THE past month has been an extremely busy period for Southland’s leading bowlers with the Charity Pairs, Southland Mixed Triples, Mixed Pairs and Interclub Sevens all won and done.
The ILT Charity Pairs drew an outstanding field of invited and local players, including two-time world champion and winner of three Commonwealth Games gold medals Jo Edwards.
Edwards, along with partner Kerry Williams, ventured to the final where they succumbed to Edendale’s Shane Elliott and Annie McDonald, of Oamaru.
It was an emotional victory for McDonald as it was 25 years to the day her late husband, Russell McDonald, won the same event with Tony Cooney.
The Craigs Design and Print Southland Mixed Triples was a triumph for the Waikiwi club as Lynda Milne, Mua Toomata and Paul McEntyre had a convincing win over Waikiwi’s Bruce Ross, Brent Thomson, and Gore RSA’s Shona Klemick.
Milne kept up her fantastic form to make the final of the Rowena Jackson Mixed Pairs along with Te Rangi’s Aaron Tribe. They met a red-hot duo in the form of Northend’s Ian Brown and Waverley’s Maree Jones in what was a high-scoring final with Brown and Jones winning ends at crucial times to take the title.
Clubs throughout Southland took to the greens to contest the Interclub Sevens, in which teams battle it out in singles, pairs and fours for club supremacy.
Disappointingly, only five clubs entered the women’s competition with Te Rangi once again crowned champions, beating Waihopai in the final.
In the men’s section, Gore, boasting several Gore Rams players, also went back to back with a clean sweep victory over Te Rangi in the final after both teams survived a full day of qualifying and two hard-fought knockout clashes.bridgemediaAir Jordan