Back in Time.

Lots of Years Ago.
4 – 6 – 64.
New pavilion opened at Donald Place. Some indoor bowls played until September. New kitchen are was built later in the year.

June 2002.
Alison Bigg was elected the first women president of St. Albans-Merivale.

At the 2002 AGM Alison saw her vision for the club; “In the next 5 – 10 years I would like to see a debt free club with an increased membership but still retaining our friendly homely atmosphere. My hope is that present and future executives will have the foresight and enthusiasm of their forebears, the original founders of this club.
Alison also became a life member in 2015.


Ten Years Ago.
18 – 6 – 12
 President Allan Reid [St. Albans-Merivale] and webmaster Murray Scott pictured with Bill, aka the William Webb Trophy, at the Christchurch Football Club on the day of the Ireland v All Blacks test. Also pictured is the World Cup jersey worn by Richie McCaw.




Nine Years Ago.
23 – 6 – 13


Highlight of the AGM was the appointment of Mick Tarling as a life member of the St.  Albans-Merivale Bowling Club. A deserved appointment.
 MuzzaWeb understands it was one of the few occasions Mick has been lost for words.


Eight Years Ago
3 – 6 – 14
St. Albans-Merivale was chosen as Bowls Canterbury’s club of the year.

27 – 6 – 14


Changes afoot at the St. Albans-Merivale clubrooms with the Curves’ area being altered and the kitchen going to the other end.
Discovered in the wall was a part of a 1976 advertising section of The Chch. Star. Prices were somewhat different then!!!!!
Weetbix   51c
Wilkinson Sword razor blades   $1.35
White Magic   29c
Hair spray   $1.45
Soap powder   67c


Five Years Ago.
25 – 6 – 17
It was the 114th AGM of the St. Albans-Merivale Bowling Club.

What a bitter sweet day. By only the barest of margins the members approved the motion to amalgamate with Elmwood. It was a sad day because a club  with such a proud history will cease to exist but a good one as so many members realised that amalgamation was the only logical course of action.
Once the dust settles MuzzaWeb is certain that the move will be looked at positively and we will look forward to belonging to a new club that has many plans for the future.

Three Years Ago
11 – 6  – 19
Elmwood Park Bowling Club was named as the seventh team to compete in this year’s expanded Bowls3Five televised league and the Canterbury representatives boast a stellar line-up.

The Elmwood Saints, as they will be known, were led by recalled Blackjack Gary Lawson, who has decided to step out from the commentary box.
The 13-time national champion has assembled a strong Saints team, featuring two former New Zealand reps.
Glasgow Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and five-time national champion Mandy Boyd has joined her partner Lance Pascoe at Elmwood Park, having been a stalwart of the Burnside Bowling Club in recent years.
Fellow former Blackjack Jan Shirley and 2018 national pairs champion Bev Morel have also been named in the Saints team, along with Steve Ditfort, who has won 12 Canterbury titles.
The Elmwood Saints will join Bowls3Five national interclub champions Hinuera, the defending champion Point Chevalier Pirates, the Gore Rams, Stoke Thunder, Royal Oak Rockets and Stokes Valley Vipers in the second edition of the league, which will be broadcast live on SKY Sport three nights a week for eight weeks from late October.

Two Years Ago
9 – 6 – 20

Level 1 is here. Almost back to normal.

Thank you to the club and centre officials who have supported and communicated important COVID-19 messages.
Thank you to our greenkeepers and club personnel who maintained our greens and facilities during lockdown.
Thank you to our members who placed our nation’s health ahead of playing bowls.
We’ve done it together with our team of five million, and we’re now in Alert Level One.
Please continue to keep safe and healthy, support a contacting tracking system and enjoy your bowls!
Thank you New Zealand.

10 – 6 – 20
It has been decided that having moved down to level 1 we will be running the winter bowls on a Monday.  This started on Monday, June 15th, at 1.00.  

The Wednesday bowls is still cancelled for the rest of the season.
10 – 6 – 20   20 players turned up for the first day.

20- 6 – 20        Dunedin, here we come!!
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 travelled down to Dunedin to play on the 27th June 2020. The winner of the June 27th event travelled to the Bowls3Five Grand Interclub Final in Naenae Bowling Club on 1st – 2nd August 2020.

27- 6 – 20        Wellington, here we come!!
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



30 – 6 – 21
Finally the news that we have all been waiting for has arrived. The Community Board, unanimously granted us the right last night, to demolish the old club rooms and build the new clubhouse.
In spite of strong opposition from some local residents the Board approved the club’s demolition and the new clubrooms to be built in the terms of the plans submitted by the club’s architect. Certain limitations have been placed on their usage but the club is confident that the new clubrooms could be hired for the same purposes.
MuzzaWeb would like to acknowledge the hard work put in by Pete Smith and Chris Littlewood in bringing this dream into fruition. 

This Year
19 – 6 – 22

The AGM was held today.
Highlight was the awarding of a life membership to Tim Sandrey.
Congratulations Tim, a well-deserved award.