Aussie Bowlers Win Pairs In Nadi

Fiji Sun - - Sport - Edited by: Osea Bola WAISEA NA­SOKIA NADI waisean@fi­jisun.com.fj

Aus­tralian bowlers Graeme Kath and Steven Rice took out the 9th Fiji Air­ways Sunny West Bowl­ing Car­ni­val 2016 Pairs event at the Nadi Sports Club on Wed­nes­day. They beat Les­lie McLin­den and Tony Maru­maru of New Zealand 19-12 in the fi­nal.Kath and Rice first par­tic­i­pated when the event started in 2008

“It is great to come ev­ery year and to com­pete with bowl­ing friends from New Zealand and Fiji as well. It is the ca­ma­raderie which brings us to­gether but com­pe­ti­tion is tough as well,” Kath said. In the semi­fi­nal McLin­den and Maru­maru beat Stephan Ore­gan and Troy Sh­ef­ford 16-9 while Kath and Rice beat Mo­han Lal/ Munesh Ku­mar 16-8. Kath and Rice were also in­stru­men­tal in win­ning the Fours com­pe­ti­tion team­ing with Lau­toka’s Rick Eyre and Lema Matailevu beat­ing the team of Jan Ore­gan, Cameron Laird, Stephen Ore­gan and Troy Stafford.

Kushal Pil­lay, Ra­j­nesh Prasad, San­tokh Singh and Arun Ku­mar set­tled for third spot while in fourth was the team of Shorab Khan, David Aitch­e­son, Ratish Lal and Semesa Naiseru­vatu. Plate cham­pi­ons were Ray­mond Singh, Iliaz Khan, Bobby Prasad and Ab­dul Khalim who beat team of Jona Koroita­mana, Eseroma Taubale, Waisea Turaga and Phil Tay­lor. Tour­na­ment chair­man Mo­hammed Shorab Khan said over 80 bowlers in­clud­ing Aus­tralian, New Zealand and lo­cal bowlers par­tic­i­pated. “The com­pe­ti­tion is grow­ing big­ger be­cause of the weather in the West, fa­cil­i­ties avail­able, spon­sor­ship and the na­tional air­line and the ho­tels in­volve­ment the event,” he said. Khan thanked the var­i­ous spon­sor for the event- Gold spon­sor were Fiji Air­ways, Sil­ver spon­sors are Fiji Gas, Smug­gler’s Cove, Tanoa Ho­tel and sup­ported by bronze spon­sors - Jack’s of Fiji, Coca Cola, Pa­cific Des­ti­na­tions, FIJI Wa­ter, Oceanic Beauty and Mes­sage, Cap­tain Cook Cruises, Nadi Sports and So­cial Club. Fiji Air­ways man­ager public re­la­tions/ com­mu­ni­ca­tions Shane Hus­sein said the or­gan­is­ers have done an ex­cel­lent job in run­ning the tour­na­ment since 2008. “At Fiji Air­ways we are de­lighted to be part of this event and this is the ninth year of the com­pe­ti­tion and this shows the pop­u­lar­ity of the tour­na­ment,” he said.

Photo: WAISEA NA­SOKIA

Graeme Kath, Steven Rice and Tanoa Ho­tel rep Eseta Mara dur­ing the 9th Sunny West Bowl­ing Car­ni­val awards night at Nadi Sports Club on Wed­nes­day.

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