The Alexandra Bowling Club is celebrating winning a regional final this month, while also preparing to help raise funds to send a member of the Omakau club to the Para Commonwealth Games later this year.

Alexandra club manager Paul Jerrom said that having won the Central Otago Men’s Sevens tournament earlier in the season, the Aurum on Clutha Alexandra Bowling Club team played the regional finals in Oamaru over the weekend of April 9 and 10.

Against clubs that resembled representative teams, the Alexandra seven squared off against Awamoa from North Otago, Gore from Southland, Milton representing South Otago, Taieri from Dunedin, and Temuka from South Canterbury.

A solid start against Awamoa resulted in a clean sweep in the singles, pairs and fours, with a 33 differential, but a 2-1 loss against Taieri brought the team back to reality.

A solid win against the fancied Gore side put the Alexandra team joint second at the end of day one.

Day two started with a convincing win over the other joint second team, Temuka, and the overnight leader Taieri was beaten in its match.

This put Alexandra into the lead with one match left, and requiring two wins from three games to ensure victory.

The team did precisely that, with singles player Shaun Scott drawing the winning shot when 20-19 up and two down on the head.

Alexandra will now compete for the national club title in Wellington later in the year.

  • The club is also collecting items for fundraising raffles and silent auctions to help send Pam Walker, of the Omakau Bowling Club, to compete for New Zealand in the Para Commonwealth Games this year in Birmingham.
Representing New Zealand . . . Bowler Pam Walker has been chosen to compete in the Para Commonwealth Games this year in Birmingham.

There will be a fundraising bowls competition on May 1 at the Alexandra Bowling Club, along with fundraising raffles and silent auctions, to help her cover costs.

If you would like to play or donate raffle or prize items, please contact the club.