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Powerful winds made sure Manawatu bowlers would have to wait to decide the final of the 2x4x2 mixed pairs tournament.
The final between the pair of Sharon Sims and Mark Noble against top qualifiers Barry Wynks and Janine Noble was postponed because of strong northwesterly gales buffeting the Northern Bowling Club greens yesterday.
The final will be held at a date yet to be confirmed when it can be fitted into the Manawatu bowling calender.
Last year’s winners, Sims and Noble, beat Terry Puklowski and Christina Bryan 20-15 in the quarterfinal and the pair of Edgar Jones and Sharon Groves in the semifinal 25-5.
Wynks and Janine Noble beat Noleen and Lindsay Elston 19-13 in the quarterfinal and Shane Rogers and Georgie Kahui-Rogers 14-8 in the semifinal.
Puklowski, the tournament controller, arrived in the morning to find the greens underwater and while they managed to get the greens playable, the wind made it too hard.
“We got through the quarterfinal and played the semifinal and it was nigh on impossible to get a good result,” he said.
Puklowski said that in the interests of the game they would wait for a nicer day.
It is a Manawatu centre title which the winners go on to play in a zone tournament and then if they win that, they go on to a national tournament. Because of its importance they wanted to make sure it was played properly.
The strong winds were blowing bowls out of bounds during competition and Puklowski said after two ends, all hell broke loose.
“It becomes a lottery.”
In the other quarterfinals, Rogers and Kahui-Rogers beat Neil Gordon and Linley Rogers 22-16 and Jones and Groves beat Adam Johnston and Julianne Mills 18-17.
Some columns are easy to write and virtually write themselves but it is with a heavy heart I pen this report.
The reason for such angst is the sudden and untimely passing of a good friend and bowls stalwart Bob Williams. Bob loved his sport having been a better than average cricketer and took to the game of bowls like the proverbial duck to water when he took it up about 25 years ago. Bob achieved his fifth Manawatu Centre title to achieve the coveted gold star when he won the champion of champion pairs leading for Chris Barrett last season.
A regular rep player through the years Bob never gave an inch on the green and was never beaten till it was all over. He was a versatile player, one of the few who could comfortably fill any of the positions in a team game. It was not only as a player that Bob excelled, he was a most able administrator and served as president of his Palmerston North Club.
He had a vision for the future of the sport and we often discussed his frustration that the Club Palmerston amalgamation had not properly come to fruition as originally envisioned. Bob often forwarded me news snippets for this column and as a professional news hound was always on the lookout for a story. In recent years Bob had shared employment between the Rugby Museum and publicity responsibilities for the Manawatu District Council. On learning of his passing workmates at the Council decorated his workstation with a lawn bowl and the colours of his beloved Taranaki. Let us not forget that Bob was first and foremost a family man and it was while he was mowing lawns for daughter Megan that Bob suffered the turn that took him from us. Our thoughts are with wife Kay and children Megan and Matt. We will all miss him dearly.
• I played the inaugural Rescue Helicopter tournament at Palmerston North last Sunday and it was a top day of competitive bowls but the real joy was watching approximately $4000 being raised for such a worthy cause. For the record the winning team was Lindsay Toms, Paul Rowe, Alan Morley and Dean Gilshnan. It was very appropriate Paul was part of it as he was the architect of the tournament and worked tirelessly on sponsorship. Other four winners were Kevin Suisted’s teamof Mere Fryer, Julie-anne Mills and Derek McKee in second place followed by Terry Rossiter, Terry Curtis, John Osborne and Laurie Gordon.
• Labour Weekend sees the commencement of the Centre’s season with the Spec Savers 2-4-2 mixed pairs being contested at Northern. A very pleasing 42 teams have entered, up from 26 last season. Leading the field are two ex World champions in Peter Belliss from Aramaho and Sharon Sims. Sharon won the title last season and will again partner Mark Noble. Belliss plays with uncommonly promising junior Sophie Fisher and they don’t look to have a daunting draw. The same is true for Sims and Noble but the Rogers husband and wife combination of Shane and Georgie face top combinations right through. They will meet both Phil and Phillip Skoglund and Feona Sayles. Only eight teams will qualify for post section and in theory a team could win all six games and not qualify. I don’t expect that will happen but there could well be disappointed 5 winners. The advantage is it will be cut throat till the end.
• After Saturday’s qualifying Peter Belliss will give an address on life in bowls and all are welcome. Play is expected to finish about 4-45pm and a gold coin donation bar-b-que will precede Peter’s address which should commence by 5-30pm. I will be sorry to miss his address, he remains a great sportsman.
• I ask clubs to email me their Division One Interclub teams during this week so I can preview the event. Email news to
PNBC’s inaugural fund-raising tournament for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter service on Sunday (October 7) was deemed a success by all those involved – the organisers, helpers, supporters, sponsors and players.
Twenty-four teams, including one from Wanganui, gathered in perfect conditions (a miracle in itself considering the gale-force winds, cold and squalls that had swept Manawatu the day before) for the event, which comprised four games of 1hr 20 duration.
PNBC president Steve Toms welcomed the players, as did the tournament instigator, long-time club member Paul Rowe, who has had first-hand experience of the helicopter’s valuable presence.
All proceeds from the day went to the cause, including money raised from raffles and three auctioned items – a magnum of champagne from The Mill Liquorsave, an eye test and frames voucher from Specsavers and a gift basket from Tower Insurance. Significant sponsorship support was also received from the Masonic Trust’s bowls adjutant and LJ Hooker Palmerston North.
Although it was a mufti day, it didn’t lessen the competitiveness on the greens (the standard of which drew much praise), with the three placegetters having to win all four games.
Northern, whose Palmerston North Hospice tournament has set the benchmark for such fund-raising bowling tournaments, provided the winning combination – Kevin Suisted, Julianne Mills, Mere Fryer and Derek McKee.
The runners-up were Palmerston North’s Lindsay Toms, Paul Rowe, Dean Gilshnan and Alan Morley, while Terry Rossiter, Lawrie Gordon, Terry Curtis and John Osborne, of Takaro, claimed third prize.
Steve Toms was delighted with the day and expected about $4000 to be raised for the Rescue Helicopter. PNBC is planning to make the fund-raiser an annual event.
No figure in sport is maligned more than a Bowls greenkeeper so it was great to see the doyen of Manawatu greenkeepers Ray Hazelwood receive National recognition by being runner-up at the recent Bowls New Zealand awards.
Ray has been looking after the Bulls greens since forever and long time member Bruce Robertson tells me Ray calls the shots and his word is gospel. If Ray says “no play today” only the brave and the foolish argue.
A greenkeepers day might go something like this:
– First there and a quiet walk over the entire surface to see what gremlin may have presented overnight.
– A decision follows “shall I mow, roll or perhaps tend those ditches they were all growling about”
-And the club cat needs feeding!
A handy bowler in his own right Ray is now over 80 but not ready for retirement yet. When it’s all over of course the “leaner mob” will help Ray out by telling him what he’s done wrong. Greenkeepers can never win but in this case runner-up is a top result for one of the gentlemen of the game.
While on the awards I noted there were four finalists for Player of the Year and remarkably all were women. Seems extraordinary that with two men to one woman playing the game they can’t get one in the first four. That is not to take anything away from Jo Edwards (ultimate winner), Mandy Boyd, Sandra Keith and Val Smith all topliners and deserved nominees. In every decade we have had a male bowler who strode the greens like a colossus but that character seems lacking at present. Names like our own Phil Skoglund, Peter Belliss, Rowan Brassey and Gary Lawson have filled the role over the last 40 years but there seems to be a void currently.
• Next Sunday Palmerston North Bowling Club will hold the first of what they hope will be annual fundraising tournament in support of the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter. Paul Rowe is the instigator of the tournament and he has his own life thanks to the very service. When he had a heart attack in 2008 it was the Helicopter that got him to Wellington Hospital. The tournament is Any Gender fours (mufti) so make sure you get a team togerher and enter.
With this fundraiser in the early season and Northern’s Hospice tournament in March they bookend the season well and should both be occasions where club allegiances are discarded.
Speaking of the Hospice tournament, long time organiser Barry Gush is to be recognised by the City with a Civic Award on 11 November at the Convention Centre. In his time he has raised (with a lot of help) $100000 for the Hospice. A most deserved honour.
• Don’t forget entries close for the Centre 2-4-2 Mixed Pairs on 8 October 2012 so get your entry away. I’ll see you all at Palmerston North on Sunday.