Southland to host trans-Tasman bowls test

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Shawn Perry and his father John with their spoils from winning three major novice titles on offer last year. Photo: Supplied

AS the curtain starts to come down on summer sports, winter sports look to take over and indoor bowls clubs throughout Southland will start up over the coming weeks.

In a major coup, the Southland Indoor Bowls Centre will host the Biennial Trans-Tasman test match played between New Zealand and Australia next month.

Southland was awarded the rights to host the clash 18 months ago, and preparations are well under way for the three-day event starting on May 16.

This is the first time the test match has been played in Invercargill and will feature two Southland players from the 14-squad NZ Team.

Gary Low and Suzanne Mackie were both named in the team in December. It is the third time for Low to represent his country and the second time for Mackie against the Australian team.

More than 500 players are involved in regular weekly competitions spread around the 30 clubs throughout Southland.

The biggest advantage of indoor bowls is that it can be played by men and women, and boys and girls of all ages and abilities.

This was highlighted last season when father and son John and Shawn Perry teamed up to scoop all three major novice titles on offer. What made the feat even more remarkable, was John was only in his first year of playing the game and Shawn his second year as a junior.

Anyone wishing to try their hand at indoor bowls is invited to come along to the Southland Centre, Onslow St, Invercargill, on a Thursday afternoon from 1.30-3pm. Entry is free, with tuition given in a friendly, social environment.

– Peter Carnie is the president of Onslow Indoor Bowls Club

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