Although they had no winners, the Ōtaki Bowling Club’s recent ŌCB gala Day was a great success.
With five clubs represented and 16 teams of three playing, it was a full day of competition down to the finals which saw two teams from the Kapiti Bowling Club going head to head, bowl for bowl, playing for the top honours. By mid-afternoon, the last bowl had been rolled and the social part of the day began — the speeches, presentations, raffles drawn and afternoon tea, rounded out another highly successful day’s competition.
“Unfortunately Ōtaki didn’t win this time,” president Peter Whitehead said. “But it’s been a great day, with quite a competitive spirit. Other clubs like coming here (to Ōtaki).”
It was third time lucky for the club’s gala day as the first two dates were rained out. Councillor Penny Gaylor, representing the Ōtaki Community Board, (ŌCB) was present to hand out the awards and draw the raffles. She spoke briefly of the Community Grant application the ŌCB had approved for the gala and mentioned some of the grants available to the Ōtaki ward residents.
“We’re very pleased the Ōtaki Community Board was able to sponsor this event through their Community Grants fund,” she said. “It’s nice to be able to help you older ones, both with competitions and the social side of events. These events draw people to our community and its special micro-climate.”
Ms Gaylor went on to mention some of the other tasks the community board did for the district “It’s not just giving out grants, we adjudicate with council and other organisations, like NZTA (NZ Transport Agency) and council,” she said.
Teams from the Levin, Waikanae, Kapiti and Raumati South clubs joined the Ōtaki Bowling Club for the ŌCB Gala.