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Games go ahead despite wind and rain

Rain and cold wind did not stop competitors giving their best in two days of champion of champions play at Te Karaka Bowling Club.

The Bowls Gisborne-East Coast mixed pairs competition was the centre's last champion of champions tournament for the season.

Dianne Phillips (skip) and Steve Goldsbury, of Gisborne Bowling Club, won all four of their games to take the senior section.

George Vaotuua (s) and Paige Richter, of Kahutia, were second, with three wins.

July Williams (s) and Alisha Ruru, of Te Karaka were third.

The other pairs taking part were Brent Smith (s) and Donna Smith, of Wairoa, and Bruce Ball (s) and Anita Vaotuua, of Poverty Bay.

Siblings Lucy (s) and Leighton Shanks, of Kahutia, won all five of their games to take the junior title.

Wairoa husband-and-wife team Vern (s) and Raewyn Withey were second, ahead of Poverty Bay's Kim Walters (s) and Otto Louw and Gisborne's Tim (s) and Ginny Sherriff, who both had two wins and a draw.

The other teams were Holli Elkington (s) and Anton Tashkoff, of Tolaga Bay, and Hemi Edwards (s) and Erica Thompson, of Te Karaka.

JUNIOR WINNERS: Siblings Leighton, above, and Lucy Shanks (see the following picture in this gallery), of Kahutia, won the Bowls Gisborne-East Coast junior mixed pairs champion of champions tournament, winning all five of their games at Te Karaka Bowling Club. Pictures supplied
Lucy Shanks.
Mixed pairs senior champion of champions winners Steve Goldsbury and Dianne Phillips.