Win­ning the na­tional ti­tle

Taupo Times - - BACKYARD BANTER - TA­MARA THORN

Taupo¯ ’s Matthew Far­quhar is the New Zealand Ju­nior In­door Bowls cham­pion.

Far­quhar [16] is from the Lake Taupo¯ Club and has won the na­tional fi­nal of the 40th New Zealand In­door Bowls Ju­nior Sin­gles held two week­ends ago, at North Welling­ton In­door Bowls As­so­ci­a­tion Hall.

Far­quhar said it was some­thing he has been work­ing hard on for the past six years and some­thing he takes great pride in.

‘‘I am very happy with the win. There was a lot of trial and er­ror,’’ he said.

‘‘But to come away with the ti­tle is in­cred­i­ble. As a ju­nior un­der 18 it is the pinnacle, the big­gest achieve­ment you can get.’’

He said through­out his Bowl­ing ad­ven­ture and achieve­ments his dad has been his big­gest sup­porter, tak­ing him around New Zealand and prac­tic­ing to make the event fi­nal.

Far­quhar said through­out the com­pe­ti­tion ‘‘He [dad] was more ner­vous then me.’’

Far­quhar is the fourth Bay of Plenty ju­nior to win the ti­tle, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of Shane Taare [1984], Joseph Taare [1985] and Keri Te Ta­maki [2007].

This capped of an amaz­ing year for Far­quhar who had won the North Is­land Sec­ondary Schools Sin­gles and Pairs re­cently at Mount Maun­ganui.

Far­quhar said he is go­ing to con­tinue play­ing bowls and work his way to more wins.

TA­MARA THORN/STUFF

Matthew Far­quhar wins NZ Ju­nior Sin­gles Bowls Cham­pi­onship.

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