Taupo’s bowls champs


Two Tauhara Col­lege stu­dents have bowled their way to vic­tory in the lat­est in­door bowls com­pe­ti­tion.

Last month, Matthew Far­quhar (16) and Justin McNeill (16) com­peted in the North Is­land Sec­ondary Schools In­door Bowls com­pe­ti­tion.

The boys man­aged to take away the pairs ti­tle while Matthew also won the sin­gles.

Matthew said he had played in­door bowls for the last six and a half years but this was the first time he’s ever taken part in the pairs.

‘‘I’ve never had a buddy to be in the pairs with be­fore,’’ he said.

‘‘So it was great to take it out, our first year do­ing the pairs.’’

Justin only took up in­door bowls re­cently, af­ter Matthew held a les­son on the sport.

‘‘I thought it was pretty fun so de­cided to take it on.’’

The bowl­ing duo played against 50 other play­ers from 15 dif­fer­ent schools.

Train­ing for the big two-day com­pe­ti­tion was a bit hec­tic for the pair.

‘‘We trained so much. Just tried to trans­fer all knowl­edge I had to Justin in not a lot of time was hard.’’ But he did it and it payed off. The two stu­dents ex­plained how play­ing in­door bowls re­quired a lot of con­cen­tra­tion, es­pe­cially hav­ing to play eight games in one day, with each game last­ing 35 min­utes each.

‘‘It’s very much an en­durance sport,’’ Justin said.

Justin McNeill and Matthew Far­quhar are bowl­ing champs.

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