Neville bowls along

Taranaki Daily News - - Community Sport - BOWLS: GRANT HAS­SALL

Neville Nod­der is a well-known name in surf life­sav­ing. And now he is a com­ing force in bowls.

Nod­der, who is a life mem­ber of both New Zealand Surf Life­sav­ing and his beloved East End club, proved to be an ex­pert on the Strat­ford-Avon greens at the week­end when he won the Taranaki first-year play­ers ti­tle. In the fi­nal, Nod­der beat West End’s Ho­hepa Mur­ray 17-13. Manaia’s Robert Clark and Par­itutu’s De­nis Holdt also made the semi­fi­nals.

Mean­while, the fi­nal­ists have been found in the Jean San­del­spon­sored cham­pion-of-cham­pi­ons pairs and fours.

The men’s pairs saw two sur­prises in the semi­fi­nals. Sean Cul­li­nan and Trevor Symes (Ha¯ wera Park) edged out Trevor Johns and Dar­ren Goodin (Par­itutu) 18-16, while Steve Sabine and Gra­ham Reive (In­gle­wood) con­tin­ued their strong sea­son with a 21-15 over Bren­dan An­der­son and Kevin Hills (Al­ton).

The women’s fi­nal will be be­tween In­gle­wood’s Sally Frater and Cindy Ni­coll and Tower’s Mau­reen Tamou and Patty Symes. Frater and Ni­coll beat Jackie Moe­hau and Lau­reen Bright (West End) 24-16 in one semi­fi­nal, while Tamou and Symes ac­counted for Linda Clark and Brenda Rowe (Lep­per­ton) 23-15 in the other.

Norma Roth­well’s Fitzroy side of Carolyn Wilks, Vivi­enne Jones and Joan Richards needed an ex­tra end to beat the Tower team of Jo Bloor, Hazel Schwart­feger, Ali­son Sayer and Faye Hop­kins

18-16 in the women’s fours semi­fi­nals. They will meet Ha¯ wera Park’s Ella Smailes, Tirsh Cole­man, Irene Waller and skip Girl Reweti in the fi­nal. Reweti’s com­bi­na­tion de­feated In­gle­wood’s Raewyn Welling­ton, Bev van Wyn Berg, Frater and Ni­coll 22-8.

The men’s de­cider will fea­ture Par­itutu’s Philip Drought, Al­lan Bat­ley, Rodger Has­sall and Dar­ren Goodin, who eased past New Ply­mouth’s Tobyn Hori, Gor­don Brown, Kelly Hill and Grayson McEl­downey 20-7, and West End’s Bruce Lil­ley, Bruce Hall, John Gar­rud and Gary Lil­ley, who downed Sabine, Len Speck, Reive and Eric Fore­man 22-12.

All fi­nals will be held on April

28.

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