Welcome to the Bowls Mount Maunganui Website. We are a friendly club of social and competitive bowlers. Please look around the website and for further information feel free to contact us.
Club Roll-up Days
Club roll-ups are held every Tuesday and Friday afternoons and visitors are welcomed. If you wish to play, just phone the club between 9.30am and 11.00am. Play commences at 12 noon. However please note that some sponsored club days may start at either 10.00/10.30am. These events will be advised to members by email, on the club notice board, and via the clubâ€™s web-site. Dress is mufti except for sponsored days when out of respect for the sponsor, club shirts/whites should be worn.
Posting Notices to this Website
The website has been updated to let bowlers post notices on to the website. This lets information in the club to be shared online and will keep the website up to date. Notices are moderated by a human before showing on the website. Please be patient.
A great turnout of 80 members for Opening Day last Saturday 3rd September. The day was sponsored by Mount Medical Centre and a very spritely Dr Alan White, an Honorary Member of the Club, represented the sponsors. Winners on the day were:
1st: Reg Archer, Alison Reilly, Erika Schofield
2nd Keith Arthur, Gloria Duffin, Mary Van der Peet
3rd Les hazelton, Noel Pope, Spencer Stacey.
CLUB OF THE YEAR 2016
Members of Bowls Mount Maunganui were delighted to learn that their club is the recipient of the Bowls New Zealand CLUB OF THE YEAR 2016 award. This is a welcome reward for the Executive and members who collectively contribute towards the running of a vibrant club. To be at the forefront of over 500 clubs in the country is certainly satisfying.
Recently we were favoured with a visit from the Australian Armaroos, a nationally selected team of bowling arm players who played three teams from our club and two "bowling arm" teams selected by Mike Spring, Bowls NZ President. The team arrived on a Wednesday afternoon when Rodney Warrender and Garrick Hamlyn joined them for a local sightseeing tour and that evening 20 club members joined the touring party of 20 players and 7 supporters for a convivial dinner at Club Mount Maunganui. The next day started at 9.00am with the visitors providing an hour's coaching to local bowling arm players. At 10.00am both teams marched on to the green behind flag bearers carrying the respective national flags and both national anthems were played. Play commenced after a brief welcome from President Rodney with the visitors running out the winners by 3 games to two. At 1.00pm both teams sat down to a very enjoyable luncheon of locally caught seafood and there were formal welcomes from President Rodney and Mike Spring with response from Rodney Egge, the tour leader. The occasion was a very friendly one and did a lot to raise the profile of bowlers who play with a bowling arm.
New Zealand Chartered Clubs Men's National Fours
The 2017 tournament is being hosted by Club Mount Maunganui and will be held from Monday February 6th to Friday 10th. Bowls Mount Maunganui greens will be headquarters for the event and greens will be used at all Clubs in the Western Bay of Plenty. For further information go to www.clubmount.co.nz
Men’s Triples Final
Congratulations to Doug Russell, Tony Parkinson and Steve Beel who had a 14-5 win over Roy Fausett, John O’Brien and Dennis Pottage.
North Island Chartered Clubs Women’s Fours Tournament
This tournament hosted by Club Mount Maunganui was completed over the last four days and Ian Newland and his committee together with Club Mount management and staff deserve to be congratulated for an extremely well run event. Feedback from players was very positive with many expressing a wish for the tournament to be held here again next year.
Players from Bowls Mount Maunganui performed with distinction with the team of Sylvia Motion, Merle Hoare, Chris Topp and Marie Brown(s) finishing third equal in the main Championship event while Mary Thompson was a member of an Ohope team which won the Consolation event.
The Bay of Plenty event has been held and while our teams were not amongst the winners it was pleasing that all three teams – men’s division 1 & 2 and womens’ division 2 – all qualified for post section play. The women’s selectors wish to thank those players who turned out, especially as they were involved in the Chartered Club’s event for the ensuing four days.
Xmas Dinner – Friday 11th December
The Club’s Xmas dinner which will be held in the Promenade area of Club Mount Maunganui at 6.30pm.
The meal cost is $30 but the cost to members is $25; $5 per head is being subsidised by your club.
An entry sheet for the dinner is on the notice board.
Grants Whisky Corner To Corner
The first event will be held immediately after bowls next Friday 13th November. A bottle of Grants available to the winner and in February there will be a play-off amongst our winners, with the winner going on to a Regional final and the Regional winner going on to a National Final.
Bowls BOP Regulations
Garrick in the Bowls Office holds a copy of all Bowls BOP Regulations which is available for inspection by members. Of particular interest to most players will be Regulation 16 which covers the Conditions of Play for all Bowls BOP Centre Events.
Bowls New Zealand Clubcheck Gold Award
We are pleased to advise members that your Club has attained the above award following adoption of a Strategic Plan and Values Statement at an Executive Committee Meeting.
This Award recognises the Club’s management in the fields of Strategic Planning, Operations Plan, Financial management, Health & Safety, Club Values, Policy & Procedure Documentation, Job Descriptions, Risk Management, Insurance, Membership, Communication, Database and Website, Disability facilities, Volunteer Management, Sponsorship, Marketing, Grants Applications and Constitution.
New Non-Playing Honorary Members
We are pleased to advise that Pat Fitzgerald and Dr. Allan White, both no longer able to play for health reasons, have been appointed as Non-Playing Honorary Members.
Welcome To A New Major Sponsor
We are pleased to welcome AG REALTY as a new club major sponsor.
The principal is Annette Dempsey who has been in the real estate business for many years, has operated under the AG Realty name in other towns, and is now setting up in Mount Maunganui.
Contact details are:
Mobile: 0274 903 205
Tel: 574 0198
Fax: 574 0202
8 YEARS AND UNDER BOWLS
In the coming season the terms "academy" and "Junior" bowlers will disappear and be replaced by a new category – 8 Years and Under. Accordingly what was previously a Junior Championship Singles in the Club Programme will now be an "8 Years & Under Championship" with the winner going on to a similar Champion of Champions event.
The club has purchased four new bowling arms. These are available to any member to trial.
Bowls New Zealand Hall of Fame - Syd Giddy Nomination
Bowls New Zealand is to establish a Hall of Fame later this year and we have today submitted a nomination for the late Syd Giddy. Many of you will have known Syd as a member of Mount Maunganui Bowling Club but others may not know of him. The list below will indicate why it was thought he would be a strong candidate for the Hall of Fame Honour.
- Represented NZ at the Australian Games in 1985 winning a bronze medal in the Fours
- Represented NZ at the Pacific Games in 1987 winning silver medals in the triples and fours.
- Represented NZ vs South Australia in 1992, winning his singles
- In 1988 was one of two NZ representatives at NSW Bicentennial International Singles.
- Represented NZ Masters vs Australia in 1998 (Maurice Hickey was in the same team)
- Appointed Convenor of NZ selection panel in 1998
- Represented NZ in singles and pairs at World Indoor Bowls Championships 1994, 1995, 1996.
- Won 6 National Titles, earning his Gold Star in 2000.
- Won 17 Centre Titles.
- Won a total of 37 Club Titles at Arawa & Mount Maunganui
- Bay of Plenty Bowler of the Year in 1988
- Bay of Plenty Sportsman of the Year in 1993.
- Bay of Plenty Selector.
- 5 years as greens supervisor at Mount Maunganui Bowling Club.
Upon Syd's death in 2004 the NZ Press Association reported:
"Giddy carved out a magnificent playing record but never once thought he was bigger than the game. It was the opposite. Even though he was a fierce competitor he was always gracious in defeat or victory. He readily played with and encouraged younger, more inexperienced bowlers and always pitched in and helped with the many voluntary jobs around the club."
A panel of noted bowlers/administrators will consider the nominations with entrants to the hall of fame to be announced in September.
The club now has a lapel badge available for purchase at a cost of $7. See Garrick in the Secretary's office.
Our Life Saving Defibrillator has arrived
Club Mount Maunganui has purchased a defibrillator toward which our club made a donation. None of us know when or if we may need use of such equipment but it is vital that some of us know how to use the machine to help a colleague if the need arises.
The defibrillator is located on the wall outside the Club Mount Maunganui Office. Twenty volunteers were trained on Thursday 11 April to use it. The defibrillator is easy to use and talks to you giving instructions. It is used along with two minute sessions of CPR to help start someones heart when it has stopped. No-one can touch the person being treated while the defibrillator is assessing or shocking them a dose.
Special Thank's go to Lions Club of Mount Maunganui, Bowls Mount Maunganui and Club Mount Maunganui Adjuncts for their generous sponsorship donation that has made it possible for the Club to purchase a Defibrillator.