ISSUE 21 SEPTEMBER 2011
THE OFFICIAL BOWLS NZ eMAGAZINE issn 2230-2085
MARTIN CHRISTENSEN AWARDED LIFE MEMBERSHIP PAGE 14
Bowls NZ National Bowls Awards 2010-2011 Winners Announced Outcomes of the 16th Bowls NZ AGM Future Leaders Programme Underway Asia Pacifics Team Announced
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ISSUE 21 SEPTEMBER 2011
Welcome to the September issue of UPSHOT, the official e-Magazine for Bowls NZ. The 16th Bowls New Zealand Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday September 4th at Carlton Cornwall Bowls in Auckland. At this meeting we were very pleased to award Martin Christensen (Gisborne East Coast) with a Life Membership. As a Past President of Bowls New Zealand and long term Board Member of the NZ Sports Turf Institute, NZ Sports Turf Institute Industry Training Organisation, and Bowls New Zealand Umpires Committee, Martin has made a huge contribution over many years to our sport. He has also held many roles at a Centre and Club level, and his dedication and enthusiasm have made him invaluable to all aspects of our sport. At the AGM Trevor McComish (Wellington) was elected as President, after serving two years as Vice President. He is joined by Ann Muir (Northland) as Vice President. John Carter has been re-elected as Chairman of the Board, and was joined by two new Board members – Matt Barber and John Calvin. Continuing on as Board members are Lynette Adams and Cushla McGillivray. I am sure the new Board will continue to guide the organisation on a strategic level into a strong and sustainable future. Immediately following the AGM, Bowls NZ staff made a presentation on “Partnership and Participation”. This presentation addresses one of the biggest issues for our sport – achieving sustainable growth in the total number participating in our sport and ensuring a fair and equitable contribution to the infrastructure of our sport by all participants. The key to ensuring that this happens is for all levels of the sport to be working in partnership to ensure that bowls is an option to future generations of participants. Refinements
National Bowls Awards 2010-2011 TOWER Club of the Year
Centre of the Year
Legendz Player of the Year
Young Player of the Year
Greenkeeper of the Year
Don Manson Memorial Administrator of the Year
to the presentation are being worked on following feedback, and a “Partnership and Participation Road Show” has been scheduled for February and March next year. The first sessions of our FUTURE LEADERS Programme were held in Auckland and Wellington in August, and the participants have been enthusiastic about the three-day module, and excited about the projects they will be working on before returning for the second module. National Coach Dave Edwards and National Programmes Manager Rob Pidgeon will be undertaking a High Performance and Coaching Road Show from 26 September to 4 October. The road show will go over the High Performance Pathway, selection processes, code of conduct, the importance of coaching, and much more. For more information on the Road Show and the selection processes for the Black Jacks see pages 20-21. The deadline for orders for the Caps for Canterbury initiative has been extended until October 31st to give clubs more time to get orders in to support this worthy cause. Proceeds will go the earthquake affected bowling clubs in Canterbury. See www.bowlsnz.co.nz/caps-for-canterbury/ for more information. Enjoy your magazine! Kerry Clark OBE Chief Executive
Volunteer of the Year
Coach of the Year
Official of the Year
Bowls NZ Future Leaders Programme Gets 11 Underway Focus on Umpiring
Focus on Greenkeeping 13 Outcomes from the 16th Annual General Meeting Martin Christensen made Life Member
Regional Service Centres
Farewell and thanks to our outgoing board members 14 Meet the new Bowls NZ Board
Hyundai National Open Championships
Coaching is the Key
NZ BlackJacks Selection Process
Young-Pires Measure Up
TOWER Christchurch Earthquakes Update
National Bowls Awards 2010-2011
CLUB OF THE YEAR BURNSIDE BOWLING CLUB Finalists – Milford Bowling Club, Wakefield Bowling Club. Burnside is one of New Zealand’s model clubs, receiving the highest ever rating in the Club Check assessment process to receive a Gold Club Check Award – and now have won the 2010-2011 TOWER Club of the Year Award. The club shows a commitment to best practice, including in their documentation, “how to” manual and website. Community Development Officer Vince Roper comments “Burnside is indisputably one of NZ’s strongest and most successful bowling clubs. It continues to exhibit all the features and characteristics of a strong and sustainable club in an increasingly difficult operating environment and as such is held up by Bowls NZ as a role model club for
others to emulate”. The club’s strategic and operational plans are some of the most comprehensive in the country, and these plans reinforce their commitment to excellence and getting on with the tasks at hand, with Vince Roper backing this up, “Unlike many clubs Burnside actively monitors and manages its progress with the respective goals and actions”. One of the club’s strengths has been its ability to recruit new members, with 65 new members recruited over the last two years. The club sends out thousands of flyers, has a series of Have-a-Go days, and run a successful Mates in Bowls league, and Christmas Bowls programme.
They have a thorough induction process for new members, and convenors for many facets of the club. The club is highly innovative, with initiatives such as Art @ Burnside, and it is quickly becoming a community hub. Burnside shows the importance of strong leadership from the club executive, with President Neil Cornelius able to draw huge amounts of support from the membership. Vince Roper says “the club benefits significantly from very strong leadership, not only from its very capable current President, but also its broad base of very experienced convenors and volunteers who take responsibility for the various aspects of the club operations”.
CENTRE OF THE YEAR Bowls Southland Bowls Southland has won the Centre of the Year Award, after successfully introducing a number of new measures to assist in the development of the game across all levels. The centre has worked closely with Community Development Officer Jim Scott
to improve delivery of services to members, and are continually looking to investigate new initiatives. The highlight of the year for Southland was when the centre hosted a very successful international event – the Trans Tasman Test Series. This was no mean feat for a small
centre, and the entire bowling community pulled together to show their support for the event – helping to build the profile of the sport and strengthen relationships with local community funders. Pictured above: Gordon Crombie, Former CEO of Bowls Southland.
National Bowls Awards 2010-2011
PLAYER OF THE YEAR TEAMWEAR
Burnside Bowling Club Finalists – Val Smith (United Bowling Club), Shannon McIlroy (Stoke Bowling Club). Jo’s impressive return to the game after time away has been marked by spectacular success in both the domestic and international arenas. She is currently the top ranked female bowler in the world, and recently won her third consecutive World Cup title – a previously unheard of feat. At the Hyundai National Open Championships Jo reigned supreme, winning both the singles and pairs titles. She returned to the Black Jacks for the Trans Tasman Test Series, and was
a driving force behind the women’s and overall team victories. At club level she was awarded Burnside Player of the Year, won the club pairs (with a novice player), and made the final of the Club triples with two 16 year old bowlers. These achievements show her commitment to the development of youth and novice bowlers, where she works together with her teammates to help them develop their skills both on and off the green. Jo is one of the country’s most popular
bowlers, with her professional attitude and respect for opponents she has earned the esteem of bowlers worldwide. Top Australian bowler Karen Murphy described Jo as mentally the “toughest bowler” she has ever played against. Graeme Rees, Burnside coach and former NZ Assistant Coach comments “Jo is a positive role model for other athletes... and is a credit to herself and our sport”. Pictured above: Jo Edwards with her third consecutive World Cup Trophy
young player OF THE YEAR Andrew Kelly
Canterbury Bowling Club Finalists – Clare McCaul (Silverstream Bowling Club), Mandy Boyd (Johnsonville Bowling Club), Amy Brenton (Stoke Bowling Club). The Young Player of the Year was a highly contested category among the judges this year, with many promising players nominated. The award went to Andrew Kelly for the second year running, after he won a silver medal in the singles at the prestigious Hong Kong Classic. His rise to silver included a victory over England’s Sam Tolchard, who described Kelly as “top class”.
Andrew also represented New Zealand in the U25 Trans Tasman Test Series, where the men’s team beat Australia for the first time ever. In the singles Andrew won two of his three games against Mat Pietersen, and combined well with Nathan Glasson in the pairs to beat their Australian peers in all three games. National Assistant Coach Terry Scott comments “he applied himself diligently in preparation for the test series and produced some of his best bowls in
competition play”. Andrew demonstrated a commitment to improving his performance both on and off the green. His focus on training and practice have shown his dedication to the sport, and he carries out many aspects of a high performance culture – including fitness, nutrition, goal setting, and evaluating performance to a high level. Pictured above: Andrew Kelly wins silver at the Hong Kong Classic.
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National Bowls Awards 2010-2011
GREENKEEPER OF THE YEAR Graham Barriball Clarks Beach Bowling Club
Finalists – Glen Miller (Burnside Bowling Club), Robert Gibson (Taieri Bowling Club). Graham has made an outstanding contribution to his club and centre over a number of years, resulting in his well deserved Greenkeeper of the Year Award. His contributions range from cost savings at club level through equipment maintenance, innovative techniques, and general club maintenance, to 5 years as Vice President of the Greenkeepers Association.
His availability to share his expertise with Counties Manukau greenkeepers is admirable, and he conducts many courses which help other greenkeepers to extend their skills. Graham is a member of the Counties Manukau Greens’ Assessment Committee, offers a help-line service to centre greenkeepers, and maintains the centre’s coring machine.
Megan Cushnahan of NZSTI comments, “He is never scared to ask a technical question and I believe that his willingness to listen and learn has helped him to continually improve his technical skills and the quality of the greens he cares for. His club and centre are certainly lucky to have him”.
don manson memorial ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR Peter Harris
Mt Pleasant Bowling Club Finalists – Geoff Simons (Roslyn Bowling Club), Robin Shanks (Otatara Bowling Club). Peter Harris has been instrumental in leading change at Bowls Canterbury, and his vision and dedication to implementing changes have resulted in his well deserved Administrator of the Year Award. Peter has been a strong advocate for the One Bowls: One Vision concept since its inception, and despite much adversity, he has been able to work towards making One Bowls: One Vision the direction for all clubs in the Canterbury centre.
Bowls Canterbury also faced a complete restructure when they became a Regional Service centre, during which Peter provided strong leadership. He has been transparent across all aspects of Bowls Canterbury’s activities, and has won the support of many members through his dedication to working towards a culture change at the organisation. He continues to develop strategies to meet the changed environment as a result of the Canterbury earthquakes, including
working closely with Sports Canterbury to plan for the future direction of bowls in the region. Peter is an administrator that clubs and members can trust to lead them into a successful future. Colin Reynolds, CEO of Bowls Canterbury backs this up, “he has been more accessible to bowlers where there are issues to be dealt with, with the overall outcome being focused on providing for the betterment of the bowling community.”
National Bowls Awards 2010-2011
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Bowls Mt Maunganui
Taieri Bowling Club
Finalist – Maurice O’Brien (Glendowie Bowling Club). Both Brian Yardley and Denis Wilson have been awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award, as they were inseparable due to their high level of contribution to their clubs. Both recipients are multiskilled, generous and proactive in their volunteer roles. Brian Yardley contributes to every aspect of green and ground maintenance at his club. He builds shelters, mows greens, tends gardens, and does anything else that needs doing around the club. He worked tirelessly
to assist when new greens were being laid, and his input and advice is always sought when making decisions. Mt Maunganui’s club secretary comments, “every club needs a volunteer like Brian Yardley; multi-skilled, energetic, always looking for something to do, modest in achievement. He has proved a tireless and energetic worker and an inspiration to others.” Denis Wilson conducts all the club maintenance at Taieri, including signage, security, and pre season work on the
club. Through his efforts the club cuts costs, due to the reduced need to hire outside maintenance personnel. Denis has been contributing to the club for 15 years, showing his huge commitment to supporting the sport of bowls. He is highly innovative, and the club often benefits from his ‘good ol kiwi ingenuity’. Volunteers like Brian and Denis are the lifeblood of bowling clubs, and these two volunteers should be an inspiration to others.
events. He also has a weekly spot on Radio 22A’s Saturday Sports Talk session where the weekend’s bowls are previewed, past results are discussed, and live reports are given from venues during events. Tony’s contributions to both the Manawatu Standard and Radio 22A are done entirely on a voluntary basis, while also working full time and contributing to his community as a Manawatu District Councillor, showing his dedication to
increasing the profile of bowls. Tony receives regular accolades from both bowlers and non bowlers, because the standard of his journalism is so high, his column is always well written, and he brings interesting stories to the public through his radio slot – helping to change the perception of bowls in the community.
MEDIA AWARD TONY JENSEN Finalist – Alistair McMurran. The judges this year had a difficult job choosing the winner in the Media Award category, with many high quality nominations received. Tony Jensen is a worthy winner because of his huge contribution across both print and radio media. Tony contributes a weekly column in the Manawatu Standard, where he profiles the sport of bowls in Manawatu and highlights results and other current
National Bowls Awards 2010-2011
COACH OF THE YEAR HOWARD SANDLER MT EDEN BOWLING CLUB
Finalists – Anton Ferrari (Wilton Bowling Club), Terry Scott (North East Valley Bowling Club). Howard is one of the most dedicated coaches in the country, involved in many different coaching roles on both a voluntary and professional basis, including Bowls NZ Coach, Auckland Bowls Coaching Coordinator, Israel National Coach, Auckland Bowls Coaching and High Performance Manager, and the 2010 National Secondary Schools Coach for Region 1. But it is Howard’s knowledge, expertise, and professional manner that have won him the 2010-2011 Coach of the Year Award. Howard has had success with his
athletes at a high level - he has coached many of New Zealand’s top young athletes, including Hyundai National Open Singles Finalist Amy Brenton, Kittyhawks 2010 winner Scott Evans, and several players selected for age group New Zealand teams. Howard also works closely with youth bowls throughout Auckland, running NCEA courses for several schools and organising Squad6 sessions. Natalie McPherson, Sports Coordinator for St Dominics College, credits the success of their school bowls programme entirely to Howard, “lawn bowls would not be so
popular within our school, or even feature in our area, without the driving force of Mr Sandler”. Howard demonstrates an impressive array of coaching skills. He has a strong focus and good results, particularly with youth bowlers. Howard is continually up-skilling and applies modern coaching practices. NZ U18 Rep Monte Pawa sums up Howard’s contribution to youth bowls, “without his time, effort, and guidance youth bowls would not be where it is today, and I certainly would not have achieved all the things I have accomplished”.
OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR HELEN STALLARD ST HELIERS BOWLING CLUB
Finalists – Reg Briggs (Papakura RSA Bowling Club), Michael Ayers (Fairfield Bowling Club). As a highly regarded international umpire who also mentors and oversees the development of new and experienced umpires, Helen is a worthy winner of the Official of the Year Award for the second year running. In the past year Helen has officiated at the Delhi Commonwealth Games, The NZ Open, and various centre events. She has been the Chair of the Bowls NZ Umpires Committee, is currently the President of
the Auckland Umpires Association, and has recently been appointed Chair of the Region 1 Umpires Development Team. In her role on the Bowls NZ Umpires Committee, Helen is an integral part of ensuring the committee meets the needs of umpires and bowlers alike, as well as travelling the country to attend and operate the Umpires exams for new Umpiring Accreditations. Helen is highly regarded as a quality source of umpire’s knowledge, and is
one of just a few Level 4 Umpires in New Zealand. Rob Pidgeon, Bowls NZ National Programmes Manager comments, “I have the privilege of working very closely with Helen, in her role as Chair of the Bowls NZ Umpires Committee and am certain that her dedication, drive, expertise and tireless efforts benefit umpiring and indeed the sport of bowls in New Zealand to a great extent”.
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Bowls NZ Future Leaders Programme Gets Underway FUTURE LEADERS Programme
New Thinking. New Ways.
Participants in the Future Leaders Programmes in Auckland and Wellington left the cities enthusiastic about the three-day modules and excited about the projects they’ll be working on before returning for the second module in October/ November. “I’ve never been to a course with so much relevance to what I’m doing,” said one. “I really enjoyed it…I feel quite inspired about going back to my club,” said another. “We explored…we engaged…we had fun,” said a third, “and we learnt about listening, about negotiating conflict resolution, and about managing change.” The 24 delegates who attended the Auckland and Wellington sessions were told by Bowls NZ CEO Kerry Clark and Chairman John Carter, (respectively), at their opening sessions that the sport needed leaders if it was to achieve its mission of being enjoyable, entertaining and accessible to all New Zealanders. “We have a diminishing number of members, we have fewer volunteers and we have even fewer leaders,” John Carter said. “This programme is designed to identify a new group of volunteers who are willing to take bowls into a new era.” He said being a leader was not a popularity contest. Leaders needed to be visionary, strategic and to communicate well, but most importantly they must have good values and believe in what they were doing. “To reach your end goal you will often need to have courageous conversations and you will need to publicly defend what you believe in. The board wants this leadership programme to be a success and together with Bowls NZ staff, we will offer you ongoing support.” Jointly funded by SPARC and Bowls NZ, and facilitated by Damian D’Cruz of Mindspring, the extensive range of topics covered during the three days included leadership and management, managing change, problem solving, negotiation techniques, motivational theory, behavioural preferences and active listening. On the final day, participants discussed a variety of practical projects they could work on before returning for the second module of the programme in October and November. These could involve making existing programmes better, or introducing new
programmes altogether. Suggestions included improving the use of club facilities by attracting more community and corporate groups, the promotion of bowls to family groups and those with disabilities, and a marketing partnership between Bowls NZ and the tourism industry. The Future Leaders delegates are: Auckland 1. Ann Muir – Bowls NZ Vice President, Talent Development Regional Coach 2. Helen Stallard – Chair Bowls NZ Umpires Committee, Events Manager Auckland Bowls 3. Vaughan Cruickshank – General Manager, Bowls Waikato 4. Coral Todd – Treasurer, One Tree Point Bowling Club 5. Dave Edwards – Bowls NZ National Coach 6. Raelene Peters – Bowls NZ Assistant National Coach 7. Terry Scott – Bowls NZ Assistant National Coach 8. Stephen Brophy – Coach Force Officer, Taranaki 9. Trevor Helson – Vice President, Bowls Gisborne East Coast 10. Shane Elliot – President, Waihopi Bowling Club 11. Paul Nicholls – President, St Kilda Bowling Club Wellington 1. Sandy Hickey – Executive Committee, Tawa Bowling Club 2. Joy Walden – Incoming Secretary, Bowls Wanganui 3. Mark Reid – Regional Admin Assistant, Bowls Wellington 4. Clare McCaul – Black Jacks Squad Member 5. Cindy Down – Umpire 6. Robyn Rintoul – Executive Member, The Park Kilbirnie 7. Graham Armstrong – Board Member, Bowls Marlbourough, & Greenkeeper 8. Josie Uren – Regional Coach Trainer, South Island 9. Darryl Young – Secretary & Treasurer, Bowls Dunedin 10. Evan Roberts – Junior Mentor, Andersons Bay 11. Ric Hunt – Talent Development Regional Coach 12. Peter Walters – past President, Poverty Bay Bowling Club 13. Robert Gibson – Manager, Taieri Bowling Club
The Wellington Future Leaders group The Auckland Future Leaders group
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FOCUS ON UMPIRING SUBSTITUTES AND REPLACEMENTS In light of some recent events, and with a new season fast approaching, it is time to revisit Regulation Four, clause 7, 1-8, with the National Authority able to decide on the requirements explaining where the responsibilities lie with regard to Substitute and Replacement players (Law 51.9). A Substitute is a player who is temporarily taking the place of an original team member and they should not skip the team but can play in any other position. Note: a substitute can be called upon to play on more than one occasion in that team. A substitute can become a replacement player if another substitute is required in a fours team. A Replacement is a player who is permanently taking the place of an original team member; this person shall have full playing rights and can play in any position. Both appointments however are subject to certain rules and this is where the problems arise. Substitute and Replacement players should have PRIOR approval from the Controlling Body. In many cases, particularly in Champion of Champion Events, teams are turning up on the morning of the event with requests to the umpire for substitutes. This is not one of the umpire’s duties and no-one has the time prior to the start of an event to research the eligibility of these replacement players. Accidents and illness can occur at any time but it is still the club’s or the team’s responsibility to supply the information to the Controlling Body at least the night before an event or else run the risk of disqualification. It is incumbent on the Controlling Body to publish a list of acceptable reasons for requesting a substitute or replacement. Usually this list appears in the Centre hand book. I.e. illness, work related, family bereavement, accident, etc. Substitutes and Replacements should be of an equal or lesser playing ability and
should not have already taken part in the tournament. This is not really a problem in the larger clubs, but in the smaller clubs some restraint needs to be shown to enable teams to continue playing by drawing players from teams that have already been eliminated. Substitutes and Replacements should not be permitted if an original team member enters another tournament on the same day. This occurs from time to time and umpires and Controlling Bodies have to rely on the honesty of the players concerned to enable them to make the correct decision. Many players are often the architect of their own misfortune. When entering club events that lead on to Champion of Champion Events they give little thought to the prospect of their availability for these events should they win the Club Championship. Going on holiday or going to family functions are not necessarily good reasons for Controlling Bodies to approve substitutes and replacements. More clubs now are insisting as a condition of entry to club championships players must be available for Champion of Champion Events.
Jimmy Pugh measuring for shot at the Bowls NZ Challenge Trophy.
Bowls NZ Umpires Committee Appointed The Umpires Committee this year will be composed of Helen Stallard, Reg Briggs, Peter Turnbull and Michael Ayers. Thank you to Martin Christensen and Ray Hunt who have contributed greatly to the Committee over the last few years.
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FOCUS ON GREENKEEPING The Bowls Development Programme provides an essential foundation in the knowledge and skills necessary to economically, safely and consistently produce high quality bowling green surfaces. This is ideal introductory training for anyone new to the role of green keeper. The programme is New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) recognised and typically takes 12 months to complete. The learning is delivered via a series of regionally based training days/workshops and on-line learning. A total of five workshops will be conducted during the off-peak winter months between April and August. Workshops consist of a mix of classroom and practical field day learning and assessments. l l l l l l l
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Outcomes from the 16th 2010-2011
Martin Christensen made Life Member Bowls stalwart Martin Christensen has been made a Bowls NZ Life Member, in honour of the many years of dedicated service he has given to all aspects of the bowling community. Martin has been a member of the Bowls NZ Judicial Committee, Umpires Committee, and is a past President of Bowls NZ. He was a Gisborne East Coast councillor, and board member, President, and was awarded a Bowls Gisborne East Coast life membership in 2002. He has been a qualified umpire for 27 years, and has served as a District Umpire Association President, Club President, and on the Centre Match Committee. Martin is also involved with greenkeeping, he is the greenkeeper for Tolaga Bay Bowling Club, President of the Bowls Eastland Greenkeepers, on the Executive of the Bowls NZ Greenkeepers Association, and has sat on the Boards of both the NZ Sports Turf Institute and NZ Sports Turf Training Organisation. Martin is currently a member at Tolaga Bay and Kahutia Bowling Clubs, and has won three centre titles during his time playing bowls. Martin is a credit to our sport, and the amount of time he has spent volunteering for every aspect of lawn bowls is amazing. Martin is truly one of the most dedicated volunteers our sport has ever had, and his Life Membership is very well deserved. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Martin for his services to the sport, his support has been invaluable.
Regional Service Centres Changes to the names of the Regional Service Centres were approved and they will now be known as Northern Regional Service Centre (HQ Auckland Bowls), Central Regional Service Centre (HQ Bowls Wellington) and Southern Regional Service Centre (HQ Bowls Canterbury).
Farewell and thanks to our outgoing board members The 16th Annual General Meeting saw 3 highly valued Bowls NZ Board members retire from duty after dedicating many volunteer hours to the organisation. Coral Wing served as Vice President, and then President for the last four years. Jacki Richardson and Jim Lindsay have both been an invaluable part of the board for the last two years. We thank them for their contribution.
FIFTEENTH ANNUAL REPORT 2010-2011
Annual General Meeting Meet the new Bowls NZ Board Chairman – John Carter (Christchurch) John Carter has been reappointed as Chairman for another term. John has led the Bowls NZ Board through many changes during his time as Chairman, and his commitment to a long term vision for the sport and knowledge of governance have made him an exemplary leader. John has a wealth of administrative experience, and a willingness to embrace and implement change.
President – Trevor McComish (Wellington) Trevor McComish has been elected as President of the Board, after serving two years as Vice President. After a long career in the armed forces, Trevor became involved in lawn bowls upon retirement. He has held a variety of administration positions in bowls at club, centre and national level. Trevor has the experience and skills necessary to fill the position of President, and to accomplish the responsibilities of that position at a high level.
Vice President – Ann Muir (Northland) Ann Muir has been elected as Vice President. Coming from a teaching background,
Ann has been playing bowls for 43 years and during that time has been club President, Secretary, Match Committee member, and centre delegate. Ann is a hugely experienced bowls coach, and is currently the Talent Development Coach for the Northern Squad, and the Bowls NZ Regional Coach Trainer for the Northern Regional Service Centre. She was the convenor of selectors for New Zealand Women’s sides for 8 years, and manager of the NZ women’s team for 6 years.
Lynette Adams Lynette Adams was reappointed to the board. She is the CEO of Sport Waitakere, and brings a wealth of knowledge of sport governance to the Board. She has extensive experience in sport, having worked in both management and delivery roles. She is a strategic thinker, understands the importance of governance, and is passionate about getting people involved in our sport.
Cushla McGillivray Cushla has been a member of the board since 2008. She was the Executive Director of the Canterbury District Law Society and Director of Women’s Golf. Cushla has had experience in finance, management and communication, particularly dealing with complaint and
disciplinary issues. She is committed to the One Bowls: One Vision project, and is excited to have the opportunity to provide the best possible leadership, administration and service delivery structure for bowls in NZ.
Dr Matthew Barber Matt is a lecturer at the School of Law, Auckland University of Technology. He is an enrolled barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, and has the skills and experience to make a very positive contribution to the board. Matt started playing bowls at a young age, and has been playing competitively for many years. Matt was the club secretary at Burnside Bowling Club during the 2008 World Bowls Championships, and is also a member of the North Harbour Rugby Referees Association.
John Calvin John is the Managing Director of Avenue Homes Design Build Ltd, and through his career has developed strong marketing, general management, financial, and strategic skills which he will be able to use to benefit bowlers in New Zealand. John has worked with many small to medium size businesses to find solutions for success, and is a member of the Institute of Directors.
Our Board John Carter Chairman
Trevor McComish President
Ann Muir Vice President
Dr Matthew Barber
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HAVE-A-GO DAY 9 OCTOBER 2011
We are thrilled to announce that the NESCAFÉ CAFÉ MENU team are supporting our national HAVE-A-GO day by trialling a pilot promotional programme through selected clubs. Over 120 lucky clubs will be receiving:
Sample Sachets Clubs will be receiving a generous amount of delicious sample sachets of Nescafé Café Menu frothy coffee. These can be offered to HAVE-A-GO participants for a gold coin donation or simply shared around. Left-over sachets can be utilised to fundraise at upcoming club tournaments and events.
Discount Coupons Clubs will receive discount coupons for purchases of Nescafé Café Menu. These can be handed out to HAVE-A-GO participants and club players/volunteers.
Spot Prizes Each club will receive 2 spot prizes to give-away to two lucky HAVE-A-GO participants.
Promotional Posters & 2 Nescafé Café Menu Caps Clubs will receive promotional posters to put up in the coffee serving area as well as two caps for volunteers to wear (those serving the coffee).
The Chance to WIN a $1,000 Donation for the Club To enter, the pilot clubs in the promotion just need to email a photo of the club on their HAVE-A-GO day showing the participants and club volunteers enjoying their Nescafé Café Menu frothy coffees.
Selecting Pilot Clubs The opportunity with Nescafé Café Menu only came up recently, so club selection was based on regions where there were clusters of clubs running with the national HAVE-A-GO promotion and where we were able to coordinate central delivery of the samples and promotional items. Clubs from Auckland, North Harbour, Northland, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Canterbury, Nelson, Dunedin, Southland, Wellington, Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa are included in this pilot.
On behalf of Bowls NZ and our participating clubs, we would like to extend a massive THANK YOU to the Nescafé Café Menu team for their generosity and support of our national HAVE-A-GO day!
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Legendz Teamwear have produced a great range of Bowls unisex, men’s and women’s whitewear available at selected Postie stores. The range includes trousers, polos, shorts, pants, a unisex jacket and brimmed hat in a large range of sizes and at reasonable prices. To earn your club rebate, all you need to do is make your LEGENDZ Whitewear purchase at your local Postie store (see list below) and the friendly Postie staff will ask you for your club details, which will be entered into the Postie computer system, or go to their website below and order your teamwear. At the end of the bowls season, we’ll send your club their rebate cheque! NORTH ISLAND • Okara Shopping Centre, Okara Drive, Whangarei • 38 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland • Shop B07, Botany Town Centre, 588 East Chapel Road, Botany, Auckland • Lynn Mall Shopping Centre, Great North Road, New Lynn, Auckland • 198-202 Onehunga Mall, Onehunga, Auckland • Shop A2C, Manukau Supa Centa, Cavendish Drive, Manukau, Auckland • The Base, 1 Pacific Drive, Te Rapa, Hamilton • Fraser Cove Shopping Centre, Tauranga • Unit 2, Supa Centre, 200 Church Street, Palmerston North • 95 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt, Wellington SOUTH ISLAND • 60-80 Bridge Street, Nelson • 104 MacKay Street, Greymouth • Northwood Supa Centre, Belfast, Christchurch • Station Building, Tower Junction, Clarence Street, Addington, Christchurch • Hornby Mall, 418 Main South Road, Hornby • 250 Tancred Street, Ashburton • Centre City Mall, Cumberland Street, Dunedin • Sprey Street, Invercargill
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The Hyundai National Open Championships have long been the pinnacle of the domestic game in our great country. The competition is a chance for bowlers from all over the country to compete at the highest level for the honour of a National Title.
This year’s tournament in Auckland promises to be just as tough a competition as ever before, and the competing bowlers will be able to test their skills against the country’s best. Entries close October 22nd 2011, so get your entries in now. See www.bowlsnz.co.nz/events/hyundai-national-open-championships/ to download an entry form.
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2011 Singles Winners Jo Edwards and Shaun Scott.
2011 Women’s Fours Winners - SLAM.
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COACHING is the key • Raising Awareness • Building Responsibility • Building Self Belief
CENTRE TALENT DEVELOPMENT SQUADS Last month, a workshop was held for coaches who will lead Centre Talent Development Squads. Bowls NZ Regional Coach Trainer and former Black Jack, Sharon Sims delivered the one day workshop attended by identified coaches in the Central Regional Service Centre. It is intended that a similar workshop is presented in each Regional Service Centre in the near future. The Centre TD Squads will develop both players and coaches on the High Performance Pathway by introducing High Performance methodology and ethos at an earlier level. For more information on this pathway visit the Bowls NZ website.
COACH TRAINING Over the past few months, Bowls NZ Coach Trainers have been busy delivering courses for new coaches at Introductory and Bowls NZ Coach levels, in various Centres throughout the country. Thank you to these volunteers who have a passion for coaching and bowls, who give their time to ensure your club has an accredited coach.
BOWLS NZ HIGH PERFORMANCE AND COACHING ROAD SHOW By the time you read this issue of Upshot, a series of Bowls NZ High Performance and Coaching Road Shows would have been held at a main centre near you. If you are an Office Bearer, Representative Selector and/or a Coach in your centre, then hopefully you would have attended the presentation by National Coach Dave Edwards and National Programmes Manager Rob Pidgeon. The agenda covered: l The Bowls NZ High Performance and Talent Development structure and pathway. l The Black Jacks and how they operate including selection criteria and process, code of conduct and player agreement. l The importance of coaching. l Coach training and accreditation.
SKILLS AND DRILLS On the Bowls NZ website “Coaching” can be found under the heading Game Development and there you will find examples of drills for individual practice of the fundamental skills and games for group practice of tactics and skills. The drills are designed to improve basic skills, using simple consistent objective measuring of performance so that players can set goals and strive to improve their personal best. Recording the results will enable player and coach to monitor progress and identify strengths and weaknesses. This issue we feature the Individual Practice 8 Draws Basic
Rob Pidgeon National Programmes Manager
INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE – 8 DRAWS BASIC This drill measures a players ability to draw accurately to a variety of lengths. If jacks are used as targets they should be sitting on a disc as all scoring should be relative to the orginal position.
BASIC CHALLENGE l Place the mat on the 2m l Place 4 targets on the centre line so they are evenly spread between 23m and full length l BH draw to first target jack until you get a bowl within a mat length l BH draw to next target until you get a bowl within a mat length l Continue until you get a bowl within a mat length of all 4 targets l A bowl that accidentally reaches the wrong target does not count l If a jack is moved, return it to its original position then score it l Repeat on the forehand Count the number of bowls it takes. Repeat regularly to improve your PB. Leads and Singles players can use the same drill to practice delivery of the jack. Sequence of Play: l Place mat on 2m l BH draw to each target in sequence l FH draw to each target in sequence Equipment l Mat l 4 Bowls l 4 Discs l 4 Jacks or Tennis Balls
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SELECTION PROCESS When selectors Dave Edwards, Terry Scott, and Raelene Peters, are selecting the players who will represent New Zealand in international tournaments there is a specific set of criteria that must be followed. What this criteria boils down to is that selection goes beyond just on green performance – players must show the right commitment to the high performance culture and code of conduct. The three over riding objectives of the Bowls New Zealand Selection process are: 1. To achieve the results at the event or on the tour as specified in the Bowls NZ High Performance Plan 2. To select players that demonstrate a consistent commitment to the Bowls NZ High Performance Programme 3. To select players that have demonstrated a commitment to being a part of the “One Team” Philosophy Players need to perform at a high level on the green, including showing an ability to be versatile in discipline and able
to adapt to different playing surfaces. But to be considered for selection players must also demonstrate a selection of values, including personal responsibility, respect, honesty, support, pride and commitment. Other attributes that will affect the selection process are adequate fitness, regular attendance at domestic and national tournaments, evidence of a positive attitude to training and commitment to the squad, demonstrated compatibility with other players, neatness in appearance, demonstrated compliance with the Laws of the Sport, Bowls NZ Constitution, Regulations and Policies of Bowls NZ; and willingness to promote and advocate participation in bowls. All New Zealand squad members sign a code of conduct, which must be followed at any time where the player can be seen to be a representative of Bowls NZ. This code of conduct requires the players to maintain at all times a high standard of sportsmanship and fair play.
Pictured below: Val Smith at the 2010 Commonwealth Games; right, Ali Forsyth with his Asia Pacifics gold medal in 2009.
Asia Pacific Championships Team Named The Black Jacks have their sights set on gold at the 2011 Asia Pacific Championships, which will be held from November 28 to December 11 at Lockleys and Holdfast Bay bowling clubs in Adelaide. 22 countries will compete in the tournament, which is a qualifying event for the 2012 World Bowls Championships.
Women l Singles: Val Smith l Pairs: Val Smith and Jo Edwards (s) l Triples: Leanne Curry, Genevieve Baildon, and Jan Khan (s) l Fours: Leanne Curry, Genevieve Baildon, Jan Khan, Jo Edwards (s)
Men l Singles: Shaun Scott l Pairs: Dan Delany and Richard Girvan (s) l Triples: Tony Grantham, Shaun Scott and Ali Forsyth (s) l Fours: Tony Grantham, Dan Delany, Ali Forsyth, Richard Girvan (s)
Coaching Team: l National Coach: Dave Edwards l Assistant Coaches: Terry Scott and Raelene Peters
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With a combined age of just 46, three ‘young-pires’ measured up when an umpires examination was held recently in Tauranga, joining the ranks of level 1 full umpires – growing the number of young people wanting to become umpires and give back to the sport. Talor Duncan (16) first started playing outdoor bowls in 2009. He comments, “I decided to become an umpire so that I can further myself in the sport and give back to the people that have influenced and helped me the most. This would also help me in my own game by being able to measure and know what I can and can’t do while on the green.” Preparation for the exam was covered by ten 2 hour tutorial sessions held over 10 weeks. In addition there was a morning session on the green to cover practical aspects that could not be done in the classroom. “The course was not what I had expected and was incredibly interesting,” Talor said, “The course covered everything you needed to know and more, but was very simple and well laid-out. If you have been bowling for any length of time I believe you should understand and be aware of the Laws of Bowls.” Becoming an umpire at the age of 16 does come with its own unique set of challenges, but Talor says he expects that some people will see his age as a barrier and may not “want to trust someone as young as me with a very important decision.” The group’s tutor, Des French, added “They will face the same challenges as all new umpires - to learn to officiate without being officious and to gain the confidence of players by demonstrating their knowledge of the Laws and their competency in carrying out a measure. Being young, that challenge will be just that little bit more difficult especially if they have to deal with players who have
Talor Duncan (Gate Pa) in action. a prejudice against being umpired by someone much younger than them. Not having had the life experience of dealing with different people may add another challenge.” Talor was joined by Nathan Arlidge and Stefan McCartain, both fifteen years old and members of Gate Pa Bowling Club. All three passed the examination easily and proved themselves to be very capable candidates. Des comments, “Their examination results show that they have the knowledge of the laws and are very competent in measuring situations. All three of them have a quiet self-confidence and with some mentoring along the way they are more than capable of meeting these challenges.” Bowls really is no longer just for nana’s – Talor comments “I cannot speak highly enough about bowling, it is not the stereotyped “Old Person” day out anymore. Yes I get all the granddad jokes
but this is before they have tried it. But when people do try it, 90% enjoy it and stick with the sport.” Now that goes for umpiring too! Des explains, “Having this group of young umpires in the centre is another step along the way of showing the community that bowls truly is a sport for all ages. Hopefully it will encourage other young players to become involved and help ensure the future of the sport of bowls.” Helen Stallard of the Bowls NZ Umpires Committee adds, “It is great to have younger players sitting their umpire’s exams. The course will help them with their own bowls but it will also be fantastic to have some more young umpires who can develop through the new umpire’s pathway to reach Level 3 and 4. Youth bowls is so popular now and it will be good to be able to appoint their peers as the umpires at these tournaments.”
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club scene SILVER CLUB CHECK FOR One Tree Point Over the past two years, Bowls New Zealand has been encouraging clubs nationwide to become involved in its Club Plan initiative. Club Plan is a process combined with a series of tools which enable clubs to develop and implement ‘strategic and operational plans’. The One Tree Point Bowling Club was the first club in the Northland centre to support this initiative. In February 2009 a planning team was established at the club and a comprehensive ‘Club Plan’ was developed which gave the club clear direction for the years ahead. Through the efforts of its members, they attracted many new members with up to 19 first year bowlers registering for the 2009/10 season. The club has also made big inroads into developing their second green, which 12 months ago was just a section of land surrounded by bush and trees. By supporting other clubs tournaments throughout the season, more and more clubs are supporting One Tree Point to the extent that for most of their events, they have waiting lists. The club has won Northland’s Club of the Year award for the past two seasons. In June 2011, the club underwent the Bowls NZ Club Check process and as a result achieved a SILVER status.
Community Development Officer Steve Smith with Club president May PakiSlater
New Synthetic Bowling Green For The Kia Toa Bowling Club in Hastings Kia Toa has come a long way in the last two years. The club recently opened their new Tiger Turf Greenweave synthetic surface green, after receiving funding of more than $160 000. A very generous $70 000 was provided by the now disestablished Hastings Bowling Club, a further $80 000 was gratefully received from a combination of trust funds including Eastern and Central, Lion Foundation, Endeavour Community Trust and NZ Community Trust. The balance came from Club funds. This new green surface is a delight to club players and is expected to attract new members who will enjoy bowling on an accurate surface. Kia Toa is developing programmes to attract new players and continue the high standard of competitiveness around the Hawkes Bay Bowling Centre activities. With an excellent grass green complimenting the new greenweave synthetic surface greater all year round programs will be available and we encourage any interested players to contact either of our club captains Sally Sutcliffe Phone 06 8787345 or Gordon Berry Phone 06 8767404.
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Jubilee Celebrations Coopers Beach Jubilee Wind, rain and sunshine made for an interesting and challenging time for the Coopers Beach Bowling Club when celebrating their 50th Jubilee over Queens Birthday Weekend. Proceedings commenced with a mix and mingle before getting into the serious and fun part of the weekend. With a gold theme, many took up the challenge and came dressed accordingly. Mayor Wayne Brown congratulated the club on reaching this milestone, saying that the Coopers Beach Bowling Club is an important part of the community of Doubtless Bay. Weather hindered the bowling part of the weekend, but 5 games were able to be played, with Jack Hughes, Eileen Pickard, and Carol Smith the winners of the tournament. Club member Delphine Edwards said “The people who started this club 50 years ago would be proud of what has been achieved and thanked all those who had contributed. People do not realize the hours and effort put in in the background to achieve such a great weekend”. The club would like to thank their sponsors, and all those who helped to organise the weekend.
The cutting of the cake.
Club members get into the ‘gold’ spirit.
Centennial Celebrations Cromwell Bowling Club Centennial Celebrations Labour Weekend 2011 Register now, with email@example.com
Naseby Bowling Club Centenary Naseby Bowling Club will be holding their centennial celebrations on the 17th and 18th of February 2012. The festivities will include a centennial tournament on the Saturday/Sunday, along with a dinner on the Saturday night. Those wishing to participate can in the first instance register their intention via our email address at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bowls Papanui Centenary Bowls Papanui (formerly Papanui Bowling Club) will be holding its centennial celebrations on the weekend of April 13, 14, & 15 2012. We are eager to make contact with as many past members as possible. Please register your interest by writing to the above Club at 181 Condell Avenue, Christchurch 8053, by email at email@example.com, or by telephone to Neil Kennedy, phone (03) 3525962.
Upper Hutt Centenary Calling all bowlers, still active or not, who have, at any time, played for the Upper Hutt Bowling Club. Anniversary weekend, January 2012, marks the CENTENARY of the Upper Hutt Bowling Club. A full weekend of activity is planned Friday from 4pm onwards. Registration and fellowship at the Club Rooms. Finger food will be provided. For “Registration of Interest” forms, please contact Geoff Fox - 528 7275 or Harry Kerr - 526 8015, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Christchurch Earthquakes General Government announcements The Government recently reinforced their priority to provide certainty as quickly as possible for around 10,000 homeowners whose properties are still in the Orange Zone awaiting decisions on their land. They are also processing around 5,500 homeowners whose properties have already been designated in the residential Red Zone and who have chosen to accept one of two options for the Government’s offer of purchase for their property. TOWER is supportive of the options provided by the Government and will be working to help those affected to move forward as quickly as possible.
What is TOWER doing? We recognise the need to provide continuing insurance cover for our existing customers while minimising the risk of further or additional losses in the event of another aftershock. We are still not able to reinstate properties where the status is unclear or for property in the Red Zone, but are able to determine the extent of damage/cost of individual claims. This means we will be ready to move forward as quickly as possible once customers have confirmed which Government option they have chosen, or when they have confirmation of the status of their property.
How can customers find out which zone their house is in? Customers can check which zone their house is in by visiting the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) website www.landcheck.org.nz and entering their address. Alternatively, they can contact the Government helpline on 0800 779 997 if they are unable to access the website.
Temporary accommodation – Red Zone customers If you are a customer in the Red Zone whose home is badly damaged and you want to leave it, please contact us to talk about accessing any unused portion of your temporary accommodation allowance immediately. Alternatively, the Government also has temporary accommodation assistance available so that people in the Red Zone have the choice not to live in substandard conditions – customers can visit www.quakeaccommodation.govt.nz or call 0800 673 227 for more information.
Updating contact details If you are a customer that is planning to move (either temporarily or permanently), please ensure that you provide us with your updated contact details (or have them contact us directly), so that we can still reach you with any relevant communications.
Claims As at end August 2011, TOWER has received over 11,000 claims related to the three recent major earthquake events in Christchurch. 537 of these claims were for properties in the Red Zone, and the majority of claims lodged have been for the magnitude 6.3 earthquake on 22 February 2011. Claims lodged with TOWER by NZ Bowls customers totaled 255 as at end August 2011.
Update Underwriting An update on our stance for business within the Canterbury exclusion zone:
Existing customers We recognise the need to provide continuing insurance cover for our existing customers while minimising the risk of further/additional losses in the event of another aftershock. We will cover our existing customers’ Contents. Red Zone: For customers whose property is in the Red Zone who wish to build a new home or buy another (undamaged) property in a Green Zone, we will cover their house and contents for the new property. Other zones: Where we have determined that an existing customer’s property is a total loss and will need to be reinstated, we will cover the customer on their new property in a Green Zone. In a situation where an existing customer’s home is undamaged or is able to be repaired and they wish to buy another property in a Green Zone: > Our preference is for the TOWER policy on the first property to be cancelled, and we will then issue new cover for the replacement home. > Where the sale of the customer’s original property cannot complete because the new purchaser is unable to secure cover on the property via their own insurer, we can offer back to back cover on the original property but the TOWER customer will also need to arrange back to back cover on the new property they are purchasing. It may be that this is with another insurer. > We will not issue cover for the additional property, if the first house is retained with TOWER.
New customers We will not accept any new business on homes or rural buildings in the Canterbury Region We will not accept any new contents business in the Canterbury region We are not able to accept any new business at all for Commercial business within Cresta Zone 13 We will consider new business for Vehicle policies – the 21 day stand down period for Earthquake related damage no longer applies. For clarity, the boundaries of the exclusion zone are the Canterbury region from Cheviot to the North and Ashburton in the South. TOWER will continue to monitor and review the restrictions in the coming days and will update you if any changes are made.
Questions? If you have any questions on earthquake matters, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0800 808 808.