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.
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.
Seminar Especially For Members Of Match Committees
On Monday 8th September at Tauranga Bowling Club from 9 - 12 noon the Western Branch Umpires Association will hold a seminar open to all bowlers and especially members of match committees. The programme will cover draws and relative Laws and the Duties & Responsibilities of Match Committees. This is a good opportunity for members to add to their bowls knowledge.
Club Mount Maunganui Membership Cards
Members are reminded that once they have paid their Bowls and Club Mount subscriptions they should get a 2015 expiry sticker placed on their membership card. Please see Garrick. This is quite important as, if you wish to visit a club in another town, you may not be admitted if your card does not show your membership as current.
This event is scheduled to be played this coming weekend but at the moment there are only 5 entries. Unless there are further entries by tomorrow (Wednesday 13 Aug) afternoon it is likely the event will be cancelled. If you wish to enter please add your name to the notice board list or telephone or email the club.
Congratulations to Jacquie Strydom and Ian Newland who won this event played over the weekend.
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.
Omanu Probus Club
We have entered into an Agreement with Omanu Probus for hire of our artificial green every Monday afternoon commencing 18th August for a fee based on a per head basis. This is a new revenue generating opportunity and is a potential source of new members.
Club Day Entry Fees
Members will be aware from communications following our AGM that profitability from Club Days has been adversely impacted since we changed our prizes from meat packs to New World Gift Vouchers; this arises because of our inability to claim GST on the vouchers whereas we were able to claim GST on the meat packs.
The position was fully reviewed at today’s Executive Committee meeting and it was unanimously agreed that as from this Friday 8th August the Club Day Entry Fee will be $5. This will restore the balance of entry fees being split 60% in prizes and 40% to the club. Prizes will be virtually unchanged. Entry fee for Club Day sponsored events will remain at $5.
Saturday Interclub this year will be played on Saturdays:
27th September, 4th October, 18th October, 1st November, 8th November, with finals on Saturday 13th December, Reserve Day Sunday 14th December.
For those men and women players who wish to be considered for selection (there are three grades) there are separate sheets on the notice board to enter your name. Please put your name up as soon as possible so that the selectors can determine how many teams the club should enter.
If women members cannot get to the club they may phone either Merle Hoare or Merle Tasker; men members may phone the club.
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
2014-15 CLUB HANDBOOKS
Club Handbooks will be available Friday 1st August - please see Garrick.
Members will be saddened to learn that Harold Clague has passed away. Harold joined Mount Maunganui Bowling Club from Taupiri in 1994 and has always been a keen member of the Club, helping with Tuesday/Friday bowls quite regularly. Funeral details will be advised when known.
Subscriptions for Bowls Mount Maunganui and Club Mount Maunganui were mailed last Friday accompanied by a "flyer" offering entry to a draw for prizes if subscriptions paid by 31st August. To avoid any confusion please note that this offer is from Club Mount Maunganui in respect of their subscriptions and not from Bowls Mount Maunganui.
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.
THANKS TO COLIN ROGERS
Colin is kindly donating a new prize for Friday bowlers. On a random Friday, once a month, there will be a draw from the losing teams on the day for a voucher for an early bird meal at Club Mount Maunganui. There will be a voucher for each team member and the draw will be made after presentation of prizes and drawing of the raffles. The whole team drawn must be present for the draw. Thank you Colin for your generosity.
SHOW BUSINESS MUSICAL
Metlifecare, one of our shirt sponsors, is a proud sponsor of the Show Business musical.
They offer discounted tickets to SuperGold card holders for a matinee and would like to share this special price with our members.
Please enquire for a copy of the Show Business advertisement and flyer for the discounted matinee show on Saturday 13 September.
We are appreciative of four of our members who have volunteered to attend a course to qualify as an Accredited Club Coach. Wayne Barlow, Tom Filer, Dennis Grice and Tony Parkinson will attend a two day Bowls NZ Coaching Seminar in Hamilton on Saturday 21st/Sunday 22nd June directed by Kaushik Patel, National Coach Development Manager. We will be fortunate indeed to have four qualified coaches who will be able to build on Graeme Bones' work in recent years.
RECOGNITION OF CLUB VOLUNTEERS
The week of the 15th – 21st June is Volunteer Awareness Week and as part of the week, Sport Bay of Plenty is organising “Thank-you” breakfasts for club volunteers. The Club has taken the opportunity to recognise some of the club’s willing workers and have booked a party of 12 at the club’s expense. Those attending are:
Maurice Bradley (Sponsorship), Ian Newland (Selector), Mary & Bill Osborne (Twilight Bowls), Bev & John Smail (Twilight Bowls), Tony Heath (around the greens & in the club), George Galvan (working bees), Sean Armstrong (Web-site maintenance and technical support), Brian Screech (around the greens), Graeme Bones (Coaching), Allen Robinson (handy-man).
There are others who were invited but unable to attend and others we would like to have nominated but unfortunately there was only room for 12.
Club Day Start Times
As Daylight Savings Time has finished the Club Days start time is 12:00 pm. Can all players please arrive by 11:45 am to allow play to start by 12:00 or earlier.
Artificial Green - Vacuum
As yet there has been no response to the request for a volunteer to take a turn at vacuuming the artificial green. As you will appreciate, the carpet is a very costly item (approx. $130,000 to replace today) and accordingly it is vital that we care for it properly to ensure its longevity.
Please consider making yourself available; one volunteer is required approx. every three weeks. Please contact Noel Topp if you have any queries as to what is required.
Winter Singles 2013
Congratulations to Ted Schischka who won the 2013 Winter Singles without losing a life, although he had to battle hard in a gripping final against Meredith Pottage. Meredith was down 9-20 and fought back to 19-20 before Ted played the winning shot.
The club has purchased four new bowling arms. These are available to any member to trial.
National Club Fours 2013
A creditable effort from our men's team to finish third and a little bit of luck on a couple of close games might have seen a different result. In the first round they defeated the ultimate winner, Onehunga, skipped by NZ Rep Dan Delany and also went on to defeat Riverside (Marlborough). They suffered two losses by the narrowest of margins, 10-11 to Geraldine and 12-14 to Te Karaka.
The team consisted of Merv Gibbons, Phil Morgan, Maurice Hickey and Kevin Maxfield, though due to illness Maurice Hickey was unable to travel and was replaced by Steve Beel. While it was unfortunate Maurice was unable to join the team he reports that he is now ok.
Congratulations to the Tauranga South team which won the women's event with Pauline Bowler as lead.
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.
Centre Women's Champion of Champions Junior Singles Final 2013
Congratulations to Diane Hazelton who won the 2013 Centre Women's Champion of Champions Junior Singles at Kawerau in the weekend 4/5 May.
Women's Champion Of Champion Triples Final - Wednesday 1st May 2013
A valiant effort from our team of Alison Reilly, Norma Gallagher and Barbara Fitzgerald in the final of this event. The scores were tied at 10 all after the regulation number of ends with Omanu prevailing in an exciting extra end.
Mount/Omanu Men's 3 Day Open Triples 2013
Congratulations to Howard Fahy, James Williams and Maurice Bradley (s) who won the premier section of this event and took home the $1500 first prize.
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.