In the 1990s local Holstein Friesian and Jersey Cattle Clubs decided to engage in some friendly rivalry on the indoor bowling mat following a discussion between breeders, and indoor bowling enthusiasts, Phil Rye and John Ellis.

It was supposed to be a one-off event, but the challenge was taken seriously and became an annual event, held alternately between Mangapiko and Te Kawa venues each May with a cup and bragging rights at stake.

This year the clubs celebrated the 25th anniversary — with a special cake being made, which was cut by the event originators.

They say the annual tournament has been a lot of fun for all the participants — a night where breed issues are put aside for some friendly camaraderie.


For the record, the Holstein Friesians took at the 25th anniversary tournament, but trail the Jerseys 14-11 overall.