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Congratulations to Mandy Boyd, Lance Pascoe and Gary Lawson who have been selected for the South Island Bowls
team to play the North Island on September 3 – 5 at Dunedin where ome of the biggest names in bowls in New Zealand has been confirmed for the new inter-island challenge.
The North v South Challenge will be contested at the Hopes Dunedin Indoor Stadium, in a Ryder Cup type format with the 18 players announced including some of the legends of the game.
On Saturday 22 May 2021 Bowls Canterbury held their awards evening, with twenty three clubs represented. Over 120 awards were given. Congratulations to all clubs and individuals for their achievements this season.
Here is the link for all the the photos. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=BowlsCanterbury&set=a.2210533845748836
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It was the final night tonight.
Special credit to Matt de Vries for his organization and setting up the programme. Thank you Matt.
Chefs at work.
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.
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.”
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.
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Year started bowling: 1992
Blackjacks debut: 2001
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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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.
Click here to read about Gary on the BNZ website.
Pam Phair, club president, receiving the certificate from Bowls New Zealand’s Lorraine McLeod.
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