screams at the guy: "What the hell are you doing? This dog's a genius!"

The owner responds, "Genius, my ass. It's the second time this week he's forgotten his key!"



  • All tournaments Mufti (except Ryman/Princess Alexandra)
  • All Tournaments Hetero
  • Friday Afternoon Triples really recommended
    (but you have to make an every week commitment to field a team)
  • Skips responsible for finding replacement players when necessary
  • Prizes allocated to Entry Numbers
  • All entries to Sheryl Glock 8432486


Sat 5            8.30    Ryman/Princess Alexandra (Qualifying)    

Sun 6            8.30    Ryman/Princess Alexandra (Divisions)      

(Special Conditions two bowl Triples. Skip Under 10years. $10,000 Prizes 
Sean Roberts 845 0215 for registration)                       

Fri 11            Noon   Hetero Triples                             

Sun 20          10.00  Classic Ale Sponsored 2x4x2 Pairs            

Fri 25            Noon   Hetero Triples                             



Fri 1             Noon   Hetero Triples

Sun 3            10.00  HBS Bank President’s Single Entry           

Fri 8             8.30    Hetero Triples                             

Wed 13         10.00  Summerset Over 65’s Pairs Qualifying      

Thurs 14        10.00  Summerset Over 65’s Pairs Qualifiers

Fri 15            Noon   Hetero Triples

Fri 22            Noon   Hetero Triples

Fri 29            Noon   Hetero Triples



Fri 6             Noon   Hetero Triples

Sat 7            8.30    Alzheimers Charity Fours    

Sun 8            8.30    Alzheimers Charity Fours    

Fri 13            Noon   Hetero Triples

Wed 18         10.00  Summerset Over 65’s Triples Qualifying

Thurs 19        10.00  Summerset Over 65’s Qualifiers

Fri 20            Noon   Hetero Triples

Fri 27            Noon   Hetero Triples



Fri 3             Noon   Hetero Triples

Sat 4            10.00  Lawson Robinson 2x4x2 Pairs

Fri 10            Noon   Hetero Triples

Fri 17            Noon   Hetero Triples

Sun 19          10.00  Junior 2x4x2 Pairs

Wed 22         10.00  Summerset Over 65’s 4’s Qualifying

Thurs 23        10.00  Summerset  Over 65’s 4’s Qualifiers

Fri 24            Noon   Final Hetero Triples 


Club Roll Ups every Tues, Thurs, Sat. 
Saturday 7th July will be unavailable for Roll Ups because of the Alzheimers Charity event


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