The Story of a Championship Team. Bowls3Five National Champions!

The Story of a Championship Team.

It began on January 22 with a home game against Parklands as part of the Centre Bowls3Five competition and which they came first in their section.
From 21 games they won 15 and lost 6.
A number of other club players contributed to this success, Paul McKinnel, Neil Johnstone, Peter Morel, Pam Phair, Dave Vujcich, Don Baker and Kirsten Rowe.

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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 would travel down to Dunedin to play on the 27th June 2020.





Dunedin, here we come!!

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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



Wellington, here we come!!
A place in this year’s Bowls3Five televised league is up for grabs at the Naenae Bowling Club on the weekend of August 1-2.
Canterbury had 12 players representing the Centre at the Bowls New Zealand Bowls3Five grand finals at Naenae over the weekend.
Three of the players are in the Halswell Bowling Club Under 5s side who will play in the Interclub Cup section. This is the first time an Under 5s team has competed in this competition, throughout the entire competition there has only been three players in the team.
The other nine are members of the Elmwood Park team who will compete in the National Open Interclub section.

So teams from around the country gathered in Lower Hutt for the Bowls3Five interclub finals, attempting to emulate Hinuera, who won the inaugural event.
Elmwood Park looked the team to beat. The Saints were 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. In the National Open section eight players in the Elmwood Park Bowling Club side are the same team that played in the Bowls New Zealand televised Bowls3Five event last year. Liam Eathorne was added as their ninth player. To earn their place 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 were playing for the prestige of being interclub champions. If the Saints won, the runner-up will be invited to take part in the TV comp.
Team member Bev Morel said that consistency across all teams would be the key to success, as well as a bit of luck. Bev said she has been told the green at Naenae is slow so they needed to be aware of that.
The teams were:   * Gary Lawson   Mandy Boyd   Liam Eathorne       * Kelvin Scott   Stephen Ditfort   Jan Shirley
* Lance Pascoe   Nathan Glasson   Bev Morel
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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

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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 member 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”.


Congratulations to Liam Eathorne who won his first national title.




The Elmwood Park Bowling Club is so proud of these members.

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The club celebrated this 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.