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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

Junior Pairs 31 August

The final of the Junior Tournament for this season was held last Saturday.  These have been a great success thanks to Tony Mitchinson and sponsors Paul Blitvic & Christine Steele and help from Colin Scard, Wally Mearns & Merv Mildon.

12 teams competed, including visitors from Hobsonville and Pakuranga.

It was fitting that Danny Belsham & Roli Lee won as it was Danny’s last game as a junior.  Well done Danny and all the best for your future.  The runners-up were Peter Roylance & Allan Parker, whilst the corner to corner winners were Carol Barr (Women’s) and Andrew Guptill (Men’s).  

There was an incredible end in the first round – 7 touches!!!  We are unaware of this happening before, maybe it’s a club record.

The players were Christine Steele, Robert Rushburn, Noeline Sadgrove & Bill Childs.

It’s good to see so many Juniors coming through.  A special thanks to Richard Ludbrook and his coaching team for all the efforts.


We had 7 teams playing in the ABCA Cup at Remuera last Saturday. Conditions were very difficult with a strong gusty south west wind. Three of our teams had 3 wins out of four and narrowly missed out on prizes. There were also some very good wins from our other teams. 18 of the 28 players were playing in this event for the first time and, as well as these 18, we had another 8 new players in the Canoe and Campi Cups. So, in total, 26 new players played in the 3 events which is extremely encouraging for the future.

Subscriptions Now Due

Subscriptions for the 2019-2020 season are now due and must be paid by 31st July.  Please pay by:

  • Internet banking to: Howick Bowling Club A/C No: 12-3040-0809641-00, ensuring that you enter your first and family names, and the word “subscription”.
  • Cheque: please send to the The Treasurer, Howick Bowling Club Inc, PO Box 38103, Howick 2145.

Please address any queries to Ken McIntyre or 027-535 7121

Canoe and Campi Cups

Not deterred by the rainy weather last weekend our Junior  men’s and women’s players took to the greens at Kohimaramara and Remuera respectively as members of the South East Zone to compete for the Canoe (men’s) and Campi (women’s) trophies.  However, it must be added that the Women’s teams certainly appreciated the benefit of staying dry while playing under Remuera’s new covered green.

As expected the competition was strong.  Congratulations to Linda Fenton’s Team comprising herself as skip, Noeline Sadgrove as Two and Shona Young as lead.  With five wins they were placed seventh in the Campi Cup.

Congratulations also to our Canoe Cup players!  The team of Danny Belsham, Roli Lee, Bruce Fenton, and Mark Graham qualified as one of the top 8 teams to play off for the Canoe Cup.  They lost a very close and exciting knockout game on an extra end to East but well done to them for going on to get the prize for second placing in the Plate.

The team, skipped by Lex Calder, of Bob Louden, Peter Roylance and Ron Haydon came second of 24 teams in the consolation event on day two.  Another excellent result!

Our thanks go to the coaches – Richard, Harry, Gary, Alan and Tony (Men’s), and Diane, Jill and Wayne (Women’s) for all their support both at the venues over the weekend and for all their coaching on the preceding Saturdays.

Junior July Winter Pairs Tournament

Sunday July 28 saw a very good contingent of Junior players not only from Howick, but also from many other Auckland Clubs enjoying a day of competition and fun.  Three timed games (1 hour 20 minutes) were followed by the single bowl corner to corner competition.  However in this event, to add the fun, players were not allowed to use their normal bowling arm to deliver the bowl!!

Thanks to the wonderful organisation by Tony, Wally and Colin, this was a day enjoyed by all.  Congratulations to Bill and his partner Danny from East Tamaki who won the timed competition, and to Eddie and Andy, Ron and Rosalie, Pat and Graeme, and Carol and Linda who filled the next placings.  One of our visitors, Tommy, won the Men’s corner to corner, whilst Rosemary won the Women’s competition but only after a very long three way measure.

And very sincere thanks to Wally and Paul B who sponsored the day.

Auckland Centre Awards

Congratulations to Lyn McKay who was awarded Administrator of the Year and Joy Baughan who was a awarded Official of the Year by Auckland Bowls.

Executive Committee Meetings

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


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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