The Perils of Manning the Bar

The bias is all wrong in Manawatu bowls just now.

For yonks, an informant has warned me that bowlers are a breed of their own.

And after the apathetic snub of a special meeting called by Bowls Manawatu last Sunday, who can argue?

It seems the ever-ageing bowlers go into winter hibernation.

In the past year or so, a fairly progressive regime under president Tony Jensen has been in power.

The future in almost every sport is to install independent executive members who are not there solely in their clubs’ interests. For instance, should Northern have the five best people, or others have specialist qualities, then bring them on.

But when half the Manawatu clubs didn’t bother to send a soul to the Sunday meeting, then we don’t even know if they care, or if their secretaries are asleep. What else do bowlers do on off-season Sundays?

By my count, of the 14 delegates who did front, eight were already members of the executive.

The executive had drafted the remit to restructure themselves, so should they have been voting on it?

Anyway, the meeting was aborted and bowls will be stuck with its antiquated system of electing its executive. With the liberals marching out the door, get set for another enlightened gerontocracy.

At an annual meeting a few years ago, two codgers arrived to man the bar, only to find themselves press-ganged on to the executive.

In the cool light of the next day, they resigned when they realised what they’d done.

Anyway, an independent executive could have done…”

Read the full article at: http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/opinion/7023989/The-perils-of-manning-the-bar

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Golden Oldies

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The Golden Oldies is a tournament held here at Palmerston North Bowling Club. Restricted to players aged 60 and above, it has  featured many of the top names in New Zealand bowls, ever since Taranaki’s Dave Baldwin (Paritutu) won the inaugural event in 1985. The popular four-day event draws club and composite sides from many parts of the North Island with many players regarding it as their highlight of the season. Contact the club for information about this years event.

Read our preview of the 2011 Golden Oldies at Palmerston North Bowling Club
A full field of 80 has entered the 28th annual Palmerston North Bowling Club’s “Golden Oldies” tournament early next month.

Restricted to players aged 60 and above, it has  featured many of the top names in New Zealand bowls, ever since Taranaki’s Dave Baldwin (Paritutu) won the inaugural event in 1985.

Baldwin, a Commonwealth Games gold and silver medallist and three-time Dominion champion, has just turned 90 and still plays the occasional game. He won the “Golden Oldies” title on four occasions, as did another former New Zealand rep, Vic Sellars (Northern).

Last year’s champion team, skipped by Ian Mahoney (Central Levin), is returning, as is the 2010 winner, Phil Harris, who also plays out of the same club. Regular attendee, Peter Clark (Tauranga South), who made the last 16 at the recent Taranaki open men’s fours, is also in the field.

Members of the host club have also enjoyed success over the years, with Ray Dunn having won it on three occasions in the early 1990s, along with Brian Grammer (2003), Rex Easton (2004), Lindsay Toms (2007 and 2009) and Eric Watson (2008).

The “Golden Oldies” starts on Tuesday, March 6, and is played on the three greens at PNBC and two greens at Terrace End.

Triples at Palmerston North March 25th – Entries Welcome

Come and enjoy a couple of games and a drink with us!

Enter our Palmerston North Triples, it will be played on Sunday the 25th of March. It starts at 1.30pm at Palmerston North Bowling Club.

Teams to have 1 Non Bowler and only 1 Senior Bowler*
Examples of a team…
1 Senior, 1 10yr under/colt, 1 new bowler… or,
1 Senior and 2 new bowlers… or,
2 10yr under/colts and 1 new bowler… etc.

2 games, 2 Bowl Triples, 1hr 15min each
$5 per person includes Prizes & Afternoon Tea
The Bar will be Open, Dress is in mufti and flat shoes or jandals please.

*Non Bowler must NOT be a current member of a bowling club.
Teams must NOT have more than 1 Senior Bowler. Teams can be mixed.
For this tournament an intermediate bowler will be considered a senior bowler.

Single Entries and Teams Welcome

To enter just contact us by email, or you can also put your entry in at the club. If you don’t know any of the bowlers at the club, and you are keen to play, just put your name in and we will sort a team for you. Remember 2 Non Bowlers can play together with a bowler from our club.

Open to all Bowlers in Manawatu! We would welcome other clubs!

Contact Ian at: lewisnz@vodafone.co.nz
or if you want to know more about the club call Palmerston North Bowling Club on 357 6022.
Ian.