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13 – 8 – 20
Covid strikes again.
While under Alert Level 2 restrictions, BNZ recommend reduced activity on greens, achieved through wider rinks (six rinks per green maximum), and that social distancing and a high standard of hygiene in the clubhouse and on the greens are practised at all times.
Click here for level 2 recommendations.

If you are feeling unwell, please seek medical assistance and do not visit your bowling club.


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The club celebrated the Bowls3Five success with members of the national champion Bowls3Five team at Donald Place over drinks and nibbles.


President Pete Smith addressing the assembled guests with new club captain Brian Lyttle in attendance.

6 – 8 – 20
Bowls New Zealand has streamlined its national squads, following a review of its elite programme.
In their place a 13-strong Blackjacks squad has been named, alongside six emerging players, in preparation for the 2021 world bowls championships on the Gold Coast and with an eye to the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The 10 bowlers originally selected to represent New Zealand at this year’s world championships, before they were postponed, have all been named in the Blackjacks squad.

Congratulations to Gary Lawson who keeps his  place in the squad.
It is headlined by two-time defending Commonwealth Games women’s singles champion Jo Edwards, who along with Val Smith, Shannon McIlroy, Ali Forsyth, Gary Lawson and Mike Kernaghan are past or present world champions.


Debbie White was the only uncapped player selected to the world championship team, after emerging from outside the high performance squad.
White, Tayla Bruce and Andrew Kelly had been picked to attend their first world champs, while Katelyn Inch had been named to her second World Bowls team after winning both the singles and pairs at the Summerset Nationals in Christchurch at the start of the year.
Blackjacks squad (Now-December 2021)
Women: Jo Edwards, Katelyn Inch, Val Smith, Tayla Bruce, Debbie White, Selina Smith and Clare Hendra.
Men: Shannon McIlroy, Ali Forsyth, Gary Lawson, Mike Kernaghan, Andrew Kelly and Chris Le Lievre.
Emerging players squad (Now-December 2021)
Women: Bronwyn Stevens, Lisa Prideaux and Leeane Poulson.
Men: Seamus Curtin, Sheldon Bagrie-Howley and Raymond Martin.

4 – 8 – 20
At the recent executive meeting it was decided to hold the prizegiving function.

Sunday Afternoon, 13 September 2020. Commencing 3.00 pm at Donald Place.
Come and enjoy a catch up, with a drink and finger food.
As an added bonus you will once again be able to be entertained by M.C. Stephen Ditfort !!!! The other good news is that THERE WILL BE NO CHARGE FOR THIS FUNCTION.
This date will enable all Prize Winners the opportunity to be presented with their trophies in the season they were won.
An opportunity to celebrate this the Bowls3Five success with members of the team at Donald Place this Friday from 4.30 p.m. over drinks and nibbles.
Also for season 2020 – 2021, opening day will 26 September, 2020., venue tbc and closing day will be 1 May 2021.

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What a superb performance by our Elmwood Park Bowls3Five team, national winners of the Bowls3Five competition.
Round 3:   Defeated Blenheim 3 – 0
Final: Defeated Manurewa 3 – 0.


Elmwood Park won the three match final 3-0, but Manurewa had already done enough to clinch the last berth in the televised league with the Canterbury champions assured of their place having finished runners-up to Stoke last year.
Elmwood Park skip Gary Lawson says Manurewa are “going to be worthy competitors in the TV event”, but winning the Bowls3Five interclub title is “unbelievable” for his club.
“It’s one of the great events and for our club to win it is awesome.
“It doesn’t matter that we’re already in it, this meant a lot to us.”


Fellow Elmwood Park skip Lance Pascoe was presented with his silver star for winning his fifth national title and Lawson says they “were playing for him out there”.


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Round 1:    EP 2   Manurewa 1     Round 2:   EP 1   Putararu 2
Standings at the end of day one are: 
Manurewa 12     Putaruru 12     Elmwood Park 9     Blenheim 3 

30 – 7 – 20
A place in this year’s Bowls3Five televised league is up for grabs at the Naenae Bowling Club this weekend (August 1-2).

Teams from around the country are gathering in Lower Hutt for the Bowls3Five interclub finals, attempting to emulate Hinuera, who won the inaugural event.
Elmwood Park look the team to beat. The Saints are led by decorated Blackjack Gary Lawson and former international Mandy Boyd and showed their quality in the Bowls3Five televised league last year, before losing in the final. They beat local rivals Canterbury 2017 in the round of 32 before beating Meadowbank (North Otago) and Te Rangi (Southland) to book their place at Naenae.
Having already secured entry into this year’s televised league, Elmwood Park are playing for the prestige of being interclub champions. If the Saints win, the runner-up will be invited to take part in the TV comp.

The Bowls3Five interclub finals will be broadcast on Sky Sport 9, starting with a first round game at 3pm on Saturday.

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Indoor bowls during the winter months is a popular pastime for many of the club members. It is held at the Papanui Club.



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Elmwood Park’s AGM was held with 59 members attending.

Here Pete Smith takes over from Pam Phair who had been president for the past two years.
Patrons:  John Elley, Owen Jones
President:  Pete Smith
Vice President:  Brian Smith

The Executive Committee:
Allan Reid, Emily Robbins, John Irving, Alan MacDonald, Barry Milner, Tim Sandrey, Mick Tarling, Dave Vujcich
Secretary: Mary Ann Johnstone
Treasurer: Stephanie Davis
Administrator: Erin Hyde

The new executive for the 2020 – 21 season.

An important year coming up with the future direction of the club to be decided.


14 – 7 – 20
A revised programme was announced today, the men have been changed from pre Christmas 1.30 games back to 9.00.

All mens, womens and under 5s Saturday pre Christmas Interclub competitions will begin at 9.00.
Pre Christmas interclub (men’s 3×4 pennants, men’s 2×4 pennants and women’s 2×4 pennants) division 3 and below will now play seven rounds pre Christmas.
The extra games will be played on Saturday 12 December and Saturday 19 December.
MuzzaWeb wonders with all interclub to be played in the morning if there may be difficulties for some clubs to have enough rinks???
The combination 7s have been removed from the programme.

27- 6 – 20        Wellington, here we come!!
A great result from Dunedin. Two wins.
v Meadowbank.   G. Lawson 5 – 3   5 – 3     L. Pascoe 11 – 0   5 – 3     K. Scott 2 – 3   7 – 2   0 – 1
v Te Rangi.   G. Lawson 7 – 2   7 – 1     L. Pascoe 3 – 3   6 – 2     K. Scott 4 – 5   4 – 5



25 – 6 – 20     2020 – 2021 Playing Programme
The updated 2020 – 2021 playing programme is now available to view online.
To access the programme please follow the link here:
The updates made from the draft programme are as follows:
* Pre Christmas Interclub is five rounds
* Pre Christmas Saturday women’s interclub play 9am, men & under 5s play 1.30pm
* Mixed pairs played on October 24th & 25th
*  Over 60’s double pairs played Monday 9.30am
* Centre women’s singles section play on November 13th
* Centre men’s singles section play on November 14thNew Event – Combinations sevens on December 12th, conditions of play tbc
* Interclub sevens post section on December 13th
* Centre pairs section play on December 19th
* Under 5s triples starts January 21st
* Watson Shield starts January 23rd
* Under 5s Bowls3Five & Open Bowls3Five starts January 27th
* Under 5s Bowls3Five & Open Bowls3Five play two rounds every night, total of 14 games
* Over 60s Sevens played on Monday
* Canterbury v Southland Over 60s rep event played on February 2nd & 3rd
* Regional Development Tournament played on February 6th & 7th (this is still tbc)
* Doubleheaders removed from Post Christmas Saturday interclub except Under 5s
* COC 1st & 2nd year singles played on March 28th
* Canterbury v Country Development rep event played February 14th
* Midweek Interclub played over National fours & mixed pairs
* Centre Over 60’s fours played on March 11th & 12th
* Saturday interclub played over National Intercentre (March 20th)
* Watson Shield playoffs on March 27th

Condition of Play Updates:
 * 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 60s double pairs to same conditions as men’s & women’s double pairs
 * Centre Over 60s events play three games with no time limit (win 2 out of 3 to qualify)
Please note the proposed Centre singles format will not be adopted, the previous season’s format will be played

 20- 6 – 20        Dunedin, here we come!!
The covid delayed final of the Canterbury Bowls3Five competition was held at Riccarton Racecourse Bowling Club on a very cold and miserable morning.

Elmwood Park played Canterbury 2017 and won 2 – 1.
Gary Lawson   Mandy Boyd   Liam Eathorne     3 – 3     8 – 0
Kelvin Scott   Stephen Ditfort   Jan Shirley     6 – 1     8 – 2
Lance Pascoe   Nathan Glasson   Bev Morel     0 – 8     13 – 6     0 – 1
Elmwood Park will travel down to Dunedin to play on the 27th June 2020. The winner of the June 27th event will travel to the Bowls3Five Grand Interclub Final in Naenae Bowling Club on 1st – 2nd August 2020.

EP first play North Otago’s Meadowbank; if they win that they play the winner of Alexandra and Te Rangi from Southland. The same team will travel to Dunedin.

Success from here will mean the team will go to Naenae for the finals.

Good luck guys.

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Click here to read about Gary on the BNZ website.




10 – 6 – 20
It has been decided that now we have moved down to level 1 we will be running the winter bowls on a Monday.  This will start on Monday, June 15th, at 1.00.  Please ensure you arrive in time to allow teams to be organised. .

The Wednesday bowls is still cancelled for the rest of the season.

9 – 6 – 20

Level 1 is here. Almost back to normal.

Thank you to the club and centre officials who have supported and communicated important COVID-19 messages.
Thank you to our greenkeepers and club personnel who maintained our greens and facilities during lockdown.
Thank you to our members who placed our nation’s health ahead of playing bowls.
We’ve done it together with our team of five million, and we’re now in Alert Level One.
Please continue to keep safe and healthy, support a contacting tracking system and enjoy your bowls!
Thank you.

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!!

16 – 3 – 20
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

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.

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.

6 – 9 – 19
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.


2 – 8 – 19
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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