Rain gives bowlers a morning off

20:57, Jan 21 2014
Fitzroy Bowling Club green
MOPPING UP: Supervisor Ian "Spud" Andrews got the squeegee out after rain flooded the Fitzroy Bowling Club green on day two of the TSB Bank Taranaki Open Fours Bowls.

Hands of euchre kept bowlers busy yesterday morning while they waited out the rain.

Fitzroy Bowling Club was one of 10 clubs to postpone morning play of the TSB Bank Taranaki Open Fours, because of flooding on the green.

Players were not deterred however, and most sat patiently in the clubrooms.

"They drank beer, played cards and waited," caterer Gloria Palmer said.

The caterers put on an early morning tea and lunch of sandwiches, bread and butter, and pies, potato, peas and gravy.

Once the rain stopped around midday, members were quick to sponge and roll the grounds so morning games could start at 1pm.


Games at Lepperton, Waitara and Inglewood were played regardless of early showers.

The sun came out mid-afternoon, but occasional showers forecast for today and tomorrow may disrupt play further.

Johnsonville team member Alan Brider said he had been playing at Fitzroy for 16 years, and rain was never an issue.

"I won plenty of money in euchre. The club has beautiful greens up here, and the company is excellent," he said.

Supervisor Ian "Spud" Andrews said the residual rain had not affected the playing surface, and insisted few players were having pre-game drinks.

"Not many drink that early in the morning, that'll start tomorrow. The first two days everyone is into it, after they've lost two games they enjoy the more social side."

Taranaki Daily News