Ken Walker (Fairfield) and Terry Scott (North East
Valley) are the best two bowlers on the Dunedin domestic stage
but they have unfinished business on the national scene.
Walker has won 31 Dunedin titles and Scott 33. They have both
won two New Zealand championship titles but still need one
more title in the pairs to complete their set.
Walker won the singles in 1987 and the fours in 1983. He came
close to a second singles title when beaten by World Bowls
fours gold medallist Andrew Todd (Cabramatta) in 2010.
Scott was second in Kerry Clark's winning North East Valley
four in 1977 and won the singles in Christchurch in 1990. He
was runner-up to Mike Kernaghan in the singles in Dunedin in
Walker represented New Zealand at World Bowls in 1992 and
has become the best entertainer on the green at the national
Walker knows how to play to the crowd and this often puts off
less experienced opponents. He has a fierce drive and always
plays attacking bowls.
Walker is teamed with New Zealand development squad member
Mark Watt (North East Valley) in the pairs at the national
championships in Taranaki. They are joined by Laurie Guy
(Victoria) and Kelvin Budge (North East Valley) in the fours.
Scott is teamed with brother Jim in the pairs. Jim won silver
medals at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane and at the
1984 World Bowls. He won the singles at the national
championships in 1982 and skipped the winning Johnsonville
The Scotts are joined by two more family members in the
fours. Judge Stephen O'Driscoll is lead and 2011 singles
champion Shaun Scott will skip the team.
Alexandra bowler Pat Houlahan made his international debut at
the seventh Asia-Pacific championships in Kuala Lumpur in
He is playing with Barrie Andrews (West End, Timaru) in the
pairs. They will be a formidable combination because Andrews
has already won a national title, in Sean O'Neill's composite
four in Dunedin in 2007.
They are joined in the fours by Alister Watson (Clyde) and
Brent Hickey (Alexandra).
Otago's best prospect in the women's events is Rebecca Jelly
(North East Valley), who reached the last 16 in the singles
last season. She is joined by Kaaren Guilford (Johnsonville)
in the pairs.
Other Otago bowlers competing at the championships are the
mother and daughter combination of Donna and Sarah Scott
(North East Valley), the Forbury Park pair of Malia Tavite
and Carolyn West, the Bannockburn four of Murray Guise, Kerry
Parker, Ken Patterson and Grahame Stack, and Bob McAuley