Hinuera returns to green for 2017
The Hinuera Bowling Club held its first open tournament for 2017 when the Optional Fours sponsored by New World was played Tuesday last week.
A capacity lineup took to the green and after four games there was two teams that remained unbeaten. The Tokoroa team skipped by Jim Savage took home first prize after a countback of ends edging out the home team of Stu Settle, Paul Casey Snr, Adrian De Haas and Bill Corbett.
The club conducted the Championship Mixed Fours on the previous weekend and four teams played a round robin format.
Two teams ended up with two wins and the winner was determined by who beat who earlier in the day with Bev Corbett, John Settle, Bill Corbett and Fay Settle declared the victors over Bevan Shelley, Paul Casey Jnr, Linda Jeffries and Graeme Morgan.
On Saturday the club held a Sponsors Club Day and this was sponsored by Plumb Co and there was over 20 bowlers to battle in the hot and steamy conditions.
Four rounds were played in various formats singles, pairs, triples, fours and nickle.
The winning team went to Bev Corbett, Adrian De Haas, Lynda Bennett, Tamati Sydney and Chen Naude.
Runners Up went to Ian Reid, Alan Jeffries, Andy Maber, Brian Wood and Sam Brill.
On Sunday the Intermediate Pairs were played with a small entry of four teams battling it out.
Unfortunately the wet weather limited the day to two games with each team ending with a win and a loss. The competition will be completed on a date yet to be decided.
During the Christmas and New Year break the National Championships were played in New Plymouth.
The Hinuera Club had a number of men playing in various teams and Debbie White as the lone female bowler. Debbie did very well and stated she was ‘‘stoked to have made it to the last four in the pairs and the last 8 in the fours’’.
For the men, Stefan McCartain and Peter Hughes made it down to the last 16 in the fours with their composite team. Stefan also got through to the last 20 in the singles and the pairing of Stu Settle and Bruce Milne made the last 16 in the pairs.
Ross McGrail shows his skills.
Seven-year-old Miley Maber makes good use of the scoreboard trolley while watching her parents play at Hinuera.
2014 Commonwealth Games Bronze Medalist Lynda Bennett in action.