Well 2017 has followed on from our wet and windy 2016 November/December months and once again has played havoc with both Centre and Club fixtures.

The Women’s Pennants were once again rained off on 19th January and the Men’s Pennants on 25th January. New dates for these have yet to be set by the Centre.

Congratulations to Chris Carter on progressing to post section of the Open singles. Chris won his first post section game (by a default) but unfortunately lost his second round game. Well done anyway Chris.

Many thanks to the Club members who came to the Club and marked on Saturday, 21st January when we had 1 green of Men’s Centre Singles. Many thanks to Chris & Robyn for their hard work in getting enough markers.

Welcome back to John and Heather O’Brien from their English winter holiday – the way the weather was here some days it was pretty much the same as over there! Many thanks to Brian Irwin for doing the cash-up and for Sandra Prichard for doing the banking and paying accounts etc. whilst John was away

The semi final and finals of the Championship Pairs were played on 15th January. For the men Paddy Breslin/Ken Adam won with Chris Carter/Bruce Hollow runners up. The women’s final resulted in Sandy Booth/Marie Yaxley winners with Debbie Hanna/Lorraine Hollow runners up. Congratulations to all.

The Women’s Diamond Buttons was played at Silverstream on Friday, 20th January. Our players were Sandra Prichard and Val Fitzmaurice. Unfortunately the Silverstream bowlers were uncatchable on the day but well done anyway to our team.

On Saturday, 28th January we will have the Women’s junior singles being played at 10.00 am.

There will also be a disc draw that afternoon and Sunday afternoon – discs in by 1.15 pm.

On Sunday, 29th January it is the McArthur Henry Shield competition. Our teams are: Team 1 – Jill Johns, Jim O’Brien, Bruce Hollow and Lynda Strutton (Skip); Team 2 -Byron Isles, Lorraine Hollow, Doug Parker and Marie Yaxley (Skip). These games are being played at Stokes Valley. Stokes Valley will be catering lunches on the day. Please support our teams if you can.

Interclub has finally been completed. For our women our Premier and Premier Reserve Section 1 were both placed 5th and our Premier Reserve Section 2 were 9th. For the men our Premier Reserve Section 2 team were 5th, Division 3 were 7th and our Quad 4th.

Entry forms are on the noticeboard for the Championship Singles and Triples. Get your entries in ASAP.

Don’t forget to always check the Match Committee’s whiteboard for scheduled play information. Our handbook is a guide only and with the number of rained off days we have had so far this season it is very hard for the Match Committee to reschedule these games. Please cooperate with them.

Our Community League commences on 2nd February. If you know of any person(s) who would like to play in this please let Marie Yaxley know by next Tuesday evening to enable her to get the draw completed. There are 8 rounds with play commencing no later than 6.30 pm; teams of 3 people; Cost $24 per team; Sausage sizzle and refreshments available.

The Veterans tournaments are to be held on 1st February. We have 2 teams playing in this – Men: Brian Irwin, Paul Terry, John Battersby and Jim O’Brien and Women: Sandra Prichard, Sharon Brooking, Yvonne Horsley and Lynda Stevens.

Starting from this month the Petone Rebus Club (formerly the Petone Combined Probus Club) will be holding their monthly meetings at the Club on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Meetings are from 10.00 am–12.00 noon. New members are welcome and if anyone is interested and want to know a bit more about it please speak to either Shirley House, Joy Symons, Margaret Nolan or Yvonne Horsley. We hope we might get some of our Rebus members to become Bowling Club members over time.

Most of our Club Bowls have now been relocated into the new cupboard in the Foyer. They are all in wooden carrying boxes. Anyone may use these bowls but they must be returned in their box to the cupboard at the end of the days play.


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