Bowlers play well
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.
Porirua City Bowling Club faces the same
pressures as many clubs with
dwindling membership, but their players are performing well regionally and