The Very Latest News!

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A function was held tonight to welcome new members and wish the Elmwood Park Bowls3Five participants good luck in the televised competition starting next week.
The club is proud to have these players representing it and team leader Gary Lawson stated their intentions to try and win the competition.

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Don’t for get the James Egan Memorial 2-4-2 drawn pairs to be played on Labour Day, Monday 28th October at 1.00 p.m. at Donald Place.
Boards up for entries at both Club rooms (locker room at Heaton Street).   Maximum 32 players. Entries close Saturday 26th October.  

$5 entry fee per person.

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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A friendly reminder for everyone to make sure they have paid their FULL playing subs by October 31.

If not paid by this date you will not be able to play.

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Tuesday Friendlies.
The Tuesday Friendlies Competition will begin on 29 October. Once the season’s draw has been received and teams finalised, an information sheet will be placed in the lockers of all those who indicated that they wished to take part.

A copy will also be on the pinboard.

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Here is an invitation for you to come and meet the Elmwood Park Saints team that is representing our club in the Bowls New Zealand Bowls3Five competition.
Make this your Friday night drinks venue. (Heaton Street) Nibbles will be provided. [Oct. 18 from 5.00]
This is an opportunity for you to hear more about the team and wish them well for Auckland.
Look forward to seeing you at this launch.
Family and friends welcome.

The Elmwood Park Saints’ Bowls3Five Draw:
Oct. 23
v Stokes Valley Vipers v Point Chevalier Pirates
Oct. 29 v Royal Oak Rockets
Nov. 6 v Gore Rams
Nov. 7 v Stoke Thunder v Hinuera Heat
Nov. 12 v Parajacks
Nov. 13 v Point Chevalier Pirates
Nov. 19 v Stoke Thunder
Nov. 20 v Royal Oak Rockets
Nov. 27 v Hinuera Heat
Nov. 28 v Gore Rams
Dec. 4 v Parajacks
Dec. 5 v Stokes Valley Vipers

Click here to view the full draw.

30 – 9 – 19

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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The uniform that will be worn by the Elmwood Park Saints in the televised upcoming Bowls3Five tournament.

Thanks to Harrison’s Carpets who have sponsored the shirts.
Check out their website.

Last year’s Bowls3Five LIVE didn’t give much for Cantabrians to cheer about . . . the Woodend Jets failing to register a win in all 10 fixtures. However, expect the tables to be turned in this year’s showcase, with a Canterbury unit from Elmwood Park suiting up in their Dynasty Sport attire, backed by team sponsor, Harrisons.
Stepping out of the commentary box, double world champion Gary Lawson will spearhead a playing roster including seven-time national champion Mandy Boyd, Jan Shirley, Bev Morel and Canterbury representatives Lance Pascoe, Kelvin Scott and Nathan Glasson.
Make no mistake, the Saints will be out in force from game one and will be looking to march the trophy home, come November.                     
[From the Bowls3Five facebook.]

10 – 9 – 19
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.

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.

29 – 8 – 19
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


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As another season draws closer, some of last season’s greatest achievements and success stories will be celebrated next month at the Bowls New Zealand Summerset Awards..

Less than a month out from the awards night, a gala dinner will be held in Auckland reflecting on some of the finest moments on and off the green, both here at home and on the international stage.
Category awards include coach of the year, development player of the year (male and female), Player of the Year (male and female), para bowler of the year, team of the year, umpire of the year, greenkeeper of the year and club person of the year.
Recalled Blackjack and Elmwood Park member Gary Lawson, who after a 10-year hiatus, made a gold medal return in the Asia Pacific Championships, features alongside Andrew Kelly and Shannon McIlroy for male player of the year – all finalists racking up a trophy-laden season in their own right.

13 – 9 – 19     Read about the awards’ winners.


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Elmwood Park Bowling Club has been named as the seventh team to compete in this year’s expanded Bowls3Five televised league and the Canterbury representatives boast a stellar line-up.|

Bowls3Five is a new fast format of the game which aims to provide a competition where everyone interested can get involved. Depending on the competition you play in, you can face a set number of ends, a shot clock, double points, and a tiebreaker end.
Bowls3Five LIVE! This is the televised league that is broadcast live on SKY Sport for six weeks From October 23 to November 28, 2019. The Bowls3Five Televised League will be played at New Lynn Bowling Club on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

The team includes the following members:     Gary Lawson, Steve Ditfort, Kelvin Scott, Nathan Glasson, Lance Pascoe, Mandy Boyd, Jan Shirley and Bev Morel.

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Blackjacks for Multi Nations (18-24 November) & Trans-Tasman (25-27 November) have been selected.

Congratulations to Gary Lawson for making the team.

Click on the BNZ icon for more information.


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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. [October 2019 edition]

10 – 12 – 18
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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