Bowling brothers, and son, hit the green together

GLENN MCLEAN
Last updated 05:00 23/01/2014

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More than a quarter of the Rahotu Bowling Club were on the Inglewood greens yesterday.

While it might sound impressive, there was only four of them and they were all from the same family.

Brothers Alec, Trevor and Des Lowry have been joined by the next generation of the family, Trevor's son Ian, who is also the skip in the side competing at the TSB Bank Taranaki Open fours bowls tournament.

Although he gave the game up for the best part of 20 years to train race horses, including former Waikato Hurdles winner Treblig, Des is the best known of the family on the greens.

The former Taranaki rep showed during last month's national bowls championships in Dunedin that he would be tuned up for this week's tournament after he reached post-section play.

Although they dropped a match on the opening day, the Lowry four have been unbeaten since, although they face two tough games today against Fitzroy's Barry Agnew and Paritutu's Rodger Hassall needing to win one of them to make post-section play.

Although Des and Ian usually skip sides they are involved in, the former said there had to be concessions made when it comes to representing the club.

"We've only got 15 members, so you sort out your top four players and build the other teams around that."

Still, winning was certainly not everything for this family.

"We just take every day as it comes," Des said. "We're here to enjoy our bowls and we can't take it too seriously. It's an enjoyable week and you make a lot of friends here."

Yesterday's play: Page 21

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