By GABRIEL LAHOC
THE country’s number one men’s bowler Peter Juni reclaimed his National Singles title at the Lae Bowls Club at the weekend.
The Eastern Highlander used the best green in the country to his advantage to beat local and former title holder Albert Barakeina.
Another visitor, Emma Segeyo from Mt Hagen, spun her magic on the green to beat all comers and established herself as the new singles queen.
A total of 95 bowlers from Bulolo, Goroka, Mt Hagen and Port Moresby joined hosts Lae Bowling Club and have set the pace for the national pairs title which will be hosted in Goroka later this month.
Juni maintained his lead despite a strong comeback from last year’s champion Barakeina, who finished ahead of Madang’s Pomat Topal, with Lae’s Matu Bazo finishing fourth.
From the 43 women, Mt Hagen dominated with Catherine Wimp coming second, ahead of Espina McNai, who gave some pride to Port Moresby, while Lisa Sigimet from Bulolo finished fourth.
According to Lae’s secretary Harry Kaisa, the event saw a lot of happy people and gave selectors a fair idea of up and coming talent and the bowlers in top form.
“A big thank you to the visiting bowlers from around the country who participated by giving up their personal time and money to make it here,” Kaisa said.
He added that the overall organisation of the national titles was good and the ideal conditions of the greens saw some very close scores.
Goroka Bowls Club, as the next host, has two weeks to get organise the national pairs title.