The small country town of Omakau, Central Otago will be buzzing with bowlers this Labour weekend. On October 26th and 27th Omakau will host 16 teams taking part in their first ever Bowls3Five tournament.
It is a big undertaking for a small club but with many keen members all sharing the load the tournament promises to be fun, exciting and competitive.
Sixteen teams, one from almost every club in Central Otago and four from Southland and Dunedin will provide a good mix of competition and friendly rivalry. The quality field includes Margaret O’Connor and Christine Buchanan (Queenstown) who will represent NZ in the over 60s Trans-Tasman tournament this November and Beth Brown and Jan Barclay (Dunedin) – 3rd and Skip (respectively) who won the NZ Champion of Champion Fours title last season.
On the Saturday night there will be an auction of a “Central Otago Rail Trail Package”. The winners of this auction will be able to experience the stunning scenery and hospitality that this area has to offer.
The Omakau Bowling Club was opened late in 1938 with an Open-Air Concert on the green and a tournament. It was only men then, and a ladies committee was formed ‘to supervise the catering.’ Ladies were asked to join in the 1943-44 season, but the Men’s Club controlled the finances for many more years.
It is interesting to note that when lights were installed at the Omakau green in 1947-48 the playing rules were – to finish at 10pm, no play on a Sunday and a charge of 6p levied to each night player.
The Omakau Club is lucky to have many long-standing members. Life members Don and Margaret Matheson are two such people who have contributed hugely to the running of the Club and who continue to be full playing members. Whether it be gardening, cleaning, or kitchen duties nothing is a bother to them.
John Knapp is another person Omakau Bowling Club is indebted to. An expert greenkeeper, umpire, barman and tournament secretary etc. John keeps the place ticking along smoothly and efficiently.
We are hopeful people in the area will come along to watch the quick and entertaining games of the Bowls3Five format. Some games will be live streamed on the Central Otago Facebook page so others can enjoy the fun.
by Pam Walker (Omakau B.C)