Massey Avenue wins fours title

Massey Avenue has its first centre title after the Wendy Mackie-skipped four won the Wellington Open fours bowls title yesterday.

Massey Avenue is a first season amalgamation of Lower Hutt and Woburn and when the club is in a position to erect an honours board it will be Mackie's girls that have their names engraved first.

Mackie's four of lead Natalie Johnson, Pat East and No 3 Trish Bruce came from behind to beat Clare McCaul (Silverstream) 20-12 at Upper Hutt.

"Being the first title for a new club is nice," Mackie said.

Johnson is Woburn, the rest former Lower Hutt members.

It was anything but plain sailing for Mackie's lineup over the three-day competition. They needed an extra end to win their opening game 19-18 on Saturday and they trailed 9-3 in the final yesterday before a four and seven gave them a comfortable lead.

"We had a lot of close shaves but someone always came to the party when we needed it," Mackie said.

It is Mackie's fourth centre title, after a previous pairs, singles and champion of champion fours. East and Bruce have three each but this was Johnson's maiden centre title.

There were mixed emotions for McCaul. The previous evening she became engaged but there was no double celebration for and her team of mum J McCaul, Robyn Tuckett and Mary Sue Stevens.

The men's title was won by Mike Solomon (Naenae), 19-6 over Justin Goodwin (Eastbourne). The key to victory was the driving of Solomon and his No 3, Ross Thorn, and they were backed up well by steady draw bowls by Jim Madden and Ken Addley.

It was Solomon's eighth centre title, Thorn's seventh, Madden's 12th and Addley's first.

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