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Bowls3Fie to return with a new look.

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Playing Programme Review Panel.

Once again at the conclusion of the season Bowls Canterbury will be putting together a playing programme review panel.

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Have your say!
There are two ways to get involved:
1. Become a member of a 10 person panel to discuss the submissions
2. Submit a written proposal for the panel to consider
• Applications to be a member of the panel to be received by Bowls Canterbury by 5pm Tuesday, 30th April, 2019. Apply by telephone, letter,
or email to
• Written submissions for the panel to consider to be received by Bowls Canterbury by 5pm Tuesday, 30th April, 2019. Submission can be by letter
or email to
• Panel will be appointed by Thursday, 2nd May, 2019.
• Panel will meet at 10am on Friday, 3rd May, 2019. (venue TBC)
• Panel will submit the recommendations of the Panel to the CEO and Events and Marketing Coordinator by Wednesday, 8th May, 2019.
• Recommendations will be considered by the CEO and Events and Marketing Coordinator by Wednesday 15th May 2019.
• Draft Playing Programme for 2019 – 2020 to be completed and sent to clubs by Friday, 31st May, 2019.

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Two days working on the Heaton Street green. Yesterday the green was cored and today dirt was spread around to fill up the holes.
What would we do without volunteers?
Thank you to all the helpers. Pictured here are some of the Tuesday workers.
Elmwood Park is fortunate in having greenkeepers the quality of Don and Gary as witnessed by the high quality surfaces that they produced throughout the season.
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Congratulations Gary. Asia Pacific Championships 2019 squad announced and Gary Lawson is in the team. Gary is skipping the pairs and is third in the fours. The Asia Pacific Championships 2019 take place at Club Helensvale, Musgrave Hill and Broadbeach Bowls Clubs on June 18-28,
Read a N.Z. Herald article, Big Read: The return of New Zealand lawn bowls’ Prodigal Son Gary Lawson.

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Venues and dates have now been confirmed for the inaugural Bowls New Zealand National Champion of Champions events, with disciplines including men’s and women’s singles, pairs and fours to take place in July this year. More.
Sunday 31st March saw  the final day of the Canterbury Premier League.
This has been contested between Elmwood Park, Halswell, Burnside, Methven and Canterbury. Unfortunately 1 team withdrew as there were originally 6.
This commenced at 9am at Heaton St with the conclusion of the final round robin game. After lunch is the final between the top 2 teams, and the 3rd/4th play off matches. At this point in time, the table is as follows.
Elmwood Park – 10.5 wins +46
Halswell – 8.5 wins +15
Burnside – 7 wins +40
Methven – 5 wins -41
Canterbury – 5 wins -58  Elmwood Park have qualified for the final which will commence approx. 12:15 – 12:30. Come down and support the players.
Congratulations to Elmwood Park who won the inaugural Canterbury Premier League title.
Runners up:  Halswell
MVP:  Sandra Keith
Participants were Steve Ditfort, IanRule, Rodney Greaney, John Mears, Gary Lawson, Mat Bassett, Liam Eathorne and Paul McKinnell.
MuzzaWeb believes one of the reasons for this league was to give quality competition among some of Canterbury’s elite bowlers. It is hoped to run the league again next season.
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Pete Smith’s Monday Mob v The Club.
This annual game had a special factor to it this year. It was the first time the Gary Seear Trophy was played for.
Tane Norton with Julie Seear and daughter Jamelia. Tane, a former playing mate of Gary, presented the trophy to Julie who in turn presented it to Elmwood Park representative Neil Johnstone as the winner of the games tonight.
Elmwood Park won the tournament by 6 – 0.
Monday Mob organizer Pete Smith speaking to the participants following the games.
Pete’s Monday Mob has been going for more than ten years. A popular event they are looking for new members.
Some interesting game features.
*  The club bowlers have to use club bowls.
*  Final 3 ends the losing team has a power play
*  Jack is just placed.
*  No killed ends, jack placed on the 2m mark.
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Congratulations to Gary Lawson who will be Elmwood Park’s sole representative who was selected to represent Canterbury at the National Intercentre beginning this Thursday in Auckland.

Click  here to view the teams.

Click  here to view the results.     



In action.


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A joyous yet sad occasion as Jonathan Flint was farewelled by the club before his departure to China.
Jonathan began bowling in 1983 and was a member of Fendalton, Burnside and Spreydon before joining the Elmwood Club in 2004 – 5, a decision he said he has never regretted.
He has 18 club titles in total, 5 at Elmwood [Park] and has 2 Canterbury titles.
The Elmwood Parl Bowling Club will miss Jonathan but wish him all the best in the coming years. He assured the attending members he would return to Elmwood Park when his time in China is over.

Inside Bowls. Click on the bowl to access this very good magazine. [April 2019 edition]


Congratulations Gary.



Double world champ recalled to national squad after long absence.
Click on the photo to read the article on the Bowls New Zealand website

Click here and read a New Zealand Herald article by Michael Burgess.


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Elmwood Park received the Gold Club Check.
Pam Phair, club president, receiving the certificate from Bowls New Zealand’s Lorraine McLeod.
ClubCheck is Bowls NZ’s best practice club assessment tool designed to improve club capability and sustainability. Its scope covers all aspects of the club’s operations including planning and implementation, financial management, volunteer management, community involvement, on green activities and off green operating processes.
ClubCheck assessments are conducted by an external assessor and successful clubs can achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards which are valid for a two year period before revalidation is required.
Read Mark Cameron’s thoughts on the recent Bowls3five. Click on the BNZ icon.
     Winners. Point Chevalier Pirates.
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Bowls  is changing. Not because it wants to but because it has to.
Read these two interesting articles. Click on the bowls.
Bowls revolution takes hold

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The old Curves Gym at Donald Place has been replaced by zumba classes.

JB Anderson is a Christchurch-based Zumba instructor. Her love for dance lead on to Zumba, which is her ideal exercise. It’s about getting out, letting loose and having fun…toning up and losing weight are just side effects. Not only can anyone Zumba (We do mean anyone!) but everyone does so differently.

Click on the dancers to find out more.


Click here for JB’s facebook page.


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New signage at Donald Place. Looks good too.



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