Winter tournaments – The season has wrapped up at Kohi, and the planning has just begun!
You might have mistaken the Winter tournaments played at Kohimarama Bowling Club this season as Summer events. The sun shone every date (at least for good parts of it) and only one day needed to be cancelled due to poor weather. Tuesday Triples ran 6 consecutive weeks and Hong Kong Pairs was 5 Sunday afternoons.
Weather isn’t the only unknown factor bowling clubs have to manage during the winter tournaments: many bowlers are snow-birds and travel during the colder months so a bit of encouragement is often needed to make up teams; conflicting events (Lachlan Tighe Coaching Event in Remuera attracted a good number of our Kohi players), and of course, the good old winter cold. Convenors and committees really need a positive can-do attitude for these series to work.
First time convenor Pam Taylor managed the Hong Kong Pairs. She is finding reviewing the statistics really worthwhile and taking feedback about playing time on board. Her teams varied from 12 to 18 with those “unknowns” reflected in the lower participant weeks. “The core teams have been long supporters of this event and it was good to welcome back old faces (new to me however). The outside teams/players came from Glendowie, Royal Oak, Mairangi Bay, Henderson, St Heliers and Remuera.”
As a new convenor, Pam offered words of wisdom: “It gets easier as the weeks progress. I always thought bowlers were friendly people – now I know that to be true” And the first aid training Kohi volunteers had came in handy dealing with a broken wrist – so keep up with those certifications!
Rosemary Goldie was the convenor for the Tuesday Triples. “The weekly prizes from New World Stonefields were fantastic (meatpacks) and we were also deliciously supported by our local bakery, Delectables who supplied the soup rolls. Many new members made up the Triples committee, to ensure club knowledge was shared. They were fantastic!” Dawn Dowling is a first year club member and she enjoyed her role phoning around and building rapport with neighbouring clubs. Again, the draw was made up of mostly familiar faces and loyal supporters.
These traditional formats are familiar to most clubs, and reviewing and learning from the season, training up volunteers and securing sponsorship is ongoing. Reflecting on her years of experience, Rosemary offered an idea for a new twist to winter tournaments: While on holiday in Australia, Rosemary was a spectator at a brilliant tournament. It was an 8 week tournament and every week, the teams travel and play at a different club. Let us know if this traveling tournament appeals to you!
Kohi’s winter social schedule continues with Indoor Bowls (Wednesdays from 5.45pm), Mah Jong on Mondays and Bridge.on Friday, both 1pm starts. Hope to see you soon!