Retirement village bowls tournament ready to roll again

It’s been a quiet few months around the Bupa Te Puke Country Lodge Retirement Village bowling table recently.

The lockdown meant there was no bowls games held on the inside table. That all changes next week with the return of the in-house indoor bowls tournament for the coveted Tom Slater Trophy.

Bupa Te Puke Country Lodge Retirement Village Manager Brenda Littlejohn says the handicap tournament runs for 18 weeks and is enjoyed by all. 

“We have some very excited residents who can’t wait to get back into bowls again. The Roses are the village team to beat after they won last year, but it’s anyone’s game with the teams of Rosebuds and Ramblers looking seriously competitive,” Brenda said.

The specially raised table, that can have up to 16 players at one time, enables both retirement village and care home residents next door to play indoor bowls without bending over and no risk of back pain. The retirement village also hosts monthly social bowls games with Te Puke RSA members and other local retirement village residents too.

“We currently have a few studio apartments available in our village so if you’re a bowls beginner or a professional, you’re more than welcome to come join us.”

The eight new homely serviced studio apartments are double glazed for warmth this winter and feature modern fixtures and appliances. There’s always room for another bowler at Bupa Te Puke Country Lodge Retirement Village.