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Another celebration coming out of the Stoke Bowling Club in Nelson, with Stoke greenkeeper Don Carter recognised at the Nelson Sports Awards for a Lifetime Contribution to Sport. 

Don has been the greenkeeper at Stoke for more than four decades and has been one heck of a player on the local scene, amassing 31 Stoke titles and playing representative bowls for Nelson for just as many years.

A life member for both Stoke and the Nelson centre, we congratulate Don on this incredible achievement and thank him for his contribution to lawn bowls.

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A good man & a icon of Stoke & a deserved award to a good guy

The NZ womens pair (pictured) remain unbeaten after four rounds of competition at the Multi Nations tournament on the Gold Coast. Jo Edwards (skip) & Tayla Bruce have overcome Malta 16-13 in a tightly fought contest. In the other New Zealand game at Broadbeach, Gary Lawson (skip), Ali Forsyth, Jamie Hill & Chris Le Lievre have slumped to a 16-12 defeat to Malta, leaving their semi-final hopes in the mens fours hanging by a thread. At Musgrave Hill, Andrew Kelly has beaten Malta 19-17 in the fourth round of the mens singles and Katelyn Inch (skip), Val Smith & Selina Goddard have run away with a 23-7 win over Malta in the womens triples.

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Great effort ladies, go well !!

Join with us in congratulating another of our fine Blackjack athletes as Ali Forsyth steps out for his 400th cap opposite Norfolk Island in round three of the Men’s Fours at the Multi Nations on the Gold Coast this afternoon.

Forsyth has had an incredible career in the black jersey, with highlights sure to include winning gold in the World Championship Fours in 2016, three World Championship bronze medals, a BPL03 victory with the Blackjacks and a trophy cabinet full of Asia Pacific Championship medals, to mention only but a few achievements.

Well played Ali, enjoy the moment.πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ

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Congrats Ali--A great achivement & sterling efforts over many years & a number of cherished memories & victories---Best of luck to seal 400 with a win

Well done

Some great milestones for our BlackJacks. Congratulations Ali!

Congratulations Ali brilliant and well deserved we have great memories of many outstanding moments over a great time with you


Congratulations to all

Congrats Ali Forsyth πŸ€™πŸΌπŸ€™πŸΌ

Awesome, huge congrats πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

Shot Ali. That’s awesome mate - congrats.

Congrats Ali well done and a wonderfull servant of our great game

Congratulations Ali, Lawman

Congratulations Ali

Congratulations Ali. Wow 400, what a legend!!

Congrats Ali

Gr8 stuff Ali few beers bit of a yarn

Congratulations Ali huge achievement!

Legend!! πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

Congrats ali

The ultimate competitor

Congratulations Ali

Congratulations 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Congrats Buddy. Huge Honour. Well done Mate.

Been to Norfolk island rained for 9 days didn't get a roll up go well Ali

Well done Ali Forsyth. A tremendous achievement with more still to come.

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The Blackjacks have narrowly avoided being swept by Canada in their four second round matches on day four of the Multi Nations tournament. Jo Edwards (skip) & Tayla Bruce have won 17-13 in the womens pairs, after defeats for New Zealand in the other three disciplines. Val Smith (skip), Katelyn Inch & Selina Goddard (pictured) have been beaten 16-14 in the womens triples, after being one up playing the last end, Andrew Kelly has lost 21-18 to Ryan Bester in the mens singles and Gary Lawson (skip), Ali Forsyth, Jamie Hill & Chris Le Lievre have slumped to back-to-back defeats in the mens fours, losing 16-9.
Three from four for the Blackjacks to start day four of the Multi Nations! At Club Helensvale, Andrew Kelly (pictured) has beaten South Africa 21-12 in the first round of the mens singles, while Val Smith (skip), Katelyn Inch & Selina Goddard have opened the womens triples with a 20-10 win over South Africa. At Musgrave Hill Bowls Club, Jo Edwards (skip) & Tayla Bruce have beaten South Africa 18-13 in the first round of the womens pairs but Gary Lawson (skip), Ali Forsyth, Jamie Hill & Chris Le Lievre have started the mens fours with a 13-12 defeat to South Africa.

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Keep it up going great what a buggar Gary 1 point

Fantastic play, Jo Edwards, Val Smith and all the Black Jacks!

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Brilliant bowls all round, could have gone either way. Well done to both teams!

Really proud of the turnaround of our Thunder after a challenging Tuesday night. It’s all on heading into tomorrow and then week 6.

The Blackjacks have come together to acknowledge Gary Lawsons milestone achievement. Hes become just the 10th New Zealand player to be capped 300 times. Five other members of the 300 club are in this photo. Can you name them?

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Congratulations garry one dam fine bowler you are Keep up the fine work

Jo Edwards, Val Smith, Sharon Sims, Ali Forsyth and Richard Girvan.

Well done Gazza. Thanks for all your support over the past years. All the best mate. Cheers

Peter Bellis, jo Edwards, Val Smith Ali Forsyth, Richard Girvan don't know the rest Rohan Brass

Jo Edwards Val Smith, Peter Bellis, Sharon Sims


Peter belliss, Val Smith, jo Edwards, Sharon sims and Ali Forsyth

Congratulations Gary

Congratulations on the milestone Gary, you legend! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

The most important thing is the team mates of Gary appllaunding his 300 caps & a lot more to come---A champion Black Jack with his team mates----Well done Gazza look forward to live streaming another final in your pursuit of Gold at the Multi Nations with Jamie f

Congrats Gary.

Awesome Congratulations Gary. One hell of a bowler.

Top Stuff Gary Lawson! What a Ride!

Congratulations.Could have and should have been reached some time ago had not petty politics and bloody mindedness not interfered.Still that’s water under the bridge and he so lived to fight on and show us what a great bowler he is.

Congratulations Gary, Lawman

Awesome, huge congrats πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

Val, Jo, Peter, Sharon or Ali.

With you all the way Gary Lawson πŸ’‹πŸ’‹

Well done Gary superb effort and well deserved.


Congrats πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚πŸ₯‚


1-5 Chris Le Lievre

Congratulations Gary, I am thinking way back when you and Geoffrey were always on the tennis court at Bishopdale, you and Geoffrey were champions then, All the very best for the finals

Where’s Shannon McIlroy?

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Great words. Go well 😍😍

Keep going kiwis. Chris Le Lievre keep it up mate . How much did you pay Ali to say that lol. Good luck. Bring home a gold

Good luck Boys bring home gold

Go well kiwis

Well done brotha Ali Forsyth

Great team effort in the semi to dominate a very strong Australian team--Well done lads & all the best for 4's & singles starting to-day on a warm Gold Coast

Is the final going to be on live tv in nz

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Andrew Kelly (pictured) has trailed the jack into the ditch on the final end to secure the NZ mens triple (also featuring Ali Forsyth & Chris Le Lievre) a close-fought 14-12 win over Australia Green thats ensured them top spot after round-robin. Theyll now face Australia Yellow in this evenings semi-finals. Jo Edwards has also beaten Australia Green 21-15 in the final round of the womens singles and will now meet Canada for a place in the final. Gary Lawson (skip) & Jamie Hill will meet Australia Yellow in the semi-finals of the mens pairs, while the NZ womens four will also have a trans-Tasman semi against Australia Green.

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Go blackjack all the best jo

Outstanding, shame there's no livestreaming until saturday.

Well done everyoneπŸ‘πŸ‘

Awesome Blackjacks! Keep it up!



Well done andrew and the guys

Its a shame these games weren't streamed live.

Well done NZ

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The NZ womens four (pictured) and mens pair have joined Jo Edwards and the mens triple in the semi-finals of the Multi Nations tournament on the Gold Coast! Val Smith (skip), Katelyn Inch, Selina Goddard and Tayla Bruce have progressed despite a 14-9 defeat to Australia Green in the final round of the womens fours. Gary Lawson (skip) and Jamie Hill have clinched third place in the mens pairs after an 18-all draw with Australia Green in their final round-robin match.

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Well done


Good news.

Looking forward to semis livestreaming. Go Blackjacks!

Awesome blackjacks

Awsome well done NZ

Awesome blackjacks,

Go Blackjacks!

Great news...



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Join us in congratulating Blackjack skipper Gary Lawson on his 300th cap for New Zealand as he takes to the rink at the Multi-Nations for round seven this morning on the Gold Coast.

Recalled to the black jersey after a 10-year hiatus, it didn’t take the two-time world champion long to stamp his name firmly back on the international scene, taking out gold in a 10-game unbeaten streak at the Asia Pacific Men’s Pairs, before backing it up with a silver in the Men’s Fours earlier this year.

Well done Gary, enjoy the moment. πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ

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Any live streaming

Congratulations and well done.

Could have should have been 500. Well done my friend Gary Lawson and do the business today.


Great work champ. A wonderful achievement.

Congrats well done

Congratulations Gary awesome.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!. Gary... Awesome. πŸ’šπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Well done Gary.

Congratulations Gary ... good to see you back in the mix and enjoying success on the greens

Well done mate enjoy the moment

I am totally in agreement Peter Shaw. Good luck today Champ Gary Lawson πŸ‘

Congrats Gary. Very well deserved.

Gary you are s legend in our sport looking forward to seeing you play number 400 class player

Wow- that’s tremendous- well done!

Way to go Gary - go kick some more butt 2day

Well done Gazza. Amazing manager you have had!!

Awesome milestone Gazman! Congrats πŸ‡³πŸ‡ΏπŸŒΏπŸ‘

Imagine how many this legend would of played if he never had a 10 year sabbatical

Congratulations Gary and good luck for today πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

Well done what an achievement

WooHoo awesome news CONGRATULATIONS ❀

Congrats Gazza. Great a hievment mate.


Congratulations Gary Lawson. Wonder what former CEO Kerry Clarke is thinking right now. 🧿🧿

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Well done been watching you for many years great bowler congrads

Great bowling Gary

Great milestone and great fighting effort to make the Semi

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top stuff lancy boy

Go the Rams.

Australia Yellow has got the better of the Blackjacks in three of the four fifth round matches at the Multi Nations tournament on the Gold Coast. Ali Forsyth (skip), Andrew Kelly & Chris Le Lievre remain unbeaten in the mens triples, after beating their trans-Tasman opponents 17-8. But Jo Edwards has suffered her first defeat in the womens singles, going down 21-20, Gary Lawson (skip) & Jamie Hill have been beaten 16-14 in the mens pairs and the womens four (pictured) of Val Smith (skip), Katelyn Inch, Selina Goddard & Tayla Bruce have cruelly lost 14-13 after dropping two shots on the 15th and final end. The NZ combinations are now facing Ireland in the sixth and penultimate round.

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Is this being live streamed

Three wins and a draw for the Blackjacks in their fourth round matches against Malta at the Multi Nations on the Gold Coast! Gary Lawson (pictured) & Jamie Hill have won 24-6 in the mens pairs, while Jo Edwards is a perfect four from four in the womens singles after prevailing 21-20. Ali Forsyth (skip), Andrew Kelly & Chris Le Lievre have run away with a 31-3 win in the mens triples and Val Smith (skip), Katelyn Inch, Selina Goddard & Tayla Bruce have drawn 13-all in the womens fours. Next up Australia Yellow!

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Well done everyone keep it going

Is there anywhere to get latest updates?

No live streaming...having withdrawal symptoms.

is that a carpet surface or plain earth?

Can’t wait to get there.

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How about live streaming Bowls NZ The Aussie do it so well !!!!

4 days ago

Bowls NZ

πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ Multi Nations (Day One Results) πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ

A fantastic start for the Blackjacks at the Multi Nations on the Gold Coast after day one, with all combinations getting out of the blocks well, debutant Chris Le Lievre enjoying an unbeaten start wearing the silver fern and Jo Edwards once again showing her class with three wins.

Men’s Triples (Ali Forsyth (s), Andrew Kelly, Chris Le Lievre)

RD1: NZ d South Africa; 19-16
RD2: NZ d Canada; 23-15
RD3: NZ d Norfolk Island; 19-15

Women’s Singles (Jo Edwards)

RD1: NZ d South Africa; 21-20
RD2: NZ d Canada; 21-6
RD3: NZ d Wales; 21-6

Men’s Pairs (Gary Lawson (s), Jamie Hill)

RD1: South Africa d NZ; 18-15
RD2: NZ d Canada; 16-13
RD3: NZ d Norfolk Island; 16-11

Women’s Fours (Val Smith (s), Katelyn Inch, Selina Goddard, Tayla Bruce)

RD1: South Africa d NZ; 16-6
RD2: NZ d Canada; 19-16
RD3: NZ d Wales; 18-10

Another three rounds will be held tomorrow.
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That’s a solid start! Good to see some form players getting a chance

Great going team

Well done NZ sll the best for tomorrow

Well done new zealand a great start guys n gals

Go our mighty Blackjacks 😜

Awesome. Any livestreaming of games. Would love to see Jo play against Karen Murphy. Believe its Karen's last outing g in the Green and Gold

lLivestreaming will start on Saturday for the last 2 days of the Multi Nations & all 3 days of the Trans-Tasman ---Check Bowls NZ website to confirm what platforms we will be livestreaming on--I can confirm one platform for full coverage www.stuff.co.nz

Join the #BOWLSstreaming Facebook Group to watch "Live Streaming" of the Multi Nations on Sat & Sun ... followed by streaming of the Trans Tasman ... plus plenty more www.facebook.com/groups/BOWLSstreaming/

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Well done Jo.

Good luckπŸ’• Jo Edwards

Well done

Go Jo xxπŸ₯°

well done jo

Nice work Sensei

Well done Jo

Go Jo Edwards πŸ‘

Awesome Jo Edwards

Go kiwi

Well done Jo πŸ‘

Go Jo πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Absolutely awesome Jo πŸ‘πŸ‘


Go Jo. Keep it up girl. You can do it.


Well done

How did all the others go Bowls NZ

Well done buddy...πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺ🏻

Go you good thing πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ˜Š

Go get them Jo πŸ‘πŸ‘

Well done Jo, keep it up, one at a time.



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Last chance folks, entries close this Friday for the Summerset Nationals singles and pairs (to be held in Christchurch from January 2 to January 8, 2020.) For everything you need to know, visit the Summerset Nationals hub on the link below.


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When do nationa fours entries close please?..

A special shout out to Chris Le Lievre who is now making his Blackjacks debut in round one of the Multi Nations in the mens triples over on the Gold Coast.

Congratulations Chris and best wishes to all of our Blackjacks as they hunt for gold throughout the week. πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ

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Go the rat

When will there be live streaming

Awesome work Chris!

Good luck Chris Le Lievre

Well done mate

Go get them champ! Enjoy!!

Go rat

Awesome brother Chris Le Lievre πŸ€™πŸ€™πŸ€™πŸ€™

Good one Chris. Congratulations in getting in the team. All your hard work has paid off.

Go well Chris

Good luck mate

Good luck Chris Le Lievre

Enjoy the moment Chris

Good luck spanky

Good luck

Go good rrrrrrrrr-at

Good luck Chris Le Lievre

Chris Rozek Elliot Rabinov Max Goldsmith Rahul Banakar Will Emerson he's done it

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great result in Stoke Nathan Glasson

Potter going well in Perth

We are starting a school 3/5 completion in Taranaki on the 25 November on a weekly basis for approx 6 weeks have a good sponsorship for this as well. Hopefully it will take off.

Poor sound,to low

why arent we in the Bowls Prem League this year?

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