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24 --- Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, January 30, 2013 www.times.co.nz FOLLOW US ON 120030 For an appointment to view phone 07 548 1170 or call Grant Norton on 0274 599 277 website: www.ocestate.co.nz IVAN AGNEW: In winning a third consecutive Australian Open men's tennis crown in Melbourne on Sunday, Novak Djokovic proved he's undoubtedly the world's best. ➤ Page 23 By Daniel Silverton SELINA Goddard has been well and truly bitten by the bowls bug. Goddard, of Howick, has been named in two Bowls NZ teams to play in major tournaments over the next couple of months. In February, she’ll line up with and against Black Jacks players when she represents the Northern region in the Challenge Trophy. Then in March, she’ll represent New Zealand in the under-18 team to take on Australia in the annual Trans Tasman roll-up. “I was so happy, I don’t really know what the word would be,” the 18-year-old told the Times, of hearing of her national selection. “When you’ve had a goal for so long and you fnally get that call, I was surprised, speechless and shocked.” In fve years of playing lawn bowls, the Carlton Cornwall and Pakuranga club member has devel- oped a well-rounded game and sound strategic nous. In her fnal year of eligibility for the under-18 team, Goddard impressed at a regional training camp last July. The top 10 girls and 12 boys from around the country progressed to a national camp in December at Howick Bowling Club, where the fnal teams of fve girls and fve boys were decided. “I’ve wanted this ever since I started playing. The frst road to the big guns is the under-18s,” she says. “It was my last chance to get into the team, so I was dead stoked. I’m not one to drop my goals until I get there, as long as it takes.” The notable resume she’s com- piled since frst being encouraged to play by her parents includes the Auckland women’s fours in 2011 and the champion of champions’ women’s triples title last year. As part of a victorious Howick College team before fnishing school in 2011, Goddard lifted the Campi Cup, for players with less than fve years experience, as well as the Auckland singles and pairs, and greater Auckland pairs titles. She also won the ASB College Sport Awards’ lawn bowls category in 2010 and 2011. She reunites with her former Howick College teammate Siobhan Archer in the NZ under-18 team. Archer is leading the triples and fours, while Goddard is selected at vice-skip in triples and fours, a nod to her versatility and prowess at reading the game. “The three has to be able to deliver different shot selections, not just the draw, but playing through the head and knocking out bowls,” she says. “When it’s the skip’s turn to bowl, I’ll be the one on the head directing them. “Fours is one of my favourite games and playing in a spot where there are a lot of crucial shots will test me. “I’m really excited about it.” Both the Challenge Trophy and Trans Tasman are being played at Howick Bowling Club. With God- dard in the Northern team for the Challenge Trophy on February 8-10 are the likes of Black Jack Mandy Boyd, national under-20 champion Holly McIlroy and vet- eran Leanne Curry. “I’m not too sure what to expect seeing as it’s my frst time, but I’m hoping to get a whole lot of new knowledge about the game and learn a lot about delivery, head building and team play. “Bowls is addictive, it’s my hobby, and it’s my passion,” says Goddard. “I see myself carrying on with it as long as I can.” Goddard's drawn to game Selina Goddard is playing in two major tournaments at Howick Bowling Club in February and March. Times photo Wayne Martin Norrie in main draw BUCKLANDS Beach tennis player Cameron Norrie was beaten in the second round of singles at the Australian Open Juniors last week, after coming up against the new world number one ranked player. Norrie, 17, who is currently 44th in the ITF junior rankings, lost to Australian third seed Nick Kyrgios 6-3 6-1. Kyrgios, who went on to win the tournament without dropping a set, already has an ATP senior ranking of 840 and became the world number one junior when the rankings were released on Monday. "It was hard to get going," says Norrie, of the match on Show Court 3, which has seating capacity of about 2000. "The court was really fast. I couldn't hit my balls in. I could have played a lot better. "I was quite nervous beforehand. It wasn't a great match at all. I didn't really take my chances against him and he's a big hitter. I learnt a lot and will try and improve in the future." Earlier, Norrie had to ght hard to defeat China's Siyu Liu, ranked 100, 6-4 7-6, in the rst round of singles. "It was the rst time I've played in the main draw here. I played quite well in the conditions. I think he was more nervous than me. I got o to a good start which helped," says Norrie. In doubles, Norrie and Australian Harry Bourchier were defeated in the rst round by Enzo Couacaud, of France, and Italy's Stefano Napolitano, 6-3 6-2. In the junior female competition, Saint Kentigern College pupil and Sunnyhills Tennis Club player Paige Hourigan was beaten by Brazilian 11th seed Beatriz Haddad Maia, 6-3 6-1, although the 15-year-old was not disgraced in the majority of points and competed well against her much stronger opponent.
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