1to8 National Super Singles 2023 Player Profiles

Far North: Kevin Hardaker, Russell, 5 (years playing)

1. Rep Honours: J5 Club champ Singles Winner 4 times.

2. Best results in bowls: Club Champ 4’s once – Lead, Club Champs triples once, – Lead, club champ pairs once – Lead

3. Bowls Idol and why: Shannon Mcilroy – calm and consistent bowler

4. Playing bowls to start with: My wife played business bowls one year, I went to watch her and I got hooked – she didn’t.

5. Other sports have you played: None

6. Biggest influences: Darren Sigley who took a chance on me in the pairs and spent the time teaching me.

7. Hours a week practise: 8 hours a week in the season.

8. Preferred format: Singles.

9. Most memorable bowl: Club singles, came third but managed to take out the club champ from the previous year.

10. Walking onto the green song: Under the boardwalk

11. What bowls do you use: Size 2 Taylor GTR

North Harbour: Shaun Goldsbury, Takapuna, 2

1. Rep Honours: I’m currently a member of both the North Harbour Junior Rep Team (fours skip) and the Gisborne East Coast Open Rep team (singles player for both Octagonal and Intercentre 2023)

2. Best results in bowls:
– Bronze Medal at National Mixed Pairs 2-4-2 2023 playing with Skye Renes.
– North Harbour Junior Singles Champion 2023
– Winner of Gisborne East Coast Interclub 7’s this season, and competed at National Finals at Naenae in April (singles player)

3. Bowls Idol and why: The old man, Steve ‘Goose’ Goldsbury. He has 46 Gisborne East Coast Centre Titles, 2 NZ CoC titles and nearly 400 rep games for Gisborne East Coast over last 30 years. I have a long way to go to catch him up!

4. Playing bowls to start with: Dad has been telling me to play bowls for years, that I would love it and I was too old for my other sports! He was right on all counts!

5. Other sports have you played:
– Played for both NZ Maori and NZ Mens indoor volleyball teams, NZ Mens beach volleyball team and won a national indoor volleyball title with Tauranga Mens in 2003.
– Played national league soccer for Tauranga City United and Melville United AFC
– Played for Northern Districts at age group cricket

6. Biggest influences:
– Mum & Dad for all of the coaching, tips and advice.
– Graham Doreen for excellent foundational coaching, and Takapuna bowling club in general for lots of help.
– Gisborne Bowling Club and the Gisborne East Coast Centre for giving me senior bowls opportunities this season that have improved my game hugely
– Point Chev bowling club for their amazing support to both Skye and myself.
– Skye Renes for being a legend

7. Hours a week practise: I work as a consultant in the electricity industry, so I have some control over hours worked and I WFH mainly. I generally play 2-4 full days per week and then 2-5 practice sessions of 90 minutes each, depending on how much i’ve played and how busy I am with work.

8. Preferred format: I love singles, it’s my favourite form of the game. Pairs 2-4-2 is my next favourite, and I quite like 3 bowl pairs too. Less keen on the 2 bowl versions as you just don’t bowl as much, but do enjoy triples and fours if I can get in a good team with fun people.

9. Most memorable bowl: In the quarter final of National Mixed Pairs vs Kelvin Scott and Serena Matthews, both NZ reps, I had the last bowl on our 2nd bonus end to try and win the game. The jack was in the ditch and they had a toucher in the ditch about 2 feet away, but we had a live toucher on the rink. I tried to knock our toucher into the ditch, missed narrow into a bunch of short bowls, pushed a short bowl up into our toucher, which then landed in the ditch next to the jack to win us the game! Not the best bowl I’ve ever played, but you said ‘most memorable’ which that definitely was! I’d rather be lucky than good.

10. Walking onto the green song: Calm Down by Rema

11. What bowls do you use: Dreamline XGs size 4

Auckland: Adam Blucher, Te Atatu Peninsula, 6

1. Rep Honours: 1-5 reps 3 years, Auckland open premier 2 rep 2023.

2. Best results in bowls: (skip) runner up in national bowls3five. (Skip) winner of the Auckland champs of champs triples 2023. (Skip) winner of Auckland centre bowls3five. (Singles) made it to the last 32 of the national singles in 2023 and lost 21-15 to the defending champ at the time Kelvin Scott.

3. Bowls Idol and why: Shannon Mcilroy Because he’s one of the best to ever play the sport and he’s been at the top for a very long time and that’s where I wanna be.

4. Playing bowls to start with: My family all play so I would just play in the Sunday tournaments and business house before I wanted to start playing for real.

5. Other sports have you played: Played rugby at Massey Rugby Club for 7 years and got into the rep team my last 3 years.

6. Biggest influences: My Dad because he got me into bowls and is my personal coach and he always drives me to my bowls games even if he’s not playing with me.

7. Hours a week practise: Around 1 or 2 hours a week depending on the weather.

8. Preferred format: Singles or pairs but I like them all.

9. Most memorable bowl: A drive I did in the champ of champ triples final this year when I was 5 down and ended up getting 1.

10. Walking onto the green song: Ocean Spray by Moneybagg Yo.

11. What bowls do you use: Size 4 Taylor Redline SR.

Counties/Manukau: Lee Warburton, Homai, 5

1. Rep Honours: I have recently won the national rangitahi under 21 singles, also won the national junior bowls 3five, I came runner up in the national secondary school tournament. I have represented counties for 4 years.

2. Best results in bowls:
Winning the counties open pairs last 2 years back to back with 2 different partners (Skip).

3. Bowls Idol and why: My idol ever since I started watching bowls is Arron Sherrif why because he is natural with his delivery, very consistent with winning many many big tournaments.

4. Playing bowls to start with: Growing up as a little kid I was always at the Papakura bowling club nearly every weekend while my Mum & my Stepdad were playing & it was till I was 13 years of age I joined up & started playing & I really enjoy it.

5. Other sports have you played:
While I was little I used to play Rugby Union for Karaka for 3-4 years after that I went on to play Rugby League for a year, In intermediate I was in the school Badminton team & could of represented counties for that but I decided to play bowls.

6. Biggest influences: no answer.

7. Hours a week practise: I work big hours during the week but I do try to get a 6-8hrs a week during the season.

8. Preferred format: My preferred bowls format would probably have to be Singles because I have my own rhythm on how I play, but I also really enjoy pairs dont mind leading or skipping but with fours & triples I like to skip.

9. Most memorable bowl: I was playing a midweek 2-4-2 tournament & partner got a toucher & the opposition put the jack in the ditch bowl follows on through to the ditch & what I looked at doing was driving my teammates bowl square for it to go in the ditch next to the jack & 1st bowl on the mat I played it so I was definitely proud of playing that shot, the bowl was at least 4 meters from the ditch when I had to hit it.

10. Walking onto the green song: Take it away L.A.B

11. What bowls do you use: Aero Optimas Size 4.5

Waikato: Brent Hawken, Cambridge Central, 4

1. Rep Honours: Under 5 Waikato Champ of Champ Singles, Under 5 Waikato Open Singles.

2. Best results in bowls: Last 16 in Taranaki Open 4’s 2023.

3. Bowls Idol and why: None.

4. Playing bowls to start with: Family rivalry with 4 playing actively.

5. Other sports have you played: None.

6. Biggest influences: Richard Thomas, Gary Cotter.

7. Hours a week practise: Approx 6.

8. Preferred format: Pairs.

9. Most memorable bowl: The last bowl of a game dropped 3 to lose the game by 1 playing against Auckland at Remuera.

10. Walking onto the green song: None.

11. What bowls do you use: Taylor Redline SR size 4.

Bay of Plenty: Mike Staite, Ngongotaha, 5

1. Rep Honours: Bay of Plenty Junior Representative 2019 – 2023 (Lead – Pairs/Fours) (Skip/Pairs) (Singles). Bay of Plenty Prem 2 Representative 2022 – 2023 (Lead – Pairs) (Director – Fours). Bay of Plenty Prem 1 Representative 2021 – 2023 (Lead – Fours). Waiariki Rohe Representative Annual Rohe Challenge Representative 2019 – 2023, 2019 – 2020 (Two), 2020 – 2021 (Two), 2021 – 2022 (Lead). Aotearoa Maori Bowls Representative. Men’s Summerset National Fours Team 2019-2020 (Two). Selected 2021-2022 (Lead). 2023 Digicel Oceania Games, Men’s Pairs (Lead), Men’s Fours (Two). Bay of Plenty Indoor Bowls Representative 2021-2022.

2. Best results in bowls: Rotorua Bowling Club. 2018/2019 First Year Singles, Handicapped Singles, Championship Singles, Championship Fours (Two), Rotorua Mens Open Fours (Two), 2019/2020
Championship Singles, Junior Championship Singles, 2020/2021 Championship Singles. 2021/2022
Covid mandates prevented my ability to play. Bowls Waiariki – Rohe Representative. 2019/2020
Rohe Challenge Fours Tane winners (Two), 2020/21 Rohe Challenge Fours Tane winners (Two), 2021/2022 Rohe Challenge Fours Tane winners (Lead). Aotearoa Maori Bowls Representative 2023 Digicel Oceania Games, Men’s Pairs (Lead) Silver Medalist, Men’s Fours (Two) Bronze Medalist. Bowls Bay of Plenty 2020/2021 Senior Centre Champ of Champ Singles – Runner up. 2021/2022 Junior Centre Singles Winner. 2022/2023 Junior Champ of Champ Singles winner. 2022/2023 Centre Mixed Triples winners.

3. Bowls Idol and why: Dan Dickison – Tauranga Bowling Club. All round great guy, amazing bowler, always accessible and willing to answer any questions I may have or to offer advice. Not to mention his amazing 2020/2021 season picking up 5 Centre Titles, Semi finals in the National Pairs, Winner of the Prestigious Taranaki Mens Open Fours. Making the Te Ika a Maui side for the North/South Island Challenge, selected in the development team for the Trans Tasman and Commonwealth Games. Dan was the first person I ever played against in Senior Champ of Champs and I lost 21 – 5. The last game against Dan was 21 – 14 so at this rate I should get him in the next one haha.

4. Playing bowls to start with: I was on a Children’s Art House Trust and our Chairperson at the time was a member of a Bowling club which was in the same vicinity as our Art House. She invited me to play business house bowls which I really enjoyed. The President of the club happened to be a friends Father-in-law who approached me to become a member so I joined up that year.

5. Other sports have you played: Basketball, Volleyball, Touch, Golf, Cricket, Beach Volleyball, Football, Indoor Bowls.

6. Biggest influences: My Bowls Bay of Plenty coaches Janice Paap, Regg Martin and Gayle Melrose have all played a huge part in helping me, not only in achieving my goals but also identifying and prioritising what is most beneficial for my growth and direction. Also Simon Barakat, who was President of the Rotorua Bowling Club when I joined. He was also the Bowls Waiariki Counsellor/ Representative on the Aotearoa Maori Bowls Board. He took me under his wing and provided me with a great platform to start my journey as a junior bowler. I was in his team from day 1 with my first major tournament being the Aotearoa National Maori Bowls in 2019-2020 and I haven’t missed one since.

7. Hours a week practise: I practice a minimum of 6 hours per week Mon – Fri.

8. Preferred format: I really enjoy playing singles, you only have yourself to rely on and you get to play all of the shots. If not singles then pairs, either lead or skip.

9. Most memorable bowl: 1 bowl at a time, so in saying that, I have played so many that I can’t remember the most memorable but I am very grateful for every bowl I get to play in this great game.

10. Walking onto the green song: Whole lotta Love – Led Zeppelin.

11. What bowls do you use: Henselite Dreamline XG’s- Size 4

Gisborne EC: Karen Pinn, Kahutia, 4

1. Rep Honours: Represented Gisborne East-Coast for the first time in the National Interclub Bowls3five Final at Naenae Bowling Club this year. Represented Gisborne East-Coast in junior rep tournaments against Hawkes Bay and Bay of Plenty. Junior rep teams.

2. Best results in bowls: Represented Kahutia Bowling Club in the Gisborne East-Coast Centre Women’s Open Singles this year. Lost in the first round by few shots but then won all games and won 21 -14 in the final. It was my 2nd Centre title. There were only two junior players played in that tournament… myself (4th year bowler) and a 7th year bowler. Played Lead in the club championship women’s Open triples this year and then we won the centre women’s Open triples the following weekend. I skipped in the club championship junior fours last year and we won both club championship fours as well as champion of Champions Junior Women’s Fours. I skipped the junior women’s pairs. We won the Club Championship as well as champion of Champions Junior Women’s Pairs with two-lives still intact. Played Two in the fours team for senior interclub last year and we won all our games. Our team (Kahutia’s Senior Women) won the interclub tournament and qualified to play in the National Interclub Final in Wellington in April this year. Played as a Lead with Dayvinia Mills (she won the National Singles Champs in 2018) in the Michael Chisholm’s Senior-Junior Tournament in 2021 and we won the tournament. I won my first centre title.

3. Bowls Idol and why: Jo Edwards. She’s so dedicated to lawn bowls and always practice. It really shows when she’s playing… determined and never gives up till the last bowl is bowled.

4. Playing bowls to start with: In late June 2019, my twin boys Kyle and Liam Pinn (they were only 8 years old then) went and had a go at bowls with their dad. Then they asked me to join them for some casual roll-ups, etc. I wasn’t that keen to be honest lol. Then couple months later, boys said “let’s join Gisborne Bowling Club and play bowls with dad”. My hubby Geoff Pinn was already a member since 2018. Thought that we could play bowls together as a family just for fun, so I agreed to sign up and became full member of the club. Played my first Club championship junior women’s singles in November and won the tournament with two-lives still intact. I continued to put some time to practice and improve my games.

5. Other sports have you played: Not really a sporty person to be honest. When in high school, I was more into track events or long distance run or marathon.

6. Biggest influences: My hubby Geoff who always encourages me and practice with me. We normally have some mini games when we practice coz we love being competitive and challenge ourselves hehe. Apart from that, I’m blessed by so many encouragements and supports that I get from Adam and Boon Mcilroy (Shannon Mcilroy’s brother and father who also been great mentors to my twin boys), Jamey Ferris, Dayvinia Mills, Glenys Whiteman, Jessie Davis-Law, July Hoepo-Williams, Michael Staite, Adrienne Torrie and many more to mention.

7. Hours a week practise: I normally practice 6-8 hours a week. When I’m busy working till late during the week, I would try and spend an hour or so during the week after work or spare some time on the weekend when there is no tournament.

8. Preferred format: Bowls3five.

9. Most memorable bowl: When I played in the Burton Cup Classic Fours on Easter weekend alongside hubby Geoff and my boy Liam and our friend Paddy Stewart. Glenys Whiteman played two games on Saturday while I was away for tournaments in Ngongotaha Bowling Club. Due to another commitment the next day, Glenys wasn’t able to play so I had to replace her (thank God I got home on late Saturday evening). We played four rounds of games on Sunday. Our team were unbeaten and won all games so we won the tournament with 60 points and +81 differentials… and we win the prestigious Burton Cup. It’s the first time ever a husband and wife and son in the winning team for the Burton Cup. Our 12-year-old boy Liam is the youngest player ever won the Burton Cup. The previous youngest player was 15 year old who was in the winning team three years ago.

10. Walking onto the green song: Thunder by Imagine Dragons

11. What bowls do you use: Henselite Dreamline XG size 3

Hawkes Bay: Jon Pearce, Havelock North, 7

1. Rep Honours: Under 8 year Hawkes Bay Rep. 2019 under 8 Rep, won the Octagonal tournament. 2020 Senior Rep selection. 2023 Senior Rep selection for all Rep games and tournaments including Christchurch.

2. Best results in bowls: Bronze Medal in XVII AP&ES Games 2018 within the Open Fours section – Australasian Games. 2023 Inter club sevens comp, played singles and was undefeated, not done before in recent history of the tournament. 2021 Won as a Jr the triple – Club, Inter centre and COC Singles. 2023 National Inter-center Christchurch.

3. Bowls Idol and why: My Dad as he was such a quiet man who was loved by all who played with or against him. He played at a high level at times and achieved some very remarkable results considering he was from a very small area within the UK.

4. Playing bowls to start with: Watched my family but only started playing once I arrived in NZ because it was a way to meet other people.

5. Other sports have you played: Played lots of sports at school and represented my area in swimming. Supreme Powers Allied Powers Europe – NATO Combined Nations Cricket Team.

6. Biggest influences: My wife as she encourages me to practice and play on my days off from work.

7. Hours a week practise: Not as many as I need or should do … so in truth about 1 hour outside roll up on a weekend if I am not playing in an event.

8. Preferred format: I enjoy 242 or fours as either a skip or No. 2.

9. Most memorable bowl: Not so much a bowl but a game against Southland team who we beat in the National Intercentre. I played No. 2. They went on to the final against Wellington.

10. Walking onto the green song: Def Leppard – Pour some sugar on me.

11. What bowls do you use: Size 4 Taylor Redline.

Taranaki: Evan Jones, Fitzroy, 8

1. Rep Honours: Taranaki Juniors.

2. Best results in bowls: Champion of champions pairs, South Taranaki open 4’s (lead), 8 club
titles.

3. Bowls Idol and why: Ron Gadsby, he has taught me plenty.

4. Playing bowls to start with: Friends.

5. Other sports have you played: Have played representative golf.

6. Biggest influences: Ron Gadsby.

7. Hours a week practise: 4 hours a week.

8. Preferred format: Singles, pairs.

9. Most memorable bowl: No answer.

10. Walking onto the green song: Another one bites the dust, Queen.

11. What bowls do you use: LG DREAMLINE SIZE 4H

Whanganui: John Kane, Aramoho, 7

1. Rep Honours: Academy Rep Team for Whanganui.

2. Best results in bowls: Last 32 in Taranaki Open fours.

3. Bowls Idol and why: Shannon McElroy. His calmness under pressure.

4. Playing bowls to start with: Me and a mate decided to play with a follow work colleague.

5. Other sports have you played: Senior Football with the Stratford team for Twenty odd years.

6. Biggest influences: Team mates.

7. Hours a week practise: First 6 years none, just started this year due to better work conditions.

8. Preferred format: Singles.

9. Most memorable bowl: Hell, memory not that good.

10. Walking onto the green song: Chicken Fried by Zac Brown Band.

11. What bowls do you use: XG DREAMLINE SIZE 3.

Manawatu: Fletch Christian, Takaro, 3

1. Rep Honours: Manawatu Juniors.

2. Best results in bowls: Made post-section at the 2023 Men’s National Singles. Took Natarsha Grimshaw to a tiebreaker in PBA last week and missed jack in the ditch with last bowl of the game for a win, and man, that girl can bowl.

3. Bowls Idol and why: Steve Glasson because he could control a game of singles and destroy people with his accuracy.

4. Playing bowls to start with: Bulls Community Bowls.

5. Other sports have you played: Cricket, got to Wellington B.

6. Biggest influences: Sharon Sims, Pat Horgan, Brian Little, Scotty McGavin, Owen Canton.

7. Hours a week practise: 1st 2 years was every day, now 4-6 hours a week.

8. Preferred format: Singles.

9. Most memorable bowl: Against Garry Muriwai at Belfast BC, National Singles 2022. Needed shot to stay in the game. We were playing 2 to 2 and he put a front toucher pushing the jack to a metre from the ditch, and sat right on it & centred. I went had a look and driving could only put his bowl and the jack in the ditch together. I thought, “Well it you’re going to make a dick of yourself driving, you may as well do it drawing.” So I sent it out there and it came in, snuck round his bowl somehow, and nestled the jack for shot.

10. Walking onto the green song: Cool #9 by Joe Satriani.

11. What bowls do you use: XG size 3s. One of them is called “white spot” and is always my last bowl 🙂

Kapiti: Adam Batty, Central Levin, 2

1. Rep Honours: I have represented Kapiti in the snr and jnr squads in my 2 years of bowls

2. Best results in bowls: Winning junior singles and pairs at central Levin. Also winning the plate section in the invitational super singles at Paritutu.

3, 4, 5, 6, 7: No answers

8. Love playing singles and pairs and 2x4x2

9. Most memorable bowl: Always having a rollup and playing for cash with the bro

10. Walking onto the green song:  “Batman theme song” hahaha

11. What bowls do you use: Optima 3.5.

Wairarapa: Stacey Smyth, Carrington, 4 years playing

1. Rep Honours: I have played in many representative fixtures in my 4 years, 1-5 year reps, 1-8 year reps, senior reps, Intercentre, Quadrangular, Octagonal.

2. Best results in bowls: I have won the women’s junior pairs 3 times (lead once and skip twice) and women’s junior singles twice, I have come runner up in the Women’s open singles twice and this year won my first Centre title in the Women’s Champion of Champion Triples (played 2). This year I was also named Junior Player of the Year.

3. Bowls idol and why: I enjoy watching Ben Twist (Australia) and love the little shuffle he does on the mat prior to bowling.

4. Playing bowls to start with: My dad played bowls at the Castlecliff Bowling Club in Whanganui and my mum was a bar manager there, so grew up at the bowling club as a kid, as I got a bit older (teenager) I started playing indoor bowls and played for about 4 years. Approx. 5 years ago I met my now friend Megan Gray at our previous workplace and she mentioned that she played indoor and outdoor bowls, and so I went along with her and the rest is history.

5. Other sports have you played: Only indoor bowls, played in an under 18 team for Whanganui for a year or 2 before moving away and stopped playing.

6. Biggest influences: I couldn’t have done what I have done without the support from my husband and 3 daughters, and also my mum who brings me a slice of carrot cake every time I am playing at Carrington Emoji. Also my friends and fellow Carrington members that come to support no matter where I am playing in the Wairarapa (even Wellington at times too).

7. Hours a week of practice: Practice is not a strong point of mine, I work full time, 5 days a week and weekends during the season are usually taken up with playing in events, I enter as much as I can in the Wairarapa to help me get more experience.

8. Preferred bowls format: I absolutely love singles, that is my strongest format, next would be 2-4-2.

9. Most memorable bowl: Memorable but not for the right reasons. One shot I have been replaying for a while is in the final of the 2023 Wairarapa Women’s Open Singles, the score was 20-19 to me and I was holding game, she had 2nd shot and last bowl. Prior to playing my last bowl, I decided to walk up to the head to calm my nerves and to see which hand was best to play as she played a weighted draw bowl with her second to last and only just missed the jack, I knew she wouldn’t miss it a second time. Walking back to the mat I knew what hand I was going to play, I needed to play my forehand and cover her 2nd shot to reduce the chance of her scoring a multiple. I got onto the mat, and changed my hand, I played my bowl on the backhand, got the jack clean and took it to her bowl, giving her shot, I could have cried! The score was 20-20 and unfortunately in the final end she got the shot and won the game.

10. Walking onto the green song:  “Don’t stop me now” by Queen.

11. What bowls do you use: Pink, size 2, Taylor SRV. My logo is a rabbits head wearing a hat.

Wellington: Steve Rickman, Silverstream, 3

1. Rep Honours: None.

2. Best results in bowls: Semi final of Wellington Open 242 pairs last season.

3. Bowls Idol and why: Don’t have one.

4. Playing bowls to start with: a) got too old for squash, b) took early retirement, c) bought a house that overlooks a bowls club (Silverstream).

5. Other sports have you played: Hockey, squash (to B grade).

6. Biggest influences: Brent Stubbins (multiple Centre title winner in Wellington). Saw me coming down to practice at Naenae indoor and gave up his time to school me in the fundamentals of the game.

7. Hours a week practise: 4 to 6.

8. Preferred format: Singles or 242 pairs.

9. Most memorable bowl: Last end of Wellington 242 pairs. Last end and last bowl – moved the jack to go from 1 down to 3 up and beat Rob Ashton and Wayne Coleman.

10. Walking onto the green song: King of the Road.

11. What bowls do you use: Taylor Redline SR, size 4.

Marlborough: Michael McFadyen, Blenheim, 2

1. Rep Honours: Selected for Marlborough Junior Mens this year to play against Nelson. Won the Junior Mens Center Triples this year. Was plate runner- up in the Men’s Fours Aotearoa bowls this year. Won the Bunny Twiddle Tournament mixed 4s in Havelock.

2. Best results in bowls: Won 1 game at the National Singles in Auckland after 14 months of bowling. Played at the National Mixed Pairs (Alexandra) our biggest lost was 4pts (2nd year).

3. Bowls Idol and why: Jo Edwards. I drew my partner on the second day of play at that United Invitational Singles Tournament (March this year). 5min before the bell sounds for the start of play…
Jo Edwards walks thru the gate and says “Hi I’ll be your marker this morning an I don’t want no domestic’s on this green 😜” … Our mouths fell open in amazement an awe… What a Champion who gives back to the game!

4. Playing bowls to start with: Great mates (Pirates) whom I went to primary school with would often say when you gonna come down the club for a roll wiff da boys. I’d say you mean come down an get on it 🤣 they’d say yeah why else would you bowl. They’ve been bowling 10+ years socially at the Blenheim Club … So I went down finally to see what all the hooplah was about 🥳😎…. Fell in love with bowling straight away, with all it’s mental idiosyncrasies, nuance’s, physical demands, memory tests etc. I haven’t stopped bowling since. Pirates seem to have renewed enthusiasm and we are all looking forward to a more competitive and challenging season in 2024.

5. Other sports have you played: Played for Marlborough Junior rugby, played rugby Colts at 17 for Marlborough. Played for Marlborough in touch rugby (2 Nationals)1st Marlborough team sent Nats.
Represented Marlborough in Rugby League several years.
league player of the year.
Selected for Nelson – Marlborough team to play West Coast.

6. Biggest influences: Dave Smit. A senior bowler at our club who has given me good sound advice, hints tactics, etiquette, reading heads, good delivery etc, Also asked me to play in couple of his open triples team in my second year.

7. Hours a week practise: Approx between 4-6 hrs per week. Will practice in weekend if not competing.

8. Preferred format: Pairs.

9. Most memorable bowl: National Mixed Pairs. Needed to carry kitty to the ditch to win our 1st game … which I did.

10. Walking onto the green song: Always with me, Always with you by Joe Satriani.

11. What bowls do you use: I use Taylors SR’s – size 4. They were on trade-me I asked Maurice Symes if they were a good bowl for me… He said yes.

Nelson: Suzie Dodson, Stoke, 4

1. Rep Honours: I have been bowling now for 4yrs and I have made the Development team for our area each year. Champion of Champion Junior Women 2022 & 2023, Center Open 4’s 2023.

2. Best results in bowls: Definitely the Center Open 4’s this year and I played lead – my first big girls title.

3. Bowls Idol and why: I don’t really have an idol as such. I admire those who are good/great bowlers but also willing to take the time to talk to someone like me – a Junior. Those are the people I take away ideas from, who are open to me asking questions when playing etc.

4. Playing bowls to start with: When I moved back home Australia Mum had a companion who was actually an old family friend, Bob Ramsay (but before my time) I was the only one in the family who didn’t know Bob. He was a lovely old man in his 90’s but still very active and was passionate about indoor bowls. I thought, how do I get to know him so I went along with him to indoor bowls. I did one season and then I was talked into playing outdoor bowls.

5. Other sports have you played: During School Years I played Hockey, Netball, Volleyball, Touch Rugby but my main sport was competitive Swimming.

6. Biggest influences:

Firstly Bob Ramsay for getting me into Indoor Bowls.

Next one of the Biggest influences would have to be Rhonda Bellis, she talked me into going to a practice to which I thought there was no way I could even afford to have my own bowls etc but when I turn up there was Rhonda with her old bowls bag, filled with her old bowls and everything you could ever need for a season, clearly no was not going to be the answer and I have gone from there. I still play with those same bowls. I also feel very grateful to ALL the bowlers in the Nelson Region – many people from my own and different clubs have always been supportive and encouraging. Lastly, my biggest influence (and in life) has been my Mum. I don’t come from a bowling family at all but regardless no matter what I took on Mum has been there with support always and with a belief I can do it always and it give it my best.

7. Hours a week practise: I practise when I can but work full time so I also try and enter an many tournaments as I can fit in.

8. Preferred format: I do like 2-4-2 but I also enjoy playing mixed bowls instead of it always being Men and Women.

9. Most memorable bowl: I’m not really sure if I have that but I do have memorable moments where even though I have won or placed anywhere I have played and performed better than I or others would have thought. For example in our Stoke Club we have some very amazing players – Kristen Edwards, Amy Mcilroy, Rhonda Bellis etc yet my moments have been making the final of the open Club pairs and 4’s – that exceeded my expectation and I played Lead. Also playing in the Open Center Singles – who once again we have great players like Jo Edwards, Val Smith. In those games I thought ok here is the experience and going to be totally wiped out but yet I did better and only lost each game by a few points. Once again didn’t win or place but so happy with the result.

10. Walking onto the green song: Tom Petty – I Won’t Back Down

11. What bowls do you use: Green Master size 3.

Canterbury: Rodney Downes, Papanui Outdoor, 3

1. Rep Honours: Canterbury Development 2021/2022, Zone 5 team ( Development) 2022/2023.

2. Best results in bowls:  Winning club open men’s singles 2022/2023, Winning U5s Canterbury singles 22/23, Winning the Zone 5 development tournament, 7 man team ( played singles) 22/23, Finalist U5 Canterbury singles 21/22, Finalist Year 1/2 Canterbury singles 21/22, Qualifying for post section pairs at Nationals 22/23, Been selected to play seniors at club 22/23.

3. Bowls idol and why: No real idol.

4. Playing bowls to start with: Dad finally got me down to closing day, was signed up for the following season then n there. Can remember going down to Hoon Hay watching Dad n Grandad when I was very young.

5. Other sports have you played:  Played golf represented North Canterbury. Played cricket for 25 years.

6. Biggest influences: Lance Main, Development coach.

7. Hours a week of practice:  Depends what is on, maybe a hour at a venue ahead of a big tournament or event. At start of season maybe a couple of hours a week, then just as required throughout the season, normally playing to much.

8. Preferred bowls format: Singles, but also love skipping any format.

9. Most memorable bowl: Having 4 touches in a game , 2 one hand , 2 the other (and only picking up 2 ).

10. Walking onto the green song: Queen – Another one bites the dust.

11. What bowls do you use: Henselite Dreamline XG Size 3

South Canterbury: Dave Curtis, Geraldine, 7

1. Rep Honours: have represented South Canterbury development side in earlier years of bowls in most positions from singles through to skipping triples. Been too busy with other stuff the last couple of years.

2. Best results in bowls: winning 4 centre titles. 1 in the centre pairs as a lead. 2 champ of champ triples both as number 2, and a champ of champ 4s playing at 2.

3. Bowls Idol and why: the late Steve Jones (passed away this February). A great bowler with 24 centre titles. Only player in south canterbury to win all 9 titles available. Certainly a great man on an off the green. He would inspire many a bowler. He certainly inspired me.

4. Playing bowls to start with: started playing on Steve’s lawn with a few beersies. Then moved on to the local green.

5. Other sports have you played: bit of rugby, bit of karate. Sport I most liked touch 7s back in the early 90s. Fast game when played right. Loved it. Wish I was still that fit. Used to be a big competition in Temuka over summer. More often than not we made the final.

6. Biggest influences: again Steve Jones. Such a great player to watch play.

7. Hours a week practise: hardly ever. Really only started since I qualified for super singles. Try to get Wa couple of hours in most days now. want to  play good enough so I don’t look like a complete plonker.

8. Preferred format: 2x4x2.

9. Most memorable bowl: a wide drive on the last bowl of a 4s final that hit a wing bowl that came across the head to take out our winning shot bowl. Thats bowls.

10. Walking onto the green song: Unstoppable by Sia.

11. What bowls do you use: Taylor GTRs size 4.

Central Otago: Paul Spooner, ADC Bowls Alexandra, 4

1. Rep Honours: Development player for Central Otago for 3 years, Senior player for 2 years.

2. Best results in bowls: Won COC Centre fours in first year playing at 2. Won Centre open singles in 3rd year.

3. Bowls idol and why: Don’t have an idol in bowls sorry.

4. Playing bowls to start with: Started playing bowls when I couldn’t play football anymore.

5. Other sports have you played: Mainly football.

6. Biggest influences: Anyone who gives me good advice.

7. Hours a week of practice: About 5 hours per week.

8. Preferred bowls format: Pairs or triples.

9. Most memorable bowl: Drawing a side toucher with my first bowl on the last end of the center singles. Never got moved and won 21-20 in my 3rd year of bowling.

10. Walking onto the green song: Bon Jovi “it’s my life”.

11. What bowls do you use: Henselite Dreamline XG size 3.

Dunedin: Mitch Cook, Brighton, 5 years playing

1. Rep Honours: I have played development for Otago for the last four years and last year i played a tournament for the senior Otago side in Christchurch.

2. Best results in bowls: junior 3 fives. junior kaituna plate. junior champion of champion singles.

3. Bowls idol and why: Don’t really have an idol as such a lot of people have helped me out along the way muchly appreciated.

4. Playing bowls to start with: We used to go have a roll and few beers after work in the summer.

5. Other sports have you played: Played a bit of soccer when I was real young. Love my hunting fishing and surfing so was doing that before bowls.

6. Biggest influences:  Everyone that’s helped me out along the way. There’s been so many.

7. Hours a week of practice: Would normally practice 3 nights a week after work.

8. Preferred bowls format:  Probably playing pairs.

9. Most memorable bowl: Not sure there’s been a few over the years. Maybe winning the champion champion singles at the death.

10. Walking onto the green song: Not fussy on a song.

11. What bowls do you use: Size 3 xgs.

South Otago: Doug Coombes, South Otago T&C, 5

1. Rep Honours: South Otago Development.

2. Best results in bowls: 3 club 1to 5 year singles titles. 1 South Otago 1 to 5 year singles title. 1 South Otago 1 to 10 year pairs title as skip. 1 South Otago open triples title. (lead). 2 club triples titles. (skip). 1 bowls south otago bowls 3 five titles. (skip).

3. Bowls idol and why: Aron Sherriff, always calm and relaxed and makes every shot look easy.

4. Playing bowls to start with: Kept getting asked if I would go along for a roll at the South Otago Town and Country Club by the President at the time who I new, until he got me there.

5. Other sports have you played: I played a lot of rugby, tennis and cricket.

6. Biggest influences:  No answer.

7. Hours a week of practice: Anywhere from 5 to 8 hours a week depending on club ties etc.

8. Preferred bowls format:  Pairs.

9. Most memorable bowl: Being 3 down with kitty in the ditch and drawing shot with my 2nd bowl
to win Mornington development pairs.

10. Walking onto the green song: Enter Sandman, by Alessia Cara and the band The Warning.

11. What bowls do you use: Not answered.

Southland: Lynley Taylor, Waverley, 5

1. Rep Honours: Southland Development team 2019-20; 2020-21; 2021-22; 2022-23. Southland Development Sevens Southern Zone tournaments : Timaru 2021, Oamaru 2022, Dunedin 2023
Southland Development Triangular team : Roxburgh 2019, 2020, 2023. Southland Development team vs Central Otago, South Otago, Dunedin, 2019 – 2023.

2. Best results in bowls: Having 10 Southland Development Titles. 2x Novice Singles titles, 2x Development Singles titles, 2x Development pairs titles (Skip), 2x Development Triples titles (Skip), 2x Development fours titles (Skip).

3. Bowls idol and why: Jo Edwards. She has had an amazing time playing for New Zealand for many years with outstanding results. Southland run a charity Pairs event every year and this attracts bowlers of a very high standard from throughout the country. I met her at that event – On the Friday night they run a split sixes tournament with 8 of the top players, and a pair them with a novice or Junior player. I was fortunate enough to get Jo as my player one year. It was a real honor to play with her. I have also been fortunate to attended two coaching clinics run by Dave and Jo Edwards.
I’m a real fan of hers and watch the coaching videos she is in and also watch her games she has played over the years on youtube.

4. Playing bowls to start with: My Husband started playing at Waverley Bowling Club and was always encouraging me go and play. I started going with him for his practices and was encouraged by other Waverley players and I was immediately hooked!

5. Other sports have you played: I played netball at Primary School and was chosen for the Southland Primary Country Team for two years. When I started Secondary school my three sisters were playing hockey. They went into Invercargill every Saturday so i thought I’d join them. I have played for Southland Secondary Schools team. Then over the next twelve years I have played for representative hockey for Southland, Waikato B, Nelson and North Otago.

6. Biggest influences: My husband Chris has been a huge influence – being a great training partner and encouraging my game. We have great coaches at our club (Waverley Bowling Club) and their support has been invaluable. The senior players in the club have been supportive and great team members to play with and learn from in local competitions. I read books on bowling, watch videos of games here in NZ and in Australia. There is always something to learn.

7. Hours a week of practice: I usually practice 3-4 days per week, depending on local tournaments. I always practice with my teammates when a competition is coming up.

8. Preferred bowls format:  I enjoy being in a team where you all work together to achieve a great outcome.

9. Most memorable bowl: When I played and achieved my Silver Star in 2021. Then again in 2023 when I won the Development singles and achieved my 10th title.

10. Walking onto the green song: Alicia Keyes ‘Girl on fire’, or Queen – ‘Don’t stop me now.’

11. What bowls do you use: Henselite Dreamline XG’s, size 2.

Para Bowls: Kerrin Fair, Kia Toa, 8

1. Rep Honours: None.

2. Best results in bowls: Winning 3 games at the 2023 Fours Nationals at Alexandra usually play two in a team (the goal is to qualify for post section at New Plymouth in 2024).

3. Bowls Idol and why: None.

4. Playing bowls to start with: Started filling in for my grandad’s business house team and then was coached by Katie Portas (1994 Vision impaired Gold Medalist).

5. Other sports have you played: None.

6. Biggest influences: Both of my grandads were good bowlers in their day. My Club has been very supportive.

7. Hours a week practise: Not answered.

8. Preferred format: Probably the wrong thing to say seeing as this is a singles tournament but I like being in a team.

9. Most memorable bowl: When the National coach Mike Kernaghan sat behind me in Invercargill at the Para Bowls Nationals my bowls went to custard.

10. Walking onto the green song: Sandstorm – Da Rude

11. What bowls do you use: Taylor GTR size 4

Wild Card Entry (saved a default situation, thank you!): Chris Taylor, Waverley, 7

1. Rep Honours: Southland Development 2020, 2021, 2022.

2. Best results in bowls: 3rd in Southland Open Pairs. Runner up in Southland OIpen Triples.

3. Bowls Idol and why: Aron Sherriff.

4. Playing bowls to start with: Via a mate’s invite.

5. Other sports have you played: Cricket & Rugby. !st XV and 1st XI for Waitaki Boys HS.

6. Biggest influences: Peter Bellis and his book “Perfect Bowls”.

7. Hours a week practise: Just practise most days.

8. Preferred format: 242.

9. Most memorable bowl: Development fours at Waihopai, drew the last bowl of the match to win.

10. Walking onto the green song: Field of Gold – Sting.

11. What bowls do you use: Aero Optima 4s.