Last weekend saw the Northland centre awards for 2019-20 announced and the 2020-21 season declared open.
Major awards were:
Team of the Year: Whangārei men's fours team (Trevor Reader, Paul Price, Paul Shotter, Steve Smith)
Male Player of the Year: Dennis Brewster (Whangārei)
Female Player of the Year: Ann Muir (Kensington)
Green keeper of the Year: Wayne Neal (Mangawhai)
Coach of the Year: Karen Scott (Kensington)
Service to Bowls: Sue Wightman (Mangawhai)
Club of the Year: Mamaranui Club.
Volunteers awarded certificates for work with their clubs were:
Roy Taylor (Kensington), Trish Petley (Kensington), Neil Todd (One Tree Point), Pat Thompson (Mt Manaia), Neville Franks (Mangawhai) and Kelvin Robinson (Kamo).
Congratulations to all winners.
The mini tournament was held in conjunction with the prizegiving was won by Leanne Stewart, Frank Arnerich, Graeme Lawrence, Diane Lawrence (Hikurangi). Dusty Reader, Laurel Jones, Mary Brewster and Steve Smith from Whangārei were second.
The new season was declared open by centre president Dusty Reader. The first jack of the season was delivered by the female player of the year, Ann Muir, and the first bowl by the male player of the year, Dennis Brewster.
The first event of the season is centre pennants to be played on the weekend of September 12-13 at several greens throughout the centre. Entries close this weekend and the draw and venues will be notified to all clubs on Tuesday and will be on the centre website.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the event is being played as three-bowl triples so that we can keep within the 100 person limit at each venue. Get your entries in promptly, entry forms have been sent to all clubs.
The following clubs are having a 'have a go at bowls' day as listed:
One Tree Point: Sunday, September 6 from 1pm. Bring dad, mum and the children.
Maungakaramea: Club day every Sunday starting at 3pm. Bowls and tuition provided, children welcome.
Waipū: October 3 from 10am-3pm. All welcome to join in the activities.
The centre mixed 2x4x2 pairs entries are now coming to hand and these close next Thursday, September 10. Forward your entries by the centre website (bottom of front page), email to events manager or entry form in your handbook.
Players for this event may be from different clubs in the Northland centre, but must be full playing financial members.
If you are looking for new bowls, bags, playing gears, shoes or measuring equipment, please contact Eric Smitton of the Dargaville club who is our local agent. He may be able to help.