The Tiger Turf-sponsored Winter League is under way with the first event played at Onerahi last weekend.

Section play is being held at Kamo, Hikurangi, Kensington and One Tree Point clubs during the next few weeks and the regional final will be played at One Tree Point on July 19.

The winner will play in the New Zealand final to be held in Auckland.

This event is played as three-player pairs, played on the set basis with power plays being allowed by both teams. Games are short, each player must play at least nine bowls in a set.

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The event is based on the Inter State competition held in Australia and is fun for the players involved and those who like to watch bowls. If you are interested in taking part or getting more information contact the clubs mentioned above.

Artificial actionThe winter bowls programme is now in full swing with artificial greens throughout the centre in use every week from now until the end of August.

You can play the game almost every day of the week with tournaments held at Dargaville, Hikurangi, Kamo, Kensington, Onerahi, Ngunguru, One Tree Point, Maungaturoto and Mangawhai.

Tournaments are available for 1-10 and open competition. Check your centre handbook under the club mentioned above for details of events.

Build skillsThe Northland Umpires Association advise it is holding classes for those wanting to become qualified umpires starting in June.

It will also run "measuring courses" for those wanting to learn this important part of our game commencing in July.

If interested in either of these courses contact Maureen 435 1987 or Jacqui 437 1399 as soon as possible.

Awards nightThe Centre Annual Awards night, prize-giving and dinner will be held on June 20 starting at 6pm at the Kamo Club.

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Obtain your tickets from the centre office, the cost is $27 per person.

AGMs-The AGM of the centre is to be held at Whangarei headquarters on June 21.

-The AGM of the Northland Coaching Association will be held at Kensington on June 7 at 10am. Coaches are asked to attend this important meeting.

-The AGM of the Northland Umpires Association will be held tomorrow at Bowls Whangarei at 9.30am.