Bennett trucks to victory in singles

CHAMPION EFFORT: Robbie Bennett, of Johnsonville, has claimed a Wellington Open singles title.
CHAMPION EFFORT: Robbie Bennett, of Johnsonville, has claimed a Wellington Open singles title.

Robbie Bennett cleaned up on and off the green yesterday.

The Johnsonville bowler collects rubbish for a living but he clearly didn't deliver any on the way to winning the Wellington Open singles title.

Bennett won eight of his nine games over three days before beating Scott Roddick (Eastbourne) 21-15 in the final.

As bowlers do, Bennett planned a few drinks to celebrate one of his career highlights but not before climbing into his Low Cost Bins wheelie bin truck and putting in half a shift.

"I didn't really want to play bowls 19 years ago but I turned up one day, rolled one down and said ‘where do I sign' ", Bennett said.

It is his seventh centre title, but his first in singles.

"It's special because you've done it by yourself," he said.

"Singles is a great game. You have no-one else to get you out of the s..t if you get into it. It is all on your shoulders."

For all that, Bennett's career highlight is his national fours title in Wellington in 2010.

He felt the key to his victory at Johnsonville yesterday was his new set of Aero bowls, a brand New Zealand great Peter Belliss swears by.

"I've only had them since September but I like them a lot," Bennett said.

"They are a more natural arc than a hook at the end. In the wind they hold their line better."

Bennett's only loss was to Jim Bullen (Upper Hutt) on Saturday. He beat Warren Linney (Stokes Valley) 21-10 in their semifinal yesterday while Roddick beat Tim Toomey (Victoria) 21-8 in the other semi.

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