President’s message

Our bowls community strives to be welcoming and friendly.

Lawn bowls is played for the challenge and competition. It brings activity, personal enjoyment, the pleasure of spending time outdoors and provides great social interaction.  Many say that once lawn bowls grabs a hold of you, it is hard to pass up an opportunity to get out on the green.

Haven’t we faced a challenge over the last season? Events were disrupted, or at times halted, bowls clubs had to close. With good guidance from Bowls New Zealand, agile planning from Auckland Bowls and the support of club executives and its members, everyone worked together with a common goal – to play bowls. With everyone’s support and contribution, it was not too long before we could resume playing the game that we love, so great work everyone.


Our clubs
I have been fortunate to have visited and bowled at many clubs. Our bowls community strives to be welcoming and friendly and I have always enjoyed great hospitality.

Each of our clubs have wonderful histories and there are many reminders of the legacies of those who have come before us. But, as with all that we do change is inevitable, so it is great to see clubs thinking about new ways to maintain activity to boost income at their venues.  Clubs are expanding their options by opening their doors to groups outside of bowls. More and more clubs are hosting a range of social and corporate activities – connecting more with their local community and neighbourhoods. This is exciting and a positive way forward for growth.


Our winners
Congratulations to all those champions and winners over our last season; those who have had success when representing their clubs, those who won Auckland Centre events, regional and national events, and those who have made representative squads. Your success and efforts ensure Auckland has a presence in the sport of bowls, a pathway for others to aspire to – we are grateful and proud.

This year in June, we were able to celebrate an outstanding bowling season with our Awards Luncheon. While we expected to acknowledge winners from larger clubs, it was great to congratulate winners from our smaller clubs too!


Auckland representatives
I applaud our Auckland players selected by Bowls New Zealand to represent the North Island in the upcoming North vs South event, being held in Dunedin in early October. This will be a pathway to be selected in the 2022 Commonwealth Games team. We will watch with keen interest and hope for solid results.

This year’s National Inter-centre was held in Wellington in March, our teams were determined and focused on doing well. They tried their best and the Open Men reached the finals, battling it out against Southland, who triumphed on this occasion. I am pleased to have witnessed a great team spirit and as always, we are proud to have our region well represented.


Events
In my role as President, I attend many of the events during the season. I see first-hand the competitiveness and rapport amongst players, and how the different levels of experience and skill are put to the test. The greens are full, so it is pleasing to report the number of entries for our Auckland Centre events is on the rise for the first time in five years. Overall, we had an increase of 200 players competing in 2020-2021 events.

Let us continue the great effort.  Happy bowling!

 

Greame Scott
President, Auckland Bowls

Meet the Board
Greame Scott
President
Ian Dee
Chairman
Helen Blick
Vice President
Michael Feek
Board Member
John Ross
Board Member