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Perfect day for the Blackjacks at the Asia Pacific Championships.  Click on the image.
Two wins to Gary!!!


18 – 6 – 19   Day 1
Back in Black.
Read about the Asia Pacific tournament. Click on the image.
The Elmwood Saints are to compete in this year’s Bowls3Five competition. It will be televised 3 nights a week for 8 weeks from late October.
Gary Lawson has selected an impressive array of bowlers to participate. Long time club members Bev Morel and Stephen Ditfort will be joined by new Elmwood Park members Mandy Boyd, Lance Pascoe and Jill Shirley.
President Pam Phair said the club as looking forward to the competition.
Click on the image for more detailed information.
From June 21 the Heaton Street bar will be closed on Fridays until the new season starts. But don’t worry, Donald Place will be open.
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At the recently held Bowls Canterbury Awards Dinner. Elmwood Park was well represented and was a finalist in the Club of the Year. Congratulations to New Brighton who won that award.
Even a 45 minute power cut didn’t dampen spirits.
On top of the awards that were expected,i.e. champion of champion and Centre titles, there were some additional ones as well.
Rodney Greaney – Most consistent male bowler of the year
Fiona Frew and Chris Kibblewhite. Most consistent female bowler of the year. [shared.]
Chris Kibblewhite also received Noel’s Bowls Senior Women Representative.
Pam Phair received her second gold star, 10th Centre title.
John Mears received a bronze star for 5 0ver 60s titles.

Some photos from the night. For more photos click 0n the bowl. 
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Bowls NZ CEO, Mark Cameron will be visiting all centres in New Zealand over the next couple of months explaining details of the upcoming season. Mark will be in Christchurch on Tuesday, 4 June, at 6pm at the Papanui Bowling Club on Sawyers Arms Road. People are encouraged to spread the word among your members as this is an open invite to all bowls members.
Bowls Canterbury is also delighted to announce that Christchurch will be host to the 2020 Summerset National Singles and Pairs event from 2 – 8 January, 2020. Bowls New Zealand will be looking to local clubs to host this great event and directly following the meeting on 4 June at approximately  7 pm Mark will address any interested clubs in regard to what will be involved in hosting.

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From Bowls Canterury:   Panel Recommendations & Draft Programme
Bowls Canterbury called for submissions from individuals and clubs to have their input on the upcoming season’s playing programme. A panel was selected to discuss these submissions, and they then submitted their recommendations to the Bowls Canterbury Event Manager, Katie Griffiths, and CEO, Mel Tukapua.
The Panel:.
  • Adele Greenfield
  • Ann Wright
  • Dave Vincent
  • Gary Lawson
  • Neil Johnstone
  • Sharon Wilson
  • Terry Stewart
  • Tony Ballie
  • Warren Stanbury

Brian Barker was Chairman of the meeting, and Katie Griffiths was also present.
Recommendations submitted by the panel that have been accepted, click here.
To view the Draft Playing Programme for the upcoming 2019-2020 season, click here.
Additional changes to the season, to view these, click here.

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Elmwood Park has received notification that as from the 20 May Nurse Maude has withdrawn permission for bowlers to park on their property. Hence the gate into their  property at Donald Place will be permanently locked from the 20th may and the key removed.

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Annual Awards finalists found.
Elmwood Park has been nominated in  the “Club of the Year”category.     Click here to see the finalist list.

Inside Bowls. Click on the bowl to access this very good magazine. [May2019 edition]


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Below is a link to the Bowls NZ National Competition Structure survey.
This has been prepared to give bowlers the opportunity to have their say on a number of topics around the competition structure.

  • Summerset Nationals
  • National Interclub
  • Bowls 3 Five Inter Club
  • National Intercentre

Members are encouraged to complete.

 The more results we can get in the more accurate the feedback. So please encourage all clubs and as many bowlers as possible to complete the survey.

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Bowls3Fie to return with a new look.

For more information click on the BNZ icon.

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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.

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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