West Coast Bowls Tournament Goes Ahead

With so many events being cancelled because of the COVID pandemic, many Canterbury bowlers were wondering if the annual West Coast Open Fours tournament would go ahead. It was early in February before the West Coast Bowls Centre made the anxiously awaited decision: the tournament would go ahead – with appropriate precautions in place against Omicron. From Kirwee one team attended the men’s event, from 11 to 13 February, reviving a long dormant tradition at Kirwee, while two teams entered the women’s event run from 15 to 17 February. It should be noted that Kirwee ladies have consistently been part of this competition for over 25 years!

Rosie Croft, with Wendy Clucas, Anne May and Rhonda Lynton in her team, enjoyed a series of close games, losing several by only one point, and making it into the first consolation section.

The Kirwee men, (left to right), Greg Hughes, David Stott, Ken May and Alan Jacks,  had to miss the last day of play at Cobden when the Coast was assailed by heavy rain. Pictured here in front of a very wet green!

Mabel Knight’s team, of Val Watson, Maureen Robertson and Marian Galloway achieved four wins in the qualifying rounds to reach the “Main Event” on Finals Day. They then won two more games, taking them to the semi-finals where they were beaten by a strong team from the Nelson area. This made them third equal out of the whole field. The Nelson team went on to win the Jubilee Trophy without any losses at all!

The start of the Kirwee Bowling Club season was supported by fantastic weather and a great turnout of members, both old (no pun intended) and new. Club President Lindsay Westaway, welcomed all, followed by the rolling of the first bowls by Life Member, Janet Dysart, and Patron, Jim Brooker.

Life Member, Janet Dysart
Patron, Jim Brooker

It was great to see new memberships this year. Best wishes to all for the upcoming season.