Cor­bett dom­i­nates South

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

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.’’

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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.

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