Taieri Bowling Club manager and green keeper Rob Gibson
prepares the green to host the national open championships.
Photo by Linda Robertson.
The bowls fraternity is rolling up to Mosgiel to compete
for a national title this summer, and the club is at the ready.
Taieri Bowling Club will host the national open championships
for 13 days from December 28.
Club manager Rob Gibson said about 1000 bowlers from across
New Zealand would compete.
The club is organising a grandstand to seat the 800
spectators expected on the two days of finals, January 4 and
The first national championships were held in Dunedin in 1913
and the club is planning a centennial breakfast, hosted by
former Sport Otago chief executive Paul Allison, on the first
day of finals.
He would interview ''living legends'' of bowls at the
The 215-member Taieri club had been the nationals
headquarters six times - the last time in 2010-11, Mr Gibson
''We have a very large clubrooms and the facilities are
conducive to holding large groups of people, and as we are
the largest club in the greater Dunedin area, we have a huge
volunteer base,'' Mr Gibson said.
The other ''big selling point'' was the club's two outdoor
greens, he said.
''The greens are great and running really good.''
If it rained the tournament would move to the Westpac Indoor
Stadium in Dunedin.
The club was helping players and spectators secure
accommodation for the event.
''It's unlikely that motels will be booked out because people
find it easier, and cheaper, to try and find accommodation
through friends, or have come to the club and asked us to
find a house for them.''
Members of the public were welcome to watch the tournament
Mr Gibson was looking forward to watching New Zealand's Black
Jacks women's player Jo Edwards - ''probably the greatest
woman bowler in the world''.