Young Pirates take “The Keys” at St Heliers

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Keys Cup Winners; Pt Chevalier Jean-claude Fuller, Colin Williams, Aiden Takarua Alex Reed. Pictured with Chrissie Baker (left) and Helen Clelland from sponsor Barefoot and Thompson.

It was another successful weekend for Pt Chev Bowling club, with the foursome of Aiden Takarua, Alex Reed, Colin Williams and Jean-Claude Fuller winning the “The Keys”

The Keys is named after Len Keys who was one of the founding members of St Heliers Bowling Club and who represented New Zealand in the lawn bowls singles tournament at the 1934 Empire Games in London. Len was also well known locally for setting up a regular bus service from St Heliers into the city long before Tamaki Drive was built.

The Keys event is the most prestigious tournament on the St Heliers and has been held at the club since 1930/31. Initially, the Keys was a pairs tournament, but was changed to any combination 4s in 1965. This years event was sponsored by Barfoot and Thompson and travel agency Helloworld.

26 teams from 8 clubs competed in the event. In a change from previous years the club ran a blind draw to pick opponents that resulted in some early head to head games in the glorious summer sunshine.

Aiden’s team was successful this year winning 14-8 after being runner up in 2018. Alex in his team’s acceptance speech thanked the sponsors and then said the tournament was a pleasure to play in and the players were a pleasure to play against, and they will be back to defend their title next year.

Keys Plate. Winners: Glendowie. Peter Wagner, Colin O’Brien, Val Brigham and Jeanette Mac Donald. Pictured with Chrissie and Helen from sponsor Barfoot and Thompson.

Plate Winners: Colin O’Brien, Peter Wagner, Jeanette MacDonald & ValBrigham (Glendowie)

Cup Winners: Aiden Takarua, Alex Reed, Colin Williams, Jean-Claude Fuller (Pt Chevalier)

Runners up: Joe Whitelaw, Bob Menzies,Mike Rapson, Mike Costello (Ellerslie)

Third Place: Peter Sain, Suzzane Curran, Graeme Bennett, Mark Posa
(St Heliers)

Fourth Place: Jack McDowell, Royston Jones, Terry Lash, Regan Doherty
(St Heliers)