Sibling team has triple the fun

JOHN ALEXANDER
Last updated 10:55 25/01/2013
Aileen Rowe

Family ties: Aileen Rowe, Boxer Schultz and Val Tringham

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There has always been plenty of sibling rivalry in the Schultz family, but on Wednesday at the Whitehead Park Bowling Club in Blenheim it was all about having some fun together.

Barry (Boxer) Schultz and his sisters, Aileen Rowe and Val Tringham, played in a mixed triples competition together and, while they never threatened to win it, Val said they had a lot of fun trying.

The trio hail from a family of eight children to their parents Walter and Mae Schultz. Times were tough back then, the trio recalled, made even more difficult when their father was killed in a car accident. At that stage all the children were under the age of 16, including a 9-month-old, and Mae brought the family up on her own when luxuries were just that and you made your own fun.

One of the nine siblings was the late Adrian (Bloke) Schultz, a former Marlborough rugby and softball rep.

All three still remember well their upbringing in the Pelorus/Havelock area and how much fun and adventure they had playing sport, often against each other and neighbours, and making the most of the great outdoors.

Boxer Schultz is very much your typical Kiwi bloke from that 1950s-60s era. A longtime gold digger, he's been a builder, sawmiller, butcher, fisherman, a "jack of all trades", he reckons.

A serious arm injury which required him being helicoptered out of his gold dredging spot somewhere in the Marlborough region a couple of months ago left him with a badly dislocated arm.

But that hasn't stopped him playing bowls with his right arm still fully functional. Earlier this month the second-year player was part of the Havelock team which won annual Rana Kingi Memorial Trophy, playing alongside former national champions Andre Smith and Graham Hood and Greg Smith. Rana Kingi was best man at Boxer's wedding.

Like Adrian, Boxer played rugby for Pelorus and Opawa and cricket for Havelock, taking four wickets in four deliveries in one match.

The name Boxer was given to him when he was a little boy, a relative suggesting he looked like a boxer. Most young men dabbled in boxing back then and other sports included a bit of biff as well, he jokingly recalled. "I used to practise a bit of boxing on the rugby field."

Now living in Nelson, Boxer plays out of the Tahuna Club but gold digging occupies much of his spare time, along with fishing.

Val is a long-time bowler and started playing when she and Aileen went to the Waterlea Bowling Club, once near Pollard Park, 23 years ago. She's won five Centre titles and is a long-time Marlborough representative and bowls administrator as well as being involved in other community organisations including Scouts and Samaritans.

Aileen is also a good bowler, but theatre is where she has concentrated much of her energies over the years as well as being involved with the Women's Institute for nearly 60 years.

She was never going to miss Wednesday's Gascoigne and Wicks Lawyers tournament, especially since it is sponsored by her son, Bernie Rowe's, firm. While they never threatened to win the tournament, Val said they had an enjoyable day.

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Overall tournament winners also featured family ties. Alan Sheppard teamed up with his Australian brother in-law Mick Harvey plus Sue King and Sandy Marshall to win, their total 54 points from four wins - Harvey and Sheppard sharing the games. Runners-up were John McCarthy, Carolyn Ward and Anthony Drummond.

- The Marlborough Express

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