Bowls Bay of Plenty

Centre book has been distributed to the clubs. The digital copy link is under Info

Thames Valley results posted now.

Events update

BOP Junior Open Optional Pairs

Current information

The semi finals and finals of the BOP Mixed 2x4x2 will be held when a mutually acceptable date is determined.

BREAKING NEWS: Tauranga South's Anthony Ouellet wins Burnside Under 26 singles. (Go to News to read full story)

From Centre president Bill Murphy (August 31, 2021)                    

Notwithstanding the uncertain times we find ourselves in, we look forward to Club opening days and programmes continuing, hopefully without too much disruption or undue delay. The 2021 Annual General Meeting of our Centre, held in mid-July, was a watershed gathering for bowls in the Bay of Plenty and heralded in a ‘New Emerging Future.’

Governance of our game (possibly unique in New Zealand Bowls) is now in the hands of a Board involving two representatives from each of the three Divisions within the Centre, the President, an independent elected Board member and, where required, a further co-opted member.

Importantly, the Annual Meeting approved the establishment of an Operations Committee comprising one representative from each Division with additional Board member representation. This Committee, responsible to the Board, will be in charge of overseeing all Centre events and establishing the Centre’s calendar of events each year.

Overall we have a very experienced and talented group comprising:

Centre Board: Bill Murphy (Chairman), Rod Warrender (Vice Chairman) and Eddie Ashcroft (Western Division and Interim Centre Manager); Margaret O’Regan and Kathy Dempster-Rivett(Eastern Division); Dave Jones and Morgan Solomon (Rotorua/Taupo Division); Co-opted Member Graham Skellern.

Operations Committee: Morgan Solomon (Convener) and Kathy Dempster-Rivett (Board Members); John Chelley (Eastern Division); Lillie McGregor (Rotorua/Taupo Division); Ken Boyle (Western Division); Eddie Ashcroft (Interim Centre Manager).  

We are fortunate that we continue to have in place very well organised and strong representative programme with highly qualified coaches, quality selectors and managers, and above all squads of very talented players - some of who are in contention for national selection.              

Although we are a diverse geographical Centre, spread from Turangi in the south to Opotiki in the east through to Katikati westward, our new structure now allows us to create a meaningful interface with each other right through to the most important people in the entire system -our club members.

Your new Board and Operations Committee are fully engaged at the moment in re-evaluating the Centre’s various activities including reviewing the financial structure. At the same time, they are looking forward to enhancing Youth Bowls activity, working closely with the Umpires Association, furthering Coaching accreditation, and liaising with the all-important Greenkeepers’ network in the Bay.

As we all know, keeping membership levels up is critical and there are some excellent examples amongst us where clubs have been successful in introducing new member incentives, which we look to expand on in time.                            

Thank you for all the expressions of support that have been coming in regarding our new set-up.


latest news

Representatives for 27/28 November

Ouellet grabs impressive singles title

The country's best Under 26 players met up again, and Tauranga's Anthony Ouellet came out on top.

Dickison rewarded for a fine season

Clubmates Graham Skellern and Dickison named in 18-strong North Island team

Mount men score rare feat of two successive eights

Ngongotaha women and Mount Maunganui men reach last eight of national inter-club finals

Heartbreak for the rampant Bay women's team

A round-up of the national inter-centre finals in Wellington, with one quarter-final representative.

Mount men and Ngongotaha women on their way to Christchurch

Close finishes, commanding play, controversy - the Baywide Sevens inter-club had it all

Ouellet makes his debut in national inter-centre

Here's the Bay teams for the inter-centre final in Wellington

Long time between drinks at Alexandra for the "old boys"

Steve Beel and John Gray play their part in the New Zealand Open Men's fours victory

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up coming events


Thames Valley Representative Fixture Nov 27/28

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Kaimai Trophy Round 1

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BOP Men's Singles

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BOP Women's Singles

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Katikati Bowling Club


BOP Women's Open Fours 2021/22

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Te Puke Bowling Club


BOP Men's Open Fours 2021/22

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BOP Women's Centre Pairs 2021/22

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BOP Mens Centre Pairs 2021/22

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New Centre Manager - Ben Thurston

A passionate bowler and administrator, Ben Thurston has been appointed the Bowls Bay of Plenty centre manager, replacing Eddie Ashcroft.

Ben, who has a Bachelor in Business with an accounting major, says his new role is "a great opportunity for me to give back to a game that has given me so much enjoyment over the last 26 years.

"Good, clear communication is what this role needs and my background and enthusiasm for the sport is still the same 26 years later." Ben says he'll be visiting clubs in the region, meeting fellow bowlers at their roll-ups and chewing the fat.

A member of the Tauranga Club in the Domain, Ben is a Gold Star holder and past Bay of Plenty representative. He is a sitting board and executive member of the Tauranga Returned Services Association.

Ben will be working from home and from the newly-established office at the Tauranga club. If you want to contact Ben, email him on: or phone him on: 027 2108338.

Ben has been appointed the Team Manager for the Men's Open representative side, and Vice-President Diane Smith is the Manager for the Women's Open team.

We welcome to the Board new members, Eastern Division representative Marcus Merrick, and Mary Campbell, who is a past New Zealand representative, national titleholder and Bay of Plenty representative. and has a Gold Star and Three Bars.