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Thursday November 23, 2017

SPORT

Judy bowls over the rest in pairs tournament

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Sports talk

with Jacob Page

All Whites outdone by every trick in the book

Lyall Bay bowler Judy Howat jumps for joy after realising she has won the mixed pairs event. PHOTO: Supplied

Local bowls legend Judy Howat has proven to be as good as ever even in her ninth decade. Judy, 82, took out the Bowls Specialists Mixed Pairs, the first Bowls Wellington Centre title up for grabs this season, on Labour weekend last month. The tournament attracted 106 teams from the Wellington region and beyond with the finals held at Johnsonville Bowling Club. Judy, who plays at the Lyall Bay club, took out the title with Brent Stubbins, a Johnsonville

bowler. In the final Judy and Brent met the talented pair of Tanya Wheeler and Scott Roddick (Eastbourne) in a tense match that went to the wire. Judy and Brent managed a two on the last end to overtake Tanya and Scott’s one-point lead, winning the match 19-18. The final lived up to all expectations and was played in front of an appreciative crowd of bowling enthusiasts. This was Judy’s third win of this event, and adds to a stellar career that includes six New Zealand titles and 38

Centre titles, making her the most prolific bowls player in Wellington. Judy also represented New Zealand in the 1990 Commonwealth Games, winning gold in the Pairs. Judy and Brent went through the tournament unbeaten with a remarkable nine straight wins. Judy showed determination as she played through the post section play despite suffering from a bad virus. They now go on to represent Wellington in the Mixed Pairs Regional tournament held later in the year.

Peru’s almost certain qualification for the FIFA World Cup at the expense of the All Whites has brought out the worst in the so-called “beautiful game”. Peru, ranked 10 in the world at football beat New Zealand, ranked 122 globally, 2-0 in Lima last week to advance to the tournament in Russia. While the moves on the field may make football beautiful, the Peruvian supporters seemed determined to disrupt the Kiwi team with pathetic, underhand tactics from the moment the team left New Zealand. The team flight was delayed, their bus to the hotel crawled at less than 35kph once they did land, fireworks lit up the sky over the All Whites’ hotel at 3am the morning of the match and there are photographs that show laser pointers were being shone at players during the game in an effort to distract them. That’s just to name a few unsettling anecdotes that have emerged. From what we are told, Peruvians are generally pleasant, accomodating people. Mess with their first chance to qualify for one of sports biggest

tournaments in 35 years and the mood seems to change. It’s a far cry from the politically correct sporting climate that faces fans on these shores. No longer is booing an opposition team acceptable in rugby, and the value of winning in junior sports is rapidly subsiding to the need to promote participation and having fun. I’ve always had more fun participating in sport when winning and that’s what the people of Peru were trying to help their football team with. It’s a complete culture clash, football is a dirty game in many facets and in some parts of the world it’s bigger than life. More than 750,000 home fans registered for tickets to the match in Lima on Thursday - a number which even the most die-hard All Black fan has to find eye watering in terms of interest. Making a FIFA World Cup means big bucks. Peru used every available asset to make that dream a reality. The age old saying rang true for the All Whites - sometimes nice guys finish last.

EASTERN SUBURBS

SPORTS TRUST SPONSORED BY MIRAMAR & KILBIRNIE THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GRANTED $12,900 IN OCTOBER 2017 TO EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS, KINDERGARTENS, SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND SPORTS CLUBS ETC.

DEAN GALT (ESST) WITH OSCAR STACE FROM WGTN SPECIAL OLYMPICS – POOL HIRE

BRIAN GALT (ESST) WITH MEMBERS OF THE TE ORA HOU WELLINGTON EAST TOUCH RUGBY TEAM – COMPETITION FEES

DEAN GALT (ESST) WITH GORDON DRY – EASTERN SUBURBS JUNIOR CRICKET GEAR

THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GRANTED TO THE FOLLOWING EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TEAMS AND INDIVIDUALS •MIRAMAR GOLF CLUB – JUNIOR GOLF ACADEMY • SPORT WELLINGTON – ROUND THE BAYS RUN • MIRAMAR BOWLING CLUB – NEW MATS • ST ANTHONY’S SCHOOL – NEW NETBALL POST PADS • WELLINGTON DIVING CLUB – TRAVEL

THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY THE EASTERN SUBURBS SPORTS TRUST HAS GIVEN AWAY TO DATE $1,680,155

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