Queen­stown women win na­tional bowls ti­tle

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By DEB­BIE JAMIESON

Three Queen­stown women have won a na­tional bowls ti­tle.

Queen­stown Bowl­ing Club mem­bers Mar­garet O’Con­nor, Christine Buchanan and De­bra Floyd won the New Zealand triples ti­tle at the Na­tional Club Cham­pi­onships in Tau­ranga two weeks ago.

O’Con­nor said that af­ter five matches in two days the win came down to the wire.

‘‘Our last two games we only won by one and two. We had to win or Nel­son would have taken the ti­tle.’’ The trio were de­lighted to win. ‘‘We just gath­ered in the mid­dle. It was a very ex­cit­ing mo­ment. We all hugged on the green and re­alised we’d won.’’

It is not the first ti­tle for O’Con­nor and Buchanan, who won the pairs fi­nal at the New Zealand Open bowls tour­na­ment in Auck­land last year af­ter tak­ing the triples a year ear­lier but this was their first ‘‘true’’ New Zealand ti­tle, O’Con­nor said.

To qual­ify they won the club ti­tle for the Cen­tral Otago re­gion, then the south­ern re­gional ti­tle (from Ti­maru south) and then played against the other five re­gions for the na­tional ti­tle. They were the only bowlers from Cen­tral Otago to make the cut.

Their prize was a bar and the aim is to col­lect five bars to earn a sil­ver bar and then a gold bar.

With O’Con­nor and Buchanan in their 60s and Floyd in her 50s, they could col­lect a few more yet.

‘‘I don’t know about that [win­ning gold] but we’re hav­ing a lot of fun try­ing.’’

The win capped off a good year for the women af­ter their pre­vi­ous suc­cesses and O’Con­nor be­ing named Cen­tral Otago’s fe­male player of the year. It was also great for the club, she said.

‘‘We’re try­ing to at­tract new mem­bers and now they know we’re a go-ahead club.’’

O’Con­nor and Buchanan are look­ing for­ward to play­ing in the Aus­tralian Open in a cou­ple of months time, and hav­ing a bit of time away with their very sup­port­ive hus­bands.

Queen­stown bowlers Mar­garet O’Con­nor, Christine Buchanan and De­bra Floyd are the New Zealand cham­pion triple win­ners af­ter a tour­na­ment in Tau­ranga.

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