Bowls club wants to add play­ers

Te Puke Times - - Sport -

Te Puke Bowl­ing Club is look­ing to en­cour­age more par­tic­i­pants in the sport.

The club is seek­ing fund­ing to buy bowls that can be used by those want­ing to give the sport a try.

“Hope­fully we will be able to get some to be made avail­able to the younger ones who want to come and play,” says pres­i­dent Brian Ben­nett.

“We do get peo­ple do­nat­ing their grand­par­ents’ bowls — but those old bowls can be hard to play with — the new ones are eas­ier.”

There are also play­ers who of­fer coach­ing.

The club holds weekly com­mu­nity bowls that sees 120 play­ers at the club each Thurs­day evening through­out the sum­mer and there are sev­eral chal­lenges like the one re­cently held be­tween Ca­vanagh Panel Beat­ers and the lo­cal po­lice.

Sky TV re­cently broad­cast a team-six team league com­pe­ti­tion us­ing the new fast Bowl­s3­five for­mat and Brian be­lieves that may also have whet­ted the ap­petite of po­ten­tial new play­ers.

The club has six rep­re­sen­ta­tive play­ers, plays in the Western Bay in­ter club com­pe­ti­tion and caters for ev­ery­one from those want­ing se­ri­ous com­pet­i­tive bowls to so­cial play­ers.

In Te Puke there are reg­u­lar roll-ups and tour­na­ments, with the Sun­day af­ter­noon roll-up fol­lowed by a bar­be­cue.

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