The 34th annual Doubtless Bay Mixed Fours tournament was held at the Coopers Beach Bowling Club from Tuesday 7 – Thursday 9 March.With the cyclone and several roads being closed it was touch and go as to whether those entered would still be able to attend and some teams changed personnel many times leading up to the event.The draw and ordering of food went ahead for the 28 teams (the most entries since 2015) representing many clubs from Auckland, Northland and the Far North. With one team having to withdraw for health reasons at the last, thanks to the players from Oruru for filling in at the last minute, and also those who helped out other teams during the 3 days. Conditions for the 3 days were very warm.The usual meet and greet was held on the Monday night over drinks and nibbles, and a meal of chicken, ham and salads followed by dessert on the Wednesday evening along with some music, and singing.There were also lucky team draws each day, and a variety of raffles with prizes generously donated by members and local businesses.3 games of 2 hours were played over the first 2 days with the top 14 progressing to the main event and the remaining 14 teams left to battle it out in the consolation section on the third and final day over 4 games of 1 ½ hours.

Results:Section Two and Overall Section Winners for the Leo Marass Trophy:Jim Bullen, Jill Fraser, Mike Nasey, Max Hamilton (Kerikeri) 12 win points, 56 ends, 119 shotsSection One Winner:Zay Rio Da Silva, Dianne Davey, Hana Rio Da Silva, Hilton McCarthy (Coopers Beach, Russell, Far North RSA) 10 win points, 48 ends, 100 shot

Main Event:1st: George Thomas Trophy Allan Stebben, Mona Guttenbeil, Ali Connery, Carol Stebben (Mangawhai) 8 win points, 28 ends, 53 shots2nd: Henderson Tray Jim Bullen, Jill Fraser, Mike Nasey, Max Hamilton (Kerikeri) 8 win points, 21 ends, 48 shots3rd: Fozz Summers, Duncan Rhind, Kristine Warburton, Chris Gibbs (Waipu) 6 win points, 28 ends, 52 shots

Consolation Event:1st: Lyn Carter Cup Bruno Barnetta, David Knighton, Linda Mawdesley, Sue Fackett (Warkworth, Mangawhai) 8 win points, 27 ends, 41 shots2nd: Frankie Taungahihifo, Doug Robb, Marlene Marshall, John Taylor (Coopers Beach) 8 win points, 22 ends, 55 shots3rd: Pam Naylor, Jim Naylor, Sheryl Hetaraka, Shirley Marr (Coopers Beach) 7 win points, 26 ends, 57 shots

There were some really great bowls played over the three days and the results on the last day right down to the last round.Many thanks to our generous sponsors: Wilfred Lewin (Harcourts Coopers Beach) Far North ITM, Trevor and Carol Smith, Little Kitchen and all those members and businesses who donated prizes for the raffles.Also many thanks to the numerous people (too many to name) who assisted over the 3 days, it is most appreciated as events like this do not happen without everyone’s support, it is a team effort.

A great turnout of 20 teams competed in the Coopers Beach Bowling Club’s domestic mixed pairs championship on Tuesday 27 June.

This was the third attempt to hold this event with it having been rained out on the two previous dates organised.

Conditions of play were four games of one hour with the results being on wins, ends and points.

The top four qualifiers, who progressed to the sudden-death rounds of 45 minutes were:

1st:         Bev Shand, Pete Watson                              4 wins, 29 ends, 62 points

2nd:         Judy Olsson, James O’Neil                           4 wins, 26 ends, 62 points

3rd:         Zay and Hana Rio Da Silva                            4 wins, 17 ends, 50 points

4th:         Dennis Breckon, Sheryl Hetaraka              3 ½ wins, 23 ends, 42 points

Bev and Pete eliminated Dennis and Sheryl 13 – 6, while Zay and Hana ended Judy and James’ day 7 – 1.

Bev and Pete went on to win the final 6 – 3 over Zay and Hana

A great day was had by all with some excellent bowls being played.

17 teams with visitors from Far North RSA, Kaeo and Kerikeri joined the host club members to contest the Stu and Zinnia Pedersen sponsored Jack Colebaker any combination triples at the Coopers Beach Bowling Club on Saturday 22 July in pleasant conditions.

Teams played four games of one hour 10 minutes with the results based on wins, ends, points.


1st:         Christine Hodren, Paul Strong, Jill Fraser (Kerikeri)

                                             4 wins, 23 ends, 49 points

2nd:         Garry Pelling, Stu Pedersen, John Taylor (Coopers Beach)

                                             4 wins, 18 ends, 38 points

3rd:         Marty Doak, Joanne Milich, Lloyd Matthews (Far North RSA)

                                             3 ½  wins, 24 ends, 46 points

Although it was chilly the rain held off on Saturday 12th August for the Coopers Beach Bowling Club to complete their winter programme with the Carters any combination classic fours.

This event was rained out in July, but the sixteen teams previously entered were still available until Friday night. Fortunately we had names on the waiting list and were able to get a team together at short notice, as you can’t run a bye for this tournament.

The teams included visitors from RSA Far North, Kaitaia Church Road, Kerikeri, Kaeo and Okaihau along with the host club members.

The format was four games of one hour 10 minutes, starting with singles and triples, followed by the standard  three bowl pairs, then a 2x4x2 format, where teams changed partners from the previous game, before coming together to play fours in the final round.

The results were based on 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and differential, with double win points for the fours.


1st:         Anne Lomas, Marty Doak, Lloyd Matthews, Glenis Muir (Far North RSA)

                                             21 game points, + 40 differential

2nd:         Judy Olsson, Bev Shand, Carol Delamore, John Tate (Coopers Beach)

                                             18 game points, + 2 differential

3rd:         Zay Rio Da Silva, Dennis Breckon, Hana Rio Da Silva, Rod Severn (Coopers Beach)

                                             16 game points, -3 differential

Good Sports:      David Greig, Ross manning, Peter Kennedy, Jack Edwards (Kerikeri)

The Coopers Beach Bowling Club held their official opening of the 2023 – 24 season on Tuesday 12 September, a few days later than originally scheduled, due to being rained out on the 3rd September, with a field of 20 teams.

Visitors from Oruru, Kerikeri, Far North RSA, Kaitaia Church Road, Kaeo and a visitor from Silverstream, enjoying a holiday in the Far North, along with the host club members were welcomed to play in the Coopers Beach Four Square sponsored Bob Parker Memorial any combination triples.

Prior to start of play, President Dennis Breckon, introduced the club executive members and called on Patron and Life member Pat Rayner, to roll the first jack, and Life member Ngaire Morgan to play the first bowl to officially open the new season. Pat landed the jack right on the line and Ngaire got a toucher with her bowl.

After four games of one hour 10 minutes on wins, ends and points the results were:

1st:         Trevor Smith, Jeff Bell, Logan Taylor (Coopers Beach)

                                             4 wins, 23 ends, 55 points

2nd:         Jean Huxtable, Liz Muru, Hilton McCarthy (FNRSA)

                                             4 wins, 21 ends, 47 points

3rd:         Garry Pelling, Dennis Wishnowsky, Val Herzog (Coopers Beach)

                                             4 wins, 19 ends, 50 points

Good Sports:      Bev Shand, Brian Preston, Helen Bailey (Coopers Beach)

Greatful thanks to Coopers Beach Four Square for their generous sponsorship, green staff, kitchen helpers, match committee, raffle sellers, bar staff and all who assisted on the day.