Back in Time. February 23 – March 2

These are incidents that have occurred over the years at the St. Albans-Merivale Bowling Club. There will hopefully be some positive memories from these but also the hope that amalgamation with Elmwood will be a successful venture. Research will be carried out for entries from the Elmwood Bowling Club 

Thirteen Years Ago.
1 – 3 – 08

A wet day. Play in the morning was fine, a little rain but no reason to stop play even if all were wearing wet weather gear. Billy Connolly says there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes.
The games had all concluded two hours before afternoon matches were to begin. The showers become rain.
Confusion at the club, the one telephone working overtime. Would there be play or not? ???????
Some greens open, some closed. One even closed, then opened and closed again. What was happening? Tempers beginning to fray and opinions being stated with considerable conviction.
How could this farcical situation be avoided?
All cricketers and softballers know when their games were cancelled. Why? They have a central body that makes a decision.
Great to see in later seasons that Bowls Canterbury had their info line [351 2225] and the cancelled round of 23 – 1 – 10 caused no problems at all.

Twelve Years Ago.
25 – 2 – 09

The Lamb and Haywood sponsored men’s all day triples was played at St. Albans-Merivale with two fill greens. Cool conditions prevailed and the greens played well.
A team failed to arrive so trusty greenkeeper Bob Rhodes and some club ladies interrupted their kitchen duties to help out.
And they won!!!!
Thanks to Hillary Orr, Fran Priest and Kate Gregory.
Also thanks to Bill Coey who also made a guest appearance.

 

 

 

 

Eleven Years Ago.
25 – 2 – 10
Twenty teams participated, ten on each green in the men’s triples. A beautifully fine and hot day was enjoyed by all.

Special thanks to the ladies who worked so hard in the kitchen to produce a wonderful lunch appreciated by all. Many participants commented on its quality.

Adams Green.
First:   A. McNabb.  [Papanui Club]

Second:    A. Reid.  [St. Albans-Merivale]

Third:    K. Dolan. [Edgeware]

 

 

Hartmont Green.
First:   A. Hughes.  [Morrison Ave]

Second:   M. Rodgers  [Burnside]

Third:   R. Hanna [Fendalton]

 

 

Ten Years Ago.
22 – 2 – 11
Christchurch was rocked again by another strong and particularly violent  earthquake at 12.50pm. It was a bitter pill to swallow for those who may have been close to getting over the September one. It certainly put the game of bowls into perspective.
Once again the club buildings escaped any major damage.
24 – 2 – 11  

Tuesday’s earthquake seriously affected 14 of Canterbury’s 71 Bowling Clubs. Thursday Junior Pairs was cancelled. All interclub competition for tens, junior fours and Manning Cup for that weekend were cancelled.
Several clubs and greens have been seriously damaged and may be unplayable. The Bowls Canterbury green at Fendalton is to be made available for club championships that have to be played. Advise the dates and times to Bowls Canterbury, 351 2070, and rinks will be allocated on a first in first served basis.
The Papanui Club greens are available for players who wish to complete club champion competitions. Weekends only. Rink allocation will be conducted on a first come first serve basis.
When booking please advise approximate time and date and the number of rinks required.

From the Bowls Canterbury website:   Clubs with serious damage to greens were:
Barrington-United, Canterbury, Cashmere (1), Christchurch Richmond (2), Dallington, Edgeware (2), Elmwood (1), Kaiapoi Riverside, Linwood (1), Mt Pleasant, Opawa, Parklands (2), Redcliffs, Shirley, Sumner, Sydenham and Tai Tapu.
For those clubs whose greens were seriously affected by Tuesday’s earthquake, the Bowls Canterbury green at Fendalton was made available for players from Monday who wish to complete champion fixtures. Rink allocation was conducted on a first come first serve basis. An approximate time and date for which the green was required. The Papanui Club’s greens were also made available in the weekends. Well done Bowls Canterbury and Papanui Club.Also Rangiora and Riccarton R/c
MuzzaWeb thanks Bowls Canterbury and Papanui for these generous offers.
26 – 2 – 11
Some relief from theearthquake today at the St. Albans-Merivale Bowling Club. Several member had a relaxing day away from the  earthquake and had a taste of normality. A relaxing time was had by all away from the stresses of the time. One almost felt selfish and guilty that we all could be enjoying ourselves doing something quite normal when so many of Christchurch are nowhere near as fortunate.

 

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1 – 3 – 11  

All interclub bowls for March 5 were cancelled. Champion of champion events were played on their calendar dates.

Seven Years Ago.
1 – 3 – 14
Over the past weeks the club members who have not been involved in championship games and centre events have been involved in a mixed aggregate competition. This has been really enjoyed and has been rather competitive. The top four players received a monetary prize each.

Six Years Ago.
1 – 3 – 15
This was the fourth time St. Albans-Merivale and Parklands have played this tournament, the first in 2012 following the season that Parklands shared our facilities following the earthquakes. This was a positive experience for the St. Albans-Merivale Bowling Club and I’m sure it would have dearly loved to have kept the Parklands players to build up numbers and add some quality bowlers to its ranks.

 

Handing over the trophy.

This year the Challenge was won 167 – 157 by Parklands. It was a progressive format with each team playing a 1hr. 15min. game then moving to another green and taking over that score.
It was a pleasant afternoon, good bowls and the opportunity to renew old friendships.

 

 

Five Years Ago.
28 – 2 – 16

 

The Parklands Challenge.
This was the fifth time St. Albans-Merivale and Parklands have played this tournament, the first in 2012 following the season that Parklands shared our facilities following the earthquakes. This was a positive experience for the St. Albans-Merivale Bowling Club and I’m sure it would have dearly loved to have kept the Parklands players to build up numbers and add some quality bowlers to its ranks.
This year the Challenge was won 109 – 90 by St. Albans-Merivale. It was a progressive format with each team playing a 45min. game then moving to another green and taking over that score. There were three games.
It was a pleasant afternoon, good bowls and the opportunity to renew old friendships.


 

 

 

 

Three Years Ago.
23 – 2 – 18

New signage at Donald Place. Looks good too.

 


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.

 

Two Years Ago.
1 – 2 – 19
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.

2 – 3 – 19
30 members turned up for a roll up. What a pleasant day, warm and no wind. A good time was had by all.

There was no interclub today.
Apparently a directive from Bowls New Zealand decreed that no interclub was to be played on this day.
MuzzaWeb wonders how many bowlers from Christchurch will be involved in the nationals being held in Wellington.
This decision means that over 1100 bowlers will not have  interclub this weekend. Will there be any of these who will take the opportunity to be spectators at the nationals??????
This is a bewildering decision in MuzzaWeb’s opinion.
Elmwood Park members wish Gary Lawson, skipping a composite team, Shannon McIlroy, Jamie Hill and Tony Grantham,  Bev Morel, Sheree Cottle, Chris Kibblewhite with Kim Rowlands the best of luck in the nationals.
Well done to both teams as they have qualified for post section play.
In post section play Gary Lawson went out on the first round while Bev Morel went out in the second round.

One Year Ago.
29 – 2 – 20
The morning broke with drizzle and cold and the rain radar not looking good so the proposed Ngaio Marsh Drawn Fours were postponed.

The day turned out fine and the tournament could have gone ahead; hindsight is 20/20.
Some six people turned up for a  roll up and were royally entertained by a hens’ wedding party and a birthday group, both attired in white.
Some Crusaders were present but Dave Vujcich suggested their futures lay in rugby rather than bowls!!

1 – 3 – 20
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

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.