Skip to main content

Local Groups & Clubs

40 years of Business Club Bowls

Tuesday 20 February 2024 was the last of six Tuesdays for the 40th Anniversary of the Business House Bowls at Mercury Bay Bowling and Sports Club.
 |  Jimmy Johnson  | 

32 teams of four from real estate agents to plumbers, from golfers to tennis players and Bridge Club members to a pub team participated. They all came to have a series of fun evenings of playing lawn bowls.

At the awards after the bowls, Betty Grant and Paul Simpson were recognised as being at the very first Business House event 40 years ago, both from the Tennis Club and they have played for the 40 years.

When all the scores were calculated two teams were equal in first place – last year’s winners, Sunz and first time entrants, Topdogs. One bowler from each team was selected and a one bowl closest to the jack decided the winner.

Sunz prevailed only just, and retained the trophy again. Well done!

1. Second place winners, Top Dogs with award presenter, Pam Phillips; 2. Sunz, first place winners of Business Bowls 2024, also 2023 champions!; 3. The Hardy Boys, L-R Shane Hardy (at Business Bowls for 39 years), Gary Morton, Peter Mackenzie, Allan Henderson (absent Jen Heaphy); 4. Shane Hardy – still got his style; 5. Adam Hayward, a Thames Valley top bowler on Merv George Plumbing team (9); 6. Gwyn Howells, veteran bowler, with his granddaughter, Jess Howells; 7. Paul Simpson and Betty Grant – played Business Bowls here for all of the 40 years; 8. L-R, Adam Hayward, Stafford Moody, Mikaere Waterhouse, Vegas Brown; 9. Luke Courtenay of the Chee Chees (junior Champion Top 10 Thames valley) watches his team members bowl.