Southland indoor bowlers are toasting another national titleholder after Trevor Burgess won the New Zealand Junior (Under-18) Singles Championship at Lower Hutt last Saturday.
This was the fourth and last occasion that Burgess qualified to attend this event where he was a beaten semifinalist in 2012.
Burgess lost just one game on the day, going down to Waikato 8-12 in the qualifying round but wins against Upper Hutt Valley (12-7), Hawkes Bay (12-9) and a draw with Northland (10-10) gained him a place in the playoffs.
In his semifinal Burgess was always in command in reversing the result of his earlier defeat against Waikato, and securing a place in the final with an 18-10 win.
The final, against defending champion Stefan Robb (North Otago) was a repeat of last year's semifinal but Burgess was not about to be denied this time around, winning the coveted title 12-8.
The Southland representative team were in imposing form when they recently downed their Otago counterparts in decisive fashion in what some officials believe is a record winning margin for this event.
The Southland A team were never headed in any of the six rounds to record a 63-33 victory while the B team produced a withering burst in the final two rounds to score an equally impressive 57-39 triumph.
Individuals to score well were Gary Low in the A team and Ernie Johnstone, Jean Stratford and Sheldon Bagrie-Howley for the B team, who all recorded six wins from six games.
Warwick Gray, Andrea Heads, Graham Low, Jan Low, Grant Kean, Maree Swain and Caroline Braithwaite recorded just one loss from their six games.
The intensity of the competition and the mix of wins and losses amongst all combinations in the qualifying rounds of the Southland Novice Pairs Championship enabled the Limehills pairing of Aaron Harrison and Grant Kean to successfully defend their Southland Novice Pairs title without a playoff, after they were the only qualifiers from a field of ten entries.
The win provided Kean with his second novice title for the season after he won the singles crown the week prior.
The season is fast drawing to a close with many sub-centres already closed.
Grant Fortune will attend the New Zealand Henselite Champion of Champion Singles event next weekend ahead of the Southland Centre closing event the following weekend.
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