Bay bowlers fizzing

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

For Jo Climo it was yet an­other cou­ple of ti­tles, but to the Ti­tahi Bay Bowl­ing Club it was an­other sign that things are mov­ing for­ward.

In early April, Climo, with part­ner June Wairau, won the Welling­ton cham­pion of cham­pi­ons pairs ti­tle at Park Av­enue Bowl­ing Club in Nae­nae.

A few weeks later, she won the cham­pion of cham­pi­ons sin­gles ti­tle at Vic­to­ria Bowl­ing Club in Welling­ton, beat­ing for­mer New Zealand rep­re­sen­ta­tive Clare Hen­dra 21-18 in the fi­nal.

Climo was chuffed to win her sixth and sev­enth cen­tre ti­tles, but mod­estly said she was more glad to get ex­po­sure for her club.

Her vic­tory with Wairau, again over a pair in­volv­ing Hen­dra, was not with­out its ner­vous mo­ments.

‘‘We were up 11-2 at one point, but they got it back to 15-15,’’ Climo said.

‘‘We were two [shots] up and hold­ing two more in the last end when she [Hen­dra] drove and missed. For me, I wanted to bring the ti­tle back for the club.’’

In their first year as a pair, Wairau said their chem­istry and un­der­stand­ing had de­vel­oped quickly.

She said she was a lit­tle stunned to sit down and re­alise they had won a cen­tre ti­tle.

Club cap­tain Colin Amer said the two cen­tre ti­tles were the ic­ing on the cake af­ter a strong show­ing dur­ing the sum­mer by the club.

In in­ter­club, the men’s team hung on to stay in the tough top di­vi­sion. The women won the pre­mier re­serve di­vi­sion, but couldn’t win the pro­mo­tion-rel­e­ga­tion match to go up.

The club mem­ber­ship could do with a boost – there are 55 fully paid mem­bers – and the com­mit­tee has plans to get more bowlers on the greens.

‘‘We’re very proud of what Jo and June achieved and we’re do­ing well as a club,’’ Amer said.

‘‘These days you have to be about more than bowls and we’re cater­ing for the wider com­mu­nity now.’’

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Cen­tre win­ners: Ti­tahi Bay bowlers June Wairau, left, and Jo Climo, who won the Welling­ton cham­pion of cham­pi­ons pairs ti­tle last month. Climo also won the sin­gles ti­tle a few weeks later.

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