Kaka Point Bowling club to take on nationals

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Eager to go . . . Kaka Point Bowling Club will be represented at the Bowls NZ national interclub sevens in Auckland by (from left) Robert Wilson (Fin), David Bichan, John Bisset (both of Kaka Point), Ken Stephens (KP), Ian Bennett (Fin), Kenny Wilson (KP), Gerry Cosgrove (Fin) and player/manager Dave Roxburgh. PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE

JOHN.COSGROVE@cluthaleader.co.nz

The Kaka Point Bowling club is off to take on the rest of the country.
‘ What a great opportunity for us and for our little club. . . ,
Seven members of the club will soon be packing their bags for the long haul north to Auckland to play at the Bowls NZ national interclub sevens there in early April.
The team is made up of combined Finegand and Kaka Point Bowling Clubs’ members who joined forces at the South Otago Sevens competition early in December to earn selection to the finals.
Kaka Point club secretary Ken Stephens said this was achieved against clubs with much stronger playing bases and numbers.
“The players are pretty chuffed. It was a unique tournament as normally we have to play teams from all over Otago, Southland and Canterbury just to reach the final, but this interclub event win meant we progressed straight through to Auckland.
“What a great opportunity for us and for our little club to be able to wave the flag for Kaka Point at a national level against the big guns,” he said.
The club members have been busy over the past few weeks fund ­raising for the trip and preparing themselves for the games they will face on surfaces foreign to most.
“Many haven’t played on an artificial turf before so we have been travelling to Dunedin to the indoor stadium to see how the greens there lie,” he said.
Kaka Point will be represented in the singles competition by Robert Wilson (Fin), pairs by David Bichan and John Bisset (both ofKaka Point) and in the fours by Ken Stephens (KP), Ian Bennett (Fin), Kenny Wilson (KP) and Gerry Cosgrove (Fin).
Mr Wilson said it was a once ­in-a-lifetime thing and he was looking forward to the experience.