The Very Latest News!

29 – 5 – 20

Bowls New Zealand Covid 19 update, Level 2, My 26

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22 – 5 – 20 
Level 2 has arrived and club members took the opportunity to have a Friday afternoon drink.

Social distancing at Donald Place.






Members enjoying a catch up at Heaton Street.




14 – 5 – 20

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ALERT LEVEL 2: Recommendations for Bowling Clubs
13th May 2020. Click to read.

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The latest info on level 2.
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4 – 5 – 20
Proposed Interclub Programme Changes:
• Interclub sevens played over two days
• Start pre Christmas interclub before Centre events
• Start post Christmas interclub later to allow clubs to complete club champs
• Keep Monday mornings free for greenkeepers
• Centre mixed pairs played on the weekend
• Centre events player over long weekends
• Keep Monday mornings free for greenkeepers
Proposed Conditions of Play Changes:
• Centre singles format change
     o Players in section of 4 with 4 sections at a green
     o 4 rounds in section play, with players playing 3 games and marking 1 game
     o 1 player from each section of 4 qualifies for post section
     o Host club to provide 2 markers for section play
• No time limit on post section of Centre mixed pairs
• Section winners and next best placed runner up to qualify for interclub playoffs to fill
any byes
• Change over 60’s double pairs to same conditions as men’s & women’s double pairs
To avoid significantly changing the programme every season we are proposing that the playing programme remains the same for two seasons, 2020 – 21 & 2021 – 22, with only minor changes being made if required.

1 – 5 – 20

Updated info on level 2.
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April 21   Greenkeepers’ guidelines.
April 22   FAQs added.
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18 – 4 – 20

Covid 19 Alert: Guidelines for clubs and centres.
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16 – 4 – 20

Information about AGMs. Click on the BNZ icon.


14 – 4 – 20
Good News!

From Tuesday 14th April urgent maintenance of turf on bowling greens will be permitted under Alert Level 4 restrictions.

Bowls NZ greenkeepers’ update.

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Maintenance providers should adhere to the following guidance. In doing so, operators and owners will need to form a judgment as to:
1. How best to apply this guidance to their particular circumstance. |
2. Which of their maintenance activities are genuinely urgent.Operators will be expected to minimise maintenance during Alert Level 4.


We have made it half way through the lockdown.





3 – 4 – 20
Bowls NZ have decided in the current circumstances with the COVID-19 outbreak to run an online coaching course.  The course will be spread over 4 x 1 hour presentations.  This course is open for all coaches who would like to update and folk who would like to become a foundation coach.
Sign of the times!!!

Bowls NZ Update 2nd April 2020

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1 – 4 – 20
Once again at the conclusion of the 201 – 2020 season we are implementing a review of the season, and receiving feedback & recommendations for the 202 – 2021 playing programme.
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25 – 3 – 20
An update from Bowls New Zealand.

Click on the BNZ icon for the answers to some commonly asked bowling questions.


23- 3 – 20

Due to current the current situation of Covid-19 the Heaton Street and Donald Place club rooms with be closed as of 8.00pm TONIGHT (23 March 2020) until further notice.

20 – 3 – 20
Due to the ongoing health and safety concerns regarding Covid-19, and the speed at which developments are occurring, Bowls Canterbury has today reached the decision to suspend all bowls. This means all club events and tournaments, all school programmes and all social events for the remainder of the 2019/2020 are cancelled or postponed.

  • ALL Club Events and tournaments – cancelled /postponed
  • All social roll ups – cancelled

As of Friday 20 March, Bowls New Zealand strongly recommends that (until further notice) all bowling clubs throughout the country be closed for all  organised bowls events and activities.

As of Wednesday 18 March, Bowls New Zealand strongly recommends that (until further notice) all bowls events throughout the country be limited to 50 persons (or less) per club event.

19 – 3 – 20         Urgent Notice
Ngaio Marsh Elmwood Park Drawn Fours  Saturday 21st March.
Please note that the Match Committee, in consultation with our President, has decided to cancel this Saturday’s event and also the veteran pairs. This decision was reached after careful consideration of all the information and advice available, including from Bowls New Zealand and Bowls Canterbury, other sporting and non-sporting organisations, and the decisions already made by our own executive.

We take the view that our members’ health and welfare are paramount.

Also, there will therefore be no ‘Closing Day’ meeting on the Saturday.

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Having consulted with Sport New Zealand and acting on the latest advice from the Ministry of Health,
as of Wednesday 18 March, Bowls New Zealand strongly recommends that (until further notice) all bowls events throughout the country be limited to 50 persons (or less) per club event.
The current postponed/cancelled list as at 4.30pm 18 March is as follows:

Wednesday Secondary School Sport 25th March – Cancelled
Regional Secondary School Singles and Triples 25th March – Cancelled
Champion of Champions Finals Weekend 27-28 March – Postponed date TBC
National Secondary Schools Champs on the 31st March and 1st of April 2020 in Auckland – Cancelled
Bowls Canterbury Prize Giving 9th May – Postponed date TBC

Due to the threat posed by the coronavirus, it has been decided that our closing day will be Saturday 21st March at the Ngaio Marsh fours. Games against Woodend and Parklands have been cancelled. The club prize giving dinner set for the 5th May has also been cancelled. Forum and AGM  dates  advised later. 

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Club guide for Covid-19

Click on the BNZ icon for the detailed report
From the above report.
“There is presently no reason people should stop doing their daily sport and physical activities as they normally would, and we encourage our members to remain as fit and healthy as they can, and bowling is a great option.”

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New Zealand Domestic Events:

Bowls New Zealand has postponed the Intercentre event due to commence this Thursday 19th March.
Bowls New Zealand has postponed the North v South Challenge scheduled for this Thursday 19th March.
Both of these events have been postponed for six months, minimum.
Bowls New Zealand and Auckland Bowls have postponed the New Zealand Secondary Schools Bowls Championship, scheduled for 31 March and 1 April.
At this point the Interclub Sevens Finals scheduled for 16-19 April in Auckland has not been postponed, however it is a fair assumption that this event is also at risk. A decision on this event will be made by Monday 23 March. Participants in this event should consider delaying the booking of travel and accommodation until a decision is made.
At this point the Bowls3Five Interclub Finals scheduled for 2 – 3 May in Wellington has not been postponed. A decision on this event will be made by Monday 13 April.

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Canterbury National Intercentre Teams named.
Elmwood Park is well represented in the squads to attend Bowls New Zealand’s National Intercentre event at the end of the month.
Pairs: Gary Lawson and Nathan Glasson           Fours: Lance Pascoe, Kelvin Scott and Liam Eathorne.

Fours: Mandy Boyd    Travelling Reserve: Chris Kibblewhite
Congratulations to these club members.
Spearheaded by seven of the 10 Blackjacks set to contest World Bowls later this year, the North v South rivalry will be reignited next week as the teams vye for Island supremacy.
Starting in the ’70s and last played in 2013, this tournament has finally made a comeback due to high demand.
Once again Elmwood Park is well represented, well done to these members.
Pairs: Gary Lawson    Fours: Lance Pascoe    Fours: Mandy Boyd

8 – 3 – 20
Thank you to everyone who made the Brunch and Bowls event successful on Sunday. We had a great turn out and was awesome to see so many members supporting the club.

National Fours: 
Finals Day. 
Congratulations to Gary Lawson who has further etched his name into Bowls New Zealand’s history books, winning an unprecedented 14th national title winning 18 – 16.
In a four hour marathon including 6 killed ends he came from behind, 12 – 16 on the 16th end, he played a brilliant shot on the 17th coming from 1 down sitting an opposition bowl and turning it into 3 to make it 15 – 16. One on the 18th and an extra end was forced. In the extra end Lawson’s team was always in control and consequently won the extra end.

Gary Lawson is presented with his third gold star for his 15th national title (including a 2009 national club title)

Elmwood Park should feel proud as in Mike Kernaghan’s team were Kelvin Scott and Lance Pascoe, two club members.
A wonderful game of fours.


Well done to Mandy and Angela Boyd who made the quarter finals and Rodney Greaney, Stephen Ditfort, Liam Eathorne and Ian Rule who made the second round of post section.

An interesting comparison from a letter to the editor in The Press, March 4 edition.

Congratulations to Gary Lawson on winning his 15th national bowls title, a great achievement.
But to say it is unprecedented is not correct. Cis Winstanley, MBE and Sports Hall of Famer, has also won 15 national titles but her achievement is arguably more notable as every one of her titles, three singles, five pairs and seven fours, was gained from the one club, the Marewa Club in Napier, with other members of that club.
She did not have the advantage of being able to form composite teams of the best players from other clubs in NZ, thereby entering virtual test teams into a club competition.
Winstanley has also won three world titles and Commonwealth Games gold medals. Her last national title (pairs) was achieved when she was 76.
It is also worth noting that she was voted Hawke’s Bay sportsperson of the century, beating other such notables as Kel Tremain.
Owen Winstanley, Marshland.


Headlined by a host of former world champions, the New Zealand selectors have officially named their Blackjacks side to contest the 2020 World Bowls Championships on the Gold Coast later this year, May 26 to June 7.
Elmwood Park member Gary Lawson has been selected and having proved a winning combination with an unbeaten 10-game streak at the Asia Pacific Championships, Lawson and McIlroy will unsurprisingly team up in the men’s pairs. Gary will also be third in the fours skipped by Ali Forsyth.
The Team.
Singles: Jo Edwards

Pairs: Jo Edwards   Tayla Bruce 
Triples: Katelyn Inch   Val Smith   Debbie White 
Fours: Katelyn Inch   Val Smith   Debbie White   Tayla Bruce 
Singles: Shannon McIlroy

Pairs: Gary Lawson   Shannon McIlroy 
Triples: Ali Forsyth   Mike Kernaghan   Andrew Kelly 
Fours: Ali Forsyth   Gary Lawson   Mike Kernaghan   Andrew Kelly
The Blackjacks will next get together for a pre-tournament camp in April prior to departing for the World Champs in May.

14 – 2 – 20
St Andrews College students started their first session of an 8 week bowls program this week. This has been integrated to their PE studies for term one.
Everyone is having a great time and have picked it up quickly.
A HUGE shout out to Emily at Bowls Canterbury for her ongoing support with these groups.
Students from Rangi Ruru have also been having lessons at Elmwood Park. [Donald Place]



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Congratulations to Bev Morel, Lois Grey, Don Baker and Dave Vujcich. Congratulations to the Canterbury team for retaining the ColPhil Cup.




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Congratulations to the following Elmwood Park members who have been selected to play for Canterbury in the Northern Quad representative fixture between Marlborough, Tasman, Dunedin and Canterbury.
Bowls Papanui will host the Men’s division and Papanui Club will host the Women’s division.
Canterbury Women’s Team
Triples: Chris Kibblewhite (S)    Fours: Mandy Boyd (S)

Canterbury Men’s Team
Singles: Nathan Glasson    Pairs: Lance Pascoe (S)    Triples: Liam Eathorne    Fours: Kelvin Scott (S)   Stephen Ditfort

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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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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.].

“Inside Bowls.” Click on the bowl to access this very good magazine. [February 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

25 – 2 – 18
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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