Greens in great order for tournament

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It may only be day two but the National Chartered Bowls Tournament, which is being held at various greens around North Otago, has been a success so far, organiser Trevor Robertson says.

About 400 bowlers converged on Oamaru this week to take part in the National Chartered Bowls Tournament.

The tournament was held here about three years ago and brought back to the town after it was deemed Papanui in Christchurch was unsuitable to host the event.

Robertson said he was pleased with how things had ticked over so far.

“We had a bit of a hiccup this morning with the rain, which forced a delay in play by about 45 minutes, but we got the roller out and dried up the greens as quickly as possible.

He said the greens were still playing well.

“They’re playing great; the bowlers are loving them.”

Robertson said a highlight of the tournament was getting to play against opposition from the other end of the country.

That’s what it’s all about really, and catching up with friends from previous years.

Teams play two games tomorrow before splitting up into various sections based on their win/loss ratio.

“We’re glad to see the tournament running smoothly. Some bowlers are here to win it, while others are hear to take part and have a bit of fun,” Roberston said.

Phoenix Bowling Club member Trevor Williams said his team had produced a mixed bag so far, we’ve won one, drawn one, and lost two.

By Brayden Lindsay

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY – Trevor Williams of the Phoenix Bowling Club, throws down a winning bowl in his team’s match against Manurewa at the Phoenix Bowling Club yesterday.