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Congratulations to Mandy Boyd, Lance Pascoe and Liam Eathorne who have been selected in the Canterbury Men and Women’s Intercentre teams. These teams are playing in the Bowls New Zealand National event in Wellington starting Thursday 18 March until Sunday 21 March 2021.
Please see below the times the green at Heaton Street will be used by schools for the week from February 22 to 26.
Monday Feb. 22: Elmwood 1.45 – 2.45
Tuesday Feb. 23
: St. Andrews     10.50 – 11.30     1.35 – 2.15     2.35 – 3.15
Wednesday Feb. 24: St. Andrews   10.50 – 11.30  11.50 -12.30
Thursday Feb. 25: Rangi  11.15 – 12.15
Friday Feb. 26: Rangi Ruru   8.45 – 9.45    St. Andrews   1.35 – 2.15

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World Championships Postponed
World Bowls, Bowls Australia’s Host Organising Committee and their key event stakeholders, having fully considered all current global circumstances and the outlook for continuing restrictions relating to the global pandemic for the rest of 2021, have decided that it is now necessary to further postpone the World Bowls Championships currently scheduled to be held in September 2021.

The revised dates for the event are now 8-23 October 2022 (inclusive of 3 practice days).
All the above parties have expressed their continuing full support and desire for this major flagship event to still go ahead hence this final proposal to reschedule.

2021 World Champion of Champion Singles Cancelled, 2022 Event to go ahead.
World Bowls & Bowls New Zealand, having fully considered all current global circumstances and the outlook for continuing restrictions relating to the global pandemic for the rest of 2021, have regrettably decided that the 2021 World Singles Champion of Champions scheduled to be held at Naenae B.C., Wellington, New Zealand must now necessarily be cancelled.

The next edition of the annual World Singles Champion of Champions will now be the 2022 event and has already been confirmed to be held in November 2022 at the same venue in New Zealand.

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Bowls New Zealand is excited to launch a revamped annual North vs South tournament that will see the country’s elite bowlers go head-to-head over three days of competition.

The yet to be named inaugural event will be played at a to be confirmed indoor venue in the South Island from August 6-8 this year.
New Zealand’s leading 36 men’s and women’s bowlers, including two para bowlers, will take part in a Ryder Cu like format to determine which island boasts the country’s best talent.
There will be two men’s and two women’s fours matches on Friday, before nine mixed pairs games on Saturday and then 18 singles matches to decide the tournament on Sunday.
All games will be feature two sets of nine ends, with tie-breakers if sets are split.
The event will fill a much-needed void for the country’s elite bowlers with the World Bowls Championships, originally scheduled for last year, likely to be further postponed.
“We were very aware that the international programme for 2020 and 2021 has been seriously impacted because of COVID and what’s happening with world travel restrictions,” Bowls New Zealand CEO Mark Cameron said.
“Looking at our own domestic programme we realised that outside of the nationals we didn’t really have a high profile best of the best event that we could showcase to not only the bowls community but the wider New Zealand public.
“This is that opportunity to present the best bowlers in the country…playing against each other in a competitive series and build on that traditional north vs south rivalry that does exist in this country.”

Bowls New Zealand are delighted to announce that almost 800 players have registered to play in the Summerset National Fours and Mixed Pairs Tournament in February 2021.
Elmwood Park will be well represented and we wish these plyers every success.
Men’s Fours:
Mike Kernaghan   Lance Pascoe   Shannon McIlroy   Kelvin Scott
Gary Lawson   Jamie Hill   Caleb Hope   Sheldon Bagrie-Howley
Bruce McNish   Rodney Greaney   Bob McAuley   Dave Archer
Robbie Reed   Brendan Hodgson   David Parata   Ricky Cook
Women’s Fours:
Mandy Boyd   
Kirsten Edwards  Leigh Griffin   Angela Boyd
Bev Morel   Sherrie Cottle   Pam Phair   Theresa Woodham
Kim Rowlands   Chris Kibblewhite   Fiona Frew   Jenny Anderson

Mixed Pairs:
Mark Burgess   Fiona Frew             Brian Heemi   Bev Morel             Lance Pascoe   Mandy Boyd          Gary Lawson   Dale Rayner     Mark Lewis  Sherrie Cottle

Congratulations to Fiona Frew, Steve Ditfort and Liam Eathorne who have been selected for the Northern Quad tournament.

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Elmwood Park farewelled on of its favourite sons David Vujcich, and wife Lorraine, this evening. A bbq dinner was held and speeches made. The constant theme was what a good person he was and what an amazing amount if work he did for the club.
He will be missed but all wished both David and Lorraine all the best for their future up north.
President Pete handing over a gift voucher.

About 50 in attendance.





Men’s Fours Final. Greaney v Lawson      Saturday 13 February @ 1pm @ Heaton Street

13 – 1 – 21     Saturday afternoon club days @ Donald Place.
Starting 6th February we will be beginning a revised  Saturday afternoon roll up at Donald  Place, the idea behind this is to encourage increased participation. The overall concept is based on winter indoor bowls, this has been discussed with members who attended previous Saturday and agreed to.
A names sheet complied with players attending.

At end of days play wins-draws-losses registered against player.
At end of days play winning team will share in monies collected from day,  (event of draw – roll off. ) 
Lucky team draw 1st drink free.
At end of month overall winning player receives $20 meat voucher. (More than one winner, count back wins-draws-losses.)
At end of season overall winner receives $50  meal voucher.
Entry fee per player per Saturday,  $2.00

We trust this gets support as we do need to encourage increased participation, a similar notice will be on club boards.
If you have further comment please direct to myself, it would also be great if you send your names through so we get the ball rolling.
Allan Reid



Biggest after dinner mint ever seen!!!!






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The legend retires.
Click on the BNZ icon and read about the wonderful career of Jo Edwards.
Jo Edwards Fact File.
Age: 50
Year started bowling: 1992
Blackjacks debut: 2001
Caps: 646
World Championship medals: Two gold (pairs 2004 & 2008), two silver (pairs 2012 & 2016) & one bronze (singles 2016).
Commonwealth Games medals: Three gold (pairs 2002 and singles 2014 & 2018)
World Cup singles: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2017 and 2019.
World Champion of Champion Singles: 2011, 2018
National titles: Five (pairs 2004 & 2011, singles 2011 & 2018 and fours 2017)
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Next year, on March 1, 2021, a new event will join the national lawn bowls calendar.
The Summerset National Mixed Pairs will be held across Central Otago, the day after the conclusion of the Summerset National Open Fours.
This will  the first time a national open mixed pairs tournament has ever been held. Mixed pairs in national pathways events have taken place before, but never an ‘open’ mixed event.
The new tournament has been timed so that participants in the 2021 National Men’s and Women’s Fours can potentially re-jig their teams to also compete in the mixed pairs event.
Like other national open events, the Summerset National Mixed Pairs will begin with qualifying- competition games.  Monday 1st and part of Tuesday 2nd March for qualifying.  The afternoon of Tuesday 2nd March and Wednesday 3rd March will see quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final all played at Alexandra Bowling Club to wrap up the tournament.”

Click 0n the BNZ icon for further information.


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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.

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Click here to read about Gary on the BNZ website.




“Inside Bowls.” Click on the bowl to access this very good magazine. [January 2021 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.

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