Audrey Stevenson – Semi Finalist at National Champion-of-Champions

Audrey Stevenson

Audrey Stevenson

Top Kapiti Coast bowler Audrey Stevenson from the Paraparaumu Beach club had another top performance at the national champion-of-champions singles playoffs at the Naenae Bowling club’s indoor green in the Hutt Valley over the weekend of 5 - 7 July. In this event the winners of each of New Zealand’s 27 centres singles championships met to find a national winner. Play on the first day was in sections on the first day and Audrey won all her four games against the representatives from the Gisborne-East Coast, Taranaki, North Harbour and South Canterbury centres.

In winning her section Audrey qualified for the quarter finals where she met and defeated Jan McLeay from Bay of Plenty by 21 points to 18. This meant that Audrey met Kirsten Edwards of Nelson, a current member of the national Black Jacks team, in the semi-final. Kirsten had recently won a gold medal at the Asia-Pacific championships on the gold coast of Queensland as a member of Val Smith’s winning fours team. Kirsten continued her strong form to defeat Audrey by 21 points to 6 and then go on to take out title by beating Debbie White of the Waikato centre 21 – 18.

Still, it was another very strong performance from Audrey at the national level.

- Kapiti Bowls

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