Trophy win Central's first

Wellington bowlers have spearheaded Central to their first Challenge Trophy regional title.

Even some late form from Mainland's Black Jack women's stars Jo Edwards and Jan Khan could not reel in Central during yesterday's final round of singles at the Howick Bowling Club.

The high-powered Central women's team led the way, but it was the performance of the inexperienced men's team that surprised in the three-day event.

"On paper, our women are strong. But our men have done a fantastic job, especially today. I've never been in the winning team at this event, it's exciting and I'm enjoying myself," said Silverstream's Clare McCaul.

McCaul, a Black Jack, was the junior World Cup winner in 2011 - and the 26-year-old's experience showed as she won two from three matches yesterday.

The Central lineup also included Wellingtonians Lisa White, Kirsten Griffin, 21, and Kaaren Guilford, as well as Taradale's Black Jack development squad member Angela Boyd.

National secondary school 2011 girls singles winner Nicole Toomey completed the powerhouse lineup that stormed the singles rinks to clinch the title.

Their male counterparts were just as good, winning five of six singles in the final round.

Eastbourne Black Jack Blake Signal and former Hutt Valley High student Euan Wong, along with Tim Toomey, won all three games to help push Central over the line.

Two-time national open singles champion Shaun Scott (Southern) went down to Wong in the first round 18-20 at the bell, while Signal beat Black Jack development squad player James Pugh (Mainland) 21-14 in the final round, and Toomey showed his class by beating former New Zealand representative Monte Pawa (Northern) in the second round, 21-14.

The Dominion Post