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Our History

The Tokoroa Bowling Club has a long and interesting history, many honours have come the way of it's members and it has risen from humble beginnings to an organisation with fine facilities and dedicated membership committed to their game and their Club.

In January 1948, barely nine months after the formation of the parent Club a Mr St J (Duke) Paxton was asked by the Committee to advise on the laying out of a bowling green.  In May of that year the Club Committee appointed E. Nuttal and W. McHardy as their representatives to a Bowling Club Committee.

By July 'working bees' were being held.  Dick Evans enlisted the help of many of the local farmers who were Club members and owned trucks, to clear ground and cart sand from the roadside at the end of Mossop Road, and clay from Sloss Road to lay the base.  Gavin McEwan and Doug Molesworth were just two of the local identities who contributed time to this project.  Petrol was made available to those who brought tractors along, and all participating in the work had their time credited to future subscriptions in the Bowling Club at the rate of 40 pence per hour.

The work seems to have progressed slowly, for in November 1949 the main Club committee engaged a Mr RJ Oliver and a partner to finish off the bowling green.  They were to receive wages of 80 & 60 pence per hour respectively, and One Pound per hour for their truck.  This arrangement must have turned sour, because the minutes record that a dispute over Mr Oliver's charges, had resulted in all payments being stopped and the Club Solicitor was called in to act for the Club.

The Club Minutes for January 1950 record that "the Sadust Bowling Green was a failure" and that "a grass Green would be better proposition".  The committee then decided to engage a Mr Bridges to advise the Club member D. Williamson who was given sole charge of completing the project.  By May of 1950 Mr Williamson reported that the grand total of expenditure for a bowling facility had reached an eye watering 222 pounds but the green was ready for grassing.

The Club President reported at the AGM held in April 1951 that the Clubs first Bowling Green was complete.  'Duke' Paxton was elected a Life Member of the Bowling Club the same year.

The first committee meeting of the Bowling Club was held 21st May 1950.  D. Williamson was elected President and Messrs Butler, Colsen, Goodrich, Steiner, Waldon, Evans and Osmers were the Committee.  Charlie Steiner remained a member of the Club until he passed away in 1996.  The original subscriptions were set at 2 pounds 10 shillings per annum. 

Many changes took place through the fifties and sixties with numbers playing bowls increasing each year with the facilities being upgraded year by year.  In 1971 the second green was opened and questions were asked "when are the ladies going to be allowed to form their own club?"  (This was to take another ten years !).  The Anniversary Weekend three day tournament was instituted and brought top ranked bowlers from far and wide to play in Tokoroa.  In it's hey day during the late seventies and eighties, the Anniversary Weekend Tournament was so popular that section play was competed for not only at Tokoroa, but also Tokoroa East, Putaruru and Arapuni Bowling Clubs.

In 1972 the new Pavilion was opened by Mayor James (Jim) Higgins.  It was extended and a BBQ area was added in 1986.  In 1976 the Club celebrated its 25th anniversary and in 1981 the Ladies Bowling Club was formed with Mrs Carol Pearson as founding President and Mrs Joan Evans as Secretary.  In 1986 a full time green keeper was employed "on contract" and the 'Astrograss' Bowling Green was installed in 1991.

The Tokoroa Bowling Club has made great strides since those long times ago, for instance in 1953 prize money for Championship Winners was increased to 2 pounds.

Our Champions
Great names in New Zealand Bowling Circles have competed on the Tokoroa Bowling Greens over the years and Tokoroa has produced and had as Club Members it's fair share of it's own Bowling Champions.
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ROBBIE ROBSON

                                          The late Robbie Robson was one

                                          the great bowlers to belong to the

                                          Tokoroa Bowling Club. 

                                          Following is a list of his

                                          achievements. 

NEW ZEALAND: 

      1956         New Zealand Fours 

      1962         Fours Empire Games - Perth (Gold Medal)

      1968         NZ Team to South Africa 

      1970         Pairs Commonwealth Games - Edinburgh (Silver Medal)  

      1974         New Zealand Singles Title 

  

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS: 

               New Zealand  Three Tests

               North Island Four Occasions 

               Waikato Rothmans Team Twelve Occasions 

               Waikato       1957 1990 

  

WAIKATO CENTRE HONOURS & TITLES: 

             Gold Star                                        1967

             Gold Star - Bar                                1974

             Gold Star - Second Bar                     1984

             Gold Star - Third Bar                       1990

             Champion of Champions

                        Singles:   1961, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1970,

                                      1972, 1984 

                       Triples:    1986

                       Fours:     1974, 1984

  

OTHER CENTRE TITLES: 

               Hawkes Bay Autumn Fours          1972

               Auckland Lion Singles                 1977,

               Taranaki Open Fours                  1979

               Epsom 5000 Singles                   1983, 1984, 1986

               Poverty Bay Centennial Fours      1983

               Auckland Lion Masters Singles     1985 

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NEVILLE RISBRIDGE

                                        Legendary Neville Risbridge is one of                                                      Tokoroa's favourite sons. 

                                        He still plays the greens and is currently the                                            Tokoroa Bowling Club's Greenkeeper

                                          Following is a list of his

                                          achievements. 

NEW ZEALAND: 

         Winner -       NZ Super 8 Inter Regional

                            NZ Mixed Triples

                            NZ Pathways Fours

          Runner Up - NZ Men's Fours              

                            NZ Pairs

          Third -        NZ Mixed Pairs

WAIKATO CENTRE

            Gold Star and 6 Bars

            Winner - Waikato Super Bowls (3)

                          Open Singles (5)

                          Open Pairs

                          Open Fours 

                          Mixed Pairs (2)

                          Mixed Triples (2)

                          Champion of Champions - Singles

                                                              - Triples

                                                              - Fours (2)

OTHER CENTRES

            Northern Region - Winner - Mixed Pairs

                                                 - Mixed Fours

           Geyserland Festival of Bowls - Fours (2)

           Manurewa Invitational Pairs (2)

           Hillsborough Trans Tasman Pairs (2)

           Gisborne East Coast Burton Cup

            Runner up - Taranaki Open Fours

NEW ZEALAND P B A:

           Won NZ Singles - Qualified World Singles

           Won NZ Pairs     - Qualified World Pairs

TOKOROA TITLES

              Championship - Singles (14)

                                   - Pairs (15)

                                   - Triples (16)

                                   - Fours (14)

LIFE MEMBER - TOKOROA BOWLING CLUB

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KEVIN ROBINSON

                                           Kevin was a formidable force on the bowling                                             greens of New Zealand between 1993 and                                               2007.  Currently he resides in Australia

 

 

 

                                            Following is a list of 

                                            his achievements:

NEW ZEALAND

1998 - Champ Champ - Singles

1999 - Runner up National Fours  (TGA)

2000 - Super 8 Winner (Northern)

2001 - Runner up Champ Champ

           Singles

         - Runner up NZ Mixed Fours

2004 - National Pairs

2006 - Nationals Most Consistent Player

2008 - Runner Up - National Pairs

WAIKATO CENTRE TITLES

Champion of  Champions 

Singles - 1997     2001     2007     2008

Pairs    - 1998     2000 

Triples -  2000    2007

Fours   - 1993

Bowls Waikato Open Championships

Singles  - 2006

Pairs     - 1997     1999     2004

Fours    - 2008

Player of the Year - 2001     2002     2007

OTHER CENTRE TITLES

Northland     -     9 Centre Titles

Counties       -     1 Centre Titles

Manurewa Invitation Pairs - 1999

Hillsborough Trans Tasman Pairs - 2001 2002

Southland Charity Invitation Pairs - 2006

 

NEW ZEALAND P B A

Won NZ Pairs Qualifier - World Pairs 2005

Won NZ Singles Qualifier - Welsh Open

Won NZ Singles Qualifier - Engage Singles

TOKOROA TITLES

Championship - Singles - 7 titles

                       Pairs    - 6 titles

                       Triples  - 8 titles

                       Fours    - 4 titles

                                   

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MARINA KHAN

                                           Daughter of the world  Millie Khan, Marina                                               carried on the family tradition of playing                                                   amazing bowls and representing New                                                       Zealand in the Commonwealth Games.

  

                                           She currently resides in Australia.

                                           Following is a list of her achievements:

INTERNATIONAL

           2008 World Bowls  - Bronze Medal

           2006 Commonwealth Games (Melbourne) - Bronze Medal

           2007 Asia Pacific  - Triples - Bronze Medal

                                     - Fours   - Gold Medal

            2008 Australian Open Singles - Bronze Medal

            2003 Trans Tasman Development Squad - First

            2005 Trans Tasman Open Team - First

            2006 Trans Tasman Open Team - First

            2006  Tri Nations NZ / Aust / Malaysia - First

            2007  Tri Nations NZ / Aust / Malaysia - First

            Test - NZ / Sth Africa / Ireland / Malaysia - First

NEW ZEALAND

             2006 New Zealand Player of the Year

             NZ Inter Club   - First (3)

             NZ InterCentre - First (2) - 2000 / 2008

             2007 NZ Aotearoa Maori - First

             2001 NZ Fours - First

             2002 NZ Fours - First

             2000 NZ Pairs - First

             2007 NZ Open Pairs (Henderson) - Silver

             2001 NZ Mixed Pairs - Runner Up

WAIKATO CENTRE

              Waikato Centre Representative - 12 years

              2006 South Waikato Sportsperson of the Year 

              Waikato Centre Titles - 8

              1997 Champion of Champions - Fours

              1997 Open Pairs

              1997 Open Fours

OTHER CENTRES

               2000 Papakura Prestige Pairs - First

               2002 Papakura Prestige Pairs - First

               2003 Papakura Prestige Pairs - Runner Up

               2007 Victoria Invitation Pairs - First

TOKOROA TITLES

                Matamata Club - 11 Club Titles

                Tokoroa Champion - Singles

                                            - Triples (3)

                                            - Mixed Fours

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