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.