Most successful season - ever!
A year for the history books at Temuka Bowling Club

Dave Wood

June 2021

The most successful season in the 115-year history of the Temuka Bowling Club was capped at the recent Bowls South Canterbury awards function.
The club won 10 trophies and a pile of certificates, four players received gold stars for having achieved five centre titles, and Sam Morton won the South Canterbury men’s bowler of the year trophy.

In accepting the Bristol Cup, the symbol of men’s interclub bowls supremacy, president Steve Burgess congratulated club members for the contribution they had made to an outstanding season.
It was just the fourth time Temuka had won the trophy and, reflecting the club’s dominance in the men’s competitions, it also won the Division 2 trophy and the Super 10 competition for the post-Christmas interclub.
Laurie Sullivan earned his gold star as a member of the four which won the South Canterbury champion of champions title. He won his first centre title 30 years ago.
The other Temuka gold star winners - Morton, Marshall Stoddart and Travis Cook - hurried to their badges this season. Stoddart and Cook, both development bowlers, won the centre triples and champion of champions triples with Morton, and the trio were with Sullivan in winning the champion of champions fours.
Other centre titles won by Temuka players were centre fours (Morton, Stoddart, Greg Valentine, Dave Wood); centre pairs (Morton, Valentine); and women’s champion of champions singles (Cathy Richards).
The selection of a dozen Temuka players in South Canterbury representative teams also reflected the club’s strength, and with greenkeeper Ken Darby and his band of helpers producing two greens of outstanding standard, the club has had a season that members can be justly proud of.
Some members are even labelling Temuka “the home of bowls”.