Mata­mata-based bowlers help Val­ley achieve first

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By ABBY BROWN

Mata­mata- based bowlers, in­clud­ing Len Greenslade and cou­ple Lor­raine and The­u­nis Miedema, helped the Thames Val­ley bowl­ing club win the Pat­ter­son Cup for the first time since the cup was cre­ated in 1952 re­cently.

Beat­ing teams from North­land, North Har­bour, Auck­land, Coun­ties and Roskill dis­tricts has en­abled the team to move on to the event which was con­sid­ered the pin­na­cle of in­door bowl­ing; the Walsh Cup, Thames Val­ley pub­lic­ity of­fi­cer Paul Sheary said.

They will com­pete against teams from the Waikato Bay of Plenty, Tau­ranga, King Coun­try and Poverty Bay.

Win­ning that will make them the ‘‘top dogs of the year’’, he said.

Thames Val­ley teams also com­peted in a sep­a­rate com­pe­ti­tion, the Bankier Rose­bowl, on July 26-27.

Sheary said the Rose­bowl was one of the most sought af­ter in­door bowls tro­phies.

The Rose­bowl is also one of the largest in­ter-district in­door bowls com­pe­ti­tions in the coun­try with six cen­tres, Auck­land, Bay of Plenty, King Coun­try, North Taranaki, Thames Val­ley and Waikato tak­ing part in a round robin, over sin­gles, pairs and fours with each district rep­re­sented by 16 play­ers. Val­ley came sec­ond with the re­sult not clear un­til the last sec­tion. Sheary said five rounds of three games were played.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

WIN­NING SIDE: The Thames Val­ley Bowl­ing Club won the Pat­ter­son Cup re­cently. Pic­tured are team mem­bers, from back left, Mau­rice Ec­cles, Wayne Heron, Tim Jones, Len Greenslade, The­u­nis Miedema, Craig White­side, Sue Sheary, Robyn White­side, Lor­raine Miedema and Trevor Ec­cles.

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