Best bowlers go corner to corner
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.