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The Otautau Bowling Club is so desperately
short of members that this weekend's
annual meeting could result in the
105-year-old club being put into recess.
Life member and greenkeeper Peter Ayson
said there were only eight men actively
playing -- "and three of them are in their
80s" -- and 10 women. It was the support
of the women that was keeping the men's
The Otautau Club had a proud history and
boasted debt-free facilities that had been
well-maintained and included two indoor
rinks meaning large bowls could be played
indoors during winter.
It used to be one of the largest clubs in the
Western-Central Centre and was still the
base for Centre meetings, Mr Ayson said.
The clubrooms were available for hire for
private functions and were used regularly by
other groups such as patchworkers and the
Senior Citizens group.
The Southland District Council owns the
land and the club owns the building and
if the club was not operating it would be
at the whim of the council whether the
clubrooms were even retained, Mr Ayson
"It's just a lack of membership that's the
problem," he said. "Even half a dozen new
members would make all the difference."
Bowls are played four nights a week. Twelve
men were required to make up a team for
Saturday competitions but even those who
couldn't commit to weekly matches were
welcome, Mr Ayson said. Subs are $80 a
Anyone interested or even mildly curious
about bowls was encouraged to attend the
annual meeting at 1.30pm on Sunday in
the Rye Street clubrooms. Newcomers to
the sport were most welcome and existing
members were happy to teach them the
game, he said.
Club under threat
Three families laid claim to half of the titles
on offer at the Northern Southland Primary
School Cross Country Championships at
Waikaia last week.
Olivia and Josiah Murphy, of Te Anau, won
the 12-year-old girls and 8yr boys' races
respectively; Liam and Rachel Turner, of
Mossburn, won the 12yr boys' and 8yr
girls' titles and Mararoa's Dyani and Haydn
Shepherd-Oates won the 11yr girls' and 9yr
A third Turner, sister Ashlee, placed 4th in
the 10yr girls' race.
It was a sunny, calm day with conditions dry
The first placegetters in each of the
Northern Southland 10, 11, 12, 13
year races have now qualified for the
Southland Primary School Cross Country
Championships to be held at Holt Park,
Otautau, tomorrow (Friday, June 10).
The first race starts at 11.30am.
Results: 8yr Girls: Rachael Turner (Moss)
1, Danielle Tippett (Mar) 2, Kerryn Andrews
(Te) 3; 8yr Boys: Josiah Murphy (Te) 1, Jake
McClean (Moss) 2, Scott Cullen (Moss) 3;
9yr Girls: Ruby Thompson (L) 1, Hannah
Sangster (L) 2, Jodie Jolly (Te) 3; 9yr Boys:
Hayden Shepherd-Oates (Mar) 1, Takunda
Mabonga (W) 2, Dominic Carston (Moss) 3;
10yr Girls: Amelia Andrews (Te) 1, Georgia
Mitchell (Te) 2, Huriana Ponga (B) 3; 10yr
Boys: Jacob Roberston (Te) 1, Tomas Brown
(Te) 2, Gianluca Frei (R) 3; 11yr Girls: Dyani
Shepherd-Oates (Mar) 1, Dianne Caalim (Te)
2, Claudia Gilkison (L) 3; 11yr Boys: Tom
Shallard (R) 1, Mark Gardyne (R) 2, Bradley
Carruthers (Te) 3; 12yr Girls: Olivia Murphy
(FC) 1, Becky Gollan (R) 2, Tahlia Dean (FC)
3; 12yr Boys: Liam Turner (NSC) 1, Alan
Woodford-Wilson (NSC) 2, Hamish Anderson
(W) 3; 13yr Girls: Kerri Anne Sinclair (FC) 1,
Anna McDonald (FC) 2, Devyn Wills (W) 3;
13yr Boys: Oliver Nicholson (Mar) 1, Sias
Horrell (FC) 2, Ethan Prescott (R) 3.
Families stage runaway success
ABOVE: Victorious siblings Haydn Shepherd-Otates (left) and his sister Dyani (far right), of Mararoa
along with Josiah and Olivia Murphy, of Te Anau, who each won their respective races at the
Northern Primary School Cross Country Championships last week.
FAR LEFT: Liam Turner, of Mossburn, strides it out on his way to winning the 12-year-old boys' race,
meanwhile, his younger sister Rachael (left) shows her form in winning the 8-year-old girls' race.
Key to results:
Moss = Mossburn, Te = Te Anau, Mar = Mararoa, L = Lumsden, W = Waikaia, B = Balfour,
NSC = Northern Southland College, FC = Fiordland College, R = Riversdale
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