National Club Champs

Results have come through from Bowls NZ for the National Club Champs held in Dunedin.

Best performed was Bev Budd who came a close second to NZ Rep Tayla Bruce. This report from Bowls NZ…

“Only one round needed to be played on the final day after two superb games in the fourth round gave Burnside’s Tayla Bruce the national title. 19 year old NZ Development Representative Bruce was up against a -time national title holder and 84 year old Bev Budd – Terrace End who was gunning for a Bowls NZ Silver Star.

The lead would swing back and forth as the spectators watched in awe of both the bowers. Ultimately something
had to give and eventually Bruce edged in front to win the game 25-23.”

In the Men’s Palmerston North finished with 1 win. They might consider their draw unlucky as after having a bye in the first round, their first competitive match was against Browns Bay (Neil Fisher, John Walker, Colin Rogan and Brian Wilson). They lost that game 20-6 and Browns Bay continued to go on and win all of their remaining games to be crowned champs.

Result Charts Available:
National Club Championship Singles – 2014

National Club Championship Fours – 2014


Christmas Bowls

We all know the great fun, relaxing and enjoyable game bowls is, so why not share the joy? Christmas Bowls involves renting your club out for Christmas Events where those who come along can also enjoy a game of bowls.

Bowls has something unique which no-one else can offer, so make sure you let people know about it, and share it! Bowls New Zealand can help you to promote your clubs Christmas Bowls at no cost to you, all you need to do is use the logo.

BowlsNZ National Awards

This is just a reminder that the National Bowls Awards are fast approaching.

Nominations will close on 16 July 2012 for the categories of: Centre of the Year
Club of the Year
Player of the Year
Coach of the Year
Administrator of the Year
Official of the Year
Young Player of the Year
Green Keeper of the Year
Media Award
Volunteer of the Year

Send your submissions to:
POST: PO Box 62502, Greenlane, Auckland 1546,

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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Roadshow looks at decline

“It is not an easy job being Bowls New Zealand chief executive Kerry Clarke, a man who is trying to protect the future of the game.

Clark is leading a partnership and participation roadshow around the country to try to address some of the sport’s problems with declining numbers in player memberships, volunteers and revenues, a trend in most areas.

Clark was in Palmerston North for the Manawatu leg of the tour yesterday, and said there were a number of people in the bowls community “hoping like hell” for a return to the good old days, but it was not going to happen.

He wanted to arrest the decline in the number of traditional bowlers bowling, which had been going on for a while now.

“This is not a process that’s going…”

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Palmerston North Bowling Club


Palmerston North Bowling Club is the largest Lawn Bowls club in Manawatu. The club is a mix of people young and old, from new to established bowlers. Thanks to members, our club is professionally run providing a variety of events for our bowlers, and our greens and clubrooms host Bowls Manawatu, Bowls NZ and regional events. We have strong club spirit and are an important part of our local community. Our club is successful on the green, winning a number of national titles and providing Manawatu and New Zealand Reps.