Thrilling bowls win

McEldowney fights back to take national title

Last updated 14:03 04/01/2013
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Taranaki's Val McEldowney has fought back to win the women's singles at the national bowls champs.

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New Plymouth's Val McEldowney and North East Valley's Shaun Scott are the singles champions at the New Zealand bowls championships in New Plymouth.

McEldowney produced a stunning turnaround to win the women's final at the Paritutu greens today, coming back from 17-9 down to beat Birkenhead's Reen Stratford in a thrilling finish.

Stratford had a chance with her final bowl to keep the match alive, but missed with a drive.

It was Taranaki's first national title since West End's Eryn Brightwell won the same event in Palmerston North in 1998.

Scott, Dunedin, beat Onehunga's Danny Delany 21-10 to win the men's final.

McEldowney and Scott will now represent New Zealand at the world champion of champions singles bowls tournament in Christchurch at the end of the year.

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