January 12 - 27 2008 will see the 11th World Bowls Championships hosted by Burnside BC. The modern facilities and club house at Burnside are situated in the superb tree-lined sporting hub of Burnside Park. The park land will be used to create a spacious tented village with all spectator amenities, and the green nearest the park will be turned into a 3,000-seat arena in which opening and closing ceremonies, plus all championship finals and medal ceremonies will take place.
Established in 1963 in an area of farmland in the suburb of Avonhead in the North West of Christchurch, the Burnside Bowling Club is located 3 km from Christchurch International Airport and 7 km from the city centre.
Play began in 1964 on the first of the three present-day greens. Initially separate men’s and women’s clubs shared the facilities but today Burnside is an amalgamated club with 220 men and 90 women members making it the largest bowling club in the South Island.
The club is sited in the 70 acre Burnside Park which is also home to rugby, soccer, cricket, and tennis and squash clubs.
The three 36.6m x 36.6m cotula-maniototo (leptinella) weed greens are surrounded by prize winning gardens with a central, large and welcoming club house with separate dining room and lounge bar facilities.
Burnside has been the home club of four members who have achieved full international status, namely Bruce McNish, Jo Edwards, Serena Matthews and the late Stewart Buttar. The current national coach Dave Edwards is presently a member of the club. Numerous other men and women members have gained Canterbury Centre representation.
Members have won four New Zealand Championship titles – Men’s Fours 1993 & 1994 and Men’s Pairs 1994 & 2004 as well as dozens of Centre titles.
Burnside has been the headquarters for both the men’s and women’s National Championships and fittingly for the Nationals of 2003/2004 where the women’s and men’s Championships were held together for the first time – a fore-runner to the World Bowls Championships in 2008.
The immaculate greens have hosted several international matches including those against Australia, Ireland and Scotland. The greens have always received the highest praise for their consistency, pace and true line to the jack. They are regarded as among the best surfaces in Australasia.
Building on the experience of the Asia Pacific 2007 Championship the Club is gearing itself to be the headquarters for World Bowls 2008.
The Club’s symbol is a clump of cabbage trees in full head. This symbol recalls a landmark used by Maoris and early settlers to guide them on their travels north of the old town centre across a rather featureless plain. The cabbage trees are now the symbol of schools and sports clubs in the local area.
Check out the Burnside Bowling Club on its web site www.burnsidebowlingclub.com
Fendalton Bowling Club - Makora Street - 351 9048
Fendalton Bowling Club is situated in the south eastern corner of the idyllic, 5 hectare Fendalton Park. The Christchurch International Airport and the City Centre are equidistant from the park. Close neighbours are the lively University of Canterbury campus and the busy Fendalton Shopping Centre. The Bowling Club shares the park with a croquet club, a rugby club and a children’s play ground. The park sits between Fendalton Road and Kotare Street.
A group of home guardsmen from the Fendalton Company of the Home Guard was instrumental in the beginnings of the Bowling Club in 1942. The motivation of this group was to maintain the camaraderie they had in the Home Guard.
A second green was developed in 1949 and amalgamation with the Fendalton Women’s Bowling Club in 2004 resulted in a complex of three greens and two well appointed clubhouses. In 2006 Bowls Canterbury became based in the womens's clubhouse and the third green is now utilised for centre events and high performance training. The renamed Dorchester Green will be the third playing green in Fendalton Park for the World Bowls 2008 event.
The greens are true, consistent and always receive high praise from visitors. They are all 36.6m x 36.6m with a cotula-maniototo weed surface. The Number 1 and Number 2 greens have natural earth banks and colourful, well tended gardens border all three greens.
The 190 members of the amalgamated Fendalton Bowling Club enjoy excellent facilities and a strong camaraderie. The members’ can-do attitude has resulted in the Club being selected to host the Third World Bowls Singles Champion of Champions in November 2005 and the Fourth Champion of Champions in 2006 as well as co-hosting the Asia Pacific Bowls Championships and the pinnacle – the World Bowls Championships in 2008.
Bowls Papanui - 181 Condell Ave - 352 9399
The picturesque 5 hectare Edgar MacIntosh Park in the North West suburb of Papanui is the home of a children’s play ground, a cricket club, a rugby club and co-host for the World Bowls Championships 2008 – Bowls Papanui.
The two-green Bowls Papanui complex boasts a modern, comfortable clubhouse complete with a large, upstairs lounge bar and ground floor kitchen/dining room facilities.
The two 36.6m x 36.6m Maniototo weed greens are renowned for their quality and consistency and attractive surrounds.
Club members have won National titles in Pairs and Fours as well as numerous Canterbury Centre and interclub championships. Several players have represented Canterbury at inter-Centre level.
The bowling club opened in 1911 with a membership of 32 men. Women were admitted in 1962 with a limit of 24 lady members – a policy long abandoned. The Club moved to its present site in 1962. Today the 150 members enjoy an excellent club spirit built on inclusiveness and the One Bowls philosophy.