Bowls supre­mos sing to suc­cess

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

A cou­ple of Hin­uera bowlers had the whole plane sing­ing on the way back from win­ning the Na­tional Club Cham­pi­onship Bowls Pairs at West­pac Bowls Sta­dium in Dunedin.

Bev Cor­bett and Deb­bie White were un­de­feated on the way to win­ning the Women’s Pairs ti­tle.

They cel­e­brated the win on the plane on the way home and this in­cluded the en­tire plane cel­e­brat­ing with them and be­ing en­ter­tained with songs from White all the way from Dunedin.

Cor­bett and White qual­i­fied for the event by win­ning the Waikato Open Pairs early in the sea­son and then went on to win the Re­gion 2 play­offs against Thames Val­ley, Coun­ties Manakau and Bay of Plenty to qual­ify for the na­tional fi­nals.

This cham­pi­onship fea­tured some of the coun­try’s top bowlers and the for­mat was two days of round robin play against the other five zones in New Zealand.

In the first round, Cor­bett and White faced the Wan­ganui East pair and won 20-11.

In the sec­ond round they edged out Ronne Crone and Janet Munns of Gis­borne East Coast 20-11.

The fi­nal round of day one saw Cor­bett and White de­feat North Har­bour’s Lisa Par­lane and Anne Dor­reen 16-10.

This made for an in­ter­est­ing day two as their first game was against the other un­beaten side United Nel­son’s Kirsten Grif­fin and Colleen Earl.

This game would ul­ti­mately de­cide the win­ner and was billed as the game of the round. The qual­ity of bowls in this game was ex­cep­tional but Hin­uera got up by three to win 15-12.

Go­ing into the fifth and

fi­nal round Hin­uera played the For­bury Park Pair in a must-win game. It was a dom­i­nant dis­play of bowls with Cor­bett and White win­ning 22-10 and go­ing un­de­feated in the tour­na­ment – hand­ing them the na­tional ti­tle.

This was an emo­tional mo­ment for the pair and the club, with White win­ning her first na­tional ti­tle and Cor­bett her eighth.

Cor­bett was awarded her NZ Sil­ver Star at the event. This is awarded for five New Zealand Cham­pi­onship ti­tles – a huge achieve­ment in bowls, es­pe­cially at na­tional level, the club said.

Cor­bett said this ti­tle was one of her most en­joy­able and she hoped she and White could con­tinue their great part­ner­ship.

The club will hon­our Cor­bett and White ac­cord­ingly at the start of the new bowls sea­son.

Any­one in­ter­ested in find­ing out more about bowls or who wants to give it a go, can con­tact Hin­uera Bowls pres­i­dent Stu­art Set­tle on 07 888 1717.

The new bowl­ing sea­son starts Septem­ber.

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WIN­NERS: Hin­uera Bowl­ing Club mem­bers Deb­bie White, left, and Bev Cor­bett.

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