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 karen@travelcentre.nlk.nf visit us at http://www.travelcentre.nf

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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 …”

Read the full article here:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10811244

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…”

Read full article at http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/sport/6657832/Roadshow-looks-at-decline

Palmerston North Bowling Club

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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.

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Lawn Bowls is a friendly sport, where you can play alongside your teammates, get to know your opponent and share a drink after the game. Playing Lawn Bowls is a good way of meeting new people. We organise regular social events for our members, and open our bar to club members every friday night. We also organise events during the week, weekend and in the evening. If you want to try the game, Mates in Bowls is run over summer, and is a good introduction to the sport. Our bowling club is located in the centre of Palmerston North, with a car park and is a short walk from the CBD, motels, restaurants and bars.

Youth

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We provide an opportunity for young bowlers to play bowls in a friendly and competitive environment at Palmerston North Bowling Club. A ‘colt’ (a first or second year bowler) can compete for their own club championship, while also competing against experienced bowlers in our 10 years (bowler) and under, and Senior Men’s/Women’s Championships. If you want to just have a go, come down and play Mates in Bowls. If you want to learn more we have a number of coaches who can give a helping hand. Young players are picked to play in club challenges against other clubs, and Palmerston North Bowling Club is well represented in Manawatu Youth Teams.

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