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Helen Bentley (Heretaunga) - BHB Player of the Year!                                    Beryl Skidmore (Bay View) - BHB Volunteer of the Year!
Helen Bentley - Player of the Year
Bowls Hawke's Bay
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Bernie Morton, Centre Manager
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This site was last updated 26 July 2015 - WEATHER


BHB Women’s Junior Selector Beryl Skidmore, advises that she has cut her junior squad to 12 after the 6 weeks practise/trials at Heretaunga.    This will give her 10 players and two non-travelling reserves for the Wanganui Representative event early October.

They are:
Helen Bentley (Heretaunga), Lynda Francis, Faye Lacey, Shirley Passey (Havelock North, Coral Lukies, Jackie Morgan, Linda Sowersby, Anne Trembath, Nancy Tucker (Kia Toa), Trish McGrail (Napier), Heather Moss (Bay View), Sheryl Viggers (Taradale).

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.
NEW revised proposed programme - HERE.
BHB Tournament dates - list - HERE

It is rare indeed, when a player wins all four club championships in one season - but Adrienne Freemantle (Waipawa) completed this remarkable feat last season by winning the club, singles, pairs (with Wendy Jeffery), triples (with Wendy Jeffery and Alison Bibby), and fours with Wendy Jeffery, Alison Bibby and Barbara Neville.
Heartiest congratulations to Adrienne – and to her teammates who helped her along the way.
Photo, President Gordon Watts presenting the Waipawa singles trophy to Adrienne.
Photo by ‘Chalky’ White can be viewed on BHB Facebook page.

Life Memberships;

Shirley Chong (Havelock North), Bev Withers and Beryl Skidmore (Bay View) – (there may be others that I am not aware of….please advise).
These three popular women bowlers have recently been awarded the ultimate award by their clubs. Life Membership....

This award is not given lightly, and is only awarded to people who have gone the ‘Extra Yards’, with oh so willing, long-term volunteer work – be it Match committee, Catering and Bar attendants, Raffle organisers, Selectors, Organising, Gardening, Running the Show, you name it – and generally just being available to help on any occasion.  These unsung and vital women are the people who make a difference to clubs (and Bowls Hawke’s Bay) by their caring and welcoming attitude.

They do not seek celebrity status or fame, and often their only reward may be a pat on the back – or a word of thanks
It is SO AWESOME to see Shirley, Bev and Beryl recognised by their peers!

See photos on BHB Facebook page –
  • Winners of Havelock North Classic – Trish, Ngaire, Val and Jan, with new Life Member Shirley Chong, (extreme right).
  • Winners of BHB Centre Pairs last year, New Life member Bev Withers (left)- with partner Louise Fitness.
  • Solo photo of Beryl Skidmore – BHB Volunteer of the Year - Coach/Selector, and coaching Secretary.


Congratulations to the following selectors (for 2015-16 season), whose positions were confirmed at last week's BHB Board meeting:
SELECTOR - senior men, Bruce Ferrick with Dave Palmer (Coach).
SELECTOR/COACH, men - less than 9 years playing experience, Dave Palmer.
SELECTOR - junior men - less than 6 years playing experience, Tony Terry with Dave Palmer (Coach)

SELECTOR/COACH - senior women, Jim Bentley.
SELECTOR/COACH - women, (less than 9 years playing experience), Jim Bentley and Beryl Skidmore.
SELECTOR/COACH - junior women (less than 6 years playing experience), Beryl Skidmore.

BHB Match Committee has completed the 2015-16 Format of Play, Conditions of Play and Code of Conduct - which is available on 'Documents' tab above.

Congratulations to Murray Glassey (Heretaunga)  who has been awarded a 10 title event badge, and to - Malcolm Stockwell (Napier), Natarsha Grimshaw (Heretaunga), Robyn Wallace (Omarunui), and Graeme Fulford (Havelock North) who have been awarded five event badges.

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.

Has had a very successful bowling season.
She has won a record three junior and two senior centre titles this season.

  • Junior Singles
  • COC Junior Singles - and Pairs
  • She was part of the winning team in the Centre Triples
  • and the Centre Mixed Pairs with husband Jim.

Helen is a vital part of the current junior and 8 years and under representative side – and in addition, she also helped her club win BHB’s Inter-club Seven’s competition.
This team went on to win the Regional event, and performed admirably in the National final

We consider Helen a very worthy recipient for the “Player of the Year” trophy.
Photo coming....


Beryl has devoted considerable time and effort to coaching and mentoring new bowlers – as an essential part of what Bowls Hawke’s Bay has to offer its members.

Beryl undertook her current role of Coaching Secretary some three years ago, and during this time she has worked hard to co-ordinate the interest of our coaches by arranging seminars and re-accreditations.

In addition, Beryl has worked with Jim Bentley as Coach/Selector for the Women’s 8 years and under representative team, and is the sole Coach/Selector for the very successful Junior Women’s side.

She has been the instigator of growth and development of new bowlers through to a very competent level – where these players can more than hold their own at Open Events!

Beryl’s efforts have been vital to BHB’s High Performance programme.

We consider her a worthy recipient of the “Volunteer of the Year” award.

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

To prepare for the forthcoming junior representative fixture at Wanganui early in October, BHB Junior Women's Selector/Coach Beryl Skidmore will be conducting a series of clinics for 21 players over the next six weeks, beginning Monday 15 June at Bowls Heretaunga .

2015 Tiger Turf competition at Kia Toa BC - see information on "Newsletters/Circulard/Minutes" page.

See "Draws & Interclub" page for BHB 2015-16 tentative programme - or click HERE

Bowls NZ Events Calendar to 2016 - under review....

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.

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.


To allow time for engraving names on BHB trophies won 2014-15 season, players/clubs are reminded that all trophies must be returned to the Centre Manager by 31 July 2015

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.

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

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


Joy Gee (Kia Toa) has some results of the preliminary Tiger Turf Triples played at her club today.
12 teams competed from Kia Toa, Heretaunga, Havelock North, Taradale & Bay View The four semi finalists were - Tony East, Jackie Morgan & Linda Sowersby from Kia Toa.
Dean Drummond, Craig Drummond & Gavin Keighley from Heretaunga/Kia Toa.
Bryan Godber, Barbara Exeter & Sheryl Glock from Taradale.
Ray Scott, Ray Yanko & Noel Shaw from Heretaunga.

In the semi finals Tony East's team beat Dean Drummond's team and Bryan Godber's team beat Ray Scott's team.

Tony East and Bryan Godber decided not to play the final and they shared the prize money
Both teams qualify to play in the Regional Final to be played at Kia Toa on Sat 1st August.

Port Ahuriri BC is looking for a Green-keeper - Position Description & other information HERE & HERE

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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