The Wanaka bowls team, after seeming set for an easy victory, had a narrow escape to beat neighbourly rivals Hawea by the slightest of margins. The annual challenge between the clubs for the Val and Cliff Garrett Trophy was held on Sunday, July 7, in the Wanaka Bowling Club’s stadium. The event consists of each club having five teams of three bowlers (men and women) playing three games during the afternoon.
After the first round of games, Hawea had its nose in front by three wins to Wanaka’s two. In the second game, however, Wanaka scooped the pool by winning all five games to lead 7–3 and seemingly heading for victory.
But Hawea had other thoughts and came roaring back in the last round with four wins, but just missed the knockout punch by drawing the last game of the round.
That made the total score 7.5 games each, so it came down to which club had won the most points during the event. This, in itself, was also close, with Wanaka just pipping Hawea by 115–110 points and thereby holding on to the trophy for another year. The event was first held in 2008.