Club has much to celebrate

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Alexandra Bowling Club members are celebrating a successful season on the green.

Members competed in a range of Central Otago tournaments throughout the season and, as a result, notched up a series of wins for their efforts.

Among those were the men’s and women’s interclub sevens for Central Otago and the men’s Central Otago pennants division one competition.

Club representatives were also placed third in the men’s pennants division two.

The club finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Wednesday East Zone pennants tournament.

There have also been individual successes within the club.

Pat Houlahan and Roger O’Brien, along with two bowlers from the Clyde club, were placed 3rd equal in the NZ Men’s National Fours tournament in Wellington earlier in the year.

In the same tournament, Linley O’Callaghan and her fellow competitors – two bowlers from Queenstown and one from Auckland – were runners-up in the women’s division.

The club’s successes did not stop there.

Houlahan won the Central Otago champion of champions singles title and, alongside O’Brien, also won the Central Otago champion of champions pairs.

The duo teamed up with Rob Roy to secure the Central Otago champion of champions triples title.

Bill Clements and Trevor Ludlow won the Central Otago open pairs and also teamed up with Trevor Drake to take home the title of Central Otago open triples.

Clements’ efforts meant he now had 73 Central Otago titles, the second-highest number of any bowler in New Zealand, club spokesman Bruce Douglas said.

O’Callaghan won the Central Otago opens singles, Houlahan was named the men’s player of the year and O’Brien was runner-up.

Yvonne McCutcheon was named player of the year for the junior women’s category.

A team, led by Drake, won the district’s Anzac tournament, an event which is into its 49th year.

Drake is the fifth club member to be in a winning team.

Among one of the club’s most prestigious season successes was the Central Otago 3/five tournament.

A team of nine beat Taieri in Milton and Kia Toa, of Timaru, in Oamaru, to become one of two teams from the South Island and two from the North Island, which travelled to Wellington for the finals.

Alexandra members finished third.

Convener of selectors Marty Geary said it was one of the most prominent events for the club.

“To win division one was a big plus for our club.”

He said, like any sport, players had to start at grassroots level and progressing further than that was worth celebrating.

“It’s a bit like Otago trying to get into the Highlanders. There was a lot of tension on that last day, I can tell you that.”