New members for new season
Hinuera Bowling Club held its opening day for the new season on Saturday, with over 50 bowlers and supporters attending.
The day dawned with clear skies however there was a cool breeze. It was a great sight seeing so many people, especially the younger ones on the bowling green enjoying each other’s company.
President Bruce Milne welcomed everyone and commented that the ‘‘new season should be competitive and exciting for all’’ especially for the 11 new members to join this season.
Bowls Waikato was represented by its president Russell Murphy. Visitors came from Te Kuiti and Raglan bowling clubs.
Bert Simpson the Hinuera green keeper was given the honour to deliver the first jack of the new season and Debbie White, Waikato bowler of the year last season, delivered the first bowl.
Dwayne Cameron was presented his gold star (5 Waikato centre titles) by Bruce Milne and Ross McGrail was presented his umpires badge from Bowls Waikato umpires coordinator Eileen Stephens.
Club captain Kevin Smith explained to the members how the early part of the season was to be run before organising a progressive ‘type’ of tournament for the day. We played four games of seven ends and with the greens running nicely for so early in the season, there were many close games.
The winner in the end was Paul Casey Jnr, 2nd Margaret Reed, 3rd Danny Shelley, 4th Alan Jeffries, 5th Stefan McCartain, 6th Jenny Welch, 7th Adrian DeHaas (snr jackpot winner) and 8th Chen Naude (jnr jackpot winner).
The club conducts its club handicap singles tournament next weekend. This event is for both men and women with each game played over 21 ends. Any entries should be in by 6pm Thursday.
The first open tournament hosted by the club is a mens fours sponsored by FMG Advice and Insurance on Tuesday, September 27.
Jocelyn Holten and Paul Casey snr at the opening day of the Hinuera Bowling season