An all-Oamaru final was an ‘‘added bonus’’ at the South Island Chartered Clubs Men’s Lawn Bowls Fours Tournament last weekend.
The tournament, held at the Oamaru Phoenix Bowling Club for the first time, attracted players from Southland to Canterbury, but in the end Oamaru’s Mike Howard, Brett Cairns, Ray Forbes and John Brokenshire took top honours, winning the tournament. They beat Craig McDonald, Sonny Brown, Bob Wilson and Alistair McGregor, also of Oamaru, in the top division final.
Oamaru Phoenix Bowling Club secretary Prem Nath said it was a close final and a great game of bowls to watch.
‘‘It was very exciting,’’ Nath said.
The tournament attracted 24 teams from Richmond, Hornby, Ashburton, Temuka, Timaru, Waimate and Gore clubs. Ten teams from the Oamaru area also took part.
Nath said the two-day tournament, supported by the Oamaru Club and Oamaru Licensing Trust, was a great event and he liked meeting other bowlers from around the South Island.
The club would host the tournament again next year and he already had 20 teams signed up from last weekend.
‘‘That’s fantastic. The next time I think we will get more than 24 teams. It’s good for Oamaru and good for our businesspeople.’’
Oamaru Phoenix Bowling Club was gearing up to host its next big tournament in April, the Easter 7000.
The longstanding North Otago mixed fours competition was always well attended, and Nath said he was proud his club could host the tournament.
He was grateful for the support the events received from the community and businesses.