May 12, 2015

May 3 bowls report

The Baabaas had a very successful day on May 3 at the Mangere Bridge Bowls Club.

Peter Tubberty did well to get about 20 bowlers along. This task is like herding cats. So well done, Peter, for managing to get so many members. Getting under way proved equally difficult as the teams were drawn, redrawn, and redrawn again for a third time. It reminded me of Varsity organisation – planning is very fluid but you always end up having a good time. After a predicted 9am start we finally got under way at 10.30am.

The first prize was for a bottle of wine for who could get closest to a rugby ball. Aidy Clarke was not going to let that prize pass him by. He pulled out the shot of the day, coming to rest on the rugby ball.

The hot sun in the middle of the day took its toll. The elderly became older. Old joints that had lain dormant for some time became aroused. Bodies slowly broke down, followed closely by the dissolution of our brain tissue. The power to concentrate deserted us. Wrong bias became an endemic problem. Cheeky halfbacks, like Rod Doidge and Mark Moore, who always have something to say, fell silent. By 3pm there were many cripples. Keith Nelson was the only sensible one, bringing a stick. We all eyed it enviously.

Afterwards, as we all sat down for a beer, the relief was palpable. Bryan Williams made a good speech in recognition of the Mangere Bridge Bowling Club for providing their facilities, Barry ‘Bear’ Thomas for all his help and Noeline Walsh and her brother Rex for putting on the most wonderful meal.

Now, most importantly, the result. The team of Aidy Clarke (skip), Dean Paddy and Graeme Garrett won the day. Amazingly, it was Graeme’s first game of bowls.

Friday nights

Following are the Friday nights for May/June:
May 15: Blues vs Bulls at 7:35pm
May 22: University club night
May 29: private function
June  5: Marist (tentative) Garry Walters to confirm
June 19: Ponsonby night

If you would like your club included, just give Dean Paddy a call on 0274-405-952 to arrange a date.

Upcoming events

1. The remaining Blues games at Eden Park are:
Friday May 15 @ 7:35 – vs Bulls
Saturday May 23 @ 7:35 – vs Hurricanes
Saturday June 6 @ 7:35 – vs Crusaders
Friday June 12 @ 7:35 – vs Highlanders

2. Auckland Primary Schools Fun Day
This is being held at the Devonport Naval Base at Ngataringa Bay this coming Sunday May 17. Ron Williams has organised everything, but we now need as many members as possible to turn up on the day and watch the games.

3. Friday June 12
Webb Ellis luncheon at Eden Park.  One for your diaries.

4. Wednesday June 17 Bay of Plenty Schools Fun Day
Further details in future newsletters.

5. A chance to see both sides of Parliament working in unison!

Waitemata Rugby Club is hosting the New Zealand Parliamentary XV and have invited our club members along to the game and the charitable auction.

The game is on this Saturday May 16. They are playing our combined President’s teams, the Winos and Buffalos. The game is kicking off at 1pm as the curtainraiser to the premiers playing Papatoetoe, and the after-match will be from 3.30pm onwards.

There is also a charitable auction which is for the Bethells and Piha North lifesaving clubs. This auction will be at 5-5.30pm in the clubhouse. If you are able to help with any donations towards the auction, can you please email: at this office.

There are over 20 members of Parliament from all parties due to participate in the game. I would assume there will also be non-playing members of Parliament watching.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Mark Mallabar
Chairman, Waitemata Rugby Football Club
Mobile: 021-627-321

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