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News Team Henselite Team Henselite Victorious at NZ National Open
January 15, 2014

The Heartland Bank NZ National Open Championships proved to be a fertile hunting ground for Team Henselite bowlers in 2014.

In particular the Men's Singles Final, which was an all Team Henselite affair, with18-year-old Sean Ingham from Broadbeach (QLD) in his first appearance at the NZ Nationals up against a seasoned campaigner in Ali Forsyth. Ali had won the Singles Title twice before in 2002/03 and 2003/04 and already had another 3 NZ National Titles under his belt. In the end it was experience that triumphed over youth in a very close final with Ali achieving victory over Sean 21-20.

"Every NZ title is special", said Ali after the victory, "but to win my 3rd Singles Title puts myself in very elite company to do so, which I'm extremely proud of!"

"Every game I played in post section play was very tough and very close in scores. The 3 notable ones were against Peter Belliss 21-19, Andre Smith (my cousin) 21-20 and the final v Sean Ingham 21-20. All 3 were cracking games and I feel very fortunate to come out on top in them!"

"On a tricky rink the final was of a high standard. I dominated the early stages leading 8-1. Then Sean settled down to play some really good stuff to lead 12-10. When Sean led 12-11 and had 4 shots on the head, I was able to kill the end with my last bowl. If I missed that shot.. I think I was toast!! I then recovered to lead 19-13 before Sean rallied again, scoring a 3 to lead 20-19! Sean held shot on the last end and had all 3 back bowls on the green. But I had second and third shot...and with the last bowl of the game I removed Sean's shot bowl from the head which was about 6 inches from the jack to win." 

"This was the first time I have played in the NZ nationals and the first time I had played in the final of the singles," said Sean. "We got to the quarter finals of the pairs where we got beaten by Tony Grantham and Michael Naggy by 3 shots."

"I was using Size 3 Dreamline XG'S and they were very good in the tricky conditions in Dunedin."

"It was a pleasure playing Ali. He is one of the great players of the game and it will be a game i will never forget."

Also on song this week was pint sized 18 year old Selina Goddard playing in her first NZ Nationals. After some brilliant bowling throughout the week Selina was part of the victorious Fours combination to take out the title.

"I was extremely happy and thrilled with the results that me and the 4s team got!" said Selina. "I also got to the semi final in the pairs with my team mate Karen Hema who I used to play club and centre events with in Auckland."

"It meant a lot, it was my first ever Open National Title. To also win with the most supportive and amazing team mates it made it that extra special. We had a few close games during our post section in the fours. When we played Sandra Keith's team in the first round of Post Section they were very competitive and hard to beat. All the tough rounds we had in post section made the victory feel great and we could finally have a breather."

"During the final we weren't always up on the score board so we always had to keep treating each end like it was the last. The final end was when we defiantly had to give it all we had, we were 17-18 down on the board. So we had to make sure our bowls were there to win that end.

Selina uses Henselite Fusions. "The Fusions worked really well in tough conditions the final was played in. It was windy as well as scattered showers. On the windy narrow hand I found the weight control very predictable and well as on the windy wide side the line was very consistent with not much vary."


Team Henselite Victorious at NZ National Open