Tawanui’s vin­tage year

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By PETER LAYNE

Tawanui – Tawa Big – was New Zealand’s most suc­cess­ful in­door bowls club in 2014.

Formed in 1953, its 26 mem­bers were a com­mand­ing pres­ence in the cen­tre chal­lenges in the lower North Is­land and also at the na­tional cham­pi­onships in Taradale.

Tawanui mem­bers also won nine of the 14 open ti­tle events staged in the Wellington re­gion.

Open events can be en­tered by any mem­ber of a club af­fil­i­ated to any New Zealand cen­tre.

Closed events are re­stricted to mem­bers of clubs af­fil­i­ated to the host­ing cen­tre.

Tawanui is af­fil­i­ated to North Wellington.

Kyle Wal­dron and Jeff Stu­art each won their first North Wellington gold star and Paul Voorend won his first Up­per Hutt Val­ley gold star, all hav­ing won five ti­tles at those cen­tres.

Ex­pe­ri­enced Jessie Mof­fatt again rep­re­sented the North Is­land team on a tour of South Is­land cen­tres, and re­tain­ing her women’s pairs ti­tle.

Voorend and Avon Comp­ton reached the pairs semi-fi­nals at the na­tional cham­pi­onships and Grant Rayner skipped a com­bined team to vic­tory in the na­tional triples cham­pi­onship.

Rayner, North Wellington’s se­lec­tor, re­cently cap­tained the North Wellington team that clinched the cov­eted Welch Trophy in Pukekohe.

Of the nine Welch Trophy cham­pi­ons, in­clud­ing the re­serve, seven were from Tawanui: Rayner, Voorend, Wal­dron, Mof­fatt, Comp­ton, Jeff Stu­art and Trevor Rayner.

Tawanui also won all three in­ter­club grades, with Richard Lo­makin hav­ing the most sin­gles games suc­cesses.

Avon Comp­ton won all but one of the 30 sin­gles, pairs and fours he played.

He also won the club pairs and fours, and his teams claimed the sub­se­quent North Wellington cham­pion of cham­pi­onship play-offs.

His pairs lead was Terry Mof­fatt and his fours team was Peter Layne and David Par­sons – each win­ning their first North Wellington ti­tle – and Mar­garet McLen­nan.

In the fi­nal act of the in­door bowls sea­son, brother and sis­ter Grant and Dale Rayner will this month trial for the New Zealand team for the trans- Tas­man test against Aus­tralia next year.

Win­ners: The cham­pion Tawanui In­door bowlers. Back row, from left, Trevor Rayner, Frank McKenna, Jessie Mof­fat, Mark An­der­sen, Kyle Wal­dron, Jeff Stu­art and sup­port­ers Carolyn Burr, Linda Rayner, Ginny Beyeler. Front row, from left, Avon Comp­ton, Paul Voorend, Grant Rayner, cap­tain, Jim Stra­chan.

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