Pukekohe Dominate club nationals

Pukekohe Nationals Teams with their well earned silverware. (Back L-R) ) Roger Andrew, Trevor Coleman, Jason Parker and Ron Blyth. (Front L–R) Cindy White, Angela Leslie and Karen Watson.

Indoor bowlers from the Pukekohe Cosmopolitan Club dominated the men’s and women’s club nationals held recently. The men’s nationals were held in Upper Hutt in June, with the Pukekohe team coming away with two titles and a runner up.

Their first title came in the men’s pair with Roger Andrew at skip and Jason Parker at lead. Both bowlers showed great composure under pressure in being able to play crucial shots at the right time, particularly in the final.
Their next title came in the triples where Roger and Jason were joined by Trevor Coleman. Once again all three were consistent throughout the day, with Trevor and Jason giving Roger great support up front.
The fours were held on the final day of the championship and the trio were joined by Ron Blyth at lead. It looked like they might make it three in a row, but it wasn’t to be, and they finished runners up.
The ladies’ club nationals were held during July in Invercargill.
Angela Leslie, Cindy White and Karen Watson made the long trek in the hope of winning the triples, which they had previously won in 2014. Angela and Cindy reached the pairs semi finals, narrowly missing out on reaching the finals by one point.
Next up were the triple and with consistent bowling from all three, the ladies found themselves up against a very strong Hamilton working men’s club team in the triples final. In the third end, the Pukekohe trio dropped six shots and were under pressure of the game slipping away. Determined, the ladies fought back and went on to win the last end and the title.
These results saw both the Pukekohe Men’s and Women’s teams awarded the aggregate trophies as top performing teams of the respective nationals, and establishing Pukekohe as the number one club. This is just the third time in the history of the nationals, that both the men’s and ladies’ teams from one club have won both aggregate titles in the same year.
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