Bowls to take over Auck­land with mega event

Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - SAMHEWAT

About $40,000 in prize money is up for grabs when The Trusts New Zealand Open kicks off in Auck­land this week.

The an­nual bowls event, which is tele­vised on Sky TV, will be cel­e­brat­ing its 10th year with more than 600 com­peti­tors ex­pected to take part in sin­gles, dou­bles, and triples events.

The com­pe­ti­tion also fea­tures a dis­abled cat­e­gory, which will act as a qual­i­fier for the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games para-sport pro­gram.

Qual­i­fy­ing matches will take place around Auck­land this week, with Block­house Bay Bowl­ing Club act­ing as the main host for the sec­ond year in a row.

Block­house Bay’s pres­i­dent Al­lan Smith said the club was hon­oured to host the event - the big­gest on its yearly calendar.

‘‘It’s great for the club,’’ Smith said.

‘‘It’s great to be able to host good bowlers from all over the coun­try. And not just good for Block­house Bay, but good for the city too.’’

Auck­land Bowls’ gen­eral man­ager Phil Vyver is equally ex­cited, and said the com­pe­ti­tion was one of the tough­est out­side of the na­tion­als, at­tract­ing world-class tal­ent.

‘‘We get peo­ple from all over New Zealand, and some Australians com­ing over as well, so it’s very well re­spected from that point of view,’’ Vyver said.

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Teams com­pete in the Aer­obowls men’s triples fi­nal at The Trusts New Zealand Open in 2015.

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