Bowlers battle for Hinuera Fours title
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.’’