Stoke Bowling Stoke Club was founded in 1949 and ever since has been part of a region that has produced a number of extremely successful bowlers. Recently the region had two champions and three further medallists at the World Bowls Championships in Christchurch 2017. Most notably Stoke Bowling Club player Shannon McIlroy won the Men’s World Bowls Singles title and is the 2017 International Male Bowler of the Year. Stoke Bowling Club will certainly be a fan favourite due to McIlroy being one of the most anticipated athletes to compete at Bowls3Five.
With over 120 members Bowling Club has a lot more to offer after McIlroy, at the Champion of Champions level 5 club teams won titles and fellow Bowls3Five teammates Peter Hodson and James Pugh won the Bowls New Zealand Club Championship Pairs 2017/18. New member Kirsten Edwards now calls Stoke Bowling Club home, having been part of the Blackjacks, Edwards is a fierce player with experience beyond her years. As the club to beat in Nelson, Stoke is able to add two current Nelson representative bowlers in Lloyd Bellis and Barbara Thomason to round up this ambitious, high achieving team.