Bowlers bat­tle for Hin­uera Fours ti­tle

Matamata Chronicle - - Classified - LAWRENCE GULLERY

Hin­uera Bowl­ing Club be­gan its Fours Cham­pi­onship early on Satur­day morn­ing but it took un­til early evening to find the win­ning team which will con­test the Waikato Fours ti­tle later this year.

In the end, it was the team of Dwayne Cameron (S), Ste­fan McCar­tain (3), Paul Casey Snr (2), Paul Casey Jnr (L) which was named Men’s Fours Cham­pi­ons. They de­feated Stu Set­tles, Kevin Smith, Ger­ard Slat­tery and Peter Hughes.

The win­ning team in the Ladies’ Fours Cham­pi­onship was Deb­bie White (3), Jo­ce­lyn Holten (L), Fay Set­tle (2) & Bev Cor­bett (S). They de­feated Linda Jef­fries (S), Max­ine Hip­per­son (3), Lynda Ben­nett (2) & Jill Bergh (L).

Club Sec­re­tary Deb­bie White said the club champs are held every year to find out who is the best in each dis­ci­pline.

White said it was an ideal com­pe­ti­tion for club play­ers to test each other.

‘‘I would say Hin­uera has one of the strong­est clubs when it comes to rep­re­sen­ta­tives, on a Waikato scale.

‘‘A good num­ber of cham­pi­ons come from Hin­uera and ac­tu­ally we’ve won 11 Waikato cham­pi­onship titles in the last play­ing year.

‘‘It’s al­most harder to win cham­pi­onships at our own club,

‘‘I would say Hin­uera ass one of the strong­est clubs when it comes to rep­re­sen­ta­tives.’’

that what it would be at a Waikato cham­pi­onship.’’

White, who fea­tured in the win­ning Ladies’ Fours team, said each of the club cham­pi­onship teams would go for­ward to the Waikato cham­pi­onships later this year.

‘‘The win­ners of the men’s and women’s will meet to­gether and have a com­pe­ti­tion over a week­end to bat­tle it out to find the Waikato cham­pion for each dis­ci­pline, like the pairs, sin­gles or fours for ex­am­ple.’’

There are about 60 mem­bers at the Hin­uera club and in­ter­est con­tin­ues to grow.

‘‘Some of those are non-play­ing mem­bers or life mem­bers. I would say we would have about 40 peo­ple play­ing on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.’’

It was im­por­tant to keep new play­ers com­ing through the sys­tem and the Fours Cham­pi­onship in­cluded play­ers like young Liam Shel­ley.

‘‘He’s about 12 years old, in­ter­me­di­ate school age. But our play­ers range right up to peo­ple in their 70s and 80s.

‘‘But it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter what age you are, whether you’re look­ing to play just to have a good time, or play­ing com­pet­i­tively, there’s some­thing here for ev­ery­body.’’

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