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Former members of the St. Albans-Merivale Bowling Club mourn the passing of Ralph Clarkson, a popular member who joined the club in 1984.
He was president in 2001 and 2002.
Ralph was made an honorary member when elected by the executive at its December meeting, 2015, in recognition of the active and prominent part he had played in the St. Albans-Merivale Bowling Club over the years.
Right up to the amalgamation Ralph was a regular attender at the Saturday afternoon roll ups and in his earlier years was a regular member of interclub teams.

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Club member Gary Lawson has been selected for Blackjacks in the upcoming Trans Tasman squad for next month’s tournament, February 4-6, on the Gold Coast.

Gary Lawson will play three in the four and will skip the pair, back alongside Shannon McIlroy, who also returns after being unavailable for the last trip because of family reasons.

Blackjacks team for the Trans Tasman test series (February 4-6):
Women – Jo Edwards (singles & pairs), Selina Goddard (pairs & fours), Katelyn Inch (triples & fours), Val Smith (triples & fours) and Wendy Jensen (triples & fours).

Men – Shannon McIlroy (singles & pairs), Gary Lawson (pairs & fours), Ali Forsyth (triples & fours), Mike Kernaghan (triples & fours) and Andrew Kelly (triples & fours).

The Nationals:
January 2 – 8 saw the NZ bowling nationals singles and pairs championships played around Christchurch greens. Elmwood Park was as expected well represented and many had  success.
Imagine the surprise MuzzaWeb received when checking up the BNZ web results to discover that Pam Phair and Tania Woodham had won their game against Wendy Mackie 154 – 1, 3 wins, 0 losses and a differential of 180. The actual score was 15 – 14. At least all the digits were correct. [Score was corrected the following day.] MuzzaWeb’s other interesting result was Rodney Greaney’s defeat of Blackjack Ali Forsyth 21 – 2. Impressive.
Singles qualifiers: Gary Lawson   Chris Kibblewhite   Tania Woodham   Mandy Boyd
Pairs qualifiers:   Chris Kibblewhite & Fiona Frew   Bev Morel & Sherrie Cottle   Mandy Boyd & Angela Boyd   Pam Phair & Tania Woodham  Jan Shirley & Kelly McKerihen   Nathan Glasson & Jordan King   Ali Forsythe & Gary Lawson
What a game. So close. On the last end Fiona’s bowl sat on the jack with the others being some distance away. Two drives by Mandy could hardly have been closer. One of those games that no-one deserves to lose!!!



Congratulations to Nathan Glasson who reached the men’s pairs semi final. [Bronze medal]


Congratulations to Tania Woodham who fell just short of the women’s singles quarter finals.



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From Allan Reid:

A big thank you to all the markers who contributed to three successful days of national bowls at Elmwood Park, also my congratulation to Don for his continuing top greens presentation over those days which achieved many favourable comments. 

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A pleasant but windy afternoon which made bowling conditions difficult the club held its annual Christmas fun day.



Teams played “bowls3five” which was  different from the usual Saturday rollup. It proved very popular and certainly will feature again.




An afternoon tea was provided [thank you Pam Nicholson] and Mrs Santa handed out presents to drawn members. A pleasant afternoon.




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Sunday 1 December across four South Canterbury greens, the development men and women, as well as the senior men and women from Canterbury, Canterbury Country, North Otago and South Canterbury will play in the annual quadrangular tournament.
Congratulations to the following club members who have made the Canterbury team to participate.
Development women’s team:  Emily Robbins               Senior women’s team:  Chris Kibblewhite     Tania Woodham     Jan Shirley
Senior men’s team:  Lance Pascoe     Stephen Ditfort     Kelvin Scott     Rodney Greaney [Country]

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Players and club supporters at the Bowls3Five held in New Lynn



300 Congratulations

Congratulations to club member Gary Lawson who played his 300th game for the Blackjacks during the current multi nations games. What a magnificent achievement. Gary is only one of ten players to do so. Five others are in the photo.

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On Tuesday 19th November two Canterbury women’s teams are travelling to Kaikoura to play the Marlborough women’s teams. Last year the Canterbury women’s teams won the event based on differential, both teams had won 6 games each.
Congratulations to Fiona Frew and Emily Robbins who have been selected to participate in this fixture.
Canterbury won from Marlborough 6½ [games] – 5½. 

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On Sunday 3 November the first of our representative fixtures were played with the Town and Country event. Congratulations to the members of Elmwood Park that were selected.
Canterbury Senior Women – Black     Singles:  Kirsten Rowe     Pairs  Chris Kibblewhite      Fours:   Fiona Frew 

Canterbury Senior Women – Red     Pairs:   Joyce McKinnell                    Canterbury Development Women – Red     Pairs:   Emily Robbins 
Canterbury Senior Men – Black     Singles:   Nathan Glasson     Pairs:   Kelvin Scott and Liam Eathorne                    Canterbury Senior Men – Red     Pairs:   Gary Lawson and Steve Ditfort

16 – 10 – 19
Upon request, the match committee had decided to reinstate the intermediate singles this year which, as stated in the handbook, is for both men and women who have not entered the open singles event.

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Sad news

Fendalton and Barrington United are unable to play Bernie Bigg this year so competition will not take place.

Many will be disappointed with this but when the numbers are short what can you do?

The Bernie Bigg Trophy was a relative newcomer to the tournament scene having begun in the 2005 – 6 season. It has become a very popular competition.
In 1996 the women’s section used to play in The North-West Triples but with the advent of more and more centre fixtures being added to club programmes, trying to keep this competition going became more difficult. The men’s section had been playing in the Edwards Cup for a number of years. This  competition was played on Monday afternoons andoriginally  involved Fendalton, United, Elmwood and St Albans-Merivale. Over the years it has become a very successful and competitive competition.
In May, 2004, a meeting was held with women representatives of the same four clubs that play for the Edwards Cup. Our patron, Bernie Bigg, spoke at that meeting and explained how things were organized. At the end of the meeting he said he would donate a cup if the clubs decided to go ahead with the competition.
In the 2016 – 17 season with St. Albans-Merivale unable to be guaranteed of fielding three teams each week it was decided to join forces with Elmwood, and members of both clubs were distributed between the teams.
Recent Results:
2008 – 9   Fendalton          2009 – 10   United          2010 – 11   Elmwood          2011 – 12   Fendalton          2012 – 13   St. Albans-Merivale
2013 – 14   Barrington United          2014 – 15   Barrington United          2015 – 16   Fendalton          2016 – 17   Fendalton          2017 – 18   Elmwood Park Gold
2018 – 19   Fendalton

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At a recent executive meeting, 9th September, the committee in accordance with clause 4M and 4W of the constitution passed a motion that ” Elmwood Park Bowling Club will have a new category of members ( restricted members) who will be charged an annual subscription of $100. This will allow these members to, participate in social events and club days and to have roll ups on our greens if they are available. They will not be able to play in any competition’s neither will they will not have voting rights.

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Plans for new cricket facilities have residents of an affluent Christchurch suburb fearing its shared green space will turn into a “cricket park”.
About 100 people attended a community meeting about the facilities on Thursday evening, with the discussion turning nasty at times as tension built. Could this be a glimpse of what our club might face?
Read the article.

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Radical changes to happen at Elmwood Park. Read an article that appears on the BNZ website.

Club Manager Erin Hyde and Club Chair Ron Phair show off their new ‘urban beach’ on what was once Elmwood’s number one green.

Click here to read the article.


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Neighbours fired up over planned Elmwood Park development.

Read an article in the Nor’West News.        [Page 6.]

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A new ranking system that Bowls New Zealand is devising is hoped to be the catalyst to identifying some of the country’s best performing players, with Bowls New Zealand set to capture results and data to spotlight the best of the best.

Click on the BNZ icon for more information.

Bowls New Zealand Rankings System (pilot stage)       2018/19 season


  1. Taylor Horn
  2. Andrew Kelly
  3. Shannon McIlroy
  4. =Richard Hocking & Gary Lawson
  5. Kelvin Scott
  6. Jordan King
  7. =Dean Elgar & Chris Lowe
  8. Lance Pascoe


  1. Debbie White
  2. Kirsten Edwards
  3. Lisa Prideaux
  4. Selina Goddard
  5. Leigh Griffin
  6. Linda Ralph
  7. Amy Mcllroy
  8. Catherine Bien
  9. Ling Qu
  10. =Estelle Hickey & Val Smith
    A new and improved Bowls New Zealand Rankings System will be made available next season.
    Apparently every bowler is to have a ranking. The mind boggles!!! MuzzaWeb can’t help but wonder where he will be ranked???/ And what will it mean?

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

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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.
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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.

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New signage at Donald Place. Looks good too.

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