In the small area of Woodend, the local bowling club has made a big name for itself, winning the North Canterbury Outstanding Sports Club of the year for 2017, Bowls Canterbury Club of The Year 2018, Sports Canterbury Club of the Year Finalist 2017 and Bowls NZ Club of the Year Nominee. Woodend Bowling Club is a well presented one green club who are based near a new development area just outside of Christchurch.
The club was a stronghold in the community after the devastating Christchurch earthquake, with bowlers from damaged clubs seeking a new home in Woodend North Canterbury. The community focussed club has created an innovative programme with the neighboring primary school. For a good number of years, each week 80 students have had the opportunity to visit the club and learn about bowls. These events have led to an increased membership in the last few years, 101 in 2017. Woodend should be especially proud of the growth of its junior development membership with 6 awards received at the recent Bowls Canterbury Awards night, which surely was never thought possible by the club’s founders in 1937.
Woodend has always been known as a great place to socialise in the community, as could be seen in their entry video with Na Katae still holding a ‘grudge’ against teammate Alex ‘Grizz’ Wyllie for not ‘selecting’ him for the All Blacks. Grizz, a former All Black, national selector and international rugby coach fires up the competitive Woodend athletes during play, meaning they will unquestionably be a team to watch during the Bowls3Five competition.