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FAMILY TIME: Lois Lamont and her grandson Kaia Matenga with the trophy for the White Family Pairs indoor bowls tournament. They beat Jay Casey and July Williams in the final. Lamont is having a successful spell . . . she has been selected for the second year in a row for the North Island Academy team to play the South Island Academy team next month. Picture by Liam Clayton

FIFTEEN-year-old Kaia Matenga skipped his nan Lois Lamont to victory in the Travellers Inn Motel White Family Pairs. They beat Jay Casey and July Williams 9-6.

After four ends of the nine-end final, Matenga was in command, playing great bowls to be 8-2 up.

One point to Casey on each of ends 5 and 6 brought the score to 8-4.

Matenga scored one point on End 7 to be 9-4 up, then kept Casey away from scoring big, with Casey scoring one point on each of ends 8 and 9.

The family pairs was designed to get people who normally don’t play the game of indoor bowls to come along and give it a go with another family member. This year the event was a great success, with 15 teams entered.

In the semifinals, Matenga and Lamont defeated husband and wife Mike and Karyn Foster, a couple who do not regularly play the game.

In the other semifinal, Casey and July Williams had a go, Williams not having played the game for years. They defeated another player who hadn’t played for years, Nick Greeks, who played with his pop Ian Greeks.

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Lois Lamont is over the moon. She has been selected for the second year in a row for the North Island Academy team to play the South Island Academy team at the New Zealand Indoor Bowls Championships in June.

Lamont will team up with Tauranga’s Debbie Reed, the player she teamed up with last year, when they won all three of their pairs games at the 2016 nationals.

Lamont is a regular Top 8 player for Poverty Bay-East Coast. She has also been a member of the winning combination at the prestigious Whakatane Open Pairs and been in a team making the national final of the New Zealand mixed fours.

Poverty Bay’s David Lynn will be the manager of the North Island Academy team, as well as the Northern Zone Masters team to play the Southern Zone.

FIFTEEN-year-old Kaia Matenga skipped his nan Lois Lamont to victory in the Travellers Inn Motel White Family Pairs. They beat Jay Casey and July Williams 9-6.

After four ends of the nine-end final, Matenga was in command, playing great bowls to be 8-2 up.

One point to Casey on each of ends 5 and 6 brought the score to 8-4.

Matenga scored one point on End 7 to be 9-4 up, then kept Casey away from scoring big, with Casey scoring one point on each of ends 8 and 9.

The family pairs was designed to get people who normally don’t play the game of indoor bowls to come along and give it a go with another family member. This year the event was a great success, with 15 teams entered.

In the semifinals, Matenga and Lamont defeated husband and wife Mike and Karyn Foster, a couple who do not regularly play the game.

In the other semifinal, Casey and July Williams had a go, Williams not having played the game for years. They defeated another player who hadn’t played for years, Nick Greeks, who played with his pop Ian Greeks.

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Lois Lamont is over the moon. She has been selected for the second year in a row for the North Island Academy team to play the South Island Academy team at the New Zealand Indoor Bowls Championships in June.

Lamont will team up with Tauranga’s Debbie Reed, the player she teamed up with last year, when they won all three of their pairs games at the 2016 nationals.

Lamont is a regular Top 8 player for Poverty Bay-East Coast. She has also been a member of the winning combination at the prestigious Whakatane Open Pairs and been in a team making the national final of the New Zealand mixed fours.

Poverty Bay’s David Lynn will be the manager of the North Island Academy team, as well as the Northern Zone Masters team to play the Southern Zone.

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