Thank you to those that contributed to the consultation process following the release of the draft programme.  We held two meetings – one during the day and one at night – to offer the opportunity for members to provide their feedback.  All members were also able to submit written submissions.We are pleased to now release the final programme for the season.  Whilst we were not able to accommodate all comments and suggestions in the final programme, we have covered the most common requests.

Click Here to view the Programme, but please read in conjunction with the following notes.  The Programme will be sent to all clubs by email.

KEY CHANGES FROM THE DRAFT PROGRAMME

Interclub:  The interclub competition will now start on the last Saturday in October and finish on the first Saturday in December.  This shift has meant we have been able to free up the last two weekends prior to Christmas for club tournaments and events.

The final format for interclub is yet to be confirmed.  We will provide options for members to consider.  We ask that each club collect the views of their members and submit a club opinion to Auckland Bowls.  We will then go with the most favoured format.  The options will be released prior to the end of June.

Bowls3Five:  We have committed to running the new Bowls3Five format that has been released by Bowls NZ.  This will be run at three levels during weekday evenings:

  • Interclub with a pathway through to the National Final held by Bowls NZ (replaces National Interclub)
  • 1-5 Year event
  • Business house / Social Bowls Auckland Final (in early April)

The 1-5 Year Bowls3Five event will take place on Thursday evenings in November and the first Thursday of December.

Bowls NZ will be running a televised 6-week competition at New Lynn Bowling Club each Tuesday and Wednesday night from 23 October – 28 November.  We have not scheduled any events on these dates and we encourage members to attend the event at New Lynn as spectators.

The main Bowls3Five Auckland Interclub will start in the last week of January and continue until mid-March.  It will be played in the evening with the exact day of the week still to be confirmed.  The Auckland winner will then progress to the post section, which will be knockout against other Centre winners until only four remain.  The final four will then playoff to find the New Zealand Winner.

We will also be encouraging selected clubs to run a Bowls3Five Social Bowls Competition in place of their current business house / social bowls competition for casual participants.

Conditions of Play for the above events will now be developed.  These will be released as soon as they are finalised.

Club Championships:  The Auckland Club Championship events (formally Champ of Champ) have now been retained.  Thank you to those that provided feedback on this topic.  In order to not add to the calendar, they will be played on the same weekend as the 1-5 Year Championships.  This means that any 1-5 year players that win a Club Championship will only be able to play in one event on these weekends.  However, we believe the number of people that will be affected by this will be minimal.

Championships:  With the above change the Championships (Singles, Pairs, Triples, Fours), will now revert to the same conditions of play that have been used for the past few seasons.  We have also removed one finals weekend.  All games not completed will now be played on the weekend of the 6-7 April 2019 along with the Social Bowls3Five Auckland final.

Junior Events:  The junior events will revert to 1-5 Year tournaments.

Club Events:  We will provide additional coverage for selected club tournaments of significance.

Please email phil@aucklandbowls.co.nz with the details of any club tournaments you would like included on this list.  These should be one off tournaments that you consider to be a “marquee event(s)” for your club. 

Applications close on the 30th June 2018.

A final list of tournaments will then be established.  Auckland Bowls will work with the clubs to determine what assistance we can provide for each tournament.