Hammond Fights Pain, Broken Arm and Bowman to Retain Singles Title

12 May 2014

Rae Hammond fought through pain and a broken arm to retain the Champion of Champion title at Howick Bowling Club yesterday. 

Playing Clara Bowman from Mt Albert / Sandringham in the final Hammond started well and at 10-4 up after just 10 ends it looked like it would be a short game.

Bowman just couldn't find the line or length in the beginning but when she did it was game on. Five consecutive ends to Bowman took the score to 13-10 to Bowman before Hammond mastered the pain barrier once again and regained the lead by the seventeenth end. 

And then it was shot for shot and end for end as the players clocked 16 all, 18 all and then 20 all on the 26th end. 

On the final end Hammond drew a shot within 6 inches with her first bowl and Bowman could not get inside that bowl allowing Hammond to claim the game and retain the title she took at Blockhouse Bay last year. 

Hammond had reached the final by taking out Kohimarama's Helen Blick, Onehunga's Tere Tuaiti and and Glen Eden's Judy Raill.

Bowman reached the final beating Catherine Bien, St Heliers, and Hillsboro's Esther Eu.

Congratulations Rae, you were obviously in a  lot of pain but never lost the sense of humour or your renouned courtesy.  And well done Clara on a very well played twenty seven end game!!

In the Men's Champion of Champion Singles David Prasad of Ellerslie has won the title beating Scott Mouton of Howick in the final.

Prasad had taken out Onehunga's Kevin Dixon in a semifinal lasting 1 hour and 20 minutes and taking twenty ends for Prasad to win the battle 21-13.

Mouton had reached the final also after a twenty one end game against Avondale's Tom Heimuli after coming from behind to reach 21-20 .

Heimuli did not score on the last three ends of the game. 

The final was also a quick game with the twenty ends taking just one hour and twelve minutes

Again it was a very close game for most of the ends before at 10-10 Mouton picked up a three and a single on two ends to make a break.

Prasad then drew close shots which Mouton ran at and missing dropped a four to allow Prasad a 16-14 advantage.

The final three ends were all to Prasad to claim the final five shots and the win.

Congratulations to Dave Prasad on his win. Smiling for the camera proved harder to do than winning on the green!!

Thanks to Howick and Kohimarama Bowling Clubs  for the use of their facilities and also to the convenor, umpires and markers who gave up their time over the weekend.

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