Win­ter foxes sol­dier on at Waipap

The Northland Age - - Age Sport -

You’ve been of­fi­cially in­vited to get yourself along to the Waipa­pakauri Bowl­ing Club this Sun­day to take part in the club’s weekly roll up.

While sum­mer is gen­er­ally re­garded as the sea­son for lawn bowls, the Swamp Foxes — as the club stal­warts have come to be known — tra­di­tion­ally emerge from hi­ber­na­tion each win­ter to do bat­tle and so­cialise.

The fa­cil­ity may not be the flash­est one in town but newcomers are guar­an­teed a heart­felt wel­come, and the club’s renowned hos­pi­tal­ity is sec­ond to none.

WBC spokes­woman Nita King said that while the games are com­pet­i­tive, the day was mostly about hav­ing fun and get­ting some fresh air. She said the club was like any other, strug­gling for num­bers, so see­ing some new faces com­ing on board would be a breath of fresh air.

“It is a good way to ex­er­cise, meet good friends and there is al­ways a scrump­tious lunch to boot. Come along on any given Sun­day and have a fun­day with us,” she said.

All ages and lev­els of ex­pe­ri­ence are wel­come. Novices will be en­cour­aged, given free coach­ing and bowls are pro­vided. The day gen­er­ally starts around 9.30am to 10am and $5 cov­ers game time and lunch. *****

A re­sults round-up from the first three weeks of the new win­ter cam­paign be­gan with the sea­son open­ing tour­na­ment where the win­ners Ch­ester Ruawhare, Nita King and Wim col­lected $50 each. Run­ners up ($35 each) were Rowdy Lauder, Bill Potts and Michelle Pig­gott, while third place ($20 each) went to Dale Kir­ton and Sol God­frey.

In week two the long­stand­ing Ninety Mile Mo­tor tour­na­ment was held. Top placeget­ters were B Potts, N King and A Wim (each win­ning $50 fuel vouch­ers), run­ners up ($30 fuel vouch­ers) were M Pig­gott, S God­frey and D Kir­ton, while third placeget­ters ($20 fuel vouch­ers) were Lauder, A Belinda and BB Bon­bon.

Last Sun­day, the troops fought for the right to be crowned the Waipa­pakauri Bowl­ing Club’s sin­gles cham­pion. The men played fu­ri­ously with Sol God­frey los­ing a life to Christina Ruawhare be­fore be­ing elim­i­nated by Dale Kir­ton.

The ti­tle de­cider be­tween Ruawhare and Kir­ton will take place this Sun­day.

The women’s sin­gles were no less ex­cit­ing with Rose Timoko win­ning both games against Michelle Pig­gott and Nita King leav­ing King and Pig­gott to bat­tle it out on the green for a fi­nals berth. King even­tu­ally pro­gressed and will face Timoko this Sun­day for the crown.

Ev­ery­one else will en­tered in a mixed draw.

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Michelle Pig­gott re­joices while Bill Potts looks on dur­ing a re­cent Sun­day’s play at the Waipa­pakauri Bowl­ing Club.

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