Photos of recent club events are on the Photo Gallery now.
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Christmas Dinner-Monday 9 December

Our Christmas Dinner will be catered this year. Tickets for Howick Club members are now available. Club members are welcome to bring their partners. Tickets are now available for $35 per person. The catering girls are decorating the dining area and they have organised great entertainment, as well as a lucky ticket draw.  Tickets are available from Lyn McKay, or you can also book by emailing the club email address (howickbowls@xtra.co.nz). You are able to pay by Direct Credit Banking to account 12-3040-0809641-00 with Xmas Dinner noted in the subject line.  Please include your name in the details section. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Good luck to our Interclub teams!!

The Interclub season begins this Thursday, 31 October with Bowls3FiveYears 1-5 at Howick. Play starts at 6 pm with the Howick Lions (B Child, N Sadgrove, P Roylance) playing the Howick Bears (M Dickie, C Steel, R Cherry, G Thomson, B Smith). These teams play at Howick again on Thursday 28 November.

This Saturday, November 2, our Weekend Interclub teams begin their competitions.

Howick Platinum, the Women’s Division 1 team (P Murdoch, B Rush, P Yuill, J Baughan, C McIntyre, G Davey, B Schlumpf, S Peters, J Abbott and P Johnson) play at New Lynn, starting at 9 am. They will play at Howick on Saturday 16 November.

Howick Gold, the Men’s Premier Division team (G Cotton, B Chapman, L Brown, H Vermeulen, P Hickey, B Hickman, R Ludbrook and K Hurren) play at Pt Chevalier, starting at 9 am. They also play at Howick on Saturday 16 November.

Howick Silver, the Men’s Division 1 team (C Cockle, I Fisher, S Arms, G Finnemore, J Formston, H Williams, D Belsham and J Taylor) play at St Heliers, starting at 9 am. This team will be playing at Howick on Saturday 9 November.

Howick Bronze, the Men’s Division4 team (B Jago, P Blitvic, M Martin, E Jones, P Roylance, A Northcote, I Chan and T Nash) play at Papatoetoe Hunter’s Corner.

Howick Rubies ((N Sadgrove, B O’Brien, W Mearns, T Mitchinson, R McKay, C Steel and M Mildon) are playing at Howick this weekend, commencing at 12.30 pm.

Men’s Handicap Pairs

This season’s Men’s Handicap Pairs was played on 12 and 13 October on our artificial greens with a strong field of 15 teams entering the tournament, once again comprising a good mixture of Junior and Senior players.

With a number of well-regarded club members on low handicaps featuring, the 2 day event provided a great opportunity for the less experienced players to play as a pairs team on a single entry basis with them, and challenge their fellow club members in a competitive but friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

And so it proved with a number of games on Day one round robin play being very close with some tight finishes after the mandatory 18 ends. The top 8 qualifying teams for post section play in order were; 1) Mark Griffiths & Bob Louden, 2) Bruce Hickman & Graeme Thomson, 3) Russell McKay & Wally Mearns, 4) Tony Mitchinson & Ian Chan, 5) Danny Belsham & Tony Williams, 6) Hans Vermeulen & Mike Dickie, 7) Steve Arms & Andrew Guptill, 8) Lex Calder & Eddie Jones.  Of this group of 16 players, 7 are currently Juniors.

Post Section play commenced on Day 2 in bright sunny conditions, although as the day progressed the green speed changed considerably from around 17 seconds at the start to a very slow 13 seconds at the semi final stage which presented a number of challenges for the teams still alive in the championship. Quarter final results saw Mark and Bob lose out to Lex and Eddie 22-13, Tony M and Ian scraping in on the last end against Danny and Tony W 19-17, Russell and Wally dipping out to Hans and Mike 20-7, and Bruce and Graeme in a game of 2 halves coming back from 13-1 down after 9 ends to win out 19-15 against Steve and Andrew.

The semis were even more closely contested with Tony and Ian finally prevailing over Lex and Eddie 14-13 after an extra end had to be played as they were locked at 13 apiece after 18 ends, and being neck and neck from the get go. Similarly in the second semi, after a gripping struggle between 2 evenly matched teams, it was Hans and Mike that pipped the opposition Bruce and Graeme at the post 14-11.

The final, which promised to be another titanic battle proved the opposite with Tony Mitchinson and Ian Chan running out easy winners over Hans Vermeulen and Mike Dickie 29-15 to be worthy Handicap Pairs Champions for 2019. It was great to see both Ian and Mike reach the final as Juniors which again augers well for the club looking forward and serves as a reminder that in this game of ours anything is possible when playing in competitions regardless of status.

Well done to everyone that took part in this year’s event, with handicaps evenly matched amongst all the teams, the tournament was a success and very enjoyable to be part of.

Bruce Hickman, Wally Mearns, Tony Mitchinson.

Convenor Committee.       

Women’s Handicap Pairs

This event was re-introduced into the playing programme after having lapsed a few years ago: it was last played in the 2015/2016 season.  Eight entries were received, resulting in four playing pairs.  All of these players were Junior players and a big congratulations goes to these players, particularly the J1 and J2 players, for entering this event.  The experience they gained in playing in this tournament was invaluable.

Saturday was qualifying day with each pair scheduled to play each of the other playing Teams.  The newest players Robyn Stilwell and Rosalie Haydon both played some outstanding bowls and should be extremely proud of their efforts.  After Round 2 when each pair had played two hard fought games the teams of Noeline Sadgrove and Christine Steel, and Shelley McCabe and Rosemary Ackerley both had two wins and therefore both these teams qualified for Sunday’s final.  

Sunday’s final was played on a very pleasant spring day, sharing the green with the semifinals of the Men’s Handicap Pairs tournament.  Many excellent bowls were played by both teams.  However Shelley and Rosemary built up a strong lead in the first 8 ends, and managed to consolidate this in successive ends. The match concluded with a comfortable win to Shelley and Rosemary. 

Congratulations to Shelley McCabe and Rosemary Ackerley.

Open Split Pairs

This competition, new to our Calendar this season, was played on a lovely, warm and calm day.  Each team played 3 games against three different opponents, starting with three bowl Pairs.  This was followed by a game of 2-4-2, and a further games of three bowl pairs to finish off the afternoon.  However whoever skipped in the first game of Pairs played lead in the other Pairs match, and vice versus. With the incentive of prize money – $100 for first place competition and further prize money for the next three teams and also a consolation prize – competition was tight and only two of the 16 teams had three wins.

Congratulations to Richard Ludbrook and Bruce Fenton who placed first with 3 wins.  Ken and Cecilie, who also had three wins, placed second followed by third placegetters Tony Mitchinson and Colin Scard with two wins and a draw, and Iain and John with two wins.

Thanks to Bruce Hickman, Wally Mearns, Tony Mitchinson and Colin Scard for their excellent organisation. It was a very well run day enjoyed by all.

On Sunday 20th October there is another similar tournament, although this time it is a mixed pair event.  The entry list is up on the Club Noticeboard.

Our Auckland Representatives

Howick Bowling Club celebrates our Auckland Bowls Representatives

Congratulations to our players: Les Brown (Men’s Open), Lex Calder and Eddie Jones (Men’s Years 1-5 squad) and Linda Fenton (Women’s Years 1-5 squad) who have been selected in their Auckland Bowls representative squads. Congratulations also to Diane Harris for her role as a Head Selector of the Women’s Open squad.  Go to our Photo Gallery to see their photos.

The Club is very proud of you all!!!

Women’s Handicap Singles 

For the first time since the 2011-2012 season, this event was played on the weekend of 14 & 15 September and with the Men’s Handicap Singles being played on the same green, this was an excellent first event for the new season.  Although the women’s field was small, competition was keen and the excellent standard of play made for some well fought games.  Saturday was qualifying day with each player playing each other.  Linda Fenton, with two wins, and Irene Turley, with one win, qualified for the final on the Sunday.  Congratulations to Linda Fenton who got off to a good start and then maintained her lead to take the title.

 Men’s Handicap Singles

In springlike conditions and as a forerunner to whet the appetite for the upcoming  summer season, this year’s Men’s Handicap Singles event was played on our artificial greens on 14 and 15 September with a field of 16 entrants comprising a good mix of Junior and Senior club members.

Competition in the qualifying rounds on day one was fierce with the slightly revised format of 15 ends instead of first to 21 proving successful giving the lower handicappers more time to “catch up” while the higher handicappers still had a realistic chance to fend off the opposition.  Qualifiers for post section play were; Paul Blitvic, Bruce Hickman, Pax Vermuelen, Ian Chan, Bryan Chapman, Bruce Fenton, Peter Roylance, and Mark Griffiths. Significant at this stage is that of the 8 qualifiers, 4 are Junior players. Of the total number of entrants, 9 are Juniors.

Post Section play proved equally competitive with an excellent standard of bowls and close results. Paul ousted Bruce H 19-15, Ian edged Pax 17-14, Bryan lost to Bruce F 9-18 and Mark had a close win against Peter 18-16. The semi’s proved decisive for Bruce Fenton with a commanding win over Ian 14-7 after 14 ends played while Mark lost to Paul 13-18 in a close fought tussle.  Despite Paul taking the scalps of both Bruce H and Mark on his way to the final and playing extremely well in the process, he was overwhelmed by eventual winner Bruce 15-6 after 13 ends. Bruce Fenton showed some excellent touches and consistency in his draw game to secure a great win and has proven to be a worthy club Handicap Singles Champion for 2019.

You could say this was a result “made in Heaven” as Bruce’s wife Linda also won the Women’s Handicap Singles on the same green, on the same day, so a big congratulations to both for what must be a unique achievement in this great game we play.

The end result is also a very good one for the club as a whole to see 2 top Juniors reaching the final and deservedly so, and augers well for the future.  To all the participants, thanks for playing in the event – there was humour and good banter over both days that made the tournament relaxing and enjoyable for all.

Bruce Hickman, Convenor

Executive Committee Meetings

Executive Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month.

Library

Please take books to read  and when returned please add the date and leave in the basket….do not put them back on the shelves.  We like to know whether books have been read as we need to cull those not used in our twice yearly sort out.

The jigsaws are now located in the back room behind the bar.

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