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A tremendously strong field of 34 players entered this year’s Men’s Singles Championship played in fine and sunny conditions over the weekend of 23 & 24 January with the exception of a slight sprinkling of rain on day 2 which thankfully did not interfere with play.

Day 1 qualifying ended up with a late finish for a number of players and organisers due to several games needing the full two and a half hours to complete matches during section play, and delayed starts to other games following, resulting in completion of the post section draw well into the evening.

Of the large field there were a surprising 21 qualifiers moving on to post section with only 14 players being eliminated from the event, which in turn required 5 matches for 10 players and 11 byes early on day 2 to bring the field down to 16. This comprised Bruce Hickman, Mike Dickie, Kevin Hurren, Paul Hickey, Bruce Fenton, Hans Vermeulen, Gary Finnemore, Bryan Chapman, Warwick Alexander, Kevin Beasley, Paul Tindill, Mark Andrews, Les Brown, Richard Ludbrook, Gary Cotton, and Neil Fisher. Notably three 1-5 year bowlers included.

The post section draw contained some excellent matchups and close encounters with the following players getting through to the quarter finals; Bruce Hickman, Kevin Hurren, Bruce Fenton, Gary Finnemore, Kevin Beasley, Paul Tindill, Les Brown and Neil Fisher.

From there Kevin Hurren ousted Bruce Hickman 21-9, Bruce Fenton eliminated Gary Finnemore 21-12, Kevin Beasley lost to Paul Tindill 11-21, and Les Brown won out against Neil Fisher 21-21 in a nail biter.

Congratulations go to the semi finalists Kevin Hurren, Bruce Fenton, Paul Tindill and Les Brown and we wish them well when their games are played at a time yet to be finalised and which will be notified to members via the website and club noticeboard.

A huge thanks go to Glennis Davey and Pauline Johnson who, respectively arranged the large number of markers required, and updated the playing chart as day 1 progressed. Also those who helped out setting up the greens for play and tidying up at night was much appreciated. In addition, there were a number of club members who offered to mark an extra game or two over the weekend which was a big help in getting through the tournament.

Once again we had the luxury of playing on some of the best greens in the city and beyond!

Bruce Hickman, Convenor



A very competitive but small field of 5 which included three Juniors, played in this event. 

Day 1 saw many very close matches. In Round 1 Linda Fenton won her match 21-15 over Sue Peters, while Cecilie McIntyre had a 21-11 win over Shona Young.  Round 2 saw the match of the day with Cecile playing Robyn Shelwell, a Year 2 player.  Robyn went out quickly to a good lead but Cecilie reined this in to level the scores at 11-11.  This moved to 12-12 and then seesawed to 16-16, then 18-18 and 19-19.  Cecilie won the next two ends to take the match 22-19 after 27 ends. Round 3 saw the match between Sue Peters and Robyn. This was another excellent tussle,  Sue took the lead only for Robyn to eke away at this to level the scores at 13-13 before Sue took out the match 22-15.In the other Round 3 match Cecilie had a comfortable 19-12 lead before a challenge by Linda saw this reduced to 19-17. Two shots on the final end secured Cecilie the game 21-17 after 25 ends.  Hence three competitors, Linda Fenton, Sue Peters with one live each and Cecilie McIntyre who had two lives were still in contention at the end of Day 1.

Day 2 started with the match between Sue Peters and Linda Fenton, with the winner going through to challenge Cecilie for the championship.  Sue quickly established a lead and went on to take the match. In her next match Sue and Cecilie were closely matched, being tied 14-14 after 17 ends, before Sue moved ahead to win 21-17, and force a further match.  This time after the score had moved out to 6-6, it was Cecilie’s turn to take the lead, a lead she maintained to win 21-14.  

Congratulations to Cecilie McIntyre, the Open Women’s Singles Champion, and to Sue Peters the runner-up.  Both these players delivered close to 500 bowls over the weekend.  Well done to all players – excellent bowls were played.  Every end and all matches were very closely fought.

Thank you, as always, to Paul and his team for the excellent greens.



After a successful inaugural event last year, Business Bowls (Bowls & Burgers) will again be held this year over six consecutive Wednesday nights, 10th February to 17th March.


Please note Volunteers’ Night has been changed from Monday 8th February to Monday 15thMarch. Details will be advised nearer the time.


 A good field of 6 pairs entered this event, with all teams drawn to play three qualifying games on the first day.After the first two rounds two teams, those of Linda Fenton and Shelley McCabe and Brenda Gael and Linda Mirabelli, had gained their two wins. The last round of the day saw Helen Ongley and Carol Barr gain their second win to also qualify.However Robyn Shelwell and Annie Hsu who started the match having had one win were unable to counter strong play from Shona Young and Colleen Wright.Hence three teams qualified for post section play.

On Sunday the draw saw Linda Fenton’s team up against Brenda’s team in the first match with the winner of this match to play Helen’s team in the final.In this match Linda and Shelley went out to a good lead, only to begin to be pegged back.However Linda and Shelley regained their momentum to take the match 22-8, and progress to the final.

The final was definitely a game of two halves, but one in which all players showed off their skills gaining the applause of the spectators.Carol and Helen edged out to a good lead after 10 ends before Linda and Shelley slowly and steadily reined this in and then started to build up a leading score to take the match 17-10.

Congratulations to Linda Fenton and Shelley McCabe, the Champion Junior Pairs teams, and to the runners-up, Carol Barr and Helen Ongley.


Thursday Update – 
Howick Players in the Men’s Singles and Women’s Pairs at the National Champs.
Kevin Beasley won his round of 128 before losing to David Eades 21/20. David then beat well known NZ Champion Gary Lawson 21/10….. so close Kevin!
Neil Fisher and Les Brown both lost their first post section match today.

In the Women’s Pairs, Cecilie and Rosemary surprised themselves and a few representative players by winning 2 more rounds in the post section play.

In the round of 32 Cecilie’s last bowl was outstanding… moving the jack to win 16/15. In the next round they recovered from being 12/ 1 down to win 21/16 and were very satisfied with winning 6 of their 8 games over the 3 days. To reach the 1/4 finals exceeded their expectations but they then lost to a better team in a game that started after 5 pm.

Wednesday Update
– National Men’s Singles and continuation of Women’s Pairs.

Howick Qualifiers:
Cecilie McIntyre and Rosemary Ackerley won their first game to give them 4 wins, therefore qualifying for the Post Section play at Browns Bay Thursday 11.30 am.
Kevin Beasley won his 4 singles and plays Post Section at Glendowie at 8.30 am
Les Brown won 3 singles and plays Post Section at Carlton Cornwall at 8.30 am
Neil Fisher won 3 singles and plays Post Section at Glendowie at 11.45 am

There will be some great singles to watch at Howick on Thursday with 3 greens full of qualifying players….those who won 3 or 4 singles today (Wednesday 6th)

Tuesday Update
On Tuesday and Wednesday the Women’s Pairs qualifying rounds will be held on various Greens.
There are 82 Pairs entered, 6 rounds with 3 games each day. Four wins are needed to qualify for post-section play.

Results from the Women’s Pairs first day of qualifying on Tuesday 5th.
Cecilie & Rosemary played at East Tamaki on Tuesday and had 3 wins, but although Linda & Diane, playing at Takapuna, lost their 3 games they played well. On Wednesday 6th Cecilie and Rosemary play at Birkenhead while Linda and Diane play at Auckland.

All the best to our men in their singles games starting Wednesday 6th …see below to see where they are playing.

On Wednesday 6th the Men’s Singles qualifying will be played, 4 rounds in one day.
There are 336 Men entered in 21 sections.
Howick Players :
Paul Blitvic                Howick B
Bruce Fenton           Howick B
Kevin Beasley          Central A
Neil Fisher                 Central B
Scott McMaster      Auckland A
Bryan Chapman      Papatoetoe B
Ian Fisher                   Papatoetoe B
Eddie Jones              Blockhouse Bay A
Kevin Hurren             Blockhouse Bay B
Warwick  A                St Heliers
Les Brown                  St Heliers

GOOD BOWLING to all of you


In beautiful sunny conditions the Men’s Champ Triples were played out on 19 and 20 December. A strong field of 16 teams entered this year’s event, up from 12 last year and including an increasing number of 1 to 5 year bowlers, which once again was great to see.

The start of the championship was somewhat overshadowed by the news that Wally Mearns had been admitted to hospital the night before play (but now on the mend) and subsequent withdrawal of his team including Clive Cockle and Kevin Dumper.

Some closely fought games ensued in the qualifying rounds as teams battled it out to reach the knock out stages with the following combinations succeeding; 1) Mark Griffiths, Steve Arms & Pax Vermeulen; 2) Scott McMaster, Mike Dickie & Greg Dowdell; 3) Bryan Chapman, Gary Cotton & Les Brown; 4) Kevin Hurren, Hans Vermeulen & Graeme Thomson; 5) Don Newitt, Kevin Rowe & Terry Turner; 6) Paul Hickey, Kevin Beasley & Bruce Hickman; 7) Lex Calder, Bruce Fenton & Eddie Jones; 8) Iain Thomas, Peter Roylance & Paul Blitvic.

Post Section was closely contested with Paul Hickey’s team winning out over Mark Griffiths men 15 -12, Bryan Chapman’s losing to Iain Thomas’ team 14-19, Scott McMaster‘s team overcoming Don Newitt’s brave warriors 19-10 and rounding out the 4 semi finalists, Lex Calder’s team outplaying Kevin Hurren’s guys 19-14.

Moving into the semi finals and with the sunny and calm conditions continuing, Paul Hickey’s team dominated their encounter with Iain Thomas’ players coming out on top 22-12, followed by Lex Calder’s men who took out Scott’s team 19-15.

It was Paul’s team that eventually won the day over Lex Calder’s combination 21-13 to lift the trophy but Lex, Bruce Fenton and Eddie deserve much credit having played so well over both days to reach the final. It was only after an unexpected 6 on the 15th end that sealed the win for Paul’s team. The final finished off a great weekend of bowls at the club and thanks go to Paul and his helpers with the greens we were fortunate to enjoy. Overall the standard of play was excellent and bodes well for the club looking ahead.

Congratulations to Paul Hickey, Kevin Beasley and Bruce Hickman for winning the Men’s Championship Triples “ClubTrophy 1977”, and to the Runners-Up, Lex Calder, Bruce Fenton and Eddie Jones.

Convenor: Bruce Hickman


The Open Women’s Championship was held last weekend in wonderful warm weather.Day 1 began with five teams taking to the greens, playing a two-life system, in what was to be a weekend of very competitive matches.In Round 1, Robyn Shelwell playing withNoelene Sadgrove and Lana Dowdell had a very good match against Glennis, who was playing with Barbara Schlumpf and Shona Young.With scores level at 13-13 after 18 ends an extra end was required. A great shot by Robyn saw her team take the match 14-13.In the other match, Joy Baughan, Brenda Gael and Joyce Joe played Diane Harris, Linda Fenton and Sue Peters.Joy’s team started strongly going out to a 8-0 lead, and continued to build on this for an 18-7 win.

At the end of Day 1, Cecilie McIntyre playing with Irene Turley and Rosemary Ackerley still had two lives and Glennis’s team and Joy’s team had one life each each.

Day 2 began with the match between Cecilie’s team and Joy’s team.Joy’s team went out to a good lead before Cecilie’s team gradually narrowed the margin.The final result depended on the last bowl.Cecilie put down a superb draw shot to win the match 18-16.

The next round saw a very even start with the scores locked at 9-9 after 13 ends, before Glennis’s team eventually won 16-10 forcing a further match.This was another competitive match. Once again the lead changed many times, with the score locking at 14-14 after 14 ends, before moving on to 17-15 to Glennis’s team after 17 ends. Shona played two excellent shots and put the pressure on.Cecilie’s team were able to dislodge one but not both of these bowls, so giving a well-deserved win and the Championship title to Glennis’s team 18-15.

Congratulations to Glennis Davey, Barbara Schlumpf and Shona Young on their Championship win, and to the Runners-Up, Cecilie McIntyre, Irene Turley and Rosemary Ackerley.

Thank you, as always, to Paul Hickey and his team for their excellent preparation and for the setting up of the greens on both days.


The wrong bias box was emptied again at Totara Hospice and they were most grateful to receive $326. The new box has got to a good start with $100 donated when two players who won hams in the Xmas Ham Tournament on December 16th asked for their hams to be auctioned and the proceeds added to the Hospice box.


This 2020 year’s Club Christmas Ham Triples Tournament held last Sunday was an absolute cracker with everyone (approximately 90 players and many spectators) having a great time on a bright and sunny day.

Many a Santa or Mrs Claus turned  up in different celebration attire, some with colourful hats followed by the Bishop (Don Newitt) wearing an outrageous outfit and pop glasses, and a vaguely familiar lady in a long haired pinkish blond wig, with more colourful shirts and twinkling earrings than any one two dollar shop could ever provide.

Glennis had shuffled the deck so the skips, leads and others were in many unfamiliar places. This made for unexpected and fun outcomes, providing equal challenges to all.

After three games of 8 ends we all retired for drinks at the bar to the sound of Christmas Carols and to share in the many prizes, and then a delicious ham and salad snack. What a day; with all agreeing that it should be made a calendar fixture for future years.

A  very fun big thanks to Glennis and her gang of many helpers for the great organisation and the fun program that was provided for all to enjoy.


The first day of the Veteran Singles was played last Tuesday, 17 November, with each player completing two rounds.

In the Women’s competition two of the five entrants, Cecilie McIntyre and Brenda Gael,have won both their games.These two players are drawn against each other in the first round of the day next Tuesday.

The Men’s competition, with 18 entries, has been divided into three sections of 6 players. In sections 1 & 2, there are two two-winners in each section: Lex Calder, Bruce Hickman, Wally Mearns and Keith Westbrooke.Lex plays Bruce in second round next Tuesday while Wally and Keith meet in the first round of the day. Tony Mitchinson leads Section 3 with two wins, with a further four players having had one win each.


Well done to Neil Fisher, Bryan Chapman and Gary Cotton on reaching quarter-finals the Auckland Centre Men’s Triples.


Howick was well represented with teams competing in the Qualifying Day of the Centre Men’s Triples. Congratulations to the teams who won their sections and have progressed to Post Section play on Sunday 22 November.Good luck to Lex Calder, Paul Blitvic and Graeme Thompson, and to Neil Fisher, Bryan Chapman and Gary Cotton.

Well done also to Linda Fenton who competed in the Centre Women’s Singles, finishing second in her section.


After four rounds of Three Five Competition the Howick Two and Howick One teams are top of the table, separated by only a half point.  They will play off against each other’s next Thursday night (19November) to be winner of South Eastern Zone Section.

Howick Two’s team of Robert Shelwell, David Weir and Peter Roylance have four wins, and Howick One’s team of Eddie Jones, Bruce Fenton and Robin Shelwell have three wins.


On Sunday 15 November the final of the Mixed Handicap Pairs was played, under bright sun and in a gentle breeze, with Graeme Thomson and Brenda Gael against Murray Martin  and David Weir, with a crowd of enthusiastic thirty spectators applauding the many great shots.

Brilliant bowls were played on long ends by both teams, with Murray and David winning a close encounter for many ends until pulling away to win 19 – 12.

Afterwards everyone stayed for a barbecue, a cold drink and to eat Kay Griffiths scones and jam


A strong field of 48 players entered this year’s any combination single entry tournament and included 16 women and 19 Junior bowlers. This was a tremendous response for the first such event in the club’s playing programme.

The handicapping calculations and blind draw nature of the event ensured a broadly even field with a number of interesting combinations and a good mixture of experienced players teaming up with their less experienced playing partners, all of which resulted in a very successful event over the past 2 weekends and despite the threat of inclement conditions during post section play.

In summary the following teams are to be congratulated for qualifying for the post section knock out phase, and noting that a number of the lower handicap entrants were, not entirely surprisingly, eliminated during this section play – Graeme Thomson & Brenda Gael; Murray Martin & David Weir; Sue Peters & Linda Sharpe; Kevin Hurren & Bob Wright; Russell McKay & Shelley McCabe; Lex Calder & Helen Ongley; Ian Fisher & Greg Dowdell; Peter Roylance & Ian Chan; Don Newitt & Lana Dowdell; Ken McIntyre & Linda Mirrabelli; and Joy Baughan & Robyn Shelwell.

Post Section play required a new draw needing 6 of the 11 qualifiers to play an early round with the 3 winning teams then being added to the 5 teams getting a bye as required to reduce the field to 8 teams. Thus the Quarter Final round 2 of Post Section resulted in the following outcomes; Russell & Shelley 23 v Kevin & Bob 12; Graeme & Brenda 25 v Joy & Robyn 10; Don & Lana 10 v Ian & Greg 20; Peter & Ian 16 v Murray and David 17.

The Semi Final play offs were hard fought with an excellent standard of bowls in sunny conditions as the day advanced. After doing so well Russell and Shelley fell to Graeme and Brenda 8-23 after scoring a 5 in the first end then not scoring again until end 10. Meantime Murray and David had to work very hard to overcome Ian and Greg 16-11 with the latter making a strong comeback after being down by 8 shots at the completion of 6 ends and reducing this to only 1 after 14 ends.
Hearty congratulations go to Graeme and Brenda, and Murray and David in reaching the Final. This to be played on Sunday 15 Nov at 10am.

Overall this has been a most enjoyable tournament to date with a number of players showing their skills and undoubted promise in a competitive but notably friendly spirit amongst all who participated.
Convenor: Bruce Hickman


Women’s 8s Interclub
The first day, three rounds, of this competition began at Blockhouse Bay Bowling Club. In Round 1 Howick played Henderson, having comfortable wins in the Fours and one of the pairs.
Round 2 saw Howick playing St Heliers. However, with most games approximately two thirds completed the rain set in, eventually resulting in play being abandoned for the day. Results for this round are yet to be finalised by Auckland Bowls – the fours were playing a closely fought match, whilst the one of the pairs appears well set up for a win.

Half Day Sixes
This Interclub team played at Remuera, half outside on grass greens in the rain, and then a second game inside under the covered green. Results were two wins and two losses, with outstanding play by David Weir and Mike Dickie.
Well done to first year players Robert and Robyn Shelwell and also to Mark Andrews who got a good win too.

Today’s Bowling experience sure makes you proud to be able to play on our wonderfull grass greens at Howick and to know that in the future we also will have covered artificial facilities next year so that we can finish our games when downpours of rain could cancel tournaments.


Rounds one and two of the Junior Bowls3Five competition were played on A Green at Howick last night, with a tricky westerly wind, either fast behind you, or in your face.  Both Howick teams had two wins, regardless of having to play the last two end in complete darkness.

Thank goodness Greenkeeper Paul placed the A green rinks close to the club house where the inside lights provided just enough light to vaguely see the heads.

Team one, skipped by Eddie Jones, had two brilliantly performing bowlers  Linda Fenton and Robyn Shelwell, winning well.

Team two, skipped by Peter Roylance with David Weir and Robert Shelwell, had two wins too, but came from behind in most games and finished the second game by winning the tie breaker at 8.15 pm in total darkness.  A great performance by Robert Shelwell, playing the lead role, was close to or right on the jack many times.

Thank you Irene, Nola and Janet for sharing the rinks and providing a great dinner for us.


There were 6 teams entered for this event. Qualifying rounds were played on Saturday 19 October with the teams of  Peter Roylance, Richard Green and Rod Sadgrove, and Eddie Jones, Bruce Fenton and Graeme Thomson both having 3 wins qualifying and these were the only teams to progress to Sunday.

In the final Eddie Jones’s team were leading 9 – 4 after 9 ends. However Peter Roylance’s team came back and after 16 ends the score was 11 all.  Peter Roylance’s team played a great 17th end and picked up 4 points and went on to win 17 to 11.

It was a high quality final with some excellent bowls played by both teams.

Congratulations to the team of Peter Roylance, Richard Green and Rod Sadgrove and also to the runners-up: Eddie Jones, Bruce Fenton and Graeme Thomson.


Saturday 17 October, a fine but coolish day, saw the start of the Club’s Junior events this season.  Four teams entered the Women’s Junior Triples competing in a round robin format.  In the first round the team of Bev Fleetwood, Colleen Wright and Brenda Gael were drawn against the team of Carol Barr, Helen Ongley and Linda Mirabelli.  This turned out to be the closest match of the day, with Bev’s team securing the win 16-13.  In the other first round match the team of Shelley McCabe, Robyn Shelwell and Lana Dowdell had a 22-12 win over the team of Noeline Sadgrove, Linda Sharpe and Annie Hsu.

The second round drew the two first round teams playing off, with Shelley’s team securing a 18-11 win.  In the other match Carol’s team ran out the winners 17-10. At the end of this round, one teams had had two wins, and two others had one each, so the third round matches would determine the winner.

Congratulations to the team of Shelley McCabe, Robyn Shelwell and Lana Dowdell who had another win to become the event winner.  Congratulations also to the runners-up: Bev Fleetwood, Colleen Wright and Brenda Gael.


Howick Bowling Club gratefully acknowledges assistance grants as follows:

The Blue Waters Community Trust has granted us $3880 towards the cost of purchasing two bottle coolers.

The Department of Internal Affairs, through Community Grants Organisation (COGS Manukau), has granted us $2000 towards our general operational expenses.


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On Saturday Howick had 3 teams in the Junior 1-5 year Fours and the men and women in the Champ of Champ Fours. ALL TEAMS won at least one game which was good. None qualified in the Juniors and both the Champ of Champ teams lost their second round.

The women’s team (Cecilie, Rosemary, Helen & Lana) won their first round 19/4  then almost caused a boil over against the Carlton Cornwall, the previous Champion team, losing 11/10….but actually winning 10 of the 15 ends….one ‘big’ end to CC after a great drive by their skip made the difference.The Carton Cornwall team eventually beat Blockhouse Bay 13-11.

Linda Fenton is in a St Heliers Junior team which has qualified.

In the Men’s Champ of Champs Mark G, Richard, Paul H and Eddie J won their first,  but turned up to watch the others at Mt Eden, after losing their second round.

In the Years 1-5 Fours, Bob L, Graeme, Tony W and Peter R’s team won  their first two games by 1 point but then lost to the section winners.  Lex, Bruce F, Mike D and Bill C’s won the first, lost the second and won their 3rd round by 1 point. Ian C played with 3 very new Juniors, Rob S, David W and Steve W, and did well to win their first round 23/11.

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