Title to Kiddey, McGowan

Kyle MacGowan, Pip Kiddey and Dion Kiddey. Photo: Supplied
Kyle MacGowan, Pip Kiddey and Dion Kiddey. Photo: Supplied
Until last weekend, Dion Kiddey was best known for playing with psychedelic red, white and blue bowls.

But now he can claim to be a centre champion after winning the Central Otago pairs title at Alexandra in the weekend with Kyle McGowan in the most dramatic fashion against the Queenstown combination of Lindsay Thomas and Nick Buttar.

The finalists were locked together at 21-21 until Kiddey coolly drew the shot with the last delivery of the competition.

Kiddey and McGowan were the beaten finalists in 2018, losing to Central Otago’s Bill Clements, who claims a staggering 73 centre titles, and Trevor Ludlow.

Kiddey fired the jack into the ditch on the final end to eliminate Clements and Ludlow this year.

Kiddey and McGowan then went on to defeat Central Otago representatives Howie O’Donnell and Conor Muir in the quarterfinals and Pat Houlahan and Roger O’Brien in the semifinals.

Thomas led for Buttar, who only recently moved to Queenstown from the Kapiti Coast. He claimed a share of a national title in fours in 2008.

The Central Otago women’s pairs title was predictably fought out by Queenstowners Margaret O’Connor and Christine Buchanan, back from the Gold Coast where they represented the New Zealand women’s over-60s team against Australia.

Less predictable was that the final would be won 22-6 by O’Connor and partner Jane Anderson.

After claiming a hard-fought semifinal against Alexandra pair Lin O’Callaghan and Yvonne McCutcheon, O’Connor and Anderson blitzed Buchanan and Debra Lloyd in the final.


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