Reid achieves career high

STU PIDDINGTON
Last updated 05:00 25/05/2012

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Geraldine's Barbara Reid is delighted to have made the South Island Academy indoor bowls team to take on the North Island at the national championships in Invercargill.

Reid has been playing indoor bowls for 12 years and her selection in the development team is her career highlight.

"It's a major achievement for me; these are the players hoping to make the New Zealand team in the future."

The 51-year-old said there was a mix of emotions. "It's exciting but scary. There are certainly some good bowlers included in both academy teams."

Reid only took up the sport after joining the Geraldine Town and Country Club.

"They like you to join in one of the activities and I thought I would give indoor bowls a go as I might enjoy it."

That turned out to be the case, with Reid one of a dozen competitive bowlers at the club.

Interest in the academy event is huge among bowlers and looked on as a stepping stone to represent either the North Island or South Island in the future.

Four other South Canterbury bowlers have made South Island masters (over 60) teams or reserves. Evelyn Duffield will play in the four while Joyce Jones is named as one of two reserves.

Lloyd Prattley will also play in the men's four, while Neville Gould is a reserve.

Each team plays three games with the overall winner receiving the Sam Henderson Memorial Trophy in the academy event and the Delwyn Hughes Trophy in the masters event.

Only players who have entered in the national championships are eligible for selection and the southern selectors have gone with a mix of experience and youth.

The experienced Caroline Braithwaite from Southland will compete in the women's singles with Otago's Ann Cottrell and Southland's Belinda Peard in the women's pair. South Otago's Kathryn Edgar and Andrea Heads combines with Alison Third, from Hokitika, in the triples.

Reid joins Christine Talbot of Ashburton, Sarah-Jane Edgar and Jacinta Freitas of South Otago in the women's four.

The South Island Academy men's team will be captained by Ashburton's Paul Berkeley, who will skip the men's pairs with the junior singles champion Mathew Bassett, also from Ashburton, as the lead.

Southland's Brent Keen will play the men's singles.

The North Island Academy team will be captained by Mark Ridley from North Taranaki and includes last year's national singles and fours champion Paul Midgley and Joseph Zino.

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