Hinuera bowling ahead of competition
The Hinuera Bowling Club juggernaut continues with victories in the Waikato Women’s Open Pairs, Waikato Men’s Open Fours and the Rotorua Country Cup.
Bev Corbett celebrated her birthday and a 30th Waikato Centre Title when she teamed up with Debbie White to win the Waikato Women’s Open Pairs.
They played a Frankton Junction team and won with an end to spare 18-10.
The other Hinuera team to qualify was Linda Jeffries and Jocelyn Holten.
They made it through to the semi final but found the Frankton Junction team too strong.
Hinuera had four teams entered in the Waikato Men’s Open Pairs and after the qualifying rounds were completed three were left to battle it out in Post Section.
Kevin Smith and Gerrard Slattery got through to the last 16 where they were beaten by a Frankton Junction team and the same team knocked out Dwayne Cameron and Paul Casey Jnr in the quarter final.
Stu Settle and Bruce Milne played a Hillcrest combination in the semi final and were beaten in a close game.
The club successfully defended the Rotorua Country Cup and retain The Buchanan Challenge Cup which is made of pure silver. It has been played for since 1932 and this year it was played at the Arapuni Bowling Club. The Hinuera team was Stu Settle, Bruce Milne, Graeme Morgan & Kevin Smith.
This year’s Waikato Men’s Open Four’s champions are the Hinuera quartet of Stu Settle, Bruce Milne, Gerrard Slattery and Bruce Milne.
They beat a Hillcrest team in the final, which was played at the Rewa Club, by 17-15 on an extra end.
At one stage the Hinuera team were down 12-4 and a victory unlikely.
The win gave Gold Bars to skip Stu Settle for his 25th Centre Title and Kevin Smith for his 20th Centre Title.
There was one other Hinuera team to qualify through to post section in the Men’s competition with Ross McGrail’s team of Bevan Shelley, Brendon Brill and Braydon Shelley making it through to the semi final. They were beaten by the Hillcrest team to finish 3rd equal.
In the Waikato Women’s Open Four’s Hinuera had a team made up of Bev Corbett, Debbie White, Lynda Bennett and Jocelyn Holten. With only six entries the ladies played a round robin competition and after their five games the Hinuera team shared the lead with Frankton Junction on four wins. The champion was then decided on who beat who in round robin play and unfortunately for the Hinuera team they had lost to the Frankton Junction team.
Waikato Open Mens Fours Champions (left to right) Gerrard Slattery, Kevin Smith, Bruce Milne and Stu Settle.
Bev Corbett and Debbie White celebrate their ‘‘three-peat’’ victory in the Waikato Womens Open Pairs.