The Cadness Cup is back in the trophy cabinet at Bowls Warkworth following a strong and composed performance throughout the competition.
The Warkworth team won the title in 2016 for the first time in 19 years, but was unable to defend it last season.
Bowls Warkworth committee member James Newlove says it was exciting to reclaim the trophy.
“Because we had won the competition two years earlier we had confidence we could repeat that success. But that also put pressure on us, so we were pleased to come out on top,” Newlove says.
The competition consisted of three rounds played at Manly Bowling Club during March.
Eighteen teams competed. Warkworth made the final round robin, playing two sides from Mairangi Bay and a team from Orewa.
“We lost our first match in the competition, but ended up winning the next seven to pull through,” Newlove says.
“A highlight was coming back from 14-5 down to win 16-15 over Mairangi Bay in the finals. I think that shows the way our players support each other under pressure.”
The team also faced a challenge when skipper Steve Cameron was unavailable for the finals and Francois Loubser was promoted to that role.
Stu Charity and Newlove also moved up and Ivan Pivac was brought in as lead.
“Francois really stepped up and led the team well, and Ivan was a great player to bring into the side on a big day,” Newlove says.
This was the 89th year of the Cadness Cup and is the biggest title win for Bowls Warkworth this season.