Matamata-based bowlers help Valley achieve first
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.
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.