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          Have a GO! - try bowls!                                                         BHB Representative teams to play Gisborne/East Coast named - see below
The victorious Gisborne/East Coast team which won the 'Challenge Trophy" v BHB.
Bowls Hawke's Bay
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Napier 4145
Bernie Morton, Centre Manager
021 241 6822



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An online entry form is available on this site for BHB events,  go to "Online Entry Form" tab above,  or HERE!

BHB Men’s Centre Singles (since 1948 Olney Memorial Cup), to be held at Heretaunga, Omarunui (Headquarters), Kia Toa and Havelock North 8.30am. 28/29 November.

Well-known winners of this trophy who also represented New Zealand:
J Engelbretsen 1955.
N Hill, 1977, 1978 and 1981
S Giddy, 1980
B Ballinger 1984, 1990 and 1995
B Baldwin 1993
P Skoglund 1996

Locals – still playing, who have won it more than once;
F Ellison 1983 and 2001
P Golder, 1998 and 1999
P Sorensen 2003, 2008, 2010 and 2014


  • Neil Barron won in 1991 while living in Wellington.    He is now living in ‘The Bay’ and represented HB last year.

  • Unfortunately, two visiting Manawatu players B. Schischka (Johnston Park), and D. Johnson (Himatangi Beach), meet in the last game on Saturday.

  • Hawke’s Bay Representative Coach Dave Palmer, strikes two current HB representatives, Dave Stevenson and Paul Harrison at Omarunui.

  • Paul (Bart) Sorensen will play club mate Dave Stevenson in the third round also at Omarunui.

  • At Havelock North, Patrick Golder will play Ian Mason, Ken (Tracker) Robson, Mark Stevenson and Ian Adcock.

  • In what could be an entertaining match-up, Ces Bell will play Fred Ellison in the fourth round at Kia Toa.

  • Fred Ellison who won the title in 1983 and 2001faces a stiff challenge against Bunny Kupa, Peter Ramsey, Tony Terry and Ces Bell.

  • Peter Ramsey has recently moved up from Wellington - also has a hard draw against Morris Williams, Fred Ellison, Barry (Skinny) Wakely and Graeme Fulford.

  • Jack Philip will play two club mates, Phil Young and Dave Henderson at Heretaunga.

  • Last year’s winner Richard Hocking is drawn to play at Heretaunga.

There will be some great bowls played this coming weekend !
BHB Women’s Centre Fours to be held at Bowl Napier, 8.30am. 28/29 November.

Twenty one entries have been accepted well up on the16 received last year, but with a bye running through the section playing on Napier ‘C’ green.

Last year’s winners Taradale have a different combination this year (Louise Fitness, Barbara Exeter, Jo Hayes and Sheryl Glock), and will be surely to be in contention again.

Two other teams standout – the Omarunui team of Robyn Wallace, Dot Palmer, Ngaire McKinlay and Jan Henderson, plus the Havelock North combination, Liffy Law, Susan Belcher, Heather Leyland and Josephine Connolly. However, many other combinations are reaching their peak, and the final few will (as always), be in doubt.

Of this year’s entries, only Elaine Wiggins (Heretaunga) has won this trophy three times.

Let’s hope that the wind stays away this coming weekend!

Gardner Shield (men) final will be played at Bowls Omarunui on Monday 30th November at 1pm, as will the final round of the Hastings Trophy (women).

 HERE for Gardner Shield resul

Hastings Trophy - Women's Monday Interclub after round 4.
Omarunui and Napier lead the competition with four other clubs chasing hard - five rounds to go.  See chart HERE

Click Here for BHB Women's Fours DRAW.
Click HERE for BHB Men's Centre Singles DRAW

Click Here for details of Asia Pacific games beginning Monday 23rd at Christchurch.

Congratulations to Gisborne - East Coast Centre’s representative team which uplifted the ‘Challenge Trophy’ from the holders Hawke’s Bay by 60 points to 52 at Bowls Napier on Saturday and Sunday.

The match was played in difficult conditions and seasonal gale force winds that tested bowlers’ ability and temperament.

Three players stood out in the women’s local team by winning all four disciplines that they played.  Junior Helen Bentley showed star quality by winning both her singles against recognised players, plus the fours and pairs games, while veterans Robyn Wallace and Dot Palmer were victorious in every round.

Youngsters Dean Drummond and Richard Hocking won both pairs games against experienced opposition, and proved their worth in ‘open’ competition.

Photo: Gisborne East Coast team.

Fimd BHB v GEC Results - individual Rounds....HERE

For BHB v GEC representative fixture programme click 
HERE or go to "Representative" page.
This large file may take some time to download.


BHB Men's Centre Pairs (20 qualified for post-section).  See post-section  CHART HERE.

Semi finals and final to be played at Bowls Napier on 6th December, 8.30 am start.

Dave Henderson/Lloyd Fitness v Paul Sorensen/Fred Ellison
Frank/Pat Golder v John McLaughlin/Richard Hocking.


COP National (Club/Pathways) Champs. - HERE
COP National 2x4x2 Championships - HERE
COP National OPEN Championships - HERE
COP Senior National Intercentre Finals - HERE
COP 8 Years & Under National Finals - HERE
COP National Interclub Finals - HERE
DRAW - National Intercentre (Senior) - HERE
DRAW - Nat. Intercentre (8 Yrs. & Under) - HERE
BHB Strategic Plan 2015-2017 HERE
'Buddy System' - to assist new bowlers - HERE
'Easy Laws'  -  to assist new bowlers - HERE
'Tips on Etiquette' - to assist new bowlers - HERE

Give lawn bowls a GO –

BHB are at present promoting "Have a Go" days throughout Hawke's Bay - see Napier's flyer on left - Hastings' flyer published last week.
Please encourage friends and neighbours - or any prospective bowlers to go along to any of the clubs.  They will be well looked after!

“Have a Go” Days - coming up….
22 November, Bluff Hill, 36 Lighthouse Road, Bluff Hill.

Or call in to any club - anytime….

From Bowls NZ:
National Under 8's Intercentre.

There seems to be some confusion (not surprisingly) about the eligibility clause for the National Under 8's Intercentre.  Below is the regulation:


  • 6.1.1  A Playing Member shall only be selected to represent and play for a Centre in this competition if they are a Full Playing Member of a Club within that Centre and have been a Full Playing Member less than 8 years on 1st July of the season in which the event is being played. Centres must have available for inspection if required by the Tournament Director, evidence of any Players eligibility.
Editors note - perhaps the following may be clearer.......Players need to have played eight (or five for Junior)  FULL seasons to be ineligible.

- In other words:
If a player was first registered in the season BEFORE July 1 2008 - that player is ineligible.
If a player was first registered in the season AFTER July 1 2008, that player is eligible.
e.g. just like a racehorse's birthday is August 1 of any set year - a bowler's birthday is July 1.

Because of a clash of dates with the representative programme, BHB Match Committee have moved the date of the Men’s Champ of Champ Fours to Saturday 18th June, and the Men’s Champ of Champ Triples to Sunday 19th June 2016. They will be held at Bowls Heretaunga.
Find FINAL revised proposed programme - HERE.
Find BHB Tournament dates - list - HERE

Major changes to Bowls NZ events: For latest Bowls NZ Event Review circular -
see HERE

BHB General Information

Hastings Trophy.(Women's Monday Interclub).

Last season’s format of two games per day to continue with the majority of clubs supporting it.  However, to allow clubs to remain in the tournament we are making the entry one team of triples per club instead of two. This will allow 10 clubs to participate and will also allow for clubs whose players may not wish to commit to a full day’s play to change players for the second game of the day.

Junior Events:

Junior status. Some clubs have sought a direction from BHB in this matter. BNZ now only support 8 Year and under and one Centre has moved to this category.  However after discussion, Bowls Hawke’s Bay propose to continue with the current format of “five years and under” as junior status – this includes all Centre and Champion of Champion Junior events

Representative Events:
It is proposed to continue our current Representative programme schedule for the 2015/16 season - subject to any changes implemented by BNZ as a result of their Tournament and Review committee’s recommendations.

The Wanganui Junior Hexagonal is to be retained as 5 year and under, and to be played on the first weekend in October.

Hexagonal to be held in Manawatu on 20-21 February 2016.

Winners of  five/ten/twenty senior/open titles (not including junior) are entitled to apply for a Centre Event Badge.   See/print application form HERE then send to Bernie Morton, BHB Centre Manager.

At the AGM of Bowls Hawke’s Bay, the following remits were approved for format of play 2015-16.
  • That all Centre Singles events be first to 21 points, with no time limit.
  • That all Centre Fours events be 15 Ends, with a two hour time limit – except the final, which will have no time limit.
  • All other Centre events remain the same as last year.

New LAW BOOKS (available from 1st January 2015) - see flyer -  HERE
See order form - HERE


Result of the Junior Men’s Pairs Club Champs held at the Bay View Bowling Club on Saturday.
Winner of the round robin was Dave Lever and Ivan Black.

Results of the Bay View Bowling Clubs Mini Triples held on Thursday
1st    M Buxton, D Cook,  C Wilson, Bay View,  3 wins,  16 ends,  37 pts
2nd    P Lamason,  R Oates,  N Wilson,  Taradale,  2 wins,  16 ends, 25 pts
3rd    D LeClaire, P Thompson,  A Barker,  Taradale,  2 wins,  15 ends,  33 pts
Best Last Game    W McCarthy,  S Caccioppolli,  J Graham,  Bay View,  6 ends,  17 pts
Lucky Team    M Moss,  D Heath,  B Dimock,  Bay View
Kumera    L Francis, M Gardiner,  C Ireland,  Bay View

Results of the Havelock North Moira Smyth Open 2x4x2 played Thurs.Nov.19th. Sponsored by Bayswater Motors
Heartland Green:
1st and overall winners of the Moira Smyth Shield;
S. Glock & B Exeter Taradale; 4W + 50
2nd: S Belcher & L Law Havelock North; 4W + 37
3rd: P Fraser & L Sowersby Kia Toa; 3W + 32
Spicers Green:
1st: S  Brock & C Simpson Taradale; 3 1/2W + 17
2nd:  S Plassey & M Palmer Havelock North; 3 1/2W + 14
3rd: S Viggers & L Boyd Taradale; 3W + 18

BHB have a number of new men's full length black trousers, and women's three-quarter length black pants for sale at $15 p.p.  Contact Centre Manager, Bernie Morton.

Item of Interest if requiring or selling bowls:
People having access to face book can look up (https//www.facebook.com/kiatoabowlingclub) where Coral Lukies is preparing a list of HB Bowlers looking to buy or sell 2nd hand bowls. Members can email coralllukies@yahoo.co.nz if they have bowls they would like listed.  Or visit the Facebook site to see if there are bowl sets suitable for them.

You will find the following on 'Newsletters/Circulars/Minutes' tab:
(1) June Central Regional newsletter,
(2)  BNZ circulars.
(3) Umpires August 'Jack-Up' newsletter,
(4) Umpires latest minutes

For the latest in news around the greens in Hawke's Bay, listen to Phillip Stephens, Newstalk ZB 1278 AM between 7am - 8am every Saturday (summer season only).
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