Synthetic Turf Specialist

“TigerTurf $20,000” popular with NZ bowlers

By admin on November 6, 2015

The combination of clock, speedy substitutions and sudden PowerPlays a huge hit with players and spectators

TigerTurf has always enjoyed working with our New Zealand bowling sportsmen and women. It seems to us that bowlers are a happy, close-knit community, enthusiastic about their sport, but quick to laugh at themselves when the "bowl" doesn’t roll their way.

Last year, as part of our continued commitment to bowls, we introduced the TigerTurf Winter Tournament, sponsored by TigerTurf, Autexand GreenWeave from Greenguage UK. This fast-moving, interactive version of lawn bowls, played on TigerTurf Synthetic Grass Greens, has been a tremendous success with the teams on the greens and the spectators – it’s hard to decide who makes the most noise: competitors or supporters! But easy to see that everyone’s having fun, and that’s what we love about Bowling NZ.  It is also important for TigerTurf to be promoting the shortened game of Bowls as it is so very important to the games future!

The tournament final was played in good spirit, and won by the feisty Southland team of Barry Stewart and Darren Broome, who won the national title after a typically strong performance, at Glendowie Bowling Club, Auckland, on 30 August, playing on their GreenWeave green.

During his interview for the Southland Times, Stewart said he thought the TigerTurf Winter League a great format. “I love it, he said, “it was the first time we have played this way, and we’re already looking forward to coming back next year…and we’ll definitely be back, big time!” Fighting talk, indeed. We’re looking forward to next year’s tournament too, Stewart!

In total, eight teams competed in the finals at Glendowie Bowling Club. The third member of the Southland team, Alan Burns, was unable to play at the final. However, Gary Dougherty was up for the challenge and played hard as the team competed vigorously in the semi-final against Taranaki team members Craig Johns, Dennis Osborne and Allan Madgwick in a hard-fought tie-breaker finish.

Having won the semi-final, the Southland team took on the Christchurch team of Ash Paul, Diane Templeton and Alvin Gardiner (a former Southland star), who had defeated the Northern qualifying team from Kerikeri, Cedric Campbell, Mike Reddy and Teri Stout in the other semi-final.

The Southlanders took home the $1500 prize and the national title.

The supporters and all the teams enjoyed the speed and excitement of the new format, in which the combination of clock, speedy substitutions and sudden PowerPlays keeps everyone focused on the game.  It is hoped that all clubs with a TigerTurf artificial green adopt the new format and include it in their playing schedules for 2016.

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