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Around the Greens

THE Bill Edwards Tankard at stake in the annual challenge between Gisborne and Kahutia bowling clubs changed hands last Wednesday afternoon.

It was fitting that Jamey Ferris, greenkeeper for both clubs, received the trophy on behalf of the winners, Gisborne.

Jamey is a grandson of the late Bill Edwards, and was accompanied by his daughter Maisey, great-granddaughter of Bill Edwards.

Jamey gave an enlightening speech about his grandad, who was known as a real character who enjoyed playing pranks on his fellow bowlers.

Last year's winners, Kahutia, hosted the tournament, and 24 players from each club, playing in a triples format, had two games of 90 minutes each.

It was good to see one full green in use, and Gisborne completed a narrow victory.


AN open night for people to try the petanque terrain at the club drew a pleasing turnout last Thursday. Boules were provided, along with refreshments.

Several people phoned to say they were interested but could not make that particular evening.

However, they and anyone else interested can come along tomorrow evening from 5.30pm, or earlier, to enjoy a challenge.

The game is simple and can be learned quickly. It can be played in singles or in teams of two, three or four.

Each player uses two or three boules. The rules are on the clubhouse wall.

Those taking part are welcome to bring their own sets of boules or use the bowling club's equipment free of charge.

Thanks, grandad: Jamey Ferris, with his daughter Maisey, accepted the Bill Edwards Tankard on behalf of Gisborne Bowling Club. Jamey is a grandson of the late Bill Edwards, and Maisey, a great-granddaughter. Picture supplied
PROMISING TURNOUT: Kahutia Bowling Club members were encouraged by the turnout at an open evening last Thursday for those interested in trying petanque on the club's purpose-built terrain. Club members will be on hand tomorrow evening as well to welcome anyone who wants to try a game that has spread from France to the rest of the world. Picture supplied