Johnsonville edge closer to second title

By Iain Hyndman

Those Johnsonville girls were at it again in Wanganui yesterday, qualifying for post-section play in the North Island Chartered Clubs women's fours tournament.

The team of skip Paula Meredith, Kay Carr, Lesley Cooper and Janet Nehemia are the defending champions of the annual competition and yesterday ensured they were in contention for back-to-back titles by qualifying for post-section play today.

Team manager Naki Nehemia said the girls were keen to retain the title and defend it again next year at their Johnsonville Club, who are the hosts for 2013.

This year, the hosts are the Wanganui St John's Club and the competition has attracted 105 teams (420 bowlers) from 46 clubs.

Nehemia said he had been team manager and sober driver for the Johnsonville team for the past six years, but funnily enough none of the women travelled with his Johnsonville men's team in the last 12 chartered club tournaments he had attended.

"No, those trips are strictly blokes-only but they [the women] don't want to come anyway," he joked.

Nehemia said, on form, his girls had a royal show of making it into the finals tomorrow.

"They have been going very well and we were hoping to get through today and qualify quickly so we could go back to the St John's Club and watch the Melbourne Cup. But, seriously, it would be nice to win the title again and then defend it on home turf next year," Nehemia said.

"While the girls are serious on the greens, they love the social side of these trips away. In fact, we make this tournament our annual holidays every year.

"These girls have been playing together as fours for the past few years, including last year, when they won in Hamilton, and each have numerous other titles under their belts. They're a good team."

- Wanganui Chronicle

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