Petone Central Bowling Club

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What’s Been and What’s on as at 12 February

Covid 19: We remain at Level 1.  Please continue signing in and using the sanitizers.  When we see and hear what is happening overseas and now in New Zealand, this is now more important than ever.  It only takes a minute to use the APP or to sign in!

Championship Singles continue this weekend, with the women playing on Saturday and Men on Sunday.  The women will be playing their final on Saturday afternoon.

Juniors: It’s time to get ready for the Gibbons Trophy (Triples) – 28th February.  With the McArthur Henry completed now over we are looking at teams for the Gibbons Triples.  A reminder to our Juniors that the coaching/trial for this is on 17th, 19th and 24th Feb at 6pm. Teams for Gibbons Trophy will be announced on the 24th.

Monday 15th is the last night of Open 3five at Silverstream with the Juniors playing at Stokes Valley, the teams are on the board.

Gee Shield. The next is scheduled for 15 February with a cancellation date, 22 February.  Team selections are on the Board.

Thursday Club nights commenced on 21st January and our raffles resumed.  The lucky Lotto Bonus number has also started again.  Please support these.

Keep your eyes on the corporate functions board. There are already several dates coming up – the first was today.  Volunteers are needed for these – if you can assist please put your name down beside the event.

We are currently looking at getting our Website updated and hope to have it completed in the next week or two.  Once we have it sorted, constructive ideas from members on the website would be appreciated.  Please let either Glenda or Yvonne know of any ideas.

Photos of championship winners with the Cup.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get photos taken on finals day for some championships.  We would like the winning teams (and, if possible, the runners up teams) to either come in their Club uniforms or bring them with you sometime soon, and get your photos taken.  Skips – could you perhaps organize this?

Green 1: We have had Tiger Turf visit the club to give an assessment for the artificial green and they have advised that they are very concerned about the state of the green in some places. Can you please ensure that you DO NOT DUMP your bowls.  There is going to be a cost to the club to get the green fixed.

Diamond Buttons – This competition was played last Friday at Silverstream with Christine and Val playing.  Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, they were unable to come away winners but well played anyway.

NZ Clubs Men’s Bowls tournament has taken place in Christchurch earlier this week. Our Club members who participated in this are Ken, Chris, Doug and KG.  It appears they didn’t do so well at the bowls but I’m sure they gave their opponents a hard game.

Galas.  Other Club’s hold Galas.  We ask members from other Club’s to support our galas (Ryman’s and the winter galas) so it would be good to support theirs.  Details of these Galas are in the Galas Folder outside the Office.

Have you got some constructive suggestions, comments or congratulations which you would like to draw both our Executive and members’ attention to?  Well at their recent Executive meeting, it was decided we should do this and members are invited to put their views in writing and put them in the Treasurer’s box – please sign them – we don’t want any anonymous contributions.  There have been some very good suggestions to date.

A number of ‘etiquette’ issues have been observed lately and we will now start putting the correct etiquette details in these mailouts.  Etiquette is about the customs and rules that govern social interaction within any specific environment.  For bowlers it is about behaviour on the green and in and around the club.  A dictionary definition of etiquette is “The unwritten or conventional laws of courtesy between players”.  So please think on this.  Below is the first of several issues to be in this mailer:

Before the game

  • On tournament and club days, try to arrive early enough to assist with preparation of play (scrims, scoreboards, mats, jacks, etc)
  • Always be on time for the start of play and for the start of each game
  • Visitors are always made welcome
  • First names are used on the scoreboard, club names if playing a visiting team
  • Bowlers tend to start and finish a game with a handshake

Community League.  This commenced on Thursday and goes through to the end of March.  We had a very successful first outing for the teams, which consisted of 12 teams who have played over the last few years, plus 4 new teams who have not played bowls before.  Karen Wick has done a remarkable job of contacting players and sent out over 100 emails and astoundingly got 2 replies. It is really nice to see that the competition this year will be run in two separate divisions – one for ‘experienced players’ and one for the ‘novices’.

Karen Kiely ran 3 raffles, Alan Hoare and Christine did an awesome job on the BBQ. Grateful thanks to all the volunteers who marked the greens and put out the blackboards, mats, etc.  Bring on the next 7 weeks.


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Words of Wisdom

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.  (J F Kennedy)

Don’t forget to support our sponsors.  Support those who support us!  Also, if you do use the services of our sponsors please let them know you are from Petone Central Bowling Club.

Over the page is a copy of what appeared in the Bowls Wellington Newsletter re the McArthur Henry tournament and our Life Member & Centurion – Joan Porter (102 years young).  It was good publicity for our Club.

A special piece from The McArthur Henry tournament/celebrations

Petone Central hosted the McArthur-Henry Shield on Sunday 24th January as part of the centennial celebrations. This Junior tournament, competed for amongst Hutt Valley clubs, was won by Naenae’s Ben Joseph, Kathy Cross, Karen Ewart and Larry Williams. They overcame Stokes Valley in the final, while two other Naenae sides qualified for the semifinal stages in an impressive day for the club.

A real highlight of the day, was the cutting of the cake by Petone Central’s own centurion Joan Porter. Joan, 102, has a formidable bowling record with 17 Centre titles and 2 National titles to her name.

Congratulations to everyone who took part and to Petone Central on their centenary. Thanks also to Stokes Valley who graciously relinquished their hosting rights to enable the event to go ahead at Petone Central.



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Petone Central Bowling Club came into being in June 2008 as a result of the merger between two former Clubs — the Petone Bowling Club and the Central Bowling Club. Both Clubs were well established in the Petone area with the Petone Bowling Club being inaugurated in 1897 and the Central Bowling Club in 1917.

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Wellington 5046
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