Junior singles week 2 Mon 22 Nov – Sun-28 Nov

There was a lot of action in the Junior Singles league this week, and some outstanding games. Pick of the bunch for mine was the Saturday morning clash between Bev Callingham and Daphne Burrows, which was decided on the 25th end when Bev trailed the jack for three to claim a 21-20 win. I marked that game and it was a high-class contest from start to finish, with both playing extremely well.

There were several other games where one player got off to a good start only to face a strong comeback from their opponent, and many times a lead nearing ten points was no guarantee of safety. The league is now something of a talking point around the club, with plenty of favourable comment on both the enthusiasm for it and the rapidly rising standards on the green.

Which leads neatly to my next point: Entries are now open for the club open singles, which is our premier championship of the year. Given how well everyone is travelling at the moment, and the fact we’re all getting a lot of match-play in when otherwise we’d be limited to Saturday roll-ups, I would like to think that most of our 15 players will put their names up for the championships. I think everyone in our group will be a challenging opponent for anyone, and many are perfectly capable of knocking over more fancied opponents. Not least, it will give us the strongest fields we’ve had in years and this is important for the ongoing growth in club playing strength.

As Auckland moves into the next stage of Covid restrictions, we will find our freedom to play whenever we choose is a bit limited. There are club events on both 4 December (Handicap drawn pairs) and 11/12 December (Singles), which mean the popular Saturday morning slots won’t be available, and commercial events on Friday 3 December, Saturday 11 December (when it collides with the singles rather than us) and Friday 17 December. The commercial events will be given use of A green, and I really don’t like using B green given its wildly different nature, so you may just have to pick your times a little carefully.

We also have Tuesday triples (the ham tournament) on 7 December, followed almost immediately by a round of the 1-5Yr 3Five, which will also feature other clubs. Auckland Bowls has crammed this tournament into two weeks, with play scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday both weeks, or 7, 9, 14 and 16 December. We’ll have to work around that as well.

We’re more than halfway through and there’s already a good list of fixtures made for this week, as I understand it, so we’re tracking well for a big finish on Saturday 18 December, which is also Founders’ Day. That event is two games in the normal roll-up times, so we will be able to play before and afterwards. That’s the day the cross-division games are pencilled in for, and it would be nice if they’re showpiece games on such a day; my initial thought is that we’d have the matches between 4th-th place finishers in the morning and those between the top three in each section after the Founders’ Day games are done.


Paul Neazor

Section 1 results

Jim Jericevich21-1421-1713-2121-18
Peter Haarhaus14-2111-2110-2118-21
Lisa Appleyard17-2121-913-21
Jo Hutchinson21-11 —13-2121-1017-21
Bev Callingham21-1321-13— 21-20
Daphne Burrows18-2121-109-2120-21 —17-21
Ross Forrester10-2121-17 —
Graeme McInnes21-1821-1321-17— 

Section 1 points table

Group 1PWLFADiff
Jim Jericevich43176706
Peter Haarhaus445384-31
Lisa Appleyard31251510
Jo Hutchinson42272639
Bev Callingham33634617
Daphne Burrows5148594-9
Ross Forrester2113138-7
Graeme McInnes33634815

Section 2 results

Paul Neazor— 21-1321-1621-10
Trevor Kent— 21-1221-13
Lynley Pritchard13-21— 19-2116-2121-1714-21
Jeanine Browne16-2112-2121-19— 21-1021-1621-14
Richard Fox13-2121-1610-21— 12-21
Ian Paterson10-2117-2116-2121-12— 
Fiona Matheson21-1414-21— 

Section 2 points table

Group 2PWLFADiff
Paul Neazor33633924
Trevor Kent22422517
Lynley Pritchard51483101-18
Jeanine Browne64211210111
Richard Fox4135679-23
Ian Paterson4136475-11
Fiona Matheson21135350

Games coming up this week

Plenty, on almost every day of the week.

Junior singles week 1

Report submitted by Paul Neazor, 21 Nov

Our new singles league for juniors got away this week, with a fair degree of enthusiasm from the participants and, more to the point, some very good play from all concerned.

Of all the games I saw, the best was between Lynley Pritchard and Jeanine Browne, with Jeanine winning 21-19 after 19 hard-fought ends. Both players had the odd chance to make a break but good pressure bowls tended to limit the damage to one or two. Normally, each end was a stern struggle to get that all-important closest bowl and the margins were often tight. It was a game I thoroughly enjoyed, and the sort of match that augers well for the remainder of the competition.

Because Graeme McInnes, through no fault of his own, couldn’t get an entry in earlier he’s been added to Section 1 and will be in touch with everyone in due course. There will be some good games in that section coming up, so keep an eye out for them.

On that note, could the players let me know when their games are scheduled to take place. There’s growing interest in performances here, not least from the selectors, and if I can advertise the games on the Facebook page all interested parties can be there. It might also help getting a marker, which is something that just makes the game tick along better.

Thanks to everyone for a good first week, which just sharpens the appetite for what is still to come. Results and points tables follow.


Paul Neazor

Section 1

Games coming up this week

Peter v Graeme, Wed 1pm

Peter v Jo, Friday 5.30

Please advise other matches as they’re made

Section 2

Games coming up this week

Trevor v Jeanine, Thursday 4.30

Paul v Ian, Thursday 6.00

Paul v Jeanine, Sunday 3pm

Please advise other matches as they’re made

Kohi Juniors

Keen on the Green

Saturday 3 April 2021 – A day of Ohs, Wows and Aaghs came on a day of perfect autumnal weather that heralded our – Junior Championship.  Many of our newest players gave the Club notice: we’re not just making up the numbers.

The success of our first years has paid testament to time that our coaching team have been putting in, and particularly to the dedication of those who spend hours on the greens to practice their new skills. The second round saw many upsets, and put pressure on the more experienced players to up the ante in the third round if they wanted to be one of the finalists.

Trevor Kent and Paul Neazor brought their experience to the green and provided a Men’s final to reward spectators with highly competitive heads, and a demonstration of some good bowling.  Right to the final end, in a game of ups and downs, the contest was never a given. Congratulations to Paul Neazor who took the final end, and the Men’s award.

The Women’s final brought together the experience of 2020 Champ Lorraine McDonnell and the fresh aggressive approach of new bowler Jeanine Browne, winner of the 2021 First Year Singles last weekend. Theirs was another closely fought match that even till the final bowl, looked to go either way…and it went Jeanine’s way, by 1 point.  A superb outing for a very promising new bowler.   The Club would like to congratulate all those who participated. We are feeling very enthusiastic about our future with some excellent bowling demonstrated today. Congratulations!

Report submitted by Club Captain Margie Sorensen

February Winners

What a month! The Men’s Pairs Club Competition (Sat 6 Feb) saw Mark Compton add his name to the board again, but with a newly minted first year bowler, Jim Jericevich as his partner. Our club has a great pool of Juniors and we have made a commitment to having our 1-5s on the greens in club competitions as soon as possible. Their on-the-greens bowls education is matched with etiquette, rules and coaching so they can be confident entering local tournaments. Jim was introduced to bowls as a student in Kohi’s Lawn Bowls 101 programme, Oct 2020 . He jumped into the weekly social nights which led to membership. Jim shared, ” I joined KBC in December 2020. From my first involvement with the Club I have found everyone to be extremely friendly and inclusive. To play a club championship match paired with a more senior player, not only made for a more even playing field and thereby competitive matches, but was invaluable in terms of learning strategy and etiquette.”  The Runners Up team of Trevor Kent and Ross Forrester was also a 1-5 Yr partnership. We are looking forward to more fun and great results from you, gentlemen!

The day for the Women’s Triples Club Competition (13-14 February) dawned calm and clear, offering perfect conditions for play in the contest for the Club Championship Triples title.

This year saw a good field, with an excellent mix of youth and experience in almost every team.  There was immense support though for the team of first year players who showed their grit and held their own against two far more experienced teams.  By the end of the first day we had our two finalists: – Margie Sorensen, Yvonne Green and Bev Callingham with two lives remaining; and Liz Burton, Lorraine McDonnell and Sue Jerram with one.

As in all contests between Liz and Margie, the competition was fierce, but certainly well-natured.  The teams were very well-matched after a shaky start where Margie’s team headed out to a great start, only to see it whittled away, one point per end, end after end, until Liz’s team gained the advantage.  And then the lead changed end by end, with a great deal of intensity, right up to the 17th when Liz drew a perfect shot to equal the score.    A tie-breaker was called for, and a further end played where Liz, Sue and Lorraine moved ahead by 3 points. This resulted in the need for a further game, as each team still held one life.

The second game was very different, with increasing wind across the green. It started in much the same way as the first, with Margie’s team ahead, but Liz’s team then advancing convincingly, demonstrating superior draw shots, and a well-deserved win.. Winners – Liz Burton, Lorraine McDonnell and Sue Jerram Runners Up – Margie Sorensen, Yvonne Green and Bev Callingham   (Report provided by Margie Sorensen, Club Captain)

Womens Championship Fours, 16 March 2019

The Championship Fours played over the weekend 16th March demonstrated once again that it’s never over until the last bowl has come to rest.

The two teams vying for honours were Joy Boyd (skip) with Margie Sorensen, Val Parry and Bev Callingham; and Pam Taylor (skip) with Jill Compton, Jeanette Ambridge and Sue Jerram.

The first game started with great promise, giving spectators and players alike a sense of a good battle ahead, with very tight heads, and some superlative bowling, resulting in the lead seesawing to favour Joy, then Pam, and then back again.  Players seemed to lose the flow during the middle of the game, with ends delivering one point alternately over quite a patch, eventually realising a two point win to Joy’s team.

The second game was a completely different affair, with Pam’s less experienced team streaking ahead over the first ends, to a lead of 11/3 midway through the game. Each of the team was delivering quality shots, and building strong, well-defended heads.  Then, with the realisation that if they didn’t take this game, they’d all have to play another in the heat of the afternoon blazing sun, Joy’s team finally kicked into gear and began responding with some artful bowling.  Pam’s lead was gradually whittled down, one by one, until, going into the last end the score was 11/10 to Joy.  Another tight-head, the final end was held nicely to 2 points by Joy’s team as the skips took their places at the mat.  Joy increased the lead to three; Pam then deftly split the two bowls on the jack, leaving what appeared to be a measure for the point, giving a draw.  Joy’s next bowl drew a perfect line to the jack, but just rested alongside Pam’s first bowl.  Still, a measure; a potential draw.  Pam’s final shot nestled into the head, but not enough to change the scenario.  Players crowded around, and spectators were craning their necks as Margie took the measure:  by less than 8mm the pink bowl won over the orange.  Joy Boyd’s team took the Victory.

The match was a great opportunity for the newer players in Pam Taylor’s team to play under competition pressure, and they made the most of that opportunity, putting up some precision bowls, and outplaying the more experienced team on many ends.  Joy’s consistently accurate skip bowls, and perhaps the competition experience, and ability to play under duress, served Joy’s team well, and allowed them to follow through with the win.  Well done to all.

Men’s:  Winner – Mark Compton.  Runner-up – Paul Neazor
Women’s:  Winner –  Kaye Wilson.  Runner-up – Bev Callingham

Club Drawn Day, 9 Feb Results

Club Drawn Day, 9 Feb Results

Val Parry
Bev Callingham
Paul Elsmore
Charles Martin
Jill Wood
Dawn Dowling
Margie Sorensen
Trevor Kent
Jill Compton

Pam Taylor
Lorraine McDonnell
Sandra Condon
Marianne Kent
Mark  Compton
Jeanette Ambridge
Liz Burton
Paul Neazor
Kay Pirrie

Men’s and Women’s Championship Pairs, 17 February

Men’s and Women’s Championship Pairs, 17 February
Men’s Winners:  Mark Compton and Paul Neazor
Runners-up:  Paul Elsmore and Charles Martin
Women’s Winners:  Margie Sorensen and Val Parry
Runners-up:  Robyn Hames and Ngaire Bruce
Fascinating competition today when Ngaire Bruce and Robin Hames played  Val Parry and Margie Sorensen in both the semifinals and the final of the Competition Pairs. Ngaire and Robiyn won the semi comprehensively but because Margie and Val had a second life, a further game was required. The second game saw a complete turnaround with Margie and Val taking the championship in just 16 ends.

Men’s and Women’s Championship Triples, 3 March
Men’s Winners: Paul Elsmore, Charles Martin. Paul Neazor
Runners Up: Mark Compton, James Jellicich, Trevor Kent
Women’s Winners: Joy Boyd, Liz Burton, Margie Sorensen
Runners Up: Jayne Smith, Robyn Hames, Ngaire Bruce

A veritable seesaw of a match had spectators fearing to take bets on the outcome of the final
between Jayne Smith, Robyn Hames and Ngaire Bruce and Joy Boyd, Liz Burton and Margie Sorensen.
Jayne and her team took the early lead, but by the 8th end  the opposition had surged ahead until giving away 5 points, but immediately responding with a 4 on the following end. The two skips forced the scoreboard to favour red then green throughout the match until the final 18th end when Joy, Liz and Margie took 3 more points to take the match.

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