Goddard’s in bowls record books

15 Jan 2014


• Howick and Pakuranga Times (www.times.co.nz)

HOWICK’S Selina Goddard felt privileged just to be part of the Mandy Boyd-skipped team that won the national fours bowls championship in Dunedin last Thursday.

But Goddard, 19, proved her worth to the composite side that is the youngest to win the prestigious women’s title with a combined age of 89 years.

2011 fours champion Boyd, Goddard, Amy McIlroy and Gemma Watts defeated the Sue Hodges-skipped composite team playing in its home conditions at the Taieri Bowling Club.

Former NZ under-18 representative and national under-20 singles champion Goddard, who is now based on the Gold Coast, was surprised at the invitation to link with Blackjacks Boyd and McIlroy.

“Mandy sent me a message on Facebook asking if I wanted to play the fours with her and Amy,” Goddard told the Times. “I definitely couldn’t turn it down.”

Goddard got off to a rough start at the Heartland Bank national open championships as she was bundled out in section play of the singles.

“Singles was not my thing at this tournament,” she says. “I think I had a bit of nerves and was trying to get used to the conditions. I knew I had two other disciplines left.”

The former Howick College pupil warmed to her work in the pairs with Auckland’s Karen Hema, reaching the semi-finals before losing to Blackjacks Jo Edwards and Val Smith.

“We always knew it was going to be a tough game,” she says.

“We didn’t walk away disappointed, but really happy with how far we’d got.”

A run of close matches in the fours post-section prepared Goddard and co for what would be an epic final.

Hodges had a one-shot buffer going into the last end and playing in the crucial lead position, Goddard delivered an unlikely winning bowl, short of the jack.

“Mandy is always so positive though and said, ‘don’t worry it’s in their track’.”

With Boyd holding enough shots to give them the win, a dangerous final shot by Hodges hit Goddard’s bowl, securing the 20-18 victory for Boyd.

“It was a game of patience,” says an elated Goddard. “The win is pretty unbelievable.”

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