Club members prepare for the 25th annual Outram 2000 bowls tournament this weekend. Pictured (from left) are Barbara Milne, Jill Scouler (tournament secretary) and Rob Scouler (president). Photo by Craig Baxter.
Three former All Blacks have played in the annual Outram 2000
and lifted the profile of the event that is organised by the
This is the 25th year of the event that has always attracted
the best bowlers in Otago and some big names from other parts
of the country.
Former All Blacks Sir Colin Meads and Peter Henderson played
in the fours tournament two years ago.
They were joined in a formidable four by Otago rugby
stalwarts John Hunter and Jim Johnstone.
Johnstone is the brother of former All Black captain Peter
Johnstone, who was a stalwart of the Taieri rugby club and
had the club grounds at Peter Johnstone Park named after him.
Henderson toured South Africa in 1949 with Peter Johnstone
and played against the British Lions with him in 1950.
Bowling clubs on the Taieri had jointly hosted a tournament
in the late 1980s and when this ceased the Outram club
decided, from 1990, to continue the end-of-season, two-day,
The local business community has always supported the
Numbers are down this year because it clashes with the Bowls
Dunedin triples being played on the same weekend.
There are 36 entries for the tournament being held this
Saturday and Sunday, with teams coming from as far as
Invercargill and Wanaka.
Greens at Outram, Taieri and Fairfield are being used.
The biggest tournament was in 2005 when 76 teams and 304
players contested the event.
The format for the tournament has always remained the same
with four games of 10 ends played each day.
The scoring system differs from most tournaments with 20
points for a win, 10 points for a draw and a point for each
The team that scores the most points is the winner. If
required, a differential will be calculated to determine the
The first prize is $2000 - $500 for each player. Green prizes
are awarded both days to teams, outside of the major prize
winners, that have the most points.
The tournament has been won twice by the St Clair team of
Eion Willis, Gary Andrews and Ross Brown.
The fourth member was Tim Ball in 2010 and Ross Stevens in
In 2006 the popular winners were a team of local bowlers from
Mosgiel RSA - Dick Hammer (skip), Neville Bowie, Len Blackie
and Noeleen Harris, who won eight games on the trot and had
an amazing differential.
The tournament has been won only once by an Outram team, in
2001 when Arthur Free, Ron Flannery, Loretta Flannery and
Freda Free won the big prize.