Wairarapa News : September 21st 2011
22 WAIRARAPA NEWS, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 GIVE BOWLS A CHANC Gender - race - age - physical ability - no barriers social - casual - competitive play all day - afternoons on or twilight...YOU decide CE s ely - Now playing on a green near YOU For further details contact: Carterton Fran Jenkins PO Box 91 Carterton 379-8212 Eketahuna Peter Waring Haswell Street Eketahuna 375-8464 Featherston Lorna Green PO Box 129 Featherston 027-253-7044 Greytown Barry Sweeney PO Box 106 Carterton 304-9701 Lansdowne Val Whitley PO Box 762, Masterton 377-3229 Martinborough Merv Smith 20 Esther Street Martinborough 306-8825 Masterton Dorothy Christensen PO Box 564 Masterton 372-5859 Masterton Park Jenny Mahupuku PO Box 605 Masterton 370-1206 South End Robyn Wilson 25 Charles Street, Carterton 379-6590 Centre Executive Officer Debbie Sloan Onawe RD4 Ph: 06-375-8961 Fax: 06-375-8962 Central East Road Email: EO@Bowlswairarapa.com Eketahuna 4993 www.bowlswairarapa.com 4013208AA Summer 4048960AA Kuripuni Sportsbar & Tab • Big Screen • All Major Sporting Events Live • 4 Tab Terminals • Free Pool • Great Atmosphere • Open 7 Days!! • Apache Jacks Just Next Door Queen Street South, Kuripuni, Masterton • Ph 3770405 Proud sponsors of the Giants Softball Club 4049934AA For the meanest menu in town... By a cactus mile... Come and try our juicy buffalo wings... Spicy steaks, filled fajitas, packed gumbo, Jack Daniel ribs, stacked burgers, layered sandwiches and much much more... Keeping Giants Hydrated for the 2011/12 Season It's a sport that offers something for everyone Bowls remains a game for all ages and here in Wairarapa we are blessed with some excellent clubs and facilities. This is a good time of year to get the word out to young and old about the fun that can be had down at your local bowling green. Bowls New Zealand provides the perfect opportunity to do this win a national Have-A- Go-Day next month. On Sunday, October 9 all nine clubs in Wairarapa will be open to the public for people to go along and get a feel for the sport as well as their local club. As a game, bowls is skilful, tactical and can be extremely exciting, which is appealing to more and more young people these days. Many national teams, including New Zealand, are full of youngsters. This is thanks to initiatives by the national organisation, and also our own Bowls Wairarapa. Bowls Wairarapa president Warren Wyeth says youth participation is critical for the future of the game, but by the same token the game is in good heart here. Around 800 people play bowls in Wairarapa, half as full members of the nine clubs, the rest playing socially in local fun competitions. People as young as 12 have played in these events and soon pick up the basic formula of line and length, as do mature people starting in their 60s and 70s. This sport gives people the opportunity to play as a team or on your own, represent your club, town, region, country in a very short space of time. With regular coaching available, good company and outdoors in the Wairarapa sunshine you can soon start winning and holding your own against established senior players. Or you can just have a gentle roll up, good exercise on a weekend afternoon. Bowls gives you recognition, competition, fun, friendship and outdoor exercise without huge outlays in fees -- the average subscription is about $100 -- equipment or commitment. Wairarapa's nine clubs include Eketahuna, Masterton, Lansdowne, Masterton Park, Carterton, South End, Greytown, Martinborough and Featherston. All clubs will welcome you if you contact them with your interest. You can start with just a pair of flat shoes, no heels. They will supply bowls, the green, help and advice, the fun just happens. Go along, but be prepared to come back time and time again. While not habit forming bowls tends to get you hooked. The facilities are in place, the sport is there and ready for you. Don't think you have to wait until you retire. Bowls is a sport with something for everyone. Have A Go Day, Sunday, October 9 at your nearest bowls club. Youngsters step up King hit: At 25 years old Blair Thompson is the oldest member of the Giants Premier One side. CONTINUED Page 23 Whatever people think of the new-look Giants Premier One softball side, one thing it can't be accused of is being long in the tooth. Giants will be fielding what is certain to be the youngest side to play in the Hutt Valley Premier One and the Wellington region-wide Intercity Competitions. It is not a position the Masterton- based club is overly happy about, rather the best case of an ''unfortunate'' situation. Eleven of last season's squad are now out of the equation so the club is turning to its junior ranks to fill the gaping void. With senior playing resources thin on the ground three players from the under-18 side -- Michael McDermott, Justin Fricker and Sam Allen -- have been brought up to the premier one side. Club spokesman Allan Clarke says it is ''probably a little earlier'' than he would have liked but the club has little option at this stage. ''We certainly don't want to put these young guys in a situation where they are going to be out of their depth,'' Clarke says.
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