Corbett dominates South
Hinuera bowler Bev Corbett has a special affinity with Dunedin as a venue, adding yet another national title there last Tuesday.
She has won two of her nine national titles in the southern city.
Corbett won her first national title in Dunedin in 1997 when she was part of the team skipped by the great Millie Khan that won the national open championship fours there.
Last Tuesday she skipped the winning Waikato team from the Hinuera club to win the national club championship pairs title at Dunedin’s bowls stadium.
Joining Corbett in the team was Matamata banker Debbie White, who won her first national title after just six years playing bowls.
Corbett was presented with her Bowls New Zealand silver star for winning five national titles.
The gold star is awarded only for titles won at the New Zealand open championships.
‘‘It’s fabulous to win another New Zealand title, and gain my silver star,’’ Corbett said.
‘‘It’s a wonderful feeling. happy with what I’m doing.
‘‘My first national title was a very good one, but to come back and get another one here is great.’’
Corbett, a retired dairy farmer, has been playing bowls for 34 years and has won 23 Waikato titles.
The unbeaten Waikato pair beat Wanganui East 20-11, Gisborne 23-11, Browns Bay (North Harbour) 16-10, United (Nelson) 15-12 and Forbury Park (Dunedin) 22-10.
The most difficult game was in the first round on Tuesday against United.
The scores were level at 9-9 after 11 of the 18 ends. The Waikato team then took control and scored six shots on the next seven ends to win the game.