Newsletter, November 2018.

President’s Message.

A month of great results for our club, interclub teams and those who have entered centre events have performed very well.
Congratulations to those who made it through to finals weekend.
Thank you Murray Scott for the website, it has been a great success, a one stop site for all the information on games to be played and results of games, which seem to appear as soon as the games have finished.
We look forward to seeing you all at our Christmas fun afternoon on Dec.15th at Donald Pl. Come along in your best Xmas gear and enjoy the afternoon.
On behalf of the executive committee we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Pam Phair.

The Elmwood Club Update.
At a recent meeting with the Chch City Council it was agreed that the CCC would appoint a case manager in the next few weeks to liaise with The Elmwood Club to help move the project forward. This will streamline the process and avoid the time consuming processes that are the norm for a project such as ours. Our project is activated and, once the case manager is appointed, the building committee work with them to undertake the work necessary to develop a concept design and apply for necessary resource consents. This will include the facility itself (stage one being the indoor bowling green), parking and access arrangements, heritage and arboriculture matters and anything else required during the consenting process.
Ainsley McLeod has been appointed as our planning consultant with other strategic people are being approached to help.
Chairman, Andrew Hopping, has also met with Ministry of Education representatives to obtain permission to have commercial leasing and liquor licenses on Crown land. MOE has agreed to this as long as any sublease arrangements are met with their approval.
Resource consents are difficult to place a time line on but now, with the appointment of our case manager, we hope to have all necessary consents obtained within 6 – 9 months and building on stage 1 to begin within 12 months. This may seem a long time but when compared to other projects in Christchurch it is relatively quick.
More information should be available in the new year.

​Elmwood had several entries in the various Centre championships events, with the most notable success so far being the outstanding effort by Bruce Humphreys to reach the final in the men’s 8’s singles, where he will play Phil Austin, of Halswell, at the end of the season. Although he had one loss in qualifying, he romped through with seven other convincing wins. We all congratulate him and wish him well in the final shootout.


Last year’s Centre singles champion, Jonathan Flint, must have been quivering when he lost his very first qualifying match, with last year’s beaten finalist Kerry Becks as his next opponent on the draw. But “Flinty” merely put his foot down on the accelerator and romped past Becks and routed his next two rivals to qualify for post section play.

It was similar for Rod Greaney, who lost his first qualifying game but he recovered to play outstanding bowls to easily win his remaining three games to qualify.


Our women’s singles entries were all in hot form. Sherrie Cottle, who was the beaten singles finalist last season, Chris Kibblewhite, Tania Woodham and Fiona Frew (all newcomers to the club this season) wore the Elmwood Park colours proudly to record a one hundred percent success rate and it is great to see our four entries qualify for post section play.

Likewise our teams skipped by Chris Kibblewhite and Lynne Browne were in top form to qualify for post section in the Centre women’s triples and unfortunately they met each other in the semi-final, which Chris won. Her team of Theresa Woodham and Fiona Frew will meet Tayla Bruce’s team from Burnside.


Last weekend, Greaney’s strong triple of himself, Steve Ditfort and Ian Rule won their way through post section to reach the Centre semi-finals, to be played at the end of the season. They will be playing Riccarton Racecourse with a very good chance of going all the way to the final.

Well done to Fiona Frew and Chris Kibblewhite, Lois Grey and Lynne Brown and Mary Ann Johnstone and Joyce McKinnel who qualified for post section play in the women’s Centre pairs.
The men also had success in the Centre  pairs with Gary Lawson and Jason Dunn, Stephen Ditfort and Ian Rule, Paul McKinnel and Don Baker and Matt Bassett and Liam Eathorne qualifying for post section play. Well done also to Bruce Humpreys who qualified under the Beckenham banner.

Congratulations to the two women’s teams that qualified for post section in the Centre fours.
Lois Grey, Lynne Brown,  Pam Nicholson and Joyce McKinnel along with Bev Morel, Sherrie Cottle, Chris  Kibblewhite and Fiona Frew. They obviously survived an early start and a long journey to Methven.
The hard luck story  goes to the fours team of Pam Rowley, Lesley Campbell, Mary Ellis and Tania Woodham who lost each of their three games by only a point, an extra end included in there, and had to face two Burnside fours of Tayla Bruce and Angela Boyd, both Black Jacks. A great effort.

Elmwood had four men’s players in the annual Town v Country match- up, ironically with two of them playing for Country. Rod Greaney and Matt Bassett, who both hail from Ashburton, were in opposition to Gary Lawson and Steve Ditfort but, on the day, Town was too strong and won nine of the  twelve games.




Well done to the following club members who have been selected for the Southern Quad teams.
Senior Team:
Men’s Pairs: Gary Lawson (S) and Jason Dunn
Men’s fours: Liam Eathorne
Women’s pairs: Chris Kibblewhite
Developmental Team:
Women’s fours: Tania Woodham

Quip of the Month.

Pete Smith was playing with Tom Doocey recently and was rather surprised when, while crossing and changing ends, Tom stopped him.
Tom said, “Hey Pete, would you like to play with my bowls?”
To which Pete queried, “Why Tom?”
Tom sheepishly replied, “You see, I’ve just played yours!”



Lost Coin.


Barry Milner has advised he found an unusual commemorative coin at the Donald Place green. He thinks it might have been someone’s lucky tossing coin and if anyone has lost it, please ring Barry (355 5885 or 0212218010) and describe the coin, so that he can return it.