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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.

Peter Henderson

It is with sadness we advise you that Peter Henderson, a long standing member, has passed away. Peter was a keen sportsman - as an All Black winger he played against the British Lions in 1950, was New Zealand Sprint Champion in 1948 (we think) and we also believe he competed in the 1950 British Empire Games in Auckland. Peter was the sole surviving foundation member of our Rugby Tournament Committee which was established 24 years ago.

Centre Men's Pairs

Steve Beel and Paul Anderson have reached the final of this event and are schedule to play a composite team of Kevin Maxfield & Neil Wilson.

New Zealand Open Women's Triples

Congratulations go to Diane Hazelton who with her team mates were runners up last year but have gone one better this time around and taken out the title. 

Auckland to Sydney - Diamond Princess - 2 Nights Sydney - Fly to Auckland

Further to our earlier email and Itinerary details we remind interested club members that in order to confirm reservations on the Diamond Princess your deposit of $400 per person is due to be paid to Travelcom (Megan Keatley) on or before 1st December next. 

Many thanks to the twenty members who have already reserved their place on the tour but the Club is endeavouring to have a party of at least 40 on the tour.  So now is the time for all interested members to make their decision and call in to Travelcom to confirm your arrangements.

We are aware that interest in this Bowls Mount Maunganui Cruise Tour remains high among a number of club members so please act now.  When numbers are known we will hold a meeting of all travellers and arrange the touring programme details.

Should members want further information please contact Travelcom (Meagan Keatley) or Don Burton.

Thank you on behalf of the Club
Don Burton,  Convenor.

Change of Dates for Masters Tournament

To All Clubs,
Please note: The Tauranga Masters Men's Fours Tournament will not be held in January 2015.
It will now be held in March - 9th, 10th, 11th, 2015. This Event is taking the dates left from the cancellation of the Tauranga City Mixed Tournament.
Secretary/Treasurer, Bowls BOP Western Division

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.

North Island Women's Chartered Clubs Fours

Congratulations go to Colleen McKee, Cheryl Pelham, Marie Booth and Diane Hazelton who won the Plate event at the above Tournament.

Club Championship Fours

Congratulations to Glenda Eden, Alison Reilly, Barbara Fitzgerald and Norma Gallagher(s) who prevailed over Merle Hoare's team in the final.

Three one life teams skipped by Paul Anderson, Steve Beel and Ian Newland remain in the men's event.

Stihl Shop Club Day Friday 28th November

An entry sheet for this event is on the notice board.  12 noon start, $5 entry fee, meat pack prizes, dress mufti.

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 today’s 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.

The Gold Award Certificate will be presented to the Club by Bowls New Zealand at a time to be arranged, but probably in early 2015.

XMAS Dinner Friday 12th December

A sheet is on the notice board together with copy of the menu, for those wishing to join in the Club’s Xmas Dinner. 

The value of the meal is $33 but thanks to the generosity of Club Mount Maunganui who will sponsor the meal for $5 per person and a subsidy of $3 per person from your club, THE COST TO MEMBERS IS $25 PER HEAD.

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.

Winter Singles

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.

Winter Pairs

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

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
Website:  www.agrealty.co.nz


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Bowling Arms

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.

Lapel Badges

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.

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