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Club Meeting. 
Mark Cameron Bowls NZ CEO is postponing his visit to Canterbury. In place of that meeting we are holding a secretaries/presidents workshop and are hoping all secretaries will attend. Presidents are also very welcome but if your secretary is unable to attend, please make sure your president is there.
Food will also be discussed as it seems tobe a hot topic so it will be good to cover that off too.

Secretaries/President Information Meeting 5.45pm Wednesday 27 October at Burnside Bowling Club.

New Format for Town and Country – New name.
This event will be known as the Bowls Canterbury Selection Day.
This year we are trialing a new format; there will be the same number of players, but they will not play for Town or Country, instead the teams will have a mix of players. This will give coaches and selectors a chance to look at players in different positions.
We have also asked other coaches to coach these teams on the day, giving them the opportunity to coach at a different level. The senior and development women are playing at Bowls Hornby and the two men’s teams are at the Ashburton Club.
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Bowls New Zealand would like to let all of our Bowls3Five fans know that due to the uncertainty created by COVID-19; it is proposed that the Bowls3Five league scheduled for a October 19 start will now commence on Tuesday November 9, 2021, and continue for five weeks, concluding December 8, 2021.
If things aren’t looking rosy by Monday the 18th of October, we will instead move to a Plan B and run Bowls3Five as a three-day long round robin tournament, which will run from the 7th-9th of December.
The show 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 go on, and it will be a great one!
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The North v South Challenge will be contested at the Hopes Dunedin Indoor Stadium, 26-28th November in a Ryder Cup type format with 18 players announced including some of the legends of the game.
Teams have eight male and eight female competitors as well as two para bowlers (male and female) for each team.
Day one of the event will feature two men’s and two women’s fours. Day two is nine mixed pairs (including mixed para pairs) and the final day is a huge 18 singles (including para bowlers v para bowlers).
South team:

Women: Tayla Bruce (Burnside), Jo Edwards (Nelson), Sandra Keith (Allenton), Linley O’Callagan (Alexandra), Sarah Scott (North East Valley), Bronwyn Stevens (North East Valley), Barbara McGregor (United), Val Smith (Nelson), Pam Walker (Omakau).
Men: Sheldon Bagrie-Howley (Gore), Keanu Darby (North East Valley), Kelvin Scott (Elmwood Park), Craig Merrilees (Waikiwi), Mike Kernaghan (North East Valley), Gary Lawson (Elmwood Park), Shannon McIlroy (Stoke), Lance Pascoe (Elmwood Park), Bruce Wakefield (Burnside).
Well done to our three representatives, Gary Lawson, Lance Pascoe and Kelvin Scott.
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President Pete Smith announcing the sale of Donald Place for $10million. The successful tenderers were N. K. Lundy and J. C. Lourie who have an extensive history in building residential property in Christchurch.
Lance Pascoe is the joint recipient of the 2020-21 Summerset Male Player of the Year.
For Lance Pascoe, this season could well be remembered as a breakout one.  He teamed up with former New Zealand representative Jamie Hill to claim his first national open title, a feat that had previously eluded him across several attempts.
Building on that momentum, in the nationals Lance went on to join Mike Kernaghan, Shannon McIlroy and Kelvin Scott in a star-studded four in Central Otago only to be pipped at the final hurdle on the final end.
His consistency was starting to shine through and it’s that level of effort that saw him named in the New Zealand High Performance Squad earlier this year.
Other results include runner-up in the Bowls3Five, quarterfinalist in the National Intercentre with Canterbury, a win in the National Interclub 7s and selection in the upcoming North v South fixture, representing the South.
Well done Lance.                                                      Click here for the full article.
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Congratulations to former Elmwood Park greenkeeper, Eric Allison, who has been recognised as the Summerset Bowls New Zealand Greenkeeper of the Year! 
It’s not hard to see why – Eric is responsible for some of the highest standard greens in the country.
We are so lucky to have his expertise and skills put into practice in our region! 


Starting Dates for Interclub,
Wednesday: October 27   Women’s Fives and Rountree Cup
Thursday: October 28   Mixed Tens
Saturday: October 30   Men’s 3/4s and Men’s and Women’s 2/4s
Monday: November 1 O60s Double Pairs
Tuesday: October 28   O60s Double Triples
Saturday: December 11 Sevens section play
Sunday: December 12  Sevens post section play
Edwards Cup begins October 4 @ Barrington United   EP Blue v EP Gold

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Congratulations to Gary Lawson and Lance Pascoe who have been selected n the Bowls New Zealand High Performance squad that will immediately start preparing for a spot in the NZ team for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games being held in July and August 2022.
The current squad size of 42 will be reduced to 26for the Trans-Tasman Test series being held 16 – 18 November of this year, and again to 16for the Commonwealth Games itself, the final selection for the games will take place in January 2022 for the Para team and February for the open team.
Click here for the full squad.

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Club member Sheryl McLean has written a book, “This is Insanity.”
Use the book below to read the first chapter.


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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Elmwood Park received the Gold Club Check.
Pam Phair, club president, receiving the certificate from Bowls New Zealand’s Lorraine McLeod.
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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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