New mem­bers for new sea­son

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - ROSS MCGRAIL

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

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