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“Labour weekend for many competitive bowlers is marked as the true season opener with the first Centre title of the season to be decided.
The field for the Julia Wallace open mixed 2-4-2 pairs has drawn 24 teams which is four fewer than last season. The entry is still a handy number when it is remembered many women from the Centre travel to a traditional tournament in Waipukurau.
Some of the combinations border on “Bowls aristocracy” especially Sharon Sims and Mark Noble (Northern) and Ray Lovie (Northern) who combines with Terrace End’s Bev Budd. Other particularly notable partnerships are men’s selector Eric Watson teaming with well performed Sherryn Blake (Terrace End), leading singles exponents Barry Wynks (Takaro) and Feona Sayles (Northern), and Neil Gordon and Lynlea Rogers (Northern).
Two well performed husband/wife teams are Shane and Georgie Rogers (Terrace End) and their former clubmates David and Ra Walker visiting from the Levin Club. There are numerous other family combinations but most of us will be just making up the numbers in such company.
• One Centre event has already been decided with Terrace End winning the Wimsett Cup women’s event at Shannon last Tuesday. With 12 Clubs competing it was an unusual occurrence to have no four winners but five clubs with three wins. Terrace End won on differential and their team was Fran Frith, Bev Budd, Sharon Groves and Julia Woods.
• Takaro have played their men’s club singles over the last two weekends and Terry Rossiter took out the title beating Laurie Gordon in the final. The hugely positive thing was they attracted a field of 30, the biggest number in 20 years and probably more than their entire membership a few seasons back.
• Northern’s Cameron Nairne performed creditably at the recent New Zealand under 26 tournament winning three out of five qualifying and going on to finish runner-up in the main plate. In a first for the tournament Misty Arnold became the first woman to win the title in a field that included New Zealand representatives in Andrew Kelly and Nathan Glasson.
• We have all been admiring the fine physical specimens performing so well in our national game over the last few weeks but it does lead me to reflect was a great sport Bowls is where an 80 year old geriatric with an artificial hip, high blood pressure, deaf as a post and failing eyesight can compete with and sometimes beat a nationally ranked bowler! Go the All Blacks!
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