Manly Bowling Club-December 2019 Newsletter



Congratulations to Kevin Rainsford on his selection to the North Harbour Rep team.

The club representatives in the SEVENS Competition proved very competitive against North Harbour’s top bowlers, especially in the fours.


PENNANTS- Manly entered two triples teams in the Ladies competition. Both teams played some excellent games, and while not reaching the finals, they proved a strong combination in this inter-club competition.

The Manly Men’s team made up of two triples combinations won through to the finals played at Browns Bay on November 24th. They finished  Runners Up to Warkworth.

An excellent result for the club.



Ladies Tournaments

Ladies Graded Pairs November 8th

Winners - Elaine Fergusson and Kathy Stevens

Runners Up - Robyn Henderson and Sandy Wilson


Ladies Handicap Consistency Singles November 15th

Winner - Robyn Henderson

Runner Up - Sandy Wilson


Men’s Tournaments

Drawn Graded Pairs September 22nd

There were 20 entries, making up 10 teams. Four games of 12 ends were played. There were no 4 winners and it proved a very close competition.

Winners - Graham Hamilton-Browne and Andy Cetina

Runners Up - Kevin Rainsford and Man Wan


Veterans Handicapped Singles October 12th

12 entries with 3 games of 15 ends played. The top 4 qualifiers played off on the Sunday.

Winner - Chris Markham

Runner Up - Warren Marks


Norma Klaassen Trophy Mixed Singles October 25th

There were 10 entries including 2 ladies. 3 games of 12 ends played with a nominated one end wild card. 

Winner - Kevin Rainsford

Runner Up - Chris Markham


Junior News

Junior Ladies Singles - Kathy Stevens and Jill Jones will contest the final on December 21st

Junior Men’s Singles - To be played Saturday December 7th

Junior Men’s Triples - The final is to be played between teams skipped by Keith Benson and Dave Pownall.

Junior 1-5 years Interclub. After 2 of 5 rounds the Manly Blues Team is leading it’s section, having won 4 of its 6 games. A promising start so far. Thanks to Jenny Wilson for taking on the Non-Players Managers role each Monday Night


The Wednesday ACT Ham Tournaments are played on December 11th and 18th. We are looking for lots of entries for these annual Xmas events.


The last day for Club Coaching is on Tuesday December 10th. It will recommence on Tuesday January 17, 2020. Thanks to Syd and Geoff for another year of giving their time to assist our bowlers.



Tiger Turf have re-surveyed A Green and will communicate to the Green Superintendent what work will need to be undertaken and the time scale. Initial results indicate it will likely be a one-week fix.

The club appreciates the efforts of a small but willing group of volunteers that assist in maintaining the greens and surrounds every Monday morning. 

It would be appreciated if bowlers could put the shades away once their games are completed on these hot sunny summer days. Also, if drink cups could be collected prior to vacating the greens and disposed of in the rubbish containers.




The renewal of the Tennis Club Lease has proved a slow process to finalise, however, there is renewed confidence it will be completed in the near future.


The one-person Club Social Committee of Val Eadie once again organised the Xmas Function, is organising the December Ham Tournaments, oversees the regular Wednesday Tournaments, and yes, she gets time to roll up the occasional bowl. Have a relaxing Xmas Val.


If you would like a copy of the Board Minutes and/or the Newsletter emailed to you, please provide Jenny Wilson with your email address.


We look forward to 2020 and in particular, overturning last year’s result by beating the Peninsula Club in the Penman Challenge in early January, Always a most enjoyable and friendly rivalry.


Good Bowling Everyone 


Bruce Travers


Well done to Kevin Rainsford for making it to the Quarter Finals of the Ivan Kostanich Men’s Premier Open Singles. Many of the top men's bowlers in Auckland were competing in this event. Manly had 4 bowlers entered in this tournament.

onsistency Handicapped Singles 10/8/2019
Winner- Kevin Rainsford
Runner-Up-Graham Hamilton-Browne

Mixed Pairs 24/8/2019
Winners- Rex Reardon Elaine Ferguson

Hibiscus Cup 2019- Triples Sponsored by Albany Toyota
Played over 4 Wednesdays 
Winners- Denham Furnell, Lana Levy, Phil Searle
Second- Rex Reardon, Les Miley, Elaine Ferguson
Third- Graham Hamilton-Browne, Jill Jones, Chris Markham

Congratulations to Kathy Stevens for being selected to represent the Bowls North Harbour 1-5 years Women’s team which competed on October 6th. 

The Manly Club will enter at least one mixed team this season in the Junior Inter-club competition played Monday evenings commencing November 11th. It is encouraging to have one or more Junior team representing the club again.


The opening of the Summer Season brings the commencement of the various club championships, commencing with the Ladies Junior Singles and Pairs and the Men’s Veteran Handicapped Singles during October. Do support these if you can. The 2019-2020 Handbook provides the tournament dates.

Team Sheets have been posted in the clubrooms for members to take part in the Inter-club competitions. Put your name forward for selection consideration if you would like to compete representing the club. 

Twilight Bowls will commence on Monday evenings on November 4th.


Yes, the first games for 2019/20 have been played on the grass green. It is bowling well. Good on you Syd.

Coaching continues Tuesday mornings for all club bowlers, not just juniors and beginners. Geoff and Syd will provide any coaching assistance you require.




The surrounds are now completed for A Green, and they certainly complete a professional finish to this area of the club. The upgrading of the seats by the Langley’s  that now surround A Green, finishes it off nicely. Bill Trotter is finalising to have the Rink markers added to this green to complete this undertaking. 
Bill has also requested feedback on the individual rinks regarding straighteners, bumps etc so the carpet can be adjusted as required. Note on the sheet provided inside the clubrooms.

The next project will be the perimeter of C Green 


A reminder that proper footwear must be worn at all times when on the greens. Page 5 in the Handbook indicates the requirements.

The club would like to compile a list of it’s members that hold a current First Aid Certificate or have undergone St John’s training to use a Defibrillator. Please let us know if you qualify in either of these two areas. 

Club Sponsors are a key element in guaranteeing the future operation of our bowling club. Remember, if you are purchasing or requesting a service or product from any of our sponsors, you let them know you are from the Manly Bowling Club. It is important they recognise they are receiving pay-back for their financial support. 

The club is looking good now the summer season is under way, the whites are out, the weather is warming, the wind still remains a challenge, the competitive challenges are underway and with a well catered for and friendly bar area to finish the day off with, all is well at the Manly Bowling Club in October.

Bruce Travers