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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2011
Are You SICK of WINTER?
Dig out those summer clothes and head to the pool
to celebrate the opening of the heated outdoor complex!
Makino Aquatic Centre
Council Place, Feilding
Ph (06) 323 5312
And guess what...
Saturday 26 November
The Mega Slide For All Ages
The Ocean Challenge
(Complex closes at 4:00 pm)
New lights, a lick of
paint -- and hard work
By LAURA WALTERS
What a racquet: Brian Evans, right, a member of the Feilding Squash Club
for 48 years, and Kester Olivecrona break in the revamped courts at the
club, as they compete for the Evona Cup.
Photo: LAURA WALTERS
The Feilding Squash Club
has crushed its old image
with a fresh coat of paint,
and new lighting paid for by Pub
The club was given $10,000 by
the trust to upgrade the lighting
on all four squash courts and a
new coat of paint was applied to
the roof and walls.
Club vice president David
Burmeister said they had been
planning on redoing the lighting
for the past four years.
The lights had not been
replaced since the original section
of the building went up in the late
1960s, Mr Burmeister said.
We ve been wanting to do it for
The club would now be able to
host games and tournaments at a
Everyone that s come in said
the lighting is just fantastic. You
don t even remember what the old
lights were like.
As well as the lighting and
painting, timers had been added
to all courts, the gutters had been
redone, and the club room had a
The club, of 148 members, had
saved up its own money to pay for
a new television and fireplace for
the clubroom, and a couch was
donated, Mr Burmeister said.
We moved to make the club
more family friendly.
A wide range of people used the
club, even if it was just to have a
chat, he said.
Squash is a really social game.
The club ran coaching, and club
nights every Wednesday evening.
We have all walks of life here
. . . it s quite an addictive game.
It only took 10 days to redo the
lights and paint the courts, with
help from members.
It s a lot of people doing a lot of
hard work, Mr Burmeister said.
Local businesses also got on
board to do the electrics and pro-
vide scaffolding for the painting.
The upgrade was finished about
six weeks ago, he said.
Next on the agenda was to
revamp the kitchen, and add a
deck to the second storey.
Feilding bowlers qualify
Trio-mphant: Feilding bowlers, Gillian
Friis, Robyn Schischka and Margaret
Snaddon have qualified to play in the
National Triples Finals. Photo: SUPPLIED
The Johnston Park Bowls ladies were
to the fore this past weekend when
Robyn Schischka skipped Margaret
Snaddon, playing in the middle, and
Gillian Friis, leading from the front, to
win the Manawatu section of the Bowls
New Zealand National Club Cham-
pionship Triples at the Palmerston
North Bowling Club on Sunday.
After beating the Northern Club
team in the semifinal by 17-14, they
faced the formidable Terrace End
Bowling Club triple of Sherryn Blake,
Georgie Kahui-Rogers and Bev Budd
in the final. Although behind by 9-3 in
the early stages of the game, they drew
level and then asserted their
ascendancy to win 17-11, and will play
in the National Finals in Wellington
this coming April.
The only men s team from Johnston
Park Bowls to qualify for post-section
play was the Tony Jensen skipped
team with Ken Mott and Lionel Rab-
bitts but they were knocked out, leav-
ing the club to be very proud of Robyn,
Margaret and Gillian.
Exciting times ahead for the STAGS
The Feilding Old Boys Orua STAGS
have confirmed their coaching line-up
for 2012. TePasu Thomas has been
named in the New Zealand under-20
wider training group ahead of a train-
ing weekend and trial for the Under-20
World Cup which is being held in
South Africa in 2012 -- one of just two
Manawatu players selected.
Potene Paewai remains coach of the
Totally Vets Senior A team, with
Wayne Harding whose last Senior A
coaching post led Oroua to the Han-
kins Shield in 1996. Ian Pfefferle con-
tinues developing the Allan McNeill
Colts team, three of four of whom will
be selected and will play a significant
role in the Senior squad in 2012.
New are the Jacobs brothers, Walker
and Kelly, with coaching responsibili-
ties for the Griffin Ag Air Senior B
team. Also new to management roles
are Wayne Brooks and Andrew Reilly
who are taking over management
responsibilities for the Senior Reserve
side in place of the retiring Tungane
Manuel, who has done an excellent job
over three seasons, taking the side to
two finals and securing the Old Gib-
bons Cup in 2011.
Women s posts are to be confirmed.
There is a social on November 25 at
Johnston Park, 5.30pm, for all players,
with a barbecue and few beers, to learn
the club s intention for 2012. For
aspiring senior players, Potene and
Wayne will deliver pre-season training
plans for December-January.
There will also be an exciting first
announcement of how the club will
commemorate its fifth season in 2013.
The AGM has been set for December
14 at the Johnston Park clubrooms at
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