Bowls Hin­uera have had suc­cess­ful month

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Since last month’s re­port, Bowls Hin­uera have had some great suc­cess on the greens at home and around Waikato.

The club through Bev Cor­bett and Deb­bie White were nom­i­nated for the Waikato Sports Awards and although not an­nounced the win­ners, there was some stiff com­pe­ti­tion and the awards night was en­joyed by all.

Over the an­niver­sary week­end the four­some of Stu Set­tle, Bruce Milne, John Set­tle and Kevin Smith were at­tempt­ing to de­fend their Taranaki Open ti­tle and man­aged to just be beaten in the semi­fi­nals. But re­ports were that they were un­lucky and were proud of their achieve­ments again go­ing deep into their ti­tle de­fence.

Over the same week­end three teams en­tered the an­nual Toko­roa two day clas­sic – Ross McGrail, Danny Shel­ley, Jill Bergh, and Be­van Shel­ley, Deb­bie White, Jo­ce­lyn Holten, Bren­don Brill and Steve, Matthew and Jonathan Shel­ley and Ge­orge Tuhakaraina.

Af­ter the first day all teams were in with a chance and it came down to the fi­nal games and the Be­van Shel­ley four­some man­aged to take out the ti­tle with the Ross McGrail four com­ing in fourth.

An­niver­sary Mon­day saw three teams en­ter the com­pet­i­tive Hill­crest Open Triples in­volv­ing 32 teams.

The team were Ross McGrail, Jo­ce­lyn Holten and Bren­don Brill, Jonathan, Matthew and Jes­sica Shel­ley and Bev Cor­bett, Deb­bie White and Greta As­plin and the McGrail triple man­aged four wins, col­lect­ing third place.

Over the week­end, two Waikato Open events con­cluded with Kevin Smith in the semi­fi­nals of the sin­gles and the fab­u­lous four­some of Stu Set­tle, Bruce Milne, John Set­tle and Kevin Smith in the fi­nal round of the Open Fours.

Kevin Smith dom­i­nated both his semi and fi­nal and was suc­cess­ful in win­ning the ti­tle with some out­stand­ing bowls.

A nail bit­ing fi­nals match fol­lowed in the fours against the ex­pe­ri­enced Pu­taruru team. An ex­tra end had to be played with Hin­uera hold­ing shot and Pu­taruru miss­ing six shots to take the Hin­uera bowl off the head. This saw the ti­tle go to the Hin­uera Four and only in­creased their stand­ing as Waikato bowlers of suc­cess and high stan­dard.

Else­where, Deb­bie White and a com­pos­ite team with Kira Gib­bons suc­cess­fully de­fended their Thames Val­ley Un­der- 8 at Thames.

Lo­cally it was the ea­gerly awaited Club Ju­nior Pairs.

In the women’s, mother and daugh­ter com­bi­na­tion of Jes­sica and Rachael Shel­ley were up against Jo­ce­lyn Holten and Teresa Wookey- Crowhurst. Both games were well played and went to Jo­ce­lyn and Teresa to give them the ti­tle.

In the Ju­nior Men’s, the three teams were Matthew and Jonathan Shelly, Chen Naude and Bray­don Shel­ley and Bren­don Brill and War­ren Feek.

Af­ter the first day Chen and Bray­don were elim­i­nated and Bren­don and War­ren went into the sec­ond day with two lives, tak­ing one off the Shel­ley pair.

The sec­ond day the Shel­ley pair were too good for Bren­don and War­ren, with both play­ers play­ing to a high stan­dard, not al­low­ing their op­po­nents into the game. It was their third sin­gles ti­tle.

Thank you to all the sup­port­ers and also to the match of­fi­cial Mau­rice Wil­son.

This com­ing week Hin­uera hosts the first day of the Waikato Open Mixed triples.

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