Beach Haven Bowls Club

Community Organisation

Beach Haven Bowls Club
47 Cresta Avenue
Beach Haven
Auckland 0626
206 days ago

Cowley-Holmes Memorial Cup & Trophy

Richard Ponting from Beach Haven Bowls Club

Yet another fine Saturday on which to enjoy our sport and also remember two much loved Club Members who both contributed their DNA in the culture of The Mighty Haven.

Ian Cowley, President 2004/08 bought the word “Fun” to our bowls lexicon in a big way, and would have thoroughly enjoyed … View more
Yet another fine Saturday on which to enjoy our sport and also remember two much loved Club Members who both contributed their DNA in the culture of The Mighty Haven.

Ian Cowley, President 2004/08 bought the word “Fun” to our bowls lexicon in a big way, and would have thoroughly enjoyed Saturday’s proceedings in Team “Colours” complete with the banter that goes with such an event.


Stuart Holmes (1972-2011), or “Stu” as he was known by us all, was a talented sportsman who played hard, but played fair and was always the first to hand out bouquets (or brickbats) to friends or foe alike. He was also a great champion to new players to our sport. A very likeable burst of sunshine at all times, regardless of the situation and sadly taken far too early in life.



These two events are usually played separately, but as our programme has been telescoped by several events beyond our control, it was thought appropriate to play them concurrently, with the result that both Trophies were awarded on the day.

We witnessed some excellent play on our rapidly improving green and the results clearly reflected how close the overall scores were. The Runners-Up in the Ian Cowley Cup were The Pirates (Jimmy Dunn and Richard & Eileen Ponting) with the winners being The Mighty Guerillas (Richard Vernall and Dan & Rick Markovina). This raised the question, “How many more times are you going to finish Second, Mr President?”. Unfortunately and for reasons of good taste, your scribe cannot publish the President’s response.


The new holders of the Stu Holmes Memorial Trophy are the highest ranked team with a non-registered player and this year it was in the form of The Scarfies, (Doug Laughlan, Bill Briton, Gloria Markovina & Anne Woulfe. After some negotiation, they were dissuaded from burning the Club's one and only sofa in celebration!


Well played to all participants, it was a great event and lived up to all the history behind it.


The Badger
Press & Publicity Officer.

219 days ago

Blows Pins & Pattendon Trophy

Richard Ponting from Beach Haven Bowls Club

How much longer will this glorious season last?!! The only difference between this week and the superb conditions we had last weekend was that there was NO WIND AT ALL and the Green was playing even better – Morris Pita, you are A STAR!!!

Two concurrent Pairs competitions were played, the … View more
How much longer will this glorious season last?!! The only difference between this week and the superb conditions we had last weekend was that there was NO WIND AT ALL and the Green was playing even better – Morris Pita, you are A STAR!!!

Two concurrent Pairs competitions were played, the Blows Lapel Pins for Leads and Twos, and the Pattendon Trophy for Threes and Skips. Both these trophies were donated by past Members of the Club and are regular milestones in our annual calendar.
This years’s celebration drew a good turnout despite some members being on Centre Event duties and whilst the competition produced some excellent bowling skills, the atmosphere was of a distinctly Haven nature, with plenty of banter and humour.

The competition on the Green was followed by an hour or two of good fellowship where the bowls ran even better with every re-telling of the matches played. An eavesdropper could be forgiven for assuming we had exponents of international standard on the day. We are good, but not that good!!!

Both Competitions produced some close finishes so we had two “Ahhhh” teams to console with the usual comments and these were Garry Glenn & Doug Laughlan in the Blows Pins and John Everett & Richard Ponting in the Pattendon (Second again, Ponting – not good enough!). Zelda Sullivan and Sandra Hilson took out the Blows Pins title with Jimmy Dunn & Dan Markovina taking the Pattendon Trophy Honours with three wins out of three games.

Just another great day at The Haven.

Regards

The Badger
Press & Publicity Officer

297 days ago

CLL Tournament A Huge Success

Richard Ponting from Beach Haven Bowls Club

All the elements combined perfectly for the most valuable Event on our calendar, the CLL (Landscape Services) Tournament, on the 17th Feb. The weather continued to be kind, a full green of eight rinks were filled by players from five visiting Clubs (including two teams from Thames BC) and it took … View moreAll the elements combined perfectly for the most valuable Event on our calendar, the CLL (Landscape Services) Tournament, on the 17th Feb. The weather continued to be kind, a full green of eight rinks were filled by players from five visiting Clubs (including two teams from Thames BC) and it took some high quality bowling to be placed in the winner's circle. These important ingredients were spiced with good fellowship and more than a little sprinkling of that very special brand of humour associated with bowlers and bowling. What a great day!



Our Podium teams reflected the now very apparent trend that bowling is becoming a younger person's game. Without wishing to give away sensitive information, the three top teams were placed in what is probably the reverse order of their average ages. This is great news for the Club and most of all for the sport, which is now clearly not the sole domain of our more senior citizens.


For the record, third place went to Roy Parker, Sandy Cleghorn and Gary Wallace, second were Garry Banks, David Payne and Neil Buckner, and our winners were Jason Blackmore, Karl Glenn and Gareth Towler. Well done “The Young Guns”, it was a magnificent win.



The Club's sincere thanks go to Terry Donnelly at CLL for their support for the day and also to the BHBC members who put in the time required to publicize the Event or turned out in a support role to run the club facilities during the day. None of the above would have happened without you.

The Badger
Press and Publicity Officer

309 days ago

What a superb Club Championship Day!!

Richard Ponting from Beach Haven Bowls Club

The Club Champion Triples was played on Saturday 2nd Feb for the most part in glorious warm conditions for both the Women’s and Men’s Trophies.
The recent growth of the Club membership was reflected in the turnout of teams involved for both Trophies and the recent upgrades to the Club … View more
The Club Champion Triples was played on Saturday 2nd Feb for the most part in glorious warm conditions for both the Women’s and Men’s Trophies.
The recent growth of the Club membership was reflected in the turnout of teams involved for both Trophies and the recent upgrades to the Club facilities provided a wonderful backdrop and vantage point for watching the semi-finals and final.
We also witnessed some of our younger members figuring in the finals which also bodes well for the future.
Sandra Hilson, a 3rd yr Junior, skipped the Women’s Champions Team of Eileen Ponting and Nola Glenn to a well deserved close win and 21yr old Dan Markovina skipped the runners-up in the Men’s Division. The Club Mens Champions however, comprised two Junior players, one of whom was the skip. On their way to the win they outplayed two experienced teams largely comprising Senior players.
The Club’s congratulations go to Jason Blackmore and his team of Karl Glenn and Gareth Towler for their fine win.
A great day out in good company and plenty of good bowling on show. What more could we wish for?
The Badger
Press & Publicity Officer.

333 days ago

Inaugural Mixed Triples Club Trophy - a great start to 2019.

Richard Ponting from Beach Haven Bowls Club

For quite possibly the first time, the Club held a Mixed Triples Championship which, like many new Mixed events at Club and Centre level, has proved to be a very successful venture. Six teams played a Round Robin with the intention of the two top teams playing a final. As it happened the two top … View moreFor quite possibly the first time, the Club held a Mixed Triples Championship which, like many new Mixed events at Club and Centre level, has proved to be a very successful venture. Six teams played a Round Robin with the intention of the two top teams playing a final. As it happened the two top teams after Round Four met in the fifth round, which due to the hot weather conditions, was deemed to be the final.

There were several close finishes in the earlier rounds but the final proved to be the closest with a tied score going into the last end. After a superb lead's shot saw the jack closely trailed (to go 1:0 up) the shot bowl was then dislodged by a short front bowl being struck by Skip No.2 resulting in a hold change. Skip No 1's last bowl all but reversed the process - but not quite, and the final score was a win by one shot after a total of 40 ends of bowling. They don't get any closer than that!

For the record, Match Convenor Rick Markovina presented the Trophy to the first(?) mixed Triples Club Champions, Mandy & Ian Little with Doug Laughlan. The runners up were Eileen & Richard Ponting with John Everett. Well played both teams, it was an intriguing and dramatic final - great entertainment for the gallery.

The Badger
Press & Publicity Officer.

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