"Bowls is not just a technical sport, it takes a lot of thinking," says Sue Bourne, who was selected to represent the North Island in a national indoor bowls tour earlier this month.

Sue, who is a member of the Cardiff Bowls club, was the only player in Taranaki to be selected for the North Island team.

With 19 teammates she toured the South Island, playing a range of regional matches leading up to the 'test match' against the South Island for the Kevin Eddy Memorial Trophy, which was won by the North Island team.

This was the second year in a row Sue has been selected for the North Island team.

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Team selection is based on merits you have achieved throughout the season. You have to nominate yourself and submit an application to be chosen.

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Sue says she has been playing bowls for more than 18 years after being introduced to the sport by her husband and played the 'two' in the fours competition.

"Being involved in these kinds of competitions is great because it's a chance to meet new people as well as catch up with friends from all around the country."

Sue recommends bowls to players of all ages as "it's a good way to stay active".

She adds that the Cardiff Bowls club meets once a week, Tuesday nights at 7.30pm, and is open to players of all ages and skill levels to come and give the sport a go.

"We are a very social club and more than willing to help new players who are eager to learn."