Bay bowlers fizzing
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.’’
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.