Early success bodes well for bowlers
Outdoor bowlers from Silverstream have got their club season off in a winning way.
First up on September 24 the club’s bowlers dominated their Hutt Bowling Club opposition in their annual pre-season fixture, winning 12 games to six.
Then on Sunday, they were good enough to earn early local bragging rights when winning the traditional derby match against Bowls Upper Hutt to claim the Stephen Stone Trophy.
Silverstream won this fours competition, played on the Upper Hutt club’s astro-turf, by four wins and a draw to Upper Hutt’s two wins and the draw.
‘‘The games produced excellent bowls all day,’’ Silverstream president Ian Prince said.
‘‘Our fours teams skipped by Steve Critchlow, David Hewitt, Graham Ricketts and Robyn Tuckett had wins.’’
Prince was encouraged by a number of junior bowlers contributing to the success.
‘‘This included Jamie Rollo, Sharon Ritchie and Andrea Gray while some of our more experienced campaigners, like Roy Rogers, proved very good on the day too.’’
This result followed up more success a day before when Silverstream won the Gough Shield, a one day singles, pair, triple and fours tournament between all the Hutt Valley clubs.
The draw worked in a way to have Silverstream and Upper Hutt play each other in the last round.
Here Silverstream took out the singles and pairs while there were draws for the triples and fours teams.
‘‘A highlight for us was Adam Turner’s extra end victory over Jim Bullen in the singles play,’’ Prince said.
‘‘This proved to be the decisive result which meant we would win the shield.’’
Other top contributors for Silverstream was the pairs combination of Iain Opray and Edgar Blanche who were undefeated.
Meanwhile in separate Hutt Valley women’s play, Silverstream’s bowlers did well to finish runner-up to the Naenae club.
With Upper Hutt relegated from the Premier interclub grade last season, both of the local clubs will be looking to their men players to win their divisions in 2017-18 and play their way back into the Wellington region’s top division.