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Members of our Outdoor Bowling Club have a reputation for being sociable and providing a welcoming environment.  The Clubs camaderie is supporting of all players and we enjoy celebrating success. Members can play to whatever level they like from casual to competitive including inter-club and representative competition.  The Tokoroa Outdoor Bowling Clubs greens are the best in Waikato and are conducive to quickly improving players skills. For new players coaching is readily available.  If you are thinking of giving Outdoor Bowls a go and want more information including how you qualify for a years free membership of the Outdoor Bowling Club, please contact Club President, Morrie Olsen(Ph0272266852) or Club Captain, Bill Garrick (ph 886 4773).  Neville can also be found at the Club during the day, as he is the person who keeps the Bowling Greens and our Club surrounds in top notch condition.

Short Format Events.  Many people prefer events and games of short duration.  To cater to these preferences the club has afternoon bowls on Wednesday and Sunday.  These afternoons are proving popular with the casual bowler.

Inter-Club, Waikato Events & Club Championships.  For those who prefer the more competitive and serious side of Outdoor Bowls, the Club has tournaments and competition that meets the needs of players of all skill levels.

Business House.  This event is held Thursday evenings for sixteen weeks during summer with a short break over Christmas and New Year.  Teams of four have an hour of fun Thursday evenings. 

Bowling Club Pavillion as a Function Venue.  The Outdor Bowling Club Pavillion is available for hire to all of The Tokoroa Club members at a nominal hireage fee.  The venue is fully licenced and is an ideal venue for everything, including Christenings, Birthdays, Weddings and Wakes.  It is is also ideal for businesses to use as a staff training venue.   For further details phone (07) 886 5139 (ext 3) and ask for Wayne or Michelle.  Alternatively you can e-mail Wayne at:  manager@thetokoroaclub.co.nz



President:                            Bill Garrick (Ph 886 4773)Vice-President:             Ann Bernard (Ph 886 5551) 
Club Captain:                        Fraser BoydSecretary:                      Mick Jones
Treasurer:                             Malcolm BowersTournament Secretary: Jan Eccles 
Tournament Convenor:        Stan Joyce

Conv Marketing:            Russell Murphy 

 Conv House Management:  Anne Manthey 


The Tokoroa Clubs Bowling Club has a long and interesting history, many honours have come the way of it's members and it has risen from humble beginnings to an organisation with fine facilities and dedicated membership committed to their game and their Club.

In January 1948, barely nine months ather the formation of the parent Club a Mr St J (Duke) Paxton was asked by the Commitee to advise on the laying out of a bowling green.  In May of that year the Club Commitee appointed E. Nuttal and W. McHardy as their representatives to a Bowling Club Committee.

By July 'working bees' were being held.  Dick Evans enlisted the help of many of the local farmers who were Club members and owned trucks, to clear ground and cart sand from the roadside at the end of Mossop Road, and clay from Sloss Road to lay the base.  Gavin McEwan and Doug Molesworth were just two of the local identities who contributed time to this project.  Petrol was made available to those who brought tractors along, and all particapating in the work had their time credited to future subscriptions in the Bowling Club at the rate of 40 cents per hour.

The work seems to have progressed slowly, for in November 1949 the main Club committee engaged a Mr RJ Oliver and a partner to finish off the bowling green.  They were to receive wages of 80 & 60 cents per hour respectively, and One Pund per hour for their truck.  This arrangement must have turned sour, because the minutes record that a dispute over Mr Oliver's charges, had resulted in all payments being stopped and the Club Solicitor was called in to act for the CLub.

The Club Minutes for January 1950 record that "the Sadust Bowling Green was a failure" and that "a grass Green would be better proposition".  The committee then decided to engage a Mr Bridges to advise the Club member D. Williamson who was given sole charge of completing the project.  By May of 1950 Mr Wiliamson reported that the grand total of expenditure for a bowling facility had reached $222.00, and that the green was ready for grassing.

The Club President reported at the AGM held in April 1951 that the Clubs first Bowling Green was complete.  'Duke' Paxton was elected a Life Member of the Bowling Club the same year.

The first committee meeting of the Bowling Club was held 21st May 1950.  D. Williamson was elected President and Messrs Butler, Colsen, Goodrich, Steiner, Waldon, Evans and Osmers were the Committee.  Charlie Steiner remained a member of the Club until he passed away in 1996.  The original subscriptions were set at $2.50 per annum. 

Many changes took place through the fifties and sixties with numbers playing bowls increasing each year with the facilities being upgraded year by year.  In 1971 the second green was opened and questions were asked "when are the ladies going to be allowed to form their own club?"  (This was to take another ten years).  The Anniversary Weekend three day tournament was instituted and brought top ranked bowlers from far and wide to play in Tokoroa.  In it's hey day during the late seventies and eighties, the Anniversary Weekend Tournament was so popular that section play was competed for not only at Tokoroa, but also Tokoroa East, Putaruru and Arapuni Bowling Clubs.

In 1972 the new Pavillion was opened by Mayor James (Jim) Higgins.  It was extended and a BBQ area was added in 1986.  In 1976 the Club celebrated its 25th anniversary and in 1981 the Ladies Bowling Club was formed with Mrs Carol Pearson as founding President and Mrs Joan Evans as Secretary.  In 1986 a full time green keeper was employed "on contract" and the 'Astrograss' Bowling Green was installed in 1991.

The Tokoroa Bowling Club has made great strides since those long times ago, for instance in 1953 prize money for Championship Winners was increased to $2.00.

Great names in New Zealand Bowling Circles have competed on the Tokoroa Bowling Greens over the years and Tokoroa has produced and had as Club Members it's fair share of it's own Bowling Champions.

The late great Robbie Robson is the greatest bowler to belong to the Tokoroa Bowling Club.  Follows is a list of his achievements. 

1956New Zealand Fours 
1962 Fours Empire Games - Perth (Gold Medal)
1968NZ Team to South Africa 
1970 Pairs Commwealth Games - Edinburgh (Siver Medal)  
1974New Zealand Singles Title 
New Zealand  Three Tests
North Island Four Occasions 
Waikato Rothmans Team Twelve Occasions 
Waikato1957 1990 


Gold Star1967
Gold Star - Bar 1974
Gold Star - Second Bar 1984
Gold Star - Third Bar1990
Champion of ChampionsSingles: 1961, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1984 
 Triples:  1986
 Fours:  1974, 1984
Hawke Bay Autumn Fours1972
Auckland Lion Singles  1977,
Taranaki Open Fours1979
Epsom 5000 Singles1983, 1984, 1986
Poverty Bay Centennial Fours 1983
Auckland Lion Masters Singles1985