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December 2023 Newsletter

From the President

The bowling season is now well and truly underway with Club champs, interclub and tournaments regularly taking place, along with trade bowls and social functions. Many thanks to the helpers who volunteer their time to organise and run these events.

Plans have been approved and quote accepted for our bar refurbishment. It is hoped that work will be completed early in the new year.

Last week the green was unfortunately damaged by an unusual weather event in the form of a mini tornado. Stu has made some temporary repairs, but more work may be required at a later date. Let’s hope it doesn’t affect our bowls too much.

Finally, as this is the last newsletter for the year, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and happy new year. Have a good one.

Mens Junior Singles

A reminder that two rounds of singles need to be played soon and must be played by the dates on the sheet.


Our new Wanaka jackets will be in the club next week. Let us hope they will ensure us a fine summer and we won't need to wear them!

Reserve these dates

The Matt Ecroyd tournament which was postponed in September will be held on Monday December 18th starting at 12.30pm and the entry form is on the wall in the clubhouse. It is a mixed tournament with a clubhouse draw. It is a good day with good sponsorship from Matt.

Any enquiries to Jan Allen or Fin McRae.

Christmas Fun Night

Sunday 17 th December from 5pm onwards Drinks and Finger Food $10 per person with a Cash Bar
There will be Christmas Hamper Raffles for members to donate to and a box will be in the foyer for you to put your donations (please don’t wrap these)

Come dressed in your favourite Christmas Colours

From The Social Committee

Ladies Lunch that is no longer a secret destination

Ladies Christmas lunch on Wednesday 13th December at Hook at 12.30  cost $40 pp plus drinks. Notice is up for names or they can text Nicki McDonald . We have to confirm numbers by Saturday 9th.

Follow CO Tournaments and Sevens on Bowls Hub

Click here


Click for Men's Saturday Premier after 25 November

Click for Men's Saturday Pennants Div 1 after 25 November

Men's Saturday  Div 2 after 25 Nov  Click for Team Click for Club

Click for Men's Wednesday Pennants West Zone after 22 November

Click for Women's Interclub after 28 November

Men's Sevens at Clyde & ADC 2&3 December

Best wishes to our men playing sevens this weekend.

Women's Sevens 25 & 26 November at Alexandra

We finished fourth in the round robin. It was a big weekend of bowls with 4 games on Saturday and 3 games on the Sunday. If you ever get to play in this I totally recommend the experience. The comradery is great. 

Photo from back left: Rhonda Hurley (manager), Barbara Wilson, Bev Mee, Alison Hebbard, Val Ransom, Front: Jo Stock, Amy Swain, Marilyn Steel





We are very proud of our ladies, from left Heather Malcolm and Rae Hammond. On Sunday 12 November our ladies played in the 1-5 year pairs in Queenstown.

They played through the qualifying rounds, then semi final and then just missing out by one shot in the final.

Well done ladies.

Central Otago 1-5 pairs
Runners Up

First night of Trade Bowls. Lovely night 14 November 2023

Ladies Fours on 23 November at lunch. We had 6 teams, and 3 rounds were played.

Corporate Events Report: Nov/Dec 23

There hasn't been much on for November, but making up for it in December with all the end of year celebrations.
24 Nov: Tom Malcolm hosted the McIvors/Plumbing World teams, although numbers re
duced, the Be Social group joined and they had a great night.

1st: Ewan hosted the Mt.Aspiring College for a send off party for staff members - expecting large numbers.
2nd: Derek hosted the Vet Life staff party of 35
6th: Sally hosted the Lavender Farm of 17
7th: Barbara hosted "The Beards" a TV Production Co early afternoon
7th: Kathryn Mitchell hosted G J Gardiners - 70-80 people early evening returning to repeat the Xmas party
8th: Halls/Pat hosting Wanaka Primary School staff and partners 45-50
9th: Kathryn Liggins hosting the Rhythm & Alps group about 30 odd
14th: Kathryn M hosting Wanaka Solar a small group early afternoon
14th: Tentative booking coming in for early evening approx 25, 5.30-8.30pm
15th Alan Coup hosting QLDC Pickle Ball players numbers TBC
16th: Margaret Young hosting a Birthday Party for Topaz approx 20 people.

From there on, I have closed off bookings, as completely used all my Controllers and they have used up all the volunteer helpers.
Anybody else willing to help, please contact me: or 0274437950 - still looking for helpers on the 14th!

November Men's Old Mug Winners;

Bruce Thorburn and Robin Griffiths

November Ferns Winners:

Ethel Templeton, Alice Turnbull, Barbara Wilson, Kathryn Mitchell

Second photo taken 1 November:

Our oldest and youngest ladies members: Ethel Templeton, Tessa Silcock

Womens Vet Pairs played 29th November;

Winners: Pauline Hope and Gina Campbell

Runners Up: Yvonne Gale and Alison Hebbard (Presenting Cup Lyn Leary)

Central Otago U5 Inaugural Quadrangular:

Held 5 November in Invercargill.

Thats our Bev Mee third from right. The team is showing the new CO uniforms. Bev won her two singles games. 

Best Wishes

To the following Wanaka Women Playing in the Central Otago Quadrangular on Friday 1 December in Roxburgh: Pip Kiddey, Jo Stock, Amy Swain, Kim Tilly, Bev Mee, Barbara Wilson.

Next Weeks Rollup. Note that the highlighted items are when the green is closed for club ties, casual rollups etc.


Fri 1st Women's Beginners 9.30

Fri 1st CO ladies triangular at Rox

Fri 1st Progressive All Welcome 1pm

Fri 1st Closed 6-10pm

Sat 2nd Womens 5th Forsyth Barr Alex 9am for 9.15 start

Sat & Sun 2&3 Mens 7s at Clyde & ADC

Sat 2nd Closed 5.30-10pm

Mon 4th Men's Day 1.15pm Old Mug Tourny Bring $5

Tues 5th Trade Bowls 6pm

Wed 6th Men's Pennants @ Cromwell

Wed 6th Women's Club Day Ferns Gates close 9.15am: Note morning

Wed 6th Closed 5.30-7.30pm

Thurs 7th Closed 12.30 - 9pm

Fri 8th Women's Beginners 9.30

Fri 8th Progressive All Welcome 1pm

Fri 8th Closed 4.30-8pm

Sat 9th Div 2 at Omakau

Sat & Sun 9 & 10th Centre Mixed Pairs @ Queenstn

Sat 9th Closed 3.30 - 8pm

From the Editor

Some new and keen bowling juniors are appearing in our club. Under "coaching" on this website and under the submenu "Book Reviews" there are a couple of bowling books reviewed. Coach Tom Malcolm tells me the Ian Schuback  book is the best he has ever read and Tom has read it several times. (Same for me).


I have both books so if you want to borrow contact me (Barbara) via the publicity email. 

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