Formidable on the green

23:59, Jan 31 2013
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Georgetown Bowling Club players Grahame Lines, left, and Roger Strong eyeing the competition at the club's optional triples tournament.

Roger Strong and Graham Lines have a lot in common.

They are both competitive, both love bowls and are both deaf.

But the Georgetown Bowling Club players did not let that stop them from taking on the 44 other players in the club's optional triples tournament late last month.

The pair took to the green in the hot weather, determined to lead their teams to victory and walk away with the cash prize.

The duo debated through sign language about who was going to win, both saying they would beat each other.

In the end, Lines' team was fourth and Strong's triple finished further down the field. Still, the duo are no strangers to winning, as the trophies in the club's cabinets with Strong's name engraved on them, verifies.


Lines, in his 30th season, has also won his fair share of tournaments, having first joined in 1983.

They both love the sport, so much so that they represented New Zealand in the Deaf Bowls Championships in South Africa in 1999 and Strong has his sights set on representing New Zealand in Northern Ireland in 2015.

Evans said the men were hard to beat at the club, both being "absolutely excellent" bowlers.

"They play as though they can hear and speak." And give other players, including himself, a run for their money, he said.

The Southland Times