Elmwood Park Bowling Club


Newsletter: March 2017


Once again we have been granted the use of the Papanui Club’s Indoor facility so it is intended to start our Indoor Bowls Season on Wednesday 3 May and thereafter weekly ending on 2 August. Play will commence at 1pm and finish at 4pm or 18 ends, whichever happens first. Each team member pays $5 subscription which goes towards prizes and a $3 playing fee to cover the rental charge as well as afternoon tea expenses.

The Papanui Club requires team members to either enrol as Club Members or be current members of an Associated Working Mens Club. The annual Papanui Club subscription is presently $30 and we hold membership application forms if needed. Club Members who are interested in playing Indoor Bowls this season – either regularly or as a reserve – or seek further information please contact Ann de Lambert 3516533 or Owen Jones 3513575.



It is hoped that this Trophy Competition, which was last played in 2007 can be re-instated. Previously is was paid weekly as a Three Bowl Triples on a Monday evening starting at 7.30pm and finishing at 10pm or 18 ends thus enabling members who work to participate. Use of the Papanui Club Indoor facility on Monday evenings has been obtained so the intention is to run the event as before subject, perhaps, to a minor time change.

Whether this competition takes place is entirely dependent on the response of members to participate. Entries should be placed on the Notice Board in the corridor and can be either team (put skips name +T) or individual.



As most of you are aware we were hosts to the USA and Ireland teams during the World Cup. This culminated in a marvellous evening at the Club which was very well attended and with excellent food.  Ken’s grandson is in Pipe Band at St. Andrews and happened to be staying with us. One doesn’t want to waste talent so he was invited to pipe in the visitors. It seemed perfect but when I told him that he said that he had made one mistake! Many thanks to all those who helped with the evening.



We have enrolled a record number of new bowlers to our Club this season and it is hoped that we have all made them welcome.

First Year Bowlers:      Sharon Clements, Bob Colthart, Margaret Reid and from Pete Smith’s Monday Night mob David Grice and Jim Haig.


St.Albans/Merivale    Julia Hall and Eleanor Sweeney

Canterbury                 Sherrie Cottle (a member some years back)

Cashmere                  Kay Johnstone and Alison Waghorn

Bowls Papanui           Michael O’Loughlin  and Margaret Pilkington

Welcome back to Jonathan Flint who is, once again, a Full Member. And don’t be surprised if you see Gary Lawson practicing on our green – he has joined as an Associate Member.

A special thanks to Michael O’Loughlin who has taken on the roll of Club Photographer.



Congratulations to Erin Hyde, Mary Ann Johnstone and Joan Hazlehurst for a great new Club Website. Use it to check out if the green is open or closed and find out which InterClub teams you are playing in, results, photos and more.



We are pleased to have had a very active squad of Junior bowlers this year. Bowls Canterbury InterClub teams were entered in the Junior 4’s, Junior Triples, Junior Pairs and Junior 7’s and those involved performed well and enjoyed their bowls. The Club Championships were keenly contested with winners as follows:

Erin Hyde – Junior and 1st/2nd year Women

Roy Scott – Junior Men

Davis Grice – Ist/2nd year Men

Erin went on to make the SemiFinal of the Junior Singles and this game will be played on Final’s Weekend.

Well done especially to Allison Ramsay for being part of a winning team in two senior club titles this year (triples and pairs) and also to 2nd year bowlers Erin Hyde and Emily Robbins for being part of the Senior 4’s winning team. Congratulations to David Grice for winning the Handicap Singles. We were delighted to have Shirley Herd, a Junior from St Albans/Merivale join the Elmwood Juniors this year and played regularly and well in our InterClub teams. Well done to Emily and Erin who were Runners-up in the Final of the Centre Triples, playing with Pam Phair, while Erin was Runner-up in the Centre 1st/2nd Singles final.



The final game of the Bernie Bigg Trophy for 2016/7 was played on 6 March. The competition is played by women of four local clubs, Fendalton, Barrington United, St Albans/ Merivale and Elmwood, and is always played in great spirit. The winner this season was Fendalton who had an easy win, with Elmwood coming second. My thanks go to Mary Ann Johnstone for her assistance.

Ann de Lambert.



A report from Brian Smith as at 20 March.

The Edwards Cup started the 2016/7 season on 31 October and as of today we have played 17 of the 18 rounds. Once again Elmwood has excelled in this competition and the selectors thank our players for their outstanding play throughout the season. Our only problem is that we have 34 players listed to play with only 12 places available each week. This shows how popular this competition is with members in our Club and the selectors are sorry that we cannot play everyone who wants to play every week. We thank you for your understanding when you are not picked.

Once again we are leading the competition and with one week left the points are:

Elmwood 58    St Albans/Merivale 39    Barrington United 27     Fendalton 23

We trust that all players enjoyed this season and look forward to everyone competing in next year’s competition.

Selectors Brian Smith/Warren Price. 



It is with sadness that we must convey the passing of Chris a member of the Club for 13 years. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.



Closing Day/State of Origin 8 April

Green Closes 18 April

Prize Giving Dinner 6 May

Forum 7 May

AGM 18 June



Support the club – great fundraiser, great value.

See Ian rule or Erin Hyde



Greetings fellow bowlers.

With the season rapidly drawing to a close it is probably a good time to reflect on some of our achievements during the season. From a playing point of view we have had some excellent results with the highlight being the win of Bev Morel and Joyce McKinnel in the Canterbury Womens Pairs. Pam Phair, Emily Robbins and Erin Hyde finished Runners-up in the Women’s Triples and Erin was also Runner-up in the Colts (shouldn’t that be Fillies) Singles Final. The Men’s 7’s team also finished Runners-up in their final to perennial rivals, Belfast. All these games were played over Final Weekend before Christmas and it was great to have so many club members there to support our teams.

This year has seen ourselves and St Albans/Merivale combining for InterClub events with excellent results. Both Clubs have embraced this well and hopefully this may lead to a full amalgamation of our Clubs in the future. St Albans/Merivale are understandably wanting to have a clearer picture regarding ‘Elmwood Club’ before committing to a full amalgamation and it is unfortunate that progress with the Elmwood Club seems to be rather slow. We understand that an agreement with the Ministry of Education and Heaton School regarding the Heaton land is imminent and this will enable the Elmwood Club to progress planning to a stage where we can actually see what is going to happen. Patience is certainly a virtue in this process!!

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all club members who have helped this season run so smoothly especially Neil and Mary Ann Johnstone for their work with the Juniors, the Match Committee for their efforts in getting games played and the Selectors for their wise decisions during the season. As always a special thank you must go to Erin, Dave Vujcich and Graham Wells for all the work they continue to do to ensure the efficient running of our Club.

Good luck to all those involved in Champion of Champion events and best wishes to all for the rest of the season.