Bowlers play well

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Porirua City Bowl­ing Club took ad­van­tage of a na­tional Maori tour­na­ment ear­lier this month to get as many of its num­bers on the greens – and they per­formed with dis­tinc­tion.

The club, based in Hamp­shire St in Porirua East since 1982, has 24 play­ing mem­bers, 19 of whom com­peted at the 37th Na­tional Aotearoa Maori Bowls Tour­na­ment, hosted this year by Wainuiomata. More than 420 men and women took part in the pop­u­lar competition, com­ing from as far away as North­land and In­ver­cargill.

‘‘It’s held around Wai­tangi Day ev­ery year and it’s a lot of fun, plenty of colour, ca­ma­raderie and singing,’’ says PCB sec­re­tary Merani Davis.

Three PCB women’s teams and two men’s teams took part, with four first-time play­ers.

The men had an ex­cel­lent tour­na­ment, both teams mak­ing their semi­fi­nals, says Ms Davis.

‘‘I put our suc­cess down to great team­work – we’re a small club and ev­ery­one gets on so well.

‘‘It was a great chance to play against some very ex­pe­ri­enced bowlers. from around New Zealand. It’s com­pet­i­tive but so much fun.’’

In in­ter­club play last sea­son, PCB’s top men’s team topped the first divi­sion, their first crack at the top grade af­ter win­ning pro­mo­tion from the pre­vi­ous year.

Next year’s Maori tour­na­ment is in Whangarei.

Ms Davis says get­ting there will de­pend on how many can get time off work and af­ford the cost.

Bowl­ing clever:

Porirua City Bowl­ing Club faces the same

pres­sures as many clubs with

dwin­dling mem­ber­ship, but their play­ers are per­form­ing well re­gion­ally and

na­tion­ally.

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