New Zealanders have triple the bowling fun on Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island Bowling Club and The Travel Centre invite lawn bowlers to participate in the popular TAB Triples tournament 20-24 August. Of all lawn bowls events this tournament showcases the Norfolk Island advantage and what makes Norfolk so special.

There very good reason why lawn bowlers have triple the fun
participating in the Norfolk Island TAB Triples Bowling tournament this August. Unlike other clubs in Australia and New Zealand the Norfolk Island club stays open all year round for bowling action. And yes it’s also true that the Norfolk Island lawn bowling greens are remarkably, green.

Travel as a team or come to join a triples team on the island. A minimum of 5 qualifying games over 15 ends will be played between Monday 20 August and Thursday 23 August. Semi-finals and finals will be played later in the week followed by the presentation dinner Norfolk Island style.

The Norfolk Island Travel Centre has recently released a special deal package for travel with prices starting from NZ$1118 per person twin share ex Auckland for a seven night stay. The prices includes return economy class airfare to Norfolk Island, airline taxes, meet & greet at the airport, 7 night’s twin share accommodation, 7 days car hire (car insurance and petrol extra), discount shopping card,
complimentary mini- golf and complimentary ‘A Walk in the Wild’. Prices are current today and subject to change without notice. Conditions apply.

For more information contact The Travel Centre, Norfolk Island on toll free phone 0800 008810 email visit us at

Delegates’ apathy a let-down

“Three bowling clubs have called a special general meeting to try to avoid a leadership crisis in the sport in Manawatu.

The prime movers have been Johnston Park (Feilding), Takaro and Palmerston North. They have compelled Bowls Manawatu, under its constitution, to stage the meeting at the Palmerston North Bowling Club on Sunday with the same agenda as the failed special meeting on May 27.

That fell over because there were insufficient club delegates to even muster a quorum. Only 14 of the potential 38 club delegates attended, six short of a quorum.

After most clubs ignored that meeting, called to change the structure of the ruling body and to get away from the antiquated delegate system, president Tony Jensen announced he had had enough of the apathy in bowls and would be resigning.

Despite numerous pleas from bowlers for him to stay, even from Bowls New Zealand, Jensen was adamant yesterday that he would still be quitting after the annual meeting next month.

“My position is unchanged, and will remain unchanged,” he said.

“I have had a lot of comment from Joe Soap bowler.”

Jensen is now looking forward to playing bowls instead of taking care of everyone else. His departure is likely to snowball with many other executive members vowing to follow him.

The three clubs behind Sunday’s meeting are concerned that the centre could be left leaderless and decided to call the meeting because a club tournament programme meeting was being held a half hour later. Surely club delegates will front up for that.

As one bowler said, under the current constitution, “a dipstick” could be nominated and elected.

Jensen said the…”

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Could a little gin and tonic save lawn bowling? An article from Toronto, Canada

It’s one of the few sports you can play after your knees have gone wonky, says 78-year-old Bill Davis.

And yet the beauty of lawn bowling is part of the reason Toronto bowlers say it has an image problem: the game just isn’t popular with the young folks.

“When they go by a lawn bowling club they see a geriatric crowd out there,” said Davis, a retired financial officer. “People say, ‘I’ll do that when I can’t do anything else.’ It’s a depressing response.”

A proposed solution to bowler woes? Booze. Not for drowning sorrows, but as a way to bring in a younger crowd.

A motion to consider allowing city-run lawn bowling clubs to sell alcohol and stay open later is set to go to committee next week and to city council in July.

“The idea of somebody on a hot summer’s evening tossing a few bowls and sipping a gin and tonic is not a bad one, to me,” said Councillor Gord Perks, who seconded the motion, brought forward in May by Councillor Adam Vaughan.

The potential fix comes during a particularlytough year for Toronto clubs. A decline in membership coupled with new annual fees imposed by the city this year has left some clubs struggling to stay afloat.

Davis’s 30-member Moore Park Lawn Bowling Club, near St. Clair Ave. E. and Mount Pleasant Rd., is in danger of closing. Members say the club won’t be able to cover the new $3,000 permit fee.

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam has put forward a motion to scrap the fee for lawn bowlers. The Moore Park crew is hopeful it will be
reversed.In the meantime, they continue to play.

Sporting a Tilley hat, dark shades and socks pulled halfway up his calves, Davis welcomed surprise guests to the club Wednesday — a pair of under-30s.

Sam Polley, 20, and Miles Vitko, 19, stumbled upon the club as they searched for heat-beating lemonade. After a quick lesson from Davis, they stayed for a game.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Vitko. “I don’t know anyone who plays this.”

The beginners say they could see their friends getting together for a bowl.

“I think it just takes a few people to get something like this going,” said Polley.

They agree that beer might help get a good crowd out, but Vitko and Polley say they’ll be back on their own for a game with the regulars, with or without alcohol.

Longtime members chuckled at the idea of a booze-soaked bowl. For them, the club is just a place to play the game.

“I think beer or liquor will be of more help to the clubs with a big facility,” Davis says. He isn’t sure his own club’s rustic quarters would get a lot of interest from young crowds looking for a fun weekend hangout — even if they were serving beer.

With 35 members, the West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club in Baird Park isn’t much bigger than its Moore Park counterpart. But Steve Shallhorn, West Toronto’s vice-president, is more hopeful about the liquor licensing idea.

“I think that it would help attract new members..”

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Lawson quits after missing NZ selection

Gary Lawson has quit bowls and says he will not be seen again on New Zealand greens until there is a change of direction at Bowls New Zealand.

In an interview published in the latest edition of NZ Lawn Bowls Magazine, Lawson tells of his frustration with the sport’s hierarchy and his decision to leave his bowls in his bag.

New Zealand’s most successful lawn bowler – his record of 10 national titles, three world titles and numerous centre and club titles attest to that – has long been at loggerheads with the national body and in particular chief executive Kerry Clark.

In his magazine interview, Lawson said: “I will not play in New Zealand again until Kerry Clark retires or resigns.”

Often seen as the “bad boy” of the sport he has dominated for so long, Lawson said he was upset that he had been overlooked in the naming of the national squad, from which the New Zealand team to play World Bowls in Adelaide later this year would be named.

Lawson said he has resigned from his club in Christchurch and would not be playing at the national championships in Taranaki next summer, preferring to spend time with his daughter.

His stand-offs with the national body, Clark and the selectors have been well-documented but Lawson said he was given an indication he would be considered for selection and with it the chance to defend the titles he won at …”

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