National representative Neville Frost (Caversham) is one of
the top-ranked players in the New Zealand senior doubles
championships in Dunedin this weekend.
The championships are the first major petanque tournament to
be held in Dunedin and have attracted 32 teams.
Frost (61), the corporate services manager for Dunedin Venues
Management Ltd, started playing petanque at the New Zealand
Masters Games in 2006 with his wife Stefany.
He has now become one of the elite seniors (over 60) in New
He is paired with Shirley Selwyn (Wanganui East), his doubles
partner in the New Zealand seniors team.
They are ranked fourth for this weekend's event.
The top-ranked team is Bob Bridge (Masterton) and Clive
Bartleet (Auckland), followed by Graeme Morris (Masterton)
and Pete Hamilton (Wanganui East), and John Targett
(Christchurch) and Charles Brock (Auckland).
The event is a qualifying tournament to pick the New Zealand
seniors team of six men and six women to play Australia in
May next year.
It is being organised by the Caversham club and is being held
at the Forbury Park car park because the Caversham club piste
is too small to host a national tournament.
The other top Otago player in the event is Janet Goodin
(Caversham), who will team with Shirley MacDonald
(Horowhenua). They are ranked sixth.
Alexandra's Marilyn and Colin Bunce are ranked 13th and
Caversham's Roy Harry-Young and Branko Cvjetan are ranked
Six rounds will be played today from 8.30am and the top eight
will play an elimination event tomorrow.