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

KBC Sundowner Bowls 3FIVE

Bowls 3Five – Learn to Play

Learn how to the Bowls 3Five format – dedicated to our social and Sundowner Twilight Bowls Tournament teams.

Bowls3Five is the fast format of the game; it’s two bowl triples, with each game played over two sets, and each set consisting of five ends. There are three levels of competition so that everyone interested can have a go.

Depending on the competition you play in, you can face a set number of ends, a shot clock, a tiebreaker, a start time, (unlike the long format of the game) a finish time and potentially a tv crew! Bowls 3 Five aims to fit into busy lifestyles of those finding themselves short on time but still wish to compete in sport and stay active or those who are stepping up to accept the challenge the shorter format provides.

The three different levels are – a social format for twilight competitions, a nationwide interclub competition and the Twilight Bowls 3 Five television league.


  • Each team for a game shall consist of three players of any combination.
  • Each player shall play with two bowls.
  • Each game shall be played over two sets, each set consisting of five ends.
  • The winner of a set will be the team with the highest number of shots after five ends.
  • If the shots are tied at the end of five ends, the set will be a draw.
  • If the game is tied at after the two sets have been completed (each team winning one set or each set has drawn) a one end tie-breaker shall be played to decide the game-winner.
  • At the beginning of the game the teams shall toss a coin, the winner of the toss shall decide which team shall go first.
  • The winner of the first set shall have the mat and first bowl of the second set. If the first set is drawn, then the winner of the last scoring end in that set shall have the mat and first bowl of the second set.
  • In a tie-breaker situation the opposing skips shall toss a coin, the winner of the toss has the option as in 7 above.
  • If the end is killed the jack shall be re-spotted on the 2-metre mark.

Powerplay: A team is allowed one ‘Powerplay’ end per game.  This is called at the start of the chosen end and if the nominated team wins, they double their points.  Only the team that nominates the PowerPlay will benefit from double points.


  • Teams of three – can be made up of any number of males and/or females
  • Toss a coin or rock, paper, scissors to see what team starts


  • Two bowl triples – three players each deliver two bowls, per end.
  • Two games of five ends.


  • The team that wins the coin toss places the jack and takes first turn.  From then on, first to play is the winner of the previous end.
  • The jack is placed wherever the team wants between the ‘T’ markings (two – eight metres from the ditch). The mat must be placed on the two-metre mark.
  • Teams consist of a lead, second and skip.
  • Play starts with leads on both teams bowling two bowls alternatively
  • This repeats for seconds and then skips
  • If the jack is knocked outside the boundaries of the rink it is re-spotted on the two-metre mark.
  • Closest bowl to the jack wins one point and additional closest bowls from the same team score additional points.
  • Each team has one Powerplay per game. The team that calls the powerplay scores double points for that end, provided they win.  The powerplay is to be nominated before the first bowl of that end.


  • One game of five ends takes about 40 minutes.
  • Substitutions permitted.
  • Bowls will be supplied by the club. Own bowls may be used.


  • Teams with most games won, win the event
  • If tied – see teams with most ends won
  • If still tied – highest points differential

H O W   T O   P L A Y

HOW DOES IT START? Two bowl triples – 3 players each deliver two bowls per end  
WHAT IS ONE GAME? One set of five ends  
WHO GOES FIRST? First to play (decided by coin toss) places the jack and takes first turn. From then on, first to play is the winner of the previous end.  
WHERE DO THE MAT & JACK GO? The jack is placed wherever the team wants within the ‘T’ markings. The mat must be placed on the two-meter mark.  
WHO GETS THE POINTS? Closest bowl to the jack wins one point and additional closest bowls from the same team score additional points.  
POWERPLAY RULE Each team has one Powerplay per game. The Powerplay End must be nominated before the first bowl of the End.  If the team wins the End, their points are doubled for that End only.

Get Rolling – Level 3 access to Kohi greens for Club Members from 6 October

4 October 2021

At last, from Wednesday morning !

For those of us itching to get back onto the rinks, we’re ready to roll, albeit with some restrictions.

It is important that every person using the club greens meets our responsibilities under the Covid-19 restrictions, and your use of the greens denotes your agreement with these provisions.  This means:

  1. Access is for KBC members only
  2. There will be NO access to clubrooms, toilets and equipment shed.
  3. Every person is responsible for using their Tracer App and ensuring that they log in each visit to the greens.  This is a legal imperative. We regret that because there is no access to the Clubrooms, only those using the App will be able to play.
  4. Players must bring their own hand sanitiser, and jack and mat ( we suggest a tennis or golf ball, and perhaps a teatowel for the mat.)
  5. Masks must be worn, and a social distance of 2 m must be maintained at all times.
  6. Alternate rinks will be used for play. On odd dates (1st, 3rd, 5th etc) rinks 1, 3, 5 and 7 will be used on each green;  on even dates rinks 2,4,6 and 8 will be used.
  7. We don’t expect that there will be waits for a green to play on, but we may have an online booking form up and running should system to facilitate this for us should we require it.
  8. Currently we are allowed to meet with one other bubble, but only outdoors.
  9. Please, everyone’s health is the priority here so it’s important that we maintain these requirements.

But how exciting!

We’ll let you know as soon as we have a more definitive answer to when our Triples days can start up again. Any queries please call me

Margie Sorensen / Club Captain

PS  For those who have bowls inside the clubhouse please call me and we can arrange a ‘click and collect’ arrangement…  again with no access to the clubrooms.

Kia takaro tatou maita – Let’s play bowls!

Big thanks Tino mihi nui to Leeann, kaitākaro (player) Ngati-Whatua-Orakei  for translating terms and words relating to our sport as part of Maori Language Week 2021. Leann looking forward to Wednesday pārekareka maita (fun bowls) starting up again soon! Share your Māori Language Moment!

It could be as easy as greeting everyone you see with ‘kia ora’ when you go to the gym and saying good morning to your teammates with “mōrena” if you’re lucky enough to be in Alert Level 2.

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)

A Fun Day Out

Edmund Hillary Retirement Village held a different sort of open day on Monday 25 January. 

Local clubs: Carlton Cornwall, Kohimarama, Remuera, Glendowie and St Heliers sent two triples teams to enjoy 3 rounds of 8 ends, and delicious and refreshing morning tea, lunch and post play drinks.  Carlton Cornwall took the top prize.  A resident approached Sales Advisor Becky Gillanders a few years ago and asked her to revive the community tournament after there had been a bit of a gap. The Edmund Hillary Team was formed to join the 5 club teams after Mission Bay Men’s closed. 

Edmund Hillary and Ryman Healthcare like to be involved in the community and this is one way of community involvement. It is a fun day out. Club President Mark Compton shared that “The bowling day is special for KBC as we have several club members who are residents at Edmund Hillary…the event is certainly a great reward for the volunteers who undertake management roles using their spare time.”

If you zoom in on the photos below, you will spot some of our fabulous Kohi Members!


Saturday 19 December, Kohimarama Bowling Club hosted two memorable events. The morning was a tribute to Mary and Leon Idoine, who perished in a vehicle accident on their farm at Pokeno, where they were still working in their mid-ninties. The Idoines were Members and Supporters of KBC for nearly four decades.  Previously planned memorials had been delayed and after Covid restrictions were lifted, the family and the club set the date for the morning of the annual Founders Day Competition.  It was kismet, that 19 December would also have been Mary’s 100th birthday. The family was well represented, recognizing and celebrating the ties that bond through bowls.  Robyn and John, Bruce and Dinah, Beryl and Grant and Malcolm and their sister-in-law Nola Idoine, niece Heather, and great-granddaughter Emily. Our Club Captain Margie Sorensen is also a niece of the couple.

Margie shared the many roles and characteristics the couple held:  Mary was a past president, coach and umpire. Leon had been strong with Mission Bay Men’s and although he joined St Heliers after MBMBC closed, he was a regular fixture at Kohi.  Players will remember they were great competitors and sticklers for the rules of the game.  Known as avid gardeners, it was natural for the memorial to have a garden theme. The family unveiled the inscribed memorial for the garden of remembrance, featuring fragrant rosemary.  A shared lunch and convivial play followed the tribute. Val Parry and Lynley Pritchard were our Founders Day winners.

As one of Kohimarama’s longstanding sponsors and a bowls advocate, Julie Kennedy recognized what the club meant to Mary and Leon, and sponsored the garden of remembrance commemoration.

Women’s Championship Pairs

Fantastic club Women’s Championship Pairs 16-17 January at KBC. In a dramatic final between Val Parry/Jeanine Browne and Liz Burton/Robyn Hames, Val and Jeanine took the 2020-21 title.

The weekend’s Women’s Pairs championship saw a large field entered, including five first year players, which was highly satisfying for the Club’s selector’s as they got to see the competitive talent that we’re unfolding.  Teams included novice duos right up to the very experienced, and with last year’s defending champion’s also in the mix, spectators were treated with a wealth of tight games, and plenty of upsets.  The second day saw  Jill Wood and Lorraine Mc Donnell; Yvonne Green and Sue Jerram; the well-experienced Liz Burton and Robyn Hames (all with one life) and the combination of the calm, collected Val Parry, with talented first year Jeanine Browne (two lives) take to the rinks.  Val and Liz led their respective teams to sound wins, though the quality of games was well worth arriving early to watch.

Then the final.  Thrilling bowls.   Anyone expecting the two Skips (Liz and Robyn), to have the upper hand were seriously misguided.  Robyn’s sure steady hand met her match with the consistent on-the-head lead bowls put up by Jeanine, who demonstrated unequivocally that her first competition was not going to phase her. 

Val and Liz, skipping the two teams, are both well-known for their consistent bowls, and the ability to change the head when required, and provided each other with ongoing challenge after challenge.  The scoreboard crept up, at times surprisingly, with each team at different stages taking a four or a five from the other, and appearing to have the game well in hand, when everything would change again….right up the very end when another tie-breaker was required.  The tension was palpable, possibly more so amongst the spectators.  Jeanine’s first bowl was a toucher, coming to rest directly under the jack; we all know as leads how intimidating that can be!  Each subsequent players’ bowl attempted to either dislodge or protect that position, until Val’s last bowl, giving her and Jeanine three; then Liz had the final shot. A difficult choice of shot to make: a tricky draw through a well-protected head? or a weighted shot to try to move the jack back toward Robin’s back bowls?  Thought. Weighing the bowl.  Bending. Arm back. A drive. A hush, a collective gasp, and…disappointment for her and Robin.  Val and Jeanine won the end, the tie-breaker, and therefore the competition.

Commentary provided by Margie Sorensen

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