November Newsletter.

The season is in full swing and Elmwood Park has made a good start with pleasing results across the various men’s and women’s divisions.


Heading the successes is the Div. 1 women’s 2/4s combination, leading their grade with a perfect record of four wins from four outings. Well led by the two regular skips, Bev Morel and Pam Phair, there is a solid depth of reliable players through both teams of four, and the two wins have been scored over Burnside 1 and Burnside 2.



The Div. 3 women haven’t quite matched the pace of the top team but have still recorded two wins out of a possible four games and are currently placed fifth in their grade.



The top men’s pennants 3/4s team has recorded two wins over Lincoln, away, and Parkside at home. There was some controversy before the season started about whether Elmwood Park should be in Div. 1 or Div. 2, because of the dismal result of the previous season but it is good to see our top team has justified the Centre’s decision to keep them in Div. 1

The over-all strength of the club means that we are able to field very competitive combinations in the lower divisions and the “second “ men’s team is top of Div. 3,  2/4s



Full house at Donald Place.

But perhaps the most remarkable record so far is the men’s double pairs combination of “BJ” Lyttle and yours truly, who have not dropped a single end in two weeks of competition. Oh, by the way, their opposition haven’t turned up either week !

Congratulations to Fiona Frew and Ian Rule by getting through both days of section and post section games to reach the Centre mixed pairs championship. This will be played  after Christmas and Fi and Ruler have a really tough assignment against Burnside’s nationally ranked Taylor Bruce and Richard Hocking.
Well done, also, to Neil and Mary Ann Johnstone who played well to qualify in Saturday’s matches before being tipped over in post section.

For the first time in several years, Elmwood Park took a real hammering from Fendalton in the annual Fenwood Duster match. The afternoon was split into two periods, with Fendalton holding a large lead at the end of the first session and any thoughts of an Elmwood Park recovery were soon eradicated on the replay.
So congrats to our Fendalton friends who fully deserved their win – and didn’t they love it !


With our main interclub competitions now underway, very belatedly, one of the most pleasing things to see was the return of a very popular ex-member and now Canterbury rep, Ricky Cook. Even though “Cookie” had shifted allegiance in recent years, he had always kept his membership at Elmwood Park and he will play an important role in our top men’s 3/4s team this season. This was emphasized when he was called upon to skip a four against Parklands in the second round when Gary Lawson, Kelvin Scott and Nathan Glasson were all unavailable and Cook played an exceptional game when really needed.

Equally, we welcome a completely new face in former Southlander, Steve Bowden, who has shot straight into the men’s top 3/4s interclub team.

Steve’s introduction to bowls in Invercargill about 15 – 20 years ago came through his friendship with Paul McKinnell who, at the time, talked Steve into playing in his indoor cricket team. A very keen sportsman, Bowden’s next step – no doubt helped by a bit of “McKinnell elbowing” – was to join McKinnell’s Te Rangi Bowling Club and he immediately showed great promise, not taking long to be selected in Southland junior squads and the Southland junior teams.

He became a full Southland rep. and was a successful player around southern “traps” such as the annual Alexandra tournament, where some of our own Elmwood Park players recognised his talents. Bowden drifted away from bowls when he shifted to Christchurch  several years ago.

“It’s great to see him back in the game – he’s a very useful all round player,” Paul said of Bowden’s acceptance into our club.

Bowden’s presence continues a strong Southland connection within our ranks, with Don Baker, Alvin Gardiner and Brian Burke being other very accomplished southerners to wear Elmwood colours in recent years.

Top marks also to Matt de Vries and his team including Glen Edlin, Mike O’Loughlin, Tim Sandrey, Jamie Wagner and sundry helpers, in getting the social Bowls3Five underway so successfully. After a highly profitable and enjoyable debut season at the start of this year, there was a really good turnout at Donald Place last week and the players certainly showed their pleasure by exercising their thirst to such an extent that the bar topped the $1500 mark.

Another full house at Donald Place.


Great effort to all concerned.