Top ti­tles for Hin­uera bowlers

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - ROSS MCGRAIL

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.

-Dick Larkin

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Hin­uera Bowler Lynda Ben­nett won the Aus­tralian Dis­abled Women’s Sin­gles at Broad­beach on the Gold Coast.

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Hin­uera bowler Stu Set­tle was named Waikato Bowler of the Year at Bowls Waikato prize giv­ing.

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