Best bowlers go cor­ner to cor­ner

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Bowlers from the Bay of Plenty and Waikato area are fight­ing for the ti­tle of New Zealand’s Cor­ner to Cor­ner Bowls cham­pion as the Grant’s Cor­ner to Cor­ner Tour­na­ment re­turns big­ger and bet­ter for the sec­ond year run­ning.

The re­gion will host one of the six re­gional fi­nal events at Rewa Bowl­ing Club in Mata­mata on Satur­day March 26 at 11am.

Sefton Begovich from Rewa Bowl­ing Club said he would love to see as many mem­bers of the Mata­mata com­mu­nity at the event as pos­si­ble.

There will be a sausage siz­zle and a com­pli­men­tary glass of Grant’s Whiskey on ar­rival.

Grant’s Whisky’s brand man­ager Jes­per Poulsen said: ‘‘We’re re­ally ex­cited to bring the Grant’s Cor­ner to Cor­ner Tour­na­ment back for its sec­ond year. The competition proved to be so pop­u­lar in its in­au­gu­ral year that we have now seen the num­ber of par­tic­i­pat­ing clubs grow from 84 to 151 and the num­ber of re­gional fi­nals grow from four to six!

‘‘ Our mis­sion for the competition is to re­tain the re­laxed spirit of Cor­ner to Cor­ner within the bowl­ing com­mu­nity, whilst also pro­vid­ing a stan­dard for­mat to al­low competition be­tween play­ers and clubs at a na­tional level.

‘‘The tal­ent and sports­man­ship we have seen in this year’s qual­i­fy­ing rounds has been out­stand­ing and we can’t wait to see the best from in and around the Bay of Plenty/Waikato area play it out on the green for a place in the na­tional fi­nal and their chance to win $3000 for their club.’’

Most Kiwi bowlers will know of ‘cor­ner to cor­ner’ play as an in­for­mal game that is of­ten played at the end of the day once of­fi­cial competition has fin­ished. It of­fers play­ers the op­por­tu­nity to wind down from more se­ri­ous play and have some fun.

As op­posed to nor­mal bowls games which are played end to end on a bowl­ing green, Cor­ner to Cor­ner is played di­ag­o­nally across the en­tire green from one cor­ner to the op­po­site cor­ner and uses no jack. The ob­jec­tive is to play the bowl as close to the cor­ner of the green as pos­si­ble.

Over the past three months, each of the 151 par­tic­i­pat­ing clubs in the Grant’s Cor­ner to Cor­ner Tour­na­ment has held 10 round robin matches to iden­tify a club win­ner who will rep­re­sent their club in the re­gional fi­nals, to be held from March 18 to 26 in Welling­ton, Dunedin, Christchurch, Bay of Plenty/Waikato and North and South Auck­land.

The na­tional fi­nal­ists from each re­gion will then go head to head on Fri­day April 8 at the na­tional fi­nal at Paku­ranga Bowl­ing Club in Auck­land, where they will com­pete for the grand prize.

A celebrity char­ity match will also be played be­fore the big na­tional fi­nal match where $2,000 will be up for grabs and do­nated to a nom­i­nated char­ity.

Rep­re­sent­ing Rewa: Don Cox from Rewa Bowl­ing Club is play­ing in the re­gional fi­nal of the Grant’s Cor­ner to Cor­ner Tour­na­ment.

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