The winter bowling season is now under way at the Wānaka Bowling Club’s indoor stadium, with bowls being played sometimes seven days a week, with up to three sessions being held a day. This includes Stadium Club championships, regular competitions and inter-club events. Also included in the winter programme are three evenings of Trade Bowls with community teams participating.
The exceptionally popular Studholme Trophy competition will begin on Saturday May 8 – an event that sees most club members participating.
The Studholme Trophy is held over 12 Saturday afternoons by teams representing different local suburbs such as Meadowstone, Beacon Point, Rippon/West Meadows, Pembroke, Mt Albert (Albert Town/Mt Iron), The Village, Hāwea Town, Hāwea Country. The latter two teams are mainly made up of members of the Hāwea Bowling Club, whose members largely integrate into the Wānaka Bowling Club for the winter season.
The Studholme Trophy competition was started 13 years ago in memory of well-known Wānaka identity Neil Studholme and has steadily grown in importance over the years, so that every one of the 12 weeks of competition is amazingly supported and, in addition to the 24 players playing on the day, there is always a great crowd of supporters.
On average by late afternoon there are 70 to 80 in the stadium barracking for their team. Competition between teams is always fierce with games often being decided by the last few bowls.
Last year the trophy was won by Beacon Point after a very close game with Hāwea Town.