In an often-underestimated region, east southland is the small but mighty Gore Bowling Club. The highly driven club is putting forward a strong, youthful team full of energy and passion for the sport of bowls. The Gore Bowling Club are as spirited on the green as they are off but hold themselves to a high standard. Proven by the success of their team members; Ashleigh Jeffcoat, Caleb Hope, and Sheldon Bagrie-Howley, who all medalled at the 2017/18 Nationals. The Gore Bowling Club team are all under 25 years but boast impressive achievements that leave them more than capable to compete against other experienced teams.
Notable achievements include Ashleigh Jeffcoat, 19 years old, beating our Aussie rivals to win gold at the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2015 as well as winning gold at the Open National Women’s Pairs in 2017 and silver in 2018. The second 19-year-old in this team, Caleb Hope, won bronze for the men’s singles at the 2018 National Championships and won the Southland Champ of Champ pairs in 2016/17 and 2017/18 with teammate Sheldon Bagrie-Howley. Bagrie-Howley also won a silver medal in the mixed pairs at the World Junior Championships in 2015 and was the New Zealand U21 singles champion in 2010 and 2014. Gore Bowling Club’s talented team bring a lot of excitement to the sport that pairs well with the vibrant nature of Bowls3Five.