Le­gends’ fame grows

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STEWART ni­cola.stewart@wrcn.co.nz

Three late Mata­mata bowl­ing le­gends have been in­ducted into the newly- es­tab­lished Bowls New Zealand Hall of Fame.

Elsie Wilkie, Mil­lie Khan and Jack Somerville are among 36 peo­ple na­tion­wide to be hon­oured by Bowls New Zealand.

Wilkie and Khan were also cho­sen to wear the ti­tle of Kiwi Bowl­ing Le­gends in recog­ni­tion of their mas­tery on the green.

Wilkie won two world sin­gles bowls ti­tles, in Wellington in 1973 and Eng­land in 1977, the first when she was 50 years of age.

She also won four na­tional sin­gles ti­tles in 1966, 1970, 1971 and 1976, and 50 club ti­tles in Wal­ton and Mata­mata.

In 1977, she fa­mously took on three New Zealand men’s cham­pi­ons in ex­hi­bi­tion sin­gles matches – and beat them all.

Wilkie was in­ducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.

Of­ten con­sid­ered the undis­puted ‘‘Queen of the Green’’, Mil­lie Khan dom­i­nated the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional scenes in her time.

She won 12 New Zealand ti­tles, in­clud­ing Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons in 1990, as well as a sil­ver medal at the Com­mon­wealth Games in 1990, fol­lowed by a bronze in 1998.

Jack Somerville was a mem­ber of the Rewa Bowl­ing Club and won a gold medal at the 1974 Com­mon­wealth Games.

He also rep­re­sented New Zealand at the World Cham­pi­onships in 1976 and against Aus­tralia in 1985 and 1986.

The Bowls New Zealand Hall of Fame was a cor­ner­stone of the cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tions of Bowls New Zealand.

It aims to pay trib­ute to the ca­reers and con­tri­bu­tions of New Zealand bowls le­gends.

Elsie Wilkie

Jack Somerville

Mil­lie Khan

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