Organisers of an Annual Bowl’s tournament in Rotorua say a decline in the number of teams this year is affecting the sport.
Simon Barakat who is playing in the tournament and is also a member on the Māori Aotearoa Bowls committee says, “ Years and years gone by we use to have three or four greens full of players but the game is in a decline at the moment.”
Mr Barakat says they hope to boost player numbers in 2018 when the Rotorua Bowls Club will host the National Māori Aotearoa Bowls tournament.
He says, “I would like to see many of our young Rangatahi take up the game and come, make themselves available to play in our national tournament. We are looking for young people. I put the challenge, the wero out there to our people to pick up our young people, nurture them and bring them into the game.”
The Open men’s 4’s has enticed teams from as far as Auckland and Wellington who arrived yesterday to test their skills on the bowling greens.
Local player Hekemaru Brown says that his team has had three wins yesterday, “but unfortunately we lost our first game this morning so we have to win the next two just to be into the money.”
The Annual Open Men's Bowl's Tournament continues on tomorrow with finals being played out on Thursday.