Hin­uera takes na­tional women’s ti­tle

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - BOWLS RE­PORT

The Hin­uera Bowl­ing Club is the New Zealand Women’s In­ter­Club Cham­pi­ons for 2016/17.

They claimed the ti­tle last week­end in Auck­land beat­ing the Vic­to­ria Club from Welling­ton.

The team con­sisted of Debbie White (sin­gles), Mar­garet Reed and Jo­ce­lyn Holten (pairs), Bev Cor­bett, Lynda Ben­nett, Linda Jef­fries and Jill Bergh (fours).

They went through sec­tion play only drop­ping three games out of 15 and qual­i­fy­ing for the quar­ter fi­nals as sec­tion win­ners.

They played Para­pa­raumu Beach in the quar­ter fi­nal and won all three dis­ci­plines to progress through to the semi fi­nal against Browns Bay from Auck­land.

In the semi fi­nal Debbie White had to go to an ex­tra end and claim the game with her last bowl. The pair lost their game but the fours won their game to claim the over­all win and progress through to the fi­nal against Vic­to­ria.

In the fi­nal Debbie White dom­i­nated her op­po­nent to win 21-4, the pairs came out on top to win 19-12 and only need­ing the two wins to se­cure the ti­tle the fours didn’t need to com­plete their game.

The Hin­uera Men’s team also qual­i­fied for the fi­nals in Auck­land. Their team was Raika Gre­gory (sin­gles), Stu Set­tle and Bruce Milne (pairs), Dwayne Cameron, Ste­fan McCar­tain, Ger­ard Slat­tery and Paul Casey Jnr (fours).

Sim­i­lar to the ladies the men fin­ished sec­tion-play on top win­ning nine of their 12 games. They faced Blen­heim in the quar­ter fi­nal but un­for­tu­nately win­ning only one game in the fours and los­ing the sin­gles and pairs.

It is a fan­tas­tic ef­fort from the small club to do so well at a na­tional level.

Dur­ing last week the club hosted its an­nual Wel­leans In­vi­ta­tional Fours tour­na­ment with vic­tory go­ing to a com­pos­ite team of Ger­ard Slat­tery, Colin Dem­ler, Sheepi Scott and Ian Reed.

HIN­UERA BOWL­ING CLUB

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