Toko­roa hosts RSA Bowls

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - TA­MARA THORN

For the first time in 53 years the RSA Na­tional Bowls Tour­na­ment has been held in Toko­roa, leav­ing a good im­pres­sion on vis­it­ing teams.

The bowls tour­na­ment was held at the Toko­roa Event Cen­tre on June 24-25, with 44 teams tak­ing part in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Toko­roa RSA Pres­i­dent Ken Reid said the tour­na­ment went well and had great sup­port from the South Waikato.

‘‘Many of the vis­it­ing teams were quite sur­prised with the venue,’’ he said.

‘‘And many teams asked us to run it again next year’’

The RSA Na­tion­als are held once a year, and this year brought 44 teams to­gether from as far North as Whangarei and far South as Welling­ton.

Reid said the two days were ex­cel­lent, and heard ’’com­ments on how well it [the event] was run and how friendly the town is.’’

He said vis­i­tors men­tioned how nice Toko­roa is and how lovely the peo­ple are.

‘‘We achieved our aim to show the town off.’’

The bowls tour­na­ment was planned over two years, and Reid said he was ‘‘quite rapt’ with how it went, no hic­cups and went quite smoothly.’’

He said it was a learn­ing curve as it was the first big tour­na­ment they have held.

Reid said he wanted to thank every­one who has helped make the week­end a great suc­cess in­clud­ing the com­mit­tee, South Waikato District Coun­cil and the 46 spon­sors who do­nated the venue, prizes and helped run the event.

‘‘We achieved our aim to show the town off.’’ Ken Reid

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Win­ning team of the RSA Na­tional In­door Bowls 2017 - Wan­ganui

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