Workplace bowls champs found

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FOUR weeks and 26 teams later, the annual Southland Indoor Bowls Workplace Challenge has produced a winner.
Held last month at the Southland Indoor Bowls Centre (SIBC), the competition proved a hit with players representing varying businesses throughout Southland, SIBC promotions and publicity officer Peter Carnie said.
The challenge was not all about winning, he said, but rather a combination of having fun, meeting new people and playing against and with experienced indoor bowlers.
The competition was divided into two sections, one for new players (non-affiliated) and the other for an experienced (affiliated) bowler with a beginner.
The overall winners in the nonaffiliated section were Craig McMurtrie and Tracey McLeod, representing i-CUE Design and Print, sneaking over the line by a solitary point.
Close on their heels was the i-Heart-Radio duo of Chris Verbeet and Will Murdoch.
The affiliated section saw Southland representative player Brian Hotton team up with brother Keith to take out top honours for Tiwai Aluminium Smelter, with current South Island representative Belinda Peard taking second place with partner Michelle Sinclair, for AWS Legal.
A fancy dress-themed night held during the second week of the competition saw the best dressed team awarded to The Pyjama Kids — Grant Fortune and Raylene McIntosh — representing Bupa — while Peard and Sinclair placed second for their ‘‘doppelganger attempts’’ at court barristers.

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