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Hinuera Bowling Club member Lynda Bennett has won the Australian Open Disabled Women’s singles held at the Broadbeach Club on the Gold Coast.
Bennett beat Australian Michelle Campbell in the final 21-8 and took home the $1000 first prize.
Bennett was always in control during the match and only lost 5 ends in a final that took only 80 minutes to complete.
‘‘The greens were a lot slower than what we have at Hinuera and that suited me,’’ said Bennett.
Playing on greens likely to be used for the 2018 Commonwealth Games also gave the New Zealand selectors something to think about.
‘‘I have been named in a group of six who the selectors will consider to take over to the Gold Coast for the Games.’’
Bennett won a Silver Medal at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in the Disabled Triples with Barry Wynks and Mark Noble who are both from Mana- watu.
Bennett was determined to perform well after missing out in the Trans-Tasman Team that played against Australia in March.
‘‘I was determined to let my bowls do the talking’’.
Also the Hinuera Club is proud that Stu Settle was named Waikato Bowler of the Year at the recent Bowls Waikato Prize giving.
Last year club treasurer Debbie White was given the honour so it is a back-to-back celebration for the club.
Stu had a wonderful season winning Waikato Champion of Champion Men’s Singles, Men’s Pairs with Bruce Milne, Mixed Pairs with Bev Corbett and the Waikato Open Men’s Fours with Milne, Gerard Slattery and Kevin Smith.
The ref blew the whistle to end the game last Saturday and there was an almost audible sigh of relief that Hinuera’s season was over.
Playing away at Campbell Park, Hinuera made the worst possible start to be down by a try in the first minute of play.
Dwayne Sweeny, Morrinsville’s second-five, ran and directed the game for the hosts from the beginning.
But once the Gold and Blacks organised their defense a little better, particularly Nigel Ross and Todd Allen, Morrinsville struggled at times.
Weight of possession and brave souls could not contain the avalanche forever, thus the score mounted.
One shinning light amidst the gloom was left winger Ching Chen. Given few opportunities he still proved dangerous on attack.
Hinuera was facing a huge struggle with the scoreboard reading 34-nil at half time.
Immediately after the break, Hinuera went on the attack. Chew latched on to a rare Morrinsville mistake, hacked the ball down field to Ross then passed a miracle ball to Kieren McHugh who scored. Benji Olesen converted.
Niggly play, dropped passes and swinging arms spoilt parts of the game. Morrinsville added 24 further points before Hinuera had the final say with man of the match Ching Chen scoring Hinuera’s second try.
Hinuera Bowler Lynda Bennett won the Australian Disabled Women’s Singles at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.
Hinuera bowler Stu Settle was named Waikato Bowler of the Year at Bowls Waikato prize giving.