Hutt News : September 20th 2011
4 HUTT NEWS, SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 NEWS HUTT BOWLING CLUB If your mental picture of outdoor bowls is one of a hushed atmosphere, everyone over 60, clothes strictly white, a whole bunch of rules to learn and slow-paced action...then Hutt Bowling Club are out to mow your misconceptions down. The long-established central city club is holding open days on Sunday September 25 and October 9, any time between 10am-3pm. You'll quickly discover it's a fun game for all ages, and while practice makes perfect it doesn't take too long before newbies are getting bowls near the kitty. At the open days there will be barbecue food, good coffee and live music. Spot prizes includes one free first year membership. Lawn bowls (or just call it bowls) is a sport for teens to people in their 90s and for all shapes and sizes. Fitness, agility (or lack of it) is not a real factor in the skill and enjoyment of the sport. You can play with your dad, your son, your gran, your workmates. You can play singles, pairs, Aussie pairs, 2-4-2 pairs 2 bowl triples, speed bowls, mixed bowls, classic bowls in singles, pairs, triples and fours - all on the same day. Youcanplayonedayaweekor7--itisallgearedto your wants. It is the one sport where an average club bowler can beat a National or even an International level bowler in a game -- every so often. It can be social (there's banter, and a beer to sip in the sun) or it can be competitive. Take the challenge to Have A Go and maybe you will find that you can enjoy a sport once again. I started playing when I was 28 and still playing senior rugby. I wanted to play the same sport as my father. Even after 30 years I still enjoy the challenge, skill & competiveness of bowls. The social aspects are very important too. What I put into it I get back in spades. Kerry I started playing bowls at 44 to get out of the house and do my own thing. I enjoy the peace of waiting for my turn and watching the game with no other demands being made on me. I keep playing because I love the stimulation and fun of competition, and I still get that sense of peace. Helen I was running a business and working 16 hour days and needed something to get a little time out. I had played competitive sport all my life but after numerous injuries was unable to continue. I enjoy bowls because it gives me the competition that I like. It is also great for anyone to get exercise and have social contacts. Sherrin 4043223AA Hutt Bowling Club 6 Myrtle Street Lower Hutt, 04 566 3839 MID AUTUMN DAY OPEN 7 DAYS 11am-10pm 95, Jackson Street, Petone, Lower Hutt Ph : 04-589 6199 3751778AD Need a tradesman? Our service is hassle free. All our trade suppliers come with glowing references, so call us today. 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McGuinness retired in 2006 but has kept a close eye on the pools he ran and now does con- sultancy work advising engineers and councils. He says figures published in the Hutt News in August reflect the reality facing the outdoor Petone pool -- it is expensive to run and gets little use. Councillors are also grappling with the issue of whether they should fund a learners pool at Huia. He believes that if you take the emotion associated politics out of the issue, it is clear that an indoor learners pool is a much higher priority. Schools have increasingly moved out of providing swim- ming lessons and the best way for children to learn to swim is a dedicated learners pool. It is clear that the council can- not fund both a learners pool and a new McKenzie Pool and to him the best option is simple. If we are going be sentimen- tal we will go [for] McKenzie but if we want value for money, we have to go with the learners pool. I will not be popular saying that, it is a hard decision. One of the arguments put up for rebuilding McKenzie is that local schools use it for learn-to- swim lessons. But Mr McGuiness points out that it is only open for five months in the year and during the best weather, January and February, schools are closed. Children do not enjoy having lessons in cold weather. A dedicated indoor pool is a better option. When Huia was built 30 years ago, it was always envisaged there would be a learners pool, he says. With drowning stat- istics getting worse and schools increasingly not providing swimming, he believes the coun- cil now needs to get on with building it. It will be sad if money is wasted on a new pool in Petone, he says, and the issue of why the council continues to keep the outdoor pool in Eastbourne open also needs looking at. I just don t see the justifi- cation for retaining both East- bourne and McKenzie -- but as you know, it is a political decision and I don t see council- lors being strong enough to deny the people of Petone.
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